Now that they are with Montreal and thus freed from Cincinnati's rules banning facial hair, ex-Reds Dann Bilardello and Jay Tibbs are growing beards, and Wayne Krenckicki is sporting a mustache. "In Cincinnati we were lucky if we were allowed to have eyebrows," says Bilardello.
On April 30, Dan Driessen singled to end an 0-for-3l pinch-hit streak that dated back to 1984. The next day he was released by the Giants.
THE MARIO MENDOZA AWARDS
To the Cardinals, who in losing II of 12 through May 2 were shut out five times—once by Scott Sanderson, who hadn't thrown a shutout since 1981, and once by Mike LaCoss, who hadn't started since 1984—and scored only 21 runs. In one of the defeats all three St. Louis runs were knocked in by Vince Coleman with sacrifice flies. The only regular hitting over .227 was Ozzie Smith.
And to the Padres. Through May 2, their pitchers were outhitting their non-pitchers .250 to .238.
THE BETTER PART OF VALOR
Steve Sax hit his first home run of the year April 30, but when he rounded third base, coach Joe Amalfitano broke with tradition and refused to shake Sax's hand. The last time Sax homered, July 30, he broke Amalfitano's thumb with a hyperactive hand slap. This time, Amalfitano just pointed and pulled an imaginary trigger.
THE WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN AWARD
To Toronto rookie pitcher Mark Eichhorn, who, after thinking he had completed an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play, saw umpire Al Clark make a delayed safe call, began arguing and allowed California's Rick Burleson to come all the way around from second base with the winning run.
PLAYER TO BE NAMED
Portland Beaver outfielder Randy Day hit a ball down the leftfield line in Tucson April 30 that was headed for the corner. However, it struck a duck and was deflected to leftfielder Chuck Jackson, who wheeled and threw to the plate in time to nail the Toros' Todd Soares, who was trying to score from second. In the scorebook of J ay son Stark of The Philadelphia Inquirer, who witnessed the event, it was D-7-2.
THE MICKEY RIVERS QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"It's only puffy where it's swollen."
—Texas pitcher Charlie Hough on his broken finger