AN OUTFIELDER NAMED ALOU IS ON THE WAY
Pirates general manager Syd Thrift feels that
—an outfielder selected by the Bucs last January—may be a better prospect than anyone available in June. Pittsburgh plans to sign Alou as soon as his season is over. The Pirates also have the first choice in next month's free-agent draft....
The baseball team for Dulaney High in Baltimore has some familiar names. The infield is made up of two sons of
and two sons of
. Between them, Crowley and Belanger put in 30 seasons with the Orioles. Ironically,
Terry Crowley Jr.
is the shortstop, even though Belanger was the greatest shortstop of his time. Terry Sr. is now a coach with the Orioles while Belanger works for the Players Association....
For all the kidding that Giants third baseman
takes about minor injuries that keep him out of the lineup, one National League scout insists, "When he wants to play, he's clearly the best all-around third baseman in the league."
...Never let it be said that Red Sox pitcher
lacks guts or brains. When Mariner outfielder
—a former all-Big Eight quarterback—charged the mound May 7, Nipper took two steps forward to meet Bradley, dropped the glove off his left hand and decked him with a left cross. When the fight was over, Nipper went back to pitching with his protected right hand and got the win....
Remember when so many people thought that
was the second coming of
? He has become, instead, the next
—he once gave up four homers to four consecutive batters. Not only is Soto off and running toward the gopher-ball title, but in one two-inning, 16-batter sequence in successive starts against the Expos and Mets, he gave up five homers, eight runs, nine hits and two walks.
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