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BETWEEN THE LINES
Peter Gammons
September 29, 1986
AS THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN TO A PRECIOUS FEW...
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September 29, 1986

Between The Lines

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AS THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN TO A PRECIOUS FEW...

We still have:

?The Great American League Strikeout Race. In 85 previous seasons only two players—Gorman Thomas and Dave Nicholson—had more than 170 strikeouts, each reaching 175. Through last weekend Oakland's Jose Canseco had 167, Texas's Peter Incaviglia 172 and Milwaukee's Rob Deer 172.

?The Cardinals' dogged pursuit of Roger Maris's 61 homers. They were 11 shy as of Sunday.

?The Texas Rangers' attempt to top the wild-pitch record (91) established by Jim Bouton and the rest of the 1970 Houston Astros. They are two wild pitches short. Bobby Witt set the individual record of 22—the last two on third-strike wild pitches—last week.

? Bert Blyleven's chase of Robin Roberts's gopher ball record of 46. With 45, Bert seems a lock.

? Red Sox infielder Dave Stapleton's attempt to become the first player ever to have his average decrease in six consecutive seasons, from his 1980 .321 average to .285, .264, .247, .231 and .227. He was at .129 through last weekend.

?Braves shortstop Rafael Ramirez's pursuit of Chicago's Shawon Dunston's error lead (32-28), which would give Ramirez the error crown all six of his full major league seasons.

THE LAST ROUNDUP (CONT.)

?In a span of four games last week, 38-year-old Bob Boone scored from second base on a sacrifice fly, stole his first base of the year, hit his third triple since 1980 and was ejected by home plate umpire Durwood Merrill. When asked if he realized that he would get an automatic fine for the ejection, the Stanford graduate replied, "It's a tax write-off."

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