Joan Kroc, with her McDonald's wealth, is a noted philanthropist, which may explain why she decided on Friday not to sell her Padres to Seattle Mariners owner George Argyros. The next day San Diego tied the 1945 Phillies' mark for the worst 50-game start in NL history, at 11-39. In those games the Padres were outscored 279-180 (or by 1.98 runs per game) and outhomered 68-24. They allowed Rafael Belliard's first major league home run after 404 at bats and last week gave up Greg Gross's first homer in his last 1,618 at bats.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
?Brewers manager Tom Trebelhorn, after his team got two doubles, a walk and a wild pitch in one inning and didn't score: "That's par for the course, and lately we've played a lot of par 11s."
The Blue Jays finished a 12-game West Coast road trip with a May 29 exhibition in Winnipeg against the National Baseball Institute team—much to the distress of the weary Toronto players. Because of plane problems, they didn't get home to Exhibition Stadium until 4 a.m. At 4:10, rookie second baseman Mike Sharperson got the news that he had been optioned to Syracuse.
Ray Knight's injury list this season includes kidney stones, bruised ribs, bruised chest, concussion, bruised esophagus, sore left ankle, sore knees and cuts on his leg from crashing into the stands. "When I retire I'm going to be an orthopedic surgeon," says Knight, who in past years has had shoulder and arm operations. "I know all about it."
HOW DO YOU SCORE THAT?
In the seventh inning of an International League game on Friday, Pawtucket Red Sox second baseman Gary Miller-Jones fielded a ground ball off the bat of Keith Miller of the Maine Guides. Miller-Jones reached to tag Maine's Ron Jones running from first ( Jones was called out for leaving the base path) and threw to first to double up Miller. In the ninth, Miller hit a ball up the middle. Miller-Jones fielded it, stepped on second to retire base runner Jones and fired to first to get Miller for the game-ending out.
?Giants reliever Scott Garrelts entered a May 26 game against the Mets with a 2-1 lead. He finished with a spotless 2-0-0-0-0-5 line—and the Giants lost 3-2. Garrelts threw two run-scoring wild pitches while striking out the side in the eighth.
? Philadelphia reliever Steve Bedrosian had nine saves, a win and 16 strikeouts in a 14?-inning stretch over 10 appearances.
?In his second appearance after being signed by the Twins' Portland club in the Pacific Coast League, former Reds catcher Sal Butera had 11 Tucson runners steal on him.