Philadelphia second baseman Juan Samuel is:
1) The first player to reach double figures in homers, doubles, triples and stolen bases in each of his first four seasons;
2) Within reach of becoming the first infielder to have 30 homers, 30 steals and 100 RBIs in a season;
3) Also in double figures in caught stealings, grounded into double plays and errors.
THE JUNIOR CIRCUIT
In contrast to the big noise made by AL rookie stars Mark McGwire, Kevin Seitzer, Devon White, Mike Greenwell et al., San Diego's Benito Santiago quietly leads NL rookies in homers (11), RBIs (53) and extra-base hits (31), while Pittsburgh pitchers Mike Dunne and John Smiley lead in wins and saves with seven and four, respectively.
Dan Quisenberry, five times Fireman of the Year, has made only three appearances for the Royals since July 19.
THE MAN IS FATHER TO THE FRANCHISE
The newest Blue Jay, Phil Niekro, had pitched 2,762? innings before Toronto played its first game, in 1977, and it took the Jays until their fourth year, 1980, to catch Niekro in victories.
SO THIS IS THE BIG TIME
Luis Isaac spent 22 years in the Indians' minor league system as a player, instructor, coach and manager. Last month, when Doc Edwards replaced Pat Corrales as the manager during a road trip, Isaac was promoted to bullpen coach with the big club. When the Indians returned home, it was the first time Isaac had ever been to Cleveland.
? Dwight Gooden failed to hold a 5-0 lead against the Cubs in Wrigley Field on Aug. 13. His career record in day games is now 17-13, 3.55. He is 50-10, 1.87 under the lights.
?Walt Terrell is 27-7, 3.00 at Tiger Stadium; 12-25, 5.72 in all other AL parks.