?The Phillies will soon part with Glenn Wilson....
?The Dodgers covet Phil Bradley of the Mariners and Eddie Murray of the Orioles.
Before deals like these can be consummated, teams need general managers, and some vacancies still exist. Former Baltimore general manager Hank Peters will probably sign on with Cleveland, and Bill Bergesch, late of Cincinnati, has been mentioned for the job in Baltimore. Former White Sox general manager Roland Hemond has been a candidate for both those openings, as well as for the one in Houston. Yogi Berra, though, is a very real possibility for the Astros' front-office job. The only current managerial vacancy is on the North Side of Chicago, and the Cubs brain trust is debating between its own third base coach John Vukovich and former Indians manager Pat Corrales.
The Toronto Blue Jays revealed at the World Series that they will pay a falconer $100,000 a year to scare away gulls from their new—scheduled to open in 1989—SkyDome stadium, which will feature a retractable roof. The scavenging gulls from nearby Lake Ontario are expected to pose the same problems they have at Exhibition Stadium. Said spokesman Howard Starkman, recalling the 1983 incident in which a certain Yankee outfielder was arrested for killing a gull with a thrown ball, "We're going to name the falcon Winfield."
THE BEST MAN WINS
A year and a half ago, when John Viola was making plans for an October 1987 wedding, he asked his older brother, Frank, to be his best man. "John said the only problem would be if the Twins made it into the World Series," Frank said last week. "We both had a pretty good laugh at the time."
Well, last Saturday afternoon at St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, N.Y., John married Donna Litt, while the best man was 1,200 miles away, preparing to start Game 1 of the World Series. All went well at both fall classics. John and Donna went from the church to the reception at a Knights of Columbus hall, where guests watched Frank's videotaped toast to the newly-weds. And at the Metrodome, Frank allowed one run, five hits and no walks in eight innings as the Twins bombed the Cardinals 10-1.
"I got a double win," said Helen Viola, Frank and John's mother. "It was the happiest day of my life." She said Frank's toast was very nice, although it was hard to make out because Frank's baby girl, Brittany, could be heard—and seen—on the tape crying. "Frank told John how much he meant to him, and that he was the best brother anybody could ever have," said Helen. She also said she was proud of the wedding guests because they did not sneak out of the reception to find a television set.
The wedding party did not arrive home until the eighth inning, so the Violas were able to see Frank pitch only one inning. Said Helen, "I don't get excited until the ninth inning, anyway. I'm from a baseball family, you see." Not only did John and Donna miss most of Game 1, but they may have to forgo all of the others because the couple left on a week-long Caribbean honeymoon cruise Sunday morning. "First things first," said Helen.
After the game Frank said, "This is the best wedding gift I could have given him. It just topped off the whole Viola day." Over in the loser's clubhouse Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog said, "He should have gone to the damn wedding."