Rather than complain about balks, Giants manager Roger Craig is making all his pitchers go into their stretches like Rick Reuschel, who looks for the sign with one hand on either thigh, then draws his hands together at the waist before going into his motion. Many balks occur, according to Craig, when a pitcher draws his hands to his chest, then drops them to his waist for the stretch. Craig also wants his pitchers to get rid of the ball faster and recently sent a memo to the Giants' minor league teams warning pitchers that they won't be called up to the majors until they can get the ball to the plate in 1.3 seconds or less.
PIGSKIN ON THE BRAIN
The Royals are increasingly concerned that outfielder-running back Bo Jackson may not have a long enough attention span to make it through the whole baseball season. Last year Jackson went into a batting slump when the NFL training camps opened, and this year he has hit .203 since July 2. His cumulative batting average for the first half of the season over the last two years has been .286, but through Sunday his second-half average was .190. To make matters worse, last week Bo handed out L.A. Raiders caps and T-shirts to his Kansas City teammates....
Despite his blistering fastball, Red Sox reliever Lee Smith isn't particularly intimidating, because he seldom pitches inside on batters. Believe it or not, he has hit only three batters in six seasons....
When purists criticized Wrigley's new lights for ruining tradition, Frey responded, "Would someone tell me when tradition starts? What do they want us to do, play without gloves because they didn't use them in the 19th century?"
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