The Players Association filed a grievance last week on behalf of Detroit outfielder Fred Lynn to make him eligible for postseason play, arguing that he was a bona fide member of the Tigers as soon as he agreed to the terms of the trade. Although the commissioner's office has not made a decision yet, sources indicate that Lynn will be allowed to play in the postseason if the Tigers can somehow win the American League East.
Now that that issue is settled, here are three more questions baseball needs to face soon:
1) Why is baseball the only sport that allows teams to expand their rosters during the most important part of the season—the stretch drive? There is no good reason. If the owners want a period when rosters can be expanded, let it be April, when the titles aren't on the line.
2) Why are teams allowed to get around roster limits by putting players who aren't really injured on the disabled list? This happens all the time, but, according to the league offices, no team has ever been denied a disabled list request. When fraud is suspected, the leagues should have an independent physician check out the disabled player. Then perhaps team physicians wouldn't be so quick to write out bogus whiplash reports.
3) Why doesn't baseball eliminate the so-called Mike Andrews Rule, which prohibits teams from replacing injured players once the postseason begins? If catcher Mike Scioscia gets hurt in the opening game of the championship series, the Dodgers will be stuck with only one catcher, Rick Dempsey, for the rest of the playoffs. And if Dempsey gets injured, they will have to use a noncatcher behind the plate. A more sensible solution would be to allow teams to call up players from within their organizations to fill unexpected gaps.
Rangers majority owner Eddie Chiles has reached an agreement in principle to sell his 58% interest in the club to businessmen Bill Mack and Frank Morsani, key figures in the push to bring major league baseball to Tampa. In negotiating the sale, however, Chiles neglected to get Mack and Morsani to agree in writing to keep the Rangers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and now the prospective owners are refusing to promise to do so. To prevent Mack and Morsani from moving the team to Tampa, Chiles has threatened to vote against the sale if it comes before the major league owners for approval. "I'd feel a lot better if I had never made the deal," Chiles said. "I made a mistake, and it turned around and bit me."
When the Mets brought in-fielder Gregg Jefferies up from Tidewater, several teammates were upset. "He's taking away at bats," said in-fielder Dave Magadan. But Jefferies has rekindled the Mets' struggling offense. He has hit .417 with 12 extra-base hits in his first 48 at bats and has played both second and third. Says veteran first baseman Keith Hernandez, "The kid is here to stay."...
One player who has been overlooked in the American League Rookie of the Year race is Brewers designated hitter Joey Meyer, whose 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 263 at bats make him the top power hitter among this year's rookies. Meyer didn't get much playing time until July because third baseman Paul Molitor was the DH....
When Marshall went down with a pulled thigh on Aug. 29, the Dodgers made a pitch to the Yankees for designated hitter Jack Clark, who has hinted that he would like to be traded and will get his wish before next season....