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Peter Gammons
April 24, 1989
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April 24, 1989


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Red Sox manager Joe Morgan has started calling second baseman Marty Barrett "Babe." Barrett hit six doubles in his first three games at Fenway, five of them off the Green Monster....

A major factor in Baltimore's early success has been centerfielder Brady Anderson, who got on base in 20 of his first 50 plate appearances and whose sharp fielding prompted Morgan to predict that he "will take away more hits than any outfielder in our league."

... Toronto catcher Ernie Whitt's teammates are not very happy with his new book, Catch: A Major League Life, in which he blasts umpire Joe Brinkman for being "incompetent" and for holding a grudge against Toronto. "If you want to write something like that, you wait until you've retired," says one Blue Jay player....

Dodger owner Peter O'Malley, who took most of the team's nonplayer personnel to Rome after winning the World Series, spent nearly $1 million on championship jewelry, including rings for the players and lockets for their wives....

Want your son to become a major leaguer? Teach him to pitch lefthanded. Look at the onetime-released lefty relievers who made an Opening Day roster: Paul Mirabella, Kevin Hickey, Ray Searage, Paul Gibson, Bob McClure, Juan Agosto and Larry McWilliams. And that doesn't include all the lefty flutterballers who have never been let go but should have been, such as Dave Leiper, Dave Meads, Paul Assenmacher, Tim Birtsas, Mark Thurmond, Steve Rosenberg and Ken Patterson....

Both leagues schedule a lot of off days in April because there are usually some rainouts and many teams don't draw in cold weather. Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog says that's backward logic: "Players need to play every day in April and have off days in the heat of the summer, when they're tired."

...In an attempt to praise coach Walt Hriniak's eye-on-the-ball approach to hitting. White Sox manager Jeff Torborg said, "When you see the ball, you have a better idea where it is." Yogi Berra himself couldn't have put it better.

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