THREE IN ONE
How can a catcher get two putouts and an assist on a triple play if the ball is not hit? Todd Hundley of the Class A Columbia (S.C.) Mets found out on April 6, in the first inning of the Mets' opener against Augusta. The first batter, Glenn McNabb, walked, and the second, Darwin Pennye, moved McNabb over to third with a single. Then Pennye took off for second with the count at 3-2 on the third batter, Chris Estep. But when Estep whiffed, Hundley threw to second to nail Pennye and then made the putout on McNabb as he tried to steal home.
T-SHIRT OF THE WEEK
Three former Cubs who now play for the Rangers—Rafael Palmeiro, Jim Sundberg and Jamie Moyer—have been sporting T-shirts bearing the slogan I WAS FREY-ED AND ZIMMER-ED, referring to Chicago's general manager Jim Frey and manager Don Zimmer. When Zimmer was told about the shirts, he wasn't amused. "It's unprofessional," he said. "If I held a grudge against everyone who traded me or fired me, I wouldn't have any friends in baseball."
THE BEST-LAID PLANS
At the start of last season, the Blue Jays moved centerfielder Lloyd Moseby to left and made leftfielder George Bell the DH. That plan lasted 10 games. So it didn't surprise anyone when, after 14 games, the Jays abandoned this year's strategy of using four lefthanded starters. On April 19, they sent lefty Jeff Musselman (0-1, 10.29 ERA) to Syracuse and put righty Todd Stottlemyre in the rotation. They later moved Musselman to the 21-day disabled list.
IT SURE BEATS GLENS FALLS
Former Cleveland pitcher Rick Waits, now pitcher-manager for the Rimini Pirates in Italy, has led them to two national championships. Among his perks are a villa overlooking the Adriatic Sea and a well-stocked wine cellar.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Mets reliever Don Aase, on making yet another successful comeback: "I'm like a whale. Every once in a while, I resurface."
When Kansas City second baseman Frank White was charged with an error on a bad-hop grounder in a game against Baltimore on April 20, it was his first nonthrowing error since Sept. 22, 1987. But after the game, the official scorer changed the call to a hit, which kept White's 171-game streak alive.
JUSTICE IS BLIND
When Yankee pitcher Dave LaPoint was asked why 45-year-old lefthander Tommy John was put in charge of the team's kangaroo court, he replied, "He's the only guy we had who looked like Judge Wapner."
•The A's Dave Stewart, off to a 4-0 start in his quest to become the only pitcher to win 20 games in 1987, '88 and '89, has already beaten Seattle's Mark Langston twice.
•Four of Pirate third baseman Bobby Bonilla's first seven errors came on balls hit by the Expos' Tim Wallach.