CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN
Angel reliever Bob McClure is such a slugabed that he goes by the nickname Dr. Rot, and even has a DR ROT license plate on his truck. "I like to lie around the house, watch TV and rot out before I go to the park," says McClure. He wants to start a line of inactive wear for others who like to rot around the house. He plans to call the clothing "rotwear."
When Juan Samuel was traded from the Phillies to the Mets for Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell on June 18, it was supposed to be a rebirth for all three players. Well, four days after the deal was made, Samuel's wife gave birth to a girl. Dykstra's wife is due any day now too. And, yes, McDowell's wife is pregnant.
JUNIOR CIRCUIT CLOUTS
Switch-hitting Toronto rookie Junior Felix hit the first pitch he faced in the major leagues for a home run, hit the first inside-the-park grand slam in Fenway Park since 1961 and hit another Fenway homer a dozen rows up the runway beyond the home bullpen, where, as Boston manager Joe Morgan said, "only Ted Williams used to hit 'em." Last week, Felix hit a homer into the upper deck in right center in Anaheim Stadium, an area where, Angel manager Doug Rader said, "only Reggie Jackson used to hit them."
"If he's Junior Felix," said Oriole scout Ed Farmer, "I'd like to see Senior Felix."
ONE MAN'S ALL-STAR BALLOT
American League: Alvin Davis, Seattle, 1B; Julio Franco, Texas, 2B; Gary Gaetti, Minn., 3B; Cal Ripken, Balt., SS; Ruben Sierra, Texas, Kirby Puckett, Minn., and Bo Jackson, K.C., outfield; and Mickey Tettleton, Balt., catcher.
National League: Will Clark, S.F, 1B; Ryne Sandberg, Cubs, 2B; Howard Johnson, N.Y., 3B; Barry Larkin, Cinn., SS; Kevin Mitchell, S.F, Tony Gwynn, S.D., and Von Hayes, Phil., outfield; and Mike Scioscia, L.A., catcher.
THE CAP-AND-GOWN MAN OF THE WEEK
Braves first baseman Gerald Perry had a bonehead doubleheader against the Reds on June 21. In the first game, while arguing with first base ump Gary Darling about a safe call on an attempted play, he allowed Cincinnati's Lenny Harris to score from third. In the nightcap, Perry raced from first to home as a one-out line drive was caught by Reds leftfielder Kal Daniels. Double play.