BIG LEAGUE FANTASY
When San Diego held its first fantasy camp last week, one of the ex-Padres who participated, former utilityman Kurt Bevacqua, said, "I experienced a fantasy of my own. I got to play an entire game."
No pitcher has ever finished a season with more saves than hits allowed, but Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley is well on his way to doing it this year. At week's end, he had given up only 16 hits en route to picking up 21 saves.
SHORT AND SWEET
After the Reds set a major league record on Aug. 3 by getting 16 hits in the first inning of an 18-2 win over the Astros, Cincinnati outfielder Rolando Roomes, who had four hits in the game, was physically and emotionally exhausted. "Every time we tried to sit down and rest, we had to get up and congratulate somebody," he said. "It was amazing. I looked up at the end of the inning and thought, This is going to be a long day." Actually it wasn't. The first inning took 38 minutes, but the remaining eight whipped by in one hour and 38 minutes, making it the shortest game played in the majors that day.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO...
Remember Stanley Burrell? He was the 16-year-old from Oakland whom A's owner Charlie Finley dubbed his "executive vice-president" in 1978. Burrell used his position to sign his older brother, Louis, to a bonus contract, but Louis was shipped back to Oakland after his first week with the A's Medford (Ore.) club because he couldn't hit the ball out of the batting cage. The following year Stanley was forced out after allegedly stealing a couple of Finley's famed orange baseballs. But that didn't stop his climb to fame. A few years later, with the help of former A's outfielders Mike Davis and Dwayne Murphy, he launched a music career and is now a successful rap singer called M.C. Hammer. During his days with the Athletics, Burrell was known as the Hammer because Brewer infielder Pedro Garcia once said he looked like Hammerin' Hank Aaron.
?The Rangers used 24 designated hitters between the 1988 All-Star break, when they released Larry Parrish, and July 29, 1989, when they acquired Harold Baines.
?The A's drew 510,309 in their recent 14-game home-stand. Not bad when you consider that in 1979 they pulled in 306,763 for the entire season.
?Through Sunday, Cardinals third baseman Terry Pendleton led all players in homers at Busch Stadium, with six.
?Talk about hard-luck pitching. At week's end, Blue Jay lefthander John Cerutti (8-5) had an ERA of 3.54 during losses, 2.36 during wins and 1.91 in his 10 no-decisions as a starter.