COACHING, JAPANESE STYLE
Earlier this year former Red Sox slugger Larry Parrish, who is now playing in Japan with the Yakult Swallows, put his fist through a window after a frustrating batting practice. A few days later team officials gave him a life-sized dummy with PARRISH written on it. "Here," an executive said. "If you want to get mad at yourself, take a swing at this."
Cub manager Don Zimmer is currently doing a radio commercial for Popeyes Chicken and another one for the Nutri/System diet plan. Says Pirate skipper Jim Leyland. "Zim gets paid to eat and to diet."
Things get weirder by the day in Cincinnati. The Reds' game with the Braves on Aug. 5 was held up by—would you believe?—a milking contest. Well, first there was a little rain, which caused a 55-minute delay. Then, just as the weather cleared, a small herd of cows appeared on the field at Riverfront Stadium for the pregame Farmers' Night festivities. True to form, Cincy pitcher Norm Charlton won the milking contest, but the Braves won the game 7-1.
On Aug. 10, Oakland manager Tony La Russa inadvertently wrote out two different lineups for a game against the White Sox. The one he handed the umpire had catcher Ron Hassey batting seventh and second baseman Tony Phillips eighth; the one he kept in the dugout had their order reversed. La Russa realized his mistake in the second inning, when Phillips came up to bat in the seventh spot. He hit a ground ball to first for the third out. La Russa was worried that the White Sox would discover the foul-up after Hassey or Phillips got a hit and would ask the umpire to disallow it because the A's had batted out of turn. So before the third inning, La Russa explained his predicament to home plate umpire Larry McCoy and, at McCoy's direction, sent Phillips out for another at bat. This time he walked.
LIFE BEGINS AT 35
Atlanta slugger Darrell Evans's two-run blast against the Padres on Aug. 12 was his 192nd home run since he turned 35 in 1982. That put him third on the alltime post-35 list, behind Henry Aaron (245) and Babe Ruth (198).
After 110 games, the Padres' record was 55-55. They were 26-26 at home, 29-29 on the road, 14-14 against lefties, 41-41 against righties, 28-28 against their Western Division rivals and 27-27 against teams in the NL East. When informed of his team's unusual statistics, San Diego manager Jack McKeon said, "At least we're consistent."
? San Francisco outfielder Kevin Mitchell reached the 100 RBI mark on Aug. 10, the earliest anyone has gotten to that level at any time in the '80s.
? Houston reliever Bob Forsch allowed a total of 25 hits and 17 runs in 8? innings in two consecutive appearances.