QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Don Mattingly, on this excruciating Yankee season: "Maybe it's time we grew our hair long, started wearing earrings, wear our pants down low, wear jeans on the planes and turn ourselves into the Oakland Raiders of baseball."
? Texas pitching coach Tom House has an instructional video titled "Pitching Absolutes," but the Rangers have led the league in walks the last three seasons and lead again this year.
?The Giants were 28 for 162 (.173) with runners in scoring position in August.
?In the 17 years George Steinbrenner has owned the Yankees, the team has had 11 different heads of baseball operations: Gabe Paul, Al Rosen, Cedric Tallis, Gene Michael, Bill Bergesch, Murray Cook, Clyde King, Woody Woodward, Lou Piniella, Bob Quinn and Syd Thrift. At this writing the replacement for Thrift, who resigned on Aug. 29, had not been named.
?White Sox catcher Ron Karkovice, a lifetime .168 hitter, is batting .275 under coach Walt Hriniak's tutelage.
?Who are the hardest throwers in baseball? AL scouts say Saberhagen is the most consistently fast, although Kevin Brown of Texas can occasionally top him with his 98-mph fastball. The two fastest in the NL are Tim Belcher of the Dodgers and John Smoltz of the Braves.
?The Indians' season has been so disappointing that club president Hank Peters is ready to replace manager Doc Edwards. His top candidate for the job is Cleveland scout John Hart, who was manager of Triple A Rochester for the Orioles when Peters was general manager at Baltimore.
?On Aug. 30, the Cardinals' Jose DeLeon pitched what might have been the best game of the 1989 season. He faced the minimum 33 batters in 11 innings against the Reds. And he didn't win. Cincinnati scored two runs off reliever Todd Worrell in the 13th and won 2-0.