SEPTEMBERS TO REMEMBER
How much can one player do down the stretch? Consider some of the great Septembers of the '80s:
1) The Dodgers' Orel Hershiser had a 5-0 record and allowed no earned runs in 55 innings in 1988.
2) The A's Jose Canseco had a .393 average, with eight homers, 24 RBIs and a .753 slugging percentage, also in '88.
3) The Tigers' Alan Trammell hit for a .416 average with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 1987. Detroit took first place from the Blue Jays on the final day of the season.
4) The Phillies' Mike Schmidt hit nine homers and had 22 RBIs in 1980. Philadelphia clinched the title on Oct. 4, the next-to-last day of the season.
Cincinnati Reds utility infielder Luis Quinones was on a five-game, .480-batting tear when he played in St. Louis on Aug. 27. The Cardinals apparently were not impressed. During each of his first two at bats, the scoreboard flashed Manny Trillo's picture with Quinones's stats.
BUT WAS IT WORTH IT?
Pete Rose collected an estimated $50,000 for his appearances on the Consumer Value Network. He went on for two hours the night he was banned from baseball for life and for two hours the night after, selling autographed plaques, bats, balls and jerseys. The show grossed approximately $500,000 during his appearances.
THE MAN WHO LAUNCHED 1,000 SHIRTS
In May several Texas Rangers who once played for the Chicago Cubs wore T-shirts displaying the message I WAS FREYED AND ZIMMERED. Now many Cubs have donned T-shirts that read THE BOYS OF ZIMMER.
The Pittsburgh farm system is so thin that the Pirates' September recalls—Dann Bilardello, Bob Patterson and Albert Hall—are all 30 or older.