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Peter Gammons
October 02, 1989
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October 02, 1989

Baseball

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There seems to be a split among Mets brass on whether to dump manager Davey Johnson. General manager Frank Cashen respects Johnson's record, but vice-president Joe McIlvaine isn't happy with Johnson's disregard for fielding ability, his obsession with home runs and his failure to discipline his players. Johnson didn't help his case when he got into a flap with outfielder Darryl Strawberry after fining him and outfielder Kevin McReynolds for leaving the bench in the ninth inning as the Mets tried to rally during a 10-6 loss to the Cubs on Sept. 18. "They had been doing it all season," says one manager. "You can't start enforcing rules because you're losing in September." Because of the rift, Johnson's fate will most likely be decided by president Fred Wilpon....

The Red Sox plan to solve their managerial problem by keeping manager Joe Morgan and trying to lure his former Boston College teammate Mike Roarke away from the Cardinals to be the pitching coach....

The Athletics are concerned about shortstop Walt Weiss's right knee and pitcher Dave Stewart's right shoulder. Weiss has been reluctant to make quick shifts on his bad knee, which was operated on in June. As a result, the A's defense isn't quite the same, even though Mike Gallego has played well. Team defense depends a lot on rhythm, and Weiss sets the tempo for the A's. Stewart has some stiffness in the rotator cuff area that, he says, "feels like a charley horse." Nonetheless, he beat the Twins 5-2 last week, to run his record to 20-9....

Pirate coach Rich Donnelly threw batting practice Sept. 21 to Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux, Kevin Stevens, Paul Coffey and Dan Quinn. Asked how he thought they would hit, Donnelly quipped, "I'll bet they're all lowball hitters. If I roll it up there, they'll kill it."

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