Around the National League, Gene Mauch, the volatile manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, has a reputation for baiting opposing players with a steady flow of unprintable verbiage that is designed to needle, anger and, in short, distract the players from the job at hand—beating the Phillies. Mauch was at his blue best last week in the Astrodome as he directed his fire at Mike Cuellar of Houston, who was pitching a one-hit shutout against the Phils and leading 1-0 as the ninth inning began, "He was calling me a very bad name," said Cuellar. "I no take that from any man." Cuellar started toward the Philadelphia dugout, which was exactly what Mauch wanted. Out of the dugout he charged, hoping for a fight that would get them both tossed out of the game. After all, what more can a manager do for his team than to personally get rid of an opposing pitcher who is throwing a one-hit shutout? But Eddie Mathews, Houston's battle-wise third baseman, was alert to the situation. As Mauch approached, Mathews scooped him up on the short hop (right), and the fight was prevented. Still, the incident seemed to have rattled Cuellar, who gave up a run. Then Mauch opened up again, and again Cuellar started for the Phillie dugout. But Mathews was still on guard and there was no fight. Much to Mauch's disgust, Houston won the game 2-1 in the 11th. "There are limits as far as name-calling is concerned," said Mathews later, reflecting a view held by many a major leaguer. "I respect Mauch's right to agitate, but you can't call people any name you want and expect them to take it. I think he stepped over the boundaries this time." Replied Mauch: "All I was trying to do was win the game." No doubt. But the question is: Does the end justify the means?