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Last Thursday Mike Schmidt, a Gold Glove third baseman the past nine years, criticized some of his teammates for being "lethargic defensively." He also said the Phillies, who had 161 errors last year and have 33 in 28 games (10-18) this season, were a "free-swinging team that plays bad defense."
Phillies president Bill Giles wasn't thrilled about comments from someone hitting .196 with two homers. "I'm disappointed in his remarks and I'm disappointed in his play," said Giles. "He's the main veteran on this team and I think he's got to look in the mirror a little closer than he's been looking." On Friday Giles said that Schmidt, who has six errors already, will move to first base if the Phillies decide that Rick Schu, their hotshot third-base prospect in Triple A, is ready.
"We've talked to Mike and he's ready," Giles said. "We have to find a spot for Schu." As for Schmidt, he was preparing for the move even before he spoke out. In midweek he was seen sitting in front of his locker, mink-oiling a new first baseman's mitt.
When Dave Concepcion got his 2,000th career hit this weekend against Houston, the Reds became the first team ever to have four players with that many—Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Cesar Cedeno and Concepcion....
Giants reliever Greg Minton isn't getting along with his manager. Jim Davenport. After Minton, who isn't pitching well, got chewed out for being late to the park last Thursday, he said, "I'm in his doghouse, he's in my doghouse. We just try to avoid each other."
... Jim Rice, who set a major league record grounding into 32 DPs in '84, has 12 in his first 27 games. At that pace, he'll hit into 72....
The A's pitchers have allowed 47 homers and their collective ERA is 5.33. Take away starter Chris Codiroli and stopper Jay Howell, and the staff ERA is 6.47....
Kirk Gibson and Dave Rozema, Tiger teammates the past five years, are best buddies who will marry sisters this December. But this year Rozema is a Ranger, and last week he faced Gibson for the first time. Rozema said he didn't look at Gibson; he was trying to keep a straight face. It's a good thing he didn't look. Gibson blew him a kiss. Then he grounded out.
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