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INSIDE PITCH (Through August 14)
Herm Weiskopf
August 22, 1983
George Brett has stopped using the famous pine-tar bat that sparked one of the strangest controversies in baseball history. Brett had called it "the best bat I've ever had" and had ignored a $10,000 offer to sell it. Then he decided it "didn't feel good anymore" and is "leaning" toward "giving it to my family to keep forever." He also says, "I'd like to burn it. That way people will quit asking me questions about it." Of course, the worst thing about the bat is that it stopped producing hits. In the 10 games he used it after its return, Brett batted .289. Now he's swinging teammate Don Slaught's all-black model.
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August 22, 1983

Inside Pitch (through August 14)

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Last week Dr. Kirsch administered a survey in which the Giants aired their feelings about Manager Frank Robinson. After the results were discussed in an 80-minute clubhouse session, Robinson said, "I realized that sometimes I come down too hard on people. It opened up the lines of communication. It gave me a different perspective."

" Dickie Thon is easily the best shortstop in our league, and maybe in both leagues," said San Diego Manager Dick Williams of the Astro who has hit .404 against the Padres this season.... Gay-lord Perry of the Royals became the third pitcher this season to pass Walter Johnson on the alltime strikeout list, fanning six Red Sox during a 5-4 victory. That gave Perry 3,512 strikeouts, four more than Johnson.... Detroit's Jack Morris has been 11-3 since June 2.... Shutouts in his last two outings raised Moose Haas's record for Milwaukee to 6-0 since June 10.... Two reasons why Minnesota's Dave Engle had his average up to .335: A shortened swing has helped him hit .480 the past month, and he's 17 for 27 (.630) against California for the season.... A strained rib-cage muscle put Atlanta's Chris Chambliss on the disabled list for the first time in his 13-year career.... Even though rookie Bill Krueger went on the DL with torn muscle fibers in his left forearm, the A's still had four first-year players in their rotation: Chris Codiroli, Tim Conroy, Gorman Heimueller and Mike Warren, who was summoned from the minor leagues to replace Krueger.

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