Amos Otis has a hole in his glove. Literally. The battered piece of leather he uses as the Pirate leftfielder is 12 years old. It is, in fact, only the second glove that Otis has used since he was a sophomore in high school in 1963.
"The first one I had," says Otis, who signed with Pittsburgh when he was dropped after 14 years in Kansas City, "I showed it on national TV and someone stole it."
As Otis' career in K.C. started to wind down and he was eased out of playing centerfield regularly, he wrote little reminders in a felt tip marker on the glove: LEFTFIELD...RIGHTFIELD...PLAYS NO MORE....
Well, the last bit was put there by an anonymous Royal teammate after Otis was benched last season. But if the hole in the glove gets any larger, Otis is going to run out of room to make notes.