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INSIDE BASEBALL
Peter Gammons
March 27, 1989
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March 27, 1989

Inside Baseball

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Much of last season, A's manager Tony La Russa used trainer Barry Weinberg to give the signs to base runners rather than then-third base coach Lefebvre. The Dodgers' advance scouts figured that out before the World Series, but La Russa outfoxed them by using hitting coach Bob Watson and someone sitting beside the Oakland dugout to flash signs during the Series....

The Pirates need more offense at shortstop, but manager Jim Leyland says Rafael Belliard, who hit .213 in '88, "is the best in the business defensively." Of his nine fielding errors last year, only two were missed ground balls in the hole. Adds Pirate coach Rich Donnelly, "Rafael really is better than Ozzie Smith, but no one realizes it outside of Pittsburgh."

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