Rickey Henderson. "Rickey's not swinging the bat very well," said the Red Sox pitcher. "Plus, he has this little blind spot down and in—he'll swing right through that pitch." Even when he isn't hitting, Henderson draws walks. "If you walk him," said Scout C, "you might as well build a freeway from home plate, over the mound and right to second base." But Scout B said, "You can pick him off if you throw over to first base enough. Rickey gets bored after a while and takes off."
Carney Lansford. Try to jam him up and in, said the pitching coach. "You can change up on him successfully, too. But nothing is a sure thing when he has two strikes on him because he battles."
Jose Canseco. "He just doesn't want to swing," said the Boston pitcher. "It was almost sad to see. Mike Flanagan used to call him Jose Don't Make A Mistake-o. But the way he's swinging now, you can."
Harold Baines. "You really, really have to jam him," said Scout C. "If you just pitch him on the inside corner, he'll kill you." Said the pitching coach, "Change speeds on him and change your patterns. He is a very intelligent hitter."
Mark McGwire. "Go at him mostly with fastballs," said the coach. "Just don't throw them down. It's O.K. to start him with a breaking ball, but don't throw him one with two strikes."
Dave Henderson/Willie McGee. Hendu is a low-fastball hitter. "Move him off the plate," suggested the pitching coach, "but absolutely stay away from him with both the fastball and the breaking ball."
The American Leaguers weren't quite as familiar with McGee, the National League batting champion, but Scout B said, "He looks like he likes the ball up so he can beat down on it. He also looks like he guesses, which is pretty unusual for a batting champ."
Terry Steinbach/Ron Hassey. Steinbach is a good low-ball hitter, said the Boston pitcher, but he doesn't like changeups or sliders away. Hassey is a pure guess hitter who tries to hit low-and-inside pitches into the seats, up-and-away pitches to the opposite field.
Walt Weiss. Lefthanded, he likes the ball down; righthanded, he likes the ball up a little more. Either way, jam him. Said Scout B, "If he doesn't play because of his [sprained left] knee, they're really going to miss him. He sets the tone for that team. Heck, he gets madder than Bo Jackson when he strikes out."
Mike Gallego/Willie Randolph. "We call Gallego the Ewok," said the Red Sox pitcher. "Not only does he look like one, but he bounces around like one. You can get him out with breaking balls, but you have to get them over." Randolph's bat has slowed down, but as Scout C said, "He's a big-game hitter."