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Probably all of the above, because the cost-cutting tactics by the team's ownership have turned San Diego from talented to terrible. Look for Hurst, who will make $2.75 million in '93, to be traded this spring (probably to Boston) once it's clear that his left shoulder is sound. The Padres will very likely end up giving him away, just as they unloaded the big salaries of shortstop Tony Fernandez, pitcher Randy Myers and catcher Benito Santiago. Said an agent who counts Padre players among his clients, "Watching what's happening to San Diego is like watching someone slowly bleed to death."
22. Who will new Mariner manager Lou Piniella put in a headlock first, Randy Johnson or Ken Griffey Jr.?
Piniella is the most impatient and intolerant skipper in the game, as well as its worst loser—a big reason why the Mariners are a solid bet to be the most-improved team in the American League this year. "He will make you compete," says Mariner coach John McLaren. Piniella won't stand for occasional loafing by Griffey, and he won't sit idly by as Johnson throws 100 pitches by the fourth inning.
But watch Johnson closely in spring training. After getting advice on his mechanics from, of all people, then Ranger pitching coach Tom House, as well as Nolan Ryan, Johnson went 5-2 with a 2.65 ERA, 117 strikeouts, 47 walks and 48 hits in 85 innings the last two months of the '92 season.
23. Who's that old guy back with the Twins?
If you guessed Jim Perry, you're close. It's Bert Blyleven, who's 41 years old and 13 victories shy of 300. Blyleven broke in with the Twins back in 1970, and now Minnesota is counting on him to win a job in the starting rotation; that will allow the young arms of Willie Banks and Mike Trombley to get some seasoning in the bullpen.
"We know we're shooting the dice on Bert, but he threw well in our minicamp in January," says Twin manager Tom Kelly. "You can't manage with your heart; you have to manage with your head. But Bert could be a big plus for us."
24. What player attended President Clinton's inauguration and, during his short stay in Washington, squeezed in some batting practice at Catholic U?
Dodger leftfielder Eric Davis, who, like many of his teammates, has dedicated himself to making the dismal showing by LA. last year look like a fluke. But too many Dodgers are, like the 30-year-old Davis, on the downside of their careers, including newcomers Tim Wallach, 35, at third base and Jody Reed, 30, at second.
The winter started ominously when new closer Todd Worrell, 33, couldn't participate in the team's first workout, in January at Dodger Stadium, because of tendinitis in his right forearm. (The Dodgers had insisted that Worrell pass a physical as a condition of his signing a three-year, $9.5 million deal with them in December. But when the Atlanta Braves entered the bidding for the veteran reliever, LA. dropped its demand.)