? Dave Valle, Seattle Mariner catcher, a career .230 hitter, to teammate Ken Griffey Jr.: "It's easy to hit .300 with your swing. Try doing it with mine."
? Dave Winfield, after he singled for the Minnesota Twins last week to tie Wee Willie Keeler for 21st on the alltime list, with 2,962 hits: "Who would you rather be? Wee Willie or Big Dave?"
?Helen Strus, p.r. woman for Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., explaining the facility's message (right) on the 18th anniversary of the disappearance of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, who is rumored to be in permanent residence there: "We just thought we'd have a little fun."