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He has changed his stance back to his old style: legs spread wide, standing upright instead of hunched over. He's using a lighter bat, a model belonging to teammate Stan Javier. He is more comfortable at the plate. He is more comfortable at second base, too, and has improved defensively.
"I'm happy for him," said Claire. "Through all his struggles last year, he never complained. Now he's playing so well."
It's the Law
Commissioner Fay Vincent's recent ruling that the American League must contribute 55% of the players to the 1992 expansion draft that will provide the players for the National League's two new teams in 1993 was not a popular decision with many American League team officials. Vincent awarded the American League 22% of the $190 million expansion money. Some American League general managers think that, at most, their teams should contribute a like percentage of the players for the expansion pool.
"It's crazy," says Twins general manager Andy MacPhail, who estimates the cost of developing a player from the time he's drafted until he reaches the major leagues at $3 million. "It's not an economic issue, it's a competitive issue. Teams need money to compete. To take players away and not even make up for developmental costs is not right.
"Take the league offices, the commissioner's office and the Player Relations office, that's three floors littered with lawyers but only one person [ Dick Wagner, a special assistant to the president of the American League] who has run a club. Something should be done about that."
Look Back in Anger
It's more than a coincidence that almost every player who leaves the Padres takes a parting shot at manager Greg Riddoch. The latest blast came from second baseman Marty Barrett, who has joined Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Jack Clark, Jim Presley and Garry Templeton among the Riddoch rippers.
"He tries to come off real friendly and have a family-type atmosphere, but I'm working my butt down here in rehab in Las Vegas and I never get one call from him," says Barrett, who was sent down to Triple A Las Vegas after surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on May 12 but refused a permanent assignment there. He became a free agent instead.
"If [Riddoch] can learn any lesson from what's going on, it's that he can't be everybody's buddy," says Barrett. "He can't be in everyone's corner at the same time."