It's a Dog's Life
The world champion Reds weren't exactly overwhelmed with endorsement offers during the off-season. But team owner Marge Schott's dog, Schottzie, now graces the front of Meaty Bone dog-biscuit boxes in the Cincinnati area. "I didn't get any endorsements, now I'm mad," says Schott, laughing. "But Schottzie gets more mail than me, too. Look, you've got to be light about this. I know people say, 'Oh, her and her stupid dog. Who cares?' But who else would aggravate baseball men besides me?"
A Souvenir Quandary
Robby Thompson of the Giants last week became the 202nd player in major league history to hit for the cycle. He joined a list that includes Ivan DeJesus, Tim Foli, Rich Gedman and Chris Speier (twice), but not Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb or Willie Mays. Thompson completed the cycle with a double. "I didn't know whether to ask for the ball or the base," he said.
The Petit Hose
The White Sox have the smallest team in the majors. Shortstop Ozzie Guillen, second baseman Scott Fletcher and outfielder Lance Johnson are all listed at 5'11". "Five-eleven?" said pitcher Charlie Hough. "Those guys could do jumping jacks under a 5'11" doorway."
Whatever heights the above three players really are, they're all certainly taller than outfielder Tim Raines and infielder Joey Cora, who are 5'8", and infielder Craig Grebeck, who is 5'7" and calls himself "the smallest player in baseball." Cora, however, seems to be smaller. "When we got Cora this spring," said Hough, "I thought he was one of the clubhouse kids. I'd never seen him. I told him to get me some sanis [sanitary socks]. Then, when he went out and stretched with us, I said, 'Hey, what's he doing out here?' I think we got him to make Scooter [Fletcher] look big."
A Hitless Wonder
"How about Kile, bailing on a no-hitter after the sixth inning?" yelled Astro utilityman Casey Candaele in the Astros' clubhouse on April 24. "What a wimp!" Candaele was kidding, of course. In his first big league start, Darryl Kile, a 22-year-old rookie, was removed by manager Art Howe after holding the Reds hitless for six innings and 65 pitches. Kile hadn't thrown more than 34 pitches in an outing this season, so Howe lifted him rather than risk an injury. Reliever Al Osuna, another rookie, threw two hitless innings before Curt Schilling lost the no-hitter in the ninth on a single by Bill Doran. Houston won 1-0.
By the Numbers
?The Padres have used Marty Barrett, Paul Fanes, Jim Presley and Garry Templeton at third base this year. After Sunday's game, their combined batting average was .100, and they had gone 69 at bats without an RBI. In San Diego's 22 seasons in the National League, the Padres have never had a third baseman who has driven in more than 65 runs in a season.
?Since his rookie year in 1979, the A's Rickey Henderson has stolen more bases (938) than the Orioles (904), the Twins (758) and the Red Sox (641).