For Weekend Editions May 29-30
Undated (AP) _ In the upcoming amateur draft, the players expected to be selected early include shortstop Alex Rodriguez, and pitchers Jeff Granger, Darren Dreifort, Wayne Gomes and Brian Anderson.
The Seattle Mariners pick first in the draft followed by the Dodgers, Angels and Phillies.
Three of last year’s No. 1 picks, third baseman Phil Nevin. (Astros), and outfielders Jeffrey Hammonds. and Chad Mottola, are showing they will be major leaguers soon.
Of the top group of players in 1993, Granger might make it to the majors the soonest. Granger, a left-hander, was 12-3 with 129 strikeouts in 105 innings for Texas A&M.
Another player to keep an eye on is designated hitter Paul LoDuca. of Arizona State. He hit .447 with 80 RBIs. For teams looking for a power-hitting first baseman there’s Ryan McGuire. of UCLA. He hit 21 home runs.
RED FACED:. Unless the Cincinnati Reds go on to win the NL West division, it seems almost certain 32-year-old general manager Jim Bowden. will be replaced. Marge Schott. and her partners were unhappy over how Bowden handled the firing of Tony Perez. and the uproar it caused among the players and fans.
″I’m disappointed and embarrassed,″ pitcher Jose Rijo. said. ″This shows no loyalty, no respect, no class. This organization is supposed to be about family, tradition and loyalty, and I haven’t seen that.
″I’m going to be upset for life. You don’t treat people who have been loyal and faithful to you that way. It makes you wonder. It’s not the first time it’s happened here. We’ve definitely reached the highest level of embarrassivity.″ ...
When Davey Johnson. was fired in May 1990 by the Mets it was in Cincinnati. ... The last Reds manager before Tony Perez was Lou Piniella., who also managed in New York with the Yankees.
DID YOU NOTICE?:. The Milwaukee Brewers appear to be complying with a major league directive to speed up games this season. They’ve played the three fastest in the AL - two in 2 hours, 3 minutes and another in 2:04 - and have lost all three.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates will get a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds of the June baseball draft as compensation for the loss of free agent Barry Bonds.. Bonds signed last December with the San Francisco Giants for $43.5 over six years.
- Steve Cooke., only seven months old when his last pitching opponent Charlie Hough made his major-league debut in Pittsburgh, tossed a four-hitter for his first shutout as the Pirates beat Florida 2-0 earlier this week.
- Tom Glavine. of the Braves is 9-0 in 10 career starts at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.
- Ken Hill. became the first Montreal starter ever to win his first six games of the season. Hill is 22-9 since being acquired from St. Louis before last season.
- Dennis Eckersley. has blown five saves this year, two more than he had all of last year when he won the Cy Young Award.
- Ryne Sandberg. and Howard Johnson. were each ejected from games for the first time in their careers.
- There were numerous reports this week that the Mets are interested in Padres third baseman Gary Sheffield.. The San Diego owners are looking to cut the payroll even more, and Sheffield is eligible for free ageny at the end of the season. Fred McGriff. is also available. ... At some point this season, the Mets might start looking to trade - or release - such veterans as Eddie Murray., Vince Coleman., Sid Fernandez., and Howard Johnson.. Murray, Fernandez and Johnson are eligible to become free agents following the season.
JOSE CAN’T YOU SEE?. Jose Canseco. used his head in the outfield, and Carlos Martinez is glad he did. Martinez’s deep fly ball to right bounced off Canseco’s head Wednesday and over the right-field wall for a home run in the fourth inning of the Texas-Cleveland game. Maybe Jose should try soccer next? ... One of David Letterman’s. top 10 things more embarrassing than having a ball bounce off your head for a home run: ″Buying a ticket from a scalper at Shea Stadium.″ ... Letterman also joked that Mets tickets should come with the following warning: ″May Cause Drowsiness.″
MESSAGE PENDING:. Terry Pendleton. was clearly sending a signal to his Atlanta teammates and manager Bobby Cox Wednesday when he walked off the field in Cincinnati to protest his pitcher not throwing at the Reds in retaliation. The Braves have been struggling at the plate all season, including Pendleton.
But Pendleton should have made his message a little sooner and in a different way.
″I got no instructions to hit anyone,″ pitcher Marvin Freeman. said. ″I can’t read guys’ minds. I would be more than happy to accommodate them. I have no problems with that at all. I have to live in this clubhouse, not the other one. But I got no instructions, and I do what I’m told.″
George Brett. had a homer and three RBIs Wednesday against Chicago, moving him past Joe DiMaggio. and into 31st place on the all-time RBI list with 1,538.
- Texas starter Kenny Rogers. has given up 23 earned runs in his last 11 1-3 innings.
- Cleveland shortstop Felix Fermin has 14 RBIs this season. He had 13 all of 1992.
- Curt Schilling. of the Phillies has 14 complete games in his last 36 starts.
- Minnesota’s 12-11 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday featured 31 hits, 23 runs, 13 pitchers, five lead changes and three blown saves.
- Jamie Moyer. of the Orioles has lost 10 straight decisions.
JUST WONDERING ....
- Reggie Jackson., now a part of the Yankees front office, was among the many celebrities seated at courtside Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for Game 2 of the playoffs between the Bulls and Knicks. Meanwhile, a few miles to the north, the Yankees played host to the Baltimore Orioles in front of a small crowd. Reggie is supposed to be evaluating talent for the Yankees, looking for prospects. Well, Michael Jordan. would make a great defensive outfielder. And, nothing would get by Patrick Ewing. at first base.
- It seems odd the schedule makers had both the Yankees and Mets playing home games during the Memorial Day weekend, usually one of the busiest for baseball. Attendance at stadiums in New York might also decrease this weekend because of the Knicks-Bulls.
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