May 25, 1992 |
Busch Stadium has long been a tough park in which to hit home runs. For this season, the fences were moved in a few feet. Apparently, they were moved in about the right distance to help the surprising Cardinals into first place in the National League East. Tom Pagnozzi's drive to left-center field with one out in the ninth inning Sunday would have been a long out in 1991.
July 12, 1985 |
Nolan Ryan, baseball's reigning strikeout king, became the first pitcher in major league history to reach the 4,000 mark Thursday night when he struck out New York's Danny Heep in the sixth inning of a game won by the Astros, 4-3, in 12 innings. Ryan, 38, who went into the game seven strikeouts short of 4,000, reached the milestone when Heep, the leadoff hitter in the sixth, swung at an 0-and-2 curveball in the dirt.
June 2, 1988 |
His physical characteristics are that of a typical leadoff hitter. He is small (5-6, 155 pounds), fast, and he has a compact swing. But Gabe Diaz was more to Hueneme High's baseball team than just a good first-place hitter. He led or was tied for the lead in every offensive category but home runs. Diaz, a shortstop, batted .448, scored 31 runs, had 9 doubles, 4 triples, 24 runs batted in and stole 13 bases. Perhaps just as impressive, he never struck out in 96 at-bats.
May 19, 1993 |
Will Camarillo's Jeremy Fischer be up for the challenge? Fischer had held the state's top high jump mark of 7 feet 2 inches for '93 until Monroe senior Jeff Nadeau (7-2 1/4) surpassed that height Thursday. "I'm glad he did it," Camarillo Coach Dennis Riedmiller said of Nadeau. "(Fischer) needs the challenge. He needs to be pushed." Fischer was amazed at the manner in which Nadeau reached his mark. Nadeau made a draining 27 jumps at 13 different heights before topping out at 7-2.
August 21, 1993 |
He didn't know it at the time, but Bob Westland already was making the transition. Sure, he was a professional ballplayer, but the economics degree he'd earned at UCLA was fast being put to use. Westland never scaled the minor league ladder into the majors--it's arguable whether he played in the real minors at all--but he sure knew all about dollars and sense. So what if his fly-by-night, rookie-league team was as broke as a balsa bat.
March 24, 1986 |
The results of the CAT-scan on John Candelaria's left elbow are in, and although the news wasn't enough to write Candelaria out of the Angels' April roster plans, it wasn't exactly worth writing home about, either. The good news for the Angels is that the scan didn't show any bone chips or loose fragments in Candelaria's elbow. The not-so-good news is that some calcification, or bone spurring, was located. There are two ways to view this development.