July 13, 1991 |
The Padres stared at him from the bench Friday night, looking peculiarly at the guy wearing the pinstripe uniform with orange and blue trim. They were confused. It was as if the image in their mind wouldn't conform to what they were seeing. Garry Templeton wasn't supposed to be wearing a New York Mets uniform. He was destined to retire a Padre, remember? He wasn't supposed to be wearing No. 11. His uniform was No. 1.
June 21, 1991 |
It would have been natural to wonder how Garry Templeton would react to being uprooted. His reputation was grounded in stability and fixed at shortstop. Before this season, he had played 1,923 games at that position, more than any other active player, and only two anywhere else, both at third base. That makes his past three weeks with the New York Mets so striking. He has displayed an altogether different kind of range.
May 30, 1991 |
The Padres have given infielder Garry Templeton assurances they will not stand in his way of a trade. They've notified every team in the major leagues that Templeton is available for a bargain-basement price. Templeton and his agent, Richie Bry, have been told they can contact clubs on their own. Templeton, who has not started a game since May 1, is being used almost primarily as a left-handed pinch-hitter, hardly the role he envisioned.
May 13, 1991 |
Garry Templeton could see it coming, but he had no idea that it would be this bad. The Padre veteran, 35, recalled Sunday that Jack McKeon, then manager/general manager, had broached the subject of a utility role two years ago. He said he thought he would play a lot more under those conditions than he has this season as a reserve for the first time in his 16-year major league career. "McKeon told me that if he got a shortstop, he wanted me to play utility," Templeton said.
April 8, 1991 |
Thwack! Ground ball. "Get it, Bip!" Garry Templeton yelled. Thwack! Ground ball. "Forget it!" Templeton yelled. The sun was bright and the Padres were getting ready for their final exhibition game. A few minutes passed. Templeton's turn in the batting cage finished. "I'll take some grounders at third," he said to nobody in particular. He grabbed his glove and trotted away. Introducing Garry Templeton, utility man.
April 7, 1991 |
Catcher Brian Dorsett received word after Saturday's 6-5 Padre exhibition loss to Seattle that he was the final Padre cut of the spring, thus ensuring Garry Templeton a spot on the opening day 25-man roster. Earlier Saturday, the Padres optioned outfielder Jim Vatcher and pitchers Adam Peterson and Steve Rosenberg to triple-A Las Vegas. But the big news came after the game--and it surprised Templeton, the Padres' all-time leader in games played. "I didn't think I'd be here," Templeton said.