March 28, 1989 |
It wasn't as dramatic as Kirk Gibson's 12th-inning, game-winning home run in Game 4 of last year's National League championship series, but John Shelby will take it. Shelby hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning Monday to give the Dodgers a 5-3 exhibition victory over the new York Mets. It was Shelby's second homer of the spring and his second hit of the game. It hasn't been a good spring for Shelby, whose batting average had dipped to .174.
April 8, 1991 |
The way I look at it, nobody can win the World Series this year. The Cincinnati Reds can't win it because nobody repeats in baseball.
August 31, 1990 |
For some minor league baseball players, Sept. 1 can be as exciting as Christmas morning. Starting today, major league teams can expand their rosters to 40 players and a few select minor leaguers will be rewarded with promotions. Pennant contenders, such as the Dodgers and the New York Mets, will be adding reserves to help the battle for a playoff spot. Other teams will use their additional roster spots to test their top prospects against major league competition.
September 7, 1995 |
Ismael Valdes has the toughest assignment in the Dodger pitching rotation. He follows Hideo Nomo. The Dodgers, who have lost 15 of 24 games following a Nomo victory, lost again, 1-0, to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night before a paid crowd of 29,835 at Dodger Stadium. Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda said he can't explain the Dodgers' post-Nomo record. "How can you answer that question," Lasorda said with a sigh. Valdes agreed.
July 28, 1988 |
The trade that may have thawed the rather chilly front-office relationship between the New York Mets and New York Yankees also may have ignited the career of Darren Reed, who for four years felt freeze-dried in the throes of the Yankee organization.
December 11, 1986 |
The Padres were getting closer Wednesday night to completing a deal that would send outfielder Kevin McReynolds--and possibly reliever Gene Walter--to the New York Mets for four players. Which four players? The Padres want infielder/outfielder Kevin Mitchell (he'd play third base), center fielder Stan Jefferson, left-handed pitcher Randy Meyers and pitcher Rick Aguilera. However, the Mets wouldn't trade those four just for McReynolds and wanted Walter, too, to sweeten the deal.