March 12, 1991 |
Jim Palmer, trying to revive his career at age 45, looked like a batting practice pitcher in his spring training debut for Baltimore. With a fastball barely reaching 75 m.p.h., he struggled for two innings against the Boston Red Sox, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a balk. "I was disappointed," Palmer said. "I expected more from myself. I would like to have done better. But I think it would be premature to quit now. If I did, I still wouldn't know if I could do it."
March 8, 1991 |
Serious fans of college baseball need not be reminded that in the 1987 College World Series, Stanford's Paul Carey hit a grand slam off Louisiana State's Ben McDonald, keeping the Cardinal alive en route to the NCAA title. This week, the Baltimore Orioles acquired Carey, who played last season with the independent Class-A Miami Miracle. When Jim Henneman of the Baltimore Evening Sun told McDonald that Carey would be his new teammate, the pitcher said: "Good.
March 7, 1991 |
Pitching competitively for the first time since May, 1984, Jim Palmer worked two innings of an intrasquad game at the Baltimore Orioles training complex Wednesday. It wasn't his field of dreams. "If our manager had been a pitcher," Palmer said of Frank Robinson, "we would have played on Field 1, where the wind was blowing in. But he hit 586 home runs, so we played on Field 4, where the wind was blowing out." The gusts, estimated at 30 m.p.h.
March 4, 1991
Outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. of the Seattle Mariners was injured in a car accident and will be sidelined indefinitely with neck and lower back injuries, team officials said in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday. Griffey, 40, was en route to take a physical examination Saturday when he stopped his car to yield to an emergency vehicle. His Mercedes Benz was rear-ended by a pickup truck, said Larry Pedegana, Mariner orthopedic surgeon.
March 3, 1991 |
The autograph seekers are well armed. They extend baseballs, bats, photos, scraps of paper and even a box of Wheaties at a perspiring and accommodating Jim Palmer after another workout in his comeback attempt with the Baltimore Orioles. A gray-haired woman beams and says, "Good luck, Jim, you've always been my favorite." "Thank you," replies Palmer, who winks, asks the woman her age and is told 71. "Oh, my age," says Palmer, drawing a laugh from the people around him.
March 1, 1991 |
U nconventional wisdom for a Friday morning . . . Jim Palmer: There must be a reason for this. Nolan Ryan getting too close to the Cy Young for him? Cooperstown: It's a strange time when Palmer can get out easier than Pete Rose can get in. Reggie Jackson: He'd be my choice as Canseco Caretaker, too. Assuming Andre Agassi was already booked.