April 2, 1988 |
An abnormally placid spring training wound up in typical Yankee turbulence Friday with slugger Dave Winfield reportedly on his way out of New York for writing a book that offended his boss. While radio stations made up hypothetical April Fool's trades, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner actually seemed determined to deal his 36-year-old right fielder. The most likely deal seemed to be to the Baltimore Orioles for Fred Lynn, a trade reported by newspapers in both Baltimore and New York.
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 7, 1997 |
Jim Abbott looked glum as he stood in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse at Scottsdale Stadium, even though he had just pitched three shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants. "It's another step," said Abbott, trying to rebound from a 2-18 record and 7.48 earned-run average last season. "I want to be able to take a small step each time I pitch." Abbott gave up three hits with one strikeout and three walks against a Giant lineup that did not include Barry Bonds, J.T.
April 6, 1988 |
Obviously, just about the only person in New York who wants to see Dave Winfield depart is Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. After the slugging outfielder rejected a propsed trade to the Houston Astros, Winfield received a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium before helping the Yankees open the season on a happy note Tuesday.
March 26, 1997 |
Pitcher Allen Watson has not had one good Cactus League start. He was rocked for eight runs and 11 hits in Tuesday's 16-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants, his earned-run average is 12.18 and his attitude toward it all is: What, me worry? "If things are going like this in the fourth game of the season, I'll be concerned," Watson said. "But I'm not walking four or five guys or giving up a bunch of home runs. My velocity is there, and I'm getting three pitches over. . . .
March 9, 1997 |
Left-hander Chuck Finley made his first start of the spring and pitched two innings with moderate success against the Seattle Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Sidelined since Feb. 18 because of shoulder tendinitis, Finley was given the option of throwing a simulated game against teammates or facing Seattle. He chose the Mariners. "I said, 'Let's go for it,' " Finley said after giving up two runs on four hits.
May 22, 1992 |
John Burkett didn't get the usual support from the San Francisco Giants, but he didn't need it. Burkett, backed by 48 runs in his first eight starts, yielded two hits in seven innings and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0, Thursday at San Francisco for his fourth consecutive victory. The Giants swept the three-game series from the Pirates, who have lost six games in a row. Burkett (4-1), who struck out four and walked none, gave up singles to Andy Van Slyke in the first and fourth innings.
March 11, 1997 |
Conventional wisdom had three pitchers fighting for the fifth spot in the Angels' starting rotation, but right-hander Mark Gubicza's nagging shoulder soreness could mean two job openings by opening day. Manager Terry Collins confirmed as much, saying, "If he's not ready, we could be talking about needing two starters." Gubicza, whose only appearance this spring was March 2, played catch Monday. But he's not expected to pitch for at least another week.
February 27, 1997 |
Outfielder Kevin Bass is four for seven in his last two organized baseball games, though it has been 1 1/2 years between them. Bass, a 37-year-old with more than 13 years of major league experience, is trying an improbable comeback after sitting out the 1996 season because no team wanted him.