July 7, 1990 |
Somewhere cool, with an ocean breeze and big, white fluffy clouds offering shade, they named the 1990 All-Star starters. So Cleveland, where it is perhaps 2,000 degrees--is the perfect place to name the 1990 Anti-All-Star team. In the yin and yang of baseball, for every positive there is a negative. Thus, as ballplayers across the country count their incentive-clause bonuses for being voted into the Midsummer Classic, there is the third annual Anti-All-Star team. No bonuses, please.
June 21, 1990 |
Theirs is a union of circumstance and fate, a marriage celebrated on a diamond instead of with one. To put in perspective the partnership of second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell, consider this: The Detroit Tigers have had one double-play combination since the two were summoned from Montgomery, Ala., of the Southern League and made their major league debut in the second game of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 9, 1977.
June 2, 1989 |
Lou Whitaker struck a blow for every little guy who ever aspired to play ball when he hit eight home runs in May. Whitaker now has 13 for the season, one more than he hit in his first four years in the major leagues. He was tied with Baltimore's Terry Tettleton for the American League lead going into today's game between the Tigers and Orioles. "He's a strong little guy and he's got a great body," Detroit interim manager Dick Tracewski said. "And he's getting bigger. When he first got here, Lou weighed 150 pounds soaking wet. Now he's up to about 175."
May 8, 1989 |
On a day when they learned that half of the best one-two punch in baseball, Jose Canseco, reinjured his left wrist, the Oakland Athletics could thank their lucky stars for the other half. Mark McGwire, continuing his hitting rampage at Tiger Stadium, hit his eighth home run of the season Sunday to break a seventh-inning tie and lead the Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Tigers. Canseco, injured in spring training, was in the second game of his rehabilitation at Huntsville, Ala. He singled in the third inning, reinjured the wrist and departed.
October 12, 1987 |
A million times in his 19-year major league career, Darrell Evans has danced off third base. As a third baseman much of his career, he saw a million other guys dance off the bag. He knows the corner. But Sunday night, dancing off third in the sixth inning, with the hopes of a city in his back pocket, Evans goofed. He danced too far. He danced himself and the Tigers out of the game, and possibly out of the playoffs.
October 11, 1987 |
There was a nice moment at home plate just before Saturday's game between the Tigers and the Twins. Very touching. As the teams trotted back to their dugouts after introductions, Tiger Manager Sparky Anderson huddled with Twin reliever Juan Berenguer. Standing at the plate, nose to nose, they talked briefly, and Sparky grabbed Juan's head in a fatherly gesture of affection. There was another moment at home plate in the seventh inning.