September 5, 1999 |
As the Diamondbacks finished a road trip against the Marlins a week ago, Manager Buck Showalter had a thought: Why not hold Randy Johnson back a day and save him to pitch in last weekend's playoff-preview series against the Mets in Bank One Ballpark? Showalter had another left-hander, swing man Brian Anderson, available to start against the Marlins. Wouldn't it make sense to use Anderson on Thursday and then unleash the fury of Johnson's 97-mile-an-hour heat on New York at home the next day?
October 7, 1995 |
Marquis Grissom, center fielder for the Atlanta Braves, is not surprised that all four players involved in the Montreal Expos' spring payroll purge ended up in the playoffs. He referred to Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies, John Wetteland of the New York Yankees, Ken Hill of the Cleveland Indians (originally traded to the St. Louis Cardinals) and himself. "I'm happy for all those guys," Grissom said. "We finally got a chance. I told them before we left Montreal, 'It's going to work out.'
October 14, 1993 |
Rules? Phillie Manager Jim Fregosi said he has only one: no earrings. "The general manager (Lee Thomas) doesn't like them," Fregosi said. "As soon as he told me, I told my wife she couldn't wear them." On the National League manager of the year award, Sporting News variety, going to Bobby Cox of the Braves, Fregosi said: "I voted for him. He's a great guy, and he did a great job bringing that team back (from a 10-game deficit)."
October 13, 1993 |
What were the odds that the Atlanta Braves would lose two games at home to the Philadelphia Phillies, be down 3-2 in the National League playoffs, and be here today, facing elimination? Probably about the same as the Phillies' being one victory away from the World Series. "A lot of things were said about this club, about how we are not supposed to be on the same field as the Atlanta Braves," Phillie Manager Jim Fregosi said. "But this team never quits. And we are a team.
October 12, 1993 |
Atlanta's Terry Pendleton on the wild man of Philadelphia, pitcher Mitch (Wild Thing) Williams: "It's easier after you've faced him a few times. After a while, you realize he doesn't hit every batter." Williams on how his wildness might affect batters: "If they're thinking about living through the at-bat, it takes their mind off hitting a little bit."