May 30, 1991 |
The big time has created some big headaches for career minor leaguer Rich Amaral, who debuted with the Mariners this week. The Mariners hoped that Amaral, who graduated from Estancia High School in 1980 and later played for Orange Coast College and UCLA, could bring some offense with him from triple-A Calgary, where he hit .358 in 39 games this season. Manager Jim Lefebvre installed Amaral at shortstop in place of slumping Omar Vizquel, who was hitting .191 in 36 games.
June 13, 1993 |
It's a puzzle . . . Why do you draft (a player) and then ignore him even when he plays well? --Bill James on Rich Amaral in The Baseball Book, 1991 While listening for that obvious question, Seattle Mariners Manager Lou Piniella cut the query short. "I have no explanation," he said. Piniella could not explain why Amaral, at 31 the oldest rookie in the majors, spent a decade in the minors before finding steady work in the big leagues. He couldn't explain why Amaral, who hit .
April 5, 1998 |
The Mariners put outfielder Rich Amaral on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26, because of back spasms. . . . Oakland put pitcher Brad Rigby on the disabled list, retroactive to March 26, because of a lower back sprain. The A's recalled infielder Jorge Velandia from Edmonton to replace Rigby. . . . Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez was out of the lineup for the game against Toronto after straining a ligament in his left thumb while swinging a bat during Friday night's game.
July 11, 1993 |
When Chris Cron was a pup in the Angels' organization, he recalled seeing a 30-year-old triple-A player and thinking, "Why is he sticking around when there's a good chance he'll never make the major leagues?" Now Cron, a 29-year-old first baseman for the triple-A Nashville Sounds, admits youngsters in the Chicago White Sox farm system are probably saying the same things about him.
August 15, 1991 |
Fernando Valenzuela continued to struggle in his attempt to return to the majors, allowing home runs to the first two batters he faced Wednesday night in a Pacific Coast League game. Rich Amaral hit Valenzuela's second pitch over the left-field fence and, three pitches later, Dave Brundage homered to right-center to lead Calgary to a 5-1 victory over Edmonton, the Angels' triple-A affiliate.
April 7, 1993 |
Tim Raines hit a three-run homer during a six-run fourth inning to power the White Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Twins on Tuesday, giving Chicago its seventh successive win in a season opener. Jack McDowell, 20-10 last season, gave up seven hits in six innings in the game at Minneapolis, including two-run home runs by Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield. He also walked five but still won for the 47th time since the 1990 All-Star break, more than any other big-league pitcher in that span.