August 28, 1998 |
The Red Sox's domination of Oakland began with their opening-day win over Tom Candiotti and ended with Candiotti's victory Thursday night. The Athletics, who entered the game with a 1-9 record and .204 batting average against Boston, won, 6-3, behind a 13-hit attack and a strong six-inning performance by Candiotti. Candiotti (10-14) won for the fifth time in his last six starts. He began the season with a 2-0 loss to Boston's Pedro Martinez in which the Athletics managed only four hits.
August 6, 1998 |
Hideki Irabu gave up only two hits Wednesday night at Oakland. Both were costly. Tom Candiotti threw some pitches that wouldn't have gotten a ticket on the expressway outside Oakland Alameda Coliseum, but they were good enough to baffle New York in the Athletics' 3-1 victory that averted a four-game New York Yankee sweep. Candiotti's knuckleball held New York to four hits and gave him his second victory in a row after he had lost nine of 10 decisions.
March 3, 1998 |
The knuckleball tends to lose movement in the dry air of Arizona, so Tom Candiotti went to the hard stuff. The former Dodger pitcher considered Brett Butler's rip of Mike Piazza and said, "I guess when you're out of baseball you can say stuff like that, but you would think he'd have the time now to look at himself in the mirror. "If you went to Mike, he'd probably tell you that Brett Butler was a lot of the problem and a lot of people probably would." Suddenly, "March madness" has a new meaning.
December 9, 1997 |
The Dodgers moved to fill their hole at shortstop Monday, reacquiring free agent Jose Vizcaino, as expected, and seemingly completing their major off-season acquisitions. Terms of the three-year deal were not released, but baseball sources said Vizcaino, 29, received a package worth $9.5 million--$3 million in 1998 and '99 and $3.5 million in 2000. He made $2.8 million with the San Francisco Giants last season. Also Monday, former Dodger pitcher Tom Candiotti agreed to a two-year, $6.
October 29, 1997 |
Beginning an off-season of change for the Dodgers, pitching coach Dave Wallace on Tuesday accepted the position of assistant to the general manager of the New York Mets. Wallace, the Dodger pitching coach since 1995, accepted the front-office job to be closer to his home in Massachusetts, baseball sources said. Wallace couldn't be reached for comment.
September 14, 1997 |
Are the Dodgers choking? "It seems to me," one club employee said, watching the players eat in the clubhouse, "that nobody is having trouble digesting their food." Maybe not, but it's pretty tough for them to swallow a few other things lately, such as their 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night at the Astrodome, the Dodgers' fifth defeat in a row and eighth in their last 11 games. Talk about hard to digest.