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INSIDE PITCH Statistics through July 21
Henry Hecht
July 29, 1985
The All-Star Game was just what the people who built the Metrodome deserved: a boring party with very dull guests. Goose Gossage called the crowd "50,000 mannequins." Said George Brett, "Playing indoors reminds me of when I was a kid and you had to go to your room and you couldn't go outside. It was like you were being punished." ...Sparky Anderson walked Tim Wallach on purpose with two outs in the ninth so that ex-Tiger Glenn Wilson could get an at bat in his first All-Star Game. He struck out against Willie Hernandez on a pitch that was about two feet outside, but he said, "It was fun. I kept looking down at my uniform and looking around at all the great players, and cheering and ragging the other team. And what Sparky did, that just shows you why he's great for baseball." ...Lou Whitaker, whose Tiger uniform never made it to Minnesota, put together a makeshift ensemble, thanks to a visit to a concession stand and donations from his AL teammates. But he played without a jock. Not to worry. Said Whitaker, "I have good hands." ...While Joaquin Andujar stayed home sulking, Pedro Guerrero, a friend, showed up, even though he couldn't play because of a sprained back. "It's a great honor to be here," said Guerrero. "I don't know what Joaquin's thinking. We're two different people." ...Oil Can Boyd, who desperately wanted to be in the game, didn't bother to watch on TV. Said the Red Sox' pitcher, "This is the last All-Star Game I'll miss."
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July 29, 1985

Inside Pitch Statistics Through July 21

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BALL PARK FIGURES

These players have participated in 10 or more All-Star Games:

H. Aaron

24

Mays

24

Musial

24

B. Robinson

18

T. Williams

18

Kaline

16

Mantle

16

Rose

16

Berra

15

Carew

15

Clemente

14

Yastrzemski

14

Banks

13

Fox

13

Bench

12

R. Jackson

12

J. DiMaggio

11

Killebrew

11

Ott

11

F. Robinson

11

Aparicio

10

K. Boyer

10

Garvey

10

Herman

10

Mathews

10

Medwick

10

Mize

10

Slaughter

10

The All-Star Game was just what the people who built the Metrodome deserved: a boring party with very dull guests. Goose Gossage called the crowd "50,000 mannequins." Said George Brett, "Playing indoors reminds me of when I was a kid and you had to go to your room and you couldn't go outside. It was like you were being punished." ... Sparky Anderson walked Tim Wallach on purpose with two outs in the ninth so that ex-Tiger Glenn Wilson could get an at bat in his first All-Star Game. He struck out against Willie Hernandez on a pitch that was about two feet outside, but he said, "It was fun. I kept looking down at my uniform and looking around at all the great players, and cheering and ragging the other team. And what Sparky did, that just shows you why he's great for baseball." ... Lou Whitaker, whose Tiger uniform never made it to Minnesota, put together a makeshift ensemble, thanks to a visit to a concession stand and donations from his AL teammates. But he played without a jock. Not to worry. Said Whitaker, "I have good hands." ...While Joaquin Andujar stayed home sulking, Pedro Guerrero, a friend, showed up, even though he couldn't play because of a sprained back. "It's a great honor to be here," said Guerrero. "I don't know what Joaquin's thinking. We're two different people." ... Oil Can Boyd, who desperately wanted to be in the game, didn't bother to watch on TV. Said the Red Sox' pitcher, "This is the last All-Star Game I'll miss."

Neil Allen thinks his problems are going to be solved now that he has been traded—for next to nothing—to the Yankees. Doesn't he know how ruthlessly Billy Martin handles his pitchers? Doesn't he know that George Steinbrenner eats insecure players for breakfast? Allen, 1-4 with two saves and a 5.59 ERA, begged to be traded because he couldn't handle the pressure of succeeding Bruce Sutter in the St. Louis pen.

"I went in with a bad attitude," says Allen, who was dealt to the Cards in 1983 for Keith Hernandez. "I was going to make them forget Hernandez. Then I was going to make them forget Sutter. As it turned out, the only one whom people there want to forget is Neil Allen."

Rod Carew insists that hit No. 3,000 will be a bunt. "I've always been known for my ability to bunt," says Carew, perhaps the best bunter of the last 20 years, "and that will be only fitting." ...Pity the poor Indians. They are last in the majors in attendance (419,857 in 46 dates), and their record for the 10 dates (including one doubleheader) on which they've drawn more than 10,000 fans is 1-10.... The White Sox, who look great one week and terrible the next, had to put Bob James, their bullpen ace and only reliable short man, on the disabled list with a bruised knee. They just might be out of the division race by the time he returns.

When the Padres returned to work Thursday after the break, they had a rare team meeting. It began when Dick Williams asked a question and then answered it: "Do you know what today is? It's 18 games before the strike." With the players set to strike Aug. 6, Williams wants to go all out to make sure the Padres are in first place if there is a stoppage. After all, play may not resume. "We'll play each game like it's the last game of the playoffs," Williams said.

The Pirates have won 19 games since Rick Reuschel was called up from Triple A on May 21. Reuschel has won eight of them.... Former Brave Rufino Linares, who started the season as a minor league coach and was called up by the Angels last week, once objected when Nolan Ryan threw him a changeup on the first pitch. He told Ryan, "Challenge me!" Silly boy. Ryan played him a bar of chin music.... When Ron Cey's poodle, Penelope, disappeared from his parked car recently, the dognapping made the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times. WHO'S-GOT PENGUIN'S POOCH screamed the headline. Cey offered a $100 reward and she was returned. Now if they could only find out who's got Penguin's bat—Cey is hitting .206.

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