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Tim Kurkjian
July 01, 1991
Buddy, Can You Spare a Vote?
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Despite San Francisco's struggles, Rosen says, "this is not a time for panic. This is a better club than it has played." Rosen says he has no intention of making a major trade, partly because such a deal would involve one of his three big hitters: Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell or Matt Williams. "I'll feel very comfortable opening next year with them," says Rosen.

Over the winter the Giants committed $33 million to free agents—outfielder Willie McGee and pitchers Bud Black and Dave Righetti—to stay competitive with the world champion Reds. But San Francisco was 14 games behind the Dodgers through Sunday. Still, it hasn't been the free agents who have killed the Giants. An injury to Mitchell's left knee and a rash of other aches and pains suffered by pitchers Kelly Downs and Scott Garrelts have hurt San Francisco, but Rosen says the Giants' biggest trouble this season "has come from a lack of hitting."

At week's end San Francisco had scored two or fewer runs 30 times this season. That's way ahead of its pace in 1990, when it scored two or fewer runs 47 times all year. The Giants hit rock bottom last week when Cardinals catcher Rich Gedman, who was 1 for 29 entering the game, hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory.

"That didn't do my pysche any good," said Rosen. "That game was a microcosm of our season."

Short Hops...

Reds pitcher Jose Rijo broke his right ankle while trying to steal second base on June 20 against the Expos. He will be out four to six weeks, a crushing blow for Cincinnati, which has been woefully short on starting pitching; only Rijo and Tom Browning have been reliable. The Reds might be forced to trade reliever Randy Myers or second baseman Mariano Duncan for a starter. As for Rijo trying to steal, he's an athlete. He enjoys running. It was a scoreless game. There's no reason to second-guess manager Lou Piniella's strategy of sending Rijo in that situation....

Not one of the first 12 picks in the June free-agent draft has signed. A number of general managers are worried about collusion among the players' agents, who naturally want to get their clients as much money as possible....

A's pitcher Dave Stewart is struggling, mostly with the control of his forkball. He has allowed six or more runs in a game six times this year; he did that only six times in his previous 59 starts before 1991.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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