With Carey's power switch still off, he'd like a few base hits to light way

June 28, 1992|By Patti Singer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- On the Ask Paul Carey Show, the Rochester Red Wings outfielder/first baseman discusses topics such as the American political system and answers fans' questions as part of the pre-game radio broadcast.

No fan has asked Carey why he hasn't homered in 69 Triple-A at-bats over 22 games since being promoted from the Single-A )) Frederick Keys.

"I expected to come up here and do well," Carey said. "I didn't come up here to be this team's savior."

Carey set a Pacific-10 record with 56 career home runs at Stanford and hit nine in 40 games with the Keys. He had been expected to provide pop for the Red Wings, who are tied for last in the International League in home runs, with 42 in 70 games.

"Maybe the fans thought it. Maybe the media thought it," Carey, 24, said. "I don't think [manager] Jerry [Narron] thought that. I know my teammates didn't think that."

Neither did Carey. But he did expect to be hitting better than .203, with the four extra-base hits and four RBI he took into the weekend.

"I just came up from Frederick where I was the best hitter on the team, the best hitter in the league," Carey said. "To come up here, any athlete is going to put pressure on himself. I want to hit the ball hard, drive in runs, help this team win. It's something I have to work through."

MISCELLANEOUS: C Mark Parent's biggest disappointment in not being called up after Chris Hoiles went on the disabled list was that no one spoke to him about the decision. "I wish someone from Baltimore would have had enough thought to give me a call and let me know what was going on. I thought that was appropriate." As for Rick Dempsey's being activated, Parent said he "knew that was going to happen. Everyone knows that was the deal they had." Parent was batting .280 with a team-high 35 RBI and 10 homers before Friday's game. . . . Luis Mercedes' hitting streak ended at 17 games. He had raised his average from .219 to .276.

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