Frohwirth says league's fine goes farther than his thrown glove

Orioles notebook

September 26, 1992|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

Relief pitcher Todd Frohwirth said he will appeal the $1,000 fine American League president Bobby Brown levied against him for throwing his cap and glove after he was ejected from a game on Aug. 19.

Frohwirth, normally mild-mannered, raged after plate umpire Larry Barnett ejected him against the Seattle Mariners for arguing balls and strikes. He was so angry that he took off his cap and threw it on the field, then hurled his glove over the umpires, all the way to third base.

There is an automatic $100 fine for throwing equipment, but the league president can increase the amount for flagrant violations. Frohwirth and his agent, Adam Katz, say they feel that the penalty did not fit the crime.

"I'm appealing it on the grounds that it was just too much money compared to what they have done in the past," Frohwirth said.

The appeal probably will put the disciplinary action on hold until Brown can arrange a hearing with Frohwirth in New York. That might not happen until next season.

Oates: no satisfaction

Somebody reminded manager Johnny Oates that he might have settled for 83 victories if offered to him in spring training. Now, however, he says he is shooting for 90 and won't be satisfied with anything less.

"That's true, I would have taken that, but now that we're at this point, that is no longer acceptable," he said. "If someone had asked me if I would have taken 83 wins, I would have said yes because I'm a conservative bird-in-the-hand guy. I have seen improvement, but you always should be driven to get more."

Olson: business and pleasure

Reliever Gregg Olson says he is looking forward to taking part in Major League Baseball's 11-day Japanese tour this year. He will be part of

a Major League all-star team that will embark on an eight-game tour of three Japanese cities.

"I turned it down in 1990, because I had been hurt at the end of the season, and I didn't think it would be the best idea," Olson said. "Now, I'm looking forward to it. It's

something different. It's kind of like going to the All-Star Game. You've got a certain amount of work to do, but it's also a pleasure trip."

Mussina goes for 18th win

Right-hander Mike Mussina, today's scheduled starter, will be trying for his 18th victory, but he already has had a season to remember. If the season had ended yesterday, his 2.53 ERA would rank

among the best in club history. Only five starting pitchers have done better -- Jim Palmer (6 times), Dave McNally (once), Jim Hardin (once), Mike Cuellar (once) and Hoyt Wilhelm (once).

Only four AL pitchers younger than 24 have had better ERAs in the past 20 years. Mark Fidrych posted a 2.33 ERA in 1976. Frank Tanana had a 2.43 ERA that year. Roger Clemens had a 2.48 ERA in 1986, and Bert Blyleven had a 2.52 in 1973.

Home record

Camden Yards continues to be inhospitable to its full-time inhabitants. The Orioles entered last night's game with a 41-36 record. That might not sound too bad, but the club opened the season with 10 victories in their first 11 games at Oriole Park, so they are 31-35 since.

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