Davis expected to start three-week stay with Red Wings today

Orioles notebook

June 01, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

OAKLAND, CALIF — OAKLAND, Calif. -- First baseman Glenn Davis is expected to join the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings today in Charlotte, N.C., where he will begin a three-week stay in the minor leagues.

Davis accepted an assignment to the Red Wings on Thursday, but was given several days to report. He apparently will arrive there today, pending a final conversation with general manager Roland Hemond.

The assignment was voluntary. Hemond and assistant general man- ager Frank Robinson met with Davis over a three-day period in New York last week to work out the details. They gave him a written guarantee that he would be brought back to the majors after he appeared in 20 games at the Triple-A level.

Club president Larry Lucchino, who joined the team in Oakland, applauded Hemond and Robinson for their handling of the Davis situation.

"I think Roland and Frank did a great job handling that," he said.

Hemond, he said, has such a sincere approach with players that he is the perfect guy to sell a struggling veteran on something unpleasant that might be for his own good.

"He's such an honest and decent guy, when he gives advice of this type it has a real credibility," Lucchino said.

Hemond said last week that Davis had agreed to the assignment, but indicated there would be one more conversation with Davis before he departed. Hemond, who was involved in draft meetings yesterday, said he would talk to Davis late last night or early today, but club officials indicated they did not expect a change of plans.

"It is my understanding he'll be in Charlotte tomorrow," Lucchino said.

Cheap shot?

When discussing the importance of players taking an occasional day off when his son, Barry, did just that last Thursday, San Francisco Giants hitting coach Bobby Bonds took a shot at Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken for his obsession with playing every inning of every game.

"That's idiotic. If I were his manager, he'd be out of there. He's hurting the team and showing that personal goals are more important. He wants to break Lou Gehrig's record even if it'll cost Baltimore the pennant."

Ripken responded diplomatically, but it was obvious the criticism stung.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion," he said. "That doesn't mean it's fact. It's not a one-man game. It's a team sport. In '91 I couldn't have done any more than I did and we finished fifth or sixth. If I was the key to this team winning the pennant, we'd have won it in '91."


Oakland third baseman Kevin Seitzer did not commit an error in his first 30 games this season, but the throwing error he was charged with in the first inning was his seventh error in the past six games.

Baines returns to Oakland

The sign was out in right field. The Harold Baines rooting section ("Baines Boyz") was back in business for the first visit by the veteran designated hitter since he left the A's last year for free agency.

Baines, however, could not make his return triumphant. He struck out his first two times up and went hitless in four at-bats.

Weekend in review

The Orioles' pitching staff did not distinguish itself iAnaheim, where the California Angels swept a series from the Orioles for the first time since 1978. In 24 innings of work, Orioles pitchers gave up 29 hits, 16 walks and raised the team ERA from 3.86 to 4.06. The bullpen allowed all five inherited runners to score.

Incidentally, the Orioles outhit the Angels in the series, 30-29, but were outscored, 21-12.

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