Gaston packs roster with 4 more Blue Jays Total at seven


July 09, 1993|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer Staff writers Milton Kent and Brian Fishman contributed to this article.

Using his All-Star manager's prerogative, Cito Gaston loaded the American League roster with Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. Then he braced for the backlash that is almost certain to come.

"People can say what they want," the Toronto manager said last night. "Six of the guys are world champions, and the seventh is a Hall of Famer to me."

Gaston is bringing seven Blue Jays -- including the top five hitters in his lineup -- to Camden Yards on Tuesday for the 64th All-Star Game. Four were added yesterday when the rosters were completed with reserves and pitchers.

Handpicked by Gaston were pitchers Pat Hentgen and Duane Ward, center fielder Devon White and designated hitter Paul Molitor, who joined Toronto this season.

On Wednesday, first baseman John Olerud, second baseman Roberto Alomar and right fielder Joe Carter were elected starters in the fan balloting.

Cito's Seven are the largest All-Star contingent from an American League team since 1975, when Al Dark chaperoned seven of his Oakland A's to Milwaukee. In both 1976 and 1977, Sparky Anderson took seven members of his Cincinnati Reds juggernaut to the All-Star gala.

"I think it's justified to take those guys," Gaston said. "Next year, if I'm not in the same situation, if a guy [the AL manager] takes a lot of his guys, that's all right with me."

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it worked out, one of Anderson's best Detroit Tigers got lost in the Blue Jay shuffle. Absent for the third straight year from the All-Star roster despite good power numbers is Mickey Tettleton, who has 24 homers and 72 RBI this season.

"I didn't think Mickey had a chance -- I thought he had a lock," Anderson said. "I thought he had a total, mortal lock."

Anderson wasn't the only Tiger upset with the omission of Tettleton, who went to the All-Star Game in 1989 as an Oriole. First baseman Cecil Fielder, snubbed last year despite some imposing offensive numbers, also second-guessed the call.

"I just don't like to see wrongdoing," Fielder said. "It's wrong that he's not on that team."

Said Tettleton: "I didn't set myself up for a letdown. Yeah, I'm disappointed because for the last three years . . . well, I'm not disappointed enough to sit down and pout about it."

In place of Tettleton, Gaston chose Oakland Athletics catcher Terry Steinbach, who has seven homers and 34 RBI.

"The fact is, we needed somebody from Oakland," Gaston said. "I'm pretty sure some [players] are hurt and upset, but they shouldn't be.

"I think there are a couple guys I'd like to call. . . . Rickey [Henderson of the A's], Mo Vaughn [of the Boston Red Sox], Tettleton. Those guys probably should have made it, too."

Instead of Vaughn, third baseman Scott Cooper will represent the Red Sox. Other AL reserves are second baseman Carlos Baerga of the Cleveland Indians, shortstop Travis Fryman of the Tigers, first basemen Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox and Fielder, and outfielders Albert Belle of the Indians, Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers, and Greg Vaughn of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gaston chose nine pitchers instead of the usual 10 -- perhaps to make room for White as an eighth outfielder. In addition to Hentgen and Ward, pitchers selected were Mike Mussina of the Orioles, Jimmy Key of the New York Yankees, Mark Langston of the California Angels, Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners, Jack McDowell of the White Sox, Jeff Montgomery of the Kansas City Royals and Rick Aguilera of the Minnesota Twins.

Left off that pitching staff were Orioles closer Gregg Olson (23 saves, 1.27) and Chicago starter Alex Fernandez (10-4, 2.77).

"It's an impossible situation," Orioles manager Johnny Oates said of Gaston's position. "Poor Cito. He's feeling it from everybody. He's getting hammered from 13 teams."

Meanwhile, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox sent some ripples through the National League by naming three of his starting pitchers to the NL staff -- Tom Glavine, Steve Avery and John Smoltz. The surprise was Smoltz, who has a 7-7 record and a 3.21 ERA.

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the NL with five representatives. Shortstop Jeff Blauser was picked yesterday with the three pitchers, and right fielder Dave Justice was named a starter on Wednesday.

The NL's two leaders, the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies, will send four players each.

Joining left fielder Barry Bonds in the Giants' entourage were pitchers John Burkett and Rod Beck, and second baseman Robby Thompson.

For the Phillies, who have two starters in catcher Darren Daulton and first baseman John Kruk, the additions were pitcher Terry Mulholland and third baseman Dave Hollins.

Other NL reserves included catcher Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers, shortstop Jay Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates, first basemen Andres Galarraga of the Colorado Rockies and Mark Grace of the Chicago Cubs, and outfielders Bobby Bonilla of the New York Mets, Marquis Grissom of the Montreal Expos, Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres and Bobby Kelly of the Reds.

Completing the NL pitching staff were Andy Benes of the VTC Padres, Bryan Harvey of the Florida Marlins, Darryl Kile of the Houston Astros, and Lee Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Starting pitchers and the batting order will be announced Monday.


Other stars, too: A celebrity homer contest will bring MichaeJordan, Tom Selleck and Denzel Washington to Camden Yards.

Made while you wait: At FanFest, collectors can see pieces of baseball's past and also watch memorabilia being made.

All-Stars and Almosts: A look at the complete All-Star rosters, along with the players' statistics, as well as some deserving players who didn't make the squad.

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