Some things never change when they break out bats

February 23, 1994|By Allan Malamud | Allan Malamud,Los Angeles Times

Notes on a scorecard:

3 Bound to happen during spring training:

Few players will know what teams are in what divisions. . . .

The owners will promise to have a commissioner by the end of the 1998 Winter Olympics. . . .

Darryl Strawberry will be asked what he thought about the earthquake. . . .

Bo Jackson's home runs in Arizona will sell tickets in Anaheim. . . .

The word "battery" in headlines won't necessarily refer to pitchers and catchers. . . .

The San Diego Padres will have the best record. . . .

The Toronto Blue Jays will have the worst record. . . .

Michael Jordan will go 0-for-3. . . .

George Steinbrenner will threaten to move the Yankees' training camp from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . .

A pitcher with a .500 career record will complain about his $2 million-a-year contract. . . .

The Cincinnati Reds will be overrated. . . .

The Cleveland Indians will be underrated. . . .

Teams will practice cutoff and rundown plays, but not work on them once the regular season starts. . . .

It will be SRO in trainers' rooms. . . .

It will be too wet in Florida. . . .

It will be too dry in Arizona. . . .

A herd of portly umpires will resolve to start their diets. . . .

The Seattle Mariners will give Japanese-born pitcher Mac Suzuki a good shot to become their closer. . . .

Night games will take away the charm of exhibition baseball. . . .

The pitchers will be ahead of the hitters, according to the hitters. . . .

The hitters will be ahead of the pitchers, according to the pitchers. . . .

Michael Jordan will go 0-for-4. . . .

The Orioles' Lee Smith will strike out the side and it will be written that he still has his fastball. . . .

Lee Smith will give up a game-winning hit and it will be written that he has lost his fastball. . . .

New Oriole Rafael Palmeiro won't chit-chat at first base with Will Clark. . . .

There will be a threat of a strike. . . .

Only southpaws will be described as "crafty.". . .

Orioles manager Johnny Oates will say he's going to try to give Cal Ripken some rest in the late innings this year. . . .

Michael Jordan will announce his retirement from baseball.

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