Ditching dino was bad move for Baysox His prominence restored, bus problems vanished

Minor-league notebook

June 13, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

When the Bowie Baysox travel, a stuffed dinosaur leads the way in the front of their bus.

"But I started a 'ditch the dino' campaign on this trip," said the team's radio voice, Dave Collins. "We need something, the way we've been going."

The Baysox are 19-13 at home, but were 6-23 in enemy parks entering last night, so bus driver Charles Shiflett complied with Collins' request, placing the dino into the luggage rack for the team's ride from Portland, Maine, to New Haven, Conn., Sunday night.

What happened? The bus overheated and had to be pulled over for a stop. Back went the dino into the shotgun position and the vehicle ran fine again.

6 Shorebirds are all-stars

Delmarva, the runaway first-half winner of the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, has placed six members on the division all-star team.

SAL stolen base leader Orlando Cabrera, Jose Fernandez and Carlos Adolfo will start at second base, third base and right field, respectively.

Shorebirds pitchers Javier Vazquez (7-1, 2.34 ERA) and Jeremy Powell (8-3, 2.75) also made the squad and manager Doug Sisson will be a coach.

Hagerstown will be represented by pitcher Tom Davey, center-fielder Omar Sanchez and utility man John Kehoe.

The game is Monday in Asheville, N.C.

3 Keys honored

Frederick will send three players to the Carolina League all-star squad that plays the California League stars at Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., June 18.

The best known is pitcher Chris Fussell, one of the system's top prospects who has just turned 20 years old.

"This kid gets upset when he gives up a hit," said Keys pitching coach Jeff Morris. "He's got the best curveball I've seen anywhere."

After an awful spring training, Fussell had an 0.90 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his first seven starts.

Outfielder Johnny Isom (42 RBIs) and second baseman Lincoln Martin (43 runs) also made the team.

They will play against an opponent which includes two more Orioles farmhands, catcher Melvin Rosario (.340) and outfielder Rolando Avila (.344) of High Desert.

Around the horn

Rochester's Keith Shepherd has not been scored on as a reliever and has seven saves, but he lost his first three outings as a starter. He is currently serving his second suspension of the season, this time for throwing at Tony Rodriquez of Pawtucket. . . . Before being bombed Monday night by Toledo, Jimmy Myers && had a 3-0 record, three saves and 15 scoreless innings since being demoted from the Orioles to Rochester.

IF Bien Figueroa, who played in Taiwan last year, had an auspicious start with the Red Wings. He scored the winning run in his first appearance, then homered to win the next game in his first start. . . . P Brian Sackinsky has decided to forgo surgery on his right elbow and is rehabilitating in Florida. . . . Bowie's Tommy Davis, a defensive liability at third base last year, has committed one error in 56 games at first base. . . . C Kris Gresham abandoned his switch-hitting experiment after going 2-for-26 batting left-handed. . . . The Baysox will try a separate-admission day-night doubleheader Monday, targeting night-shift workers and groups for the day game.

Frederick OF Eugene Kingsale, the fastest player in the system, may be out for the season after separating a shoulder May 28 while stealing second. He is still tied for the league lead with 28 steals.

Pub Date: 6/13/96

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