Hits and misses

August 30, 1996|By Buster Olney

On the field: Bobby Bonilla's homer in the first inning last night was his 20th of the year, and with that he became the seventh Orioles player to hit 20 or more homers in a season, setting a major-league record. Four teams previously had six players with 20 or more homers -- the 1961 Yankees, the 1964 Twins, the 1986 Tigers and the 1965 Braves. Interestingly, the two newest members of the Orioles lineup are at or approaching 20 homers: Todd Zeile has 20 homers, Eddie Murray has 19. But they don't count toward the record, because they hit homers with other teams.

In the dugout: Orioles manager Davey Johnson got into a shouting match with home plate umpire Mark Johnson in the first inning over the ump's interpretation of the strike zone. After the bottom of the first, the manager came out to talk to the umpire and they seemed to settle their differences.

In the clubhouse: "Any time you make moves this late in the year, you're thinking further ahead [to the World Series]. That's natural." -- Johnson, after the Orioles traded for Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia.

Pub Date: 8/30/96


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