Orioles risk future Trumpy forgets past

September 06, 1996|By John Eisenberg

Fact: The Orioles have traded 10 minor-leaguers in the past 15 months: Garrett Stephenson, Calvin Maduro, Scott Klingenbeck, Joe Borowski, Brad Pennington, Rachaad Stewart, Curtis Goodwin, Alex Ochoa, Damon Buford and Gregg Zaun.

Opinion: They won't miss many of those players, but if they keep up this policy of trading prospects, one of these days the Orioles will break down like the Detroit Tigers.

Fact: From 1990 to '95, Eddie Murray had the highest September/October batting average (.335) in the major leagues.

Opinion: Bob Trumpy would be a hero in Baltimore today if only he had said those things about Robert Irsay and Indianapolis a dozen years ago.

Fact: Only twice in their last 15 years in Cleveland did the Browns win their first two games.

Opinion: It will be hard for the NCAA to penalize the Prairie View A&M football program, which has turned itself in for possibly using ineligible players after losing 58 games in a row. No bowl game? No TV?

Fact: Eight Clemson football players have been arrested since February.

Opinion: Look for that "Great Baseball Wild-Card Races" anthology to hit the bookstores in a few years. Whew, can't wait.

Fact: Deion Sanders was on the field for 106 plays against the Bears on Monday night.

Opinion: Deion will go back to playing only defense when Michael Irvin returns next month.

Fact: Kevin Brown, Jamie Moyer and Ben McDonald are a combined 36-21 this year. They were a combined 21-21 starting for the Orioles last year.

Opinion: Steelers fans, hungry to see Kordell Stewart start at quarterback, will be quick to boo Mike Tomczak on Sunday against the Ravens.

Fact: Tomczak has thrown one touchdown pass and 10 interceptions since the '95 season opener.

Opinion: I was rooting for Tiger Woods a lot harder before I saw his Nike ad campaign, which sure looks like it was designed before he took the money and "decided" to turn pro.

Fact: Andre Rison and Keenan McCardell, the Browns' starting receivers last season, caught nine passes for 95 yards starting for Jacksonville against the Steelers on Sunday.

Opinion: Jim Leyland will manage somewhere other than in Pittsburgh in 1997. How about Florida or California?

Fact: The five teams coming to Byrd Stadium to play Maryland this season were a combined 18-37 last season, with five of those 18 wins against non-Division I-A teams.

Opinion: You know you're a bad college football team when an opponent beats you 29-0 and still falls in the Associated Press rankings. That's what happened to Auburn this week after it shut out Alabama-Birmingham, the noted power playing at Byrd tomorrow.

Fact: In the interest of full disclosure, it's Bruce Seldon (armed robbery) against Mike Tyson (rape) tomorrow night for the WBA heavyweight title.

Opinion: The computer that ranks tennis players might spit out ++ Thomas Muster, Michael Chang or Andre Agassi as No. 1, but Pete Sampras is still clearly the best in the world.

Fact: You might think they leave a lot of runners on base, but only the Tigers (888) have stranded fewer runners than the Orioles (988) in the AL this season.

Opinion: Johnny Oates is going to win AL Manager of the Year.

Fact: Jose Canseco's twin brother, Ozzie, is still in baseball -- as an agent.

Opinion: The Big 12 Conference, mixing the Big Eight with the best teams from the deceased Southwest Conference, is now the nation's toughest college football league.

Fact: Thanks to Cigar, Bill Mott is $1.5 million ahead of D. Wayne Lukas in the national thoroughbred trainers standings.

Opinion: The Ravens will need to rush for at least 100 yards (not counting "Crazy Legs" Testaverde) if they're going to beat the Steelers.

Fact: By the end of the decade, nine NFL teams will be playing in stadiums built in the '90s. (Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Washington, Cleveland, Nashville, Cincinnati, Carolina, St. Louis, Atlanta.)

Opinion: (From the "Give the People What They Want" File) The Orioles should put updated Ravens scores on the scoreboard during Sunday's day game at Camden Yards.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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