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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 17

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TC Monday. October 7. 1991 TIIK CINCINNATI ENQUIRER BaseballB-5 Batting title gravy for Pendleton THE ASSOCIATED PRESS L . , n , , ., D , , . . i " tt-i t1 1 Oakland s Rickey Henderson, despi Terry Pendleton's championship season con- iSfiSHifiJ ' so plagued by nagging injuries, led t Oakland's Rickev Henderson, desnite son plagued by nagging injuries, led a spa- the AL in stolen bases (58) for the 11th timp in tho lact tinued bundav when hp wnn th Vnt.mi We are pleased to announce that WAYNE C0URSEN (Formerly of Fruehauf Trailer Corp.) f has joined Specializing in tractor - trailer frame repairs, steel or alum dump bodies & fabrication. We invite all his many friends & past customers to stop by. L i 2301 Donaldson Avenue Covington, Kentucky 41014 Alignment - 431-0105 Frame 431-7117 League batting crown with a .319 average. Pendleton, a strong MVP candidate, celebrated Atlanta's NL West title on Saturday by -taking Sunday off. Hal Morris of Cincinnati put '.'on a determined charge, going 3-for-4 at San Diego, but fell short at .318, making an out in his last at-bat. "The biggest thing was winning the West," Pendleton said after the Braves' game. "But, believe me, I'd take winning the batting title over the MVP award. To win the batting title you have to beat out everybody. The MVP is a vote and the writers decide it." The last Atlanta player to lead the NL in batting was Ralph Garr with a .353 average in 1974. 6 Wade Boggs batted .332 for Boston but was denied his sixth American League batting title by Julio Franco. Franco went 2-for-4 and finished at a major league-leading .341, making him the first Texas player to win the batting title. Franco became the first second baseman to win the AL batting title since Rod Carew in 1975. Only three right-handers have won the title in the past 21 years. The others were Carney Lansford in 1981 and Kirby Puckett in 1989. It was another big year for Detroit's Cecil Fielder, who hit 44 homers to tie Oakland's Jose Canseco for the major-league lead and topped the AL with 133 RBIs. Fielder is the first to lead the league in RBIs for consecutive seasons since Roger Maris in 1960-61. Fielder had only one home run in his last 15 games and Canseco only one in his final nine. Fielder has 95 homers in the last two years, tying the 10th highest two-season total. In the National League, it was a big year for Howard Johnson of the New York Mets. Johnson became the first switch-hitter ever to lead the NL in RBIs (117) and only the fourth switch-hitter to lead his league in home runs (38). Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray did it in the AL and Rip Collins was the only National Leaguer. Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds and San Francisco's Will Clark each drove in 116 runs. Johnson also led in slugging percentage and was second to Los Angeles' Brett Butler (112) in runs scored. 12 years. Marquis Grissom of Montreal led the NL with 76 steals. Milwaukee's Paul Molitor led the AL with 216 hits and Pendleton paced the NL with 187. Molitor also led the majors with 133 runs scored. Atlanta's Tom Glavine and Pittsburgh's John Smiley each led the NL with 20 victories, while Detroit's Bill Gullickson and Minnesota's Scott Erickson topped the AL with 20 each. David Cone of the Mets won his second straight strikeout title, leaving no doubt by tying an NL single-game record with 19 at Philadelphia on Sunday. Cone tied Boston's Roger Clemens for the major-league strikeout lead with 241. Clemens, 18-10, won the AL ERA title at 2.62. Montreal's Dennis Martinez edged Cincinnati's Jose Rijo 2.39-2.51 in the NL. Martinez, who pitched a perfect game, led the majors with five shutouts. Lee Smith set an NL record for saves with 47. His 16-save margin over Cincinnati's Rob Dibble is the biggest ever. California's Bryan Harvey led the AL with 46 saves. Reds PARTICIPATE IN A MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM IF: You have pain, swelling, redness, scaling, blisters, or itching, primarily between the toes and on the sole of the footfeet. You are 12 years of age or older VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS: Doctor visits and research medication at no charge. Up to $l00 for your time. PLEASE CALL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: . Future Healthcare RESEARCH CENTER 7720 Montgomery Road Cincinnati, OH 45236 The Associated PressLenny Ignelzi Hal Morris watches the flight of the ball on his final bid for the National League batting title. Morris could have won the title with a hit in his last at-bat, but he flied out to center. CONTINUED FROM PAGE B-l pitch of the game. He singled again in the third. "It was fun out there today after I got two hits," said Morris, who won the International League batting title in 1989 with a .326 average. "After that, I felt I had a chance. "I just went out there and wanted to be aggressive and if anything was close I was going to swing at it." i In the fifth, Morris singled again off Benes. But in the sixth inning, Morris' bread-and-butter was forced out of the game. With two outs, Chris Jones lined a ball off Benes' left hamstring. He was replaced by Rich Rodriguez, a left-hander. Morris hasn't faced many left-handers this season none in the last two weeks. "I'm sure he wasn't excited to see me leave the game," said Benes. "In fact, he might have got mad at Jones for hitting me." 1 Facing Rodriguez in the seventh, Morris tried to bunt for" a base hit on the first pitch. ; "I don't think I have any (bunt "singles) this season," said Morris. "They were playing me deep on the right side and I was just trying to bring the ball with me. "I think if I would have got the ball down I would have had a good shot at beating it out." ' It was foul. Rodriguez's second pitch was a called strike. Morris fouled off the third pitch. The fourth and final pitch for Morris in 1991 was a fastball inside. Morris hit it well into left-center, but Darrin Jackson ran it down for the final out of the inning. "When I hit it, I thought where Darrin was playing me that it might slice in the gap," said Morris. "But he's played very well against us out there and made the ; good play. That was just another one." Rodriguez admitted the only pressure was on Morris, who before going 3-for-4 was hitting just :.229 (ll-for-48) in his previous 14 games. "It was twice as tough on , him than me," Rodriguez said. - Reds skipper Lou Piniella loved the way Morris battled to the end. "He really made a race of it," said ' Piniella. "It's a shame. It really is. 0 tvi tfl r APII If IA IIAIIVIIAI Sparky fires friend Grammas ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES Alex Grammas won't coach third base for the Detroit Tigers next year. He has been dismissed, a move that has ended not only his long association with Sparky Anderson, but their friendship. Grammas, 65, has been the Tigers' third base coach since 1980. He also spent six years as a coach with Anderson in Cincinnati in the 1970s. Anderson told Grammas of the decision at Tiger Stadium last week, and the two have not spoken since and won't. The friendship is over, Grammas said, because Anderson did not give him a reason for the move. "I told him, 'I'm not firing you, I'm just not bringing you back. There's no other reason than to change,' " Anderson said to Grammas. "I've been 12 years with Detroit and 19 years with Sparky," Grammas said, "and I thought we'd developed a bond that was unbreakable. That's not the case. It's broken. "The other day Sparky called me in, and he was a little teary-eyed because we'd been talking about Larry Shepherd's wife passing away. Larry was the pitching coach when we were with the Reds, and he said, 'You've been loyal to me for a long time, but I'm not going to ask you back next year.' "It was a bit of a shock to say the least," said Grammas, who had been considering retirement but was leaning toward coming back one last year. "After all those years of togetherness, I get hit with a bolt like that." Said Anderson: "Maybe I'm going crazy, but I think that never letting a coach go in 22 years of managing and having the same coach for 19 years is pretty good loyalty." Also released was former Red Vada Pinspn, who had been with the Tigers since 1975. Bucs drop Heaton PITTSBURGH - Pitcher Neal Heaton, a member of the 1990 All-Star team, was among three players cut from the Pittsburgh Pirates postseason roster. Manager Jim Leyland also dropped pitcher Vicente Palacios and catcher Tom Prince as the Pirates began preparations for the National League playoffs against the Atlanta Braves. The first game is in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. In 1990, the Atlanta Braves finished 26 games behind the Reds. In 1 991 , the Reds' finished 20 games behind the Hi aim UHLI U MUNI Hd! KJF ' uni.H braves. That s a 46-game swing in one season. liljHItMOiUMttWWWwHliMrttmM 1990 1991 8 '92 HONDA ACCORD LX 4Dr1 Team Atlanta Los Angeles San Diego San Fran. Cincinnati Houston W L Pet. 94 68 .580 93 69 .574 84 78 .519 75 87 .463 74 88 .457 65 97 .401 GB 1 10 19 20 29 Team Cincinnati Los Angeles San Fran. Houston San Diego Atlanta W L Pet. 91 71 .562 86 76 .531 85 77 .525 75 87 .463 75 87 .463 65 97 .401 GB 5 6 16 16 26 Automatic, air, amfm tape, airbag, power jjj windows, power locks, tilt, cruise and more. ONLY $24900 MONTH How the runs scored Padrts' first: (Rijo pitching) Howard doubled. Howell walked. Howard stole third Azocar singled, scoring Howard and moving Howe to second. Jackson singled, scoring Howell and moving Azocar to third. Teutel struck out. Lamkin walked, loading the bases. Clark struck out. Paries hit into a fielder's choice, erasing Lampkin. Two runs, three hits. Padres, 2-0. Reds' second: (Benes pitching) Quinones homered Jones struck out. Reed walked. Reed was caught stealing. Benavides grounded out. One run, one hit. Padres, 2-1. Padres' second: Benes flied out. Howard singled HoweN singled, moving Howard to third. Azocar hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Howard and erasing Howell. Jack son struck out. One run, two hits. Padres, 3-1. CINCINNATI , ' Rijo would have received the money if he pitched 205 innings. But his eight innings of work in the 3-1 loss to the Padres gave him just 204V. "They better give it to me," said Rijo, who allowed three earned runs and finished second behind Montreal's Dennis Martinez (2.39). "If not, they're going to have one mad Dominican on their hands," he said. Besides Hal Morris, the Reds had two other players finish over .300 this season Barry Larkin (.302) and Chris Sabo (.301). The last time the Reds had more than two .300 hitters in one season (minimum 400 AB) was in 1977 when four players did it. The Reds finished the season losing six straight, eight of nine and 15 of 19. SAN DIEGO ibrhbl 4 0 3 0 Howard rf 4 0 10 Howell 3b 4 0 0 0 Azocar If 4 0 10 Dr Jackson cf 4 111 Teutel 2b 4 0 10 Lmpkinc 10 10 JCIerk lb 2 0 10 Paries ss 4 0 10 Benes p 3 0 0 0 RIRodrlguezp 1 0 0 0 Andersen p 35 1 10 1 Totals abrhbl 4 2 3 0 3 110 4 0 12 4 0 11 4 0 10 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1000 0 0 0 0 31 3 7 3 Morris lb Hatchr cf Larkin ss O'Neill rf Quinones 3b CJonesll JReedc Oliver c Benavides 2b Riop Doranph Totals Cincinnati "One thing, though, you have to give the San Diego pitchers credit. on ooo ooo-i 210 000 OOx-3 San Diego WE WANT -LEXLEASE 7! TRADE-INS! -r -S. TO OWN! IV DP-San Diego 1. LOfi-Clnclnnati I, San Diego 6. 2B-Howard 112), Teutel (It). HR -Quinones (4). SB-Howard (10). CS-JReed (1). IP H HER BB SO Cincinnati They pitched to him. Except in the ninth. 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