Cincinnati reliever Rob Dibble finally found a target he could hit.
Dibble, angry at himself for giving up a two-run homer to Detroit's Billy Bean Thursday night, took out his frustration on some benches and tables near the Reds' clubhouse in Plant City, Fla."There are a few benches with dents in them," said Dibble, who has blown a lead three times this spring. "I overturned every picnic table. I threw a few chairs in the pond. I made a night out of it."
Reds manager Pete Rose, under investigation for alleged gambling, managed to laugh when told of the chair-throwing in the pond.
"He should have thrown himself in there. The chairs didn't throw the ball, did they?" he said.
In the latest development regarding Rose, the Cincinnati Post reported Rose's debts totaled nearly $500,000 when he left the Cincinnati Reds in 1978 and the team's former general manager thought Rose's "legs may get broken" because of gambling.
The paper that Dick Wagner, the Reds' former executive vice president, discussed Rose's alleged gambling at several meetings. Wagner did not comment on the report, but the newspaper said its source was a former Reds official who attended the meetings.
"Pete Rose's legs may get broken when his playing days are over," Wagner was quoted as saying.
Bob Howsam, who succeeded Wagner, said he has no knowledge of special meetings by Reds owners or officials about Rose's alleged gambling debts.
Meanwhile, a Louisville, Ky., newspaper reported that Rose was co-owner of Pick-Six tickets that paid $265,669 at a Kentucky racetrack in January. In February, Rose and Turfway Park chairman Jerry Carroll denied they owned the tickets.
In today's Courier-Journal, Kentucky State Racing Commission chairman Lyle Robey said Carroll acknowledged this week that he and Rose owned the winning tickets. Robey said Carroll made the admission because of investigations into the matter by the IRS and the baseball commissioner's office.
Canseco out 3-5 weeks
The Oakland A's got some bad news Friday, learning that they will be without outfielder Jose Canseco when the season opens.
Doctors estimated Canseco would miss three to five weeks after they discovered what they described as a hot spot on his injured left wrist.
A's General Manager Sandy Alderson said Drs. Rick Bost and Dick Green had diagnosed the spot as an inflamed ligament, pending the results of an arthrogram, which will be done today. The spot was discovered in a bone scan done at Children's Hospital in San Francisco on Friday.
The diagnosis means Canseco will miss at least one to three weeks of the regular season.
Canseco, the American League MVP in 1988, sprained his left wrist striking out against the California Angels' Jim Abbott on March 7. He tried to come back Wednesday in only his ninth at-bat of the spring, but re-injured his wrist on two swings and couldn't complete the at-bat.