A few leftovers from the All-Star game . . .
NL manager Jim Leyland of Florida was left shaking his head after the AL's 13-8 win at Coors Field. In addition to being the highest-scoring All-Star game, it also lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes - 28 minutes longer than any other nine-inning affair."You manage here 81 times a year?" Leyland asked Colorado's Don Baylor, one of the NL coaches. "How is it that you have more hair than I do?"
Hitters, however, love the park. So much so that Tony Gwynn wouldn't mind seeing the All-Star game return to Coors in 1999 and 2000 and 2001 and beyond.
"As far as I'm concerned, it would be great to have this here every year," the San Diego outfielder said.
Roberto Alomar's home run and two singles earned him the MVP award, and also prompted talk that he might wind up this year playing with the MVP of last season's All-Star game - his brother, Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos says his flopping team may soon start trading top players and potential free agents, and Roberto Alomar might be a prime candidate to move before the July 31 trading deadline.
For now, Indians GM John Hart insists no deal is in the works for Alomar.
"I am not out there shaking the bushes. We have nothing going," Hart said. "We made our big July trade in March when we got Dave Burba."
The New York Yankees, though, appear set. On pace to become the winningest team ever, they're already filled with top players. So many that shortstop Derek Jeter was not fazed when surrounded by Ken Griffey Jr., Juan Gonzalez, Cal Ripken and Roger Clemens in the AL clubhouse at Coors.
"It doesn't feel different, being here," Jeter said. "I feel like I'm on an All-Star team every day."
JOBS IN JEOPARDY?: So far, the only manager to be fired this year is Bill Russell of the Dodgers. But there was plenty of speculation among baseball officials during the All-Star break that a couple more might be in danger.
The Mariners have been among the biggest disappointments in the majors, and that could cost Lou Piniella his job. The real culprit in Seattle, of course, has been the bullpen - make that the "blowpen."
The Rockies have also fallen short of expectations, and Don Baylor - the only manager Colorado has ever had - might be in jeopardy. Then again, is it his fault that Larry Walker and Dante Bichette combined for just 20 home runs in the first half, or that high-priced free agent Darryl Kile was 5-11 with a 5.04 ERA before the break?
QUICK HITS: The early schedule for 1999 calls for the Yankees and Mets to play a six-game Subway Series, up from their three games this year in New York. Other interleague rivalries set to increase to six games are Dodgers-Angels, Giants-Athletics and Blue Jays-Expos. But because of scheduling problems, the Cubs and White Sox will stay with just a three-game series. . . . A day after being married at home plate before the Triple-A All-Star game at Norfolk, Va., recently recalled Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani had a chance to be a hero at Shea Stadium. But the rookie fell down and was caught stealing as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and grounded out with runners on first and second to end the 10th. New York lost 9-8 to Montreal in the 11th. . . . Struggling with a league-leading 25 errors, the Mariners planned to move third baseman Russ Davis to left field this weekend. He was to become the 59th left fielder to play next to center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. The Mariners, meanwhile, may look to make a trade for a third baseman. . . . The Yankees, as if they need anything else this year, hope to have DH Chili Davis back in the lineup soon. Signed as a free agent in the offseason to be the team's No. 1 power threat, he tore a tendon in his right ankle after playing only two games. He's been hitting in practice this weekend at Tampa Bay. . . . The Indians have replaced scouting director Lee MacPhail, whose grandfather, Lee, will soon be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: One of the more amusing mix-ups on the daily press notes passed out by teams came Thursday night at Shea Stadium before a game between the Mets and Montreal. In a classic Freudian slip, an item about Mets officials being on hand for President Clinton's announcement of an anti-drug campaign came with this headline: "Mets Join President Clinton in the National Launch of the Youth Anti-Media Campaign."
NO CHEERING, PLEASE: As owner of the Brewers, Bud Selig always let it be known how he felt about the home team. He often would watch from the press box at County Stadium, either rooting or ranting when his club played.
As full-time commissioner, of course, he'll have to be neutral. He admits that might not be so easy.
On Thursday night, only a few hours after the "interim" part of his title was dropped at an owners' meeting in Chicago, he was back in Milwaukee watching the Brewers rally from an early deficit to beat the Cubs 12-9.
"Jeff Juden just tested me, I don't mind telling you that," Selig said. "Man, if this was the old days . . ."