BOUTON RETURNS TO YANKEE STADIUM: Shunned no more, Jim Bouton was back at Yankee Stadium on Saturday for the first time since the end of his playing career.
And no surprise, the author of "Ball Four" spiced up Old-Timers Day by throwing out a few barbs."I have a great deal of trouble feeling sorry for the baseball owners," Bouton said before the Yankees played the Chicago White Sox.
"During my playing career, we went to the owners to ask them to raise the minimum (salary) from $7,000 to $10,000 and also asked them to raise the meal money from $8 to $15 a day or $12, I forget which. The owners said no," he said.
Bouton was among dozens of former players introduced before a brief Old-Timers game, and he received a warm ovation from the crowd of more than 50,000.
ALOMAR ON DISABLED LIST: The Baltimore Orioles, convinced that Roberto Alomar still can't swing the bat with a sprained right pinkie finger, placed the All-Star second baseman on the disabled list Saturday.
Alomar hurt the finger in Anaheim on July 18 while sliding into second base. The move is retroactive to July 19, and he will be eligible to return Aug. 3.
The Orioles replaced Alomar on the active roster with right-hander Scott Kamieniecki, who came off the disabled list and made his first start since May 22 on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.
Alomar, the MVP of the All-Star game, took a few swings in batting practice Friday but still felt pain.
Alomar was sent to Sarasota, Fla., to see his personal doctor and work at the team's minor league complex.
Alomar is batting .297 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 97 games.