December 17, 2022
• Heading into Tuesday’s slate of games, there are five players—who’ve spent time on an SP78 major league roster this season—who have yet to record a hit. That list includes Rudy Law (LA), Chuck Baker and Don Reynolds (SD), Charlie Spikes (DET), and Gary Woods (TOR). For Baker and Woods, who are currently in the minors, they’re chances should improve in September, when the major league rosters expand to 40 players.
• Gaylord Perry of the Padres is 14 strikeouts away from the 3,000th of his career.
• Jays catcher Rick Cerone has been removed from the AL inactive list, and will return to the Toronto roster tomorrow, when the team continues its two-game series against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium. Backup catcher Ernie Whitt, who caught in six games and batted .063 during Cerone’s absence, was returned to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs of the International League.
• The Blue Jays have also called up infielder Garth Iorg from Syracuse, after the team lost second baseman Dave McKay and outfielder Rick Bosetti to injuries in yesterday’s game against the Rangers. McKay will be out at least a week with a bruised thigh, while Bosetti suffered a strained shoulder and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
• Rangers outfielder Al Oliver extended his hitting streak to 20 games on August 28th, tying the SP78 AL record held by Charlie Moore of the Brewers. Oliver’s next game is tomorrow against the Blue Jays, whose starter will be Tom Underwood (8-14, 5.24), who in his only game against Oliver this season held him hitless in four at-bats. Oliver is hitting .333 against the Jays this year, and .367 against the AL in August.
• Willie Randolph of the Yankees was removed from the lineup just before the start of the August 28th game against the Angels after suffering a sudden onset of migraine headaches during pre-game warm-ups. He’s expected to be cleared to play in tomorrow’s contest, the second in a two-game series against California at Yankee Stadium.
• With catcher Gene Tenace mired in a season-long hitting slump, the Padres will shift the veteran backstop into a platoon situation with first baseman Broderick Perkins, with Rick Sweet taking over catching duties for the remainder of August and the bulk of September. With the September 1st roster expansion only a few days away, catcher Dave Roberts will soon report from AAA Hawaii to serve as Sweet’s regular backup.
• Cardinals rookie Todd Benefiel, who was struck in the head by a pitch from Atlanta reliever Dave Campbell on August 26th, and was removed from the following day’s game for precautionary reasons, has been cleared to play by medical specialists in Atlanta, and will fly to Houston in time to join his teammates in their series-opening game at the Astrodome.
• Tony Perez of the Expos has appealed his 1-game suspension after he was found using a doctored bat during the August 28th game against the Dodgers. Perez will continue to play while the appeal is under review.
• Johnny Bench of the Reds caught in his 108th game of the season on August 20th, surpassing his total of 107 games caught during the entirety of the actual 1978 season.
• LA catcher Steve Yeager, who was injured on August 28th when he was struck by a foul tip while catching, and originally was thought to have bruised his right hand, has now been diagnosed with a slight fracture, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Joe Ferguson was recalled from AAA Albuquerque to take his spot on the roster.
Attention SP78 Fans! Get your tickets now for
the August 29th Rangers-Jays game at Arlington Stadium,
and watch Al Oliver attempt to break the SP78 AL hitting streak record!