March 22, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State (24-10, 0-3 Pac-10 and ranked No. 20 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 19 Collegiate Baseball) host Grand Canyon (22-8, 16-3, CCAA) in a single game on Tuesday before taking on California in a three-game conference series over the weekend at Packard Stadium.
THIS WEEK ON THE TV AND RADIO -- COX Sports will broadcast Tuesday night's matchup with the Antelopes as well as Saturday's game with the Golden Bears live. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will provide the play-by-play and color analysis respectively. KMVP 860 AM will broadcast all four games this week. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.
EXTRA INNINGS -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 228 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... Pat Murphy is 10-1 vs. Grand Canyon ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in the last 22 games and in 32 of 34 games this season ... three everyday starters are batting over .400 through 34 games ... ASU has posted eight games with 20 or more hits ... Andrew Beinbrink has become the conference and school leader in career RBI ... ASU pitchers have thrown seven complete games and five shutouts ... the five shutouts is the most since 1990 when the Devils also posted five shutouts during the season (the Devils have not recorded more than five shutouts in the last 20 years) ... ASU has outscored its opponents 395-144 through 34 games ... seven complete games is the most by an ASU pitching staff since 1995 when they posted eight ... ASU baseball is celebrating 40 years of collegiate baseball in 1999; the Devils first took the field as a varsity sport back in 1959 ... head coach Pat Murphy was honored as Baseball America's 1998 Coach of the Year ... the ASU/Utah series marked the first time wooden bats were used in a regular-season game by collegiate teams in almost 25 years ... Arizona State is averaging 11.6 runs per game and 13.4 hits per game ... the Devils are averaging 2.6 stolen bases per game ... ASU has outscored its opponents 106-10 in the first and second innings ... ASU is 3-2 in televised games ... of ASU's 10 losses, six have been by one or two runs ... eight of the Devils 10 losses have been to ranked opponents ... ASU has posted 23 games with 10 or more hits.
ABOUT GRAND CANYON -- The Antelopes are 22-8 heading into Tuesday's matchup ... they are coached by Gil Stafford (Arizona State '76) ... ASU leads the all-time series with the 'Lopes 78-20 ... Tuesday's probable starting pitcher is Mike Torres (3-1, 4.18 ERA) ... Arizona State defeated Grand Canyon earlier this season, 18-6 in Phoenix ... ASU has won the last seven matchups between the two teams ... Blake Woods leads the 'Lopes with a .430 batting average through 30 games ... Ronnie Holtorf leads the team with 13 doubles and nine homeruns ... GCU is batting .332 as a team with a 5.24 team ERA. ... Brian Sellier leads the squad with eight stolen bases.
Beinbrink BECOMES CAREER RBI LEADER AT ASU -- Senior Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.), the Pac-10 career RBI leader, became ASU's career RBI leader, surpassing former Sun Devil Clay Westlake (1973-76) with his 251st RBI. In his first at bat of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with Boston College, the 6-3 infielder/outfielder hit a double down the leftfield line to drive in his 251st run. In the first game of the doubleheader, Beinbrink notched eight RBI in a single game which ties him for second in the ASU record book. He is fifth all-time in runs scored with 210 and needs 26 runs to become the career leader. With his 68 career doubles, he is third all-time at ASU (Westlake is the leader with 85 career doubles and currently ranks sixth in the conference. Beinbrink could finish his career in the top five in seven of 10 offensive categories at Arizona State. The two-time first-team all-conference selection has 16 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple RBI games. His .426 batting average is third on the squad and his 55 hits, 53 RBI, eight homers and 15 doubles leads the team. Beinbrink is batting .444 with runners in scoring position. He is currently on a three-game hitting streak. Beinbrink has recorded an extra base hit in five of his last seven games.
WALDRIP LEADS ASU PITCHING STAFF -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) picked up his seventh win of the season in a 6-5 win over Boston College on Friday night . He currently leads the staff in wins (7), complete games (4), innings pitched (70.0) and strikeouts (64). Waldrip is the first ASU pitcher to record four complete games since Kaipo Spencer logged five in 1995. He is the first Devil hurler to throw three shutouts since Sean Rees in 1990. He became the first ASU pitcher since Doug Henry in 1983 to post back-to-back complete game shutouts earlier this year. Waldrip pitched 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up his first run of the season in the third inning of Saturday's game vs. Howard He has allowed only three homeruns through 10 starts and is holding opponent batters to a .216 average. He was honored as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (3/16). Waldrip's two losses on the mound have come to top 5 teams.
ERNSTER EN FUEGO -- Second baseman Mark Ernster continues to pace the Devils offense with a .490 average at the plate. Versus Boston College, he batted .769 (10-for-13) with 11 runs scored and six RBI. He is currently on a five-consecutive hits streak and a six-game hitting streak. Ernster is fourth on the squad in RBI (30) and third in hits (51). Ernster is batting .703 with runners in scoring position and .640 with runners on base. He is first on the squad in two-out RBI with 15. He was honored as the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against BYU. On Saturday vs. the Cougars, we went 6-for-6 at the plate becoming the first Sun Devil since Hubie Brooks in 1978 to accomplish the feat. He put together a string of eight consecutive hits which is one shy of the Arizona State record held by Mike Pagel and Hubie Brooks. His six hits in a single game ties him for second all-time at ASU.
BLOOMQUIST LEADS OFF -- Leadoff batter junior Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) is batting at a .380 clip for the Devils this season and leads the squad in several different categories. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with 13 and in multiple-hit games with 17. He has drawn a team-leading 31 walks as well as 51 runs scored. Bloomquist is batting .516 as a leadoff batter and is batting .455 with runners in scoring position. Bloomquist is second on the team in two-out RBI with 14 on the year. He ran his hitting streak to 20 games before going 0-for-5 vs. Stanford. It is the longest hitting streak of his college career. He has hit safely in 30 of 34 games this season. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams. His 18 career triples ranks him seventh all-time in the Pac-10 (the record is 29). He is second on the team in stolen bases with 20.
LAST HOMERUN --
Andrew Beinbrink vs. Boston College (March 20, 1999) Willie Bloomquist vs. Arizona (February 26, 1999) Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999) Dustin Delucchi vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999) Mark Ernster vs. Boston College (March 19, 1999) Scott Goodman vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999) Chip Gosewisch vs. Arizona (February 27, 1999) Mitch Jones vs. Boston College (March 20, 1999) Casey Myers vs. Boston College (March 20, 1999) Jeff Phelps vs. Arizona (February 28, 1999)SITZMAN STRINGS TOGETHER EIGHT CONSECUTIVE HITS -- Over three games with Boston College, junior outfielder Jay Sitzman put together eight consecutive hits at the plate (he had a hit by pitch and a sacrifice bunt during that time which does not end the streak) before an error by the first baseman broke up the streak. The eight consecutive hits ties for second all-time at ASU. Versus Boston College, he hit .643 (9-for-14) with seven runs scored, six RBI and three stolen bases. The fleet-footed Sitzman now has a team-leading 25 stolen bases on the year. His .431 batting average is second on the squad as well as his .549 on-base percentage. His 44 hits is fourth on the squad while his 41 runs ranks third. He is one of three Sun Devils with an over .500 on-base percentage in the starting lineup. He has recorded 11 multiple-hit games as well as five multiple-RBI games this year. He has notched eight two-out RBI and is batting .455 with the bases empty. He sports a .667 average as a leadoff hitter. He is currently on a three-game hitting streak (his longest of the season is 10).
DRAFTED DEVILS -- A total of nineteen current players on the 1999 Arizona State squad have been taken in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Paul French 1998 Anaheim Angels 3rd round Willie Bloomquist 1996 Seattle Mariners 8th round Andrew Beinbrink 1998 Colorado Rockies 10th round Mark Ernster 1996 Chicago Cubs 12th round Robby Milner 1997 Texas Rangers 13th round Andrew Beinbrink 1995 Boston Red Sox 14th round Scott Goodman 1997 San Francisco Giants 17th round Drew Friedberg 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 25th round Jon Switzer 1998 Pittsburgh Pirates 26th round Kevin Tillman 1996 Houston Astros 30th round Shaylor Hatch 1997 Los Angeles Dodgers 32nd round Mitch Jones 1997 Texas Rangers 33rd round Ian Perio 1997 Oakland A's 33rd round Ian Perio 1996 Oakland A's 35th round Jeff Phelps 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates 36th round Jay Sitzman 1996 Milwaukee Brewers 37th round Trent Pratt 1998 Texas Rangers 38th round Chuck Crumpton 1995 San Diego Padres 39th round Jeff Duncan 1997 Chicago Cubs 41st round Scott Goodman 1998 San Francisco Giants 43rd round John Gusich 1998 Chicago White Sox 45th round Chuck Crumpton 1996 Philadelphia Phillies 49th round Mitch Jones 1998 Baltimore Orioles 49th round Mike Lopez 1996 Toronto Blue Jays 52nd roundSun Devils On The Radio -- KMVP 860 AM continues its association with Arizona State baseball with a tentative package of 58 home and away games to be broadcast this season. Trey Bender calls the play-by-play while Bob Eger will handle color commentary duties. The following is a list of the five games that will not be broadcast by KMVP: the first game of the Hawaii-Hilo doubleheader on Jan. 23, the alumni game on Feb. 2, the exhibition game with the Angels on Mar. 3, the exhibition game with Aomori University and the second game of the Boston College doubleheader on Mar. 20. You can listen to the games via the internet through broadcast.com
THE BEGINNING AND END OF IT -- Here are the pitching lines on ASU starters and relievers.
IP W-L ERA H R ER BB SO Starters 213.1 20-6 3.25 201 89 77 69 182 Relievers 79.1 4-4 4.55 78 55 40 31 94 Total 292.2 20-10 3.60 279 144 117 100 276INJURY REPORT -- Senior transfer Donny Starkins was scheduled to have surgery on his left knee over spring break and is out for the season. Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist and will be out for the season. RHP Chad Pennington has been resting a nagging groin injury but should be ready to go this weekend.
FOR THE RECORD -- A start-by-start breakdown of LHP Will Waldrip:
Will Waldrip IP H R ER BB SO W/L vs. Utah 9.0 4 0 0 0 13 W (1-0) vs. Hawaii-Hilo 9.0 2 0 0 3 11 W (2-0) vs. Howard 5.0 4 1 1 1 7 W (3-0) vs. Florida State 6.0 8 5 5 5 0 L (3-1) vs. New Mexico 8.0 4 1 1 3 9 W (4-1) vs. Brigham Young 9.0 8 1 0 3 13 W (5-1) vs. Arizona 6.1 6 5 5 4 2 ND (5-1) vs. Stanford 3.1 9 7 6 2 1 L (5-2) vs. Oklahoma 9.0 3 0 0 0 6 W (6-2) vs. Boston College 5.0 7 5 5 1 1 W (7-2)ALL IN THE FAMILY -- Three father/son combinations have played at Arizona State including current Sun Devils Casey Myers and Brian Berger. Myers father Clint played at ASU from 1971-73 while Berger's father Bill played for the Devils from 1970-71-73. Father Eddie Bane (1971-73) and son Jaymie Bane (1997) round out the trio of father/son combos to don the Sun Devils uniform.
THE DEVILS ON TV -- Arizona State baseball will be making many television appearances in 1999. Catch ASU on FOX Sports Net on Sat., April 10 vs. Washington St. at 1 p.m. MST and Sat., April 24 vs. USC at 1 p.m. MST. FOX Sports Arizona will broadcast on Sat., March 13 vs. Oklahoma at 7 p.m. MST and Sat., May 15 vs. Arizona at 7 p.m. MST. Locally, COX Sports (Cable Ch. 9) will broadcast on Fri., Feb. 12 vs. New Mexico at 7 p.m. MST, Tues., Feb. 23 at Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST, Fri., March 19 vs. Boston College at 7 p.m. MST, Tues., Match 23 vs. Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST, Sat., March 27 vs. Cal at 7 p.m. MST, Fri., April 9 vs. WSU at 7 p.m. MST, Sun., April 11 vs. WSU at 1 p.m. MST, Fri., April 23 vs. USC at 7 p.m. MST, Sun., April 25 vs. USC at 1 p.m MST and Fri., May 14 vs. Arizona at 7 p.m. MST. The Sunshine Network will broadcast the Fri., Feb. 5 vs. Florida State at 1:30 p.m. MST.
ASU Baseball on the Internet -- Fans can catch-up on the latest news in Sun Devil Baseball on the internet at the official Arizona State Athletics homepage - http://www.thesundevils.com
THE NORTH AND SOUTH -- This season the Pacific-10 Northern and Southern Divisions will combine and play a 24-game schedule. Nine of the conference schools will field baseball teams (Arizona State, Arizona, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State). Each team will play the other member schools in a three-game series either home or away. ASU will play in-state rival Arizona six times, however only one of the series will count in conference play.
WILD WEEKEND -- Several players posted big numbers against Boston College over the weekend including freshman Trent Pratt (Tooele, Utah) and sophomores Casey Myers and Jeff Phelps. Phelps, a 6-0 infielder, went 7-for-11 (.636) with six runs scored and six RBI. He knocked out four doubles and a triple to post a 1.182 slugging percentage for the weekend. Frosh Trent Pratt went 7-for-12 (.583) in three starts for the Devils last weekend. He collected eight runs and five RBI for the series with two doubles. Casey Myers turned in a 6-for-11 performance at the plate (.545) with six RBI and two runs scored while posting two doubles and his second homerun of the season.
ARIZONA STATE VS. GRAND CANYON , PART 1 -- Stats from the ASU vs. GCU game on Feb. 23, 1999:
AB R H RBI HR Willie Bloomquist 6 2 2 2 0 Andrew Beinbrink 5 2 4 3 1 Mark Ernster 4 2 2 1 0 Scott Goodman 6 3 5 1 1 Brett Cadiente 4 2 2 2 0 Dustin Delucchi 2 1 1 3 1 Jay Sitzman 5 2 2 2 0 Chip Gosewisch 5 1 2 1 0 Casey Myers 4 0 0 1 0 Trent Pratt 1 0 1 0 0 Mitch Jones 5 2 2 0 0 Brooks Conrad 1 0 1 0 0 Jeff Duncan 1 1 0 0 0 Brendan Hines 1 0 1 0 0 John Gusich 1 0 0 0 0
IP H R ER BB K Drew Friedberg 5.0 5 4 3 1 4 Chuck Crumpton 3.0 1 0 0 0 5 Charlie Williamson 1.0 2 2 2 0 3
Sun Devils By Position
Casey Myers, So.
or Trent Pratt, Fr.
Mitch Jones, Jr.
.297, 27 H, 26 R, 6 HR
Mark Ernster, Jr.
.490, 51 H, 36 R, 30 RBI
Andrew Beinbrink, Sr.
.426, 55 H, 53 RBI, 8 HR
Willie Bloomquist, Jr.
.380, 52 H, 51 R, 41 RBI
Jay Sitzman, Jr.
.398, 35 H, 34 R, 22 SB
Dustin Delucchi, Jr.
.324, 22 H, 19 R, 18 RBI
Chip Gosewisch, Sr.
.356, 37 H, 32 R, 32 RBI
Casey Myers, So.
or Scott Goodman, Jr.
Will Waldrip (3/26)
7-2, 2.96 ERA, 64 K
Chuck Crumpton (3/27)
4-0, 3.46 ERA, 49 K
Chad Pennington (3/28)
4-4, 3.48 ERA, 41 K
ASU Record Breakdown
Pac-10 0-3 Non-Conference 24-7 Vs. Ranked Teams 2-8 Vs. Unranked Teams 22-2 Home Games 16-2 Road Games 8-8 Day Games 15-6 Night Games 9-4 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 17-9 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 7-1 One-Run Decisions 2-4 Two-Run Decisions 1-2 Extra Innings 0-1 Shutouts 5-0 ASU Scores First 20-8 Opponent Scores First 4-2 Led After Seven 23-1 Trailed After Seven 0-8 Tied After Seven 1-1 Led After Eight 23-0 Trailed After Eight 0-10 Tied After Eight 1-0 Out-hit Opponents 21-1 Out-hit by Opponents 1-7 January 11-0 February 8-5 March 5-5 April 0-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 4-1 Last 10 Games 5-5 Current Streak W4
1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives
Longest Win Streak 11 games (1/15-1/31) Longest Losing Streak 4 games (3/5-3/13)
Most Runs, Game:
ASU 28 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 11 (two teams)Most Runs, Inning:
ASU 12 (Boston College, 3/20) Opp. 7 (Arizona, 2/26)Most Hits, Game:
ASU 25 (four times) Opp. 15 (Arizona, 2/27)Most Hits, Inning:
ASU 9 (Boston College, 3/20) Opp. 7 (Stanford, 3/5)Most Doubles, Game:
ASU 10 (Boston College, 3/21) Opp. 6 (Boston College, 3/21)Most Triples, Game:
ASU 4 (Boston College, 3/20) Opp. 1 (five teams)Most Home Runs, Game:
ASU 3 (four times) Opp. 3 (three teams)Most Stolen Bases, Game:
ASU 8 (Arizona, 2/28) Opp. 5 (CS Fullerton, 3/16)Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
ASU 3 (UNM, 2/14 & BC, 3/19) Opp. 2 (five teams)Most Errors, Game:
ASU 8 (New Mexico, 2/13) Opp. 6 (three teams)Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
ASU 13 (Utah, 1/16 & BYU 2/18) Opp. 16 (Stanford, 3/5)Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
ASU 8 (FSU, 2/6) Opp. 13 (two teams)
Largest Win. Margin 25 (two times) Largest Loss Margin 10 (Stanford, 3/5) Largest Crowd, Home 3,019 (Oklahoma, 3/13) Smallest Crowd, Home 1,002 (1/31) Largest Crowd, Road 4,023 (FSU, 2/6) Smallest Crowd, Road 100 (UH-Hilo, 1/24) Longest Hit Streak 20 (Bloomquist, 1/23-3/5) Most Hits, Game 6 (Mark Ernster, 2/20) Most Runs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most Doubles, Game 3 (Gosewisch, 2/28) Most Triples, Game 1 (eight players tied) Most HRs, Game 1 (10 players tied) Most RBIs, Game 8 (Beinbrink, 3/19) Most SBs, Game 4 (Bloomquist, 2/28)
Most Strikeouts, Game:
ASU Pitcher 13 (Waldrip, 1/16 & 2/18) Opp. Pitcher 16 (Young, Stanford, 3/5)Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort)
ASU Pitcher 1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24) Opp. Pitcher 6 (Jason Young, 3/5)Most Walks, Game:
ASU Pitcher 5 (Waldrip, 2/6) Opp. Pitcher 7 (Bell, 1/24)Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings: Starter 21.1 (Waldrip, 1/16-1/30) Reliever 12.1 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-2/14) 1998 National Rankings
School BA CB BW (3/22) (3/22) (3/15) Stanford 5 4 3 Arizona State 20 19 15 USC NR 22 NR Washington St. NR 29 NRBA- Baseball America; CB- Collegiate Baseball; CP- Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll
1999 Devils in the Record BookCareer Hitting
1. 251 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
2. 250 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76
3. 241 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81
4. 229 - Bob Horner, 1976-78
5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82
1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76
2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94
3. 68 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
4. 59 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81
5. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89
6. 56 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98
1. 322 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76
2. 289 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81
3. 286 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73
4. 279 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
5. 277 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98
6. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94
1. 236 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-1998
2. 224 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73
3. 216 - Rick Peters, 1974-77
4. 212 - Ken Landreaux, 1974-76
5. 210 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
Most At Bats
1. 955 - Caly Westlake, 1973-76
2. 934 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73
3. 837 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89
4. 816 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81
5. 803 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98
6. 764 - John Finn, 1986-89; 755 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
1. 26 - Alan Bannister, 1970-72; 26 - Ed Irvine, 1977-79
3. 20 - Rick Peters, 1974-77; 20 - Bump Wills, 1971-74
5. 18 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997-; 16 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
Solo: (12) Jones 4, Beinbrink 3, Ernster 2, Goodman 1, Gosewisch 1, Myers 1
2-run: (8) Cadiente 1, Gosewisch 2, Bloomquist 1, Ernster 1, Beinbrink 1, Jones 1, Phelps 1
3-run: (7) Jones 1, Delucchi 1, Beinbrink 3, Bloomquist 1, Myers 1
Grand Slams: (1) Beinbrink 1
Back-to-Back: (2) Jones and Ernster 1, Gosewisch and Beinbrink 1
Two in One Game: (0)
Inside the Park: (0)
Pinch-Hit: (1) Phelps 1
Head Coach Pat Murphy
Fifth season at Arizona State: 149-87
Div. I Record (11th year): 467-203-1
Career Record (14th year): 522-258-3
Pat Murphy now in his fifth season at Arizona State after spending seven years at Notre Dame, has left his mark on Arizona State baseball. In his first year, Murphy guided ASU to a 34-21 record and put together the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. In 1996, he directed ASU to a 35-21 record and a No. 25 final ranking by Baseball America. The 1997 season marked ASU's return to postseason play as ASU went 3-2 in the Atlantic Regiona, narrowly missing out on a trip to Omaha. The Devils finished with a 39-22 record and a No. 11 ranking by Baseball America and No. 14 ranking by Collegiate Baseball. Murphy has also started the Pitch-by-Pitch Baseball Academy which holds baseball camps and clinics year round, not only in Phoenix, but around the country as well. Last season, he was honored as Baseball America's Coach of the Year after guiding the Devils to a second-place showing at the College World Series. The '98 squad went 41-23, 18-11 (3rd) in conference. They won the Midwest Regional with a 3-1 victory over Georgia Tech to advance to the CWS for the first time since 1994.
The Syracuse, N.Y., native's Notre Dame teams recorded 45 or more wins in six of seven seasons and advanced to the finals of an NCAA Regional each of the last three seasons.
He also has international coaching experience, guiding the Dutch National Team to the European championship in the summer of 1987, and helping to develop baseball in Australia as a state manager in New South Wales in 1984.
Murphy is the first coach in the era of aluminum bats to have his players practice exclusively with wood bats in practice.
Murphy has never had a player declared ineligble for a season.
"From those modest beginnings, Murphy has carved a unique college career, first as a player but most of all as a coach. ... And he's risen to the top of his profession."
Baseball America, 7/6-19/98