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April 21, 2000

The Daily Prospectus

Short-Attention-Span Theatre

by Joe Sheehan

Your friendly neighborhood columnist had one too many Cadbury Creme Eggs--thank god these things are seasonal--while watching Randy Johnson, so he'll send you into the weekend with whatever random things pop into his head:

A number of you have written in to let me know that Jacque Jones walked twice on Tuesday night. Jones's first walk came after his 49th at-bat, so he's the leader in the clubhouse for the American League DiSar. However...there's a moving story developing with the Angels, where Gary DiSarcina's replacement, Benji Gil, is up to 40 walk-free at-bats through Thursday night's game. The scrappy Gil, who has gone from hot prospect to failed prospect to Triple-A shortstop, has stepped into the shoes of the legend and is out-DiSaring even the man himself. By Monday morning, we should know who between Jones and Gil is the inaugural DiSar winner, but the race certainly has a sentimental favorite now.

The National League race is legendary. Geoff Jenkins was intentionally walked last night, stopping his streak at 53 at-bats. Orlando Cabrera batted four times without walking to tie Jenkins at 53, passing Ryan Klesko, who pinch-hit for his 51st walkless at-bat. There's more drama here than in the entire history of the American League Central.

Speaking of drama, I think Jim Fregosi has seen enough. His Blue Jays tried to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, turning an 11-1 lead into a 12-11 win last night. It was the fifth time in seven games that the Jays allowed at least ten runs.

Randy Johnson's dominance has been well-documented elsewhere, so I'll just point out the most impressive thing about the three-hit shutout he hung on Rockies last night: 101 pitches. At the other end of the career spectrum, Rick Ankiel threw 110 pitches in shutting out San Diego. For five innings.

Both pitchers had RBIs in their games, with Ankiel popping his first career home run. He's now hitting .556 with an OPS over 1600. Oh, sure...now Tony LaRussa wants to bat the pitcher ninth.

Finally, a promotional note: thanks to the never-ending work of Clay Davenport, the online DTs are now updated daily.

Joe Sheehan can be reached at jsheehan@baseballprospectus.com.

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