NO HITS FOR HONUS: Honus Wagner hasn't played since 1917, but the latest edition of Macmillan's Baseball Encyclopedia has deleted 12 hits and .002 from his batting average. He is now listed as having 3,418 hits and a .327 average. The changes drop Wagner from sixth to seventh on the career hit list and from 26th to 29th among all-time batting averages. He also slipped from fifth to seventh in doubles, losing eight, while Hall-of-Famer Nap Lajoie gained 10.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom Wagner played from 1900 through 1917, are unhappy the changes were made without the consultation of the committee established by former commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti to approve such alterations.
"What are they going to do, change his plaque in the Hall of Fame?" said Rick Cerrone, the Pirates' vice president for public relations.
Rick Wolff, the encyclopedia's editor, said the changes resulted from input from various sources, including his research staff, the Baseball Hall of Fame and statisticians at the Elias Sports Bureau and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Wolff authorized the changes because the record committee does not meet again until August, well after the book's publishing deadline. The changes in Wagner's statistics were made in the three seasons he played for Louisville, 1897-99.
BUHNER OUT: Mariners outfielder Jay Buhner broke a bone in his right forearm Saturday night and is expected to be out for eight weeks. . . . The Expos placed rookie second baseman Delino DeShields on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. . . . Giants outfielder Rick Parker broke his nose Saturday while taking grounders in batting practice.
HOWE GOOD: Former Dodger Steve Howe was released from the Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center in Lancaster, Calif., after an eight-day stay due to a blood clot in his lung.
Howe, 32, could be back in action with the Salinas Spurs of the Class A California League in three weeks, General Manager John Jonas said.