FINE TIME: Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are among eight players fined undisclosed sums by NL President Bill White for Thursday's Mets-Phillies fight.
The other New Yorkers are Mackey Sasser and Tim Teufel, with Philadelphia's Pat Combs, Dennis Cook, Darren Daulton and Jose DeJesus.
Mike Ryan, Phillies bullpen coach, was disciplined for his actions during the tiff. Gooden, who had hit Dickie Thon and Tom Herr with pitches, was hit in the left knee by a fastball from Combs to lead off the fifth inning. Gooden charged the mound and was jumped from behind by Daulton. The ensuing fight delayed the game 20 minutes.
BABY TALK: San Francisco Manager Roger Craig says Lou Piniella's methods belong in high school. Piniella, the Cincinnati manager, suggests that Craig is more of a crybaby than a "hum baby." The Reds' 6-5 victory over the Giants Monday night apparently brought simmering resentments to the surface.
Craig, upset because Piniella publicly guaranteed a victory by his Reds before Monday's finale, said, "That's high school stuff."
"If he wants to be a crybaby, let him," said Piniella, who later had a message relayed to Craig: "Take it like a man, Roger. Take it like a man. That's all."
MOVES: Brewers RHP Bill Wegman had a spur and bone chips removed and ligament repaired in his right elbow, will be idled at least five months; LHP Juan Nieves, unable to pitch since 1988, had shoulder surgery. . . . Angels activated LHP Bob McClure, yet to pitch this season (tendinitis in left elbow); optioned IF Rick Schu (.258) to Class AAA; recalled 2B Mark McLemore from injury rehabilitation. . . . Phillies optioned slumping 1B Ricky Jordan (.233) to AAA; called up RHP Tommy Greene.
NO YEN: Japan's Tokyo Giants, Seibu Lions and Taiyo Whales will forgo Arizona's winter instructional league because of a stiff fee increase. Five major league teams decided a while back to boost the fee for Japanese teams to $100,000 while keeping their own fees at $3,500.