A man was charged with disorderly conduct yesterday for jumping out of the stands at County Stadium during a Brewers game last week and tackling Astros RF Bill Spiers. Berley W. Visgar, 23, of South Beloit, Ill., was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, District Attorney E. Michael McCann said. Visgar told authorities he never wanted to hurt Spiers but had intended to jump on his back to attract the attention of the 14,000 fans attending the game, the complaint said.
BRAVE NEW WORLD: For the Braves, this might have been their most surprising season since the one that began their decade of division dominance. In 1991, the Braves made a worst-to-first run to the seventh game of the World Series. On Sunday, they clinched their eighth straight NL East Division title even though cancer took away their top hitter (Andres Galarraga) and injuries sidelined their all-star catcher (Javy Lopez) and closer (Kerry Ligtenberg).
Atlanta, with the best record in the majors, is one victory away from its third straight 100-win season.
SURGERY FOR CASTILLO: Marlins IF Luis Castillo underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder, which he dislocated Sept. 8 against the Dodgers. The Marlins anticipate a full recovery by the start of spring training next season.