Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius has picked up where he left off last season, when he batted .471 and was named MVP of the World Series. He has collected five hits in the first two games of this year's World Series and could be on his way to another MVP trophy.
That trophy would be a nice finish to a disappointing season, in which Brosius hit just .247 and was forced to deal with his father's illness and death.
"He tried to be himself around the club all season," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said, "but we knew he was dealing with some things."
Out of the Starting Gate
The Yankees continue to get tremendous starting pitching. In the first two games of this World Series, Orlando Hernandez and David Cone have allowed two hits and one run in 14 innings for a 0.64 ERA.
These two games continue a superb postseason run for Yankee starters. In 10 postseason starts, they've been almost perfect, going 7-1 with a 1.86 ERA.
"The thing that stands out is that they've had real good accuracy--outside, inside, not leaving any balls over the plate," Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart said. "When we're hitting it, we're hitting it into the ground. Cone threw me some pitches I couldn't do anything with."
On Saturday, Hernandez ran his postseason record to 5-0 by allowing one run and striking out 10 in seven innings. His career postseason ERA rose to 1.02.
His 10 strikeouts are the most by an American League pitcher in the World Series since Oakland's John "Blue Moon" Odom struck out 11 Cincinnati Reds in Game 3 of the 1972 Series. It's the most strikeouts for a Yankees pitcher since Bob Turley fanned 10 in Game 5 of the 1958 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves.
"I felt all my pitches were working well," Hernandez said through an interpreter after the game. "I was able to put all my pitches in the proper location. I can't say it was the best game I've thrown, but it definitely made me happy and the team happy."
Tom Glavine was back at Turner Field this afternoon and appears on course to start Game 3 Tuesday in New York. He threw briefly in the bullpen, then returned home to continue his recovery from the flu-like symptoms that forced him to miss his scheduled start for Atlanta in Game 1.
"He felt pretty good and thinks he can start Game 3," Braves Manager Bobby Cox said.
Cox said none of his other players has gotten sick.
"I think it was kind of isolated with Tommy's family," Cox said. "They were all sick, and he was the last one to get it."
Chambliss Moving On
Yankees hitting coach Chris Chambliss apparently will be fired after the World Series, and the New York Times reported that Don Mattingly is on the short list of candidates to replace him.
Chambliss was interviewed by Cleveland Indians General Manager John Hart for that team's managerial opening and is expected to speak with the Milwaukee Brewers about their opening.
Whether or not Chambliss gets one of the managerial openings, he's not expected to return to the Yankees. Mattingly, who retired after the 1995 season, is one of the most popular players in franchise history. But only recently has he expressed an interest in returning to baseball.
Fired Up Over Firing
Braves hitting coach Don Baylor had harsh words for the Detroit Tigers and their handling of last week's managerial change.
Baylor, baseball's hottest managerial candidate, said he was put off by how the Tigers didn't tell Larry Parrish he'd been fired until they'd already struck a deal with Phil Garner.
"With Larry Parrish, when you start hearing out in the community that somebody else has your job before somebody else is fired, I think that's very unethical," Baylor said. "I don't care what you think of Larry Parrish. He didn't deserve that. I don't operate that way, as far as talking to somebody before somebody else is fired."
Baylor probably will be named manager of the Chicago Cubs--one of several teams that had him at the top of their list--after the World Series.