Saturday, November 16, 2002

All-Stars win in Japan

Baseball notebook

The Associated Press

Barry Bonds didn't have to hit a home run this time to lead the major league all-stars to victory.

Bonds doubled in a run with a fourth-inning drive off the left-field wall as the major leaguers beat their Japanese counterparts 4-0 in Tokyo.

"I didn't get it all but just enough to do some damage," said Bonds, who had homered five times in the previous five games of the eight-game tour.

Before the game, Bonds beat Japanese free agent Hideki Matsui 8-5 in a home-run contest in which each had 20 swings. Matsui went 0-for-2 with a walk in the game, dropping to 3-for-19 in the series. New York Yankees officials, who are expected to court him, arrived in Japan on Friday.

Randy Wolf, Mike Fetters and J.C. Romero combined on a two-hitter for the major leaguers.

RED SOX: Except for a billion dollars here or there, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry does the same thing in finance that Bill James does in his baseball books.

"It is remarkably similar," Henry said after hiring James as a statistical adviser. But even while managing $1.1 billion using quantitative analysis, which he calls "quaint," Henry knew that the same, dispassionate statistical investigation could be used to help shape a baseball team and its budget.

"I'm not going to tell the manager how to do his job," James said. "But anyone in the organization who thinks I can help them, I'd be happy to."

James attracted fame in the 1980s for his annual book, "The Bill James Baseball Abstract," which analyzed the game with easily understood but unconventional statistics.

His work made him one of baseball's most-respected statisticians, historians and authors while spawning imitators.

"My goal when I started writing wasn't to create a lot of statistics. My goal was to create a field of knowledge," James said. "I don't really believe you can take everything a player does and summarize it in one statistic."

BREWERS: Milwaukee hired Rich Dauer as its third-base coach and Dave Nelson as the new first-base coach.

CARDINALS: The team edged closer to building a new stadium downtown, signing an agreement to pursue private financing for the project.

It would be only the second privately funded ballpark in recent years. Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, which opened in 2000, was the other. Property Funding Group of Washington, D.C., will be responsible for obtaining the financing and structuring the plan.

Rick Gross, president of Property Funding Group, said he expects funding to be in place within six months. Plans call for the $325 million, 45,000-seat stadium to be ready by Opening Day 2006.

GIANTS: The team declined a $1.2 million option on reserve outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo and placed him on waivers. Shinjo apparently wanted to play every day, but San Francisco saw him more as a fourth outfielder.

The team also introduced new manager Felipe Alou. Alou pulled on his new No.23 jersey top and had a little flashback.

"It's not the first time I wore this. The last time was 1963," he said.

PADRES: San Diego shipped outfielder Gene Kingsale to Detroit for catcher Michael Rivera.

Kingsale batted .278 in 89 games for the Padres. The 26-year-old Rivera made his major league debut with the Tigers this year and hit .227 in 39 games.

RANGERS: Left-handed pitcher C.J. Nitkowski agreed to a contract with Texas' Triple-A team in Oklahoma City. Nitkowski, 29, was 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 12 relief appearances after joining the Rangers on Aug.19.

ETC: Tony Gwynn was in his element. His new element, that is.

In the campus stadium that bears his name, Gwynn finally got to run his San Diego State baseball team through its first official practice.

"It's great. We've been dying," said Gwynn, who took over at his alma mater when the man who coached him as an Aztecs player, Jim Dietz, retired after last season. "It's like opening day for me. Going to work." said Gwynn, who jumped straight from his 20-year career with the Padres to San Diego State, serving as a volunteer assistant during Dietz's last season.

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All-Stars win in Japan

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