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Baseball to inspect slick track

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times
published October 21, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maybe they should put up warning signs for the warning track at Edison Field.

Baseball leadership will discuss during the offseason whether to replace the rubbery surface that Giants first baseman J.T. Snow slipped on in Saturday night's World Series opener.

"There's some issues that we're going to examine at the GM meetings, and that's one of them," Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations, said Sunday. "What happened last night is probably the best publicity."

Snow slipped and fell chasing Tim Salmon's foul pop in the fifth inning, then grabbed the net separating the field from the dugout seats, popped up and made the catch.

"It's there, I'm sure, to keep the dust down, for the convenience of the fans down here," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't like the synthetic surface in any part of the ballpark, whether it's on the playing surface or the warning track."

Anaheim third baseman Troy Glaus said there had been problems with the warning track.

"The track is a little slick so you wear plastic spikes," Glaus said. "Brad Fullmer slipped over there. Ersty (Darin Erstad) slipped there once, then J.T. last night. If you got metal spikes on, it's not a big deal."

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LISTEN UP: The incredibly loud crowd at Edison Field got Giants manager Dusty Baker thinking about creative solutions from the past. "I had (outfielder) Tsuyoshi Shinjo bring me one of those megaphones they use in Japan because it happened once I think someplace else, Chicago or someplace, he couldn't hear me," Baker said. "So I had the megaphone, but I didn't think the umpires would go for that too much. In Japan, it's cool. Over here, I don't know if they are going to go for that."

FACE IN THE CROWD: Chuck Finley spent 14 seasons pitching with the Angels, but he was reduced to ceremonial duties and spectating when they finally made the Series. "I had to drive my own truck in here and borrow a ticket from Jackie (Autry, widow of former owner Gene Autry)," said Finley, now with the Cardinals. "That's how I got to the World Series. That's not quite the way I envisioned it."

MISCELLANY: Shinjo is the first Japanese player to participate in a Series game. Hideki Irabu was on the Yankees roster in 1998 but didn't pitch. ... Angels officials said hundreds of fans were turned away after buying fake tickets from scalpers. ... The Angels' 20 homers are a record for a single postseason.

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