Everybody's a critic even the mayor here Rendell demeans Jays' Stottlemyre World Series notebook


PHILADELPHIA -- Ed Rendell, the mayor of Philadelphia, didn't show much respect for Todd Stottlemyre, who will pitch Game 4 of the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays here tonight.

During a visit to Toronto, Rendell was critical of the Blue Jays' pitching staff, particularly Stottlemyre. "I could envision them [the Phillies] getting swept by a combination of the White Sox's pitching and the Blue Jays' hitting," said Rendell.

"But not this pitching staff. If Frank Thomas could hit a ball 430 feet off Stottlemyre, I could hit one 270. I'd like to bat against him."

Stottlemyre was unaware of the comments, which were published Monday, when he came to the interview room before last night's game. "How did the mayor get into this?" he later asked Howie Starkman, Blue Jays public relations director.

When he was initially asked about the mayor's remarks, Stottlemyre was diplomatic. "Well, Philly is a beautiful place," he said.

As the questioning persisted, however, Stottlemyre began to play along. He was asked how he would pitch to Rendell.

"I'd like to hit against him," was Stottlemyre's initial response. "I guess I'd throw the first three behind his head and then paint the outside corner."

When the subject was broached a second time, Stottlemyre had a curt reply. "I'll tell you what," he said. "When this thing [the World Series] is over, I'll go into my pocket for a ticket and fly to Philly.

"Tell the mayor to put on a uniform and we'll see what happens."

Rainy anniversary

Last night marked the first time in 25 years that a World Series game started after a rain delay. Game 4 at Detroit, Oct. 6, 1968 was delayed for 35 minutes.

The seventh game of the 1986 World Series was postponed after a pre-game rain delay, Oct. 26, and played the next night. The most recent postponement came Oct. 17, 1989, when an earthquake interrupted the World Series for 10 days.

In all, 14 World Series games have been postponed by rain and five others were delayed after play had started. However, every World Series game that has started and become an official game, has been played to completion (at least nine innings, with three ending in ties).

One pitcher, three teams

Danny Jackson last night became the third pitcher to start a World Series game for three teams. The left-hander started for the Kansas City Royals in 1985 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1990 before starting last night's game for the Phillies.

Jack Morris (1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992 Blue Jays) and Joe Bush (1913 Philadelphia Athletics, 1918 Boston Red Sox and 1922 Yankees) are the other pitchers who have started for three teams. The Blue Jays' Dave Stewart has appeared in the World Series with three teams, but was a reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.

Umpires go public

The Major League Umpires Association released a statement of protest yesterday, decrying the use of overhead cameras to show whether a pitch was in the strike zone.

"Viewers are deceived into believing that the camera is positioned directly over home plate, whereas, in fact, the camera in Philadelphia is positioned more than 200 feet behind home plate and in Toronto 127 feet in front of the plate," the statement read.

The umpires said the angled shot gives a distorted view of the pitch.

There were rumors earlier in the World Series that the umpires might threaten a boycott if CBS did not discontinue use of the overhead camera, but union director Richie Phillips settled for the statement.

Schmidt predicts

Mike Schmidt, invited to throw out the first ball for Game 3, expects the Phillies to win the World Series.

"I thought all along that the Atlanta Braves were the best team in baseball," said the former Phillies third baseman. "If you beat the best, you are the best. I think the Phillies will win two games here and win it all in Toronto."

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