Inside Baseball: Short Hops

In September 1991 Padre hitting coach Merv Rettenmund said of young Astro shortstop Andujar Cedeno, "I hate him, but I'd love to have him." Rettenmund meant that Cedeno was raw and erratic but had remarkable tools: a live bat, a great arm, terrific range. Cedeno, now 24, has matured, and it shows. Through Sunday he was hitting .329 with five homers. . . . One of the best free-agent signings of the off-season was White Sox DH Julio Franco, who has been hitting cleanup. He had 24 RBIs through Sunday and had made it tough for pitchers to work around No....

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