Cards flying under the radar

St. Louis is in the enviable position of being able to sneak up on the rest of the National League Central.

Updated: January 15, 2004, 10:04 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • When asked if he bet on baseball while still a player, Pete Rose or "Pete First" as he should be known, said he didn't remember. Yeah, right. Former commissioner Faye Vincent is not impressed with that answer and says there is evidence to support the conjecture that Rose bet when he was playing and not just when he was managing. David Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel talked to the former Commissioner about Pete First's situation.

  • Roger Clemens went on Yankee broadcaster Michael Kay's radio show yesterday and proudly announced, "I still consider myself a Yankee." John Harper of the Daily News takes him to task for this. It's the kind of quote that could come back to haunt him if he were to pitch against the Yankees come October time. Harper is not so much outraged by Clemens' decision to unretire as he is by David Wells' decision to sign with the Padres after giving the Yankees a verbal commitment for 2004. He wonders why Yankee fans seem to be giving the Rotund One a pass while vilifying Clemens. Let us not forget how Wells came to the Yankees -- by backing out of an agreement with the Diamondbacks. Like the woman who breaks up a man's marriage to get a husband, she shouldn't be all that shocked when she cheats on her.

  • Mike Goliat played one full season in the major leagues, but it was a good one. At the age of 24, he was the second baseman for the famous Whiz Kids of Philadelphia. He was sold to the Browns the following year. Goliat passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 82. Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer points out that baseball reference sources have his age as 78. Perhaps he wasn't as much of a Whiz Kid as was previously thought.
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