As this goofy baseball season nears a conclusion, who would have thought that:
Jerry Reuss would be in the major leagues and George Steinbrenner wouldn't? . . .
Ryne Sandberg would make an error? . . .
Tony Gwynn and Roseanne Barr would be centers of controversy in San Diego? . . .
Orel Hershiser would win only one game? . . .
The Dodgers would be in the pennant race without Hershiser? . . .
Mark Langston would come closer to losing than winning 20 games? . . .
In the era of the incomplete game, a record number of no-hitters would be pitched? . . .
Norm Hitzges would ever stop talking? . . .
You could stump a casual fan by asking him to name the manager of the New York Yankees? . . .
Umpire Joe West would execute the best takedown of the summer? . . .
Nolan Ryan would be more effective at 43 than he was at 33 or 23? . . .
Joe Torre would leave the broadcasting booth for the dugout? . . .
Whitey Herzog would leave the dugout for the fishing pond? . . .
Kevin Maas would be compared to Babe Ruth? . . .
Fay Vincent would have as tough a time in 1990 as in 1989? . . .
Baltimore fans would boo Cal Ripken Jr. because he was playing? . . .
George Brett would be a cinch to win the American League batting title? . . .
Kirby Puckett wouldn't challenge for the American League batting title? . . .
The Braves would trade Dale Murphy, and Dave Justice would become the best rookie hitter in the National League? . . .
Kansas City would be out of the pennant race in April? . . .
The Dodgers twice would blow leads of at least a touchdown at Dodger Stadium? . . .
An import from Japan would lead the major leagues in home runs? . . .
The Chicago White Sox would be battling for the second-best record in baseball? . . .
Robin Yount would be batting in the .240s? . . .
The Yankees wouldn't beat Oakland once? . . .
Steve Lyons would drop his pants at first base? . . .
Dave Stieb's no-hitter wouldn't be broken up in the ninth inning? . . .
Wade Boggs would flirt with hitting below .300? . . .
Tom Lasorda wouldn't need to expand his belt size? . . .
Jeff Treadway would hit three home runs in a game? . . .
The Mets would have more trouble with lefties than any organization since the House Unamerican Activities Committee? . . .
Bobby Thigpen of the White Sox would have more saves than any National League team? . . .
Kirk Gibson would get booed at Dodger Stadium? . . .
The Boston Red Sox wouldn't be able to hit many home runs in Fenway Park? . . .
Ron Gant would become a member of the 30-30 club? . . .
Danny Darwin would be leading the National League in earned-run average? . . .
Lou Piniella would win the first base throw for distance? . . .
Don Mattingly would shave his mustache? . . .
Drugs would be out of the headlines? . . .
Between them, Mike Sharperson and Lenny Harris would turn into a .300-hitting major league third baseman? . . .
Dave Stewart would win 20 games again and still not be the favorite for the AL Cy Young Award? . . .
Doug Drabek would be the favorite for the NL Cy Young Award? . . .
The Minnesota Twins would make two triple plays in a game? . . .
The Dodgers would go another season without making one triple play? . . .
In these days of parity, a team would win a division title for the third consecutive year? . . .
One successful general manager, Larry Doughty of Pittsburgh, would be in danger of losing his job, and another, Larry Himes of the White Sox, would be fired? . . .
Bo Schembechler wouldn't smash a headset in Tiger Stadium? . . .
Frank White wouldn't be in the Kansas City Royals' starting lineup on Frank White Day? . . .
Making love would be a spectator sport in the Toronto SkyDome?