The Tennessean from Nashville, Tennessee on August 12, 1999 · Page 27
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Thursday, August 12, 1999
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3 THE TENNESSEAN Thursday, August 12 liKW 3C SPORTS: BASEBALL The Tennessecm's AlHnis Mashviila Soimifs team I 3; Below is Trie Tennessean's All-71me Nashville Sounds team, as selected by an eight-member committee. Committee members were asked to vote for two former Sounds at each of the infield positions and at catcher, six outfielders, two designated hitters, five starting pitchers and two relievers. After the votes were tallied, two more utility players were added - due to a number of players receiving votes at more than one position - for a total of 27 teammembers. Committee members were also asked to vote for two managers, but only one received more than one vote. Committee members were given no guidelines other than to vote for former Sounds. The selection committee: Dot Cloud (Sounds ticket manager, 1984-97), Scotti Madison (former Sounds player, 1985-86, '89), Maurice Patton (Sounds beat writer, The Tennessean, 1994-present), Larry Schmittou (Sounds founder, presidentgeneral manager, 1 978-97), Reese Smith III (Sounds oc-owner, 1 978-present), Larry Taft (former Tennessean Sounds beat writer), Pete Weber (Buffalo Bisons radio, 1985-95), George Wecker (former Sounds player, 1978). FIRST TEAM Pos Player Yrs. ! " C Dan Wilson I" 1B DonMattingly '81 ! 2B Ray Durham "94 ! 3B Chris Sabo '87, '89, '92 SS Doug Baker '8586 I OF Willie McGee '80-81 ! OF Bruce Fields '86 i; OF Brian Dayett '80-82 DH Drew Denson '93-94 i UT Skeeter Barnes '79, '88-90 SP NormCharlton B7-88 i RP Rob Dibble '87-88 J MGRRckRentek "93-96 II SECOND TEAM - Pos Player Yrs. C Dave Van Gorder 78-79 I 1B Steve Balboni '80 28 Keith Lockhart '89-91 ! 3B Lenny Harris '87-89 ' SS Esteban Beltre "93 I I OF Buck Showalter '80-83 ji OF Maggto Ordonez "97 1 1 OF Otis Nixon '81-82 i DH Scotti Madison B586, '89 jl UT Paco Martin '93-94 !i SP JackArmstrong '8869, 91 J! SP Chris Hammond '89-90 i SP James Baldwin '93-95 ji SP Scott Ruffcom '93-95 j RP Geoff Combe 78-79 I1 -I Sounds highlight Led American Assoc. in total chances .316, 7 HR, 98 RBI, 173 hits American Assoc. total bases leader 23 stolen bases in '87 10 triples in two years Third in Southern League at .322 in '81 .368, single-season record Third in HRs (52), 7th in RBI (168) AJ-tjme HR leader (54) All-time leader in six categories 11-10,3.02, 161 Ksin'88 1 0th all-time with 1 7 saves 309-266 record Sounds highlight .300 hitter, solid defensively 1-yearHR record (34) Among leaders In 8 career categories 75 career steals 232, 8 HR, 92 RBI in Second in career doubles (79) Top rookie, MVP, batting champ 136 career steals Won batting title in "85 Season marks with 1 79 hits, 580 ABs Fourth with 296 career Ks 151, 2.17, 149 KS in "90 American Assoc. high 156 Ks in W 153, 2.74, 144 Ks in W 27 saves, 66 games in 78 Post-Sounds highlight .285, 18 HR, 83 RBI in "96 (Seattle) '85 AL MVP, nine Gold Gloves "98 AL all-star with White Sox Seven-year starter with Reds ('88-93, '96) Seven years, 207 with Tigers, Twins 2 batting titles, 3 Gold Gloves, '85 NL MVP. 274 in three years with Detroit, Seattle Five years with Yanks, Cubs, .258 Played 4 games with White Sox in "93 (.200) Detroit minor league coach 92 "Nasty Boy:" 26 saves, 2.99 ERA 23 straight saves with Reds in $1 Pirates bench coach Post-Sounds highlight .212 in 5 yrs. with Reds, Orioles 181 HR in 10 years .321 for Royals In '95. .271 career hitter, .300 four seasons Spent '94-96 with Rangers, Red Sox 378-365 as Yankees, Dtjacks manager 99 AL all-star 3rd among active players (557 career steals) One HR, .163 in five years .350, 10 SB in '96 (White Sox) 90 NL All-Star Game starter, 1 2-9 46-55, 4.54 in nine years Top AL rookie pitcher, 96 Winless in 30 games with W.Sox, Phillies 1-0 in 18 games with Reds In '80-81 Strong work ethic remembered j names , as Willie McGee, Buck j Showalter, Otis Nixon and Mike I Morgan, Mattingly led the Sounds in j hits, doubles and RBI as they went J on to win the Southern League regu-j lar-season championship, j "There were a lot of class people around him Buck, Willie, infield- er Erik Peterson," former Sounds j presidentgeneral manager Larry Schmittou said. "It helps when you i have other good people to push you. j "What I remember about him was j that he was a student of the game and j he had a great work ethic. It wasn't i unusual to see him out taking extra j batting practice, even if he was lead-j ing the league in hitting. He craved i extra work craved it and he car-i ried that throughout his career." j Lacking great physical talent, j Mattingly knew he'd have to be a grinder a blue-collar guy that i came to work every day. Sounds fol-j lowers appreciated that side of him. j "My experience was just of great j people in Nashville," he said. "They i made you feel right at home, very j comfortable. They made it easy on a ; guy coming to a new city. They were i really excited about baseball." ! In his one season, Mattingly hit j .315 with seven home runs and 98 j RBI. He followed that with 10 homers ! at Class AAA Columbus, then ran off I six straight years of 18 or more j homers with the Yankees as ques-j tions of his power were effectively j answered. I "There was no doubt he was a j great hitter, but at the time, he was a j Wade Boggs-type hitter, a doubles j hitter," Schmittou said. "They won- Barnes' W also retired Don Mattingly becomes the second Nashville Sounds player to have his jersey number retired. Skeeter Barnes, who did three tours of duty with the Sounds, had his No. 00 retired during the 1991 season, according to former presidentgeneral manager Larry Schmittou. "We would like to honor one deserving player per year" Steve Selby, Sounds director of media relations, said regarding future plans. "We were unaware that Skeeter's number had been retired, but we plan to prorninently display his W and Don's "1 8" somewhere in the stadium beginning next season." MAURICE PATTON dered if he'd hit with enough power to play first or if he'd need to move to left field, and he played some of both here." With some physical maturity, and the short porch in Yankee Stadium's right field, Mattingly hit 23 homers in his first full major league season, then 35 in his MVP campaign of 1985. "It was just a natural progression, physically," he said. "But Lou Piniella also helped me, with weight shift, leverage, getting my bottom hand more into the swing. That allowed me to get some backspin on the ball, and balls that had been going for doubles started carrying out of the park. From there, it kinda exploded." When the smoke cleared, Mattingly whose No. 23 was retired by the Yankees two years ago ranked among the team's all-time leaders in eight offensive categories as well as games played. "I learned how to play from some great veterans," he said. "I think you've got to get there and experience New York to understand it But I was able to keep my focus and do what I was there to do, which was to play baseball. I always had confidence in what I could do on the field, and that kept me on solid ground." Although he retired the year before the Yankees won the 1996 World Series, Mattingly is comfortable with his place in the lore of the franchise. "I was able to go out on my terms," he said. "I was still at the point they were offering me a contract. I feel like I was a part of the architecture that's there now. And to be on a plaque out in center field, to be a part of that history it gives me a great sense of pride to be able to do the whole thing there." Books for www.eerlnfi.eni DEER HUNTERS mm Tii'Iii IT ft DIGITAL SPECIALS i .. . : per month with ($10 credit per month for 1st 3 months) minutes D2r month rniLir Mtvn ; vr DIGITAL PHONE i SUPER STATE RATE AREAI minutes pr month Wnlil jyr pSmonTR AUGU Tennessee, Western Kentucky. 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Pet GB .513 .500 .483 .448 IV4 V .578 - .460 13'i .455 14 .414 IBVi Omaha rPnutltl ColSpfings (Rockies) 55 58 Iowa (Cubs) 56 59 Albqrque (Dodsers) 56 59 t Eastern Division NashvUe (Pirates) (9 46 Oklahoma (Rangers) 64 51 Memphis (Cards) 59 52 N Orleans (Astros) 46 70 Pacific Conference Southern Division W L Fresno rftlanicl co u mii Lane ( 1 wins) 57 Tucson (Dbacks) 56 LaS Veoas rPrir-ocl tn Normern Division Vancouver (A's) 67 49 Edmonton (Angels) 52 61 Tacoma (Mariners) 51 61 Calgary (Marlins) 46 65 Tj um.u'. r . Salt Lake 3, Las Vegas 1, 2nd game New Orleans 7, Nashville 3 Oklahoma 6, Omaha 2 Vancouver 5, Iowa 3 Tacoma 5, Tucson 3 Edmonton 8, Colorado Springs 4 Albuquerque 3, Calgary 2 Memphis 8, Fresno 3 Wednesday's Games Nashville 2, New Orleans 1 Memphis at Fresno Albuquerque at Calgary Vancouver al iowa Edmonton at Colorado Springs Tucson at Tacoma Omaha at Oklahoma Salt Lake at Las Vegas Today's Games Memphis at Fresno Salt Lake al Las Vegas Vancouver at Iowa New Orleans at Nashville Omaha at Oklahoma Tucson at Tacoma Edmonton at Colorado Springs Albuquerque at Calgary Sounds 2, Zephyrs 1 NEW ORLEANS NASHVILLE abrhbi Candaeless 2000 Vilalobos3b 3011 Neairl Berkman H Williams c Gomales lb Sounds prevail as rain shortens game i ! i abrhbi Brown rl 3000 Hermansencf 3231 3010 Ramirez 3b 2010 2000 Roberlsonlb 0000 2000 Montgomery H 1001 2000 Oslkc 2000 Hernandez 2b 2000 Howard 2b 2000 Ramirez cf 1100 Palzkess 2000 Miter p Totals 17 12 1 New Orleans Nashvle 0000 AhYatp 1000 Totals 16 2 4 2 000 01 - 1 001 01- 2 E-Patzke (5). LOB-New Orleans 5, Nashville 5 HR-Hermansen (31). SH Miller, Robertson. SB-Neal (3), Hermansen (I). New Orleans Miller L, 10-8 Nashvle Ah Yal W, 4-2 T-lil. A-2,689. ip h r er bbso 4VS 4 2 2 3 3 5 2 113 4 Sounds schedule AUGUST 17-20 al Omaha 21-24 at Oklahoma 26-29 at New Orleans 30 Omaha, 6 p.m. 31 Omaha, 6 p.m. SEPTEMBER 1 Omaha, noon 2 Omaha, 7 p.m. 3-6 at Memphis Bv MAURKI PATTON Sjxirts Writer Chad Hermansen almost single-handedly beat the rain and the New Orleans Zephyrs yesterday, hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning just before a game-ending deluge as the Nashville Sounds won 2-1. Hermansen's homer his 31st of the season capped a three-hit day, as the centerfielder scored both runs to help the Sounds snap a two-game losing streak. The rain started in the top of the fifth, then picked up as Nashville came to the plate. Following Emil Brown's leadoff flyout, Hermansen drove a Wade Miller pitch over the left-center field wall to counter the run scored by New Orleans earlier in the inning. Four pitches later, play was stopped and never resumed due to the wet field conditions. "We were standing out there, and I was looking at leftfielder Ray Montgomery and saying, it's about to rain pretty good," Hermansen said. "But I wasn't looking to hit a home run; I just wanted to hit it hard. I got a good pitch and put a good swing on it." Hermansen lost a 16-game hitting streak Monday night, going 0-for4 and getting hit on the left hand in his final at-bat, then sat out Tuesday's loss. Yesterday, he accounted for all but one of Nashville's four hits, which was enough offense for starter Paul Ah Yat (4-2). Despite giving up the fifth-inning run on a pair of walks and a soft liner, Ah Yat earned a complete-game victory the third of the season for the Sounds staff, and the first since Todd Van Poppel's nine-inning effort on May 8 at Edmonton. "I was disappointed to give up that run, because reducing my walks was something I had been focusing on," said Ah Yat, who broke a personal two-game losing streak. Right now, you take what you can get. Chad came up huge. It seems like when things are going bad for this team, somebody finds a way. Now, we just need to try to go from here." vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m. Right-hander Frank Castillo (6-3, 4.87 ERA) takes the mound for the Sounds vs. New Orleans righty Brian Sikorski (5-9, 5.12). Tomorrow Vs. Fresno, 7 p.m. Saturday Vs. Fresno, 6 p.m. Sunday Vs. Fresno, 4 p.m. Monday Vs. Frenso, 7 p.m. Tuesday At Omaha, 7:05 p.m Wednesday At Omaha, 12:05 p.m. The win assured the Sounds of maintaining their 4 12-game lead over Oklahoma which played Omaha last night in the Pacific Coast League's East Division, and served as a buoy for a squad that has lost eight of its last 11. "It's a step in the right direction," Nashville Manager Trent Jewett said. " We played well, executed well, did the little things. We've got to do that, because we're not as explosive as we were before. We don't have that bomber in the middle. That's no knock on anybody, it's just not there." CaminftJ update: Houston Astros third baseman Ken Caminiti, on a rehabilitaion assignment with New Orleans, was a late scratch from yesterday's starting lineup after experiencing some soreness in his strained right calf muscle. Caminiti went 2-for-3 with a double Monday night, then went 0-for-3 Tuesday. Gerry Hunsicker, general manager for the Astros, has been in town for the series and hopes to have both Caminiti and leftfielder Moises Alou (offseason knee surgery) back for the final month of the regular season. 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