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- U - i"wwiai,aii.A4niwli".1 ' 4D Poughkeepsle Journal ., , Sunday, July 22. 1990 (ItaritaKw; - " - . - ." . " BaseballNFL r - Local players Continued from Pag ID and bad his picture In the most recent Issue, of Sports Illustrated, which featured an ln - depth piece on minor - league baseball. In fact, fans In El Paso have had a 'Dee - O - Meter' all season and it hasn't slipped below .300 since the first week of May. !Thls Is new life for me," Dixon said. "At first, when I got released, I was scared. I went two days before I got a call from everybody. Then, when Milwaukee called and wanted me to try out, I was like 'Geez, IVe played four years and now I got to prove myself again?' " ;But Dixon did. He had two hits and a stolen base In his tryout game and has been patrolling left field for the Dtablos ever since. His blistering start landed him in the recent Dou - ble - A All Star Game, where he singled twice and stole a base. "Dixon said the difference this year is that he's relaxed, even though he only has a one - year contract. "The thing Is, I'm having fun," he said. "They taught me how to use my hands, bow to go to all fields, and that's what I've been doing." 'After the All - Star Game, the Brewers mentioned to Dixon the possibility of moving up to the Triple - A CIMORELU MANDIA team at Denver later in the season. Dixon, who was upset when be wasn't elevated to San Francisco's Triple - A team last season, wants to finish the year with the Diablos, who' won the first halt of the Texas League season and will be in the playoffs. . "I told them the Triple - A team is (14) games out of first place, they don't need me now," Dixon said. "I've got a chance here to win the batting title and another stolen base title. I want to finish here and then I'll look for my shot." Dixon said he wasn't sure whether he would stay with the Brewers since he'll be a free agent at the end of the year. "They all said I was a one - dimen - Giants will retool Continued from Page 1 D side, was thought last season to be the Giants' featured back of the future until New York drafted Georgia running back Rodney Hampton in the first round this past April. "There will be a lot of competition," Parcells said. The coach promised that no one will be treated as an incumbent and there will be no favorites played. "Ill go by what I see," he said. "If (Morris) is the best, he'll play. He'll be ready to play. He's a competitor." One of the players to watch will be tight end Mark Bavaro, who is coming off a knee injury and has been in rehabilitation since' last season. If he Is' healthy, he along with Howard Cross, a solid rookie contributor last year, and Robert Mrosko, a key Plan B pickup from Houston, and Thornton Chandler, a Dallas refugee, gives the Giants perhaps the best combination of tight ends in the NFL. The strength of Bavaro's knee, however, is in question until the heavy hitting starts. "Is his knee as good as new, I don't know," Parcells said. "The knee is sUjilrtfUt I think he's got some apprehension. Confidence is gained through the ability to perform." One player, who has had limited opportunity, will get his best chance to perform during this training camp. It appears backup quarterback Jeff Hosteller will to get as much work as he has ever had this season. "(Phil) Simms is the quarterback," Parcells said. "But I feel that Hos - tetler has proven he can play. I want to make sure he can play and contribute. I feel like he'll play some. He's going to have to come in and have a good camp like he did last year." Parcells went as far to say that Hostetler might share some time with Simms at quarterback. "We've got a few things in our offense that have been designed specifically for him," he said. The coach said that "about half" of the rookies are signed. None of those "half" is Hampton. There are nine veterans who could be holdouts. - The most visible is linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who is seeking a renegotiation. So is defensive lineman Leonard Marshall. "It's a continuing saga," Giants general manager George Young said about the Taylor situation. "It's always the same thing. They all think they're underpaid and they're in a terrible position." The unsigned veterans also include receiver Stacy Robinson, punter Sean Landeta, nose tackle Erik Howard, defensive end Eric Dorsey, linebacker Gary Reasons, fullbacks Maurice Carthon and Lee Rouson and cornerback Mark Collins. Jets show new faces Continued from Page 1 D ner, guard Dwayne White; linebacker Basil Praetor; center Roger Duffy; receiver Dale Dawkins; linebacker Brad Quast; cornerback Derrick Nelson and linebacker Darrell Davis. The Jets also were busy shopping In the Plan B free agent market, adding Emanuel McNeil, a defensive tackle from New England who played In one game last season; Glenn Antrum, a receiver from New England who played in one game; Brett Miller, a tackle from San Diego who played IS games, starting 11; Tom Rehder, a tackle from New England who played in 16 games, starting none; Travis Curtis, a safety from Minnesota, who played In 16 garnet, starting 11; Trevor Matich, a center from Detroit, who played in 11 games, starting none, Dave Za - watson, an offensibe lineman from Chicago, who played in four games; and Mark Boyer, a tight end from Ipdianapolis, who played In 16 gomes, starting five. T The new coaching staff Includes: offensive line coach Larry Belghtol, running backs coach Klppy Brown, defensive coordinator Pete Carroll, secondary coach Ed Donatell, special teams coordinator Foge Fazio, linebackers coach Monte Kiffin, strength and conditioning coach Chip Myers, defensive line coach Greg Robinson and tight ends coach Bob Wylie. The coaching staff is a mirror of the Jets' personnel it is young. Some have come right out of college or are not far removed from the college scene. And Coslet himself is the second - youngest NFL coach. "We won't be dull," Coslet promised. "We won't be an I - formation, three - yards and a cloud of dust offense. One of the criterion of being a good coach is that you fit the program to the players, not the other way around." , , Perhaps the most imposing immediate problem is getting Moore and Thomas into training camp. Team president Steve Gutman has his work cut out for him. While there are seven rookies not yet signed, the Jets have only one veteran center Jim Sweeney who Is not unsigned. The Jets' best offensive lineman, he earned a base salary of $433,000 last season. He was the only veteran who did not attend minicamp In the spring. "It'll be a brief, brief honeymoon period," Steinberg said. "The microscopes will be out We're going to do things that don't work out You can't the safe route because you know the wolves are out there. It Is New York." And times are changing. Greg Mackrides, receivers coach i Pedskins' Sanders surrenders are up slonal player, that I just had speed," Dixon said. "Now I'm batting .320 and the scouts are looking. Basically, I'm Just going with the flow." " asked tor my release and they wouldn't give it to me. I guess I have to hope to get oft to a good start and make them make a decision. " Joe Bruno, April 8, 1990. The good start never materialized for Bruno. Caught In a numbers game In the Reds organization, Bruno was unhappy at starting his third straight season with the Double - A Chattanooga Lookouts. After two strong years, the right - handed reliever felt he deserved a chance to begin the year with the Triple - A Nashville Sounds, for whom he appeared In at the end of the 1989 season. When it didnt happen, Bruno asked for his release. The Reds refused. He then hoped to get off to a good start and force the Reds to either promote him or trade him. But Bruno Injured his pitching shoulder and was out for six weeks. He returned two weeks ago to pitch four Innings of one - hit ball but in his next outing, Bruno hurt his elbow throwing a breaking ball. His line for the 1990 season Is a far cry from the last two years 18 appearances, 27 innnings pitched, 22 Washington Pott i Washington Redskins wide reiver Ricky Sanders, facing several fcaries, including attempted murder, in connection with a May 1 Incident at a Houston topless bar, surrendered to law - enforcement T' thorities In Texas Saturday. As expected, Sanders posted a 19,000 bond and was released. He flew to Houston Saturday morning In tiEM'for the appearance. and was . achedoled to return to Washington ISaturday night and be In Carlisle, arid down Pa., Sunday afternoon for the beginning of training camp. That's an off day for Redskins veterans. Judge Donald Shipley of Houston's 180tb circuit court Is expected to order Sanders to return to Houston on Friday for a hearing on the Incident Sanders on Friday was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault In connection with an argument la a Houston parking lot Sam Jamus, 28, said that Sanders (truck him with hit Cadillac, causing several serious injuries, Including a concussion.' hits, 11 runs, I save, 17 walks, 19 strikeouts, and a S.OO ERA. "He's been having a tough year, no doubt about that," said Bruno's father, Ernie. "He can't seem to stay away .from the. Injury bug and it's' like a domino effect The. Injuries limit his appearances, and that prevents him from getting enough work to be effective, which will certainly hurt his chances at moving up." Bruno was traveling 'with the Lookouts and was unavailable for comment, but the club said the 26 - year - old was healthy enough to pitch and should see action this week. "Four lousy games killed me." Frank Cimorelli. Four games doesn't sound like much, unless you're Frank Cimorelli. The 22 - year old righthander cruised through. April and May and was In the top 10 in the Midwest League in ERA. That's when It all caved la In four straight starts, Cimorelli surrendered 37 earned runs and his ERA skyrocketed from Just about 2.00 to 6.46. Overall, he Is 3 - 6 In 25 apperances (11 in. relief), and has given up 97 hits and 73 runs (56 earned) in 78 Innings pitched. He has since been sent back to the bullpen for the Springfield Cardinals. - "I started out pitching great and then I just hit this . . - . I dont even know what yon want to call It," Cimorelli said. "(Pitching coach) Roger Erickson said I lost my release point My ball was just running into righthanders, and not sinking, and that was probably because I was lost myself." Cimorelli said it was a combination of Ericsson's assessment and his own mental problems. "I Just wasnt getting help defensively or offensively," he said, "and I think after that I went out there and tried to do too much. I mean, all those teams I played on (Roosevelt High School, Dutchess Community College), I Just expected to win. Here it's kind of tough. You'll be out there pitching and high pops will drop In, we miss cutoff men, we don't advance runners . . , it's frustrating. So I took It all on myself. I was trying to strike out too many guys, and not staying within myself." Cimorelli has since worked through that problem. "Well, 40' runs in four games Is a slap in the face," he said with a laugh. "But I've been pitching well since I've been in the' pen and (manager Keith Champion) said he wants to get me back - in the starting, rotation. I don't think those four games will have an effect on me moving up. in mindrsr I'm pitching well again and I'm hatL." Ingfun." L "If something I've never dow, but I'm starting to like it,"' - Sam Mandia. Sam Mandia was drafted by the - Blue Jays In June and made the trip I to St Catharines, Ontario, Canada, three days after signing a contracts Like Cimorelli, Mandia, 20, was put in the bullpen after being!, starter for most of his career. But Mandia, the Marlboro High school graduate, said his best chancesTfc,. make It in the Toronto organization are as a reliever. ," His best chances to make.it on his own team are as a reliever. St Ca - ' tharines, Toronto's short - season Class A team, has a 31 - man roster" 18 of them are pitchers. Mandia has made only five ap" pearances In the Blue Jays 32 gamer' this season with one save, but'hls ERA is hovering around 1.00. BeJ' sides, he said, his best chance to get" noticed is as a reliever. ""' "It's definitely different" he sail" "You come In, face two, three batters, and you're considered the hero; If they think I can be a reliever, then I'm going to be a reliever. 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