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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 35

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Friday, March 27, 1998
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! a c THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 13C Li'4 ITf aaouTlowregularI 'I Baseball i Marlins report Powell (2 years in becomes bullpen's HIGHLIGHT: Gary Sheffield singled twice and drove in two runs in the Marlins? 6-4 loss to Baltimore at Space Coast stadium. Edg ar Ren tar a went 2-for-5 to raise his spring aveiage to .302. . . . Mark Kotsay. bat ting n ,e leadoff spot for the second straight day, walked twice and scored both times. L0WLIGHT: The Marlins made three errors, including the third of the spring by Gold Glove catcher Charle. Johnson, who didn't ne any last season. Rentena and first baseman Ryan Jackson made the others . Starting pitcher Livan Hernandez gave up two home runs in; ffJf innings. The first was a monstrous first-inning solo HH that B.J. Surhoff hit ontolhe batting cage roof beyond the right-field fence. The second was a wind-blown two-run HR by Jeffrey Hammonds with two out r i the s ixth. . . . Cliff Floyd pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out for the fifth straight at-bat. Floyd has 25 strikeouts this spring in 61 at-bats. PROSPECT WATCH: Left-handed reliever Jesus Sanchez pitched a perfect seventh inning to drop his spring ERA to 2.45. ... 7 hird baseman Josh Booty lu uck ouuwite but made an incredible diving stop and throw on a Joe Carter grounder in the second inning. QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's a pretty small town, so something like this is a big deal Marlins pitcher Brian Meadows, a native of Troy, Ala . whose NBC affiliate had a news crew drive to Melbourne to do a feature on the hometown hero- Dan Graziano Then and now The Marlins opening-day roster last season and this season, along witli the players' salaries: 1997 1998 Alex Fernandez .$7,000,000 G. Sheffield, RF $10,000,000 Gary Sheffield ..$6,100,000 A. Fernandez, RHP . $7,000,000 Bobby Bonilla . . . $5,600,000 B. Bonilla, 3B . $5,900,000 Moises Alou $4,500,000 C. Johnson, C . . $3,300,000 Kevin Brown ...$4,500,000 J. Eisenreich, OFIB . . $1,400,000 Devon White . . . $3,400,000 Hernandez, RHP $600,000 Robb Nen $3,000,000 J"" Cangelosi, OF $550,000 Al Leiter $2,900,000 Cliff Floyd, LF . . . . $500,000 Jeff Conine .... $2,800,000 Jay Powell, RHP . . $320,000 Jim Eisenreich . . $ 1 ,400,000 Gregg Zaun, C $280,000 Pat Rapp $1,125,000 "gar Rentena, SS $250,000 Dennis Cook .... $850,000 Fex Heredia, LHP 225,000 Kurt Abbott $650,000 Kirt Ci. LHP $225,000 John Cangelosi .. $525,000 Craig Counsel! 2B $185,000 Alex Arias $450,000 A. Alfonseca, RHP $ 75,000 Livan Hernandez . $400,000 Derrek Lee, 1 B $ 72,000 Cliff Floyd $375,000 Mark Kotsay, CF . $17 ,000 Charles Johnson . $290,000 Eric Ludwick, RHP . $ 1 71 ,000 Jay Powell $208,000 Dave Berg. INF . $ 70.000 Mark Hutton .... $205,000 f f $ 70 000 tonr,mn V. Darensbourg, LHP .. $170,000 Gregg Zaun ..... $20,,000 LHP$17o,000 Edgar Rentena . . . $ 80,000 RHP $170,000 Rlck Hell,ng ! ? R. Jackson, OF IB $170,000 Luis Castillo $154,000 J ' ' tl7nnm ,. ., .. innnn B. Meadows, RHP $170,000 FelncHered.a . . . . $ 1 53 000 RHP $ 1 70,000 PAYROLL $47,135,000 p $ , JQ PAYROLL $29,284,000 Fernandez is on 60-day disabled list, an insurance policy will pay up to 80 percent of his salary, depending on how much he pitches. When calculating payroll, we estimated half of his salary. Bonilla is on 15-day disabled list to start the season. ojala signed his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring before they waived him. Booty will return to the minor leagues when Bonilla comes off the DL, and his salary was not factored into the payroll calculation. . Dan Graziano FLORIDA CORPORATION INCORPORATE OVER THE PHONE ... IT'S EASY 99" Ornlu jlr. Prd Njnte SfJrth. Stale e - If - WI Slmrr i uriw., rr.Hir ps., Uniliwi PiiriiiPMiltiiw. I ew Rt-tlrwv. I I .. ltnt. 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"But wfc picked the guys who are right fp"r this team right now." r : Right-handed closer Jay Powell leads the bullpen in experience, with more than two years of service in the majors. He'll be joined by. fellow right-handers Antonio Alfonseca and Oscar Henriquez, as well as lefties Gabe Gonzalez, Kirt Ojala, Vic Darensbourg and Jesus Sanchez. : "A lot of people in Long Beach (Calif.) are going to be pumped tonight," said ecstatic rookie Gonzalez, before rushing to the phone, perhaps to call everyone in his hometown with the good news. i And as hard as spring's final cuts can be to make, it helped Leyland to see how excited Gonzalez was. ; "You have days like you had yesterday, as tough as it was," Leyland said. "But it makes it all worthwhile when you can tell a kid like that he's going to the big leagues." On top of the world and the order: As he is about most things, Mark Kotsay was subdued in his reaction to winning the starting center fielder's job. "I'm pumped up," Kotsay said. 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But the best bet to start at first base on opening day may be Jim Eiscnicich, who is ll-for-24 (.458) with a home run and five RBI in his caicer against Tapani. Gearing up: Livan Hernandez pitched six innings and gave up three runs on three hits in his last start before Tuesday's regular-season opener. "I feel very good, and all my pitches are where I want them to be," Hernandez said. "I'm very comfortable, and I think I'm ready for the season." BOB SHANUYSlaff PtKitograptief be one catcher catching every day," he said. "They'll probably each get continuous at-bats." More roster moves: The Mets voided the contract of inficl-dcroutfieldcr Chad Fonville because of a pre-existing shoulder injury. Fonville, a free agent, signed a minor league contract with the Mets on March 14. He spent most of the 1SW7 season in tlic Los Angeles Dodgers' organization before being traded to the Chicago White Sox. Also, Mets inficlder Shawn Gilbert was reassigned to the minor league camp. 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"I planned for the worst and hoped for the best here, so I've been looking for places (to live) in Charlotte. Now I'll check out South Florida." The left-handed Jackson has a chance to start at first base on opening day, if Leyland decides 3t 1 www z '98 MAZDA B2500 SE A'C ABS, AMIM stereo cassette, rt. power steeiingcttkes, dud oirbogs, bedlmer, 1 V nlU dik didino rear window. Mm Ipowbwdwiwmrfw Dcealixppt: 1st mo U,Mim,f ie " D be ifewral by m Ed Morse's - fit! Is Greg Maddux pitches to the Mets' Edgardo Alfonzo in Thursday's 3-3 game with the Braves. Maddux pitched five innings, allowing only a two-run homer to Tim Spehr in the fifth. By Julius Whigham II Palm lieaih Post Staff Writer ;' PORT ST. LUCIE Tim Spehr knew what his choices were coming into spring training. bnow tne New York Mets what he could do offensively, or start the season in the minor leagues. Spehr has been one of the Mets' hot- Spehr test hitters this spring and his efforts didn't go unnoticed. "' The non-roster invitee found out he will start the season in New York after fellow catcher Todd Pratt was optioned to Class AAA affiliate Norfolk on Thursday. Mets Spehr, 31, and Alberto Castillo are the only catchers in camp. "I had a good spring offensively I think that was important," Spehr said. "'lire key was getting some hits, scoring some runs and , showing the oiganization what I i was capable of. " i Spehr hit his fourth home run ' of the spring, a two-run blast off Atlanta Braves starter Greg Maddux, during Thuisday's exhibition game against the Braves, which ended in a 3-3 tie after 12 innings. In 30 spring training plate appearances, Spehr is hitting .430 with eight RBI. Now he will try to carry his hitting success this spring over to the regular season, where he has struggled the past few seasons. " "I needed to have the kind of spring I did," he said. "If I came in and had a mediocre spring hitting, it would have been tough to make the team. Defense has always been a strong point so that wasn't a concern. I had to show what I could do hitting." After batting 2'M or better for Montreal during the 1W4 and '95 Final Four Tournament Updates Just Call 5-1-1 and enter Men's Tournament Updates 3038 Womens' Tournament Updates 3096 seasons, Spehr's average steadily dipped following an injury-plagued liWu season. During that season, Spehr, who had surgery to remove a benign testicular tumor, batted .091 in 63 games. Last season, Spehr batted .171 in 17 games for Kansas City before being released by the Royals on May 28. After signing wiUi the Braves, he spent much of the year playing at Class AAA Richmond before playing in eight games with Atlanta. He signed with New York as a six-year minor league free agent in January and was one of four catchers vying to fill in for injured starter Todd Hundley, who is not expected to return until after the All-Star break because of elbow sur gcry. New Yk manager liobby Valentine said Castillo and Spehr will shaie the catching duties for the time being. "I don't think there's going to ,,,.,

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