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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 179

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Friday, March 27, 1998
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t v r "7 ; THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 13C , Baseball iKM1 ll! Jh ouTlow regular! llM 18 HOLE I GREEN FEE PRICE - ...iVit i m mm Wmwl Fill MPTOAPUmSI (sMCMH I WIT HWTImCojw fawUIMI Golf Rates Marlins report 50.00 Powell (2 years in majors) becomes bullpen's veteran r Z 10 flUlt rW imwirti Cypress Creek Cart( Green Fees 4 Tax. Country Club JV lower ArW 12-OCtem ' 1' .mm. mt Then and now The Marlins opening-day roster last season and this HIGHLIGHT: Gary Sheffield singled twice and drove in two runs in the Marlins' 6-4 loss to Baltimore at Space Coast Stadium. . . . Edgar Renteria went 2-for-5 to raise his spring average to .302 Mark Kotsay, batting in the leadoff spot for the second straight day, walked twice and scored both times. LOWLIGHT: The Marlins made three errors, including the third of the spring by Gold Glove catcher Charles Johnson, who didn't make any last season. Renteria and first baseman Ryan Jackson made the others. . . . Starting pitcher Livan Hernandez gave up two home runs in an otherwise solid six innings. The first was a monstrous first-inning solo HR that B.J. Surhoff hit onto the batting cage roof beyond the right-field fence. The second was a wind-blown two-run HR by Jeffrey Hammonds with two out in the sixth 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. . . . Third baseman Josh Booty struck out twice 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 season, along with the players' salaries: By Dan Graziano Palm Beach Post Staff Writer , MELBOURNE And here, with four days left before the regular season opens, are your 1998 Florida Marlins. The Marlins made their final roster cuts Thursday, sending pitcher Jesus Martinez to the Cincinnati Reds to complete the Eric Owens trade and sending pitcher Hector Ramirez to AAA Charlotte. MM' 1458 10th Ct., Lake Park, FL 33403 Off Northlake near Railroad Tracks 1997 1998 Alex Fernandez . $7,000,000 (581)843-8371 Gary Sheffield Bobby Bonilla 199" Adams Light Lie Club , $6,100,000 $5,600,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $3,400,000 Moises Alou . Kevin Brown Devon White Marlins (Graphite Shaft) Trade Old Club or Putter -$20.00 YourPrice 173 Name Brands and Others Golf Service (Reshaft, Regrips, A J Tech Dealer & Others) I Hours: M-F 10-5 -Sat 10-2 FLORIDA CORPORATION $11.00 INCORPORATE OVER THE PHONE ... IT'S EASY A A A P COMPLETE - INCLUDES Aniclc. or M 1 1 lncnMirjiin. Corporjic Minuie.. Bvbwv WALK OP RIDE AFTER 3 00PM LAKEVIEW GOLF CLUB ' DELRAY BEACH T W W Ci.rpoi.ile Book. Corpora, Scul. Slock Nam? Sejrch. Stile (.enilicitr. Preliminary Filinc Ffev Atii.rrwv , F Mn:i-ivji'3;ii,Hi:iMi;.T'asa tor iK. alu immrdiMlth atHiUlitr WJtr IXiJI AKu Sub S t mth., ..-...Tin.... . r . E1EH0 THIS (Ml Minrt lotwl, on frofil I orpft.. i.imltra ririnrrMiicH, L Rctiews,LLC. DBAs, T rattan ark t, or Builn, SukTurrhiiM '94, '95, t 9 Corps, abo available far immrdwle dfJJirn. G. Sheffield, RF $10,000,000 A. Fernandez, RHP . $7,000,000 B. Bonilla, 3B . $5,900,000 C. Johnson, C . . $3,300,000 J. Eisenreich, OF IB . . $1,400,000 L. Hernandez, RHP $600,000 John Cangelosi, OF $550,000 Cliff Floyd, LF $500,000 Jay Powell, RHP . . $320,000 Gregg Zaun, C . . . $280,000 Edgar Renteria, SS $250,000 Felix Heredia, LHP $225,000 Kirt Ojala, LHP $225,000 Craig Counsell, 2B $ 1 85,000 A. Alfonseca, RHP $ 1 75,000 DerrekLee, IB . . $172,000 Mark Kotsay, CF . $171,000 Eric Ludwick, RHP . $ 1 7 1 ,000 Dave Berg, INF . . $170,000 J. Booty, 3B . $170,000 V. Darensbourg, LHP .. $170,000 Gabe Gonzalez, LHP $ 170,000 0. Henriquez, RHP $ 1 70,000 R. Jackson, OF1 B $ 1 70,000 B. Meadows, RHP $ 1 70,000 Rafael Medina, RHP $ 1 70,000 Jesus Sanchez, LHP $ 170,000 PAYROLL ...... $29,284,000 t.i-.,.u. PALM BEACH GARDENS GOLF CLUB RobbNen $3,000,000 Al Leiter $2,900,000 Jeff Conine $2,800,000 Jim Eisenreich ..$1,400,000 Pat Rapp $1,125,000 Dennis Cook $850,000 Kurt Abbott $650,000 John Cangelosi . . $525,000 Alex Arias $450,000 Livan Hernandez . $400,000 Cliff Floyd $375,000 Charles Johnson . $290,000 Jay Powell ...... $208,000 MarkHutton $205,000 Gregg Zaun $205,000 Edgar Renteria . . . $180,000 Rick Helling $165,000 Luis Castillo $154,000 Felix Heredia $153,000 PAYROLL $47,135,000 THE CLUB AT WINSTON TRAILS 626-PUTT PDC RES '31.13 County 37.26 Non-Res ao.56 January 16th - April 12th Mon-Fri Gum ham ipm 2PM 3pm LatHSo!,da, s59 s54 s49 J31 s23 9 HOLE RATES AFTER 2PM Irz m GOLF '8.00 Walking Daily after 3PM Tournament - Events - Golf Outings Available EH INCLUDING CART 1200PM to 3:00PM 15X9 Golf s Newest Rangefinder Technology S Starting Time Reservations 1 1-95 to Exit 56, Northlake Blvd., Co West 7 Minutes Tee time 3 days in advance GOOD THRU 33198' Call 686-0948 Haverhill & Okeechobee Blvd. Call 561 4J9-37UU Take Umtara or HypoHjxo fW to Jog RO. in Lake Worm Prices and offers subject to change without notice. p- What they are left with is a ! seven-man bullpen that includes four left-handers and boasts a : combined total of 21723 major-league innings. ; "I don't know that we necessarily took the best arms," Marlins manager Jim Leyland said. "But we picked the guys who are right ; for this team right now." i Right-handed closer Jay Pow-ejl 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. t "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. And as hard as spring's final cuts can be to make, it helped eyland to see how excited Gonzalez was. t '.' "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. t . "I'm pumped up," Kotsay said. "But one of the biggest things for me is to try and stay humble, and always think of the other possibility," Kotsay batted first in the lineup the last two games, and he knows that's a distinct possibility for the start of the season, especially with the way Cliff Floyd has struggled in that role all spring. , "I just want to get on base and score runs," said Kotsay, who hit leadoff in the Arizona Fall League last year. "Just work on working counts, selecting pitches and smart baserunning." v More elation: Kotsay's roommate at the Melbourne Comfort Inn had a good night Wednes- I AL'CpVIIII I C IIWfTCDfcJ ATleOhJ A I im A 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 oat u: 1 A !-Vlfm mm mil GEEKS he's worried about right-handed Derrek Lee against right-handed Cubs starter Kevin Tapani. But the best bet to start at first base on opening day may be Jim Eisenreich, who is ll-for-24 (.458) This specially designed fairway wood series has a unique patented bend-neck to give you a bigger sweet spot. The shallow face is designed to help you get out of those long rough and nasty lies. 13s (strong 3 wood), 16" (3 wood), 19" (5 wood), 248 (7 wood), 27" (9 wood) are available. THE GOLF STORE with a home run and five RBI in his career against Tapani. Gearing up: Livan Hernan day, too. Ryan Jackson did the math, discovered that all but 13 position players had been cut, and realized he had made the team. The outfielderfirst baseman from Duke will also make his major-league debut as a Marlin this season. . "I don't know their reasoning, and I don't care," Jackson said. "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 dez pitched six innings and gave Ail our Clubs are made to fit You We Offer a C ,11 On r 1 ,r Onr,Aa . up three runs on three hits in his last start before Tuesday's regu lar-season opener. S HERBROOKE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB For Golf At Its Best! NO HASSLE NO INITIATION FEES NO ASSESSMENTS NO OUTSIDE PLAY OR OVERCROWDING NO CONNECTION WITH ANY REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT "I feel very good, and all my i We are located in Pines Plaza on Jog Rood j mt otli of ForntHiU ?61-5-8815 pitches are where I want them to be," Hernandez said. 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Men's Tournament , Spehr, 31, and Alberto Castillo are the only catchers in camp. "I had a good spring offensively,.! think that was important," Spehr said. "The key was getting some hits, scoring some runs and showing the organization what I was capable of. " . Spehr hit his fourth home run of the spring, a two-run HR off Atlanta Braves starter Greg Maddux, during Thursday'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 hjtting success this spring over to the regular season, where he has struggled the past few seasons. "I needed to have to 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 .250 or better for Montreal during th 1994 and '95 FRIDAY-SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS Updates 3038 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 infiel-deroutfielder 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 1997 season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization before being traded to the Chicago White Sox. Also, Mets infielder Shawn Gilbert was reassigned to the minor league camp. Last home game: New York will play its final home game of the spring when it hosts the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 tonight The Mets then face Baltimore on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale and again on Sunday in Baltimore. The Mets return to New York on Tuesday to host Philadelphia at Shea Stadium in their regular-season ojrener. seasons, Spehr's average steadily dipped following an injury-plagued 1996 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 with 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 surgery. New York manager Bobby Valentine said Castillo and Spehr will share the catching duties for the time being. "I don; think there's going to Womens' Tournament $40$45 TWILIGHT RATES AFTER 2 P.M. 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