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1 I DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. ROCHESTER. N.Y.. SUNDAY. JULY 1. 1990 BASEDALL 7E Tryout camp draws players v young and old, good and bad If f. : ..V. - if I .M , 4 n j" --- ,t VIs. r' I I: -1 Cincinnati Reds assistant Earl Maulth-rop, sitting down, (top photo) holds a speed gun while timing pitcher Eric Knapp, 19, during tryout camp at MCC. Knapp is a recent graduate of MCC and was among the 96 players who tried to impress the Reds scouts. At right, catcher Steve Soprano, 16, of Eastridge High School, follows through with a throw to second base. Reds scout Eddie Kolo said the camp gives the team a chance to assess players' talents and decide whether to follow a high school player's career more closely. Photos by Kevin Higley UIHIiiilUl i.iw..iiuuuiu"ihiuuH"'W1I Jin I l n"l'n iibuiihihu gam - - --.....i -.. . fROM PAGE 1E never know if I was good enough. Besides, even if you fail, this is something you can tell the grandchildren about" That's usually as far as it goes for the Field of Dreamers who attend these camps. They pick up some memories that will last them a lifetime, along with a chance to say they once tried out for a major-league club. Rarely is anyone signed from the hundreds of camps the major leagues stage yearly nationwide. But fairy tales occasion-. ally come true. "Guys still slip through the cracks." said iEddie Kolo, the Reds scout who ran Thursday's camp. "You still get guys who for one ireason or another should have been drafted but weren't Jeff Treadway of the Atlanta Braves is a perfect example. We signed him out of one of our camps in Florida, and now he's starting in the big leagues." Although the camps result in few siblings, they are valuable, according to Kolo, because they enable you to get an initial look at talented high school players. "I would say that 70 to 75 percent of the players in our organization were first spotted at a camp like this," he said. Thursday's camp included about 18 area high school and college players who received written invitations from the Reds. Stuart Downing, a Fairport High School junior who is the nephew of former major-league pitcher Al Downing, was among those asked to attend. "I feel honored that they asked me because it means they must at least know who I am," he said. "I've never been to one of these camps before. It's a good experience -because you are here with a lot of good college players, and you can get a feel for what the major-league scouts are looking for." Downing, 17, was one of the young area players Kolo wanted to watch so he could determine if it would be worth the Reds while to follow him more closely the rest of the summer and during his senior baseball season next spring. "We can use this as a starting point," Kolo said. "From here we can track the progress of certain players. A lot of guys grab your attention when they are young, but you don't see any progress. That's important to know because when you draft and sign someone you are investing a lot of money in him. You don't want to go after uys still slip o 7! through the-- .1". cracks. Yoik "1 still get guys who for;-one reason or another. : should have been draft--ed but weren't. Jeff ; Treadway of the Atlan- -ta Braves is a perfect - example. We signed::--him out of one of our ; : camps in Florida, and ; now he's starting in the : big leagues.' r; Eddie Kolo Cincinnati scout someone unless you can see the qualities that might make him a major-leaguer one day." Tryout camps also provide athletes who! excelled at other sports in college an opportunity to see if they have a future, in, baseball "Basketball was my game, but I knew V, wasn't going to be able to take it beyond the college level, so I thought I'd give baseball a! shot," said Mike Harris, a 23-year-old pitching prospect who was a basketball! standout at Wilson Magnet High School and the University of Rochester. "I played baseball in high school and some in college,: and my high school coach thought I had some potential "I've been to a couple of these camps They are great opportunities to catch some-l body's attention. If you show them enough, you can walk out of one of these -with a, contract" None of the 94 walked away from Thurs-, day's camp with contracts. But each walked away with memories. -. ..- ' "I'm told the Reds send you an official letter telling you that you that you don't, have the necessary skills, but thanking you for attending their camp," Goldman, said. "Needless to say, it will occupy a prominent space on my wall." - t v- t ! 'I ' i o f f- - ' v , ' I ,H ; 1 '-,V; v" 1 ' - f iB'srVf - ' ; fl ' - - - i - 4 ' ' - -4 I i I 1 5 Mr '14 11,,. Rick Secondino, 17, makes a throw from the outfield to third base during tryouts. Charlie Andess has trouble keeping control of ground ball while running through some drills at shortstop during tryout camp. 1 FOIDAVS niL'ons Coach's son leads Niagara to victory The Associated Press Chris Haney must be getting some good fatherly advice. Haney, son of Milwaukee Brewers pitching coach Larry Haney, held the Niagara Falls Tigers scoreless over five innings to lead the Jamestown Expos to a 5-2 victory Friday night in the New York-Penn League. In other games it was: Batavia 12, Watertown 8; Erie 5, St Catharines 1; Welland 5, Hamilton 2; and Geneva 3, Utica 0. Auburn at Pittsfield and Oneonta at Elmira were rained out and were REfl WTOS WEEK Today: at Nashville, 8:35 p.m.; Tomorrow: at Nashville, 8:35 p.m.; Tuesday: at Nashville, 8:35 p.m.; Wednesday: Denver, 4:05 p.m.; Thursday: Denver, 7:05 p.m. Friday: Denver, 7:35 p.m.; Saturday: Buffalo, 7:35 p.m. Sunday. July 8: Buffalo, 2:05 p.m. scheduled to play doubleheaders tomorrow. Haney, 1-0, gave up just four hits and struck out five batters while walking two to get the win. Ralph Diaz picked up his third save. Todd Samples, Rob Fitzpatrick and Robby Katzaroff supplied the offense with two hits apiece. Fitzpatrick had an RBI double in the first and Jeff Berry drove in two runs with a single and a groundout. Arthur Thigpen, 0-1, took the loss. Gino Tagliaferri singled and added an RBI double in the ninth for the Tigers. Syracuse 15, Oklahoma City 2 OKLAHOMA CITY Mark Whiten's first-inning home run started the Syracuse Chiefs on the way to a season-high 15 runs and a Triple A Alliance victory over Oklahoma City 89ers. Whiten, Joe Szekley and Derek Bell each had home runs for the Chiefs. Bell's two-run homer came in Syracuse's four-run third inning, and Szekley hit another two-run home run in the sixth. Syracuse scored four times in the seventh inning off relief pitcher Jeff Bronkey, including a two-run double by Ed Sprague. Oklahoma '8 only runs came in the first inning on a single by Reggie Williams, and in the eighth inning on a single by Bryan House. Denis Boucher (2-2) got the win for Syracuse, 31-45. David Miller (6-7). took the loss for the 89ers, 31-51. In other Triple A Alliance games it was: Buffalo 11, Rochester 7; Iowa 3, Indianapolis 2; Richmond 4, Louisville 3; Denver 6, Nashville 4; Omaha 16, Pawtucket 12 in 10 innings; Tidewater 6, Columbus 5; Canseco's contract has 'no-Canada' clause Gannett News Service TORONTO Before agreeing to his $23.5 million deal, Oakland's Jose Canseco made sure the contract language included a no-trade clause. Not a no-trade clause to every team in the majors, but a no-trade clause to every team in Canada. It includes the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos and, just to make sure, any expansion team that might set up in this northern neighborhood. When asked why he had such a clause in his contract, Canseco said, "It's a tax thing." Relay that response to anyone in the Blue Jays' front office, and they'd cringe, turn red and quickly escort you back to the border. In other words, they buy none of that tax-excuse stuff. "That statement is wrong," said public relations director Howard Starkman. "It's all heresy." Pat GiUirk, Toronto's general manager, said players with the Blue Jays and Expos pay similar taxes to those paid by players on the 24 American -based clubs. Gillick said that extra Canadian taxes are paid only if someone lives in Canada at least 181 days out of the year. Baseball players, because they're on the road half the season, might live in Canada only 100 days in one year. So they're taxed at the U.S. rate. Cito Gaston, Toronto's manager, lives in Canada year-round and is therefore subject to the higher tax. and Scranton Wilkes-Barre 5, Tole-" do 4. Yankees 12, Bills 3 WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Gerald Williams hit two home runs to drive in four runs and lead the Albany Yankees to a victory over the Williamsport Bills in the Eastern League. Williams hit a two-run homer in the each of the second and eighth innings. He has hit three home runs in his last two games and four on the season. Ar.iEnicflu flSSQCIATIQJI EASTERN DIVISION Tam w L Pet. GB Buffalo 45 34 .570 Nashville 44 36 .550 1V Louisville 43 39 .524 2 Indianapolis 36 42 .462 8Vt WESTERN DIVISION Team W L Pet. GB Omaha 46 32 .590 Iowa 38 40 .487 8 Denver 37 43 .463 10 OklaClty 31 51 .378 17 SCHEDULE Friday's ami Buffalo 1 1. Rochester 7 hM 3. lndianapot 2 fclmond 4. Loute 3 taw NsstxMt 4 Omht M Ptuctt 12 (IOiSvtxms 15 Otis ON 7 VMtafttlf't saniM Aocftesltr at buao lousv8 at ftctwnontf On-ha at P?wiucflt frtftanaDofcs at lows kyiva at Denver SvacuM at Okia Ciy TadarS aiiaaa Buftao at louovfle. I Oenr at Oiafcoma Of Sacuw at ma Roc, si Nasmrf. 35 p m. Andy Cook (6-4) went the distance for the win, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out four. Rick Balabon, making his first start for Williamsport since being promoted from Class A Peninsula, took the loss. Pat Kelly and Bobby Dejardin added run-scoring singles in the second inning as Albany scored four runs, all with two outs. The Yankees made it 5-0 in the seventh on Mitch Lyden's RBI single. In addition to Williams second two-run homer, The Yankees got iriTEnriATioriAL LEAGUE EASTERN DIVISION Team Rochester Scranton-WB Syracuse Pawtucket W 43 39 31 31 L Pet. GB 32 .573 41 .488 6V4 44 .413 12 45 .408 12Vi WESTERN DIVISION Team Columbus Tidewater Richmond Toledo W 49 41 43 36 L Pet. GB 33 .598 37 .526 7 40 .518 7Vi 44 .450 13 SCHEDULE Thursday " aaraea Butimo 11. fiocftestar 7 Rcfmond 4. Louisville 3 Omar 16. Patucai 1?(10iSracusa 15 Okia Cn 2 Tionnter Coiumous 5 So m e i Toledo 4 Yesterday a games Bocfi st Burlaw loursv st Richmond Omaha st Pawtucsel Toledo at Sosraonw-8 Snacuae SI Omanoms City Cokmous st Tioemter Today t aeaiM Rocn st Nasrmla 35 p l Scr w-8 at Pjwtuoet Syeans st Ins Toledo St CoMnOus Rchmond St T another two-run homer from Greg Sparks in the eight inning. ' " Williamsport committed three errors in the inning as the Yankees went on to score seven runs. Only, one of the runs was earned. Dru Kosco had an RBI single for : Williamsport in the seventh and Ken Pennington added a two-run !' double in the eighth for the Bills' only runs. : - HY-PEfifJ LEAGUE - McNAMARA DIVISION- East Division W L Pel. GB - Oneonta (Yankees) 7 4 .636 Watertown (Indians) 6 5 .545 1 - Pittsfield (Mets) 6 6 .500 1 Vi - - Utica (White Sox) 3 9 .250 4' - West Division W L Pet. GB . Batavia (Phillies) 8 4 .667 Geneva (Cubs) 8 4 .667 , Elmira (Red Sox) 6 4 .600 1 Auburn (Astros) 1 9 .100 5"' STEDLER DIVISION " I: Team w L Pet GB " Jamestown (Expos) 7 3 .700 . Niagara Falls (Tigers) 7 3 .700' . ., Welland (Pirates) 5 . 4 S6e 1 '4 St. Catharines (Jays) 5 5 .500 2 - Erie (independent) 4 6 .400 3 ' 0 Hamilton (Cardinls) 2 9 .18? 5 '4" SCHEDULE Friday's games Auburn at PittsMd. ppd. Batavia 12. Waiertovm t Erie 5. St Catiarines 1 welland 5. Hamilton 2 Jamestown 5 Niagara Falls 20neonta st Einwa. ppd. Geneve 3 Utica 0 Yesterdays games Auburn at Ptisfied Batavia st watertown Er st Nagrs Fans Geneva at Unca Hamilton at Jamestown Onsonts st Elmrs St Cafnames at wenand Todays fames Batavia st watertown Auburn at Pmsfwd Emwa at Oneoma Ene st Nmoara Faas. 2 Hamtrtoit at Jamestown 2 uses st Geneva Werand at St Catharines 2 - - X f

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