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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 33

Reno, Nevada
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Wednesday, July 1, 1992
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SPURS 5, SILVER SOX 3 Toliver maintains mastery of Reno By JoeSantoro CAZETTE-JOrRNAL As far as the Reno Silver Sox arc concerned, Freddie Toliver should still be in the major leagues. It was a case of second half, same as the first Tuesday night at Moana Stadium. Toliver, who played briefly in the big leagues for three teams in the 1980s, beat the Silver Sox, 5-3, for his third win of thevearagainst Reno. lie hasjust two wins against the rest of the California League. "I don't know what he has," said Sox first baseman Rafael Meracdo, one of six Sox hitters who went hitless against Toliver in seven innings. "He has good location but his fastball is right there to hit." The Sox, who closed the first Reggie From page I D actually. The reasons? Prejudice, for one. But it's not just one thing. Q Do you have any desire to become a manager or general manager? RJ I'd love to become a manager or general manager. But I've never been asked. Why? I don't know why. You tell me. Q Have you pursued either job? RJ I've talked to the A's, the Red Sox, the Angels, the Padres, the Yankees. Let's see, who else? The Giants, the Cubs. Is that enough teams? My name never gets brought up when those jobs come open. My name never even gets into the newspaper. It's always Joe Morgan, Don Baylor and people like that. But never me. I just don't get a chance at those jobs. Q I las it turned you off to major league baseball? RJ No, it hasn't. It's disappointing and it's frustrating. But I've divorced myself from those thoughts because if you think about it all it can do is frustrate you or upset you. It's not the way I care to live. Q You have appeared on the Home Shopping Network, selling memorabilia, and recently signed a deal with Upper Deck trading cards. Has the business of collecting autographs and sports memorabilia gotten out of hand? RJ It's not out of hand, but it has been abused. It's because of the fans. It got to the point where little kids would shove 20 or 30 baseball cards in front of your face and say, 'Here, sign these.' Then they go out and sell them. The players have just said, 'Hey, why can't I make a little money off this?' I appear at card shows and it will cost you $20 or $30 for my Baldwin From page 1 D pic at Salt Lake (in the Pioneer League). It's incredible to go out and show people what you can do." But no one makes a career of playing or umpiring in the minor leagues any more. The idea for players and umpires is to get to the majors as soon as possible. "The big leagues are a dream for me," Baldwin said. "It's so competitive. Less than one percent of umpires make it to the big leagues. The only way you're going to make it is to prove yourself game in and game out." Proving is one thing. Looking like an umpire is another. Baldwin has the latter well covered. "I think he has a great chance to do it ... to get to the bigs," said Chris Healy, the president of the Northern Nevada Officials Association's baseball chapter. "He eats and sleeps baseball. He has the presence. He's so imposing. Everything they say they want in an umpire is wrapped up in him. He has size and he's very coachable. "When he came back from (Harry Wendelstedt umpiring) school (in January 1991), he was so precise. Every time he's out there he seems like he's better than he was the day before. That's what WEMMMMMm Burnt fluid caused 90 of the 11 million transmission failures last year. A check-up and fluid change at Gibraltar today could prevent a serious problem tomorrow. r TransmIssiHT iTrvice "I I $Q95 special I With this coupon at participating locations. I NEW FLUID 'NEW PAN GASKET NEWaUIO'NEWPAN GASKET I "ADJUST BANDS 4 LINKAGE CHECK MODULATOR & U JOINTS CLEAN OIL FILTER (It applicable) OIL FILTER EXTRA IF NEEDED U ROCK OF I Gibraltar. Some transmissions, I foreign & front wheel drive cars & light trucks, overdrives additional. We I may refuse to perform these services it a trans- I check shows a problem mav alreadv exist. TRANSMISSIONS Si may already exist. half battling for first place, now find themselves last in the Northern Division's second season. Reno is 4-7 behind Salinas, 4-6. Modesto was in first place at 7-2 before Tuesday's games. The Sox need to win the second half or finish second to Stockton to gain a playoff berth. Toliver's mastery over the Sox is baffling. "This is just a situation where we just didn't hit the ball like we should," said Mercado. They can blame Toliver. The right-hander allowed just two runs and three hits over seven innings. Still, he trailed 2-1 as the Sox scored a pair in the fourth on a single by Jim Waggoner and a double by Mike Neil. Neil later scored when Scott Henry's ground ball to third was kicked by Tokashi Uchinokura. 'v3r J, i ' 17 Fredrick O. Joe'Gazelle-Journal ALL SMILES: Jackson doesn't regret leaving the playing field. '7 just tell (the players), 'You ha ve a fabulous opportunity to change your life. You are very lucky. It's an opportunity you just can't waste.'" Reggie Jackson autograph, but if you catch me out in public, I'll sign for free. Q What are you telling the A's minor league ballplayers? RJ I just tell them, 'You have a fabulous opportunity to change your life. And it only takes 8-10 weeks or so here to accomplish it. You are very lucky. It's an opportunity you just can't waste. I just they're looking for." Baldwin joins Sparks High School graduate Marko Pinto as an umpire in the Midwest League. Healy said both have shots to make it to the big leagues, although they have different personalities. "They train you to be aggressive," Healy said. "Marko is laid back. Dave is gung ho, aggressive. "He (Baldwin) has enough cockiness to carry it off. He's probably one of those guys who probably grew up with everybody picking on him (because of his size) . . . He's young. He's brash. But he always does it right." Baldwin earned his degree in biology from Nevada in December 1990. Working as a biologist didn't surpass umpiring school. "I said, 'Umpiring is more fun. I'd rather do it," Baldwin said. "People have a lot of misconceptions about umpiring. There's only 200 people umpiring professional baseball. Very few." The grind includes managers barking at umpires and vice versa. The discussions can become heated. In May, Chapman head coach Mike Weathers went face to face during a Nevada game. "All I was telling him is, 'I've had had enough. Let's go. Let's play.' The guy wouldn't leave. "Arguments. If you can't handle them, it's hard to make it as an umpire." 100 GENTRY WAY I I (behind Wendy's on South Virginia) 825-1272 Expires 71292 I I The lead lasted until the eighth when Salinas scored four, helped by two errors on shortstop Fausto Cruz. Cruz, who made three errors in the game, now has made 31 in 74 games. Former Silver Sox outfielder Cliff Gonzales had a big two-run pinch-hit single in the eighth for Salinas. Gonzales' hit came off Sox reliever Hugh Gulledge, who replaced starter Doug Johns with no outs in the inning. Johns, 7-8, who gave up just a run on six hits through seven innings, was charged with all four of the eighth-inning runs. Cruz's error on Hideki Kato's grounder started things and was followed by singles by Don Sheppard and Kevin Davis. Gulledge came in after Johns walked Carlos Laboy to load the bases. want to be an example to them of what they can achieve. Q Who was your 'Reggie Jackson' when you were in the minor leagues? Did anybody come talk to you? RJ No, I didn't have that. But I know that if anybody did, I would have listened to him like his words were gospel. My father al OLYMPIC BASEBALL Cuban star catches U.S. attention By Rick Lawes GANNETT NEWS SERVICE HOLGUIN, Cuba Even with Omar Linares often called the best amateur player in the world in the lineup, United States coach Ron Fraser said Antonio Pacheco is the key to the Cuban national team. Linares, the 24-year-old third baseman, is the star of the Cuban team. But Pacheco, 30, is the man Fraser is most concerned about. The teams opened their three-game series here Tuesday night with Cuba scoring a 16-1 victory. "Pacheco's the man. He makes it happen," said Fraser. "Linares, (shortstop Victor) Mesa everybody talks about them. But Pacheco provides the leadership. He's the glue to their infield." Pacheco was the leading hitter in last year's Pan Am Games, hitting .529 (18-for-34) in leading Cuba to the gold medal and an automatic berth in the Olympics this year. "It's a compliment, but on this team, everybody's important," Pacheco said. "Everyone's role is equal." SPECIAL LOU MARTINEZ MIKE'S LIQUOR DEPOT W 803 W. 5th St. Reno Phone 333-WINE if) Reno's Newest Discount Liquors 7AM-9PM Downtown Reno's Overall pp5T Lowest Everyday Prices... BEER (Check Them Out) 42 VARIETIES : 1 TO CHOOSE Hundreds and Hundreds of FROM: Vintage California Wines u . . mm nn Heinekens - 1987 J. Wile Cabernet C 99 pak $Q99 Sauvignon "Gold Medal" J , psomi) Bottles O VISA MC NEXT DOOR TO GRAND AUTO Good thru 7892 SILVER SOX FAST FACTS Tonight's game: Salinas Spurs (4 6) vs. Silver Sox (4-7) at Moana Stadium, 7 p.m. B Sox notes: Center fielder Jim Buccheri is second in the league in hitting at .362. . . Outfielder Enoch Simmons, used just as a pinch-runner and an occasional at-bat, is still bothered by a wrist injury. The sudden 5-2 lead was enough for Toliver to get the rest of the night off. Dave Trautwein and Bruce Arola pitched the last two innings, with Arola striking out Mercado with two runners on to end the game. It was Arola's first save of the year and just the Spurs' I Oth of the year, the lowest in the Cal League. Still, this night belonged to Toliver. ways told me when I was in school that, 'You might not like your teacher but you should listen to them because they have what you want an education.' It's the same with me talking to these players. I've already accomplished what they are trying to achieve. Q Should Fay Vincent give George Steinbrenncr control over the day-to-day operations of the New York Yankees? RJ Sure, why not? He owns the team, doesn't he? I could never understand why they threw him out in the first place. Q Does Mark McGwire have a chance to break Roger Maris' home run record of 61 in 1961? RJ Mark has a chance to hit 50, he won't hit 60. Very seldom does a guy put together two good halves of 30 and 30 home runs. What people don't realize is that Babe Ruth hit 17 home runs in September. You have to do some serious mashing that last month. O What's it like, being Reggie Jackson these days? RJ My life now is set because of baseball. That's also what I tell these young players. I'm always on some other guy's dime. I come in (to restaurants) and I get free drinks and a free sandwich. It's a wonderful life. And that's what I tell the players. Sports is very special. I don't know why it is, but it just is. Everybody admires athletes, even retired athletes. My father always told me, 'Make the people you are around each day feel better.' That's what I try to do now. Q Would you like to still be playing? RJ No, no. I'm done. I could have played two more years if I wanted to, but my time was done. The game's not mine anymore. It belongs to the Kirbys, the Rickeys, the Joses, the Darryls. This is their time. My cup has runneth over. I lived the dream. But if Pacheco is self-effacing, Cuban national technical director Miguel Valdesisnot. "That's right. He organizes the game," Valdes said. "He's the captain because he's a great player ." While major league teams always have their sights set on some of the Cuban players, Pacheco's age may preclude him from ever having a chance to play professionally in the U.S. "You don't think about it," Pacheco said. "If our country says we can play in the big leagues, then we'll play in the big leagues." The U.S. got its first taste of what the series holds in store at Tuesday morning's workout. The team was scheduled to begin practice at 10:30 a.m. By the time the U.S. took the field, about 12,000 people were already in Holguin's 30,000-capacity Estadio General Calixto Garcia. 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