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PHILLIES Friday, Jan. 10, 1992 'c The Philadelphia Inquirer 5-C By FRANK DOLSON ""ST V s orts J Editor Seaveran 'if'' that wasn't It's official. The Phillies held their annual preseason luncheon yesterday. The countdown to spring training to warm sunshine and green grass and the beautiful sound of a hard, round ball being struck by a wooden bat has begun. It's a time when hope springs eternal, when general manager Lee Thomas can say, with all sincerity, "I think the Philadelphia Phillies can be in the pennant race." But if yesterday was a time to speak glowingly of what might be, it was also a day in the wake of Tom Seaver's landslide Hall of Fame election to ponder what might have been, how baseball history would have been altered if the Phillies had won the Tom Seaver Sweepstakes 26 years ago. Former Phillies general manager Paul Owens has thought about it a lot. On the day Seaver became a Hall of Famer, virtually by acclimation, Owens recalled the time the commissioner of baseball closed his eyes, stuck his hand in a hat, and pulled out a slip of paper to determine whether Seaver would become a Met, a Phillie or a Cleveland Indian. It was a bizarre situation. Seaver had been signed by the Braves out of Southern Cal for a $50,000 bonus, but commissioner William Eckert voided the deal. Eligibility question "According to the scout that signed me, I was eligible to sign," Seaver recalled. But Southern Cal had already played a couple of games. His college season started, so Seaver was off-limits to the pros. He would have resumed his college career, if not for another technicality. "IThe NCAA's Walter Byers felt my intent to be a professional athlete was enough to void my scholarship at USC," said Seaver. "So I was in a position where I was an amateur according to the pros and a professional laccording to the amateurs." In desperation, Seaver and his dad placed a call to the commissioner, who made the pitcher available to any team willing to match the Braves' offer. Owens, the Phillies' farm director at the time, had scouted Seaver in California. "I remember, I was in Leesburg, Va.," Owens recalled. "John Quinn told me we got a telegram Ifrom the commissioner's office. He asked me, 'Did you like Tom Seaver?' "I said. 'Yes. I like him a lot.' " Drawn from a hat On April 2, 1966, a drawing was held in a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lee MacPbail, Eckert's assistant, phoned Seaver's home in Fresno, Calif., and gave Tom and his dad the play-by-play: "The commissioner is putting his hand in the hat. The winning team is ... the New York Mets." As Seaver remembered it, he really didn't care where he went. He just wanted to go somewhere, collect that $50,000 and start pitching. "I didn't know much about the Mets at all," he said. "I was 3,000 miles away. They were a last-place club. I listened to the San Francisco Giants games all the time." The impact of that drawing was first felt the following year when Seaver, after one minor-league season, arrived in New York, won 16 games for a team that won only 61, and became National League rookie of the year. Two seasons later, Seaver won 25 games and the Mets won the world championship. "The funny thing about him," Owens said, "he actually got faster after he signed. But he had that great delivery like Robin Roberts. It was amazing to me that only three clubs were willing to give him the money. I remember saying, 'Geez, we got a chance.' " Regret came later Still, there was no great gnashing of teeth when the piece of paper with "Mets" on it was pulled out of the hat. That came later. As Seaver's star rose, you couldn't blame Owens for wondering if the Mets had been given preferential treatment. "I often thought, 'The Mets are down, really struggling,'" Owens said. "Maybe they figured, 'Aw, let's give him to the Mets.' " To this day and above all, on this Hall bf Fame election week Owens reflects on what might have been if the luck of the draw had made Seaver a Phillie. Just think: Seaver and Steve Carlton pitching back-to-back at the height of their careers. Two pitchers who combined for 640 victories and seven Cy Young awards on the same staff. It's mind-boggling. "We were close to having a hell of a tandem," said Owens. "I often wondered what we would have done with those two guys. I always used to kid Seaver about it. We might have been a dynasty forever." Well, for a decade, anyway. Seaver shrugged it off when the possibility was raised the other day. "One of the beautiful things about the game of baseball are the 'ifs,' " he said. "What if this? What if that? What if I hadn't hung that slider. . . . If, if, if. ..." He's right, of course. "Ifs" dont win pennants. But the countdown to spring training has begun. What better time to dream? Giles all but confirms that Hayes is the player headed to the Yankees By Sam Carchidi inquirer Stall Writer Phillies officials all but confirmed yesterday that third baseman Charlie Hayes was the player to be named later in the deal that brought reliever Darrin Chapin from the Yankees. Phils president Bill Giles said it would be "a good guess" that Hayes was bound for New York. According to a source in New York, there is an outside chance that if the Yankees could acquire a more established third baseman, they would be allowed to select another player from a list of Phillies. But another source said the Yankees were no longer attempting to acquire another third baseman. The player must be named by Feb. 15. The Yankees preferred such an arrangement because they need time to clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Phils general manager Lee Thomas said the Phillies will not make any major moves before the season starts, on April 7 against Chicago. After other teams make their final cuts at the end of spring training, the Phils will probably try to add a left-handed backup outfielder with long-ball potential, Giles said. Giles is comfortable with the Phils' top three starters Terry Mulhol-land, Tommy Greene and Jose DeJe-sus. But the most important member of the staff, he said, may be a player who hasn't pitched in the majors in two seasons. Hello, Ken Howell. Howell's right shoulder has supposedly healed. He will begin working out at the Vet today. "He says he feels great. And he and Mulholland and Greene all have the chance to be a No. 1 starter," Giles said. "I'm optimistic." While Giles said he wouldn't be surprised if Howell regained his 1989 form (3.44 ERA), Thomas was more Probation, not jail time, recommended for Dykstra By Lyn A.E. McCafferty Special lo The Inquirer The Delaware County District Attorney said yesterday he would recommend that Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra not face jail time for an accident last spring in which he lost control of his Mercedes convertible and hit two trees on Darby-Paoli and Saw Mill Roads. William H. Ryan Jr. said he would recommend that Dykstra, who was charged with drunken driving in the May 6 accident, be entered into the county's program for first-time offenders, which would enable Dykstra, 28, of Devon, to avoid jail. If accepted in the program, Dykstra would be placed on probation for one to two years and lose his driver's license for three months. He also would be required to complete a traffic-safety course and could be ordered by the court to undergo drug or alcohol rehabilitation. An official hearing for Dykstra's enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program is set for the week of Feb. 10, Ryan said. After Dykstra completed the requirements of the ARD program, he would be eligible to have his record expunged. In the investigation done by the D.A.'s office, Ryan said, Dykstra was not found to have a criminal record. Dykstra did receive three summary traffic violations in the last three years, Ryan said. These violations included a 1988 ticket for improper passing in Florida, and two speeding tickets, in 1988 and 1990, in Mississippi, Ryan said. cautious. "Hopefully, he'll be ready. But after last year and thinking he'd be out only 10 days I'm not going to assume anything. If he comes back, I'll consider it a bonus." Besides Howell, the Phils have several candidates for the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, including Pat Combs. Kyle Abbott, Andy Ashby, Cliff Brantley, Tyler Green (a long shot), Jason Grimsley and Danny Cox. The Phillies unveiled a 13-minute video on drunken driving. It is narrated by Lenny Dykstra, who, along with teammate Darren Daulton, was injured in an auto accident May 6. The Phillies will make the film available, for free, to schools and community groups. If Dykstra and Daulton are healthy for the entire season, Giles estimated the Phils would be "10 to 15 games better" than last year, when they won 78 games. Thomas didn't second that notion. Giles said the club didn't pursue Danny Tartabull, who signed with the Yankees on Monday, "because his history on the disabled list concerned us." ... In the last Vfi years, the Phils have made about $15 million in repairs to Veterans Stadium. Giles said the club is still negotiating with the city to manage the stadium. BOXING Barkley will be trying to save face in super-middleweight title bout By Robert Seltzer Inquirer Stall Vinter Most people have skin; Iran Bark-ley has scar tissue. That is your first indication that Barkley is a tough customer. Your second is his expression, a menacing game face that he probably wears in his sleep. Barkley will take that game face and the scar tissue that goes with it into the ring tonight at the Paramount Theater in New York, where he will challenge Darrin Van Horn for the International Boxing Federation version of the super-middleweight title. "I want to thank God for opening the door and letting me through so I can fight a champion like Darrin Van Horn," the former middleweight titleholder said at a press conference Wednesday in New York. "I'm ready. And, even if I wasn't, I'd fight until I fell down and died." Van Horn, 47-2 with 27 knockouts, graduated from the University of Kentucky, but the challenger, a native of Bronx, N.Y., is not impressed with his educational background. "He's a graduate, but the only schooling I ever had was South Bronx, and I learned a lot there," said Barkley, 27-7 with 16 knockouts. "When you step into the ring against me, that's the closest thing to death there is. I know he's a tough guy, but I won't quit until I take his belt from him." With those words, G.L. Van Horn, the father of the champion, walked up to the podium and proceeded to address Barkley as "Iraq." "That's Iran," the challenger said icily. "Iraq, Iran, what's the difference?" responded G.L. Van Horn. "They're both four-letter words." Former light-heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who trains Barkley, got into the act, challenging G.L. Van Horn to a fight. Van Horn, proving that he had much more confidence in his mouth than in his fists, declined. Barkley, who won the middleweight title with a sensational one- Boxing notes punch knockout of Thomas Hearns on June 6, 1988, jumped to the super-middleweight class after losing his next three bouts. "I've had my ups and downs, but I'm in great shape now," he said. "I didn't have any problem with my weight." Barkley, who has undergone two operations for a detached retina in his left eye, passed the eye examination administered by the New York State Athletic Commission. On hold. Evander Holyfield- George Foreman II has become Evander HolyfieldGeorge Foreman II, mmmmmmm, maybe. The rematch of their April 19, 1991, battle was on the verge of being signed last week, but has hit a stumbling block, although the Holyfield camp was saying as of Monday that the fight was still "90 percent" certain to come off. That changed to "50 percent" on Wednesday. The thorny issue surfaced last week when Dan Duva, who promotes Holyfield, tried to insert a clause in the contract allowing the undisputed heavyweight champion to pull out of the bout if the World Boxing Council threatened to strip him of his title for fighting Foreman, who is not the next available contender in the WBC rankings. No way, Bob Arum, who pro motes Foreman, said Saturday. The fight is off." Ironic twist. Frankie Mitchell pulled out of a bout with former featherweight champion Calvin Grove last fall, hoping that they could hook up later. Well, thanks to Bryant Paden and his punishing right hand, later never came. It was Paden who fought Grove on Oct. 22, and it was Paden who knocked out Grove with one punch in the third round. Now, instead of Mitchell and Grove, it will be Mitchell and Paden on Tuesday night at the Blue Horizon. Mitchell will defend his North American Boxing Federation lightweight title in the scheduled 12-round match. 56th 9 Auuivcnary Q Edition 2 PHILADELPHIA INTERNAT IONAL AUTO SHOW liUNDKliDS OF 1VU2-MOULX VLIIICLLS ON DISI'LAY PUM.IC SHOW HOURS tATUIDArt 10 A M to 10 r M. 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