Eureka Humboldt Standard from Eureka, California on April 7, 1962 · Page 37
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Eureka Humboldt Standard from Eureka, California · Page 37

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Hurt Baseball? of play need only be temporary if the national in scope By JOHN M. ROSS Frick does concede, however, that the game needs speeding up as well as pepping up. "Baseball needs fewer delays and fewer home runs and more snappy plays and stolen bases." ·In making his diagnosis of the problems brought on by expansion, the outspoken Chandler points an unhesitating finger at the club owners. "There was a time when the ranks of the owners were filled largely by sportsmen," Chandler states. "That has changed. Today they are mostly businessmen or investors. They treat baseball as a business, and they make no bones about it, They're interested in profit. "I am not opposed to expansion. Indeed, when I was the commissioner I thought it might be wise to realign in a manner that would eventually produce three major leagues of eight teams each. However, my thought was to group the leagues sectionally--East, Midwest, and wrong, they feel, is in believing that "businessmen" fail to protect their considerable investments. Every businessman knows differently. The major leagues already have upped scouting in the Caribbean; they are looking more and more to college players, even to the point of providing athletic scholarships; they are organizing tryout camps in various areas for the semipro and sand lotter who want to show their skills. It's interesting to note that the Mets signed up a score of excellent scouts all over the country before talking contract to a single player. Of course, there's still that tough problem of developing talent. Here part of the answer may be in greater subsidies to the existing minor leagues and more encouragement of winter leagues in Florida, Arizona, and the Caribbean. The owners probably did sacrifice some good baseball by rapid expansion--but if f f . / f * * U ^.'·«SS«aMJI*«M«w'«'-"" 1 "' Mrs. Charles Poyson provides money and Casey Stengel brains for the New York Mets. New stadium (center) isn't ready yet, but old Brooklyn hero Gil Hodges (right) is. West--making the game totally national in scope, yet providing the natural rivalries of nearby cities. "But for any expansion program to function properly, an adequate supply of high-caliber players must be available. They have not been available for the recent expansion moves, and the shrinking minor leagues seem incapable of meeting the new demands placed upon them. "T EFORE IT IS to ° late '" Chandler con- r eludes, "baseball must find a sound plan for attracting more talented players and training them for the big leagues. And it must find a strong, tough-fisted leader capable of restraining the selfish interests of the owners." Are Chandler's remarks sour grapes from a man fired by the owners' he now criticizes? Not entirely, most baseball men say. But where Chandler goes they're as money-wise as their critics claim, they are not likely to let their product go downhill for long. If some rookies come up too fast and some mediocre players stay too long, remember it's the star and popular hero who spark fan interest--and they're born, not made. Sure, a few youngsters will be brought up too early and a few has-beens will hang around too long. But is that too high a price to pay for giving fans in Texas, California, Kansas, Minnesota--and who knows where else in coming years?--a chance to see baseball greats and the national pastime played by the best talent available? Except for the superex- perts, the answer seems to be no. As for this week, all most fans can think about is that baseball is back and bigger than ever. Better? Let the experts argue that. 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