The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 19, 2001 · Page 23
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY. APRIL 19, 2001" D3 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Bonds makes Giant splash Slugger joins elite company after hitting liome run No. 500 By ANNE M. PETERSON The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — His nubbed fly ball is now forgotten. Barry Bonds more than redeemed himself with a record homer that arched high over the right-field wall and plopped into the bay Even he was stunned. Bonds wiped away memories of the error the day before and joined the slugging elite Tuesday night with his 500th home run, just the 17th player to reach the milestone. The two-run shot at Pacific Bell Park gave the Giants a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and sent Bonds on a joyful home-run trot. Bonds had hit his 499th on Sunday in Milwaukee, but the three-time MVP and nine-time All-Star dropped Jeffrey Hammonds' eighth-inning fly, allowing three runs as the Brewers beat the Giants 7-4. Bonds was haunted. The gaffe was replayed extensively as he dealt with the pressure of reaching 500. "I had such a big, strange incident happen to me in Milwaukee," he said late Tuesday night. "And then a wonderful thing happened today" As Bonds watched the historic eighth-inning blast sail out of the park and into San Francisco Bay, he leapt in the air before rounding the bases. Afterward, he was joined by his father, former major leaguer Bobby Bonds; his wife; and Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, who also hit 500 home runs. "I wanted to run off the field and hug my wife, my dad, my mom, and to thank the Giants' organization. Then I started looking for Willie (Mays). It was great they came out here," Bonds said. Mays, Bonds' godfather, hit JOINING AN ELITE CLUB Hank Aaron 755 Babe Ruth 714 Willie Mays 660 Frank Robinson 586 Harmon Killebrew 573 Reggie Jackson 563 Mark McGwire* 555 Mike Schmidt 548 Mickey Mantle 536 Jimmie Foxx 534 Willie McCovey 521 Ted Williams 521 Ernie Banks 5/2 Eddie Mathews 5/2 Mel Ott 511 Eddie Murray 504 Barry Bonds* 500 •active Most victimized pitdiers Greg Maddux 8 j?.!iD..§n ?.9 !l '?.r....r 8 ' A 'P .^y .'J ^shby 7 Terry Mulholland 7 Peie Schourek7 Milestone tiome runs Homers by team 324 176 Hirates Giants No. 1 100 200 300 400 500 •ate June 4,1986 July 12,1990 July 8,1993 April 27,1996 Aug ?3,1998 April 17, 2001 Opponent Pitcher Padres Phillies Marlins Marlins Doagers Andy Benes John Burkett KirtOiala Terry Adams SOURCES: Major League Baseball; Ellas Sports Bureau 660 homers, third on the career list behind, Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). McCovey is nth with 521. Joe Figone, piloting an inflatable power boat, scooped up the ball after it splashed into McCovey Cove — an inlet of the bay — with a hand-held net. Bonds said they were in "ne- AP gotiations" with Figone over the ball, which some have'esti­ mated to be worth more than $500,000. Figone, a former groundskeeper for the Giants at Candlestick Park, did not return phone calls Wednesday Rich 'Aurilia started the eighth for the Giants with a triple off Dodgers reliever Terry Adams. Bonds was hoping for at least a fly ball to score Aurilia, tying the game. The pivotal pitch to Bonds was a 2-0 slider. The sellout crowd let out a gasp as the ball came off his bat, flew high over the right-field wall and dropped into the water. "Barry has a flair for the dramatic," McCovey said. "1 thought he would hit in a situation like this." Bonds said, "I couldn't believe I hit it." "Everything was in slow motion. It looked like it was stopped in midair," he said. He looked up at the fans sitting behind the right-field wall. "Then I saw it went past those people," he said, "and I thought, 'Wow! I did it!'" Bonds is the first player to reach 500 homers since Mark McGwire did it in 1999. The 36-year-old outfielder was the eighth quickest to hit 500, in 7,502 at-bats. McGwire did it the fastest, in 5,487 at- h'ats. Four players in the 500 club spent a majority of their careers with the Giants. Bonds joins Mays, McCovey and Mel Ott, who hit 511. Eddie Murray ranks No. 16 on the career list with 504 home runs. Bonds has 324 home runs since coming to San Francisco as a free agent before the 1993 season. He hit 176 with Pittsburgh. He started this season 0-for- 21 before homering in five straight games, a career high. Bonds hit No. 499 in the fourth inning Sunday off David Weathers in the Brewers' brand-new Miller Park. Bonds has homered in 24 major league ballparks. It was the ninth home run to land in McCovey Cove. Bonds has hit seven — all of the Giants' splash hits. "I thought about my kids, my friends, my trainers, my chiropractors, everybody," he said, eliciting a laugh. "Because they all helped me get here." Dis-a-Ray: Tampa fires manager Ex-Royal McRae moved up, given deal through 2003 season By FRED GOODALL The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Larry Rothschild was fired Wednesday as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after three consecutive last-place finishes and a 4-10 start this season. He was replaced by Hal McRae, the Devil Rays' bench coach who managed Kansas City from May 1991 through 1994, compiling a 286-277 mark. He was given a contract through the 2003 season, with terms not disclosed. McRae also became the seventh minority manager in the majors. McRae, 55, starred for the Royals from 1973-87 after playing his first three major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. "We want to win as many games as possible and the way you do that is we have to play the game hard. We have to play AP file photo Larry Rothschild was fired as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after compiling a 205-294 record in just more than three years with the club. the game right and we have to play together as a group," McRae said. "Collectively, we have, to beat the opposition. It's important to me that everyone understands we have to do the little things to win games. We can't play selfish baseball." • Rothschild's firing, the first of the 2 Va-week-old season, came in the wake of the Devils Rays' 10-0 loss to Boston in their 499th game. He had been the manager for every one, compiling a 205-294 record. "Hopefully we hit rock bottom and from here it will change," the 47-year-old manager said after the game, in which Tampa Bay made two more errors and allowed six unearned runs to boost its total to 24 in 14 games. All but two of the unearned runs have come in the team's 10 losses. "If you're going to lose, you'd prefer to do it the right way and play good clean games and know you'll come out of it and be OK," Rothschild said. "But there's no consolation when you lose." General manager Chuck LaMar said McRae was the only candidate for the opening, adding that he had all the ingredients the team was looking for to lead it through tough times. "Hal McRae is an outstand­ ing competitor. His playing days are well documented in how he played the game," LaMar said. First-base coach Jose Cardenal also was let go. Bullpen coach Terry Collins was shifted to third base coach; third base coach Billy Hatcher moved to bench coach; Lee May replaced Cardenal at first base; and Darren Daulton was promoted from catching instructor to bullpen coach. LaMar said there was no single reason for Rothschild's dismissal. He insisted the move wasn't made because of "wins and losses" or a growing rift in the clubhouse between the players and former manager. "I wish it was just cut and dried why now was the right time," LaMar said, "1 felt like the team had lost some of its competitive edge, that Larry' had done as good a job over the first three years as any man we could possibly ask to do. ... I knew going into this year, it was a make-or-break situation for Larry and over the first two weeks of the season, 1 saw a team that lost that edge, whatever that edge is." KU / Dyer listed as first-string QB FROM PAGE D1 state-caliber javelin thrower in high school. "My goal every day is to make an honest effort to myself to get better and to get better for the team," Letourneau LETOURNEAU safety you're kind of the quarterback of the secondary, recognizing formations and calling out coverages. They have a lot in common, but the attitude is a lot different." The Jayhawks conclude spring drills Saturday with a 7 p.m. controlled scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. Depth chart The Jayhawks released an updated spring depth chart Tuesday with sopho­ more quarterback Zach Dyer still listed ahead of red- shirt freshman Mario Kinsey, who moved up from the No. 4 slot. The other two positions up for grabs are tight end and weakside linebacker. Junior tight end David Hurst and sophomore Adrian Jones are neck-and-neck, as are sophomore linebacker Glenn Robinson and junior newcomer Leo Etienne. Position changes The Jayhawks had just one position change this week. Redshirt freshman Leo Bookman (64, 220) has moved from defensive back to running back. Bookman gives KU some breakaway speed on offense with 4.4 speed in the 40. He was a high school sprint champion in Texas with 10.36 and 20.67 times at 100 and 200 meters. Royals / Carrasco takes win for Twins FROM PAGE D1 "They're very qualified," he said. "Everyone has their'ups and downs. I still feel very confident in them." Hector Carrasco (1-0) allowed Dave McCarty's home run in the eighth and got the win. La- Troy Hawkins pitched a hitless ninth for his third save. Hawkins has converted all 17 save chances in his career, a major league record. Mark Redman, who retired the final 13 hitters he faced last Friday in a win against Chicago, gave up eight hits to the first 13 batters Wednesday including five straight to start the game. Rey Sanchez and Carlos Beltran singled in the first, and Quinn doubled down the right- field line to score Sanchez. Chad Allen's throw from right glanced off Jason Maxwell's glove at second and trickled toward third base, but Corey Koskie scooped it up and flipped to catcher A.J. Pierzynski to get Beltran at the plate. Dye followed with a single to GAIVIE NOTES MINNEAPOLIS — Tony Muser, In his fifth season with the Royals has been ejected 10 times. ...*/lark Quinn extended his hitting streak to 14 games and is 11-for-24 against Minnesota this year.... Jeff Suppan, after a shaky start on opening day against the New York Yankees, has allowed six runs in his last 19 innings. score Quinn, but Redman escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam. In the second, the Royals put men on first and third with one out, but Quinn grounded into a double play Dye, who went 3- for-3, singled in the fifth with one out to put runners on first and second. But Allen jumped to catch Mike Sweeney's fly ball at the wall, and Joe Randa struck out. COUNTY SPORTS Tennis Mustangs take sixth at Aquinas invite OVERLAND PARK — Salina Central's Brett Taylor placed fifth in the singles competition and the Mustangs finished sixth in the team race Wednesday at the rugged St. Thomas Aquinas Tennis Invitational. Central scored 18 points to finish behind Rockhurst (47 points), Pembroke Hill (45), Winfield (25), Washburn Rural (22) and Blue Valley (19) in the 14- school tournament. Taylor finished the day with a 4-1 record in singles play, winning two of his matches by 8-0 scores. Nathan Martin was 0-2 in singles. "Brett played some outstanding tennis," Cen- • tral coach Bryant McKee said. "He was down to Ashner of Blue Valley North, a great player, 2-5, but came back to win six straight games in the fifth-place match. "And, even though he didn't win, Nathan Martin also played some great tennis." In doubles competition, the Central team of Aaron Martin and Cole Graham finished 11th with a 2-3 record, while Leighton LaPierre and Jeremy Zimmer were 0-2. "This tournament had the best teams in the Kansas City area," McKee said. "This competition was much better than any we've faced." The Mustangs travel to Newton for a 3 p.m. match today BRIEFLY Stonebraker voted Coach of the Year Salina South coach Ken Stonebraker has been selected Coach of the Year by the Kansas Association of Football Coaches. Stonebraker led South to an 11-1 record and the school's STONEBRAKER first state football title after the Cougars defeated Pittsburg, 16-13, in the Class 5A championship game in November. Stonebraker is the win- ningest coach in South history and has a 50-22 record in seven seasons as Cougar head coach. Stonebraker was one of seven finalists for the honor, along with former South assistant Randy Dreiling, who led Hutchinson to the Class 6A semifinals. Other finalists were Port Scott's Bob Campbell, Wichita Collegiate's Mike Gehrer, Pittsburg Colgan's Chuck Smith, St. Paul's Doug Tuck and Midway-Denton's Mark Martin. SM Miege forward to join Wichita State WICHITA — Jamar Howard, 6-foot-5 forward who led Shawnee Mission Miege to the Class 5A state title last month, will play basketball for Wichita State next season, according to published reports. Howard will effectively be a walk-on for the Shockers. He will not receive a scholarship until after first semester, but will receive other financial aid, according to story in Wednesday's Wichita Eagle. His scholarship will count against WSU's 2002-03 total, even though he can play next season, if he is eligible. That will allow WSU coach Mark Turgeon to use his fifth and final scholarship this spring on another player. Turgeon signed four high school seniors during the November signing period. Howard played center in high school, but will play small forward for the Shockers. He averaged 18.9 points and 9.0 rebounds last season as Miege defeated Salina Central in the 5A championship game at the Expocentre in Topeka. Howard has achieved a qualifying test score, but is shy of meeting the NCAA's mandatory core curriculum grade point average for eligibility KU Barnstormers to play in Lindsborg LINDSBORG — The annual KU Barnstorming Tour will play a group of Bethany College and Smoky Valley High School seniors in an exhibition basketball game April 21 at Smoky Valley High School. The KU team will include former Jayhawks Eric Chenowith, Kenny Gregory, Luke Axtell and Jared Haase. The KU players will sign autographs at 7 p.m., followed by the game at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 and available in advance at Smoky Valley High School, Lindsborg Middle School and the Bethany College Special Events Office. They also will be available at the door. The game will benefit the Smoky Valley High band. Brown Mackie splits with Maple Woods Freshman catcher Anita Singleterry knocked in two runs on a two-out single in the bottom of the second and freshman pitcher Melinda Madsen made it stand up as the Brown Mackie softball team beat Maple Woods in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Bill Burke Park. With help from three Lion errors, Maple Woods came back to take the nightcap 6-3, After earning the victory in the opener, Madsen was pressed into duty in game two after Leslie Moreno reinjured her throwing hand. Moreno aggravated the injury in a victory over Hutchinson on Tuesday. Madsen was saddled with the loss. "The picked us apart in that second game," said Brown Mackie coach Francis Flax. "After we won the first one, 1 think we relaxed a little bit." The Lions return to action with a doubleheader Friday at Colby First pitch i. slated for 3 p.m. From Staff and Wire Reports Draft / Redskins may cut Sanders FROM PAGE D1 "probably as many good players from 15 to 25 or 30 as there are from 5 to 15." So, if the Redskins are on the board when the clock starts ticking at No. 15, whom do they pick? The needs are many, but Schot- tenheimer has given a few hints: • Don't look for the first- round pick to be a guard, even though it's the most glaring need for a team that has cut Tre Johnson, Keith Sims and Andy Heck for salary cap reasons. Michigan's Steve Hutchinson would seem a natural choice — he could play next to former Wolverines teammate Jon Jansen — but Schotten- heimer said lie has usually found that quality interior lineman are available in later rounds. • Schottenheimer could go for a receiver, although it's no longer the essential priority after last week's signing of free agent Kevin Lockett. Schottenheimer said he likes Santana Moss from Miami, but the coach also feels he can now wait until the second round because the receiver position is the deepest in this year's draft. • Schottenheimer likes another Miami player, Dan Morgan, who could fill the void at middle linebacker left by the departure of free agent Derek Smith. Currently the position would go to last year's backup, Kevin Mitchell. • It's cool to be cagey before the draft, so it's worth noting that Schottenheimer hasn't spoken much about the team's two other major needs: cornerback and defensive tackle. It would be financially sound for the Redskins to use the first-round pick on a cornerback such as Fred Smoot (Mississippi State), Willie Middlebrooks (Minnesota) or Nate Clements (Ohio State) and cut Deion Sanders after June 1. Letting Sanders go in June would save $2.5 million against the cap.

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