Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 11, 1976 · Page 43
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Players to confront owners with court ruling ammunition T A MI) A A r\ A i . ^^ Thurs.,March l],.l!)7» GKEELEY (C'olo.l TRIBUNE - »«·-- the hitters. ahead of the still how many (here are and who they are." "Do they want lo try going to whether the rights won by the Technically, some 200 players Onlv ink limr. ih,, i ltrc Su l )rcme Court and mean- players in the landmark lies- who haven't signed for 1970 be- Onl 11,,!, tmie the players while not play ball or pay sala- sersmith-McNally arbitration ries for two years?" Seaver decision last December -- i.e., wondered. "The Supreme Court that a player is bound to a club for only one option year beyond contractual commitments -can be stripped away retroactively in collective bargaining. In fact. Mike Marshall of chers and the owners are the hitters. The two sides meet again to- wouTiin'I even hear the case day for the »h time in a they don', get involved ,^1- senes of contract negotiations mmTM ma | tcrS] an a ,, Jl",? li '"° Pr ° g - TM» l the owners want - at ress. Whether e.ther side is i cast in lhcir , atest , gan playing' out their option year at midnight Wednesday when the clubs, under baseball law, automatically invoked the one-year renewal clause in last year's contracts. The list of unsigned players includes Seaver, Fred Lynn, Hod Carew, John Mayberry, to 0 d'a 1 ' V 's°b'-t CC ' 1Slil ' mantiSal Wratedfl y- is an agreement the Us Angeles Dodgers has , ,__..,, p 0 rnnp S ar"nH,fi^ S1 TM,".fj'°"?" '" Which a pla) ' er wilh six ann TM 1 «d his intention to sue Ted Simmons, Thurman Muii- " years of major league service the players'union if such is the son, Al Hrabosky, Craig Net could play out his option in his seventh year and become a case. "The owners seem to think ties, Carlton Fisk and Bert BIyleven. The Minnesota Twins invoked the renewal clause for 23 players while the Atlanta Braves were close behind with 22. The St. Petersburg is debatable. "There's no way to go now b M| l ° S M " e 'v 5 ^ T ° m SCaVer frce aBcn ' lhe 'ollowingVea'son" that there will be hundreds of o the New York Mets as the The catch in the proposal is unsigned players who will play players savored a pair of court |hat the club could retain the out their option this year," says decisions that upncld an arbi- player's services for up to two Marvin Miller, executivediree- ,,,, ,, ,,,.,, ... .... u a i o r s ruling granting free more years simply by offering tor of the players'association, renewal clause may be invoked »LTM n !l. a ."f,, v 'TM crs ,^ ndy hira a contract for that length "I predict that there will be at the same salary as the pre""""" " "" of time. The players' associ- less than two dozen who will do vious year, a higher salary or a ation says that's just another way of wording the owners' previous proposal which would have given eight-year veterans the chance to become free agents in their 10th season after one option year. Messersmith McNally. and Dave "The owners told us they had only a 30 per cent chance of winning in the appeals court. They were right. They lost, and now the players have what you might call the ultimate weapon," Seaver said. The latest court ruling left "It's still 8-and-l no matter how you slice it," said Dirk Moss, counsel for the play- Hie owners with an appeal to ers association. "They just it. My proposal is that we put the reserve-clause issue aside and find out just how many players will play out their option. "None of the players can be a frce agent until October anyway. That gives the teams more than six months to sign them. But by May or June, we would have a general idea of cut of up lo 20 per cent. The Milwaukee Brewers slashed their seven unsigned players the maximum 20 per cent, although negotiations can continue all season. The seven are pitchers Jim Colborn, Tom Murphy and Ed Kodrigucz; in- fieldcrs Robin Yount, Pedro (Jarcia and rookie Juan Lopez and outfielder Bobby Mitchell. TOP WILDCAT SWIMMERS - These seven swimmers received plaques or trophies at the Grecley Central swimming banquet Wednesday night. On bottom, from left, senior co- captains Brent Funk, Dave McCarty, Bret Hall and coach Stan Benson. On top from loll, soplramore Wade Dorland. junior Chris Cook, Greg Keil. Most Dedicated Swimmer and sophomore Mike Clay, i Tribune photo by Debbie Braskich) McCarty named top swimmer (/JVC baseball team /eaves for opener with high hopes By TOM HARBOUR Tribune Spurts Writer Another outstanding baseball season appears in the offing for coach Tom Petroff and lhe U n i v e r s i t y of Northern Colorado. [Jut jusl a wave of Petroff's magic wand doesn't fissure a District VII playoff spot for l IK Hears. "Our key is overall hitting," said the coach who has never won luss than 20 games in any of his five seasons al UNC. "i don't mean just one or two uuvs. everybody lias lo be a tough oul." Pelroff isn't about to predict a return lo the College World .Series for the Bears, but doesn't deny his club should be a district contender when it opens ils :tfi-f»aine schedule with a s p l i t doublehcader against {i rand Canyon a nd Nort hern Arizona next Tuesday in Phoenix. Polroff is confident his club has the pitching and defense necessary with just the hitting aspect being suspect. For the first time in several yp.irs IVlrnff is fnrfd w i t h replacing five mainstays in the lineup. Gone arc first baseman Him Holmes, third baseman Onnny Lconida and outfielders dreg Pilkington, Jeff Cheek and Rick Kent. All five were slnrters on the 1H74 College World Series team and Holmes, Lconida and Cheek had been four-year siarters for Petroff. Bui Petroff thinks the 197G edition of the Bears should be strong up the middle with Paul Gradishar back at catcher and lhe shortslnp-second base duo of Joe Strain and Jeff Simpson ready to go again. Jerry DeLue, like Cheek a speed burner, moves into cciitcrficld to complete the core of the defense. In addition to being the guts of lhe defense, Strain and Simpson are the two players Pelroff can count on for some offensive punch. SI rain -- "An A l l - A m e r i c a n c a n d i d a t e by far." in Pelroff's words -- is set for his fourth straight year at short a f t e r leading Hie club at the plate with a .1128 mark last year Simpson, a junior from Colorado Springs, batted .292 a year ago and. like Strain, discovered the power to con- I r i h u t o six home runs to the attack. Pol,no is one of f i v e u n k n o w n s t h a t Petroff is counting on in the nutfield. opening day against Grand Canyon will find the Denver n a t i v e in ccnlcr with Roger Plank in left and Tony Giardina in eight. The niher Iwn candidates are A l v i n While -- "great potential." says Petroff - and Tom I ' i l k i i m l n n . The corners of the infield i-iiuld [n:ve interesting with sniiu 1 .shakeups possible lo aid !,. p i i r h i n p s t a f f Tom Run- Nells moves i n t o Lennida's spol ;i( third w i l h only his hitting a f i i i r s t i t m m a r k . Dave Picconi is slated for first after hitting .25B as a designated hitter last year. That's where the catch comes in. The 180-pound lefthander could end up on the mound for Petroff in a relief role.' 'He can throw the ball," Pelroff said. fashioning a 7-4 record wilh a ;!.75 earned run average. "All three of these guys have improved d u r i n g the off season," Petroff said. "Nnw we jusl have lo close lhal cap between practice and actual game situations." .locStrai "He just has to learn the rudiments of pitching." What happens lo the infield if Picconi is called on for mound duty? "We'd move Simpson lo first and go wilh freshman Dave Marcovccchio at second." Marcovecchio looks more like a:: elf than a baseball player, but lhe 5-3, 118-pounder proves appearances can be deceiving. Marcovecchio was a standout infielder at Pueblo Central during his prep days. Petroff hopes Marcovecchio and two other freshmen iti- fielders provide the nucleus of future teams. Tlie other two are Glenn Milhauser and Dave Gagnon, both of whom should sec backup action this year after prepping together at Billy Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs. In keeping with the idea that defense will be a strength this year. Petroff says both catchers are "100 per cent improved." Paul Gradishar gets the starting nod once again, but sophomore Paul Wetherly could see plenty of action with ISdoubleheaders on the schedule. Gradishar had some troubles al the plate last season with a .1BG mark, and contributed three home runs and 10 runs balled in to t h e a t t a c k . Wcatherly, in just 21 at bats, knocked in seven runs and slapped a homer and a pair of doubles en route lo a .381 average. Mention pitching and Petroff perks up. Back are three solid starters -- lefties John Gabbert and Rick Thoren and righthander Keith Bailey -plus several p o t e n t i a l candidates lo fill the relief role that was missing last year. "I wouldn't liusitalu lu slarl any of those first three in any game against anyone," Petroff says aboul the veteran starting corps. Bailey and Thoren. the freshmen standouts of the College World Series contingent, return for their junior years after 85 and 5-3 records, respectively, last yoar. Senior Gabbert, like Dcl-ue a product of Denver's Kennedy High School, came i n i o his own lasl year John Gabbert Four single contests are set with the u s u a l l y tough University of Denver Pioneers, with Air Force, another area independent, on the slate for six games. Add to that six games ( t h r e e doublchcadcrs) w i l h Colorado Slate and four more w i t h Wyoming. another Western Alhlclic Conference club. Four games w i t h the U n i v e r s i t y of Southern Colorado will decide the region representative to the Greal Plains A t h l e t i c Conference lournamenl, April 30 and May 1, in addition to three games wilh Creighlon University and a pair wilh Utah. The first home date is March 27, when W y o m i n g visits Jackson Field for a twinbill. Dave McCarly, who took part in the lowering of four Wildcat swimming records, was named the Swimmer of the Year at the Grcelcy Central a-.yards banquet Wednesday nighl. Mike Clay won a plaque for Most Improved Sophomore; Chris Cook won a plaque for Most Improved Junior and Brent Funk received the plaque for Most Improved Senior. One other plaque was awarded lo Wade Dorland for the sophomore with the highest point total for the season. McCarty set individual school records this year in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. His times in those races art 22.-J bucunds and JO.l seconds, respectively. The Wildcat senior, who led the team in points scored with 185, teamed with Cook, Bret Hall and Mike Gosselin to lower the school record in the 200- yard mrdlpy relay. McCarty. along with Cook, Funk and Gosselin also erased the old record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Rough Riders to host Hal! and Funk; both senior co- captains with McCarty, also set one individual event record. Hall clocked a 5G.9 second time fui a [jlauj uii liit record board in the 100-yard butterfly, while Kunk broke the 200-yard freestyle record in 1:55.7. Cook, who qualified for state competition in the first meet of the season, overcame an internal bleeding problem and returned after Christmas break to crack two records on the Central books. Cook's time of 2:07.4 in lhe individual medley and a 5:20.6 clocking in the 500-yard freestyle put Cook on the record board. Another junior, diver Tom Ewing. lowered lhe school rtxuiij in liib tvw'it Ailli a lolat of 223 points. Ewing was the only di ver to represent the Northern Conference at state. Coach Stan Benson, who earned All-American honors d u r i n g his career at the University of N o r t h e r n Colorado, challenged the three seniors to follow his example. Individually, he dared McCarty to go to UNC and try to break his own school record in the 50- yard freestyle. And maybe McCarty can do it. JOHNSTOWN - Roosevelt will be out to defend its title as the Rough Riders host the third annual Roosevelt Invitational this week to mark the start of the spring baseball season. Roosevelt has won the first two tournament titles since the inception uf the tournament. This year, with the withdrawal by Fort Lupton, Roosevelt will enter two teams. Competing for honors along with Roosevelt's A and B teams will be Windsor and Highland in sevelt itlc as · third arl of i fjrsj ce lhe rawal U will along [cams ijhland ivirarionai from the Welco Assn. North Hi vision. The schedule was to begin today wilh Windsor playing the Roosevelt B team at 3:30 p.m. First-round action continues Friday with Highland playing llic Roosevelt A luam al 3:30. A doublehcader Saturday will Scoreboard NCAA Playoffs Division II First Hound Kasl Regional Cheyney SI 73, Ilartwiek 72. JT Phila. Textile 89, Buffalo Si pil the two losers and the two ® winners. The game for third place will be played al lfl:.in Great Lakes Regional E Illinois 05, St. Joseph's, a.m., with the championship mt *- 56 scheduled lo begin al 1 p.m. Evansville 85, Wright Si 75 North Central He] lonal N Dakota BO. Nebraska- Omaha 74, OT Wis-Grecn Bay 72. G7, 20T Weil Ucgioiij Mankota Bakersficld St 87. Cal-Dav s C5 Collrgf Hockey W C H A Playotli Firil Round Mieh-g.in I. N o l r p D.imo 1 K!eh!w"sr!!*.KM. r r,' This year. Gabbert, Thoren and Bailey should get the help from the bullpen they haven't had since Greg Cook was around in 1974. In addition to Picconi, Petroff has righthanders Steve Nalc, Mike Casey and Dick Hartford rraHy fnr rplipf Nale and Casey contributed over 40 innings of work between them as freshmen lasl year while Danford, an Aurora native, is a transfer. Petroff rales Nale as "having a good arm and he's starling to get some other pitches down to go wilh his fastball." The Arvada West product could become a spot starter for UNC when the dnubleheaders start (o pile up. Denver South product Casey could become, with Danford. what Petroff hopes to be a dependable bullpen dun. Petroff rates the 1976 schedule as "overall stronger than ever." After the Bears return from the sun of Arizona and Nevada and five games against the likes of Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona and Nevada-Las Vegas. UK usual area foes are slated for action. "Most of our opponents are stronger this year as a result of not losing many players," Petroff says. SKI i HIDDEN MLUY i for less i ' clip this ad I and save a buck! · on an all-day I lift ticket! f Regular $5.50 value J $4.75 weekends J $3.75 weekdays ' with this coupon ;\ /HIDDEN j . WAUEY · V ID miles wesl | A of Estes Paik In _ ftis Rocky Mtn 1 National Park First Line Service for the First Line of Motorcycles. 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