Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on March 1, 1973 · Page 24
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Page 2D NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla., Thursday, March 1, 1973 BASEBALL ROUNDUP 13 Twins Still Unsigned CARL MORTON' . . he's Brave now Braves Get Carl Morton WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (UPI) — The Atlanta Braves continued their wholesale revamping of their pitching staff today when they acquired Carl Morton, former National League rookie of the year, from the Montreal Expos in exchange for Pat Jarvis. Morton was the sixth experienced pitcher picked up by the Braves since the end of last season. In earlier trades they also got Pat Dobson and Rorie Harrison from the Baltimore Orioles; Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella from the New York Mets; and Jim Panther from the Texas Rangers in their efforts to rebuild what was the worse mound staff in the National League last season. The Braves also acquired Denny McLain late last season, giving them now seven pitchers who were on pther major league rosters this time a yesx ago. The 28-year-old Morton, a righthander, was named rookie- of -the-year in 1970 when . he posted an '18-11 record for a Montreal Expo team that finished last in the National League Eastern Division. Morton's record last sea.'son was only 7-13 but he closed strong, shutting out the Cardinals 1-0 and beating the Prates 2rl in September. He also had a one -hitter earlier in the season against the Phillies. Pat Jarvis, a 32-yes/r-old righthander, had long been one of the mainstays of the Braves' pitching staff but had not performed up to previous standards the past several years. ORLANDO, Fla. fUPD Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith and 13 of his players are still not agreed on contract terms. Rod Carew, American League batting champion in 1972 with a .318 average, wants 56,000 more than Griffith is willing to part with, and Harmon Killebrew is balking at two items. Killebrew is asking for a three-year contract at the same salary he! got last year—about $125,000--! but the owner is offering a one! year deal and a $10,000 cut. Of his dealings with the huge first baseman, Grifith says: "We are not close at all. For any further details, speak *.o Mr. Killebrew." Oustanding hurler Jim Perry is also unsigned, but was attending the Player Representative meeting in Miami today. Also not on the line, with spring training opening officially Thursday, were Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Steve Braun and Danny Thompson. The Twins did get three men on paper, however. Oufielder Bobby Darwin and pitchers Joe Decker and Steve Luebber. Scarce Hurt In Phil Drill CLEARWATER, Fla. (UPI) — Pitcher Mac Scarce became the Philadelphia Phillies' first minor casualty ok the spring Wednesday when he suffered a pulled groin muscle during a 3 Vz-hour workout at Carpenter Complex. The Injury is expected to sideline him less than a week. Scarce, 23, was drafted by the Phillies In 1971 after a collegiate career in which he pitched exclusively in relief at Florida State. He surprised by jumping from Redding of the Class A Eastern League to the parent Phillies and immediately becoming the team's top lefthanded reliever. John Signs Ram Grapplers Off For Jax Rutherford High's wrestling team will leave today to compete in the district meet at Jacksonville White school Friday and Saturday. Ram wrestlers are Jimmy Sheets, 122 pounds, Ed Whatley 129, Pat Sporer, 135, Derrell Bland, 141, Craig Canniff, 188, and John Wilson, unlimited. VERO BEACH, Fla. (UPI) Veteran lefthander Tommy John signed his 1973 contract Wednesday, leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers with only two regulars. John, who posted a 11-5 record last season after coming from the Chicago White Sox in exchange of Richie Allen, is expected to arrive here Thursday. Don Sutton, the Dodgers's top pitcher, and outfielder Willie Crawford are the two players] yet to agree to terms. Fregosi Slimmer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (UPI) — A new, slimmer, Jim Fregosi led a contingent of 14 more New York Mets' players into spring training camp Wednesday. Fregosi, expected to solve the Mets' 11-year-old problem at third base until stricken by injuries last year, reported at 192 pounds, 15 under his playing weight last season. Eight roster players have yet to report, including slugger Rusty Staub, the Mets' only unsigned playyer, and Willie Mays. Infielders Wayne Garrett and Ken Boswell signed contracts Wednesday. Munson In Fold MOST STARS ENTERED Citrus Open Starts By DAVID MOFFIT ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) — The $150,000 Citrus Open may be worth only a little more than half of last week's Jackie Gleason Classic, but only Jack Nicklaus and a handful of tour regulars are passing it by this week. In fact, 25 of this year's top 30 money winners will be chasing after the Citrus' $30,000 top prize when the four-day tournament begins Thursday, including Bruce Crampton— who has been at his best when Nicklaus isn't around—Gleason winner Lee Trevino, and Forrest Fezler, the young Califorriian who made quite a name for himself last week, before losing to Trevino. Crampton, the leading money .winner with nearly $76,000 in less than two months, won at Phoenix and Tucson, two tour stops Nicklaus didn't make, and is well rested after dropping out of the Gleason following the first round. However, with Nicklaus absent, the golfers must feel the man to beat is Trevino, who admits that picking up that $52,000 check last Sunday gave him "a real shot in the arm. "I was concerned about my game," Trevino said. "I'd been spending a lot of time on other things and having to neglect my golf. I'd had only one round in trie 60s before last week. "But, like I kept telling people, playing in Florida seems to help my game," Trevino said. "You saw what happened. As soon as I arrived in this state,' I shot three straight 69s." The Citrus Open poses two big questions. How will Forrest Fezler play after his dejection last Sunday when he blew a three-stroke lead? And, how will Arnold Palmer perform here in Orlando where he now makes his home? "There's no way losing last Sunday Is going to cripple my career," said the 23-year-old Fezler who got more than $29,000 for his second-place finish at Inverrary. "It hurt me losing, in fact it hurt a lot," Fezler continued. "But I think the overall experience gave me more confidence than it took." As for his play in the Citrus Open, Fezler said, "If I'm still depressed, I naturally won't play well. But I'm hoping that won't happen. This is rhy kind of golf course and I should do well here." Trevino needs to earn $10,000 more than Crampton does to take over the money lead. The only other two entrants with a shot at that lead are Los Angeles winner Rod Funseth and Crosby runnerup Orville Moody—and both would have to win here and have Crampton finish far back in the pack to accomplish that. The Citrus Open is being played on the par 72, 6,928-yard Rio Pinar Course where Jerry Heard won by two strokes last year with a 12-under-par 276. Heard, who tied for sixth last week, four strokes off the lead, feels his golf has improved in recent weeks and must be considered a contender to successfully defend his title. The 43-year-old Palmer, a big favorite here in central Florida, got in a lot of practice this week at the course he owns near Rio Pinar and said he felt he was playing well, despite his lack-luster four rounds last week. "I feel fine and believe I can shoot better golf here this week," said Palmer. The only pro golfers of note absent this week in addition to Nicklaus are Hawaiian Open champ John Schlee, South African Gary Player who would have played here if he wasn't recovering from an operation, and Billy Casper who annually avoids the Florida leg of the PGA tour because of an allergy. FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) — Catcher Thurman Munson signed his 1973 contract Wednesday for an estimated $50,000 as the New York Yankees had six more men agree to terms. In addition to Munson, outfielder Johnny Callison and infeidlers Celerino Sanchez, Frank Baker, Otto Velez and Fred Frazier all signed Wednesday. The Yankees riove have 28 of their 36 roster players under, conract. Bobby Murcher, who is bidding to become the Yankees third $100,000 player, showed up unexpecedly and did some running. That's all he'll be able to do for the next two weeks Murcer, who broke a small bone in his right hand in a fail in Puerto Rico, had the cast re- Gibson Retires SAN FRANCISCO (UPI)- ~ Veteran catcher Russ Gibson has decided to call it a career, the San Francisco Giants announced Wednesday. After 16 years in professional baseball, Gibson is quitting to devote full time to a job with the Bank of America in San Francisco. . "It was a very tough decision for"me,'' said the 33-year-old native of Fall River, Mass. "After 16 years in baseball it's not that easy to just step out, and if it weren't such a good opportunity I would be going to spring training to give it another shot." moved but has been told not to swing a bat for two weeks. Among the unsigned are: Sparky Lyle, Fritz Peterson, Steve Kline, Jim Magnuson, Gen eMichael, Bernie Allen and Roy White. Indians Report CLEVELAND (UPI) _ All but seven of the Cleveland Indians 39 players had signed their contracts Wednesday and were scheduled to report to spring training at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday. The seven who had not signed their contracts, and who would be considered holdouts unless they signed before Thursday morning, were infielders Jerry Kenney and Jack Heidemann, outfielders Alex Johnson and Ron Lolich, pitchers Ray Lamb and Terry Ley and catcher Jeff Newman. Red Hurler Signs CINCINNATI (UPI) - The Cincinnati Reds announced the signing Wednesday of pitcher Jim McGlothlin, leaving seven players still unsigned for 1973. The 29-year-old righthander, who finished the 1972 season with a 9-8 record and a 3.91 earned run average, spent much of last season in the Reds - bullpen. With spring training opening in Tampa, only one regular member of the Reds' squad remains unsigned —team captain Pete Rose. May In Fold SARASOTA, Fla. (UPI) — Carlos May, who hit .308 last season to tie teammate Dick Allen for third highest average in the merican League, Wednesday signed his 1973 contract for an estimated $70,000. Also agreeing to terms were outfielder Ken Henderson, infielder Rich Morales and pitcher Steve Stone. Henderson and Stone were acquired from the San Francisco Giants in an off-season trade. Nine players remained unsigned, including starting outfielder Pat Kelly and pitcher Stan Bahnsen, a 21-game winner last McKown Confident FORT MYERS, Fla. (UPI) "Our whole theme this spring is going to be 'how to win,'" an enthusiastic Jack McKeon said Wednesday during his first full day of spring training as manager of the Kansas City Royals. "We want the players to know all the mental aspects of this game that are required for us to win," said McKeon, beginning his first major league assignment after winning five minor league manager-of-the- year awards. 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