The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on August 21, 1994 · 135
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The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey · 135

Hackensack, New Jersey
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Sunday, August 21, 1994
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AUGUST 21, 1994 BASEBALL ft THE SUNDAY RECORD S-3 KLAUS-PETER STEITZSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Rob Fitzpatrick of Midland Park, a catcher in the Expos' system, hopes he can continue making steady progress up the organizational ladder. Fitzpatrick wants to get in the ring By STEVE ADAMEK Staff Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. Their names are Tim Spehr, Lenny Webster, Tim Laker, and Joe Sid-dall. Spehr and Webster back up Ail-Star catcher Darrin Fletcher in Montreal. Laker and Siddall sit and wait with Class AAA Ottawa. None is a Johnny Bench, yet all four have major league experience. They form what Midland Park's Rob Fitzpatrick calls "a ring of catchers" he hopes to break into in 1995 after spending a second season with the Expos' Class AA Har-risburg Senators this year. "Nobody other than Fletcher has a big-deal contract," Fitzpatrick said last weekend during a series against the Binghamton Mets. "None of them are All-Star-type guys. I'm thinking if I can get my foot in the door, break into that circle . . ." The next step, left unsaid, would be a shot in the majors. For now, though, Fitzpatrick, who turns 26 next month, bides his time in Harrisburg, where he hit .226 with 11 homers and 46 runs batted in last season and was hitting .261 with seven homers and 31 RBI going into the weekend. Those are not drop-dead numbers, but then, sometimes it isn't numbers but opportunity. Fitzpatrick's opportunity could come if the Expos do something with just one of those four catchers, for it would open up a spot in Ottawa, if not Montreal. Until then, he's philosophical about spending a second year in Class -AA. ' "I told myself I'm working my way up the ladder, getting a feel for each level," he said. 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Fitzpatrick's second year , at Harrisburg finds him far more comfortable than he was in the first. He says he feels more confident and focused at the plate, able to concentrate more on his offense than strictly defense. "Whether it's Double-A or Triple-A, if you're good enough to get there, you may have to sit a year or two," he said. "There are guys who die in Triple-A, but I figure I'm over the single-A hump." And if Fitzpatrick "dies" before making the majors with the Expos, he could leave the organization as a six-year minor league free agent after next season. Right now, however, he's still thinking about the Expos and breaking into -their ring. "I'm not frustrated because I see what's in our organization and they've treated me well," he said. "I've never really talked to or seen any other organization." All he sees right now is a ring of catchers. START SEPTEMBER 10th 2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1 Call 843-5188 Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics Bergen Mall Paramus, NJ I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW Brought To You By Charlie Fcatherstone Here's an amazing football facL.A son and his father were BOTH voted "Coach of the Year" in college football the SAME yearLJohnny Majors was voted "Coach of the Year" for major-college football in 1973 when he coached Pitt and his father, Shirley Majors, was voted "Coach of the Year" in small-college football for his coaching at Sewanee that same season. One of the strangest things that ever happened in baseball was when a batter hit a fly ball that NEVER CAME happened at the indoor Minneapolis Mctrodome on May 4, 1984 when Dave Kingman of Oakland hit a high fly ball that got caught in the netting of the fabric ceiling of the domc.The ball stuck there and didn't come down...Thc umpires decided it was a ground rule double. Incredibly, a team in the National Football League once played a whole game without gaining ANY yaFdagcL-Seattle, in a game against the Rams in 1979, had an official total of Minus 7 yards rushing and passing for the entire day...Unbelievable, but true. I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW That you can get a new car every two years at less than half the cost! WESTWOOD , , , . , The Show must go on... 18 H Yankees romp behind Leyritz ARLINGTON, Texas The Yankees rocked Texas Rangers starter Kevin Brown for seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 13-5 victory Saturday in a computer-simulated game. Yankees starter Dave Eiland (1-0) picked up his first victory since 1991. He went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. Yankees designated hitter Jim Leyritz homered, doubled twice, and knocked in five runs. Paul O'Neill went 4-for-6 with an RBI and improved his league-leading batting average to .372. Brown (7-11) gave up nine runs on nine hits in 3 innings. He also hit a batter Leyritz. Rangers designated hitter Jose Canseco slugged his 33rd homer of the season. Late homers lift Cubs over Mets NEW YORK Sammy Sosa and Shawon Dunston each hit solo homers in the 10th inning' off Mets reliever Mike Remlinger, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Mets, 5-3, Saturday in a computer-simulated game. Sosa's blast was his second of the game. It gave him 29 for the season. The late power surge ruined a comeback by the Mets, who had scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the score, 3-3, sending the game into extra innings. Jose Vizcaino went 4-for-5 with two RBI for the Mets, who dropped four games below .500. Randy Myers (3-5) pitched 1V& innings to get the win. Remlinger (1-6) pitched the 10th inning for the Mets. Fehr likens strike to one in '8 1 The Associated Press NEW YORK Nothing of significance happens each day. And all the while, the baseball season drips down the drain. "They don't get back the games that are missed yesterday, today, or tomorrow," union head Donald Fehr said. "They're gone." For management negotiator Richard Ravitch, this is his first set of baseball negotiations. But Fehr has gone through 1980, 1981, 1985, and 1990. "The atmosphere reminds me of 1981 more and more every day," Fehr said. The 50-day strike that split the 1981 season wiped out 712 games. This time, as in 1981, there haven't been many bargaining ses sions during the early stages of the strike. In 1981, several owners expressed discontent in the first few days of the walkout: Edward Bennett Williams of the Baltimore Orioles, George Steinbrenner of the Yankees, and Eddie Chiles of the Texas Rangers. This time, Steinbrenner, Peter Angelos of the Orioles, Jerry McMorris of the Colorado Rockies, and Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds spoke out on the day before the strike began, criticizing either Ravitch's methods, positions, or experience. Eugene Orza, the union's No. 2 official, is among those who believe management's goal hasn't changed since the sides agreed on free agency in 1976. The union staff believes management proposals have always been designed to blunt the effects of free agency, whether they've been called "free-agent compensation" or "salary cap." "The more things stay the same, the more they change," he said. Until federal mediators became involved last week, Ravitch said owners had made the decision they would not come to the bargaining table. Marvin Miller, Fehr's predecessor, criticized that stance in 1981 just as Fehr lambasted it for the past few months. During the second week of the 1981 walkout, Miller blasted management for canceling an owners meeting. "They're scared to have the dissidents in a room with the others," Miller said then. "Outside they can't express their opinions because they'll be fined. Inside they can't because they won't give them the opportunity." None of the dissidents this time will be included in the management team that is expected to attend this week's talks, although McMorris is in the larger group that may attend future sessions. Executive council chairman Bud Selig is trying to make sure owners sound a common theme. 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