The South Bend Tribune from South Bend, Indiana on July 6, 1988 · 31
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y"rw v ryyryrry'yT ? y r" rrryyyrrryrr r rvfrr'rf'mnrv rrrrrrrrry yr w rrrr-rrrr ry rrrrim"n r r SC0REB0ARDC4 BUSINESSC6 ENTERTAINMENT C8 Brazier Boors foe six times in tuneup ' OKLAHOMA CITY - South Bend boxer Harold Brazier tuned up lor his July 20 bout in his hometown of South Bend and took a critical: step toward another junior welterweight title shot with a sixth-round knockout of Boulder, Colorados Darrel Bryant Tuesday night. Brazier, who bumped his record up to 56-8-1 with his 41st knockout, was boxing in the main event of a six-bout card. He came away unscathed, but with a great deal of respect for his opponent If this guys got a 15-12 record, Id sure like to know the 12 guys who beat him, Brazier said after the fight. Up through the sixth round. Brazier had knocked down Bryant five times. But each time, the fiesty and i rugged Bryant bounced back, challenging Brazier who is considered the No. 1 contender in the division. Finally, midway through the sixth round, Brazier landed -a straight right and Bryant went down for the sixth and final time. It was a typical, efficient fight for Brazier whose defense never let Bryant do any damage. In 14 days, Brazier will be back in the ring. For only the fourth time since he turned pro, Brazier will be fighting in South Bend, July 20, at the Century Center. Brazier, who lost a controversial one-point decision to Roger Mayweather for the World Boxing Cbuncil junior welterweight crown in Las Vegas in June, will battle Herminio Morales. Morales is 15-2 with both losses tfrhighly-ranked boxers. Brazier now is a hot item and wants to stay busy, hoping to receive another shot at the title by September or October. I And the ultimate goal is to have the title bout in South Bend. Tickets for the July 20 bout are pow available at the Century Center box office at the Vickys Klothes Kare in Elkhart. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. Ninth-inning rally gives S.B. Sox lift By FORREST MILLER Tribune Sports Writer .Tuesdays ninth-inning rally accomplished several things for the South Bend White Sox including a morale-lifting 7-6 victory over Beloit.- i - The Sox were one out from a 6-5 loss, a loss that would have been pinned on the record of Randy Robinson because of a throwing error 1 by third baseman Eld Smith. Robinson had pitched well in relief and Smith has been giving the Sox steady, often spectacular, defense. " South Bend manager Steve Dillard agreed it was good to see both of them get off the hook. Beloit reliever Mark Chapman had retired the first two South Bend hitters in the bottom of the ninth and was one out from his 15th save. Ironically, it -was Smith who dropped a single into short center. Kinnis Pledger walked. Rod McCray then picked out a 1-2 pitch and lined it to center, scoring pinch-runner Javier Ocasio with the tying run. J Nandi Cruz hit the first pitch for What looked to be a routine grounder towards Beloit shortstop Pat Listach. " But the ball hopped over Lis-tachs glove, Pledger scored the winning run, Cruz had his first game-winning RBI and 1,547 fans at Covelesld went home happy. We need to win a couple like The Yankees Don Mattingly, top photo, has a slight edge over the Cubs Andre Dawson, right, in an informal poll to determine baseball's best player. Players also receiving much support are, below left to right, the Yankees Rickey Henderson, the Expos Tim Raines, the Yankees Dave Winfield and the Mets Darryl Strawberry. Is it Mattingly By MARTY YORK Toronto Globe and Mail Whos the best player in baseball? In other sports, theres really no contest In the National Hockey League, for instance, the consensus unquestionably is that Wayne Gretzky is the most talented, although Mario Lemieux also has his supporters. In the National Basketball Association, three players are mentioned Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Pose the same question to baseball fans, however, and the argument could rage all night Its a difference of opinion that exists as well among baseball insiders. The Globe and Mail asked a number of observers club executives, managers, coaches, scouts, broadcasters, a veteran baseball writer, a major-league statistician and the president of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to cast their votes for the best player in baseball No one ran away with the title, although New York Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly was the victor by a slight margin. Close behind him were outfielders Andre Dawson of the Chicago Cubs, Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield of the Yankees, Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos and Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets. Shortstop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Car TONIGHTS GAME WHO: South Bend Sox (5-12) vs. Beloit Brewers (10-9). WHERE: Coveleski Stadium. WHEN: 7 p.m. PROBABLE STARTERS: Bo Kennedy (6-4) vs. Leonardo Perez (4-4). GAME NOTES: The 10-game home stands ends tonight. The Sox travel to Beloit for Thursday and Friday games, and play at Wausau Saturday and Sunday before the Midwest League all-star break. this to get our confidence back, commented McCray, who had an earlier RBI hit in a 4-run fifth inning. . Cruz said he was guessing fast ball on his game-winning hit. It was a fast ball but I thought it was routine and I was going all out to try and make it close or maybe beat it oul he said.. I didnt know it was a hit until I saw everybody jumping around. The hit made a winner of South Bends third pitcher, Rob Resni-koff. Three double plays each one triggered by second baseman Wilson Valera with Cruz the middle man yere vital to the Sox victory- ' . Beloit hammered Sox starter Steve Schrenk for eight hits and five runs in four-plus innings, but the home team battled back to a 55 Sm S.B. SOX Pago C2 AP Photos or Dawson or Raines or. . dinals and outfielders Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves, Eric Davis of the Cincinnati Reds and Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers drew minimal support Why is it so difficult to select one major-leaguer who stands head and shoulders above the rest? Picking the best player in baseball is like picking the best grape off a vine, Detroit Tiger manager Sparky Anderson said. Youll find a bunch of good ones, but its awfully tough to say just which ones the best. Brewer executive Ray Burris thinks its just a matter of these players and these times. There arent any real Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle kinds of guys right now, he said. Those guys could beat you in five different ways throwing, running, hitting for power, fielding and hitting for average. An interesting sidelight of the informal survey showed the value placed on players who perform well in many facets of the game. While sluggers the guys who can deposit balls into the center-field stands tend to seize the fans attention the most, the insiders placed more emphasis on combined talents, such as fielding, on-base percentage, ability to hit with runners in scoring positions, base-running efficiency, bunting and stealing. Not one pitcher received a vote, although I s top player statistician Tom Hirdt suggested Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox deserved at least honorable mention for his accomplishments. Pitchers arent players, said Bruce Prentice, president of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and a former Toronto Blue Jay scout A guy like (Blue Jay pitcher) Dave Stieb is an exception because hes athletic, but a guy like (Bostons) Dennis Lamp isnt a player. Those guys can throw, but nothing else. So you have to eliminate pitchers right away. Prentice selected Yount because he played shortstop at the major-league level ever since he was 18, when he first came up. He could field, go into the hole, hit hit for power, steal When he hurt his arm, he had to go to the outfield, but he has made the transition Well and hes continued to excel in all aspects of the game. At 32, Yount has produced more hits than Pete Rose the record holder for major-league hits had at the same age. And Yount has played in fewer games than Rose did at that age. Unlike Yount, who has toiled in relative obscurity in Milwaukee, Mattingly has had the advantages of wearing Yankee pinstripes and attracting constant mass media attention in New York. See BEST Page C3 ? O All-Stars need more positions By HAL BOCK Associated Press There just arent enough places on the starting All-Star team to do justice to all the players who belong there. What they need for Tuesday nights game are new rules with three or four designated hitters to accommodate the overflow. Hey, the American League changed the rules from nine players to 10. So can we. There is, for example, the traditional limitation of three outfielders in the starting lineup. Both leagues are supplied with more suitable candidates than that, and there is evidence that the excess has left voters befuddled. If you can vote for just three American League outfielders, then maybe your three are Dave Winfield, Jose Canseco and Kirby Puckett, all worthwhile choices. What do you do then with people like Boston teammates Mike Greenwell and Ellis Burks? Nothing, apparently. The last report of voting results before tonights announcement of the starting teams show Greenwell and Burks, fourth and eighth among the ALs hitters at .344 and .325, missing in action. This is not easy to do, considering that the All-Star vote tally goes 16 deep. Greenwells credentials, through Monday nights games, included 64 runs batted in, tied for first in the majors with AL outfield vote leader Canseco, and a .584 slugging percentage and .440 on-base percentage, both second best in the league. Burks .527 slugging percentage was eighth best in the league. And for that neither player could make it to the top 16? They arent the only ones fueling left out today. The best young outfielder in the National League may be Chicagos Rafael Palmeiro. He is fourth in the league in hitting at .315 through Monday night, third in hits with 102, and tied for fifth in doubles with 24. In the All-Star vote, he is 15th. That is not because the fans have been voting casually. There is nothing terribly wrong with a starting outfield of Darryl Strawberry, Andre Dawson and Vince Coleman. Montreal first baseman Andres Galarraga is tearing up the league, batting .345 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI. He is, however, only third in the voting behind San Franciscos Will Clark, who also has 19 homers and leads the league with 62 RBI, and perennial Keith Hernandez of New York, the beneficiary of force of habit votes at a time when he has spent almost a month on the disabled list. If Hernandez and Atlantas Gerald Perry (second in the league at .332 but also disabled) were healthy, you See ALL-STARS Page C3 . Cubs are clobbered by Giants SAN FRAN CISCO '(AP) - The Chicago Cubs are leading the National League in hitting, so when a pitcher with an ERA in double digits is thrown up against them, the potential results could be embarrassing. They were, but the Cubs were the ones leaving Candlestick Park with red faces Tuesday night after Giants left-hander Terry Mulhol-land lowered his ERA from 15.43 to 5.27 with a six-hit, 9-0 shutout over one of baseballs hottest teams. Thats the same guy I saw all spring, the one who almost made the team, Giants manager Roger Craig said of Mulholland, who joined the team from Phoenix, the Giants Triple A farm club, when right-hander Mike Krukow was placed on the disabled list Sunday. Mulholland, 1-0, was shelled in three relief appearances while with the Giants in May, paving the way for another demotion to Phoenix. Since 1986, the 25-year-old lefthander has been in and out of the majors, but Tuesdays first career complete game may change all of that Ive been up and down so many times from the minors to the majors, Mulholland said, that you dont get the shock you get the first time youre sent down. I figure being a left-hander and 25 years old, they wont give up on Sm CUBS Pag C2 s I I X ., 6 i .6 i J i-i i ,1

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