The Capital Times from Madison, Wisconsin on May 4, 1985 · 27
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The Capital Times from Madison, Wisconsin · 27

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Saturday, May 4, 1985
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THE CAPITAL TIMES, Madison, Wis., Weekend of May 4, 1 985 27 i Baseball has double standard for beer companies : OAKLAND When a Pittsburgh television station reported that six players will be indicted as a result of the ongoing drug investigations in that city, the validity of the story didnt seem too shocking. True or not, commitments, arrests and admissions of problems concerning drug and alcohol abuse have become so commonplace that the guy in the street yawns. On the one hand, the baseball establishment gives sermons and promises concerning the problems within the game. On the other hand, does the establishment ask any serious, hard questions concerning the relationship between hardline stances against players and the billions of dollars of advertising beer companies spend on the game? No one would ever begin to suggest that Miller,' Anheuser-Busch or Labatts to name three major baseball sponsors encourage any alcoholic abuse or use among teen-agers. But, on the other hand, we all realize the owners addiction to television dollars, and without beer advertising, the TV dollars wouldnt be there. Someday, somewhere, someone is going to begin raising this question and raising it hard, and baseball had better be prepared for a full and open answer. At the heart of all the ownerplayer negotiations is a way to find a form of revenue sharing that wont do what the NFL did by paring the incentive to win. It appears that if there is a strike, it will come in July, hitting the All-Star Game and thereafter. However, Peter Ueberroth letting it happen is another matter. Anyway, the players are trying to help out the owners by coming up with some equitable revenue-sharing plan. One place they can start is figuring out how to balance the revenue from parking, ballpark restaurants and luxury suites. The top eight clubs in baseball make $10,774,822 from those three items. The bottom eight total $660,074. That, friends, is economic disparity. Grande Olde Game Cliche No. 46 is The Sophomore Jinx, which Doug Rader says is simply a matter of adjustments. A check of all the players currently in the majors showed that of their first three years, the highest batting average or lowest earned run average came in the first year in 32 percent of the cases, 33 percent in the second year and 35 percent in the third. So much for that . . . When Reggie Jackson struck out in the fourth inning last Sunday, he fired his helmet in disgust. It bounced up into the stands and struck a 9-year-old boy. Out of 59,800 people, the boy turned out to be Todd Brown; son of the Angels legal counsel John Brown. Reggie gave him the helmet . . . Weve become a little complacent, says Kirk Gibson of the Tigers human start. Were too dependent on being able to come back anytime we want Really, the Tigers good compared to great start can be traced to simple numbers. In April, 1984, they hit .288 with 22 homers and a 2.50 ERA. In 85 the same numbers were .260 with 13 homers and a 3.71 ERA . . . Two great lines from Angels second baseman Bobby Grich: 1. I spent 15 years honing my baseball skills, $110 at a tanning salon and $35 having my hair styled and then I get benched on National Secretaries Day. There is no justice. and 2. The bad thing about baseball is all the travel. You go to those big cities and all you tend to do is shop. The good thing is that you can afford it. . . . Over the last three years, Eddie Murray has missed 10 games. The Orioles are 1-9 ... As soon as reliever Dave Stewart publically asked the Rangers to deal him because of his differences with Manager Doug Rader, teams began calling Texas GM Tom Grieve but Grieve has put them off. In Raders defense, one time out, Stewart has great stuff, the next time mediocre stuff, and managers cant win with relievers who are on 50 or 60 percent of the time ... As of Friday, Jim Rice had already grounded into 10 double plays. He now has hit into 228 for his career, not far from Carl Yastrzemskis AL record of 311 or Henry Aarons major league record of 328. If you had been charting the Red Sox the last three years, says one AL advance scout, youd see line after line beaten to the shortstop, trying to pull the outside pitch. You seldom ever see either Rice or Tony Armas hit into a 4-6-3. Its always 6-4-3 or 5-4-3. Reggie Jackoon Bob Stanley Dan Quittenberry Bobby Grich Bob Lemon watches the games from the California press box, which naturally leads him to a lot of kidding from writers and officials that he has phone calls from George Steinbrenner. Hes had his last shot at me, laughs Lemon. While a Somerville, N.J., billboard read Its Time to Fire George on Wednesday, Yogi Berra had the class to call George Steinbrenner and thank him for the chance to manage . . . Boston reliever Bob Stanley had righthanded batters hit nearly .290 off him last year. Why? Id given up on my slider, says Stanley. In spring training, pitching coach Bill Fischer taught him a cut fastball-type slider, and it has been an outstanding pitch for Stanley, so outstanding that when he struck out Gary Pettis in California Tuesday night it was the first time in my nine-year career that Ive struck out a lefty with a slider . . . Rick Burlesons comeback with the Angels is still on hold because he still has numbness in his right hand from his New Years Eve weightlifting accident. Meanwhile, hes doing the color on 13 On-TV telecasts of Angels games. The tough part is that we have to do all sorts of interviews with Hollywood personalities between innings," says Burleson. And the toughest will be May 19. He has to Interview Bo Derek. 0 0 0 Asked if he thought Dan Quisenberry had lost something as he struggled in the early going, one AL scout said, Quisenberrys one guy who cant tell whether hes lost it or not. Id sure hate to be the guy investing $49 million in a pitcher for whom six inches of velocity or location is the difference between 45 saves and batting practice. But, what the heck, Texas has got a whole staff of six-inch pitchers . . . The Phillies are desperately trying to find a lefthanded power hitter, and made a substantial 3-for-l offer to Toronto for Willie Upshaw involving Ozzie Virgil and Glenn Wilson before Bo Diaz was again disabled . . . The Indians have been shopping outfielder Carmen Castillo whose tools thus far have surpassed his performance to Houston for pitching. The best rookie AL pitcher thus far? No question its Ken Dixon of the Orioles, who might turn out to be as important as any of their free agents. Between his live arm, his sense of pitching and control, he might be a star, says Toronto scout Dave Yochum . . . Phillies Manager John Felske wasnt too happy when the club approached Greg Luzinski about returning as a pinch hitter, and the possibility that Larry Bowa may return might make him even more uncomfortable . . . One still has to find it hard to believe that the start Steve Carlton missed last week was his seventh in 14 years ... Or that there were 38 hits in Wednesdays Reds-Braves game and Pete Rose didnt get one . . . Roses last righthanded homer was off Jim Rooker in September, 1979, his last lefty one was off Don Robinson in September, 1982 . , . Only Johnny Mize (6 times) and Dave Kingman (5) have hit three homers in a game more times than Larry Parrishs four. Ernie Banks, Ralph Kiner and Willie Stargell are the other players who hit three four times . . . When the Giants walked Bob Dernier intentionally to pitch to Ryne Sandberg with the game on the line, the only players who had gone longer than Derniers 1,204 career at-bats without an intentional , walk were Steve Carlton, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro and Tom Seaver. 0 0$ The Giants are 3-20 on the road since last Sept. 11, and havent had a winning April since 1973 . . . Mickey Mantle on Steinbrenners Derby horse, , Eternal Prince: That horse had better win. I saw George get on the plane . with an automatic . . . Poor Bob Horner had missed seven of the Braves first 20 games, and now has two pulled hamstrings. "Why dont they put me in a wheelchair and send me to an old folks home? he asked. This game is getting to me" . . . The reason Steve Rogers vetoed his trade from Montreal to Houston for Julio Solano is that the Astros refused to guaran- tee the option on his $1.1 million 86 contract . . . One of Billy Martins first acts was to bring in Willie Horton as his Tranquility Coach, which, translated, gives Martin someone to come between him and Don Baylor. Mr. Baylor, one of the most respected people in the sport, and Martin arent exactly buddies. And Horton immediately stepped on Lou Piniellas toes ! as hitting instructor . . . Indians Manager Pat Corrales is fuming at the Orioles for allegedly using their TV camera to steal the Cleveland catchers signs. "I could get our signs, said Corrales, by watching their dug- out ... Of course, the Cleveland catchers are hitting a combined .139 and have thrown out 2 of 15 runners ... In case youre wondering, the All- q Powerful AL East was 36-36 against the lowly AL West going into the . -weekend . . . Tony LaRussa: "Harold Baines is as good a player as there is v in the American League, and I exclude no one . . . The incredible part of 1 Mickey Hatchers string of nine straight hits for the Twins is that hed 0 failed to get the ball out of the Infield in the previous nine at-bats. One of the most remarkable stories of the early season involved Mari- 1 1 ners outfielder Phil Bradley. Prior to this season, he had three homers in 11 more than 1,400 at-bats. In spring training, hitting instructor Deron John- ' son took one look at his swing (straight down) and his physique (he is a former all-Big 8 QB at Missouri) and asked him why he didnt drive the ' ball . . . Finally, on the trip home, Johnson put him in a home run-hitting " contest in Denver. He couldnt believe it," says Johnson, but he hit a cou- pie, then with the game on the line against Lee Smith, he hit a three-run 4 homer." A month into the season, he had five homers and 18 RBIs, six less than he had all last season. There was no reason he couldnt drive the 1 ball, says Johnson. He was just told to hit everything down. Of course, he also is a very intelligent kid, which made the change easier." n Kelley tames Stallions with TD passes MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Quarter-. back Mike Kelley completed 21 of 28 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns Friday night as the Memphis Showboats tamed the Birmingham , Stallions, 38-24. ' The victory was Memphis first in ' four meetings with Birmingham since the Showboats joined the league last season. The Showboats are now 6-5, while the Stallions dropped to 7-4. The Boats broke a 17-17 halftime 1 tie less than four minutes into the third period by turning a Stallion fumble into a touchdown when running back Harry Sydney zipped 18 yards for the score. Sydney added another touchdown early in the final period with a 1-yard plunge over the left side to cap a 62-yard drive. After the kickoff, the Showboats line ganged up on Stallion quarterback Cliff Stoudt and forced him to give up the balL Former Tennessee All-American Reggie White gathered it in and lumbered 20 yards for six points. Birmingham managed an 11-play, 72-yard drive ending with Stoudts 18-yard pass to Ken Toler. The Showboats jumped to a 7-0 lead on their first possession, taking the kickoff and moving 79 yards in six plays before Kelley connected with tight end Mark Raugh for five yards and the first touchdown. Showboats Coach Pepper Rodgers had promised something different and he came through on the first play from scrimmage. LAST CHANCE SALE FACTORY INCENTIVES END 77 DAY MODEL G55-LS Short bed, tutone paint, AMFM stereo, cloth trim, R.W.L tires. MODEL GO-4 Metallic paint, soft ride packgae, radial tires, power brakes 2184 PURCHASE OR LEASE PURCHASE OR LEASE 6782 mn0. 5475 Wmio Only tax, title, etc. extra. Incl. Tax Only tax, title, etc. extra. Incl. Tax. 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