The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 6, 1985 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal Saturday, April 6,1985 Page 13 Mets favored to capture NL East championship Another in a series previewing the 1985 Major League baseball season. By The Associated Press Gary Carter and Steve Rogers spent more than 10 seasons together as batterymates on the Montreal Expos. Now that they will face each other from opposite sides of the field, they still agree on one thing: the New York Mets have an excellent chance of winning the National League East in 1985. "The only thing I feel I missed in Montreal was a World Series," says Carter, who was traded to the Mets last December. "Hopefully, I can get that here. "The team is a solid one, and if everybody stays healthy, we could have a great year." Rogers, the Expos' all-time leader in victories, says it's impossible "to predict who will win this division, but you can't ignore who has done it in the recent past: the Mets and Cubs." In 1984, the Cubs won the division by 6% games over the Mets, who were followed by St. Louis, Philadelphia, Montreal and Pittsburgh. This season, it will look more like this: New York, Chicago, * Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Montreal (The longshot: Philadelphia, those jackrabbits.) NEW YORK Carter gives the Mets not only that extra offense they needed, but he brings defense and a quality that will be hard to measure, his ability to handle New York's young pitching staff. Led by right-hander Dwight Gooden, the 1984 NL Rookie of the Year, the Mets' starting pitching may be the only question mark on a club that should be solidly favqred in the East. Inexperience is the key. Gooden, Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez all are second-year men, albeit with stunning potential. The only veterans are Bruce Berenyi and Ed Lynch, both sub-.500 pitchers. The bullpen is solid with Jesse Orosco and Doug Sisk. The Mets now have three players who have drive in 100 more runs in a season — Carter, George Foster and Keith Hernandez — while Darryl Strawberry, in his third season, seems poised to join that group. CHICAGO Age and the law of averages may catch up with the Cubs this season. Larry Bowa is 39, Ron Cey is 37, and Gary Matthews will turn 35 in July. Rookie Shawon Dunston has been given the starting job at shortstop, despite front-office pressure to keep Bowa there. Cey, Matthews, Leon Durham, Keith Moreland and Jody Davis give the Cubs the ability to score a lot of runs.The question, as it was a year ago, is how will the Cubs pitching staff perform? There's no reason' Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe, 16-1 last year with the Cubs, can't have another fine season, but he'll probably lose more than one game. Steve Trout, at 13-7, had the best season of his career, and Dennis Eckersley was 10-8 after arriving from Boston, where he would not even have been Briefly WSU to open against Oregon St. WICHITA — The two winningest coaches in Wichita State basketball history will hook up in the 1985-86 season opener when the Shockers entertain Oregon State. Ralph Miller, who guided Wichita State to 220 victories from 195164, will bring his Beavers to Wichita for the Nov. 27 opener. The Shockers will be opening their eighth season under the guidance of Gene Smithson, who has a 141-67 record at the Missouri Valley Conference school. Other key non-conference games on the Shockers' '85-86 schedule include: the WSU-McDonald's Clasic on Dec. 6-7; the BMA Holiday Classic in Kansas City on Dec. 27-28, and a Jan. 7 date with Kansas State in Manhattan. 1985-86 Basketball Schedule NOVEMBER — 27-Oregon State. DECEMBER — 3-At Fresno State; 6-7-WSU-McDonald's Classic (Portland, Tennessee Tech. Temple and WSU); 14-Southwestern Louisiana; 19-New Orleans; 21-Mississippi State; 27-28-BMA-Hollday Classic In Kansas City (Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Arizona Slate JANUARY — 2-Abilene Christian; 4-At Crelghton; 7-At Kansas State; 9-Bradley; 11-Illinois State; 18-At Indiana State; 20-At Drake; 25-At Tulsa; 30-Southern Illinois. FEBRUARY — 1-At West Texas State; 6-Drake; 8-lndiana State; 13-At Southern Illinois; 15-West Texas State; 20-At Illinois State; 22-At Bradley; 27-Tulsa. MARCH — 1-Crelghton. 4-8-MVC Tournament. Blue reinstated by Ueberroth NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth has reinstated pitcher Vida Blue, who is in training camp with the San Francisco Giants, his office announced Friday. Blue had been suspended for the 1984 playing season by former Commissioner Bowie Kuhn as a result of Blue's 1983 conviction for drug possession. Kuhn's decision required that prior to reinstatement in 1985, Blue establish that he no longer was involved in any drug use. It further required that Blue document his full compliance with his federal probationary program and that a satisfactory after-care program, to include testing, be in place so as to ensure Blue's continuing non-use of drugs. Blue All of these conditions have been fully satisfied, the commissioner's office said. Swede Invitational has field of 17 LINDSBORG — Seventeen schools will compete today in the annual Swede Invitational track and field meet. The meet begins at 10 a.m. at Bethany College's Anderson Field. Field events start at 10 a.m., running preliminaries begin at 11 a.m.' and running finals are scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m. Among the top events are the men's high jump, where seven 7-foot jumper's are entered, and the pole vault, which has five 15-foot entries. The competing schools include: Marymount, Kansas Wesleyan, Bethany, Fort Hays State, Emporia State, Sterling, McPherson, Mid- America Nazarene, Southwestern, Ottawa, Bethel, Pittsburg State, Doane (Neb.), Central State (Okla.), Hutchinson, Cloud County and Neosho County. Track meet today at K-State MANHATTAN — Kansas State will host a track and field meet today at-R.V. Christian Track. The field events begin at 10:30 a.m. and the finals on the track start at 1 p.m. The men's division features Kansas State, Kansas, Nebraska, Northwest Missouri State, Central Missouri State, South Dakota, Wichita State, Nebraska-Omaha and Drake. The women's teams competing are Kansas State, Nebraska, Central Missouri State, South Dakota, Wichita State, Nebraska-Omaha and Drake. In addition to the teams participatring, there will be open events with unattached athletes entered. 1 / Payoffs cost SIU assistant his job CARBONDALE, 111. (AP) - An assistant basketball coach at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale resigned after admitting he knew about money paid to one of his players, school officials said Friday. Stafford Stephenson, 37, turned in his resignation Thursday after the university was notified of the payments to 6-11 center Ken Perry, said Dean Stuck, the school's special assistant in. charge of intercollegiate athletics. Head coach Allen Van Winkle was unaware of the payments until the investigation began, Stuck added. A trade to the Mets has Gary Carter thinking about the World Series. a .500 pitcher had it not been for a 20-8 season in 1978. Lee Smith anchors a bullpen that is mediocre. PITTSBURGH The Pirates have improved, but probably not enough to win the division this year. George Hendrick came over from St. Louis to play right field. Dale Berra went to the New York Yankees for Steve Kemp, who will play left field if he's healthy. That gives the Pirates potential to be a better scoring club than they were in '84, when they were 10th in the NL in run production. The return of Bill Madlock, who underwent offseason arm surgery, and Jason Thompson, who had only 74 RBI and batted .254, could further improve the club. Tony Pena j«... and Johnny Ray should again have good seasons. The Pirates have fine starting pitching with Jose DeLeon, John Candelaria, Larry McWilliams and Rick Rhoden. The question is the bullpen. Kent Tekulve, 38, had only 13 saves and a 3-9 record last year, although his ERA was 2.66. PHILADELPHIA Rookie manager John Felske has a big job in front of him, melding role players and getting the maximum out of the speediest club in the National League. He can rely on one thing, however — the play of 35- year-old Mike Schmidt, who has one fine season after another. Philadelphia's speedsters — Juan Samuel, Von Hayes and Jeff Stone — could make up for a lot of weaknesses, if they get on base. Last year, they combined for 147 stolen bases, more than the total output of six other NL teams. Samuel's defense at second base must improve dramatically. Steve Carlton and John Denny anchor a pitching rotation that could be adequate, but the Phillies need a reliever to help Al Holland, who seems to have lost some of his steam. ST. LOUIS The Cards may be coming apart at the seams, although manager Whitey Herzog can put a decent starting nine on the field. In the past two seasons, they have lost Keith Hernandez, George Hendrick and Bruce Sutter. St. Louis got Jack Clark from San Francisco to take Hendrick's spot, and that was a positive move. But there's no way they can replace Sutler's 45 saves. Neil Allen and Ricky Horton will work in short relief, backing up starters Joaquin Andujar, Bob Forsch and John Tudor. Andujar was the only 20-game winner in the NL last year, but even Herzog admits he doesn't have a great staff. Lonnie Smith, who had a bad season in '84; Ozzie Smith; Willie McGee, and newcomer Terry Pendleton give the Cards good team speed. MONTREAL The Expos have undergone a radical change, perhaps necessary for the club's future, but it's going to take several years to rebuild. Carter is gone, and Montreal must replace the entire middle of its defense. Three of the replacements — catcher Mike Fitzgerald, center fielder Herm Winningham and shortstop Hubie Brooks — came from the Mets, and the Expos got the other one, second baseman Vance Law, from the Chicago White Sox. Both Brooks and Law have recently switched from third base, so there may be some defensive lapses. Manager Buck Rodgers is glad to have outfielder Andre Dawson and pitcher Steve Rogers healthy, but pitchers Charlie Lea and Gary Lucas have been injured. Lea probably will start the season on the disabled list, but Lucas, who has recurring back problems, may be OK. The Expos' strengths include the speed of Tim Raines, the power of Dawson and the potential of young players like Tim Wallach and Terry Francona. Oonley takes no shortcuts to success By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer ABILENE — Each school day, Clay Donley is a frequent target for friendly honks and waves as he steers his four-wheel drive pickup through the Abilene High School parking lot. On the track,! however, Donley is a pursued force running as if he! had four legs. That's what! kind of individual this Abilene senior is — fast and friendly. Donley has been one ofthe state's top sprinters and long jumpers in Kansas the last three years. As a sophomore, the 5-10, 155- pound Donley won state Class 4A titles in the 200 meters and long jump and placed second in the 100 meters. Last year, he slipped to third at state in those three events. Actually, Donley gave everyone a promising preview as a freshman when he ran the 200 in 22.4 and placed fourth at state in the 100. "Clay has always set high goals and he usually has been able to achieve them and many times do better," said Abilene head track coach Ken Russell. "He's never been one to cut his workouts short. "Sometimes, when an athlete has success as early as Clay did, coaches tend to worry about that athlete's desire to improve later. Many times in those cases, a kid comes back assuming he's going to win again. He may think he's working just as hard, but he's really cutting some corners. Clay hasn't been like that. In fact, he's having a better season attitude-wise than he's ever had." Donley's "better attitude" this season is more of a "burning desire" to rebound from last year's disappointing performance at the state meet. "My goal is to win three gold medals at state," Donley said. "Last year at state, I had horrible starts. I was dead last out of the blocks in the 100. I've worked on my starts last summer along with the end of my races." Donley spent part of his 1984 summer at the University of Nebraska's track camp. His starts in the sprints and getting elevation on his long jumps were his focal points. "It's a good camp," he said. "I learned some things. I have also worked hard on the weights to get stronger, especially at the end of my races." Donley's 22.2 timing in the 200 last year broke Abilene's school record. He also tied Marty Hulburt for the school's 100 meters record at 10.9 and also holds the school's long jump record of 22-3%. This early season, Donley is just getting into gear after a successful basketball season. He has run an 11.2 100, 23.2 200 and has long jumped 21-11%. His goals this season are not just to win three gold medals but to run a 10.7 100, 21.7 200 and long jump 23 feet. He actually reached that mark last summer. Russell said the 400 could be Donley's best race — he has run it in 51 seconds — but the event tended to hurt his effort in the 200. Donley will likely run on the Cowboys' 1,600-meter relay team the rest of this season, however. Donley will be a four-year track letterman. He also has three basketball and three football letters. He did have a setback last fall when he missed most of the football season with a broken ankle, but the majority of his career has been a success story. As Russell explained, there has been no burnout in Donley. His love for constant competition and personal improvement is best described by his own response to the question of senioritous. "I don't have any trouble getting ready for my workouts. I try to get my teammates fired up and working hard. Then that makes me work harder, "Donley said. Donley plans to run track in college. Where has not been determined. First, however, he has several challenging goals ahead this spring. 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