Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 22, 1987 · Page 8
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8 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY-, SEPTEMBER 22,1987 Welch defeats Giants again Dodger pitcher hasS.F.'s number SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants' shortstop Jose Uribe has a knack for making the hard plays seem easy-most of the time. He turned a routine play into a mental mistake on Monday night, resulting in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. With one out in the top of the ninth inning and Mike Ramsey on first, Ken Landreaux hit a grounder close to the first base bag. San Francisco's Will Clark fielded the ball, stepped on the base and rifled a throw to second. But Uribe, not realizing the force play was off, stepped on the bag and threw back to first "I heard the umpire say 'safe' and I couldn't believe it," Uribe said "I told the ump I had stepped on the base but he said I had to tag the runner. "That's never happened to me before," Uribe added. "In that situation someone is supposed to say something, but I never heard anybody call for the tag." Possibly because his team holds a 7Vi game lead in the ML West with 12 games left, San Francisco Manager Roger Craig was philosophical about the play that made pinchhitter Danny Heep a hero and righthander Bob Welch a winner. "It's very unfortunate something like that had to happen to Uribe because he's been outstanding all season," Craig said. "We still had a chance to get out of the inning but Kelly Downs got behind on Heep, came in with the fastball and it cost him." Heep, who had only two hits in 28 previous pinchitting appearances, delieved a two-run double to right center. For Welch, 13-9, it was another routine victory over the Giants. He did not give up a hit after Mike Baseball players ponder the future Following Monday's collusion victory lohn Mihtlyo 'Cat frosh gridders prepare for action Season opener Thursday at El Molino San Francisco's Jose Uribe was tagged out at the plate by Cincinnati's Terry McGrlff after trying to stretch a triple Into an inslde-thc-park home run during Sunday's loss to the Reds. The Giants also lost Monday to the Dodgers, 4-2. Their magic number for winning the division remains at six. "I remember bringing Bobby up first start right here and we beat in 1978," said Los Angeles Mana- them 2-0. He's been outstanding ger Tom Lasorda. "He made his against them ever since." Fahnhorst says both sides are 'stupid' Aldrete clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning, retiring 14 straight at one point. NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players won their case, proving owners conspired to restrict the free agent market after the 1985 season. But the players still don't know how their victory will affect their future. Arbitrator Tom Roberts ruled Monday that owners violated the collective bargaining agreement by not offering contracts to Kirk Gibson, Donme Moore and 60 other free agents. Roberts' 16-page decision, however, did not include any remedies. He will preside at hearings this week to determine solutions. Those remedies will determine the significance of the ruling. Until then, the impact of the decision is uncertain. "Even though we won, we don't know if it is a win," said Willie Upshaw, player representative on the Toronto Blue Jays. Roberts wrote that teams' approach to free agency in 1985 was "not consistent with the existence of a free market." Those free agents "surely had a value at some price and yet no offers were advanced," wrote Roberts, who underlined "no" in his ruling. "The arbitrator found that the clubs entered into a common scheme, the effect of which was to destroy free agency," said players' union head Don Fehr. "In other words, they corked the market." Fehr said he planned talks with Barry Rona, the chief negotiator for the owners' Player Relations Committee, and then Roberts this week. Fehr said he will seek remedies through money or new free agent opportunities for players already affected, plus punitive damages from the owners. Fehr predicted the ruling would help the players in a similar grie- vance regarding 1986 free agents. Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Andre Dawsort and Lance Parrish are among those involved in that action, currently being heard by arbitrator George Nicolau. Rona maintained the owners had done nothing illegal, the stance he has held since Roberts began hearing the case last summer. "One of the great difficulties is trying to figure out what it is we have to do different in order to be in compliance," Rona said. "We want to comply and we will comply. But I can't tell a club to engage in free agency or not." Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth did not offer any comment on the ruling. The players' union filed the grievance on Feb. 2, 1986, contending that owners violated part of the Basic Agreement that reads: "Players shall not act in concert with other players and clubs shall not act in concert with other clubs." Only two free agents, utilitymen Juan Bcniquez and Dane lorg, moved to different teams between the 1985 and 1986 seasons. Gibson re-signed with Detroit after the 1985 season when he did not gel offers from other teams, said "I don't think it's real clear what it all means," Gibson said from Boston, where the Tigers played the Red Sox Mondav nichl. "Now they're up to the tough part," Rose said. "What does he (Roberts) do about it? I don't know if he has in his mind what he will do." "I think it would be best for both sides to go back to the table and sec if they can figure out some way of remedying it themselves without giving him (Roberts) the whole ball of wax." Forty-Niners vote to go out on strike By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sport* Editor ElMrHus Ukiahi's Class of '91 aspiring football players begin their gridiron Wildcat careers Thursday at 4 pjn. at El Molino of Forestville against the single-wing young Lions. Coach Pat Wilson feels the 58 TJkiahi yearlings may have the makings of a hard-nosed team with small but heavy hitters supporting a front line that could average close to 185 or 190 pounds per player. The frosh appear to be healthy and ready to go hill tilt in the opener. They have six games scheduled this season plus a bye, because Casa. Grande of Petaluma refuses to play Ukiahi in football after a hassle a decade or so ago when a Casa varsity coach took his team off the field when behind by several touchdowns at the half. The 1987 Ukiahi schedule after the El Molino opener includes Healdsburg at Ukiahi Oct. 1, at Cardinal Newman Oct. 8, Petaluma at Ukiahi Oct. 15, a bye Oct. 22; at Rancho Cotate Oct. 29 and Sonoma at Ukiah Nov. 5. All games are Thursdays at 4 p.m. Wilson is planning on alternating the offensive line as much as possible Thursday. Offense — Line: Left end, Bryan Todd and Bemie Sopp; left tackle, C.T. Glass and Jerry Scarbough; left guard, Bill Miller and Andy Cash; center, Charles Miller and Tared Gandee; right guard, Jenejosa and Darrell Davis; right tackle, Ken Lewis and Jessie Martinez; right end, Darin Folendorf and Ryan Black. Backfield: Quarterbacks Chris Brunemeyer and Jack Christensen; right halfbacks Chris Warrick and David Daugherty; fullbacks David Maguire and John Escamilla; and Aaron Amendola and Keith Williams. Punting: Don Dockins; placekicking: Jim Hobbs. Chris Brunemeyer will hold for PAT and field goal attempts, Charles Miller will snap, with Bernie Sopp centering for punts. Besides many of the above, the defense also will hit with such players as Steve Udarbe, Josh Hensley, Ralph Panttaja, and Kevin Harpe, among others. Wilson sees the team as big and promising, but green in vital spots. But he is looking forward to the season with as much enthusiasm as his charges, a trademark with Wilson. Hallberg victorious FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — Gary Hallberg offered all kinds of reasons for his success in the rain- delayed Greater Milwaukee Open. He credited a positive mental outlook, the help of friends and family — and even being conked with a 5-iron before making a crucial shot in Monday's final round. Then the 29-year-old Hallberg admitted: he really couldn't explain it at all. "It's a miracle. It's a real thrill. It's one of those things where you think, it can't happen to me," Hallberg said after birdies on two of the final three holes gave him a two- stroke victory over Wayne Levi and Robert Wrenn in the $600,000 tournament that took five days to complete. His tinal-round 6-under-par 66 gave him the $108,000 first prize and more than doubled his tour earnings this year. REDWOOD CITY (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers voted today to join the National Football League strike, but the vote wasn't unanimous and the team's player representative called both sides in the dispute stupid. "Six months ago, none of the players would have thought there'd be a strike," said linebacker Keith Fahnhorst. "Apparently, both sides are stupid enough to get into this situation." Gene Upshaw, executive director of the National Football League Players Association, announced the strike Monday evening during halftime of the televised New England Patriots-New York Jets game. It began at midnight. Fahnhorst wouldn't provide the actual vote, but said that more than 75 percent of the team favored the walkout. There was no indication if any of the regular players would cross picket lines to play. Fahnhorst said that most of the discussion in today's hour-long meeting centered around the ramifications of a strike. Team members also agreed that they were well- treated. "We all agree that (49ers owner) Eddie DeBartolo treated us well. The strike is not against him," he said. . Fahnhorst said he couldn't speculate on how long the strike might last. "Once the strike begins, it takes on a life of its own," he said. "It's a scary situation." He also expressed understanding for the subs and scrubs recruited to play out the schedule while the regulars walk picket lines and said he probably would do the same in their place. "As far as fielding scab teams, I can sympathize with those plavers," he said. "We don't really feel there's a threat to us." Coach Bill Walsh will begin assembling free agents today and Wednesday. He has scheduled the first practice Thursday. Walsh COMMENTARY reportedly has 53 free-agent players already signed and is prepared to resume the season against the New York Giants on Oct. 5. "It's another experience, but I must say that the men that would be with us are quality men and just a step below the 45-man final roster," said Walsh. "It will be comparable to USFL football." Twenty-eight new groups of football players will report to NFL training camps on Wednesday. And, within 48 hours, the NFL will have become the New j Football League. "There have been other industries who have started with new people and started all over again," Detroit Lions general manager Russ Thomas said. 'That's unfortunately the process that we're confronted with." No one in management is pretending that quickly assembled teams of free agents can be molded into NFL-caliber units by Oct. 4, the planned debut for alternative football. "We are not putting on games as typical of the Cowboys," said Tex Schramm, president of the Dallas Cowboys. But he promised "exciting and competitive games" even with free agents. "We are not pretending that it is the same product," Schramm added. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen didn't sound like a man anticipating fun. "We've got a very tight relationship here in Denver," Bowlen said of management and players. "I think they're all just about as unhappy as I am. They don't want to go out on strike over free agency. (But) I think they're doing what they have to do.... I want my guys to stick together. They should probably do it (strike) as a team." Fullback Mike Guman of the Los Angeles Rams had said recently he wasn't sure whether he'd go out on strike because he had to think of his family. But he decided on Monday to join his teammates. Dolphin awards Saturday Another miss at 20th victory for A's Stewart The Ukiah Dolphins' age-group swimmers, r > ging from four to 18 years of age,. re go ; T to have the most unique awards night in their nearly 40 years of existence. It won't be an awards night, but an awards breakfast snack at Todd Grove Municipal Park at 9 ajn. Saturday morning, after which the entiie Dolphin group will take part in ft* City of Ukiatf s Civic Center Dedication Parade. Instead of the traditional midweek awards night, the Dolphins will bring donuts, coffee cake, whatever, to eat at the park Saturday morning, with the club providing the beverages. There still will be seasonal and .career high-point honors, along with most-improved swimmer and other honors to be accorded those who have labored most in 6-under, 7-9,9-10,11-12,13-14,15:16 and 17-8 age-groups, both boys and girls. Also to be named are the Bob Pearce-Sandra Hardraan Memorial Award winners. CLEVELAND (AP) — On a night when the Oakland Athletics' Dave Stewart made his third try to become the major leagues' first 20-game winner, unheralded Cleveland Indians' reliever Dave Jones stole the show. Jones, 5-4, gained the victory by retiring the final 10 Oakland hitters, striking out seven. He struck out six out of the last eight batters. The 6-3 Indians victory on Monday night broke a four-game losing streak, while Oakland, second in the American League West, had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell four games behind the idle Minnesota Twins. "I don't know what constitutes a strikeout pitcher, but if they strike out, that's great," Jones said. "If you get ahead of some guys in the count, you can go for strikeouts. I've always had more success against the free swingers, and Oakland has a lot of free-swinging power hitlers. "When you come into the ball* game and somebody like Mark McGwire who can hurt you is at the plate, if you think about the situation, he'll probably beat you. But you've just got to do the best you can witht the ball in your hand." Stewart said he is throwing well, but that mistakes to Cleveland's Brett Butler and Brook Jacoby hurt him. Both homered. 'The breaks I was getting earlier I'm not getting now. I don't think I'm throwing the ball badly at all," he said. Jacoby broke a 3-3 tie when he hit hi$ 31st home run on a 1-1 pitch from Stewart, 19-12. Despite the defeat, Stewart pitched his eighth complete game, yielding eight hits, striking out four and walking none. The right-hander also hurt himself by throwing two wild pitches in Cleveland s three-run tourth inning. "I'm a little mad at our hitters," Oakland Manager Tony La Russa said. "Jones made some good pitches, but nobody in this league should strike you out seven times and not allow a guy on base. We should have put something in play."

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