Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on July 7, 1986 · Page 46
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Detroit, Michigan
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Monday, July 7, 1986
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DETROIT FREE PRESS. MONDAY, JULY 7. 1986 3D Tigers learn baseball at Bristol .Baby MINOR LEAGUES, from Page 1D beginning of the season have trouble doing a 4.6 at the end. We discovered they had been eating at Burger King. No one is going to argue that the meal allowance is generous, but add to it. Act with responsibility. Sleep regular hours, be punctual and relax; if there is a problem, see me. My door is open. Our job is to begin preparing you for the big leagues " Less than a week before the season opener with Kingsport, Gamboa stood behind the batting cage and watched outfielder Zack Doster hit. Doster, selected by the Tigers in the third round of the June draft, sacrificed twice and drove the ball with authority on four of his six swings. Gamboa could have ventured a critical evaluation but withheld. Offering advice to a player who only weeks before had been batting .414 in high school could be counterproductive. "Better to wait until they begin to experience some failure," he said, "and then step in. Gamboa is one of four new managers the Tigers added this year. He Is an exceptional one, sporting a .605 winning percentage in his three seasons in the Milwaukee organization. After winning a Rookie League pennant at Paintsville, Ky., and Glass A division crowns at Beloit, Wis., and Stockton, Calif., Gamboa parted with the Brewers when he was passed over for the Double-A job. Offended, he solicited other positions and discovered that the Tigers had an opening in the Rookie League, a critical stage in the developmental program that demands enthusiasm and patience. Gamboa has both. While the principal objective at the Rookie League level is development the essence of which is giving players a solid grasp of the fundamentals Gamboa contends that an essential aspect of a player's growth is learning how to win. "Winning creates a positive attitude," Gamboa said. Farm director Frank Franchi agrees but only to mmmmmmmmi'mmmimm Tom Gamboa a point. "I hate losing," he said, "but if we never won a game (in Bristol) and (top draft selection) Phil Clark or one of the others developed into a big league player we will have done what we set out to do. Patience is the key, especially with the high school players." The Tigers signed five high school players: Clark, Doster, Milton Cuyler, Darrin Hursey and Darryl Martin. Cuyler starred as a defensive back in high school and had a scholarship offer to Florida State. Not certain that he wanted to subject himself to possible injury, he declined. Since arriving in Bristol he has shown an abundance of speed but he and Doster have had difficulty hitting the curve. Franchi is unconcerned. The two are still only 18 years old. When possible, the Tigers prefer to draft high school players. Of the 28 players the club drafted this year, 12 had been selected out of high school, Including the top choices: Clark, Cuyler and Doster. By signing now, a high school player places himself in direct line with the big leagues. While Franchi encourages "borderline cases" to attend school and develop alternatives, he urges the top player or "definite prospect" to sign. Unlike college basketball and football which are direct pipelines to the pros college baseball is still relatively inferior. Only three players Dave Winf ield of the Yankees, Bob Horner of the Braves and Pete Incavlglia of the Rangers have graduated directly from college to the big leagues. "A college player, at 22, still has learning to do," Franchi said. "By 22, the high school player has been in the organization for five years and should be knocking on the door (to the big leagues); the college player is behind. Even if he attended a school with one of the top programs, he still did not get the instruction he would have had here." Flora to come TUESDAY: Class A Gastonia: For-mer Bible salesman Jack Farnsworth discusses the difficulties of owning a Class A team and the joys. WEDNESDAY: Class A Lakeland: A catcher reflects on his release. THURSDAY: Double-A Glens Falls and Trlple-A Nashville: A pitcher goes north, a second hopes. With the help of instructors John Hiller, Ralph Treuel, Juan Lopez and Matty Alou, Gamboa has covered each aspect of the fundamentals. "Nothing is left untouched," Gamboa said, and nothing is, beginning with the proper execution of the double play and ending with technique on tie bases. Formerly a scout with Baltimore and the Major League Scouting Bureau and currently the western scouting supervisor for the Tigers Gamboa is devoted to his job and energized. Along with his attention to detail, he seems to relate well to his players, placing them at ease in a period that can be emotionally disturbing. 1 "Part of the job here is to get the players to relax," Gamboa said. "None of them would be here unless our scouts saw something in them. We have to get to the bottom of that. At this point and for the next two or three weeks they still have to get accli-1 mated. Some of them have never lived away from home before." Bristol opened its Appalachian League season by defeating Kingsport, 7-2, then won only two of its next six. Franchi joined the team June 14 and remained in Bristol for two weeks, drawing some positive observations. While the pitching staff seemed to have problems, he had been pleased with the position players, the area the Tigers emphasized in the draft. Clark had batted .468, center fielder Cuyler had shown exhilarating speed and Doster, while appearing to lack aggressiveness, had exceptional bat speed. "The big thing is, they are still 17, 18 years old," Franchi said. "Hopefully, they will only get better." Seemingly to a man, the players now starring for the Tigers at the big league level, such as catcher Lance Parrlsh and second baseman Lou Whit-aker, had difficult seasons at Bristol. "None of them set the woods on fire," said Boyce Cox, the Bristol team president. Parrlsh had an especially disappointing year. Then a third baseman, Parrish batted only .213 at Bristol in 1974 while shortstop Steve Viefhaus led the team in batting. Parrlsh was promoted to Detroit in 1977 and has been selected to five All-Star teams. Viefhaus never got higher than Double-A. Tuesday: Class A Gastonia. fx NT? -'- r PtIO by TAMAAIE WILSON Tigers instructor Juan Lopez (left) tries to encourage Rookie League Dominican players to learn English as soon as possible. Tigers address language barrier By MARK KRAM Fre Pri$ Sporti Wrlttf BRISTOL, Va. Although adjusting to professional baseball can be difficult under normal circumstances, the process is particularly trying for athletes who speak no English and are set down in a strange culture. That is the problem confronting the four Dominicans on the Tigers' Rookie League team. Jose Taveras, Ramon Solano, Basilio Cabrera and Pedro Nivar represent the Tiger organization's growing effort to scout in the Dominican Republic. Former major leaguer Matty Alou and instructor Juan Lopez have aided the Tigers in Bristol. Lopez will be in Bristol until the end of the season in August and has stressed the value of learning English as soon as possible. "The sooner they do that, the better," said Lopez, a former Triple-A infielder. "Instead of isolating themselves, sitting in a room talking to each other, they should be getting out and learning. They should get a paper each day. The only way they will learn is through effort." The Tigers are part of a co-op team in Santiago with the Yankees, White Sox, Giants and Angels. Of the 12 players the Tigers own, it is hoped that seven will have the skills to play in Bristol next season. General manager Bill Lajoie cites the Santiago effort as one of his goals. To that end, he hopes to add an "experienced" scout in the region. "Hopefully," he said, "we can strengthen ourselves there." Manager Tom Gamboa said the four players in Bristol this year have "adjusted well." Gamboa speaks Spanish and has been able to get closer to the players than otherwise would have been expected. With Lopez, he is able to ease the transition period. "Acclimation is the problem," Gamboa said. "Here they are in a strange place living with strange people. The adjustment on the field is the easy part; we have to get them to the point where they can go in a diner and order lunch." Alou, a Dominican, recalls his introduction to America in 1959, with a Giants affiliate in Indiana. He remembers sitting at a table in a diner and not being served. "No blacks," the waitress said. Alou recalls the isolation he endured, but remembers it had a positive side. "I would go back to the room," he said, "and with no one to talk to, I would think about baseball, baseball and more baseball." U.S. swimmers on their mark MOSCOW (AP) The U.S. swimming team continued its strong showing at the Goodwill Games on Sunday by capturing three more gold medals. American victories in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle and both 800-meter freestyle relays brought the total of swimming gold medals to nine since this multiple-sport contest opened on Friday. Vladimir Salnikov of the Soviet Union, who produced a world record in the men's 800-meter freestyle on Friday, clocked 15 minutes, 10.87 seconds in the 1,500 meter freestyle for his second gold medal. The time was his best in two years, but was more than 15 seconds slower than his world record of 14:54.76, set in 1983. Runner-up to Salnikov was Scott Brackett of Englewood, Colo., in 15:17.34. Leslie Daland, an 18-year-o!d from Westlake Village, Calif., clocked a personal best to win the women's 1,500-meter freestyle in 16:15.88. "THIS IS A very fast pool," Daland said. "I'm happy that I clocked the best time in my career." ; Anke Moering of East Germany took second in 16:20.30, the best time ever clocked by a European in the event, which is not counted for official records because it is not contested at European, world or Olympic championships. American Janet Evans was third in 16:24.92. The other gold for the American squad was in 800-meter freestyle relay teams. The women's team clocked 8:10.49, while the men's finished in 7:21.75. A second U.S. squad was runner-up in the women's relay in 8:11.08. Billy Stapleton and Ron Karnaugh provided the other standout performances for the U.S. team, whose success in Moscow has been surprising because the best American swimmers stayed home, resting for the World Championships in Madrid next month. Stapleton, from Edwardsville, 111., clocked 2:03.36 for the silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley for men, won by Vadim Yaroshchuk of the Soviet Union in 2:02.83 Karnaugh was third in 2:04.56. Boxing: Five replacements are the most that could be found for the nine military boxers banned by the Pentagon from participating in the Games. "They'll be of lower caliber and they'll be going at the last minute," said Don Hull, a retired Army colonel who is president of both the International Amateur Boxing Association and the USA-Amateur Boxing Federation. "I've wired the president again to try to get a reconsideration," Hull said Sunday. President Reagan said he would not rescind the Pentagon ban because the Games are a "commercial endeavor." Men's marathon: Belanie Dinsamo, a 29-year-old Ethiopian policeman won the men's marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 42 seconds. Igor Broslavsky of the Soviet Union finished a distant second in 2:15:24 and his countrymen, Yakov Tolstikov, was third in 2:16:22. Tti 29 Tin" 71 fl "tar," 1.0 mg nicotine av. per cigarette. FTC Report Feb85 9 T SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking By Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, And Low Birth Weight.

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