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Monday, March 4, 1985
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DETROIT FREE PRESSMONDAY, MARCH 4, 1985 3D Spring training can be a lengthy TIGERS, from Page 1D consider this: In 1984, the Tigers played 201 games (28 in Florida, 162 during the regular season, eight postseason games and three in-season exhi-"bitions. '" : Is it necessary? Well, the length of ' 'the. regular season isn't going to '.'change, at least not without some change in the post-season setup, so the number of games isn't go to be appreciably altered. Is spring training necessary, or at least seven weeks of it? The answer depends on who you talk to. "I've never come out of spring training feeling totally ready," said ' Dave Bergman, who has played nine years in the majors. "The only time I felt I didn't need all of spring training was when I played winter ball. If I played winter ball, two or three weeks was enough." Lemon signs By GARY SANTANIELLO Free Press Sports Writer LAKELAND, Fla. - Although three years remained on his contract, , Tigers center fielder Chet Lemon signed a five-year extension Sunday. The first four years of the contract, which takes Lemon through 1991, are guaranteed, and the fifth year is at the club's option. Lemon, who would have been a 10-and-5 man (10 years in majors, five with current team) after next season and been able to refuse any trade, is playing under a five-year, $3 million contract signed after the '82 season. The extension is worth approximately $4.5 million if Lemon plays through 1991. Still champs! Tigers capture fantasy Series It was a fantasy ending to a fantasy game. Alan Trammell's double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the seventh game of the "What If World Series." St. Louis businessman Tim O'Neill programmed a computer to simulate the outcome of a seventh Series game between the Tigers and Cubs. WJR (760 AM) carried a scripted broadcast of the game Sunday afternoon. The Tigers led, 5-3, going into the eighth inning. Reliever Willie Hernandez, replacing Aurelio Lopez, struck out Cubs first baseman Leon Durham before Keith Moreland singled and Ron Cey homered to tie the game. Hernandez then struck out Henry Cotto and Jody Davis, ending the inning. Lee Smith relieved Steve Trout for the Cubs in the bottom of the eighth, "and retired designated hitter John Grubb, Chet Lemon and Dave Bergman. Gary Woods led off the Cubs' ninth, grounding out to shortstop. Bob Dernier grounded out to second, and Ryne Sandberg, needing a homer to hit for thecycle, hit a deep fly to Kirk Gibson. - With Smith on the mound, Lou Whitaker singled in the bottom of the BinUi, setting up Trammell's game-winning RBI. - Hernandez was the winning pitcher; Smith got the loss. Game 7 Tigers 6, Cubs 5 . CHICAGO DETROIT abrhbi abrhbl Dernier d 5 110 Whitaker 2b 5 J 1 0 ' Sandberg 2b 5 1 3 1 Trammell ss5 0 2 2 Matthews II 4 0 1 1 Gibson rf 4 2 2 1 Durham lb 4 1 1 0 Parrish c 4 12 3 Moreland rl 4 1 2 I Evans 3b 4 0 1 0 Cev 3b 4 12 2 Brookens 3b0 0 0 0 Hebner dh 3 0 0 0 Jones If 3 0 10 Cotto ph 1 0 0 0 Herndon If 0 0 0 Davis C 4 0 0 0 Grubb dh 4 0 10 ' Bowa ss 3 0 10 Lemon cf 4 0 0 0 Woods ph 1 0 0 0 Bergman lb 4 1 10 Vervier, ss 0 0 0 0 ' Totals 3 $ 11 5 Totals 31 4 11 a Chicago 001 002 020-5 .. Detroit. 100 010 301-4 Game-winning RBI-Trammell. E-Sand- berg. DP-Detroit 1. LOB-Chlcago 7, Detroit 6. 2B-Trammell, Durham, More- land, Sandberg. HR Gibson 1, Parrish 1, Cev I. SB-Trammell, Gibson. S Whitaker. SF -Trammell. IP H RERBBSO Chicago Sutcliffe Trout Smith (O Detroit Morris Lopez Hernandez (W) WP-Sulcllffe. 62-3 8 5 2-3 1 0 2 2 1 51-3 8 12-3 1 2 2 Tonight on Piston Basketball Milwaukee at Detroit 7:30 pm DASS I MO M SPOUTS SVSU SAID ALAN Trammell, "If you're a" position (everyday) player, three weeks is enough. You don't need six. Could I get ready for the season in three weeks? Yes, if I know spring training's going to be three weeks. "As it is now, you feel good for awhile, then you go through a dry spell, then you get the itch to get going again, right before the start of the regular season. But there's definitely a dry spell." "The way guys report to spring training in shape these days, three weeks is enough," said manager Sparky Anderson. "That's all you need to have your 12 to 15 regulars ready to play. But you'll never have your pitchers ready without six weeks. You can't force your pitchers any quicker, and I go with my guys every fourth day down here, not every fifth. If you cut spring training, you'd get your pitchers 5-year contract extension Tigers notebook "This will allow me and my family to be more involved in pioneering as a Jehovah's Witness," said Lemon, who negotiated the extension with the help of his wife, Valerie, "especially when I'm through playing ball. Pioneering bringing the Bible into people's homes is something we enjoy doing, and now I'll be better able to contribute to the organization in a financial way. I don't see myself gaining more material wealth because of the new contract." Wilcox throws batting practice: Milt Wilcox threw batting practice for the first time, Sunday, and ajr) x rLDruiioi LIMIT ONE TRADE-IN PAIR OF SHOES PER PAIR OF SHOES PURCHASED. ALL MERCHANDISE NOT AVAILABLE AT ALL LOCATIONS I TRAVEL COVERS I STARTER SETS STURDY, CONVENIENT PROTECTION MEN'S LADIES' FOR YOUR GOCF EQUIPMENT R0NS - 0NLV1195 2 WOODS ONLY Qia DOWNRIVER (0) Bill "2YAL ia9a fort STREET 1220 13381 604 N. WOODWARD 2284ofsd rd. 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SPRING TRAINING wasn't always this long, or didn't include this many games, said Tigers president Jim Campbell. "In the '40s and '50s, we'd play eight or nine games in Florida and then take a train north and play games along the way, but not every day," he said. "We started getting away from that when we added the expansion teams, because there were more clubs looking for games in Florida, and that started taking up your off-days. Now we're scheduling everything." It's also worth remembering there's more to spring training than getting 25 people ready for the season. Personnel decisions have to be made, though its effect on his arm won't be known completely until today, "I don't think there's going to be any soreness," Wilcox said. "I was throwing loosely and freely, and I didn't feel anything that would cause to believe I'd be sore afterward." Wilcox threw for five minutes, which he'll continue to do every other day. 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