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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 30, 1995, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Juir ror sports i sports at a glance c2 i pens win again c2 i scoreboard 04 c monday january Neil Rudel Blazier Blazier pitches new timetable Bellwood it s . Late last week and Ron Blazier is sitting in his car a 1978 Blue Chevy Impala outside Bell Wood Antis High school wait ing for Blue Devil baseball coach Todd Guyer to unlock the building. Once inside Blazier s now daily ritual begins. He tosses a baseball about 120 feet from one Corner of the a a gym to the other Diago Nally. On this Day his catch or is Bellwood senior Jason Kirkpa trick. Beginning today Blazier will Start throwing off a Mound. He s More determined this Guyer said watching from the Side. He s Here every morning waiting for me. He got in touch with me this year. Before i was always the one asking him to Start throwing. I think he s his workout of 75 throws com plete Blazier admits he s accelerated his off season commit ment. At 23 years old he s spent five seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league organization and is anxious to step into at least class a this year. Blazier is a coveted Prospect having been voted the phils top minor league Pitcher last year. I was t in a Rush my first three years because i knew there were Steps and i knew there were 200 people in front of he said Cooling Down while sit Ting on the bleachers. Now i d like to make it up to the majors within two or three his first goal is class a Reading or aaa Scranton. It took some time to overcome the initial disappointment of being re assigned to Clearwater last year. I d like to get a Chance to play in he said. Then my relatives and friends can see Blazier s stature 233 pounds and credentials Are impressive. His career minor league record is 46-30, including 13-5 last year at Clear water. Should he make it to Reading this year Blazier would be a candidate to join the major league team when rosters arc expanded in september. This year will be the last on a six year contract. He Hopes and is confident the team will re sign him and at this Point he d gladly accept the major league mini mum of his minor league salary is a month during the season. Despite the current strike of major league players Blazier plans to report when called by the organization. He has no other Choice. He expects to leave for training Camp in Clearwater by mid february. I talked to a couple friends players and we Don t know what to do or say about Blazier said. If they major Lea Guers Don t play i m sure it will help me and the other Guys. But i Don t know for How Blazier is actually glad he does t have to make the Deci Sion that Many major leagues Are weighing. Everybody asks me about it and i Don t he said. We just can t say no like they unlike Many replacement players when Blazier eventually gets to the major leagues he has a Chance to stay there. And considering Blair county Lias not had a major league Pitcher since Altoona s Pat Mai one some 60 years ago it will be interesting to watch Blazier s steady Progress toward an incredible athletic achievement. Super 49ers take charge the associated press san Francisco 49ers running Back Ricky defensive tackle Rueben Davis 93 in the Watters runs past san Diego chargers 19ers super bowl rout sunday. Young shows he s no average Joe san Francisco Rolls to fifth title 49-26 los Angeles times Miami the turning Point in super bowl exec came Early san Diego called tails the Coin turned up Heads and one minute and Twenty four seconds later san Francisco was ahead to stay. The 49ers capped off an nil season highlighted by throw Back uniforms and marred by questionable officiating with a Good old fashioned thrashing. In instant replay the 49-26 Vic tory Over the chargers in the first All California super bowl before in Joe Robbie stadium was All too predictable. Let s be 49er cornerback Deion Sanders said. We knew we were going to kick their Butts but we just could t say it was 14-0 before the five minute Mark 42-10 before the end of the third Quarter and the 49ers did t even wait for the two minute warning before dousing coach George Seifert. The real super bowl was two weeks ago against Dallas it sure Sanders said. We just beat the hell out of this the 49ers became the first team to win five super bowls extended the nation Al football Confer ence s postseason domination to 11 years and averaged 43.6 Points in their Jerry Rice scores one of his Points in the Post sea three touchdowns sunday. Son we be made our quarterback Steve Young said. It will be debated in bars and restaurants around the coun try on whether the 49ers Are the Best Ever but we d like to believe that we be put together a string that might never be Young the left handed trigger Man in one of the most explosive offences in nil history received Jersey no. 8 when traded to the 49ers to Back up Joe Montana and the joke in san Francisco in recent years was Young was t half the Quarter Back of the legendary no. 1c. Young not Only validated his performance As the league s Best player this season against the chargers but broke Mon Fie super bowl on Page c3 from Mirror wire services Miami he said he did t care about completing that sixth touchdown pass Early in the fourth Quarter but you know that he did. The super bowl record was five. Joe s record. If you think Steve Young did t want to break that sucker just take it and break it into a million pieces you Haven t thought about what it has been like to walk in his shoes All these years. If you think Young did t want to be Able say he had accomplished something Joe never accomplished you Haven t been commentary listening. What about All the people who Havo criticized you for not being Joe someone asked Young sunday night after the san Francisco 49ers had beaten the san Diego chargers in the super bowl at Joe Robbie stadium. The hell with Young said smiling. Fever an athlete deserved such a moment Young did. Consider what he endured As a prelude to sunday night s six touchdown 325-Ynrd passing performance he leads the league in passing for one two three four straight years. But you re not Joe he hears. He is twice named the league s most valuable player. But f you re not Joe he hears. Meanwhile Mon Tana offers him about As much help and sup port is an sex Mother in Law offers in the midst of an ugly divorce. Did you catch what Joe said Hist week that to would be rooting for the chargers instead of his former teammates Many of whom Are still his close friends because he was an acc Guy right Joe. Sure. It s because you re an acc Guy now a member of the chiefs. It s not at All because a Charger Victory would have preserved your Pristine legend As the 49ers Only super bowl quarterback while virtually destroying Young. That could t possibly have had any thing to do with it could it Montana s comments were just the latest vivid measurement of the Load Young has carried since see Young on Page c3 the associated press Steve Young earned the game s map award. First place Penn state s Carla Coltman left shoots in front of Wisconsin s Jenny Rhodes sunday. Psi won s8-55, to move atop the big ten standings. Please see Story on Page c2. Bucs reportedly reject bid the associated press Pittsburgh the owners of the Pittsburgh pirates have rejected a revised bid from John Rigas to buy the team television station Kaka to reported. The station said sunday that the Public private consortium that owns the pirates rejected the new bid in a Telephone conference Call Over the weekend. Rigas the Cable to entrepreneur with major league baseball s Permis Sion to negotiate to buy the team on Friday increased his initial Mil lion offer. He and City officials said the new bid was Worth nearly million. However the pirates said Rigas proposed no extra Cash for the own ers but instead offered Stock in the team and a pledge to try to find other investors who want to buy their Stock. Rigas deadline to buy the pirates was Midnight sunday. The pirates owners said they will continue talking to Rigas and at the same time ask their investment banking firm Wertheim Schroeder of new York to solicit other bids. Rigas is the City s Choice to buy the team because he has pledged to keep it in Pittsburgh. William Newlin an attorney close to mayor Tom Murphy said negotiations will continue into the week if necessary. There is no formal Extension of the option period nor was one requested but we be been informed that these negotiations will Contin Newlin cold a Phi to on Sun Day. Deputy mayor Tom Cox and Chuck Greenberg an attorney representing Rigas in the talks did not immediately return Telephone Calls. Us corp., pig industries Westinghouse electric corp., the Alu Minum co. Of America pc Bank corp., Mellon Bank corp., Carnegie Mellon University and three individual investors Harvey Walken Eugene Litman and John Mcconnell comprise the Public private consortium that owns the club. In his revised bid Rigas offered minority shares of the team Worth million apiece to any of the owners who wish to stay on. Three indicated a willingness to remain As minority owners. In an Accord signed in 1985, when the pirates owners accepted a million loan they agreed that when the time came to sell they would give the City 180 Days to find an owner who would keep the team in town. A clause in that agreement apparently allows another two month period to Complete the Sale. Murphy picked Rigas 70, in november from among 20 prospective buyers following an extensive three month search. Rigas go ahead to proceed with negotiations with the pirates owners Only last monday when the major league ownership committee gave him its preliminary approval. Even if he reaches a Deal Rigas still must be approved by 11 of the 14 National league owners and 8 of the 14 american league owners. Rigas latest bid followed three Days of what Murphy termed intense Tough negotiations with the investment banking firm. Two teams in markets of a size similar to Pittsburgh the san Diego padres million and the Oakland athletics million recently sold in the Range of Rigas initial million offer. 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