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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - June 22, 1991, Medicine Hat, Alberta Pioneer report by Susan Quinn the age restriction Rule for Rookie baseball did no to last Long in the Pioneer league. League president Ralph Nelles told an editor from the great Falls Tribune that the Rule restricting Pioneer league clubs from having More than 10 players 21 years and older a is just going to be too hard to police. A i done to want my phone ringing every Day with complaints about How Many teams have How Many 21-year-olds.�?� Nellese announcement made informally during an interview Hasni to exactly set the league ablaze with Praise. A that concerns me a said Toronto Blue jays assistant general manager Gord Ash. Ash was in Medicine hat for the hat jays opening Home stand with Helena Brewers and great Falls dodgers. A if they re league going to make that announcement i think they should have made it several months ago when the other clubs were making plans a Ash said. A you make your plans and you build your club around the rules. We be complied with the rules. I can understand the need to adjust when you bring in new legislation. But i done to think you make that announcement a week after the season starts. I think you make it in time for All clubs to take advantage of it. A Toronto has already fielded its three Rookie level clubs and Ash does no to anticipate the Rule change would affect the organization. But its the principle of the thing. A it makes no sense to me to make a Rule if you re not going to enforce a dodgers director of minor league operations Charlie Blaney said nullifying the age restriction would have no affect on the Way los Angeles plans to Stock the great Falls roster. The Rule was set up to address the Lack of competitiveness among some teams in the league. The age restriction was supposed to Benefit Medicine hat because it supposedly would ensure no one team could stack its roster with College kids. A they put that Rule in so there would be that competitive balance and now they re going to ignore them a Ash said. Its doubtful Toronto would take any action against the Pioneer league but a a we la certainly make an apparently most teams in the league Haven to paid attention to the new Rule anyway. Butte Copper Kings reportedly have 14 older players a four Over the limit Billings Mustangs have 12 and just signed a couple More free agents. Idalio Falls braves Are at the 10-Man limit while the dodgers and Pocatello pioneers Are carrying nine older players and the Blue jays have seven. Salt Lake trappers an Independent club exempt from the Rule has traditionally stocked its roster with older players and this year is no exception. Now lets throw a wrench into the works. Bob Sparks director of information for the National association of professional baseball leagues says his office and commissioner Sal Artiaga Are aware of the problem. A i talked about it with Sal and he a been aware of the concerns going on really from the farm directors View of the situation. This ruling was passed in the Nabl shares the major league farm directors concerns that there Wasny to enough of a rollover period for teams to adjust to the new player limits. Although no specific time period has been set aside for adjustment. Sparks estimated it would be a just the 1991 season. A because the farm directors Are aware of the problem at hand they were thus Able to earlier this month draft with the age limits in mind. They Are Able to Stock teams with appropriate age groups for next one has to wonder if the Pioneer leagues Defiance Over the new ruling has anything to do with the fact that most of the teams in the Lea a Are pushing to upgrade to Short a from Rookie Ball. Former Idaho Falls general manager Rai Heninger was quoted on the Issue of upgrading earlier in the year and said All teams except for Medicine hat regard the league As Rookie advanced a Only on dodger fielder a one Man wrecking Crew against jays Susan Quinn of the news what did no to Erik Zammarchi do right for the great Falls dodgers on Friday at athletic Park Zammarchi a performance alone could have beat the Medicine hat Blue jays but a few of his teammates helped out in the dodgers 9-1 win. Great Falls pounded jays pitchers for 15 hits. A a he a done an outstanding Job a dodgers manager Glenn Hoffman said of. Zammarchi before the team boarded the bus to go Home. A a that a Why we stuck him in the Lead off spot. He a starting to relax and that a important. Cannon when you get your Lead off hitter on quite a bit it makes the rest of the team go. When you get that first Guy out every inning then it puts the pressure Zammarchi went 3-for-3 including a two run 390-foot Dinger Over the Centerfield Fence in the fourth inning. He knocked in three runs and scored three himself. A i just try and Fli fill my role of being Lead off hitter and get on base As much As possible a Zammarchi said. The difference in games in the we just started out Flat tonight and never got anything going. We have no excuses a Cannon jays Home stand for Zammarchi was a being More relaxed. In a starting to get a feel at the the dodgers pitchers were having a Field Day on the Mound. Ross Farnsworth took the win in scattering five hits fanning four and allowing just one run. Albert Maldonado got the save with a one hit performance in the final innings. A we just started out a Little Fiat tonight and never got anything going a hat jays Field Boss Ujj. Cannon said. A we have no excuses we just did no to play the Way we re capable of playing. A a in be got to give credit to their pitchers they did a pretty Good Job on our hitters great Falls took the Lead in the opening inning after Patrick Reed slapped Home Zammarchi. Willis Orenez beat it Home when Reed suckered the jays into a rundown Between first and second. That move proved to bring in the winning run. The jays Lone run came in the sixth inning when John Tsoukalas s ground out gave Ted Lan Gowski enough time to run Home. The jays made some noise in that inning with a couple of hits and a fielders Choice before the run but keep up the Tempo. The Blue jays continue to be bitten by the injury Bug As first baseman . Boston left the game in the fifth inning after colliding with Tito Landrum. Two runs came Home on the play putting the game out of reach for the jays at 7-0. Pitcher Isabel Cardona also left the game after being attended to by Trainer Geoff Home. Bostons departure was a Tough blow for the jays Cannon said. Quot he a one of the leaders on our team and when you take a spill like that it has an Impact on the Lango ski replaced Boston in his first appearance since joining the team late this week. Outfielder Lee Daniels relieved Cardona in his first Ever pro appearance As a Pitcher. A i went against the principles of putting a player out there but we did no to have anybody else a Cannon said. The jays left for a seven game Road trip to Helena Billings and great Falls beginning jays vow they wont be Pushover this season of the news Cousin a n. A team or Pitcher that unexplainable is an easy Mark for another team or hitter. How to talk baseball by Mike Whiteford. The Blue jays have annually been cousins to the other seven teams in the league compiling a 195-355 record winning percentage of just .355 a since winning the Pennant in 1982. But manager Ujj. Cannon is convinced that wont be the Story this season judging not Only from the players that were at Parent club Toronto a extended Spring training but by the Talent on other rosters in the Pioneer league. A a i can to see us following the pattern or being branded the name a Cousin a he said. A a we re not going to be a Rug to anybody we re not going to be a Doormat in this the team is Young As always but has More Overall experience this year. A Factor which Only Points to Success. A i think there a no comparison comes Back a jays Pitcher Mike Taylor was in the league during one of the teams leaner years but figures in Cannon s winning plans this season. To teams in the past except maybe the championship team 1982 a an optimistic Cannon said. A i think we have a better team than last year. Overall i think our Guys Are willing to go out and bust their behinds a they re willing to go out and learn and they want to develop and get better. A we have no failures on this this is cannons first year As a manager a redundant theme in the Pioneer league this season. However Cannon like most of the other newcomers to the Helm brings a wealth of experience with him. A a in be coached for a few years and in a experienced about the game. But its a totally different game when you re a manager. I have a lot of different responsibilities. But i like that Tje of if Cannon s opinion of his team is Correct then this is the jays year to prove him the a right est manager in nine years. He a already off on the right foot after picking up the teams earliest season win since 1982. The hat jays Are 1-4 after fridays contest. What follows is a team by team analysis of new managers after the first week of the season. North division Billings Mustangs . Carey is no stranger to the Pioneer league although its been eight years since he last did the rounds in Rookie Ball. Carey who spent the past three years managing Bellingham mariners Seattle of the Northwest league replaces Jerry Groninger who was promoted at the end of last season. The if year Veteran of baseball coached with Helena Phillies a then associated with Philadelphia a in 1978. He returned in 1983 As manager for Helena. He came Back again this year with Cincinnati because of director of player development Howie Bedell. Bedell and Carey share the same philosophy about younger players. A i know Howiey a expectations were pretty Well what i went rounds the bag a great Falls dodgers outfielder Brian Zammarchi was a familiar sight along the base paths Friday night at athletic Park. Zammarchi who keeps running after first Sacker . Boston missed the tag had a Stellar performance at the plate As the dodgers beat Medicine hat Blue jays 9-1 to split their two game series. 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A i want to look at their Talent a week before the free agent draft the Mustangs roster was half fill. General manager Bob Wilson released a list of 11 players at the time who had been assigned to Billings from the Cin Virmati reds a five pitchers two infielders two outfielders and two catchers. One notable name is 22-year-old Trey Wilburn a fourth year pro but his first spent As a full time Catcher. He was a Relief Pitcher in Plant City in 1988 and Billings in 1989. Last year he started out on loan to Gate City pioneers sent Back to Billings and finished his year at Charleston the reds class a club in the South Atlantic league. Tie Mustangs Are a Little Short on pitching a they Only carried seven in their first game a but expect to pick up a couple More for the bullpen this weekend. Helena Brewers Harry Dunlop is certainly no stranger to professional baseball. Dunlop is in his 40th year of pro Ball and coached in the major leagues for nearly 17 seasons with Kansas City royals Cincinnati reds and Chicago cubs. He was the coordinator of minor league instruction for three years with san Diego padres before new ownership cleaned House. He has 12 years managing experience in the minor leagues backing him up this season. A i got fired a Dunlop said while talking about his switch to the Milwaukee organization. The padres loss is the Brewers gain especially in the teaching aspect of the Rookie league. A i love it. I love working with the kids. I get an awful lot of satisfaction seeing them develop and @ Cypress summer skating school july 2-August 10,1991 registrations for two six week sessions a Junior a intermediate a senior a pre senior a can skate 1 or 2 weeks for further info nation Contact Maureen @ 526-8141 Lynne @ 527-0669 All sessions to be held at Arena manpower skate session to be held starting August 25,1991. For further information Contact Linda at 526-0654. Great Falls dodgers Hoffman has the dubious task of replacing Joe Vavra who packed up his two championship rings and headed to Yakima bears of the Northwest league a a Short season a league with no age restrictions. Despite the warming tradition great Falls seems to have adopted Hoffman says there a no pressure to repeat. A be Fery year is different a he said. A this is a new year and that a winning in the past. We have to look Forward to the this year that Means developing younger players in great Falls a relatively new concept to a team that was used to Fielding the top draft picks. Hoffman is hoping his playing experience with both Boston red sox and los Angeles dodgers 1987and his coaching stint at triple a Albuquerque last season will pay off in this aspect. A i feel in a a Good teacher and get my Point across. That a Why in a Here at the younger South division Salt Lake trappers Nick Belmonte is one of two managers returning to the league this year. A i was offered the Job at the end of last year before the season ended he said. A knowing people like part owner Van Schley and the first class organization it it i was Happy to be associated with them Salt Lake has traditionally compleat Lin of Chain link Fence commercial and Rel Dantal galvanized mesh steel posts top rail and fittings available portable dog run pm Allilion included free estimates of. Scott mfg. A. U4. 766 a 14th is. . Pm. 526-2148 or 526-9170 been one of the strongest teams in the league because of its Independent tag a the team is free to sign As Many older players As it wants a but if the teams opening series with Idaho Falls braves is any indication Belmonte might have his work Cut out for him. The trappers allowed nearly 40 runs in the braves three game sweep. Salt Lake has a younger less experienced infield this year choosing instead to Stock its Outfield and bullpen. However the pitchers Haven to exactly been performing to their potential despite having Willy Ambos Back for his fourth season a he a a player coach this year a As Well As the services of Gene Marabella on the Mound. Brian Biggers at second and James Martin in the Outfield have added some leadership to a team that Belmonte is hoping to guide to a division and league title this year. A we Haven to really got the pitching just the hitting a Belmonte said. A we have a mixture of Relief Guys and College Guys. We re trying to find out if the Relief Guys can do the Job. We be had shaky pitching Early Idaho Falls braves Steve Curry returns to the braves for his second season the second of two returning managers. Curry had some Success with the braves last year who finished with a 3930 record 3vi games out after a late sea son surge of wins. Curry spent the previous year with Durham bulls As an infield instructor but must be privately dancing a joyous Jig with the powerful hitting the braves have seen the first week of the season. Pocatello pioneers Rich Morales or. Heads the leagues Coop club this year and is the youngest of the Field Bosses at 26. Morales a Catcher is coming off a successful triple a career with Cleveland indians and Chicago White sox organizations and entering his first year As a pro manager. A the coaches at san Jose City College in the Oft season a Pocatello general manager Phil Tellgren said. Morales was hired by Tom Romanesko a consultant to commissioner of major league baseball Fay Vincent a office in charge of player personnel. The pioneers stocked their team last year with Montreal expos players but the team is looking More like the Coop Deal that it is with a pair of players from Cleveland and one each from California Angels Seattle mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. The rest Are from recent tryouts. Butte Copper Kings bump wills has progressed through the system after spending two Semi Success lil seasons in Butte. His successor is Dick Egan who will be looking to Best wills a 37-30 record from last year. The rangers will Likely be a pretty quiet team again this year As no really High draft picks have joined the roster a unlike a few years ago

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