New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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NL aiming to strongarm AL hitters
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Which All-Star team would " ~~ “I know their guys and I hope
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Which All-Star team would you rather have?
Rickey Henderson leads off a magnum-force American League lineup with a .357 average. George Brett, leading the major leagues at .358, bats third.
Baltimore’s big boppers, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken, hit fourth and fifth. Jim Rice, one of baseball’s biggest terrors during the last decade, is seventh — that’s right, seventh — and Carlton Fisk, tied for the major league lead with 23 homers, is eighth.
“This is the best team I think we’ve had,” Brett said.
Then there is the National League, which will be without some of its standouts for tonight’s 56th All-Star Game.
Pedro Guerrero of Los Angeles and Gary Carter of the New York Mets are injured. Joaquin Andujar, the leading winner in the majors, decided to stay home in St. Louis. Fernando Valenzuela of Los Angeles and the Mets’ Dwight Gooden may not pitch an inning between them.
And the game is even at an AL park, the semi-surrealistic Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
"We’re at a definite disadvantage because they have all played here. They know all the nooks and crannies,” NL Manager Dick Williams of San Diego said. “That’s our alibi.”
But will the Nationals need one? If they win, it will be for the 21st time in 23 games, extending their margin to
16 first-timers excited about game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - While tonight’s All-Star baseball game is old stuff to a veteran like Pete Rose, ifs a significant milestone for the 16 players who are participating in the midsummer classic for the first time.
“It’s time to let these kids have their day in the sun,” said the Cincinnati Reds player-manager, who has been picked for 17 All-Star games. ‘‘I know how they feel today, though. I still remember my first one.”
This game belongs to the young. There will be IO new faces in the AL dugout and six on the National League's, and each will be fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“Once you’ve made it, they can never take it away from you,” Montreal Expos relief ace Jeff Reardon said. “Because of both the fans and my peers, I’m here now. ITI cherish this moment the rest of my life.”
“My dream was just to make it to the big leagues,”" said Seattle Mariners outfielder Phil Bradley, who
was an all-Big Eight quarterback at the University of Missouri. “I may not get another hit the rest of my big league life, but ITI always have this.”
One of the new stars, St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr, achieved a starting berth when he pulled ahead of Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs in the final week of balloting.
“I’m just going to try to savor it,” Herr said. “Also, hopefully, ITI pick up some tips while I’m here. You know, Pete Rose has forgotten more than ITI probably
Detroit pitcher Dan Petry admitted to a change of feelings as the game approached.
“My feelings, as I was coming to the ballpark today, have really changed toward the whole game,” Petry said. “Seeing all this fan interest, it’s obvious this game of baseball means a lot to the very fabric of American life.
A victory would probably come on the strength of pitching.
laMarr Hoyt, the Cy Young winner in the AL two seasons ago, will open up for the NL. He’s one of five San Diego players in the starting lineup.
“I know their guys and I hope that helps me,” Hoyt said.
Williams said either Nolan Ryan of Houston or the Mets’ Ron Darling would follow Hoyt. Then Valenzuela and Gooden, who combined to strike out six consecutive batters in last year’s game, would get their turns.
To finish. Williams brought along three premier relievers, his own Rich Gossage, Montreal’s Jeff Reardon and Scott Garrelts of San Francisco.
Detroit’s Jack Morris will make his second All-Star start for the AL. He pitched two scoreless innings in opening the 1981 game, and threw two shutout innings last year.
“We’re playing in a hitters’ ballpark,” Morris said “All I want to know is location, where their power zones are. If I’m pitching well. ITI get them out.”
Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson will guide the AL and attempt to become the first manager to win with both leagues in All-Star play. He said he’d like Toronto lefthander Jimmy Key to follow Morris “because they have some left-handed power.”
The 7 40 p.m. CDT game is expected to draw a sellout crowd of 55,122.
“When there are lot of people, this place heats up.” said slugger Tom Brunansky of the host Minnesota Twins. “And when that happens, the ball flies out of here.”Have (Jugs) , will travelReds' scout travels state in search of talent
Reds Scout Chuck LaMar puts the gun on a throw
CERYL CLARK, HERALD ZEITUNG
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
Chuck LaMar studied everything closely as New Braunfels High graduate Armanando Martinez let loose with a fastball that struck the catcher’s mitt with a violent thud
“Eighty-six?” l^aMar asked Unicorn Coach Peter Garza, who crouched behind the catcher, timing the pitches in miles-per-hour with a radar gun
■ Eighty-seven," Garza replied
Well, nobody’s perfect. After all. the Cincinnati Reds scout has only been at this since February-.
LaMar has driven 32,000 miles swinging through Texas and Oklahoma to watch, evaluate and give advice to hundreds of young would-be ballplayers.
On Monday, IaMar found himself in New Braunfels, where 30 athletes turned out to learn just how close or how far they are from becoming professional baseball players.
This area, he said, is an ideal spot to hold such a tryout.
“New Braunfels is a great spot to this because for one thing this is a great baseball area. There are a lot of good ballplayers right here.
“For another thing, its very close to two big metropolitan centers, San Antonio and Austin So I’m really flappy to be here. Its an ideal location," IaMar said.
IaMar joined the Reds organization in February, following coaching duties at Houston's St. Thomas High School, Indiana University and Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Since becoming a Reds scout, he has been at 16 camps lnlcuding the one in New Braunfels, with one more today in Georgetown.
After that, it’s three day’s rest before he begins invitational camps
Danny Hernandez throws to first during the rest of the summer In the fall, he will travel to colleges and junior colleges to keep an eye on tile top prospects there As he leaned against his “home away from home," a white Chevrolet with a Reds sticker on the rear windshield, he said that what he looks for the most at his camps are abilities a player uught have that can’t be learned * What we are looking for are people with God-given talent We look for bat speed, flexibility, body size and stength," he said “We want the things that you just can not teach and then we work on up from there.”
IaMar graded the players on a scale used in the pros He tuned them in the 6&>yard dash and clocked their throws. He judged their flexibility, release tune and fielding abilities.
Not many play ers are good enough right away to be signed by I .a Mar. but he offers encouragement and advice to everyone “We don’t sign many players unless they have what it takes lo make it in the pros Percentagewise, U is very few But I don't throw away my records I keep my reports and we keep an eye on the ones who we feel have potential." he said
Although the chances are slim of being signed by the Reds at a try out camp, there are those who have made it. Cincinnati's second round pick iii this y ear's draft was an outfielder from Plano dial LaMar had scouted The Reds also drafted Texans in their seventh and 16th picks
(Tncinnatt is one of the few teams which still hold the try outs for young players, I a Mar said, a practice w hu h until the last IO years had been popular “The Reds are one of tile last organizations itiat still believes in tryout camps Some teams will have maybe one in Texas and one in Oklahoma, but we like to think we are working a little harder
The Reds refuse to get involved in Hie free agent scene Slime teams make their living out of free agents, but we believe that the farm system is the way to go," lie said The records have shown how successful the Reds have been in their farm system. After watching Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Dave Concepcion work their way up the organization in the 1970's, the Reds have fallen on hard tunes in the 1980's But this year, Cincinnati fields a very young team and has found some surprising results in the win column.
v, \ „Armando Martinez delivers under Chuck LaMar's supervision
CERYL CLARK/ HERALD ZEITUNG