New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Defending champs having a hard time
NEW YORK (AP) - It has been a tough year so far for defending division champions in major league baseball, most notably the Detroit Tigers.
“Our problem is we’re not beating the West,” Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson said at the All-Star break. “You have to win in the West. I’d just as soon play .500 in the East and beat the West. We’re going about this backward.”
The Tigers so far have the best intra-divisional record — 24-13 — among American League East teams. However, against supposedly weaker West Division teams, Detroit was only 24-24 At this point last season, the Tigers had a 57-27 record and a seven-game lead in the East after a spectacular 35-5 start The Tigers went on to win the American league pennant and World Series.
This season, Detroit is in third place. 34 games in back of the front-running Toronto Blue Jays, who finished second to Detroit last year.
Similar problems have plagued the other 1984 division winners.
At the All-Star break the California Angels have taken over first place in the AL West from Kansas City, the Chicago Cubs have been supplanted by the surprising St. l/uus Cardinals in the National League East and the San Diego Padres have been
Cowboys sign Brooks
THOUSAND OAKS. Calif AP) The Dallas Cowboys say they have reached a contract agreement with their No I draft choice, defensive end Kevin Bricks of Michigan, leaving only one unsigned draft pick. Matt Darw in of Texas A&M
Brooks drove to camp Wednesday night from Iajs Angeles to sign .» contract negotiated by Cowboys personnel director (iii Brandt and agent Mike Trope, a Cowboys spokesman said
Rangers leave Bell behind
ARLINGTON AP) When the Texas Rangers left Dallas-Fort Worth Airjxirt for tonight's game against the Detroit Tigers, Buddy Bell wasn't w ith them.
Bell stayed behind to watch his son play a tattle league baseball game last night, but when someone asked about his equipment bag also remaining behind, the six-time Gold Glove third baseman admitted, “Yeah, that is unusual."
Bell may be playing for the
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replaced by the nearly-as-surprising Dis Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
The performances of the Montreal Expos in the NL East and the Oakland A's in the AL West have raised some ey ebrows as well.
After losing one of baseball’s best relief pitchers, Bruce Sutter, in the free agent market, the Cardinals were not expected to go far this season, particularly with their general lack of long-ball power.
But the pitching of Joaquin An-dujar 115-41, the hitting of Tommy Herr and ex-San Francisco Giant Jack Clark and the major league-leading 63 stolen bases of rookie Vinco Coleman had the Cardinals
Rangers again tonight, team officials said On the other hand, he might be somewhere else, such as Cincinnati. where the Reds host the Philadelphia Phillies tonight The reports have been that Cincinnati will send outfielder Duane Walker plus right-hander Jay Tibbs and-or Jeff Russell to the Rangers for Bell, and Grieve said he wanted to wrap up any trade by today ’s start of the second half of the season.
Guns release Neuheisel
SAN ANTONIO API Rick Neuheisel. the starting quarterback and highest-paid player on the San Antonio Gunslingers, has been notified he will be given his release, club officials said.
He felt he wanted a shot at the NKL Nothing against Rick We didn’t want to hold him back,” Roger Gill, general manager of the United States Football l-eague team, told the San Antonio Light on Wednesday.
We're going to be looking for a quarterback that we feel will help us be a contender.” Gill said
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The New York Yankees, an also-ran last season, were in the thick of the AL East race with the help of outfielder Rickey Henderson, the free agent acquired from Oakland who had stolen 41 bases in 44 attempts and scored an incredible 77 runs.
Some of the reasons for California’s success has been the speed of Gary Pettis, both in the outfield ^nd on the bases, and a bullpen staff headed by Donnie Moore’s 17 saves, one more than he had in 1984 with Atlanta.
Montreal must be considered the biggest surprise in the NL East, especially considering the losses of catcher Gary Carter and pitcher Steve Rogers, the team's top two symbols of the 1980s, and an injury’ to star hurler Charlie I^ea. The Expos, however, boast one of baseball's top relief pitchers in Jeff Reardon, who had a major league-leading 22 saves at the All-Star break.
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the American League’s edge over the National in hitting, and the NI/s statistical advantage over the AL in pitching.
Kansas City’s George Brett leads the American League in batting with a .358 average, followed closely by Henderson’s .357. St. Louis’ Willie McGee led the National with a .340 average, but only five other hitters were above .300.
Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, enjoying a resurgence in his career at age 37, is the AL leader in home runs with 23, while Atlanta’s Dale Murphy had a like number to pace the National league. Murphy and the Yankees’ Don Mattingly each had 89 runs batted in to top their respective leagues.
Andujar, 15-4, led the majors in victories, the New York Mets’ Dwight Gooden (13-3) topped both leagues with a 1.68 earned run average and 153 strikeouts, and San Diego’s Andy Hawkins, after a spectacular 11-0 start, had baseball’s best winning percentage, 846., with an 11-2 record.
New York’s Ron Guidry. 12-3 — including ll in a row — led the AL in wins and winning percentage, Toronto’s Dave Stieb led in ERA at 1.87 and Detroit’s Jack Morns and Cleveland's Bert Blyleven shared the strikeout lead with 111. Willie Hernandez of Detroit led in saves with 19.Advance scuba class begins July 23
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an advanced open water scuba diving course beginning July 23.
Two weekend dives are planned. Cost of the class is $95. Participants must have had basic open water certification. For more information call 629-6196.
Basic kayaking lessons offered Aug. 13-14
Basic kayaking lessons will be offered again by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department on Aug. 13 and 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The course fee is $15.
Rolling lessons will also be offered on Aug. 21. For more information call 629-6196.TANK MCNAMARA
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