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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 6, 1986, Winnipeg, Manitoba Ale ast by Bob Fowler Orlando Sentinel Detroit tigers manager Sparky Anderson 8 ims finish strengths pitching was fourth in league with Good Power in lineup with Lance Parrish one of games Best two Way team Tough to beat in Home Park weaknesses Fielding was worst in league and offence was poof with team batting average of no reliever except Willie Hernandez 31 saves or proven new Talent of Dave c Dave Engle and if Doug Flynn add experience to pitching Jack Dan Petry and Walt Terrell Are three Quality starters with los Dave Lapoint and Frank Tanana intangibles is Alan Trammell and 2b Lou Whitaker must recover from off Collins could ignite predicted finish Toronto Blue jays manager Jimy Williams 1985 finish 9962 strengths second in league with batting led in pitch ing with Good bullpen is one of games weaknesses defence is catching suspect with Buck Martinez and Ernie Whitt Plato Ning question Mark at 3b with Ranee Mulliniks and Garth new Talent lip Stan Clarke was 144 at 3b Kelly Gruber hit 21 homers at in Cecil fielder hit in 30 pitching starters Dave Doyle Tom Filer Jimmy key solid As is bullpen of Jim Bill Tom Dennis intangibles team must adjust to Williams As new needs big year again from platoon players or newcomers must predicted finish Boston red sox manager John Mcnamara 2 1985 finish 8181 strengths led league with batting Wade Boggs games Best singles Jim Rice and Tony armas perfect Power hitters for Fenway Rich ged Man a top no Bast Tiger slugger Kirk Gibson weaknesses pitching was aver age and Fielding poor in Oil can Boyd was winning est Pitcher with 15 team lacks is play is new Talent Don Baylor 23 91 Sammy Stewart nine saves with Baltimore should help Relief pitching Roger Bruce Al Nipper have Poten tial to form decent Bob Stanley still tops out of intangibles armas must Bounce Back after injury predicted finish new York Yankees manager Lou Piniella ims finish 9764 strengths outstanding offence with Mattingly and Hen Righetti 29 saves now ranks As one of top weaknesses average shortstop a starting pitch ing George Steinbrenner influence always a new Talent do Mike easier homers should hit Well in Yankee of Gary Roen Ecke hit for pitching Ron Guidry 226 and Joe Niekro offered Whitson 108 could be key to Marty Bystrom or Brian Fisher around to serve As intangibles can team adjust to playing for old pal Piniella predicted finish Baltimore orioles manager Earl Weaver 1985 finish 8378 strengths led league in homers and runs Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken als Best 12 weaknesses pitching and Field ing collapsed in 3b a problem on defence with Floyd Stayford top c kick Dempsey is men Talent former Boston is Jackie Gutierrez can f Iel Dand May play former Angel of Juan Beniquez might pitching Mike Boddicker 12 storm Davis Mike flan Agan Dennis Martinez 13 Tippy Martinez Scott Mcgregor 1414 must come intangibles Alan Wiggins might Supply enough Speed to boost Fence but it appears players in key pitching defence roles getting predicted finish Cleveland indians manager Pat Corrales 1985 finish 60102 strengths hit As team in Julio Franco solid hitting is with 90 Andre Thornton top decent team weaknesses last in pitching with Era and 12th in catching is among leagues new Talent Ken Schrom was 62 at pitching lip Neal Heaton is Best with 917 record while Jerry Reed Jose roman Don Schulze Tom Waddell 86 and Curt Wardle 76 also intangibles bullpen needs Ernie Camacho to return after injury As does of Mel time for Brook Brett Butler to predicted finish Milwaukee Brewers manager George Bamberger 1985 finish 7190 strengths proven veterans in in Cecil Cooper 3b Paul Molitor of Ben Oglivie of Robin Yount weaknesses average in offence and one of worst in Field starting pitchers Are new Talent Mark Clear was 13 at c Rick Cerone hit at pitching Ted Higuera 158 is top but rest of staff lacks experience with Jaime Cocanower Danny Darwin 818 and Bob Gibson intangibles Bamberger noted As pitching coach could work Miracle with Young staff and make this team a predicted finish Al West by Bob Fowler Orlando Sentinel Kansas City royals manager Dick Howser 6th 1985 finish 9171 strengths reliever Dan Quisen Berry 37 saves one of games George Brett and Willie Wilson top Speed is weaknesses offence ranked 13th in Middle Relief pitching is so is Bench new Talent Steve Farr rep 104 at Mark Huismann rep had 34 saves at pitching starters Brett Saberhagen Charlie Leibrandt 17 Danny Jackson Gubicza 1410 and Bud Black 10 15 give royals intangibles can magic of last years playoffs and world series carry Over into 1986 is pm Hal Mcrae 40 too old predicted finish Minnesota twins manager Ray Miller 1985 finish strengths tied for fifth in Bat Ting and third in Fielding last Quality Young players in Kent Hrbek 21 93 Tom Brunansky 2790 and Kirby puck weaknesses pitching was uth with Ron Pavis 25 saves Only proven new Talent Roy Smith and Ramon Romero from Cleveland May help Middle pitching pert Blyleven Frank Viola 1814 with Mike Smithson 1544 and John Butcher 1114 form top intangibles this is Millers first full season and that could help Many of teams regulars should be ready to reach peaks of predicted finish California Angels manager Gene Mauch 1985 finish 907 strengths defence was leagues pitching ranked Veteran players fill club came with in one game last weaknesses last in hitting with batting aged veterans could Wilt in Long new Talent reliever Gary Lucas was 62 at of Rufino Linares hit at pitching Mike Witt 159 and Ace Bret Saberhagen Ron Romanick 149 Are Good Young but rest of staff is Relief wont be Only up to Donnie Moore 31 intangibles team with Reggie Doug Booby Brian Downing May just be too old to keep loss of Rod Carew could affect predicted finish Chicago White sox manager Tony Larussa finish 8577 strengths second in league in Fielding in Harold Baines 123 one of games top Home run punch in Carlton Fisk Ron Kittle Greg Walker weaknesses offence one of leagues poorest with team starting pitching catching if Fisk moves to new Talent rep Joe Cowley 126 with rep Dave Schmo Cut 76 at Texas May help if Wayne Tolleson hit at pitching Floyd Richard Potson must come Bob James Ace reliever 32 intangibles moving of Fisk to of could create problems there and at pitchers must predicted finish Seattle mariners manager Chuck Cottier finish 7448 strengths third in Fielding in Good Power in Gorman Thomas 32 Alvin Pavis Jim Presley Phil Bradley weaknesses pitching worst in division and 13th in league with Fielding int Cottier unproven As new Talent Catcher Steve Yeager could help on is Danny Tartabull hit in 19 pitching excellent Young staff with Jim Seattle Mark Lang Ston Moore Matt Young 1219 and Edwin Nunez 16 saves in intangibles Good Young players who May pick this year to become pitchers develop sore arms predicted finish Texas rangers manager Bobby Valentine 198s finish 6299 strengths Home run Power in Pete Obrien Larry Parrish Oddie Mcdowell 18 and Gary Ward improving defence up the Good weaknesses experience is Lack ingot most positions and starting catching is questionable if Darrell Porter can be the no proven stopper in new Talent it exists at almost every position 3b Steve Buechele at Oklahoma of Pete Incaviglia Best of pitching starters Glen de Jose Jeff Matt Williams and Mickey Wright plus relievers Greg Harris and Rich surhoff could make it intangibles this Youthful team could use Zahrah enthusiasm sup plied of Valentine to predicted finish Oakland As manager Jackie Moore 1985 finish 7785 strengths Dave Kingman hit 30 Carney Lansford top Mike Davis 24 homers and Wayne Murphy 20 homers among Best Young weaknesses tied for last in pitching is no proven Catcher weak new Talent Joaquin Andujar was 2112 with p Moose Haas was 88 with of Jose Canseco in 9 games is Best Prospect in pitching Andujar can help staff that includes Chris Codiroli Tim Bui Krueger 940 and Jose Rijo w Wuh Jay Howell 29 saves in will a Adujar influence team favourably pitching staff May Pavis Arad Murp Jay Lorn mighty of predicted finish by Russ White Orlando Sentinel new York mets manager Davey Johnson 5th ims finish strengths starting staff is Excel Lent led by Dwight Gooden Gary Carter is games top Catcher and 100 rib Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry Are big run weaknesses left Field and third George Foster has to contrib Ute Howard Johnson no backup for Catcher new Talent Bob Ojeda joins pitching Tim Teufel is new second Kevin a plays infield and pitching Gooden is Fol Lowed by Ron Sid Fernan Rick Ojeda can Start or Jesse Orosco Roger Mcdowell Are top intangibles Davey Johnsons leadership sets Gooden scares no one looks foward to a series with predicted finish Chicago cubs manager Jim Frey 1885 finish 7784 strengths second baseman Ryne Sandberg is Relief Pitcher Smith gets the big cubs have Good Good weaknesses too Many injuries in 1985 cause of starting pitch ers cant help but be shortstop Job goes to Young Shawon who keep Job at Start of third baseman Ron Cey has to new Talent switch hitter Jerry Mumphrey joins pitching injuries wrecked staff a year Rick Steve Dennis Eckersley and Scott Sanderson Are Fine starters if Smith is Oneman intangibles playing at Wrigley Field in daytime is big Home Field fan National Cable to a predicted finish Louis cardinals manager Whitey Herzog 1985 finish 10161 strengths Speed and Dwight Gooden k Vince Coleman and Willie Mcgee Burn opponents on bases and in shortstop Ozzie Smith is one of games weaknesses cardinals need an Oher starting Jack Clark is Only hitter to get More than a dozen Home new Talent Mike Heath is new Rookie Tim who came with Heath from tries to fill Joaquin and jars Start ing role pitching starters wont be As Good As a year John Tudor is Danny Cox and Kurt Kemp Shire come then its Rick Horton or Bob bullpen by Ken Dayley and Rookie Todd Worrell can intangibles these Guys know How to Herzog wont let them predicted finish Montreal expos manager Bob Rodgers 1985 finish 8477 strengths Relief pitching and Tim Raines in left weaknesses no Tio Nable starting new Talent a couple of rookies May Start Andres Galarraga at first Al Newman at second Tom Nieto May be Catcher or Dann Rookie Pitcher Jeff Parrett is promising pitching Bryn Smith is top Start Floyd Youmans has come along Jay Tibbs and Joe Keth have Jeff Riordan is awesome Tim Burke is big intangibles somehow Rodgers got this team to win 84 games last that was predicted finish Philadelphia Phillies manager John Felske 1985 finish 7547 strengths Mike Schmidt can still speedy Outfield and decent Relief weaknesses catching and Start ing new Talent Steve Bedrosian joins pitching Gary Redus and Milt Thompson add strength to Outfield intangibles two years ago this was a Pennant winning now its theres no looking predicted finish Pittsburgh pirates manager Jimmy Leyland 1985 finish 57104 strengths Catcher Tony second baseman Johnny Ray and comeback of the year Pitcher Rick weaknesses everything but catching and second new Talent pirates picked up Pitcher Bob first baseman Sid Bream and outfielders Mike Brown and Reynolds late last general manager Syd Thrift and manager Leyland Are intangibles drug scandal in Pittsburgh has been put team has new some backing from pitching Reuschel and Kipper need Good Jose Deleon needs a comeback after horrendous 1985 predicted finish no West by Russ White Orlando Sentinel los Angeles dodgers manager Tom 1985 finish 9567 strengths incredible starting pitchers with Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser Speed and Bill Madlock at third base at Start of Mike Marshall in Greg Brock ready to come on Strong at first weaknesses almost Relief pitching needed boost and dodgers got it in de Vande new Talent lefty Vande Berg comes in from pitching terrific starting Crew Fernando Orel her Jerry Reuss and Bob Tom Vande Berg and Ken Howell Are Strong in intangibles dodger Blue this is first class operation that wins and wins and loss of Pedro Guerrero leaves Power hitting predicted finish Cincinnati reps manager Pete Rose strengths Nice starting Dave Parker has regained Power at Johh Franco and Ted Power Are Good weaknesses Rose can con tribute Only so much now As Ruddy Bill has to come Back at third Parker has to match his big pave Conception has to keep going at new Talent John Denny and Bill Gullickson join starting Bojaj is new Kurt Stillwell is battling for shortstop pitching Mario Tom Browning Are joined by Denny and Gullickson on Good relievers Are intangibles this is Pete roses any questions finish san Djemo paries manager Steve Soros 1885 finish 8379 tied 3rd strengths pitching if Hoyt is Good Tow Gwynn in weaknesses no since Alan Wiggins no one runs run production depends on better run More clutch Fernando Valenzuela new Talent Ray Hayward and pm Wojna join pitching pitching Andy pave Dravecky Eric show Are solid Hayward and Wojna have Mark Thurmond comes off bad Goose Gossage is in intangibles supposedly every one is Happy that pick Williams has been replaced by Happy predicted finish Atlanta braves manager Chuck Tanner finish 6696 strengths Centre fielder Pale Murphy is Best player in first baseman Bob Horner is com ing Back weaknesses pitching is Speed int third baseman Ken Oberkfell is still looking for first 50 rib few teams win pennants with third baseman who dont drive in new Talent Ozzie Virgil comes to Andres Thomas joins Paul Assenmacher and plane Ward Are Rookie pitchers to Pitcher David Palmer joins Start vets Billy Sample and Omar Moreno made pitching shakeup earlies this Rick Mahler is 2 Start Zane Joe John son Bruce Sutter needs comeback As intangibles Tanner and new Gen eral manager Bobby Cox bring new predicted finish Houston astros manager Hal Lanier 1985 finish 8379 tied strengths Jose Cruz is Fine out fielder although pushing first baseman Glenn Davis May hit a lot of Home pitching is better than weaknesses astros dont score enough new Talent Charlie Kerfeld joins Billy Hatcher makes bid in pitching Joe Niekro is Nolan Ryan needs to do Mickey Scott and Bob Knepper Are top pave Smith is Good Kerfeld could intangibles Lanier brings Ning attitude from where he assisted Whitey predicted finish san Francisco giants manager Roger Craig finish 62400 strengths reliever Scott Gar belts had a terrific year for a bad third baseman Chris Brown has Rookie will Clark looks Good As first weaknesses everywhere you not much hitting or new Talent Clark at first Candy Maldonado in Juan Berenguer joins pitching pitching Mike Atlee Jim Vida Blue and Roger Mason Start but dont necessarily Garrelts can do so much in Relief along with Mark intangibles Willie Mays was a trailing Camp coach for team Hopes some of Willie rubbed off on predicted finish

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