Philadelphia Inquirer - November 6, 1980

Green will sign today to manage Phillies in 1981


Compiled by The Inquirer Staff


Dallas Green will sign a one-year contract today to manage the Phillies in 1981.


The announcement will come at a 9 a.m. press conference, shortly before Green boards a plane for the instructional league in Florida.


Green had repeatedly indicated that he did not want to return as the field boss and said yesterday he might ask for a $150,000 salary to relent. Phils owner Ruly Carpenter has coaxed Green to manage another season, but terms were not immediately available.


One player, outfielder Bake McBride, has said he does not want to come back if Green manages again.



Green reportedly is in line to succeed Paul Owens as the Phils' vice president and player personnel director when Owens retires. 

Up for grabs


Series heroes McGraw, Unser in free-agent draft


From Staff and Wire Reports


Tug McGraw told New York what it could do with the Phillies' World Series championship. Most of the Phillies' official family smiled.


Yesterday, the relief pitcher in effect told the Phillies what they could do with their salary offer and, to reinforce his feelings, declared himself eligible for the free-agent reentry draft. Nobody laughed.


"I have entered the free-agent draft as of this afternoon," McGraw said. "My request to the Phillies was this: My contribution to the first world championship in 97 years was equal to that of any person or player on that team. I want to be in the norm with the salaries of these players. To date, the Phillies have declined to make me a proposal of salary comparable to those salary levels of the other key players of the team. I didn't want this, but at this point there was no other choice."


Phillies personnel director Paul Owens would make no comment on McGraw's statement. He said he didn't plan to negotiate with anyone through the media.


That, ostensibly, also meant no comment on Del Unser, who also opted for free agency yesterday, the same day pitcher Larry Christenson signed a one-year contract, keeping his name off the list.


Last night's midnight deadline – 15 days after the end of the World Series – was merely to declare for the Nov. 13 draft. Players who filed still can sign with their teams until Monday, three days before the draft takes place.


Owens will discuss terms again with McGraw and his agent, Phil McLaughlin, tomorrow.


McGraw apparently would prefer to remain with the Phils, just as Dodgers outfielder Dusty Baker, who declared for the draft Tuesday, would like to stay with Los Angeles. Because of that, Baker encouraged the Dodgers to retain his negotiating rights, and McGraw hopes that the Phillies will do the same with him. Teams routinely may opt for such rights at the conclusion of the reentry draft.


McGraw finished the regular season with a 5-4 record, a 1.47 earned run average and 20 saves. He then appeared in nine of the Phillies' 11 postseason games, collecting two saves in the National League playoff series and a victory and two saves in the World Series. He was the winning pitcher in the Phillies' come-from-behind victory in the tide-turning fifth game of the World Series, and he pitched the last two innings of the deciding sixth game.


Unser batted only .264 during the regular season, but he batted .400 in the playoffs and .500 in the World Series, picking up key hits as a pinch-hitter.


Also declaring for the draft yesterday was outfielder Steve Braun of the Toronto Blue Jays.


Only one other player, Texas pitcher Charlie Hough, was eligible to join the free-agent list, but the knuckle-baller reportedly was close to signing a contract with the Rangers.


Of the 52 players eligible for the draft, only one – Montreal Expos first baseman Willie Montanez – carries no amateur-draft compensation requirement for the team signing him. That's because Montanez signed his current contract before Aug. 9, 1976, when the current basic agreement, including its free-agent provisions, took effect.



Two other players not in next week's draft could wind up as free agents anyway. Pitcher Doyle Alexander of the Atlanta Braves and in-fielder Jack Brohamer of the Cleveland Indians have exercised their contract rights to demand trades and, if they are not dealt by March 15, can declare themselves free agents.