Camden Courier Post - November 7, 1980

Opinion

 

Phillies:  Celebration turns sour

 

I am from Germany and have just come back from a lengthy stay in that country.

 

I was so proud to see the fabulous Phillies win the National League pennant and then the World Series. You see, my family in Germany follow the Phillies, too, and asked me to write to them about their victory.

 

So, I took a day off work to see the victory parade and celebration and see my idols. Although I live in New Jersey, I came to Philadelphia with pride and a beautiful feeling about our Phillies.

 

But then something happened. As I was standing before JFK Stadium, about four young people pushed me so that I fell and for a moment lost my grip on my handbag, I didn't know it then, but that is when they stole my wallet out of my bag. They made sure there was a disturbance, and when I checked my handbag, my billfold was gone.

 

You know, I cried, because I could not believe that in all that happiness someone could be as mean as this. I guess I am naive.

 

The thieves managed to turn a beautiful and exciting day into a day of regret for ever coming to Philadelphia. It was all the money I had to last me until the end of the month and I had no money to get back home to New Jersey. I also had some 40 German marks and a beautiful pendant that I had just received from my 78-year-old aunt in Germany.

 

I still love my Phillies, but it sure dampened the enjoyment for me. I will think twice before I go to Philadelphia again.

 

A wonderful gentleman, Roscoe Woods, and his lovely daughter, took me back to New Jersey and gave me a dollar to take the high speed line home. I thank him for his kindness.

 

One more thing, I think that Pete Rose, my idol, deserves a lot more thanks than he got because he held it all together. I love you Pete!

 

GISELE M. O'NEILL

Laurel Springs

Green’s work could start trend for other teams

 

By Ray W. Kelly of the Courier-Post

 

PHILADELPHIA – The Greening of the Phillies, a baseball experiment that turned an urban desert into a victory garden and planted the seeds of possible change within other organizations looking to cultivate a world championship, was officially extended for another season.

 

Manager Dallas Green, whose temporary leave of absence from the Phils' front office was extended yesterday by way of a one-year contract for an estimated $150,000, predicted that the road to a World Series repeat would be less rocky in 1981.

 

"But I'm not going to change my personality. I'll still be a pain in the rear end," he said with a chuckle.

 

Some of the players who blossomed under the no-nonsense handling of Green, might fail to see the humor in the statement. But, then again, the heir-apparent to the general manager's job never did promise anyone a rose garden.

 

"I don't think we'll have continuous friction. I mean, I certainly hope not," said Dallas. "I've had time to know the personalities of the players better. Conversely, I hope I've proven to them that I want nothing more than what they want... to win.

 

"When we go to spring training, we won't have the strike thing over our heads. There won't be some of the salary problems we had last year. And we won't have to contend with the new manager thing."

 

A number of baseball big-wigs are more interested in the concept that Green represented, rather than the problems he solved. You see, Dallas was basically an executive who parlayed his administrative muscle (made awesome by the backing of the big bosses) and his baseball knowledge into highly productive atmosphere.

 

Obviously, the athletes would prefer to have a less secure manager looking over their shoulders on a day to day basis. When the judge and jury is sitting right there in the dugout watching the scene of the crime, it's a little tough to claim a case of mistaken identity.

 

The recent decision by Whitey Herzog to retain his job as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals while at the same time acting as general manager may be the first ripple of a trend by management, a new way of dealing with the modern day athlete.

 

There are pitfalls, however. Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter pointed one out during Green's press conference, noting that many players in baseball today have incentive clauses in their contracts.

 

If a general manager negotiates a deal that calls for a bonus for such things as total appearances, stolen bases or the like, it sets up a potentially explosive situation in which the same man (acting as field manager) could be accused of benching a player in order to save the club money.

 

Winning combinations are usually copied by the also-rans, although Green is hoping he'll be back in the front office by the time the rest of baseball finds a way to copy the Phillies' unique situation.

 

"I don't want to go into that career-manager thing," he said. "I'm just excited about what we accomplished in 1980. And I think we can improve on that. I'm looking for ways to make us better.

 

"Offensively, I want to continue the 25-man theory. I want to continue the team concept. We proved that when we do things right, we can win the one-run games, we can come from behind.

 

"My own personal feeling is that we don't have to make a lot of changes. I know we can't stay stagnant in a winning situation. Every team has weaknesses, including the Phillies. We're not going to sit back; We want the same kind of effort we got in 1980. If we don't get it, well make changes.

 

"If we can make a deal, a trade to improve us, we'll do it. Plus, we'll look long and hard at some of the kids who might be ready to continue that pushing of veterans. That will continue the freshness we need.

 

"I'm not going to let us sink back, into a laissez faire attitude... like, we're world champions and all 25 guys are safe."

 

No one is safe in this Garden of Eden. Not with one of the best bloomin' managers in baseball still tending to things.

Phillies sign Baumer to post

 

PHILADELPHIA – Jim Baumer, former General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, has been named Director of the Phillies Minor League Department and Scouting.

 

Baumer, 49, replaces Howie Bedell, who served as director of the minor league system, and Jack Pastore, formerly director of scouting. Pastore will serve as Baumer's assistant.

 

"Basically, I firmly believe in a one-man operation as the head of that department," said Phillies' General Manager Paul Owens. "I learned that a long time ago.

 

"We followed that format while I was that department head and the same when Dallas Green replaced me. We tried to go to the two-head department last year and I'm just not satisfied.

 

"Baumer has a lot of experience in player development and scouting. I feel that experience will do the job for us."

 

Baumer saw major league service in 1949 with the Chicago White Sox and in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds. He played in Japan for five years (1963-67) and became a scout for the Houston Astros in 1968. Baumer joined the Milwaukee organization in 1972 and served as scout, director of player development and General Manager.

 

Baumer has been a Phillies' employee since 1978, when Owens hired him as a special assignment scout with emphasis on the American League. Baumer scouted the Kansas City Royals before the World Series.