Philadelphia Inquirer - February 10, 1980
Lyle slipped away, but Green’s fishing again
By Allen Lewis, On Baseball
The month-long inter-league trading period begins Friday, and several deals may be announced that day. Don't be surprised, in fact, if the Phillies reveal that they have traded for Texas' Sparky Lyle, the lefthanded relief pitcher manager Dallas Green feels he needs to regain the National League East title. The deal just missed being completed at the winter meetings.
Also look for the Indians to swap outfielder Jerry Mumphrey, who hit.295 for the Cardinals last season before going to Cleveland in the Bobby Bonds deal, for lefthanded pitcher Bob Owchinko, who had a 6-12 record and a 3.74 earned-run average for the Padres.
Hank Aaron does little for his image when he says things like, "I think (Pete) Rose's nose is longer than mine. I've never brown-nosed a sportswriter in my life.... I'm sure Rose being (named) the player of the decade was just a matter of him being more of the sportswriters' favorite."
Aaron added he doesn't think he's a cinch for the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible after the 1981 season. "Who knows, they might not vote for me," he said.
I wonder if Aaron will have mellowed enough by the time of his election to match Duke Snider's elation over his last month.
"How sweet it is – even sweeter, I guess, because of the long wait," said Snider, who waited 11 years. "The suspense kept building I think it means more to me this way."
NOTES: Red Sox manager Don Zimmer thinks the return of catcher Carlton Fisk would be the greatest tonic his team could receive. "I'd swim the ocean for Fisk to catch 125 games," he said. "Every time someone asked me about wanting a 16-game winner, I said first I want a healthy Fisk."... If you like sure-thing wagers, bet that Cubs first-baseman Bill Buckner hits.300 this season. Starting in 1971, when he first went to bat 200 or more times in the major leagues, he has batted .319, .314, .301 and .323 in even-numbered years,.277, .275, .243, .284 and .284 in odd years.... "What the Reds were in the 70s, we'll be in the '80s," recently predicted that renowned pessimist, Tigers manager Sparky Anderson. "We'll be the winningest team in baseball for a decade."... The Angels already have broken the American League record (held by the Royals) for season-ticket sales and expect to pass the 15,000 mark by opening day.... Things I read but don't believe: "I don't intend to come back to baseball. I own several country-and-western shops, and I'll be spending a lot of time in the business. I've got a home in Dallas near Mickey Mantle, and I'll play golf, fish and spend time with my family. It's the first time I've been out of baseball in 33 years. I'm not bitter, I'm just tired of being hurt." They are Billy Martin's words, but the first time the Rangers fall into a slump, owner Brad Corbett will fire manager Pat Corrales, make an offer to the former Yankee, and Martin will come running.
The answer to last week's Trivia Question: Babe Ruth hit 68 of his 714 career home runs in Shibe Park, Philadelphia, the most he hit in any city as a visiting player. William Koch of Oaklyn, N. J., was first with the correct answer. This week's question: Which major league team, operational in every season from 1901 to the present, has produced the fewest no-hit, no-run games?