Philadelphia Inquirer - February 17, 1980
Cheer up: It’s time to play ball!
By the Associated Press
While most of America and the world concentrates on the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid this week, major league baseball will quietly begin spring training.
The Atlanta Braves, who finished last in the National League West in 1979, will be first in official camp openings when pitchers and catchers report to their West Palm Beach, Fla., site on Tuesday and begin workouts on Wednesday.
The New York Yankees' camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., opens on Thursday, and four more camps – the Cleveland Indians in Tucson, Ariz., the Oakland A's in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland. Fla., and the Minnesota Twins in Orlando, Fla. – open Friday.
The Phillies will be among the last to set up shop. Players are to report to Clearwater, Fla., on March 3. The first workout is scheduled for March 4.
Playing time and money can’t buy happiness
By Allen Lewis, On Baseball
When outfielder Jerry Martin and catcher Barry Foote were with the Phillies, all they wanted was to be traded to a team that would let them play regularly. They got their wish when they were traded to the Cubs a year ago. But playing regularly hasn't brought happiness.
Foote wants his $150,000-per-year contract renegotiated, and Martin Is incensed because the Cubs have offered him a one-year contract instead of meeting his demand for a $1 million, five-year deal.
Martin, who contends the Cubs have reneged on promises made at the time of the trade, says he can't stand the organization and wants to be traded. "The whole situation stinks. They are in the dark ages, and they are not going to win anything unless they change," he says.
Still, Foote and Martin are better off than second-basemen Ted Sizemore, who was also included in that trade. The Cubs tried to make Sizemore happy by giving him a $26,000, interest-free loan and a $600-per-month apartment in addition to his salary. But Sizemore popped off so much that then-manager Herman Franks traded him to the Red Sox late last season for almost nothing. Sizemore made $155,000 last year, but his 1980 salary is not guaranteed, and the Red Sox expect Jerry Remy to return as the regular second baseman this season.
How quickly they become disenchanted.
NOTES: Nolan Ryan blames Angels general manager Buzzie Bavasi for his leaving the club and signing with the Astros for $1 million a year. He said Bavasi didn't respond soon enough to the club's many 1979 injuries, and appeared less interested in winning than in making money. Ryan says there was a rift between Bavasi and manager Jim Fregosi, and that former general-manager Harry Dalton should get the credit for building the club.... Jose Cardenal, the former Phil now with the Mets, believes the Phillies made a mistake when they signed Pete Rose. "If they were going to spend the kind of money they spent on Pete, they should have spent it on pitching," he says. "They needed it more then, and they still need it. I'm not taking anything away from Pete. He had a super season.... I never saw a man hustle like him. They went after him be cause they were looking for a leader, but what they needed was pitching." Cardenal, incidentally, is down to 140 pounds because he's been on a liquid diet since a throw to the plate broke his jaw last August.... Buddy LeRoux, one of the Red Sox owners, also heads a charter-airline company that plans to acquire two DC-8s for use by the Red Sox and other big-league teams.... Former Phillie Jim Lonborg, a 1964 pre-med graduate from Stanford, will begin studying to become a dentist at Tufts this summer. He is also expected to pitch batting practice for the Red Sox this season.... Braves season-ticket sales are up almost 40 percent, an increase traceable to interest in the club's off-season player acquisitions..
The answer to last week's Trivia Question: Detroit Tigers pitchers have produced only four no-hit, no-run games, fewest of any major league team in operation frem 1901 to the present. George Mullin pitched the first in 1912, Virgil Trucks had two in 1952, and Jim Bunning pitched the last in 1958. Albert Welsh of Coatesville was first with the correct answer.
This week's question (submitted by Jerry Van Horn of Philadelphia): What pitcher lost the most games for a post-1900 pennant-winning team?