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Wednesday, June 15, 1983/The Battalion/Page 9
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United Press International
It’s not that Phillies manager
Pat Corrales didn’t know what
he was doing, it was simply a
matter of the proverbial wrong
place at the wrong time. The
wrong place was St. Louis, the
wrong time was Tuesday night
and George Hendrick was com
ing to bat.
With the winning run on
second, one out and the game
tied at 4-4 in the ninth inning,
Corrales ordered Porfi Altamir-
ano to walk Keith Hernandez.
An inning-ending double
play would have been Corrales’
reward, but Hendrick spoiled
the Philadelphia skipper’s
strategy. The St. Louis outfiel
der lined a single to right that
plated Tom Herr, giving the
Cards a 5-4.
“I don’t second guess what he
did,” said Hernandez, who had
put the Cardinals ahead 4-3 in
the seventh with a two-out, two-
run triple into the right field
“He has to decide if he wants
to face both the No. 3 and 4 hit
ters, or if he should walk me and
set up the double play,” added
Hernandez. “George is just such
a good clutch hitter. He got the
hit. That’s what he’s done all
Tim Raines
Hendrick is batting .333 with
48 RBI — both are second high
est totals in the National League.
St. Louis manager Whitey
Herzog understood Corrales’
“He (Corrales) has to do that,”
Herzog said. “He has to take a
shot at one. If he gets a ground
ball, he has a chance at a double
play. If he pitches to both, then
he’s giving us three chances.”
Philadelphia tied the game at
4-4 in the top of the liinth. With
two out, Joe Morgan doubled to
knock out Cardinals’ starter Joa
quin Andujar. Pinch-hitter Bo
Diaz greeted reliever Bruce Sut
ter with a single to left that
scored Morgan.
Tom Herr led off the St.
Louis ninth with a single to right
and was sacrificed to second by
Floyd Rayford, who made his
pinch-hitting debut for the
Cards in the seventh. After the
intentional walk to Hernandez,
Hendrick followed with his deci
sive single and collected his
team-high seventh game
winning hit.
The Cards battled back from
a 3-0 deficit but only had one hit
in the first five innings.
“Wins haven’t been coming
very easily for us lately,” said
Hernandez, noting the Cardin
als had lost eight of 1 1 games. “1
kind of thought Monday night
we were fiat, but tonight I just
thought we were down.
“We were playing as badly as
we can play. Sooner or later,
things will fall into place. Hope
fully this will be a tonic for us.”
Elsewhere in the NL, Cincin
nati downed San Diego 4-3,
Montreal beat Pittsburgh 7-3,
New York downed Chicago 4-3,
Los Angeles nipped Atlanta 4-3,
and Houston topped San Fran
cisco 3-2.
In American League games
Toronto topped Oakland 13-7,
Cleveland beat New York 9-6,
Boston downed Detroit 6-2,
Minnesota topped Kansas City
8-1, Texas beat Seattle 7-1. The
California at Chicago and Balti
more at Milwaukee games were
rained out.
At Los Angeles, Mike Marshall’s
two-run homer in the second in
ning paced Burt Hooton, 5-2, to
his fourth straight win. Dusty
Baker doubled in the third to
score Hooton and Steve Sax,
each of whom singled. Dave Ste
wart notched his eighth home
REDS 4, PADRES 3 — At San
Diego, rookie Dann Bilardello
lined a single to center with one
out in the ninth inning, driving
in Gary Redus with the tie
breaking run to power Keith
Cato’s second major league win.
Bill Scherrer earned his fourth
save. Cary Lucas took the loss.
—• At Pittsburgh, Tim Wallach
hit a two-run homer and Tim
Raines and Andre Dawson each
added solo shots to lead the Ex
pos. Steve Rogers, 8-3, scattered
nine hits over seven innings and
Jeff Reardons got his eighth
save. Pittsburgh’s Jason Thomp
son hit his seventh homer of the
year. Larry McWilliams, 7-4,
absorbed the loss.
New York, Rusty Staub’s fourth
successive pinch hit, a single
with two out in the 10th inning,
scored Bob Bailor from second
base with the winning run. Dave
Kingman clubbed his 12th hom
er of the year and Danny Heep
added his second pinch-hit
homer of the season to help win
ner Doug Sisk, 2-1. Lee Smith,
1-4, took the loss.
ubs, Ernie Banks finally part their ways
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Sdfc he wa >' thin S s are turning
‘ Kor lit nie Banks, it’s not such
dlc f-' treat day to play two.
^ s 0 " ( w or the past 31 years, he has
,e ‘ inifU Bbolized the Chicago Cubs
lore than any other man who
; ■ever worn their uniform.
Artie so even than Gabby Harl-
If Charlie Grimm, Billy Her-
^ |an and Phil Cavarretta. Now
ks and the Cubs have split,
irst as a player and then as a
1 will ambassador employed
em in a promotional capac-
jlanks has been an integral
of the Cubs for more than
contribiiiffet decades. He was certainly
:1, andtliwbest known and most identi-
th theB Ible member of their “lamily,”
stcheste[i|tjlast Saturday he was told his
ule upoifcrvk es were no longer re-
One of the reasons for the
lak was economic. Perhaps
ore important was the fact
aiiks had missed several sche-
lled appearances in the past
I years, and that led to his
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being labeled “unreliable,”
something he never was called
during the 19 years he played
. for the Cubs.
Maybe it won’t be much con
solation to the generally happy-
( go-lucky, personable 52-year-
old Hall of Earner, but he’s not
alone in what has happened to
him. He merely happens to be
the latest victim.
Banks’circumstance isn’t that
much unlike Willie Mays’ follow
ing Mays' retirement as an active
player with the Mte at the end of
1973. He had signed a 10-year
contract with them when they
got him from the Giants in 1972.
The question then became what
he could do to earn the money
the Mets would pay him for the
next eight years alter he was
eeough playing.
A job in the front office was
out because Mays didn’t have
the inclination or patience for
that. It was extremely difficult
for him, and still is, to sit in the
press box and watch a game be
cause the instinctive desire to
play is still so strong.
“I know I can still go out there
for a few innings or even play a
whole game,” he said to me not
long ago, “but what about the
next day?”
Mays was given the designa
tion of part-time coach for the
Mets and his duties were loosely
defined. The Mets have to be
blamed for that. Willie wasn’t
crazy about going to some of the
places in the country they sug
gested he go because nobody’s
really that eager to go back to the
bushes, even to work with young
players, once he’s gotten accus
tomed to star status in the ma
When it came to appearances,
Mays was no different than
Banks. He got tired of making
appearances but since the club
was paying him for it, he was
expected to go.
Mays and Banks aren’t the
only ones to have gotten them
selves caught in such a box. I
never saw a top star who was all
that eager to make an appear
ance even when he was getting
well paid for showing up. Cu
riously or not, the more “medi-
core” a player is regarded, the
more reliable he generally is ab
out appearances. That’s because
he hasn’t become jaded or weary
yet from making that many
Practically every ballclub has
been faced with the problem of
what to do with some of its top
players after they obviously are
all through. The clubs can’t just
throw an Ernie Banks, a Willie
Mays or a Stan Musial out on the
street. Occasionally, when there
is no place else, some clubs have
found a place for a few of their
special retired players in the
radio or TV booth, but only so
many of those jobs are available.
There haven’t been as many
men as popular as Ernie Banks,
in baseball history. Some of the
other players occasionally kid
ded him about all those wonder
ful things he’d say about the
Cubs or about how he always in
sisted it was “a great day to play
two,” but everybody loved
Ernie. It was hard not to. So the
club comes out the villain for let
ting him go. I don’t think that’s
right, either. Neither Banks nor
anyone else had a right to expect
any club to keep a player on its
payroll for the rest of his life.
Ralph Kiner, the former
home run king who does the
Mets’ games on TV and radio
now, has a viewpoint I agree
with in respect to what any club
owes one of its stars after he’s
through playing.
“To my way of thinking,” he
says, “if the player is contribut
ing to the organization after he
quits playing, then he’s entitled
to fair remuneration just like
any other employee. But when it
conies to the point, in the eyes of
the ballclub, that he isn’t contri
buting, then the club has a right
to get rid of him.”
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