f Wednesday, June 20, 1973.
THE SUMMER DAILY
Dumping Scheinbilum If'
no way to win a title
By DAN BORUS
You just got to like Richie
Scheinblum. Playing in a sport
which passes over disagreements
and unpleasantries like Ron
Ziegler on Watergate, Scheinblum
has made some perceptive, but
angry remarks about his recent
And who can blame him? Last
year an All-Star outfielder with
the sixth best average in the
American League, Scheinblum
found himself shunted back to
the Junior Circuit after batting
only 54 times for a .224 average
with the Cincinnati Reds.
INSTEAD OF letting Schein-
blum find a groove in the new
League the Reds unceremonious-
ly dumped Richie on the joyous
California Angels after allowing
Cesar Geronimo, a .167 swinger,
to patrol Riverfront's artificially-
Scheinblum reacted the way he
felt, not in silence. "I wasn't
given much of a chance," the
New York native maintained." I
was only a throw in," referring to
the big off-season deal that sent
Scheinblum and pitcher Roger
Nelson to the Queen City and Hal
McRae and Wayne Simpson to
"They only used me when no-
body else was available. I've hit
everywhere I've played. And no
one can say I didn't do the job
in the field."
Scheinblum left with his agi-
tator's colors flying high, "The
Reds have the best team in the
National League between the two
white lines, but they're never
going to win with so-so in there."
The so-so to whom Scheinblum
referred was Geronimo.
WITH HIS NEW lease on life,
Scheinblum has responded with
vigor. Monday night he rapped
two hits in four at bats against
the White Sox, proving that Cin-
cinnati impatience may do harm
to their attempt to repeat in the
Schenblum's case is just one,
but the Reds are clutching and
clutching badly. Despite Manager
Sparky Anderson's protestations
to the contrary, his pitching staff
is in danger of total collapse.
The Cardinals blasted Red pit-
ching for 12, 11, and eight runs
on three successive nights and
when the Cardinals do that to
pitching, the leak is so obvious
that scuba diving is the recom-
mended course of survival.
But hurling is not the only
Red headache. As frequently
happens when a team attempts
to repeat, the Redlegs have been
unable to get consistent hitting
with the exception of Joe Mor-
gan and surprising Davey Con-
cepcion. Bench still gets his rbi's
and Pete Rose his hits, but the
delicate balance that thrust the
Reds to the top last year is miss-
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The Reds have a poor lower
half of the batting order. Rookie
Dan Driessen may make the
grade, but the second time
around the loop will tell the story.
"So-so" is still hitting under .20-.
He is joined in batting famine by .4
of all people, Bobby Tolan.
ALL OF THIS makes the un-
loading of Schienblum suspicious.
Scheinblum is a notoriously slow
starter. Cleveland Indian fans
can remember how Scheinblum
went "Oh for -April." Yet 54 at ,,
bats is hardly three-quarters of
April and already Sparky Ander-
son, who knows be needs hitting,
gave up on Scheinblum.
Maybe Scheinblum was a dis-
asterous force in the internal
c l u b h o u s e make-up. Maybe
Scheinblum wouldn't follow or-
ders. Maybe Anderson is con-
vinced that Geronimo will come
True, Anderson got pitching
help in the Scheinblum deal with
the Angels. But Thor Skogan, 24,
and Terry Wilshusen, also 24,
have yet to prove that they can
pitch in the American League
let alone the National during a
stiff pennant race. Scheinblum is
a proven hitter. Geronimo is not.
The deal looks pretty foolish
now and the first guy to tell you
so was Richie Scheinblum.
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