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July 31, 1973 - Image 11

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Tuesday. July 31, 19~3


page Eleven

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Safe at home
Jamie McAndrew, the strapping
young son of hurler James Mc-
Andrew, crawls home in the
New York Met father and son
game Sunday. As McAndrew
comes struggling' home, M e t
pitching ace (right) Tom Seaver
tries to run him home. Con-
sidering the state of health that
the Mets are in at this moment,
the signing of McAndrew junior
could be beneficial to Yogi's men.
AP Photo

Twins eschew machil

By PAT THOMPSON improving the club's batting.

Associated Press Sports Writer
Minnesota Twins invested $2,000
a few seasons ago for a video
tape machine to ttse as an in-
structing aide to their hitters and
But Ralph Rowe, the 5-foot-6,
160-pound coach who gives the
Twins batting lessons, says the
machine isn't responsible for

"I CAN SEE with my own eyes
what a hitter is doing and should
be doing," said Rowe. "I don't
need the machine to tell me a
guy is pulling his head out."
Many of the Twins feel Rowe's
advice and persistent work dur-
ing batting practice is the reason
the team lead the American
League in hitting before yester-

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SPOON RIVER, by Edgar L. Masters
Box 334
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day afternoon's game against
Chicago with a .274 average. The
club hit .244 last year.
"There's not such thing as an
instant hitter," said Rowe, who
played in the minor leagues 20
years and managed another 13
years before Calvin Griffith ele-
vated him as a third base coach
in 1972.
"WE'VE HAD GUYS who have
just worked like crazy on hit-
ting. Take George Mitterwald.
He must have hit 1,000 balls in
the spring. The improvement is
starting to show."
Mitterwald, who hit .184 with
one homer last year, started the
Be careful with fire:
There are babes
in the woods.

ie age
week with a .261 average and 14
"The thing I watch for is the
basic fundamentals," said Rowe.
"I tell 'em to keep their head
in, keep their shoulder in. Know
the release point of the pitcher
and try to hit in on the ground.
"IT'S HARD TO keep a power
hitter straightened out," he add-
ed. "Harmon Killebrew is the
most disciplined hitter I've ever
seen. But you see so many over-
striding, or striding too quick,
pulling their shoulder out and
pulling their head away."
ROWE SAYS HE rarely has to
point out any faults to Rod Ca-
rew, leading t h e American
league with a .348 average.
"Good hitters know why they
have a bad day and can figure
why they didn't get a hit," said
Rowe. "If they don't they start
asking. But Carew is so disci-
plined, that fie can go for months
without doing anything wrong.
'Then he corrects it in one day,
Ite knows what he's doing, knows
the pitcher and knows what he's
going to throw."

Drunk drivers
add color to 4
our highways.
Nothing adds color to our high.
ways like a car crash:
And drunk drivers are involved
in at least 800,000 crashes a year.
And drunk drivers are involved
in the killing of at least 25,000
people a year.
Highways don't have to be this
It's up to you.
Drunk drivers, problem drinkers
and abusive drinkers may be
sick and need your help.
But first we've got to get them
off the road.
For their sake and yours.
Do something. Get in touch
with the National Safety Coun-
cil, Dept. A, 425 N. Michigan
Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611.
And your voice will be heard.
Scream Bloody Murder.
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for the public good.

R.OWE COMPARES his advice
with that of a golf coach.
"For a major league baseball
player, his swing is a lot like a
touring pro golfer," Rowe said.
"If there's one hitch in it, he
can find it."
And how is the coach's golf
"I'm the worst golfer there is,"
Rowe smiled. "I can't keep my
head down."

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