Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 20, 1986
'M' GRAD NOW HEAD PADRE
Boros runs show in San Diego
By ADAM SCHEFTER
With the NCAA tournament
drawing to a close and the weather
gradually becoming warmer, one
thing can be certain: baseball is
looming on the horizon.
Three weeks ago, Michigan
graduate Steve Boros took over the
talent-laden San Diego Padres as
skipper, succeeding one of the great
managers in baseball, the fiery Dick
"I WAS Dick's first base coach in
Montreal," said the 49-year-old Boros.
"He is as good a manager as you'll
find. The way he uses relievers, pinch-
hitters and even pinch-runners is just
amazing. His tactics are just great."
Succeeding someone like Dick
Williams might be too much pressure
for some, but Boros has felt that
before. He replaced Billy Martin and
Billy Ball at Oakland in 1983.
"There was no pressure on me
following either Billy or Dick," said
Boros. "Pressure is something you
put on yourself to excel. That's great
enough. I have to satisfy my own
pressure to win."
BOROS INHERITS a team that
came within three games of winning
the World Series in 1984. It includes
seasoned veterans Steve Garvey,
Rich 'Goose' Gossage and Graig Net-.
tles, and budding young stars such as
Tony Gwynn, Carmelo Martinez and
Kevin McReynolds yet work remains
to improve the Padres.
"You always have to teach even at
the big league level," said the soft-
spoken Boros. "Just because you've
made it to the majors doesn't mean
that your learning is over. With such
high salaries in today's game the
youngsters are pushed to the majors
at an even faster pace. My staff and I
will make sure these players reach
their potential and maintain a level of
consistency needed to contend."
Of course the veterans can help out.
"THE VETERANS are tremendous
stabilizers," said Boros. "A young
club has a tendency to be up and down
emotionally. The veterans will
provide an even keel for emotional
stability. They won't let you get too up
during a winning streak or too down
during a losing streak."
All is not fine and dandy, though. At
the start of spring training the Padres
received a jolt when 16-game winner
and former American League Cy
Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt
checked himself into a center that
specializes in drug treatment.
"We really hope LaMarr gets better
for the sake of himself and the team.
We need LaMarr to revert back to the
form this team had when they won the
The Padres aren't the only team to
have heard such news recently, as
drugs have filled much of the
headlines. However, Boros feels the
problem may soon be rectified.
"THE PROBLEM has been iden-
tified. More and more players are
stepping forward to submit to testing.
This creates an awareness. They have
to take a stand with action as well as
words. Steps are being taken in the
Boros attended Flint Northern High
School and went on to captain the
Michigan baseball team, before get-
ting a degree in literature.
"I really enjoyed
Michigan," said Boros.'
overwhelmed by the w
my study habits got1
gained a lot more c
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career. I thi
that I have m
chance to suc
my days at leagues for four years and was a
"At first I was coach for the Kansas City Royals
ork, but then (1975-79) and Montreal Expos (1981-
better and I 82) under Williams. Finally, in 1983
onfidence in after the firing of Billy Martin, a
managerial job became available.
The job that Boros longed for.
"I'VE ALWAYS dreamed of being a
major league manager," said Boros.
ckluster However, his stint in Oakland lasted
only 11/2 years. Many people said
playing Boros never pushed anybody around,
that he was 'too nice of a guy.'
nk you "There are so many bad con-
to say notations that come along with the
yore of a 'Mr. Nice Guy image'," said Boros. "I
resent it because people assume that
ceed as I'm lazy and don't care about win-
ning. Maybe my approch is different
than a lot of managers, but it doesn't
mean that I don't want to win more
than anyone else. I want my players
ie BoroS to perform all of the time and I want
to win all of the time."
The Padres may have found the
man to take them back to the top.
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BOROS THEN played professioal
baseball from 1957-68. He played with
the Tigers, Reds and Cubs before
spending his final four years shuffling
around the minors. He finished with a
.245 lifetime batting average.
"I hadcarlacklusterand mediocre
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have to say that I have more of a
chance to succeed as a manager than
a player," said a sarcastic Boros.
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