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Thursday, March 9, 1989
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BY ALEX GORDON
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National League West
Los Angeles Dodgers- They only
won the World Series last year, yet
everyone seems to be down on them.
Surprise. Despite the fact that Orel
Hershiser will let up a run this year,
the addition of Eddie Murray and
Willie Randolph, and the expected
recoveries of Fernando Valenzuela
and John Tudor will be more than
enough to keep the Dodgers on top.
San Diego Padres- This is the
year of Southern California in the
NL West (They need something to
make up for the Rose Bowl). The
acquisitions of Jack Clark and Bruce
Hurst, and the continued steady hit-
ting of the NL's Wade Boggs (minus
Margo Adams) Tony Gwynn will
make it a fun summer in Padre town.
Cincinnati Reds- Don't be sur-
prised to see Pete Rose fired if the
Reds aren't in first by June 1. Who
will replace him? The Reds owe Ray
Knight another chance at filling
Houston Astros- Houston has had
good pitching since the days they
were featured in the now classic "The
Bad News Bears in Breaking Train-
ing" and this year is no exception.
Alas, Houston is plagued by that
nagging problem of having no hit-
San Francisco Giants- I refuse to
believe 40-year-old Rick Reuschel
can be the ace of a staff. Will Clark
will perform, but the Giants have too
many ex-Chicago Cubs on their
Atlanta Braves-They are just
plain bad. Ex-Detroit Tiger Darrell
Evans deserves better.
National League East
New York Mets- It is scary how
good this team is. If Darryl Straw-
berry can keep his Mike Tyson imi-
tations to himself and rookie Gregg
Jefferies plays half as well as he is
expected to, make your travel plans
to leave the country come October
(Does anyone out of the tri-state area
like this team?).
Chicago Cubs- Hey, hey. Holy
cow, no doubt about it, the Cubs are
on their way. The Cubs are gonna hit
this year, are going to pitch this
year, and as long as they keep the
ball out of Goose Gossage's hands
the Cubs are going to win this year.
Wouldn't you love to see them beat
out the Mets?
St. Louis Cardinals- The Cards
have a young pitching staff that is
bound to blossom because they al-
ways do in St. Louis. They'll have
to make a run at it this year though,
because inevitably they'll all have
arm problems in '90.
Pittsburgh Pirates- In the current
issue of Sport Magazine, Andy Van
Slyke is wearing on of the ugliest
sweaters I've ever seen. With that
kind of fashion taste, his numbers are
bound to fall.
Montreal Expos- Pascual Perez
had had a relapse and is in drug reha-
bilitation again. Tim Raines and
Andres Galarraga will be their to
supply the hitting, but that won't
matter if the Expos can't get anyone
Philadelphia Phillies- The only
reason they aren't the Braves is be-
cause they have Mike Schmidt in-
stead of Dale Murphy.
American League East
Detroit Tigers- The Tigers will
win because every other team in the
division will be distracted by things
going on off the field, or is just plain
bad. Did you ever see David Letter-
man do his Sparky Anderson imita-
tion? It's reason alone to pull for the
Milwaukee Brewers- The Brew
Crew just might have won this divi-
sion, but Ben Oglivie went down
with an injury, and frankly there
aren't just enough players on this
team any one has heard of outside of
Toronto Blue Jays- They have a
neat new stadium and George Bell
but, weren't the Blue Jays the pre-
mier team in baseball just a year and
a half ago. If GM Pat Gillick ever
makes a trade the Jays might fly once
Boston Red Sox- One of John
Tower's two favorite teams. Despite
Wade Boggs' infidelity he'll hit .350,
but the loss of Bruce Hurst will hurt
this team more than anything else.
New York Yankees- The other
team Tower roots for. Ricky Hender-
son said that the Yanks were hurt by
too much drinking last year, and I'm
sure having Billy Martin as a man-
ager didn't help either.
Baltimore Orioles- There's no
way this team could be any worse
than last year. They jettisoned their
older high-priced veterans and are
ready to start anew. Besides there's
really no way they could be as bad as
they were last year. Is there?
Cleveland Indians- What can you
say about Cleveland that hasn't al-
ready been said? After the Cavaliers
season is over, it's going to be a
long summer by the shores of Lake
American League West
Oakland Athletics- Only divine
intervention can keep the Athletics
from finishing on top. They have to
make sure that Jose Canseco keeps
away from behind the wheel, and
Dennis Eckersley doesn't read
Guillermo Hernandez's biography.
Minnesota Twins- Hats off to
thee, for our colors true we shall ever
be. Kirby Puckett is a machine, but
the Twins won't capture the division
because they play 81 games on the
Texas Rangers- They made more
deals than Monty Hall at the winter
meetings, but Nolan Ryan's no
spring chicken. The Rangers will be
improved but in .this division that
means being five games under .500
instead of 10.
Chicago White Sox- The White
Sox needed a big trade in the off sea-
son, so they got infield scrub Eddie
Williams. You figure it out. Harold
Baines' knees are better, Ron Kittle's
back in town and the Sox are staying
in Chicago. Now, only if they could
lure Greg Luzinski out of retirement
they might make a run.
Kansas City Royals- The Royals
still owe Dan Quisenberry over 15
million dollars and he isn't even on
their team. George Brett is old, Frank
White is old, Willie Wilson is old,
and the Royals are going no where.
California Angels- Jim Abbott
could divert some of the attention
away from this team's sagging
record. Gene Autry tried to lure free
agents with big money over the
winter, but not even greed could
bring players to Anaheim.
Seattle Mariners- Just give up-
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