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Adam- Tom and Tigers
Benson going wrong way
Hedging My Bets
Say what you want about Tom Monaghan, it really
will not bother him. You may not like his pizza, his
politics, or his participation in Michigan athletics, but
he still has the good fortune of owning a baseball
While many people will spend their adult lives
trying to get ahead in the business world, Monghan
has returned to his childhood, concentrating on a game.
Since his purchase of the Detroit Baseball Club Inc.,
his investment has brought him a World Champ-
ionship, two divisonal championships, an entirely new
source of personal revenue, not to mention getting
first dibs on possibly the best billboard space in
Detroit - the scoreboard at Tiger Stadium.
Monaghan has said that he did not buy the Tigers to
make money, it was a purchase for his pleasure. Yet
this year, his club will begin the season as weak as
they have since the mid-70s. With the exception of
shortstop Alan Trammell, most of the Tigers are on
the decline. Lou Whitaker, Chet Lemon, and
Guillermo Hernandez are former All-Stars now.
THE TIGERS will platoon players at all three
outfield positions, catcher, first base, and possibly
third base. With the strong spring play of prospect
Torey Lovuillo, even Whitaker's hold on second base
The truth is, these complaints are nothing new.
Every year it seems the Tigers lose some star, only to
come back and be competitive yet another season.
Everyone has figured that the Tigers have been ready to
slip from the ranks of baseball's elite every year of the
last three, only to somehow remain a competitve
But now the Tigers claim to be building a contender,
acquiring other teams' rejects like Chris Brown, Keith
Moreland, and Frank Williams- telling fans that they
are going to take the Tigers closer to a championship.
The Tiger brass seems to be saying, if you are going
to come to the ballpark anyway, why should we bring
top-flight, expensive talent.
If the Tigers are unwilling to go out spend the big
bucks, why don't they begin to think young, like
While the Orioles are far from ready to contend in
the East, fans will enjoy getting a sneak preview of
future young stars like Juan Bell, and Mike Deveraux.
Tiger fans, however, will have to sit through a season
of Chris Brown.
For those who are unfamilar with Brown, this was
the player who the San Fransisco Giants once thought
would turn their franchise around, but they soon dealt
him to division-rival San Diego. The Giants grew tired
of waiting for Brown to recover from questionable
But Brown was still thought highly enough of to be
baptized the next Padre hero. Yet his attitude did not
change. The Padre's acquistion of a quality pitcher like
Walt Terrell will help propel the Padres into
contention for the NL West title.
While Brown and Moreland will help the Tigers -
to a fifth place finish in the East. The Tigers are doing
little to build a contending team. They can't seriously
think they'll contend in the present, nor are they
prepared to build for future. They are content merely
relying on past glories. You might want to avoid
starting your Domino's Pizza boycott just yet, but
until the Tigers start bringing in real talent, you might
want to avoid making the commute into Tiger
Staduim for a while.
Cincinnati Reds' centerfielder Eric Davis shields manager Pete Rose from photographers and reporters
before yesterday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Rose is under investigation for gambling.
Rose under fire from league office
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (AP) -
Pete Rose hasn't been convicted of
anything, but he's already under
The Cincinnati Reds' manager
yesterday ducked questions about
baseball's investigation into "serious
allegations," while a magazine
reported Rose was rumored to have
lost $13,000 in one day at a
There was World-Series type
security at Al Lang Stadium. Rose
walked briskly through two dozen
reporters and photographers and
remained in his office, where an
armed, uniformed guard stood watch.
Rose gave his usual pregame
radio interview to Reds radio
broadcaster Marty Brennaman, but
shed no light on the investigation
revealed Monday by Commissioner
Peter Ueberroth and National League
President A. Bartlett Giamatti.
Gentlemen's Quarterly yesterday
released excerpts from its April
issue, in which Rose's ex-wife and
daughter describe him in unflattering
Karolyn Rose said her former
husband once refused to acknowledge
a gambling debt and later received a
dead fish in the mail.
"He said he was Pete Rose, and
he didn't have to pay no gambling
debts," Karolyn Rose said in the
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