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10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 20, 1994

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Kansas City's Bob Hamelin
named AL Rookie of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) - Bob
Hamelin, who inherited the Kansas
City Royals' designated hitting job
from George Brett and became one of
the league's best sluggers, was an
easy winner Wednesday as AL Rookie
of the Year.
Hamelin was the first DH to win
the rookie award, and the first Royals
player to earn it since Lou Piniella in
1969. The honor, now named the
Jackie Robinson Rookie Award, was
first presented in 1947.
Hamelin hit 24 home runs, drove
in 65 runs and batted.282. He led AL
rookies in homers, RBIs, runs (64),
hits (88), doubles (25), walks (56)
and games (101) when the players'
strike started Aug. 12.
Hamelin, who also played 24
games at first base, received 25 of 28
first-place votes in balloting by the
Baseball Writers Association of
America. He also got three second-
place votes and finished with 134

points.
Cleveland Indians outfielder
Manny Ramirez, who hit .269 with 17
home runs and 60 RBIs, was runner-
up with 44 points. Texas Rangers
outfielder Rusty Greer, who hit .314
with 46 RBIs and also made a diving
catch that finished off Kenny Rogers'
perfect game, got the other three first-
place votes and was third with 42
points.
The NL rookie award will be an-
nounced Thursday.
Hamelin, 26, broke Bo Jackson's
rookie Royals record of 22 home runs
set in 1987. Hamelin's biggest homer
was a two-out, three-run shot in the
bottom of the 12th inning off Chicago
reliever Roberto Hernandez on July
25 for a 6-4 victory that kept alive
Kansas City's eventual 14-game win-
ning streak. Helped by the string, the
Royals closed within four games of
the AL Central-leading White Sox
when the strike started.

Hamelin also became a fan favor-
ite.at Kauffman Stadium, earning the
nickname "The Hammer." After the
All-Star break, many fans showed up
at the park waving toy hammers when
he came to the plate.
Hamelin ranked ninth in the AL in
home runs, fifth in slugging (.599)
and fourth in home-run ratio, con-
necting once every 13 at-bats.
Hamelin showed power from his
first year in pro ball, leading the North-
west League with 17 home runs for
Euguene after being picked by the
Royals in the second round of the
June draft. Hamelin sustained several
back injuries in his next few seasons
before going through an injury-free
1993, when he hit 29 home runs for
Triple-A Omaha.
Hamelin made his major league
debut in 1993, hitting two home runs in
49 at-bats. At the time, the Royals al-
ready were counting on him to takeover
the DH spot left by Brett's retirement.

Negotiations continue; no progress

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 40-
day break, a lost World Series and a
new mediator changed nothing in the
Major League Baseball talks.
"There was no substance discussed
today at all," union head Donald Fehr
said after the sides met for 90 minutes
Wednesday.
Mediator W.J. Usery, hired Fri-
day by the Clinton Administration,
said the next session will be in 5to 10
days but he will speak with each side
separately before then. Wednesday's
meeting, attended by six players and
11 team representatives, was devoted
to ground rules.
"He needs to get up to speed,"
Kansas City Royals pitcher David
Cone said. "He seems to think smaller
and more concise groups are going to
be better."
Usery, 70, is regarded as the top
mediator in the country and has more
authority than his predecessors be-
cause of his presidential backing. He
mediated the National Football
League's 44-day preseason strike in
1974.
"When you believe you have po-
sitions that are very strong and people

believe in the position, it's difficult,"
he said.
Both sides said they hold Usery in
high regard. Fehr said the union rec-
ognized Usery is brought in only for
the most difficult disputes.
"My optimism is based on com-
mon sense," management's chief ne-
gotiator Richard Ravitch said. "I don't
know any other way we can bring an
end to the dispute and reestablish pub-
lic confidence in baseball."
Ravitch did not back off
management's threat to either unilat-
erally put a freeze on player signings
or impose a salary cap. Fehr said
either action could make talks even
more difficult than they already are.
"I believe very strongly in collec-
tive bargaining," said Usery, a labor
secretary under President Ford.
"People exchanging ideas, thoughts
and proposals."
Wednesday's meeting was only
the fourth between players and own-
ers since the strike began Aug. 12.
The walkout, baseball's eighth work
stoppage since 1972, wiped out the
final 52 days and 669 games of the
season and led to the first cancellation

of the World Series since 1904.
Usery sat with management rep-
resentatives to his left and players to
his right. In all, 31 people sat around
the table.
"I look for owners to be very in-
volved," Colorado Rockies chairman
Jerry McMorris said.
Acting commissioner Bud Selig,
who attended the previous session on
Sept. 9, stayed in Milwaukee.
Management's delegation included
his daughter Wendy Selig-Prieb, the
Brewers' general counsel.
"It's obviously very tough," Usery
said. "If it wasn't, the parties already*
would have resolved it."
Clubs had until midnight to de-
cide whether to offer salary arbitra-
tion to 42 players covered by the
restriction on repeat free agency
within a five-year span.
The California Angels offered arbi-
tration to Chili Davis, who had a $2.4
million salary in 1994 and is attempting
to negotiate a three-year deal worth
about $11.25 million. The San Fran-
cisco Giants were considering offering
arbitration to Darryl Strawberry but
hadn't decided by early evening.

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