My speed and control must both have been above the ordinary, for I made such a record during my senior year at college that overtures were made to me in behalf of one of the great major-league
teams; but in the tightest pitch that ever had confronted me in the past I had never been in such need for control as now.
Despite widespread reports to the contrary, Nakamura said he never considered asking out of his minor-league contract, either to try to catch on with another major-league
organization or to return to Japan.
As one major-league
front-office source puts it, an Angelos countermeasure "won't have a fucking prayer.
Joe Choti, senior vice president and CTO of MLB Advanced Media, which is owned jointly by all 30 major-league
teams, stated, "There is tremendous interest in baseball and the content of baseball, and we are looking forward to the start of another exciting season.
Here are the stories of four players whose major-league
dreams hang in the balance this spring:
Lefferts, also a vice president of KTL/FS and a major-league
free agent this year, has 13 years in baseball including affiliations with the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and the California Angels.
By rule, the players to be named later cannot be players on the active major-league
296 in his first two full major-league
seasons, He dropped off to .
He is irked, however, that while his team could be competing in its first California League championship series - which begins today at either Modesto or Visalia - the talk around the league during the past few weeks has centered around which major-league
affiliates will be where, instead of the action on the field.
McClendon, the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach who spent eight seasons as a big-league outfielder, is the lone skipper in the four-team league currently on a major-league
Ballots will be available at major-league
ballparks, online at baseball's official Web site - www.
Both are expected to contend for major-league
jobs when spring training begins, and right-hander Rob Crabtree, the most dependable pitcher on that '96 CSUN team, could begin the season as a set-up man for the San Francisco Giants.