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impressively, and at the schedulers'
" end was showing the hest brand of,
ball exhibited in two years. His hits
"were frequent and effective, and he
was .awake on the bases. He stole
second with pleasingfreauency.
That disposes of left field.
In center last year Tom Leach was
a sensation, and was all that could
be desired, in every department of
the game. He will start the season
of 1914 in the middle pasture if some
of the dopsters don't succeed in sign
ing him to manage a Federal League
team'. The latter possibility is-remote.
Leach is reaching the end of his play
ing days, but he has enough gray
matter under his uniform cap to land
a managerial berth with one of the
larger minor leagues any time he
wishes when he is handed his release.
Though Leach was a strong man
last year, it is reasonable to believe
that he will fail to last through 1914
af the same striking gait He faltered
slightly during the closing days of
1913, and dropped several points in
his batting. If Tom gives out in the
middle of the season an able sub
stitute must be in readiness to rush
to Tiis assistance.
Getting such a man is Evers' task,
and it is a big one. Uncovering one
star outfielder a year is about as
large a job as any manager cares to
undertake. If he does it le pats him
self on the back. But John has to
get two good outfielders If he is to
finish in better position tiext season
than the one recently closed.
Right field is vacant. Numerous
experiments were tried there after
Schulte was sniffed to left, and the
majority of the candidates had pre
viously failed to make good in the
position left vacant by Jimmy'Stieck
ard. None of the men went well, either,
via right or left. 'Williams started at
a phenomenal batting clip, only to
fall away to practically nothing. Mil
ler, is a crack'-fielder and dizzy base-
runner, but he cannot hit stoutly I
enough. .Wilbur. Goodis not an oldj
man -by any -. neans, jvet, a "veteran.
-He catrfleld arid run Mses, but again
fatal batting weakness is apparent.
No one of this trio is a joke batter,
and eitheris liable to come through
with a flock, of hits now and then.
-" rf - Frank Schulte
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