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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 05, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
Winter baseball and "the de la
grippe" have much, in common. Both
make you ache all over.
Fred Mitchell, 1917 manager of the
Cubs, is in Chicago looking over the
new field and becoming acquainted
with the local sporting fraternity.
Fred is taking the occasion to give
his ideas on how a major league club
should be conducted and stacks up
as a liberal person. He is against a
checkrein on the athletes and would
let them take care of their own train
ing. He does not ban cigarettes and
will make no rule against drinking
or establishing early bed hours.
These affairs are to be left to the
pjayers themselves after Fred points
out that condition is the great neces
sity for a -man who would stand the
pace of big league work.
And Mitchell may be able to put
over such a program. His regulars
are well-behaved, earnest workmen,
who are not given to the-Tialto stuff,
but a few of the youngsters may
need a strong hand when getting
vtheir first taste of life under the big
tent. This is the problem of the
manager and is for him to settle
without interference. He is going 'on
the Pat Moran and Wilbert Robinson
theory, which has been successful in
the National league the last couple
of seasons.
Mitchell is finding that his fellow
managers are not given to making
trades unless they can sea a certain
advantage ahead for themselves. He
failed in negotiations with the Car
dinals ancLReds and also found Jilm
self against a dead wall when talk
ing to Jimmy Callahan of the Pirates.
The new pilot is coming to the con
clusion that any improvement in the
Hub must come from the inside and
. 'st he made with the material left
from last year and secured through
purchase and draft late in the fall.
The majority of this new material is
pitching stuff and from these young
sters Mitchell is sure to dig up some
fellows worthy of regular johs.
v Aldridge, Carter and Perry are all .
heavers of proven ability. Carter V
and Perry showed the big fellows
something in a couple of chances last
season and Aldridge had an excel
lent recordNn. the American- ase'n.
McTIgue, a southpaw, is another fel
low Mitchell looks to for some reg
ular lefthanding.
One or two infielders of fair pron
ise have been acquired, but present
indications are that the inner de
fense will be composed of Saier,
Doyle, Wortman and Deal when the
first bell rings. It is a quartet of
possibilities,, but is not positively a
star outfit
Hunter should at least win a utility
berth with the infield.
In the garden Mitchell has Mann
Flack, Williams, Jacobson, Wolter
and. Smith to count on, and it is
probable he will carry five of these
men. Wolter was a star in the coasf
league and may be good enough to -win
a regular berth. Williams is to
be kept in'center field, it appears, and
Mann and. Mark start as regulars.
Smith and Jacobson should fight for
the remaining job.
Talk of using Mann in trading ma
terial does not sound good. The idea -of
trading him, along with Hendrix
or Lavender, for Dode Paskert of the
Phils-, is too ridiculous to be enter-
ftained. If that is dene, a hurry calL
should be sent out for Jack Pfeister
and. Johnny Kling. flr
No more old men are wanted on
this North Side club. It Js in the
process of rebuilding and needs
every youngster within reach. Mann
is young, has speed, can hit, runs
bases better than any of his fellow '
gardeners and covers lots of ground.
Flack is another outfielder who ia
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