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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 21, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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By Mark Shields
Jim Archer, catcher, is the only
Cub ball player having contract trou
bles with the management, and he
remains in Chicago while 28 of his
mates are speeding westward to
spring training camp. Jim Vaughn
and one or two others will sign up
when they climb aboard the train at
points west.
Archer's defection is not as serious
a blow as it would have been a cou
ple -of years ago. Last season the
veteran was a constant sufferer from
injuries which kept him out of the
game for the greater part of the
campaign. As a player ages he is
more susceptible to injury.
Art Wilson will be looked to for
the burden of catching at first, with
the chances better than even that
Dillhoefer will be able to take a load
of work from Wilson's shoulders.
Though he is touted as a second
Schalk, Dillhoefer seems to be a real
player. Usually the youngster la
beled as a second edition of Isome
star 'proves to be the most flagrant
kind of a flivver.
If the backstopping department
can be bolstered there will be no
great weakness apparent in the Cub
team. It was the open joint of the
armor last year. There are enough
good pitchers veterans and recruits
to warm the heart of any manager,
and Fred Mitchell is noted as a tutor
of heavers.
The list of players in the camp is
plentifully sprinkled with recruits,
highly praised in the regions from
which they come. It is dubious, how
ever, if any of these young men, with
the' exception of some pitching con
didates, will be able to win regular
rths when the season starts.
clack, Mann and Williams should
outfield fixtures. If there is a
change it will come in a garden least
expected. Flack has never received
the praise due him. He is a remark
ably fine player and will show even
better under the tutelage of Mitchell.
Mann at the close of last season
was as good as any outfielder in the
National league. Jacobson, Smith
and Wolter are worthy candidates,
but they must show something out
of the ordinary to start the year as
regulars. Later one may get a chance
when the pitching baffles some of
our early season clouters.
A small army of recruits will be on
hand trying for jobs at third base
and shortstop. And they are doomed
to disappointment. Deal can be
counted on to star in the National
league this year. He has hit better
than .300 two years in a row, and be
fore pitching only slightly less ef
fective than he will find around Mr.
Tener's circuit Defensively there is
no third baseman in the business,
American or National league, who
has anything on the new Cub.
Wortmann is a kid who received
his baptism of fire last year. He was
with a club that hadn't a shot for the
pennant. There was little ambition
in the outfit and not much incentive
for a youngster to show any great
ability, ltfo one was riding him in
the proper way. Of course, the
Great Zim was next to him l for ,a
time, but the Great Zim did more
harm than good by the way he
howled at the youth. Larry Doyle
will be an entirely different influence.
Wortmann was no slugger, but he
was as good as the majority of big
league shortstops. He has a confi
dent position at the plate and is in
lilttle danger of going back. His
movement as a batter should be for
ward. No one has a chance to oust Larry x
Doyle from second base. Doyle has
been south all winter .and declared
before the train left last night that
his injured ankle was as good as.
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