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THEY START ON SPRING TRAINING TRIPS fMlLLER,^ 'HUGGING Ί7Ώ. BARRQW Miller HuRBln.s and l'.il Burrow, t lie two new Americans-league mana gers. I'lie outcome of Uie American league race may depend to a grtsat ex tent iijk>ii (lie success tliesc men havc_with their clubs. The advance guards of several big league clubs are already in the spring training camps working out the kinks in muscles and hardening themselves for -the 1918 campaign. Within a few days every player, veteran and rookie, will be in uniform. The situation in the two major leagues this spring is the most com plicated it has ever been. Practically every team has been hit by the war. A number of stars have been called into service and their places must be filled. The winter saw the greatest array of trades of any year. In ev ry ι way the task of sizing up the pros pects of the sixteen clubs is more difficult than in a normal year. The situation in tho American League is particularly puzzlirrr. ^'13 two clubs which last year gave fhe league leaders the most trouble have been'hardest hit by the wnr. Ronton has lost many stars and Cleveland is not nnuch better off. The CMev«»!and caso is perhaps the mmt drsporate of the two as Cleve'and has not boon «.ble to benefit by the winter trades as has Boston. Two new managers in the league further complicate the situation. Mil ler Huggins of the Yankees, and Ed Barrow of the Red Sox. Mi 1er HuggiJis for the first time in li s managerial! carccr will have plenty c,f material ami money to work witli. In SI, Paul Hoggins was never able to pet players or money tc. buy players with, in New York he ean have any thing he asks for witn'.n reason. I ;<! Harrow has no easy prop* it ion at Boston. But Fd knows baseball an/1 has usually been rather fortun ate in ft-cttlTvr the most out of the material at hand. The following will give an accurate idea of how the clubs will find them selves as the training: season opens. The White Sox—This club has suf fered less than any other during" the winter. Jim Seott, veteran pitcher, who was nearing the end of his use fulness to the club, was the only rég la?· to leave the club. The same club which won the world's championship last fall will take the· field in April. There ir; every reason, for believing* they wi'l repeat this year. The Ilefl Sox—This club is the enigmn of the league. Nine regulars, including Manager Barry, have gone into service and +he 3 918 club will be an entirely different organization from that which finished in second nlaee last fall. Fd Barrow, the new manager re st. buiM up a new infield and reoo "truet his outfield. The pitching str.ff 5s almost as good as last year w'th Ruth Ma-s. "Leonard and Joe Bush, and the possibility of Fos ter being able to work regularly. The Ind'nns—Manager Lee Fohl faces tho problem of having to solve the first base question again. Harris, who exceeded n.n exportations last season M-ns "allé1 bv the draft and Fohl probably wi1! Imve to choose from Martv Kavp nurh nnd a couple of untriod w>n' <c, «n^e Cleveland outfield, one of tho b^st in the league, 's intart and fhn ^itrh.ipg staff will ho buVlt amnnfl Ba~bv Ôovelskie and Klepfer. Tlie Indians should be there or thereabout all season. The Tifçers—Hughle Jennings again faces his old problem—a pitching staff. The Tigers promise to repeat as the best hitting club in the league, but the pitching staff is weak. Burns, the only regular to be called into service, should not bo badly missed. His work at first and with the stick last season was mediocre. 'Πιο Yankees—This club has Its 1917 problem to work out again, that of getting an outfield that can hit the ball. Miller Huggins begins his first season in the American league with a strong intield, a fair pitching staff, one of the best catchers in the league and a very doubtful outflefd. The Yankees were undoubtedly strength ened by the acquisition of Dewill Tratt. The Nationals—Clark Griffith fail ed to add any offensive strength to his c'nb during the winter, although his infield should be a trifle stronger with I^avan at short. The club lost Mnnoskv and Leonard, both of whom have joined the colors. The Browns—If Fielder Jones can smother the dissension which wreck ed his club last year he should finish better than in 1917. The trading of Lavan and Pratt was the initial move toward this end. Cullop and Shocker should help the Brown pitching staff, but Jones raav find trouble in filling the holes in his infield, and his out field is not particularly promising. The Athletics—Connie Mack was hi the procse of building up a new ma chine when the war came along and tore down all he had constructed. 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