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BASEBALL
Peter Gammons
April 06, 1987
WISH THEY WERE HERE
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April 06, 1987

Baseball

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...Braves general manager Bobby Cox won a major power struggle last week, removing pitching coach Johnny Sain, manager Chuck Tanner's man, and replacing him with minor league instructor Bruce Dal Canton. "A lot of clubs have been asking about Bruce, and we were getting afraid we'd lose him," says Cox. Privately, the G.M. was disturbed at the lack of progress made by the Braves' young pitchers....

Another Cox move, inviting 42-year-old Graig Nettles to camp, is paying off splendidly. Not only has Nettles proved adept at first base, but he is also hitting a ton. On Sunday he hit three home runs off Baltimore pitching....

Carlton Fisk is getting some work in at first and third for the White Sox. Says Fisk, "I played third a whole season in high school. Of course, the season was only 11 games."

...Last week Willie McGee made his first plate appearance since his off-season knee surgery. On the very first pitch he saw, he swung and broke his bat as he popped up into a double play. Said his manager, Whitey Herzog, "I don't compare it with Ted Williams coming back from the service."

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