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Peter Gammons
October 03, 1988
A scout's-eye view of the leading players in the battles for the league pennants—and berths in the World Series
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October 03, 1988

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Mike Greenwell, lf. Kills low fastballs, but good balance also allows him to hit breaking balls. Very aggressive (16 steals), but can be a wild man in left.

Ellis Burks, cf. Boston's best all-around player. Bothered by bad wrist, but can pull and is learning logo to right. Bunts, steals. Gold Glove caliber.

Todd Benzinger, 1b. Lefthanded, has a classic swing with loose, quick Carew-like hands. Hits outside pitch off the Wall. Seldom bats righty.

Jim Rice, dh. Looks for breaking stuff and still has power. Inside heat gets by him these days except during streaks, when he can still hit mediocre fastballs.

Larry Parrish, dh-1b. Can't catch up to fastball, but still has genuine power and never gives up. No range at first.

Jody Reed, ss. Medium range, great hands and good arm. Surprising hitter, with unusual bat speed for a runt. Best instincts on team.

Rich Gedman, c. Has power, but helicopter swing looks confused. Doesn't get ball into the air enough. Decent catcher.

Bruce Hurst, lhp. Mr. Autumn. Hitters can't tell forkball from fastball. Classic overhand curve. Most K's come on cross-seam heater that freezes batters.

Roger Clemens, rhp. If not worn down, will throw 95 mph fastball that he rides and sinks with uncanny control. Improved forkball and slider.

Mike Boddicker, rhp. A sculptor. Spots fastball amid changeups, curves, sliders at several speeds. Will walk two batters to get the one he owns.

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