McGee now feels at home in the majors. When he arrived at spring training this year, he pulled coaches Dave Ricketts and Johnny Lewis aside and told them he felt confident enough of his swing that they could go ahead and work with the younger guys instead of him. Says Smith, "I said in the spring this would be the year that Willie blossomed into an all-around player."
Other than the All-Star bonus, there's only one other incentive clause in the three-year $1.2 million contract McGee signed before the '84 season. He'll get $50,000 if he wins the MVP award. "I say it's McGee all the way," Pittsburgh manager Chuck Tanner says. "He just does so many things, and he does them so well."