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"Third base: right now, we've got Don Zimmer, Randy Jackson and Pee Wee. Add Dick Gray. He was the all-star third baseman in the Association. Lot of power for a young fellow. Whether he'll hit big-league pitching, we'll have to wait and see. This is the position I have to say this about: they fight it out, and the best man gets the job. It's wide open. Pee Wee can do an outstanding job at any infield position for a few days at a time."
Surmise: Reese remains active for another year. Sudden thought: Is the club willing to pay him $30,000 a year to play "a few days at a time"?
"Sure," says Bavasi. "Hell, yes."
"Center field: make it the outfield as a whole. This is the real problem. We don't think so, but they seem to say so. Snider may need occasional rests because of his knee. If so, Demeter is the man."
Don Demeter, tall, rangy, a free-swinger; speed, strong arm, serious-minded. Is Bavasi expecting him to push Snider out of center field?
"Not necessarily; not altogether. The doctors seem to think if we can afford to rest Duke now and then he'll be all right. If he gets worse, of course, we'll have to do something."
Surmise: Snider eventually will submit to surgery on his left knee. As time goes on and the remade Dodgers see more left-handed pitching, Snider will be platooned with right-swinger Demeter in center. Demeter will dovetail with part-time service in...
"Right field: when Furillo is available he's as good as there is. Whether he plays every day is up to Furillo. If he can't, Demeter may solve that problem, too."
Furillo is 35, how much longer can he be expected to play, even with rests?
"I think he has another three years. He is always in good shape, always kept himself that way."