ANALYSIS OF THE PHILS
Relief Pitcher Dick Farrell and the right side of the infield look good. Fast-baller Farrell, a failure in 1959, regained his effectiveness in 1960, won 10 games in relief, saved 15 others. First Baseman Pancho Herrera (6 feet 3 inches, 220 pounds), a flop as an infielder in previous trials, settled down at first base, batted .281, hit 17 home runs and drove in 71 runs. Herrera's sidekick—both on the field and off—Second Baseman Tony Taylor, is fine fielder, steady hitter (.284) and a flash on the bases (26 steals).
Pitching and hitting. Biggest winner for the Phils in 1960 was Robin Roberts with 12 victories—but he lost 16. With the exception of Dick Farrell, no one else on the staff was in double figures. The pitchers' troubles were partly caused by a woeful lack of batting (last in league in hits, home runs, runs scored). Typical was the plight of John Buzhardt, a young right-hander with some promise (3.87 ERA). Philly hitters could score only 25 runs in the 16 games he lost.
THE BIG IFS
Since John Quinn became general manager 27 months ago, Phils have concentrated on young players. Quinn's first dividend of talent will show up in the outfield—maybe this year, maybe next. Outfielder John Callison, obtained from White Sox in a trade of December 1959, was called a "can't miss" prospect in the Sox spring camp three springs ago, is young (22), still has tremendous potential. Speedsters Tony Gonzalez, Bobby Gene Smith and Ken Walters looked good in the field last year, promising at bat. Another youngster, Art Mahaffey, a big, strong right-handed pitcher, came up to Phils in July, had 7-3 record to end of season, with impressive 2.32 ERA. Quinn is counting on him to pitch that well over an entire season.
ROOKIES AND NEW FACES
Big (6-foot-7) Frank Sullivan came over to the Phils from Boston after disastrous season. By using his fast ball more, he hopes to become a winner again. Rookie Ted Savage is a young outfielder with good credentials (.284, 40 stolen bases at Williamsport). With weak-hitting holdovers Ruben Amaro (.231), Lee Walls (.223), Bob Malkmus (.211) and Joe Koppe (.171) as their only competition on the left side of the infield, rookie Shortstop Bob Wine and rookie Third Baseman Bob Sadowski have an excellent chance to make the team.
At least the Phils are trying. This should take the onus off another dismal year.
A PAIR OF PROUD PHILLIES
While the Phillies were taking batting practice Manager Gene Mauch stood on the infield dirt between first and second. Suddenly a hard grounder zipped by. Mauch, an ex-infielder who spent most of his career in the minors, took a quick, instinctive step to his right and made the stop bare-handed. It must have stung, but Mauch didn't even look at his hand. Perhaps the manager of an eighth-place club feels that he has to put up a brave front. Perhaps he feels no pain.
Near the end of the workout Mauch watched Coach Al Vincent run the players through a back-and-forth drill. This is a simple exercise in which the coach rolls the ball first on one side of the player and then the other. The player retrieves and returns it. When Vincent ran out of customers, Mauch said to him, "Lemme have a couple."
Vincent rolled the ball to his left. Mauch jogged over, retrieved it and lobbed it back. Then, possibly out of mock deference to Mauch's age (35), Vincent asked, "Should I bounce 'em so you won't have to bend so far?"