Picks and Pans Review: The Scouting Report: 1983
Just once, it would be nice to hear a radio-TV baseball announcer say something like, "This next batter is a real jerk. His feet smell. Nobody on his team will talk to him. Besides that, he couldn't hit a slider low and outside with a billboard." Such candor is unlikely, but the six broadcasters who wrote these analyses of current major leaguers—the authors include Hall of Fame players Kiner and Robinson—pussyfoot less than usual. Of New York Met Dave Kingman's fielding, they write: "A liability no matter where he plays." Of Cub pitcher Allen Ripley: "Tries hard, but has a small amount of ability." There's still a lot of baseball card puffery, but this is a far more informative guide than any other book of its kind. (Harper & Row, $12.95)
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