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Picks and Pans Review: The Scouting Report: 1983

updated 05/23/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1983 01:00AM

by Jerry Coleman, Ernie Harwell, Ralph Kiner, Tim McCarver, Ned Martin and Brooks Robin?on

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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