W I N T E R _ B A S E B A L L



Hawaii Winter Baseball
opens season tomorrow

By Al Chase
Star-Bulletin

When Duane Kurisu announced the formation of Hawaii Winter Baseball in 1992, he made a promise to the people of Hawaii.

The league owner vowed to provide high quality professional baseball with an international flavor and good family fun.

On the eve of the league's fifth season, Kurisu says that promise has been fulfilled.

"I feel we have delivered," he stated.

The most popular of the many family orientated activities has been the "Picnic at the Park" promotions.

Tomorrow night, games are scheduled at Rainbow Stadium, where the Honolulu Sharks play the West Oahu CaneFires at 6:55 p.m., and at Maui's War Memorial Stadium, where the two-time defending champion Maui Stingrays host the Hilo Stars, winners of the first title in 1993.

Through the end of this past major league season, 19 former Hawaii Winter Baseball players have made American League rosters and 48 have made National League rosters.

The number is slightly higher in Japan, where 75 alumni have reached the big time in either the Central League or the Pacific League.

Some of the players in the American League include catcher Jorge Fabregas with the Anaheim Angels (Sharks, 1993); outfielder Jason Giambi with the Oakland Athletics (Kauai Emeralds, 1993); shortstop Dave Hajek with the Detroit Tigers (Sharks, 1994), and outfielder Ernie Young with Oakland (Emeralds, 1993).

HWB alumni in the National League include outfielder Mark Kotsay and third baseman Josh Booty with the Florida Marlins (both Stingrays, 1996); infielder Aaron Boone with the Cincinnati Reds (Sharks, 1994); third baseman Bill Mueller with the San Francisco Giants (Stars, 1993); infielder Chad Fonville with the Los Angeles Dodgers (Stingrays, 1993), and outfielder Quinton McCracken with the Colorado Rockies (Stingrays, 1993-94).

Then there is first baseman Brad Fullmer (Sharks, 1996), who hit a home run in his first at-bat for the Montreal Expos this year, the 73rd major leaguer to accomplish that feat.

Eight players here last year are returning, including the 1996 home run champion, Gabe Kapler (Detroit Tigers), who will play for the Sharks after playing for the CaneFires in 1996.

Also back are first baseman Larry Barnes (Angels) with the Sharks; first baseman Terrence Long (New York Mets) with the CaneFires; left-handed pitcher Onan Masaoka (Dodgers) with the Stars; right-handed pitcher Brandon Villafuerte (Mets) with West Oahu; catcher Michael Barrett (Montreal Expos) with the CaneFires; Molokai's Mike McCutheon (Arizona Diamondbacks) with the Stingrays, and right-handed pitcher Luther Hackman (Rockies), also with the Stingrays.

Three veterans of the Atlanta Olympic Games have been assigned to the league.

First baseman Nobuhiko Matsunaka and shortstop Tadahito Iguchi, both from the Daiei Hawks, will compete for the CaneFires while right-hander R.A. Dickey (Texas Rangers) is with the Stars.

Matsunaka and Iguchi hit home runs against the United States in Japan's Olympic semifinal rout of the Americans.

Jason Grilli, the Giants' No. 1 draft pick this past summer, heads up the list of eight first-rounders on HWB rosters. He did not agree to terms immediately, finally signing for $1.865 million. He'll play for the Sharks.

Dickey, Barrett and Long are No. 1 picks, as are Hilo shortstop Adam Kennedy (St. Louis Cardinals) and Honolulu right-hander Jeremy Lee (Toronto Blue Jay).

No. 1 picks from Japan are Iguchi and Hilo pitcher Hiroki Yamamura (Hanshin Tigers).

Hilo Stars

Position players Derek Baker, 3B (Texas Rangers); Tucker Barr, C (Houston Astros); Mark Budzinski, OF (Cleveland Indians); William Deck, 1B (St. Louis Cardinals); Terrance Freeman, 2B (Pittsburgh Pirates); Ric Johnson, OF (Houston Astros); Adam Kennedy, SS (St. Louis Cardinals); Brian McLure, UTL (San Diego Padres); Brandon Pernell, OF (San Diego Padres); Corey Pointer, C (Pittsburgh Pirates); Marquis Porter, OF (Chicago Cubs); David Schmidt, C (St. Louis Cardinals); Michael Zywica, OF (Texas Rangers).

Pitchers Armando Almanza, (St. Louis Cardinals); R.A. Dickey, (Texas Rangers); Ryan Glynn, (Texas Rangers); Takao Inoue, (Hanshin Tigers); Kyle Kawabata, (Philadelphia Phillies); Jeffrey Kelly, (Pittsburgh Pirates); Onan Masaoka, (Los Angeles Dodgers); Del Mathews, (Pittsburgh Pirates); Brian O'Connor, (Pittsburgh Pirates); Paul O'Malley, (Houston Astros); Robert Ricketts, (Chicago Cubs); Trevor Schaffer, (Chicago Cubs).

Manager: Jim Byrd (Texas Rangers). Coaches: Marty Brown (Pittsburgh Pirates), Mark Grater (St. Louis Cardinals). Intern Coach: Takeshi Yamakawa (Hanshin Tigers). Trainer: Nate Lucero (Houston Astros).

Honolulu Sharks

Position players Brent Abernathy, 2B, (Toronto Blue Jays); Larry Barnes, Jr., 1B, (Anaheim Angels); Nelson Castro, SS, (Anaheim Angels); Giuseppe Chiaramonte, C, (San Francisco Giants); Robert Fick, C, (Detroit Tigers); Michael Glendenning, OF, (San Francisco Giants); Shunsuke Hara, C, (Tokyo Yomiuri Giants); Norman Hutchins, OF, (Anaheim Angels); Damon Johnson, OF, (Toronto Blue Jays); Gabriel Kapler, OF, (Detroit Tigers); Damon Minor, UTL, (San Francisco Giants); Anthony Pierzynski, C, (Minnesota Twins); Jonathan Rivers, OF, (Toronto Blue Jays); Carlos Villalobos, 3B, (Detroit Tigers).

Pitchers Motoyuki Akahori, (Kintetsu Buffaloes); Matt Apana, (Seattle Mariners); Walker Chapman, (Minnesota Twins); Brian Cooper, (Anaheim Angels); Jason Grilli, (San Francisco Giants); Yusaku Iriki, (Yomiuri Giants); Junichi Kawahara, (Yomiuri Giants); Thomas LaRosa, (Minnesota Twins); Jeremy Lee, (Toronto Blue Jays); Shinichiro Minami, (Kintetsu Buffaloes); Diogenes Ortiz, (Anaheim Angels); Brent Stentz, (Minnesota Twins).

Manager: Dave Anderson (Detroit Tigers). Coaches: Shane Turner (San Francisco Giants), Howie Gershberg (Anaheim Angels), Motokuni Sano (Yomiuri Giants). Trainer: Matt Rankin (Detroit Tigers).

Maui Stingrays

Position players Carlos Casimiro, SS (Baltimore Orioles); Roberto Colina, OF (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Joe Funaro, UTL (Florida Marlins); Jay Jones, C (Florida Marlins); Eugene Kingsale, OF (Baltimore Orioles); Joe Mathis, OF, (Seattle Mariners); Mike Metcalfe, 2B, (Los Angeles Dodgers); Calvin Pickering, 1B, (Baltimore Orioles); Matt Quatraro, C, (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Brian Richardson, 3B, (Los Angeles Dodgers); Nate Rolison, UTL, (Florida Marlins); Matt Sachse, OF, (Seattle Mariners); Randy Winn, OF, (Florida Marlins).

Pitchers Darrin Babineaux (Los Angeles Dodgers); Sean Bogle (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Kevin Gryboski, (Seattle Mariners); Luther Hackman (Colorado Rockies); Ryan Kohlmeier (Baltimore Orioles); David Lee (Colorado Rockies); Julio Manon (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); Mike McCutcheon (Tampa Bay Devil Rays); John Parrish (Baltimore Orioles); J.J. Pearsal (Los Angeles Dodgers); Scott Randall (Colorado Rockies); Ricky Stone (Los Angeles Dodgers); Mike Vavrek (Colorado Rockies); Jake Viano (Tampa Bay Devil Rays).

Manager: Joe Ferguson (Baltimore Orioles). Coaches: Billy White (Colorado Rockies), Mark Brewer (Los Angeles Dodgers). Trainer: Harold Williams (Florida Marlins).

West Oahu CaneFires

Position players John Barnes, OF (Boston Red Sox); Mike Barrett, C (Montreal Expos); Fletcher Bates, OF (New York Mets); Jim Chamblee, OF (Boston Red Sox); Mark Fischer, OF (Boston Red Sox); Tadahito Iguchi, SS (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks); Kazuki Inoue, OF (Chunichi Dragons); Steve Lomsaney, C (Boston Red Sox); Terrence Long, 1B (New York Mets); Rafael "PeeWee" Lopez, C (New York Mets); Nobuhiko Matsunaka, 1B (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks); Hiroshi Shibahara, OF (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks); So Tsutsui, 2B (Chunichi Dragons).

Pitchers Paul Ah Yat (Pittsburgh Pirates); Jasoin Baker (Montreal Expos); Masaaki Daito (Chunichi Dragons); Jayson Durocher (Montreal Expos); Jon Edwards (Cleveland Indians); Keith Evans (Montreal Expos); Phil Grundy (Kansas City Royals); Shinji Kurano (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks); Joe Lisio (New York Mets); Kazumi Saitoh (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks); Brandon Villafuerte (New York Mets); Teddy Warrecker (Cleveland Indians); Hiro Yamada (Chunichi Dragons).

Manager: Tom Lawless (New York Mets). Coaches: Bobby Mitchell (Boston Red Sox), Wayne Rosenthal (Montreal Expos), Jitsuo Mizutani (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks), Tadashi Sugimoto (Fukuoka Daiei Hawks). Trainer: Brandon Sheppard (New York Mets).

Schedule

Oct. 10: Hilo vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 11: West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 2 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; Hilo vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Oct. 12: West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 3 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; Hilo vs. Maui, 3 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Oct.14: West Oahu vs. Maui, 11 a.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 15: West Oahu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 16: West Oahu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 17: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Oct. 18: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Oct. 19: Maui vs. Hilo, 1 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 3 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Oct. 21: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 22: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 23: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 24: West Oahu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Oct. 25: Hilo vs. Honolulu, 2 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; West Oahu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Oct. 26: Hilo vs. Honolulu (2), 3 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; West Oahu vs. Maui (2), 3 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Oct. 28: Honolulu vs. Maui, 10:30 a.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Oct. 29: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Oct. 30: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Oct. 31: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.

Nov. 1; Maui vs. West Oahu, 1 p.m., Vidinha Stadium; Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium.
Nov. 2: Maui vs. West Oahu, 1 p.m., Vidinha Stadium; Honolulu vs. Hilo, 1 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium.
Nov. 4: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 5: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 6: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 7: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 8: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 9: Honolulu vs. Maui, 3 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 3 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 11: Hilo vs. Maui, 3 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 12: Hilo vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 13: Hilo vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 14: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 15: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 16: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 1 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 3 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 18: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 19: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 20: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Nov. 21: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 22: West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 2 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Nov. 23: West Oahu vs. Honolulu, 3 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; Maui vs. Hilo, 3 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Nov. 24: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 25: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 26: West Oahu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. Honolulu, 6:55 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.
Nov. 28: All-Star Game, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Nov. 29: Hilo vs. Honolulu, 2 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; West Oahu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.
Nov. 30: Hilo vs. Honolulu, 3 p.m., Rainbow Stadium; West Oahu vs. Maui, 3 p.m., War Memorial Stadium.

Dec. 2: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 3: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 4: Honolulu vs. Maui, 6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium; Hilo vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 5: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 6: Maui vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 7: Maui vs. Hilo, 1 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Honolulu vs. West Oahu, 3 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 9: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 10: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 11: Honolulu vs. Hilo, 6 p.m., Francis Wong Stadium; Maui vs. West Oahu, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.
Dec. 12: Championship game, 6:30 p.m., Hans L'Orange Park.




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