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Page 8 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, August 10, 1983 Sports PJtcher Dan SpJllner trJes to pull hJmself up fA",om a bac! year By David Jones Freelance Writer lssaquah resident Dan Spiilner is approaching the crossroads of his major league baseball career. And don't think he doesn't know it. Spillner pitched masterful- ly in 1982, recording a 12-10 win loss record, a club-record 21 saves and a 2.49 earned run average. He was a model of consistency for the Cleveland Indians a year ago. But 1983 has brought hard times, with the hard- throwing right-hander's ERA ballooning up to 4.99 (as of July 18). His 1-6 record and mere seven saves indicate that Spilly has had something less than a good year. His performance is reflected in the team's record. Cleveland is in last place in the American League East. "It's been a hard year for me to get it going," Spillner said recently in the Indians' clubhouse after another disappointing outing. "l think the big thing is con- fidence. And last year, it seemed like l would always be in a game where 1 was in a situation where 1 could help the club, by either getting a win or a save. "But this year it seems like we've been out of a lot of ball games. When 1 came in. I Dan Splllner couldn't really help the team. We've got a lot of baseball left, though." It's an easy statement for the Indians' bullpen ace to make now because he's got another season left in his long-term contract. But he concedes that things have got Pilgrim Lutheran School Preschool -- 6th ,Grade .......  ' % ENROLL NOW -- 454-1162 1030 104th Ave. S.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 to start turning around soon for him or his career will be in danger. SpiUner has lived in the ls- saquah area since 1977. He was born in Wyoming and graduated from Federal Way High School in 1970. There, he was named Athlete of the ISSAQUAH RECYCLING CENTER Open Mon.-Frl. 12 noon- 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 to 2 Next to Foothills Restaurant , Year, was All Puget Sound and All Washington State in baseball, basketball and football. The San Diego Pa- dres drafted him right out of high school. "l've got a lot of thinking to do," he said. "I've got two more years left in my contract ... When you've had tough stretches like I've had, these things add up. After two years, if I'm not getting people out, that's it. "Inconsistency has been my big problem. And I know that if I'm not more consis- tent, when my contract runs out nobody is going to want me." Nevertheless Spillner says he'd like to play a lot more baseball. "I've played 10 years, but I'd like to get another five years in. 1 take care of myself and I haven't had any arm problems. "But when you get in a season like this where you're not winning, it gets tough. It hurts to play when you lose all the time like we've been doing. You just don't con- centrate all the time; it's tough to keep going when you don't have to put up with that pressure all the time." Meaning? Meaning Spillner, at 31, could retire from the game now and have financial security without worrying about balls and BIGO R/SPLUS r R/S PLUS 2e33q P 155/60R 13 P 165/80R 13 P185/80R13 P185/75R14 P195/75R14 P205/75R 14 P215/75R14 P225/75R 14 P215/75R 15 P225/75915 P235/75R 15 SPECIAL EXCISE PRICE TAX $52.73 $1.50 53.78 1.64 5S.DO 1.90 S11.g8 2.00 59.63 2.13 64.62 2.34 66.76 2.49 69.67 2.67 68.69 2,59 70.99 2.74 76.85 2.96 [00[00Goodrich ALL TERRAIN RADIAL BEST STEEL RADIAL PICK UP, R,V,, s 849 s SIZE F'235/75R-15 + 3.35 F.E.T. 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And he's also very pleased with what he's gotten out of his career. "I don't have the capabilities of a superstar player who can play til they're 40 or 44 or whatever," Spillner said. "But I think for my abilities, the way 1 pitch, to be able to play in the major leagues for this long, I'm proud of that. So far, Issaquah's big right-hander is hanging in there. David Jones is a freelance writer based in Charleston, West Virginia, where he works Ear the Charleston "Gazette." His favorite baseball team o[ all time is the Seattle Pilots. TRANSMISSION SERVICE SPECIAL COMPLETE TRANSMISSION REBUILD SERVICE AVAIIJIBL[ 00TRANSMISSION SERVlOE 1655 N.W. Mall St. I_ssaquah 392-5241 SELL YOUR SELF SHORTS. And Shoes, T-Shirts, Warm Ups, Leotards 10-50/o OFF SALE AUGUST 15-22 SPORTS 14310 N.E. 20th. Bellevue, At 20th Street Square 641.9696 Aho at Gllmn Village In l.aquah 392-1098 i" Express beats German se,lect team in Jay Berry's Express spent a very enjoyable week hosting a soccer team composed mainly of fifteen year old boys from Wettersbach, Ger- many. The week was high- lighted Wednesday evening, August 3 with a game played by the two teams. Prior to the game there was a cere- mony with an exchange of mementos representative of the towns of the two teams. At half-time, there was an honorary ceremony with Mayor A:J. Cuiver wel- coming Burgermeister Walter Rohrer of Wettersbach. Mayor Culver made a presen- tation of the key to the city to Burgermeister Rohrer. The game itself was very well played, with the Express the winners by a 3-1 margin. On Thursday evening, the two teams were guests of the Seattle Mariners in the King- dome. On Friday.the Express boys and their families took the German boys to the torch light parade in Seattle kick- ing off Seafair activities. 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