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July 18, 1990 | TOM VERDUCCI, NEWSDAY
It is not uncommon for successful pitchers to suddenly and inexplicably lose their ability to throw strikes. The affliction set back the Phillies' Bruce Ruffin; prompted the release of Steve Gasser, a Mets farmhand who was once a top prospect, and seems now to be striking the Royals' Mark Davis. It is much rarer for a proven player to suddenly lose his ability to hit.
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December 12, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Benito Santiago, Harold Reynolds, Candy Maldonado and Juan Samuel agreed to terms with new teams as Wade Boggs got closer to making a deal. Santiago, an All-Star catcher for the San Diego Padres, agreed to terms with the Florida Marlins late Friday. The one-year deal is for $3.3 million, plus $500,000 in incentives. Second baseman Reynolds, a two-time All-Star, agreed on a $1.65-million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who released Bill Ripken. Reynolds, 32, has a .
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December 21, 1989 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Dodgers' search for a center fielder and leadoff hitter ended in an unlikely place Wednesday--with a trade for a man who has spent one season in the outfield and has twice been judged unfit to bat leadoff. In adding yet another gamble to one of baseball's most uncertain rosters, the Dodgers acquired New York Met center fielder Juan Samuel for outfielder Mike Marshall and reliever Alejandro Pena. This was a trade dressed in compromise.
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August 7, 1992 | Associated Press
Infielder Juan Samuel, released by the Dodgers last week, signed Thursday with the Kansas City Royals. Samuel, who will join the Royals today in Oakland, signed a contract for the rest of the season. The Royals hold an option for next year. To make room for Samuel, Kansas City sent shortstop Terry Shumpert back to triple-A Omaha. Center fielder Bip Roberts of the Cincinnati Reds was released from a hospital after being treated for a strained neck and slight concussion.
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June 25, 1991 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Samuel stalks to home plate slowly, with heavy steps, as if somebody there has challenged him to a fight. After scoring a run, he stalks back to the dugout, head down, as if only tolerating the cheers. Afterward, despite his trademark big smile, he says little to Dodger teammates, and nothing to reporters from local newspapers. As his bat has gotten louder, his silence has grown deafening. It is left to others to describe what the man feels. Oddly, they can do it in one word. Anger.
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December 23, 1989
Nobody can accuse Fred Claire of being predictable. He traded for what he didn't need (a second baseman) and gave up what he can't afford (power) when he sent Mike Marshall to the Mets for Juan Samuel. GARY TRAXLER, North Hollywood
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December 30, 1989
When Tommy Lasorda was confronted with the strikeout record of their new acquisition, Juan Samuel, he said, "We will help him make the necessary adjustments in that, too." If they can do that for Samuel, how come they never made the necessary adjustments for John Shelby? FREDERICK D. MULLEN Upland
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August 7, 1992 | Associated Press
Infielder Juan Samuel, released by the Dodgers last week, signed Thursday with the Kansas City Royals. Samuel, who will join the Royals today in Oakland, signed a contract for the rest of the season. The Royals hold an option for next year. To make room for Samuel, Kansas City sent shortstop Terry Shumpert back to triple-A Omaha. Center fielder Bip Roberts of the Cincinnati Reds was released from a hospital after being treated for a strained neck and slight concussion.
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February 8, 1992
Second baseman Juan Samuel agreed to a one-year contract for $2.325 million with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Samuel batted .271 in 153 games last season, almost 30 points higher than he had batted the season before. He had 12 home runs and 58 runs batted in. He had asked for $2.75 million for 1992; the Dodgers had offered $1.9 million. He made $1,575,000 in 1991 and became a free agent after the season, then decided to go to arbitration Dec. 19. Samuel, 31, was batting .
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July 31, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Dodgers' 1992 season was finally rubbed out Thursday, as easily as Darryl Strawberry removed a tear from his cheek after announcing he would undergo season-ending back surgery. "I've got a lot of fear," Strawberry said. Dr. Robert Watkins, the Dodgers back specialist, emphasized that Strawberry should be able to rejoin the team next spring with no further complications. That cannot be said for second baseman Juan Samuel, who was waived Thursday.
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June 11, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE
Juan Samuel said his biggest chore upon returning to team this weekend in Cincinnati will not involve his left hand, but his mind. "I got to try and forget about the pain," he said. The middle finger on his left hand, which was broken along with the ring finger when he was hit by a pitch from Anthony Young of the New York Mets on March 29, is still swollen.
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May 23, 1992 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Darryl Strawberry was released from Centinela Hospital Medical Center Friday after a five-day stay because of a herniated disk in his back. Don't expect him back in the lineup anytime soon. Although the Dodgers are optimistic that surgery will not be required, Strawberry estimated that in a best-case scenario, he will need four to five weeks of rehabilitation before a possible return. "Possibly July," Strawberry said Friday night on a conference call with reporters.
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April 29, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE
Juan Samuel could move closer to the disabled list today when his sore left hand is examined and possibly X-rayed for a second time. Samuel has requested the exam after swelling persisted in his ring finger and middle finger from an injury that occurred March 29 when he was hit by a pitch from the New York Mets' Anthony Young in spring training. Samuel sat out his seventh game Tuesday because of the sore hand, and he said he is tired of wondering what is wrong.
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February 2, 1991
Angel pitchers Bryan Harvey and Scott Bailes agreed to terms on one-year contracts Friday, averting arbitration. Harvey's deal is for $1.04 million plus incentives; Bailes will earn $425,000. Harvey, who led the Angels in saves last season with 25, is the club's all-time save leader. He earned $332,500 last season and had filed for arbitration at $1.225 million. The Angels had filed at $850,000. Bailes was 2-0 with a 6.37 earned-run average last season.
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March 7, 1991 | BILL PLASCHKE
In the most unusual incident of the spring, pitcher John Candelaria has admitted hitting Juan Samuel on purpose in an intrasquad game Tuesday because Samuel hit a game-winning homer against him six years ago. Candelaria has promised to buy Samuel dinner on the first day of the regular season for being a good sport after Candelaria plunked him on the left arm with a fastball. "It is unbelievable, but it is the truth," a smiling Samuel said Wednesday.
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