October 1, 1993 |
Coach John Robinson, talking about strong safety Mike Salmon, the backup kicker who made field goals of 36 and 38 yards last Saturday against Washington State: "Here's a guy who hasn't kicked since high school, and he couldn't wait to get in there and kick. If it was me, I'd have been scared to death. Saturday, he wanted to go to the Coliseum at 3 and start practicing."
October 29, 1993 |
Mom always worried how the boys would adjust, being shuttled back and forth between homes. Dad was concerned about the asthma and allergies his athletic sons had, the older having been advised never to play sports. Little brother Mike feared that once older brother Tim saw in a mirror his mutilated face--hit by a pitch in 1990 that broke his jaw and knocked out nearly 30 of his teeth--he would give up his dream of playing professional baseball.
October 28, 1992 |
The Salmon brothers of Phoenix, Tim and Mike, have long shared a dream of playing together in the major leagues. Tim, 24, made it this year, batting .177 in 23 games as a right fielder for the Angels after being called up from triple-A Edmonton, where he batted .347 with 29 home runs and 105 runs batted in and was Baseball America's minor league player of the year. Mike, 21, has been waylaid by football.
March 29, 1998 |
Tim Salmon seemed to begin life with an 0-2 count, growing up in a broken home after his parents divorced when he was 6--a nomadic lifestyle that included more address changes than a military family--and spending many of his formative years living with a mother who was an alcoholic.
September 21, 1997 |
One yardstick is Dale Murphy, the 1999 Hall of Fame candidate. Tim Salmon's low-key demeanor and high-caliber production, Angel Manager Terry Collins was saying the other day, are remarkably reminiscent of Murphy's. A yardstick closer to home? Try Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Raul Mondesi. Salmon's 1997 and career statistics are superior to the Big Three of the Dodgers in many of the power categories. The point?
September 21, 1990 |
Flanker Gary Wellman, who caught 23 passes for 427 yards and six touchdowns last season, has already caught 16 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. "Wellman is playing as well as any receiver that I've ever seen in this league," said Washington Coach Don James, whose team will try to contain Wellman Saturday in Seattle. "He's made some marvelous catches. He's just an incredible guy."