The Senators' kid keystone combo, eight years later: Lenny Randle, bad news; Toby Harrah, good news.
The N.Y. Mets, who rescued Randle from would-be oblivion after the Texas Rangers suspended him for punching then manager Frank Lucchesi two springs ago, dropped the little fellow yesterday. Randle turned out to be a gentlemanly, civic minded New Yorker and third baseman, rewarding the Mets with a fine .304 bat in '77. But he slumped to .233 last year, was trailing Joel Youngblood in the battle for positiion this spring-and now, with the Met acquisition of Richie Hebner from Philly, Randle has his walking papers.
And, check this: Randle has three years remaining on a five-year contract reportedly worth $500,000, but word is he will not be paid because the contract was not guaranteed. The rescue had its limitations.
As for Harrah, also a third baseman now and obtained by the Indians from Texas in offseason trade for Buddy Bell, he figures to be one of the main beneficiaries of Cleveland's newly announced intention to move the left-field fence in eight feet for the 1979 season. Municipal Stadium. Now, the Tribe wants a better target for right-hand hitters Andre Thornton, Gary Alexander and new Indians Bobby Bonds and Harrah-who blossomed into a HR hitter for Texas with 27 in 1977 before slipping to a dozen in '78. . .
Catholic U. has corralled two basketball guards from Delaware whom Coach Jack Kvancz envisions playing considerable varsity time as freshman: 6-2 point man Tom Lamb of Dover Holy Cross (17 points, 8 assists, 4.0 academics, president of school's National Honor Society) and 6-2 1/2 shooting specialist John Rogers, from Wilmington Brandywine and the family of former CU Coach Dick Myers (nephew) . . .