Kronberg Released, Hack to Play Third
[Victoria Colonist, July 4, 1950]
Rumors of another shake-up on the Victoria Athletics which followed the club’s lackadaisical play Saturday when it lost two games to the Spokane Indians proved to be well founded. In the first move designed to strengthen several glaring weaknesses, business-manager Reg Patterson last night announced the release of third-baseman Joe Kronberg.
Kronberg, who was signed several weeks ago after getting his release from Spokane and installed at the hot corner when K. Chorlton was moved to the outfield, was hitting well enough but his defensive work left a lot to be desired. He capped a bad week Saturday night when he made three errors, running his total for the home stand to 11. His infield play was directly responsible for two of the losses which the A’s took in a home stand which should have been much better than the 3-4 record.
Patterson hopes to be able to sign another infielder within the next few days and has a chance to purchase a former W.I.L. utility man. In the meantime, John Hack will be brought in from the outfield to take over at third base, Junior Krug will move to centre field and Bob McGuire, former Washington State outfielder optioned to Victoria by Seattle, will go to right field.