TIGERS LOOKING TO FILL HOLES
The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 21, 1977-page 11
By BOB MILLER
The World Series is over, but base-
ball isn't ready for winter hiberna-
Between now and the first pitch of
the 1978 season, you can rest assured
that the 26 major league general
managers will work to strengthen
their teams through trades.
Ideally, Detroit Tiger GM Jim
Campbell would like to pull off
another "steal of a deal" like he did
eight years ago. Campbell upstaged
the 1970 World Series by trading his
one-time ace pitcher Denny McLain
to Washington, and the move paid off
for the Tigers.
Realistically, w h i 1 e Campbell
would like to bolster his club, he has
been conservative in the past and will
probably not go hog wild this winter.
Campbell has said repeatedly that
he won't get involved in the free
agent bidding war. If the Tigers
make any player changes for next
year, they will most likely promote
their own minor league prospects.
Catcherw.Lance Parrish andthe
keystone combination of Allan Tram-
mell and Lou Whitaker at shortstop
and second base, respectively, are
But let's pretend that I am the
Tigers' GM and will trade nearly
anyone to improve my ballclub in
There are two trading periods
available for trade between leagues
and in the same league.
The inter-league trading period is
open now through the end of Base-
ball's Winter Meeting held in Hono-
lulu December 2-10.
Actually the meeting is for discus-
sion of rule changes, for GMs to dis-
cuss possible trades and to set up the
minor leagues for the coming season.
Once the meeting is over, team
rosters are "frozen" until the open-
ing of spring training, March 1.
It is likely that the Tigers would
trade before that, but they can deal
with the National League until March
Looking at the roster, there are
some players who should stay. They
are first baseman Jason Thompson,
outfielders Steve Kemp and Ron Le-
Flore and pitchers Mark Fidrych,
Dave Rozema, Jack Morris and
Other Tigers are proven major
league players: pitcher John Hiller,
catcher Milt May, third baseman
Aurelio Rodriguez and designated
hitter Rusty Staub.
Those are some pretty hefty names
and if traded to the right team, say
Toronto or Seattle, could bring back
a healthy return for the investment.
Unfortunately, an expansion team
might not have much to offer in
return. But, take heart fans, that is
where a player like Tom Veryzer is
actually valuable. With Trammell
breathing down his neck for the
shortstop position, Veryzer is all the
more expendable and Toronto and ,
Seattle need shortstops.
In return, the Mariner's Lee
Stanton, a powerful right hand hitter,
is someone the Tigers coulp use. Or
there is the Blue Jays' Bill Singer.
Singer had arm trouble last year
and fell out of the Jays' starting rota-
tion. Hiller for Singer might not be a
bad idea either.
And speaking of pitching, I'd
rather not. It's no secret that Detroit
needs starting pitchers, and a de-
pendable left handed reliever never
hurt anyone's team.
Ed Glynn, Steve Grilli, 'Nando
Arroyo and Bob Sykes aren't the
worst pitchers in the majors, and
collectively they have some market-
But, it's the name players that are
most likely to be traded for players
that will strengthen the team.
It's the Staubs, Rodriguezes and
Mays that could go, but only if I get
exactly what I ask for. A Staub trade
might get a pitcher of distinction,
especially if there is a player to be
named later or some cash in the
Finally, there is the' "ace in the
sleeve" category. If the name Mic-
key Stanley, long one of the premier
defensive outfielders, should come
up, he could be traded, but only if
another GM asked for him by name.
His versatility and leadership are im-
portant to the club and if someone
else wants him, I'd have the upper
hand in the discussion.
To a lesser degree, Tito Fuentes is
in the same category. I'd like him
around until Whitaker is ready to
take his place. But if someone else is
interested, and Fuentes is willing to
go, I wouldn't stand in the way.
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LOS ANGELES-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar
center who suffered a broken bone in his right hand when he knocked down
Milwaukee rookie Kent Benson, was fined a record $5,000 by the National
Basketball Association yesterday and will be sidelined for three weeks, the
NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien levied the stiff fine, the largest in
league history, for the incident that occurred Tuesday night in the season
opener at Milwaukee.
Dr. Bernard Stark, an orthopedic surgeon, examined AbdulkJabbar's in-
jury, and a statement released by Dr. Robert Kerlan, team physician, said
Kareem would have to wear a cast on the right hand for three weeks. The in-
jury was not as bad as first believed, according to the doctor's statement.
Another examination will be made after three weeks, and Abdul-Jabbar
probably will wear a protective device to let him play while the hand finishes
healing, Dr. Kerlan said.
OSU back-up QB sacked
COLUMBUS, OHIO-Greg Castignola, the No. 2 quarterback for fourth-
ranked Ohio State, will miss the rest of the football season because on an ob-
struction of the main vein in his right arm.
Dr. Robert J Murphy, the team physician, said Castignola's vein became
totally blocked sometime within the past two weeks.
Murphy said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore from Trenton, Mich., had
had the condition for a couple of years and the buildup of a small muscle
beneath his collar bone had worsened it.
"It is potentially serious," said Dr. Murphy, "but Gregg has no symptoms
at all while at rest so we are remo 'ig him from football for the rest of the
Castignola, serving as Rod Gerald's backup, had completed five of six
passes for 83 yards nd two touchdowns. He also ran 10 times for 25 yards in
the Buckeyes' S-1 start this fall
for ABC's first tr
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK- - The 1977 World
Series, seen for the first time on
ABC had an average viewing audi-
ence of more homes than any other
Series in history, according to figures
released by the network yesterday.
The average game was viewed in
21,650,000 homes, beating the previ-
ous 'high of 21,32,000 homes per
game for the 1973 Series between the
New York Mets and the Oakland A's.
THE RATING for the Series was
29.7, with a 53 per cent share. A
rating is the percentage of all televi-
sign homes in the country. The share
is the percentage of all sets turned
on. Only the 1973 World Series had a
higher rating, 30.7 with a 57 share.
ABC estimated that 110-120 million
people watched some portion of the
Series, won in six games by the New
York Yankees over the Los Angeles
THE FINAL game on Oct. 18 was
IL RIDIJEPICKS =11
"I'm just learning my way around
and someone just told me that if I don't
get in myGriddes by midnight Friday,
I'll be the laughing stock of my hall,"
wailed the small Monkey.
The Monkey rejoiced! There would
e someone to carry on his tradition. He
would tutor the young Money and teach
him how to win the small, two item piz-
za from Pizza Bob's. Enter the era of
1. MICHIGAN at Minnesota
2. Indiana at Illinois
3. Iowa at Purdue
4. MSU at Wisconsin
5. OSU at Northwestern
6. 'USC at Notre Dame
7. Washington State at Stanford
8. Syracuse at Pitt
9. Auburn at Florida State
10. Kentucky at Georgia
1. Texas at Southern Methodist
12. Colorado at Nebraska
13. Iowa State at Oklahoma
14. California at UCLA
15. Georgia Tech at Tulane
16. Tennessee at Florida
17. Duke at Maryland
18. S. Carolina at N. tarolina
19. Vanderbilt at Mississippi
20. DAILY LIBELS at Abjenct A&M
T'he basketball ticket procedure will
be gas follows: Friday, October 21
and Saturday October 22 Crom 8 a.m.
o 4 p.m. students should go to the
frack and Tennis Building to fill out
n application for season basketball
ickets. Each person must present
3ashr or check for$14 payable to the
vichigan Athletic Department at
It does not matter when a student
pplies during those two days be-
aushefo applications will only be
rganized by class standing t[senior,
If the number of applications
xceeds 5,100, a random lottery will
e held to determine who receives
ickets. Losers will be refunded 14.
Several weeks later the dates and
Imes of stident pickups will be
nnounced. Pickup will be at the
thletic Dept. Ticket Office at the
garner of State and Hoover.
We Have It
second best watched game in history
with 24,710,000 homes tuned in. Only
the seventh game of the 1975 Series
between Cincinnati and Boston out-
drew it with 27,560,000 homes tuning
The four ABC prime time games
ranked among the top 10 watched
Series games in history.