Sunday, April 3, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE IC H G A N AIL A
CLEVELAND DARKHOUSE IN A.L. EAST.
Yankees, ed Sox battle for first
TUESDAY, APRIL 5-12 NOON
Topic: analysis df the Elections
Speaker: Dr. Edward Pierce
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By RICK MADDOCK
Will the Bronx Bombers be
baseball's best ballclub or will
they bow to the Bosox before
the battle of the best teams
even begins? -
Or will Cleveland capitalize
on its talented pitching staffi
and shock everyone?
Although the oddsmakers and
nearly everyone else, pick the
Yankees to win the American
League's Eastern Division,
there's a long season to go.
YANKEE OWNER George
Steinbrenner has forked out the
green stuff generously to help
the 1976 AmericaniLeague
in a key player for the Indians.
The Tigers starting lineup
boasts a potentially power
packed offense. Detroit, how-
ever, has very little pitching,
especially with the loss of ace
Mark Fidrych until June. r
THE TIGERS need at least
two bona-fide starting pitchers,
or else better performances out
of Vern Ruhle and Ray Bare.l
And even then, how can the
Tigers seriously compete when
.their top two pitchers are Dave
Roberts, at best slightly above
a .500 pitcher, and Dave Roze-
ma, an unknown quantity from
a long winter of hunting and the Bosox staff could greatly
starring in Dodge Truck com- improve if promising. rookie
mercials. Bob Stanley keeps pitching likel
Dock Ellis and Sparky Lyle he has been lately. Last year at
are 32, while Ken Holtzman and Bristol, he was 15-9 with a 2.66
Jim "Catfish" Hunter are a ERA.t
year younger. Combine this fact Offensively, the clubs are
with Graig Nettles', last year's close with the slight edge going1
AL home run champ, annual to the Yankees only because of
slow start and it spells possi- early injuries to Fred Lynn and1
ble mediocrity for the Yan- Carl Yastrzemski. Lynn is on
Rick's Picks:1- I4-Detroit, 5- Mil-
New York, 2-Bos- waukee, 6-B a l ti-
ton, 3 - Cleveland, m o r e, 7-Toronto i
rmggmr. m:r 1mo am e
Boston and Detroit.
But who is going to .hit-the
long ball for Cleveland with
George Hendrick in San Diego
and Boog Powell released? An-
dy Thornton and Bill Melton
won't be able to do it all, and
this weakness will end up de-
stroying Cleveland's pennant
BALTIMORE has lost nearly
all of its hitting and pitching
with Bobby Grich, Jackson and
Garland leaving. Jim Palmer,
last year's Cy Young winner,
holds up the starters and Tip-
py Martinez heads the bull-
Ken Singleton and Lee May
lead the offense, but there's no
way four players will be able to
compete with the rest of the
Milwaukee is an unknown
quantity and if some of its
young pitchers blossom, the
Brewers could make a bid for
third. Bill Travers and Jerry
Augustine, both 24, pitched well
Travers was 15-16 with a 2.81
ERA and Augustine was 9-12
with a 3.30 ERA.
Offensively, the Brewers ex-
pect productive big years from.
center fielder Von Joshua, third
baseman Sal Bando, first base-
man Cecil Cooper.
Toronto, the newest thing in
the East, will find itself land-
lord of the basement. Only a
minor miracle would help the
Blue Jays out of the cellar.
When the leaves start turning
and the footballs are in the
air, here's what the American
League East will look like: 1-
New York, 2-Boston, 3-Cleve-
land, 4-Detroit, 5-Milwaukee, 6-
------------11111~11VU~l 1.1.,"5__-rne bengals will have to hpe
champs become a genuine that the bats of Rusty Staub,eso aGu lett uMcesRiver,
powerhouse. Acquisitions of Ron 'LeFlore and Ben Oglivie son, Gullhat, Mickey Rivers,
Reggie Jackson and Dort Gul- can carry them over teams that hris Cand Ed is, Thurman
Jett certainly can't hurt the rofrbt icigadhtig Munson and Ed Figueroa can I
Yankeesrffer both pitching and hitting. handle things at the start.
Yankees- In any case, Detroit won't be The Bosix are in the same
But don't forget the Red Sox in too many two hour ball- boat since Luis Tiant claims to
picked up first baseman George games this year. be 36, Fergie Jenkins is 33 and
Scott and pitcher Bill Camp- E So the battle appears to be 1Rick Wise is 31.
bell to help rejuvenate the tal- between Boston and New York, ! The Red Six's pitching isn't1
ents that led Boston to the 1975 with the Indians ready to chal- all that strong compared to 1
American League pennant. lenge should the other two get New York's anyway. Last1
The Indian acquired pitcher off to slow starts. year's Yankee staff compiled af
Wayne Garland, who is having And a slow start is a possi- 3.19 ERA, good for best in the
arm problems in Florida and " bility for both teams. Junior Circuit, while Boston's
outfielder Johnny Grubb, who hurlers tossed at a 3.52 rate
has a damaged knee, and al- THE YANKS' pitching staff which was eighth in the league.f
though it isn't as serious as is composed of some old and THE YANKS lost Doyle Alex-
what was first diagnosed, the tired arms, which usually take ander but gained Gullett, while
injury leaves a question mark a long time to -loosen up over Boston added Campbell. But,
the 21-day disabled list, while
Yaz has a, bad back.
The Indians appear to be the
Mets of the American League,
all pitching, little power hitting.
Along with Garland, the Tribe's
staff could be the deepest in the
league. Dennis Eckersley, Al
Fitzmorris, Jim Bibby, Jim
Kern and Dave LaRoche should
be able to shut down the pow-
erful offenses of New York,
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Rose battles Reds,
club prints position
By The Associated Press
CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds, using half-page news-'
paper advertisements to defend their position in the bitter salary
dispute with superstar Pete Rose, said they "seriously question"
whether the 10-time All-Star wants to remain with the club.
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The unprecedented public presentation comes in wake oft
mounting support for Rose, the most popular player in the
The 36-year-old three-time batting champion is demand-
ing $400,000 a year on the reasoning that he as deserving as
several free agents who recently signed multi-million dollar
Last week, Rose issued an ultimatim to the club. He said
his demands would escalate $25,000 a month if he is not signed
by opening day, next Wednesday.
At that time, General Manager Dick Wagner said: "There
is no way we will pay Pete Rose $400,000 a year."
The Reds said they have moved from an original offer of
$200,000 for the 1977 season to $325,000.
"Pete told us he should be the highest paid player in the
game," the Reds said in the advertisement.
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