Page 10--Thursday, September 30, 1982-The Michigan Daily
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By RANDY BERGER
Some college players have to play in
summer leagues in such undesirable
places as Homestead, Florida or Boise,
Idaho. Other more fortunate
ballplayers get to spend their summer-
time in exquisite resorts such as Cape
god. But then there are players such as
Chris Sabo and Rich Stoll of Michigan
who get to travel all over the world and
Stoll, Sabo and 18 other college All
Stars were selected to travel across
Europe and Asia for six-and-a-half
weeks representing the U.S. National
team. Led by coach Tom Petroff of Nor-
thern Illinois, the team left for Frank-
fuirt, Germany on July 31st and from
there trekked through Holland, Taiwan
and Korea. The week-long stay in Ger-
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many served mainly as a tune-up
period so the players could get adjusted
to one another, and like typical
American tourists they saw the sights.
When they weren't whipping around on
the famed Autobon or traveling through
the wine vineyards along the Rhine, the
team managed to get in a few exhibition
games against a U.S. Air Force team.
"THEY WEREN'T very good which
was good because we hadn't played in a
while," said third baseman Sabo. "I
guess you can say it helped us gel as a
From there it was on to Lanford,
Holland for what the natives called
"honkball week". "Honkball week,"
for those who don't know, was a
baseball tournament which has the at-
mosphere of the World Cup soccer
"The crowd was going crazy," com-
mented right-handed pitcher Stoll. "In
the U.S., the crowds are quiet until
something happens. But in Holland,
they cheered the whole game as if it
was a soccer match."
DESPITE THE cowbells and drums
banging in the stands, the U.S. National
team came out of Holland with a first-
place finish in the four-team tour-
nament. Both Michigan players also
came away with personal honors. Stoll
was voted the most valuable pitcher,
while Sabo was named most valuable
player and best hitter.
"The people in Holland treated us like
celebrities," added Stoll. "They had
stories of us on the front pages of
newspapers and on national TV."
As much as the Dutch were friendly
towards the American team, the
Taiwanese were hostile. Since the
Taiwan Little League team usually
embarrasses the U.S. every summer in
Williamsport, Pa., one would naturally
think that the Taiwanese would be very
knowledgeable and appreciative of fine
baseball talent. But according to Sabo,
the U.S. team found everything but
cordial and knowledgeable fans.
"THE CROWD was terrible,
unknowledgeable, nasty and would
even laugh at you," said Sabo, who had
a .402 batting average with 3 homeruns
and 27 RBI's on the trip. "I had one of
the most embarrassing moments of the
trip in one game against Taiwan. I was
on second base and the pitcher faked a
pickoff move which sent me tumbling
on the ground and then the whole stands
started laughing. It was a good thing
nobody ,knew English because I just
started shouting obscenities at
When they weren't being laughed at,
the U.S. team managed to win two out
of three games against teams from
Taiwan and Canada. Stoll, who
developed a sore arm in Holland, didn't
pitch at all in Taiwan but still noticed a
different style of play in the Taiwan
"They're very disciplined, no hot
dogs and no one gets out of line. All the
hitters look like they have the same
technique but the pitchers have very
unorthodox styles. The pitching moun-
ds are all flat so the pitchers learn to
use their legs more. They have very
The team finished the six week long
journey in Korea for the World Cham-
pionships. Even with a disappointing
3rd place finish behind Japan and'
Korea, the trip was nonetheless a
tremendous experience for both
"We learned how people live in those
countries which was something I'm
glad I had the chance to see," said Stoll,
who compiled a 5-0 record with a 0.77
E.R.A. "You certainly appreciate how
good we have it in the U.S."
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIE
Rich Stoll (left) and Chris Sabo clown around behind a fan given to Stoll by a
young Japanese girl in Japan this summer after he had signed an autograph
for her. Stoll and Sabo went abroad during the summer when they played for
the U.S. National Team.
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Baseball's pennant races.. .
... who's hot, who's not
By ROB POLLARD
W ITH THE TENTATIVE absence of professional football this October,
the eyes of all professional sports fans must focus on baseball's
divisional races and championship series. The pennant races have cleared
somewhat, but there are a few crucial regular season games remaining
which will decide who moves on to the playoffs.
The St. Louis Cardinals became the first team to clinch a post-season birth
by defeating the Montreal Expos 4-2 on Monday. The win, coupled with the
Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, assured the Cardinals of
their first playoff appearance since 1968, when they lost to the Detroit Tigers
in the World Series. Manager Whitey Herzog now has the luxury of being
able to rest his key players, and can set his pitching rotation for the playoffs.
The Cardinals will host the first two games of the series on October 6 and 7.
The remaining games will be played in the park of the West division champ
on October 8, 9 and 10.
While the picture is clear in the East, it is quite the opposite in the NL
West. Just when it seemed the San Francisco Giants would emerge as the hot
team, they were cooled off by the Atlanta Braves. The Giants had swept a
three-game set in Los Angeles last weekend and had closed to within one
game of first before dropping two games to the Braves.
A team with as much playoff experience as the Los Angeles Dodgers is ex-
pected to rise to the occasion and win the clutch games. This has hardly been
the case in Los Angeles as the Dodgers have recently lost seven in a row, and
have fallen out of first. The Dodgers host the Braves for two crucial contests
The Braves have clawed their way back to the top of the division, reboun-
ding from a horrendous month of August. The Braves' fate relies on their
success in Los Angeles. Atlanta finishes the season in San Diego, while the
Giants and Dodgers do battle in San Francisco.
In the American League, the Milwaukee Brewers are making a bid for
their first divisional championship. All that remains in the path of the talent-
laden Brewers are Earl Weaver's stubborn Orioles. The Orioles went on a
tear in early September, but now have only an outside chance of catching the
Brewers. The Orioles and the Brewers close the season with four games in
Baltimore. The O's face the arduous task of having to win at least 3 of the 4
games with Milwaukee. If the Birds do not gain ground on the Brewers
before the weekend set, they must take all four games to finish first.
A bit of magic will be needed to help complete this feat, and although the
Orioles have a bona fide magician in Earl Weaver, the Brewers will take the
East, and head west.
In the AL West, the California Angels have apparently outlasted the K.C.
Royals and, barring a complete collapse, will entertain the Brewers begin-
ning October 5 and 6 in Anaheim. The Brewers and Angels are similar
teams, each with an awesome array of hitters and somewhat suspect pit-
ching. Although the Angels have an edge in playoff experience (including a
fellow named Jackson), the Brewer bats will do the talking and propel
Milwaukee into the series.
In the National League, the Cardinals will squash the Braves in the cham-
pionship series. St. Louis will meet Milwaukee in the World Series in a battle
of teams from two of America's largest beer-producing cities. This is cer-
tainly an ominous sign for the Cardinals.
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