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Page 10-Thursday, March 31, 1983-The Michigan Daily

Paciorek has big


In the spring, the thoughts of sports
fans everywhere turn to baseball and
spring training. The players head for
Florida or Arizona to get back in shape
for the coming season and each team's
followers feel that this is the year that
their club could win it all.
But there are other players that go to
spring training not only to get in shape
but to battle for positions on minor
league squads. There are few fans who
follow these players as they toil in the
sun, and they can only hope that
someday they will head south with the
big club.

SUCH IS THE case of Jim Paciorek,
who entered the minors last June after
completing a Michigan career that in-
cluded two trips to the college World
Series, three Big Ten championships
and being named conference MVP last
year as well as setting school records in
six offensive categories. He spent the
rest of last season at Beloit, Wis., in the
Midwest League after signing with the
Milwaukee Brewers and this spring has
been working out with the Double 'A' El
Paso Diablos in Phoenix, Ariz.
"The season starts in El Paso in
about a week, but you never know,
there could still be a few changes," said

Paciorek from the Brewers spring
training headquarters in Phoenix.
"Everyone is going all out in camp, it's
really competitive."
So far the professionals have
sprouted success for Paciorek as he bat-

The momentum of instructional
league success though hasn't followed
him on his second Arizona stint, as
Paciorek got off to a bit of a slow start
this spring but is beginning to pick up.
Paciorek could've turned pro after
his junior season when he was drafted
by the Indians but passed up that oppor-
tunity to spend a final year in Ann Ar-
"I'M GLAD I stayed another year,'
said the Detroit native. "I got a degree
and it was another year of experience
which always helps."
' But if Paciorek wants experience, he
needs to look no farther than his own
family to get the word on professional
baseball. His brother Tom has been in
the majors for over ten years and is
now playing for the White Sox.
"I don't see Tom too much but I talk
to him quite a bit," said the younger
Paciorek. "He helps me a lot mentally
and gives me an idea of what to expect
and how to go about things here.
"It's a totally different lifestyle
playing in the pros," he added. "There
is a lot of travel and I didn't have school
to worry about, I could just think about
baseball. But last year went all right,
Beloit wasn't a bad town."

ted .324 for Beloit, the class 'A' affiliate
of the Brewers, in the 85 games in which
he appeared after joining the team in
midseason. And during the winter he
was named MVP of the instructional
league team on which he played in
"THE instructional league was.
a lot like it is now in spring training,"
Paciorek said. "We would work out in
the morning and have games in the af-
ternoon, that went on for six weeks. I
learned quite a bit and played well, hit-
ting around .360."


Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Ex M-baseballer Jim Paciorek is shown in action last year against Eastern
Michigan. Paciorek is trying to make the Milwaukee Brewers club this year...
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* DETROIT - Ho hum. The Toronto
Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Wings last
night, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena. The
Leafs are in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Detroit is not.
In fact, they have not been since 1978.
FOR WEEKS it looked as though last
night's Wings-Maple Leafs game would
be a head-to-head duel for a playoff
spot, but Detroit eliminated itself with
two losses this past weekend.,
So why show up? That's what 11,641
fans are asking themselves now.
The most exciting incident was a
bench-clearing brawl in the second
period. Only two players received
penalties. The fans were asking for
ENTERING last night's action,
Detroit had lost five games in a row and
seven of their last eight, with the lone
AP Photo victory being a 4-3 decision over Toron-
to. Tonight's loss put the Wings record
for March at 3-10-1. This is the time
when teams fighting to gain the playof-
fs must play their best, but the Wings
have not done any serious playing since
defeating Quebec on March 30.
Way back on January 1, Detroit had a
seemingly comfortable ten-point lead
over the Leafs. Since then, the Wings
have posted a 11-24-4 mark (26 points),
while Toronto has compiled a 21-18-5
record (47 points).
Toronto continued its improved play
last night.
IT TOOK only 13 seconds and one shot
for the Leafs to get on the board and
John Anderson capped a two-man rush
with his 30th goal of the season. Paul
Woods matched that goal two minutes

later as Reed Larson fed the left wing
who was skating in alone on the left
side. Woods deposited Detroit's first
shot of the game behind Mike
Palmateer for his 13th goal of the
. Then, at 8:38 of the opening roun
Ivan Boldierev converted another nift
Larson pass from across the creaseto
put the Wings up 2-1. But Toronto's Dan)
Daoust knotted the score again on :a
power play at the 13 minute mark.
That's the way the score stayed until
Detroit'sDwight Foster and Palmateer
set up the big fight with an altercation
that began with the two players
slashing at one another only 27 seconds
in the second stanza.
Then midway through the period, th
main event featured Toronto's PaZl
Higgins and Detroit's Colon Campbell,
with both benches clearing after
Higgins had dumped the Red Wings'
Stan Weir at center ice during a time-
out. Other than the Higgins-Campbell
match, clutching and grabbing were
the extent of the extra-cullicular ac-
MIROSLAV Frycer put the Leafs
back on top with a quick slap-shot fro
the right circle as he found the pucW
sitting in front of him following a bad
clearing pass by Gilles Gilbert.
Rick Vaive added his 50th goal of the
season late in the third period to put the
icing on the cake.
Wing's coach Nick Polano summed
up the game and the season. "We
worked as hard as we cold tonight,but
things went the same as they have all
year. Palmateer was hot tonight .. .
and Toronto wants third place (in th
North Division) badly. Our guys didn'
play badly. We're just short of talent."

Paul Woods scores in last night's action against Toronto.

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