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Baseball doubleheader
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 p.m., today.
at Fisher Stadium

SPORTS

Men's Tennis
vs. Northwestern
2:30 p.m. Friday

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, April 4, 1984

Page 9

I

NLEAST
Tanner s Bucs looking good. ..
.Johnson's Mets bring up rear
By RICH WIEDIS
W ITH THE DEATH of the Wheeze Kids, the closing of the Lumber
Company, no new Birds in sight, and a sleeping northern giant who
has yetto unfreeze, there is no dominating force in the National League
East in 1984.
The division this year will be the most competitive in baseball because, as
New York fans know, there is always a race for the bottom as well as the top.
The cellar series will be tight but not even Manager Davey Johnson's new
computer will keep the Mets from submerging victorious. The computer
says that Rookie of the Year Darryl Strawberry (.257, 26 HRs, 74 RBI),
former Cardinal Keith Hernandex (.297, 12, 63) and slugger George Foster
will make a winning 3, 4, 5 combination.
It is impossible, however, for a Met infield of Hubie Brooks, Wally
Backman, and Jose Oquendo to keep the Mets afloat. The loss of Tom Seaver
will be offset by some strong young pitching, Tim Leary, Walt Terrell, Ron
Darling and lefty Sid Fernandez. But, despite the potential, Johnson's
computer will print out inexperience, and last place.
The Chicago Cubs do have the experience, Bill Buckner will be at first,
Ron Cey at third and Larry Bowa will play short. This defensively solid line-
up plus Gold Glove second baseman Ryne Sandberg will keep the Cubs
from falling behind the Mets.
Pitching will be Chicago's major
problem. The staff compiled the league's
worst team ERA (4.09) last year and
completed only nine games. In the bullpen,
Chicago will be counting on Lee Smith,
who led the league in saves (29).
There has been no successful title
defense in the NL East since 1978. That
year the Phillies repeated their division
title but this year they won't. The
Cincinnati veteran backbone of Pete Rose,
Joe Morgan and Tony Perez that last
season miraculously transformed the
Phils from mediocre to menacing, are
gone. The Phillies also dealt away Ron
Reed and National League Championship
Series MVP Gary Matthews.
The pitching, as always, is strong with
Cy Young Award winner, John Denny (19-
6, 2.37) and Steve Carlton (15-16, 3.11).
Mike Schmidt, who refused to be called
one of the Wheeze Kids, will have to breathe
Madlock hard to carry this team.
The St. Louis Cardinals this year can truly
be called Birds of Prey. They will be praying that pitchers Joaquin Andujar
(6-16, 4.16) and Bruce Sutter (9-10, 4.23) can rebound from sub-par
performances in 1983. Another Cardinal question is second baseman Tom
Herr who was hitting .323 before he was sidelined with knee problems. If
Herr does not bounce back from surgery, Andy Van Slyke will come in from
right field to play second, George Hendrick (.318, 18, 97) will move to right,
and David Green (.284, 8, 69) will play first.
If things come around for Manager Whitey Herzog, St. Louis wll be right
in the thick of it.
For three years the Expos have had a potential dynasty, and for three
years they have failed to capitalize. Some claim that there is a lack of
motivation, others that baseball tradition looks unfavorably on teams from
Canada. In either case, the Expos signed Pete Rose to try to change things.
Montreal still has three players who started last year's All-Star game:
Gary Carter (.270, 17, 79), NL stolen base leader Tim Raines (.298, 11, 71)
and MVP runner-up Andre Dawson (.299, 32, 113). Gone, though, are All-Star
first baseman Al Oliver and second baseman Manny Trillo to San Francisco,
as well as Warren Cromarte, who left to play in Japan.
Expo pitching is strong, led by Steve Rogers, Bill Gullickson and Charlie
Lea, but baseball tradition is stronger and the Expos will finish second.
The Winners - Chuck Tanner's Pittsburgh Pirates. Tanner is a
motivational genius and this year he has a young squad that knows how to
win. National League batting champion Bill Madlock (.323, 12, 68) deemed
his club the "Toothpick Company." Pittsburgh will win games by picking
away at opponents.
The Pirate infield is solid up the middle and potent at the corners.
Workhorse Dale Berra (161 games) will play short with solid fielding Johnny
Ray at second. Jason Thompson, who had an off year in 1983, will play first and
Madlock will be at third. Catcher Tony Pena (.301, 15, 70) won a Gold Glove
last year and is destined to become one of the game's great receivers. The
Bucks lost some strong hitting in Dave Parker and Mike Easler, but with
their bats left some attitude problems.
Tanner's strength wil be in his pitching staff. Proven starters Larry
McWillliams (15-8, 3.23), John Candelaria (15-8, 3.25), and Rick Rhoden
(13-13, 3.09) will pace the team. Rookie phenomenon Jose DeLeon flirted
with three no hitters in 15 games and finished 7-3, while John Tudor (13-12,
4.09), who arrived from Boston in exchange for Easler, is the fifth starter.
Tomorrow: AL West

Frieder: the final word on 1984

Bill Frieder's fourth year at the
Michigan basketball helm will not
be soon forgotten. His Wolverines
shook off their mid-season blahs
and won four of their last five
regular season games. Overlooked
by the NCAA tournament,
Michigan then rolled through the
NIT field to claim that crown and
finished with a 23-10 record. For a
team that lost 20 games two years
ago and finished in ninth place in
the Big Ten last year, it was a con-
siderable achievement. Daily repor-
ters Larry Freed and Paul Helgren
talked with Frieder about his
players, the season that was, and
next season. Here are the highlights
from that discussion.
DAILY: Earlier in the season you
said that unless the team made the
NCAA tournament youwouldn't feel it
was a successful season. Now, having
won the NIT, how do you feel about
that?
FRIEDER: Oh, I think it's been a
great season. We wanted to get in the
NCAA tournament and it didn't happen.
Maybe it turned out to be a blessing in
disguise because this was a great way
to finish the season. It was a lot of fun
and it certainly proved to people that
we have a quality basketball team.
DAILY: Looking back, what sur-
prised you most about the season as far
as the improvements made - and
disappointments, if any?
FRIEDER: ... Roy Tarpley, of course,
has to be the biggest surprise. But I told
people all along that he had worked the
hardest over the summer. He was Most
Valuable Player inthat summer league
(Sandy Sanders). He did a great job. I
knew he was going to be a lot better. It
was just a matter of him getting an op-
portunity and gaining some confidence
and learning the game.
DAILY: Did we just see the tip of the
iceberg with Antoine Joubert at the end
of the season?
FRIDER: Well, I hope so. You'll see
he's gonna play with a lot more con-
fidence. He'll know the game better.
He'll start to do the other things that.
Tarpley-.
invited
to Olympic
tryouts
NEW YORK (AP) - Sophomore cen-
ter Roy Tarpley was the only Michigan
player among the 74 invited yesterday
to try out for the U.S. Olympic basket-
ball team.
Tarpley was joined by such players
as Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins of
North Carolina, Wayman Tisdale of
Oklahoma, Chris Mullin of St. John's,
Leon Wood of California-Fllerton,
Keith Lee of Memphis State and Pat
Ewing of national /champion
Georgetown.
The Olympic trials will be held April
17-22 at Bloomington, Ind. U.S. Coach
Bob Knight has said he expects to pick
16 players for his original team, to be
cut to 12 for the Olympics after a series
of exhibition games against
professional and amateur opposition.

are important, like playing defense and
rebounding. And he'll come back in a
lot better condition. So that's impor-
tant.
DAILY: About Leslie Rockymore. In
the second half of the season he did not
contribute, at least not in the games. Do
you think his problem had to do with his
hand problem or was it something else?
FRIEDER: He says no. He tells me it
wasn't hishand. But we've got to get
that checked out.
I think the biggest thing is people
have a little tendency to overrate

DAILY: This is the second year in a
row where McCormick has finished
really strong. What is it that prevents
him from being a dominant center
year-round?
FRIEDER: I think the Big Ten
season wears on McCormick. It's
brutal, it's tough. To play against
quality competition Thursday night and
then again Saturday afternoon, game
after game, is very demanding.
And I also feel that through most of
the Big Ten season, everyone was
keying on McCormick and that freed

'Certainly the Big
Ten championship
will be a goal next
year, a realistic
goal. But it will also
be a realistic goal
for other teams too.'
- Bill Frieder

FRIEDER: No. I have never talked
to Eric Turner about the pros. I have
never talked to Tim McCormick about
it. I think they'll both be back.
DAILY: Making the assumption that
everyone's going to be back, now for the
first time in your four years you have a
set starting lineup. How much of a dif-
ference does that make?
FRIEDER: Oh, I thinkuthat's impor-
tant. I think anytime you've got guys
returning that have been successful it's
a big thing for your program ... But
even with that it's going to be a struggle
next year because look at Illinois. Look
at Indiana. You're looking at some of
the other programs that did more than
we did with everybody returning and
great recruiting years coming in .. .
Certainly the Big Ten championship
will be a goal next year, a realistic goal.
But it will also be a realistic goal for
those other teams, too. So it's not going
to be automatic and everybody's got to
be prepared for it if it doesn't happen.
But I'm sure we're going to be a good
basketball team.
DAILY: How much of a loss is
Pelekoudas going to be?
FRIEDER: It's going to be a big loss.
He had 14 assists in the last two games
and numerous steals. That's another
thing I can't understand about
Michigan. What a kid. What a kid. That
shows you people don't know the game
of basketball.
DAILY: Were you disappointed with
Michigan fans in that regard?
FRIEDER: I was disappointed in
that, yes. I really was. And yet -I'm
smart enough to know that it's only a
hundred or a couple hundred people. So
it's by far the minority.
DAILY: At one point in the season
you were getting booed yourself during
the introductions. Is there a difference
between booing you and booing your
players?
FRIEDER: That's a big difference,
yeah. I don't care about that. I can
remember I used to boo (former
Michigan basketball coach) Dave
Strack. I used to boo him all the time. It
(getting booed) might chase me out of
here a little quicker (laughs), but I
don't really care.

Rockymore. Because you check his
statistics in Big Ten competition in his
career and he's shooting probably less
than 40 percent. So maybe it's a
situation where he's a good enough
player with the non-conference type of
competition but not quite quick enough
to get it off consistently and make it
against the bigger, quicker people in
the league. So that means he's just got
to work, harder this summer to get that
corrected.
People can say what they want. How
long can I go with a guy that's shooting
15 percent in Big Ten games? I went
with him longer than most coaches
would have.
DAILY: How much is the trip to
Europe going to help someone like
Rockymore?
FRIEDER: Sure, that's going to help
him. It's going to help guys like (Robert)
Henderson who haven't had the oppor-
tunity. We're going to give kids oppor-,
tunites they haven't had recently
because of the way things went. And
that's good because they're good
players, too, and they need a chance.

Tarpley a great deal. In the later part of
the Big Ten and in the NIT they were
keying on Tarpley and it was freeing
McCormick.
DAILY: As far as Paul Jokisch's
future with the team. Do you feel a
student-athlete can successfully play
football and basketball?
FRIEDER: Jokisch could. Ye h,
because he loves to play and he doe 't
tire that easily. I think he's going to be a
good football player. I think when foot-
ball's over, he'll come out for basket-
ball.
DAILY: How do you see him fitting
in?
FRIEDER: Well, I think one of the
things we have to consider is a red-shirt.
If he makes football and we're going
well next season, we just might not
have him play next season.
DAILY: Eric Turner said .he's at
least going to consider going into the
NBA draft. Do you have any hunch
about what he'll do?
FRIEDER: No, I don't think he'll be
going.
DAILY: Have you talked to him?

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Batsmen to take on tame 'Broncs

By ROB POLLARD
The Broncos from Western Michigan
dcome galloping into Ray Fisher
WStadium today for a 1:00 p.m.
doubleheader with Michigan. But
judging from recent results these Bron-
cos have been pretty easy to saddle
lately.
Western boasts a 5-14 record so far
this season. The Broncos are coming off
a weekend road trip to Kentucky which
saw them drop doubleheaders to Iowa
and host Murray State. "We have
talent, but maturity is a matter of ex-
perience and getting a chance to play,"
said WMU assistant coach Fred
Stevens.
WHEN ASKED to list his team's
strengths, Stevens replied, "When
you're 5-14, there are not very many
strengths."
The Broncos' main weapons are the
hitting of senior outfielder Charlie
Jackson and catcher Jim Markert.
Michigan will. not see Western's best
pitchers, senior Greg Brake and junior

teams in the country. They'll be there
when the bell rings."
One Wolverine still not quite ready to
answer the bell is shortstop Barry
Larkin. Larkin has missed 13 games
since spraining his ankle in Texas. He
did not make the team's weekend trip to
Ohio and is unlikely to see action this
'afternoon. "It depends if he can give
me 100 percent," said Michigan head
coach Bud Middaugh. "He probably
won't play 'til this weekend."
Middaugh will send Gary Wayne and
Scott Kamieniecki-to the hill today
against the Broncos. Both pitchers
worked against Miami (O.) in a
doubleheader last Friday. Kamieniecki
took his first loss against two wins in the
first game, yielding a seventh inning
game-winning homer. Wayne raised his

record to 1-1 by winning the nightcap, 5-
2.
THE WOLVERINES are beginning to
get their act together. After a horren-
dous spring trip during which the team
went 3-7, Michigan has won seven of
eight ballgames. Middaugh's troops
play most of their remaining games in
friendly Fisher Stadium. Paced by the
hitting of outfielder Jeff Minick and fir-
st baseman Ken Hayward, the big Blue
machine is starting to run on all cylin-
ders.
When asked which players he was
pleased with so far Middaugh replied,
"I'm awfully tough to please. I'd like to
see a better performance each time out.
A lot of the pitchers may not come out
strong because I'm fatiguing their ar-
ms by working with them between
outings."
Today the Broncos will get a chance
to see just how fatigued the Michigan
arms are. These same arms have
yielded just 21 runs in the last eight
games. Western will have to be more
productive than that if they hone to

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