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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 3, 1987 -Page 11

THE SPORTING VIEWS
Yanks are beasts of the East

Men gymnasts host Big Ten championship

By ROB LEVINE
Cleveland is the only team that
hasn't won the division since the
New York Yankees captured the
title in 1981. Will this be the year
the Mistake on the Lake completes
the cycle? Not according to me. My
picks, in order:
-NEW YORK - Pitching is
the big question. They have almost
as many left-wingers as the Daily
editorial staff, but they will not be
solid without their Gorbachev, Ron
Guidry, who is busy riding a tractor
in Louisiana.
Cap Weinberger would be proud
of the offensive weapons the Bronx
Bombers possess - Don
Mattingly, Rickey Henderson,
Mike Pagliarulo, and Dave
Winfield.

Lou Piniella somehow managed
to return for a second season, but
Billy Martin is rumored to return
when the Yanks start losing - or
the Mets grab bigger headlines.
*CLEVELAND - Why not?
The only thing missing is a Star
Wars defense system - they
committed 157 errors last season.
President Reagan must be a co-
owner, because the team simply
forgot about the pitching. Who
feels confident sending out Tom
Waddell, Greg Swindell, and Phil
Niekro to the mound?
The Tribe better hope their
swingers hit home runs like Jim
Bakker did with Jessica Hahn. Joe
Carter and sophomore Cory Snyder
need big years for the Indians to
challenge for the pennant.
-TORONTO - The MSA
ballclub - nobody in America
cares about this foreign team.
Pitcher Dave Stieb will try to
rebound from his disasterous year.
Without him, the Jays will
struggle.
Jesse Barfield, George Bell, and
Lloyd Moseby produced 92 HRs
and 302 RBIs last season to form

the best outfield in baseball, and SS
Tony Fernandez showed he can turn
DP's with anyone this side of
Vanna White.
-BALTIMORE - This team
has more old and worn-out arms
than Iran had before the U.S. didn't
trade arms for hostages. Mike
Flanagan, Scott McGregor, and
Mike Boddicker all had off years
last season.
For some reason, the O's
acquired infielders Rick Burleson
and Ray Knight. Must be part of
their youth movement.
-DETROIT - A man who
spends more on an old car than his
baseball team's playoff chances
deserves to gag on his pepperoni
pizza. Monaghan didn't retain the
heart of his team, - the William
Casey of the club - Lance Parrish.
Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell,
Darnell Coles, and Darrell Evans
combined for 90 HRs a year ago in
leading the offensive explosion in
the infield, while Kirk Gibson added
punch and speed in the outfield.
Pitching could plague the
Tigers. Dan Petry and Wilie
Hernandez have struggled lately.
-BOSTON - Only the pitiful
Brewers keep this bumbling bunch
of chokers out of the cellar. Bill
Buckner returns from his off-season
job as aerobics instructor to once
again try to play first base. Rich
Gedman - another fine receiver -
is on hiatus, caught between
collusion and fiscal responsibility.
Manager John McNamara
wonders why all-world pitcher
Roger Clemens is holding out. I
would too if I had a bunch of Nancy
Reagans playing around me - old,
bad legs, and can't deal with wild
pitches.
-MILWAUKEE - If they're
lucky, they won't get hurt. The
Brew Crew should take a cue from
the comedy team of Ollie and
Poindexter. Ship some arms to the
Middle 'East, divert the profits to
Nicaragua for a few good infielders,
and if they don't pan out, plead the
Fifth.

By, IAN RATNER
Snowy Ann Arbor welcomes
home the Michigan softball team
following its week of games in
sunny California. "Weather
permitting, the softball squad will
play two doubleheaders against
Ohio State Friday and Saturday.
The Wolverines return from the
Pony Tournament in Fullerton,
Calif., after placing third and
improving their record to 8-7.
Michigan lost only to No. 3 Texas
A&M and No. 1 Cal. State-
Fullerton. Michigan thrashed No. 5
Pomona, 5-0, on a one-hitter by
pitcher Vicki Morrow, and shut out
No. 12 Long Beach, 5-0.
The impressive showing in
California left Michigan head
coach Carol Hutchins confident
about the team's chances in the Big
Ten.

"We did get our doors rattled a
little bit (in California)," said
Hutchins. "But we beat a couple of
top-ranked teams out there. We can
play with anybody in the country
and we should be able to come out
and do well in the Big Ten."
MICHIGAN captured three of
four games from the Buckeyes last
season, and with the nucleus of the
team returning, the Wolverines
should improve on last year's fifth-
place finish.
Catcher Alicia Seegart - who
last season became Michigan's first
softball All-American - and
second team All-Big Ten pitcher
Morrow lead the Wolverines. The
two seniors have posted impressive
numbers to start the season.
Seegart leads the team with a
.340 clip at the plate and has
sparkled defensively thus far.

By JULIE HOLLMAN
All 14 previous acts are over, and now it is time for the grande finale
- the time when performers try to give their all and make the practice
worthwhile.
For the men's gymnastics team, its 8-10 regular season performance
was shaky, featuring some ups and downs. But now the play bill reads
the Big Ten championships, and the Wolverines will try to capitalize on
an anyone-can-win situation at 7:00 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
OFTEN THE FINALE is a time when the little gqy in the cast
does something to steal the spotlight from the star, and Michigan hopes
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to do just that. Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, and defending champion
Iowa, are all ranked within the top 10 nationally, while Michigan State,
Wisconsin, and the Wolverines place within the top 20. ; .
"Between the top scoring team in the conference and the lowest scorer
in the conference, there is about an eight- or nine-point interval, and
when you squeeze seven teams, into eight or nine points that's a very,
very close meet," said Michigan coach Bob Darden. "So this meet is
really up for grabs for finishes throughout."
The team to beat this year will again be Iowa, which is averaging a
team score of 280.17. Four returning All-Big Ten gymnasts lead the.-
Hawkeyes' threat. The Hawkeyes preyed on the Wolverines like rabbits
in an open field early in the season, as they ran away with the
competition, 271.30-264.25.
OHIO STATE, 1985's national champion, is another team with' a
strong chance of winning the title. The Buckeyes showed Michigan a few
extra tricks en route to a 273.60-268.05 win.
Aside from beating Wisconsin, Michigan has not won another Big'
Ten meet. These defeats also include a one-sided loss to Minnesota,
which scored 4.4 points above 270. Many of the conference teams
consistently scored well within the 270 range, but the Wolverines never
reached that peak, a peak which may find its conquerer returning home
with the conference crown.
Regardless of their performance in the team meet, the Wolverines
should be quite successful in the individual competition, which will
feature many prospective Olympians. Scott Moore will attempt to defend
his 1986 vaulting title, and Mitch Rose will look to better his fifth-place
1986 rings finish and recapture his 1985 title. Brock Orwig also will try
and up his last year's third-place performance on the high bars.
This meet has been sanctioned by the United States Gymnastics
Federation as being a qualifying meet for the USA championships and
the USA championships determine the national team, said Darden.
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