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Page 18-Friday, May 15, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Leach likely to see action

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DETROIT (UPI) - Just what Rick
Leach needed - rain.
It's sort of been raining on the Rookie
Detroit Tiger first baseman ever since
the club brought him up from its Evan-
sville farm club April 29.
The club recalled him on the last of
its 10 straight losses and has used him
just sporadically since, which is what
neither Leach nor Manager Sparky
Anderson of the Tigers wants.
LEACH WAS NOT washed out of the
starting lineup yesterday when rain
and wet grounds caused Detroit to reset
its night game against Seattle back to
July 31 as part of a twi-night double
header. He wasn't in the lineup
- anyway.
He probably won't be in the lineup
tonight when California comes in to
start a three-game weekend series.
Even if rookie right-handed Mike Witt,
2-2, is pitching for the Angels against
right-hander Jack Morris, 3-3, of the
Tigers.

Anderson feels he will
be a smart player
"I've got to get Hebbie (first late-inning defensive replacement.
baseman Richie Hebner) starting to He's played in nine games and batted 13
hit," Anderson said. "I'd love to play times.
the kid - and he knows it." IF IT LOOKS LIKE Leach is going to
BUT ANDERSON CAN'T. He's got sit all season, Anderson said he would
one more left-handed hitter now than he send him back to Evansville.
needs. "But I think he'll play here and there.
Steve Kemp, Rick Peters, Champ If it's just a matter of him missing 200
Summers, fill up the outfield slot along at bats this season, he can make those
with Kirk Gibson, who has a sprained up. Either in the Florida Instructional
left wrist at the moment. Leach may League or winter ball, or both.
see some DH or first base duty with "I'll tell you one thing about Rick
Hebner as the DH until Gibson gets Leach," Anderson said of the former
back, but after that it's back to bench
sitting again.
Leach has a .308 batting average for
what action he has seen, much of it as a
Former Michigan quarterback and
center fielder Rick Leach (left) has
finally made it to the major leagues,
but unfortunately for him he has seen
very little action for the Detroit Tigers
and neither he or manager Sparky An-
derson are very happy about it.

University of Michigan four-year star-
ter at quarterback, "he's going to be a
good major league player."
"YOU DON'T HAVE to tell him the
same thing twice," Anderson said. "He
learns fast."
"He's a very good learner. You tell
him something and he goes out and does
it. That's a little unusual for a guy
who's played as much football as he
has."
"A lot of football players who play
baseball aren't quick learners. Football
is a hit and go game. There's a little bit
more of this," Anderson said, tapping
his head, "in baseball.
"Rick Leach is a thinking baseball
player."
All well and good, but right now Rick
Leach would like to be a playing
baseball player.

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AP Photo
FORMER MICHIGAN QUARTERBACK John Wangler lets the pigskin fly
during last season's game with South Carolina. The Wolverines lost this one,
but won the conference title and the Rose Bowl with Wangler's leadership.
Wangler to try for
QB spot on Cowboys
will meet the coaches and have
ANN ARBOR (AP)-John on-fieldtestingtoday.
Wangler, who quarterbacked The Cowboys' returning quar-
Michigan to its 23-6 Rose Bowl terbacks are starter Danny
victory over Washington this past White, Glenn Carano and Gary
season, has signed with the Hogeboom. If Wangler is to make
Dallas Cowboys, his family an- the Cowboys' team, it would
nounced Wednesday. Wangler, as seem that he will have to beat out
a result of going unclaimed in the Hogeboom, the club's third-string
two-day college draft at the end quarterback. Hogeboom was a
of April, was a free agent. rookie last year after Dallas had
The Cowboys are currently taken him in the fifth round of the
holding a three-day mini camp 1980 draft. Hogeboom played his
for rookies. Wangler and the college ball at Central Michigan.
players arrived Wednesday, had Dallas did not draft any quar-
their physicals yesterday and terbacks in this year's draft.,.

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