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Page 16 Thursday, June 11, 1981 The Michigan Daily
OPERATION TO BE ON LEFT KNEE
Surgery planned for McCormick
ANN ARBOR (UPI)-Sophomore center Tim McCormick, there is plenty of time after the surgery for Tim to
one of the keys to Bill Frieder's second season as the Univer- rehabilitate the knee and be back for next season.
sity of Michigan's basketball coach, is scheduled to undergo "We think this is the best thing to do and we are hopeful
knee surgery early next week but is expected back in time for he'll come backa much stronger player," he said.
the start of the season this October.
"We've decided this is the best thing to do at this time," MICHIGAN LANDED a top-notch point guard in Eric Tur-
Frieder said in announcing the surgery on McCormick's left ner of Flint Central-but did not sign any dominant front-liners
knee will be performed June 15 or 16. "He has some damage to take some of the pressure off McCormick.
to the kneecap and has some patella tendinitis below the ShouldMcCormick be unable to return, Michigan's tallest
kneecap which have to be repaired." players would be Jon Antonides (7-2), Leo Brown (6-8) and
Willis Carter (6-8). However, the total college experience of
THE 6-FOOT-10, 230-pound McCormick average45.2 points these three is almost non-existent. Antonides averaged 0.7
and 3.5 rebounds in a backup role his freshman season but points a game last season, while Brown could only account
was expected to start at center this fall with the graduation of for 0.3 points a game. Carter will be a freshman next year.
Paul Heuerman. The tallest Wolverine player that made a sizable con-
"After several conferences with Dr. Gerald O'Connor and tribution last year is team captain Thad'Garner who stands
Mrs Tom McCormick, Tim's father, we've decided an at 6-7. MCCorlic
operation is in Tim's best interests," Frieder said. "We think
. .. requires knee surgery,
By RON POLLACK daugh could not say whether or not "Sometimes the round does not reflect
Daily Sports Writer Paciorek would return to Michigan. In- what he'll be offered and his oppor-
Michigan right fielder Jim Paciorek stead, he said, '"That's a decision he tunities."
has saidthat if be got the right offer, he and his folks have to make. I'll stay out
Iiid ia n s would bypass his senior year with the of that." PACIOREK WAS not the first
Wolverines and turn professional. If Bob Quinn, the Indians' Vice- Wolverine batsman to be selected in the
Tuesday's draft is any indication, President of Player Development and draft. That honor went to pitcher Scott
R Paciorek may havea difficult time get- Scouting, was equally in the dark about Elam who was taken by Toronto in the
ting the type of offer he wants. Paciorek's decision. "We don't know 10th round. The Blue Jays also took
Paciorek was not selected until the what he's thinking," said Quinn. "We Elam's battery mate, Gerry Hool in the
p i 14thround when the Cleveland Indians don't really know whether he's plan- 16th round.
P a c o re chose him. The late round in which ning on staying in college or not." Paciorek and Hool hit .366 and .334,
Paciorek was drafted, prompted Although Paciorek was not chosen as respectively, last season, while Elam
Michigan baseball coach Bud Mi- high as he had hoped, Middaugh still posted an 11-3 record. Elam was a
daugh to lament, "I'm not surprised, sees the possibility of the right fielder sophomore during the 1981 season and
but I was disappointed." obtaining an offer which would result in could come back to Michigan next year.
DESPITE THE late selection, Mid- his donning a Cleveland uniform. Hool may also return.
Major league umpires .. .
TH E SPORTING VIEWS ... face double standard
seasons in baseball history. Yet, he still has failed abusing an umpire to the extent that the A's
ByONPOLLACKe eassix times out of t r. e ten a g ge s is ied manager did. Martin is currently appealing the
DaklySportsrWriters s t. Even a gold glove winner sanctions taken against him, but even if the
A major league umpire is like the funny looking makes errors in the course of the season. Every penalty is upheld, it will be little morethan an in-
kid with pimples that always carries a brief case during the course of a game occasional i convenience for him. After missing a few games
to class every day. When he goes through a day ing there oa ge ocyonraly i during this one-week period, he probably still will
without doing anything wrong, nobody pays any MajInor fLeaguthere haseballeen thisonlyoneeo that meets the not have learned his lesson. A 60-day suspension
attention to him. But let him do something wrong expectations placed on umpires. That was the per- would havea much greater impact on him. 4
and everybody jumps all over him. eetato n umpireat the per National League umpire Bruce Froemming
When was the last time a pitcher thanked an feet ga e thr eva iter Len says that if McPhail can't back the umpires
umpire for making the proper call? Probahly isn't on par with standards placed on umpires. Af- strongly, it is doubtful that players and managers
never. But if the ump should make the incorrect ter all, as fine a performance as it was, it wasn't will start to treat them better. o
call, the pitcher will suddenly take notice of the perfect. "The only problem is that the people running the
man in black. When their imperfections are taken into con- game don't give us enough respect," said Froem-
Displeasure over such a call will be shown in Wenti imperfections ar ta to on- ming. "With the Billy Martin incident, Lee Mc-
various ways. A crescendo of boos will cascade fection frit would seem that expectations of per- Phail, the President of the American League,
from the stands, the pitcher will argue that the fection dumpires are nothing more than made one of the most ridiculous and pathetic
phypocritical demands on the part of players and rlnsalagepeietpolee akhetHe
umpire had to be blind to make such a ridiculous managers alike. rulings a league president could ever make. He
call while the manager may charge out of the The recent incident in which Oakland A's was too lenient and if he cannot respect the um-
dugout so as to kick dirt on the umpires shoes. g incin un ih and A's pires, how can it be expected that Billy Martin and
The question that comes to mind after such an and threw dirt at umpire Terry Cooney showed people like him will?"
outburst of anger is, why is perfection expected and rew dry p re Ted one y ed When asked if a player or manager's arguments
from an umpire? Why can't an umpire make a one reason why playersyand managers usually feel have any effect on his calls, Froemming replies,
mistake, like any human being, without being sub- free ytorerbally-and A me ies "None whatsoever. The only decision it would
jected to abuse? The answer is that umpires are Physically-torment umpires. American League have an effect on is how long he (the player or
the misfortunate recipients of a double standard. fine and seven-day suspensitive actions t Martin manager) stays in the game, and that pertains to
Whereas the failure of an umpire to make the were simply too meek. In particular, it was the how he argues."
proper call is viewed with no understanding at all, seven-day suspension that was not harsh enogh As ncompromising as this may seem, it, in
a player or manager can fail to do their job quite see-a spnid th was n harhseno most cases, is very logical. If an umpire sees a
freuenly ndet e aon th topeforersat If McPhail wanted to make an impression on lay i a certain manner, a laer or mnaer's-
frequently and yet be among the top performers at Martin and the rest of the league he would have ayumet wort cange t waye prceivedethe
their position. lengthened the suspension to, say, 60 days. If a argument wont change the way he perceived the
If a player were to bat .400 he would be con- penalty of this magnitude were levied, Martin and play as it unfolded before his eyes. The only excep-
sidered to have had one of the most proficient others like him would be wary in the future of tion to this is if the umpire misinterprets a rule.

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