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June 8, 1984

The Michigan Daily

Wayne, Shuta taken
in major league draft


It wasn't much of a surprise when
senior lefthander Gary Wayne was
selected by the Montreal Expos in the
fourth round of Wednesday's Major
League baseball draft.
The surprise came in the 34th round
when teammate Bill Shuta was selected
by the Detroit Tigers. Shuta was not
very impressive this season, finishing
with a 5-1 record and a rather lofty 6.23
ERA. Very few people expected the
senior righthander to be drafted at all.
"I WAS KIND of surprised," said
Wayne. "He (Shuta) didn't really think
he would get drafted."
Shuta, 22, may report to the Tigers'
rookie league. He has not yet decided if
he is going to accept the Tigers' offer.
Shuta needs one more semester of
classes to earn his degree.
Wayne finished the year with an 8-3
record and a 3.73 ERA. He led the team
in strikeouts with 77. He leaves
Michigan with a lifetime record of 24-9.
THE 6-2, 175-pound southpaw will
meet with officials from the Expos
today to try and' work out an
Wayne becomes the second Michigan
pitcher in two years to be selected by

Montreal. Last year the Expos took
righty Rich Stoll in the first round of the
draft. Wayne is hopeful he can be
reunited with his ex-teammate.
"I'd love to play with Rich again,"
said Wayne, who like Shuta needs more
credits to earn his degree. "I'd like to
start at AA, but I don't know their plans
for me." Stoll is currently with the Ex-
pos AA team which is located in
Jacksonville, Florida.
WAYNE WAS drafted after his junior
year by the Oakland A's in the 23rd
round, but decided to stay at Michigan
for his senior campaign. One of the
major factors in his decision was his
desire to continue his education. He was
also hampered by injuries at the time,
and he felt he might not get what he was
Wayne ends his Michigan career as
the third leading pitcher in terms of
wins in a career. He trails only Stoll
(30) and Los Angeles Dodger pitcher
Steve Howe (27). He finishes third in
innings pitched with 261.
Shuta finishes sixth in all time win-
ning percentage with a record of 20-5
Junior first baseman Ken Hayward
was not selected in the draft.



Ex-Michigan righthander Bill Shuta prepares to deliver a pitch to the plate.
during action last season. The Detroit Tigers drafted Shuta in the 34th round
of this year's draft.


By ROB POLLARD taking enoui
M ICHIGAN, Texas, Miami, Arizona State What a car
and Oklahoma State. These schools all with a bat an
have baseball programs that are excellent year Another s
in and year out. They have all made at least junior colle
three College World Series appearances in the two years c
last five years. sfer to a ma
If you look at what the players on each of these schools get
teams have accomplished on the field, you will baseball exl
be impressed. If you look at what each has done those two ye
in the classroom, in most cases you'll be quite But schoo
less than impressed. academicsc
Most of the baseball powerhouses do not em- reason kids
phasize academics. Michigan is an exception. to polish the
Not only are the academic requirements-for As a resul
admission to the University very rigorous, but background
head coach Bud Middaugh will recruit only those like Michiga
players that he feels will be able to combine "I think ti
academics with baseball. tough time
"We face kids every year that we had said Hall. "I
recruited," said assistant coach Danny Hall, tain numbe
who plays a major role in Michigan's recruiting. progress req
"But there's no way they would have gotten by A look at
three hours of credit at Michigan, if they had Omaha rev
been admitted." Seven of the
Having to be academically selective in its in their 8-
recruiting puts Michigan at a great disadvan- graduates. P
tage relative to the other baseball powers. But roster, inclu
while the Wolverine players may not graduate hitters in th
with a national championship, they'll have ear- Last year'
ned something far more important: an, starters a
education. graduation.
Before you decide you've read enough about do? He rait
corruption in athletic programs and feed this Longhorn's
story to your dog, consider the following infor- colleges.
mation about a few of the teams who make an- "Coach M
nual trips to the CWS in Omaha. should do a
Six, get that - six, of the Arizona State players said Hall. "I
are "actively pursuing a degree." In other wor- It's a farce
ds, six of the 25 team members are following an junior colleg
academic program which if they completed it, Another h
would lead to a degree. The other 19 are just doesn't recr

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Academics and baseball...
... a difficult mixture
allow them to play ball. talent from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
program! Four years The sunbelt schools have used lax academic
s with a shovel. standards and JC recruits to enable them to pull
ive is the recruiting of away from the Maines and Michigans recently.
. These players spend The last time a non-sunbelt team won the CWS
their JC, and then tran- was in 1965 when Ohio State took all the marbles.
program. The division I A touch of class
th two years of college They've been applauded all year for the way
hout having to pay for they have performed on the field, but how about
some recognition for the way the Michigan
any emphasis at all on players have performed off the field. They've
ke in this practice. The displayed their class - and a lot of the credit for
roll in junior colleges is this has to go to Middaugh and his staff.
kills, not their intellect. Other coaches let their players do whatever
't have the academic they want off the field. On Friday night after
o transfer into a school Michigan's first defeat, many of the Cal State
"ollege transfers) have a players decided to celebrate their victory in a
g into another school," rowdy fashion in the halls of the Marriot Hotel.
gt havenohecer-, A few pounded on Middaugh's door at about 1:30
they have to have a cer- a.m. Other coaches would have raised a stink,
s. They have to meet but not Middaugh. He didn't complain. He was
s of the contestants in thereto play baseball.
-thora of JC transfers. Finally, in my second day in Omaha I had the
tor by al SJtrsFuers.n chance to watch a few horse races at the local
sed by Cal St. Fullerton track with the queen of the College World Series,
ver Michigan are JC Mary Chevalier, a junior at Bishop Clarkson
rd, fourth and fifth slot College of Nursing. The first thing she told me
upon learning of my Maize and Blue blood was
how impressed she was with the Michigan team.
ampion Texas lost eight "I met your team the other day, they're so
our top pitchers to polite," she beamed. "They all introduced them-
i coach Cliff Gustafson selves to me at the airport (where the CWS
sir colleges. 15 of the sweethearts greeted each of the eight teams). I
its came from junior met the California players, but they weren't very
polite. I'm not putting California down, but they
l tell you he thinks they were so laid back, they didn't have much to say."
nior college athletics," When the athletes can promote as excellent an
linois foothall program. image off of the field as they do on the field, you
does not recruit from know you've got a well-rounded program. No
ichigan has is that it program fits that description better than
11vhi daavh aptchtie Michigan's.



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