Page 12 Friday, July 17, 1987 The Michigan Daily
The Buck stops here
All-American wide receiver Cris Carter, who earlier admitted he had
signed with an agent, was declared ineligible for his senior season by
Ohio State officials. Carter caught a school-record 69 passes for 1,127
yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
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BY GREG MOLZON
Baseball's All-Star break is over now and fans can
look forward to an interesting second half of the season
filled with exciting pennant races and star players chas-
ing long-time records.
As the season resumes, here is one humble fan's
feelings and predictions of what has happened so far and
what may be in store during the second half of the year.
-THE LIVELY BALL DEBATE: While play-
ers and teams are hitting home runs at a record pace
that projects to a total of 4,650 for the season ( that's
850 more than last year's record), let's not put all the
blame on a supposedly juiced-up ball.
Whether it goes farther or not, there is no doubt that
many of the home runs can be attributed to the atro-
cious pitching nowadays.
Along with a decreased strike zone, the pitching tal-
ent has become filled with young pitchers who still
belong in the minor leagues and older pitchers who
should be retired by now.
In fact, the American League ERA of 4.49 is the
highest since the 4.58 of 1950, and the National
League's ERA of 4.22 the highest since 1930's 4.97.
Better pitching would definitely cut down on the
number of runs produced and home runs hit, as was
-THE ALL-STAR GAME: This year's midsea-
son classic was a non-memorable, 13-inning, 2-0 affair
won by the National League, which proved that good
pitching can still beat good hitting.
It was quite ironic that in this year of the home run,
the game featured a scoreless duel that more than dou-
bled the longest scoring drought in All-Star history.
Although it's hard to prove anything from one
game, it's an interesting theory that if there were more
top pitchers like Bret Saberhagen, Jack Morris, and
Mike Scott, we wouldn't be seeing formidable assaults
on long-time records by hitters like Wade Boggs, Tony
-MARK MCGWIRE The Oakland Athletics' Big
Mac has had a remarkable first half of the season that
has seen him swat 33 home runs and he could be on a
pace to eclipse Roger Maris' 26-year old mark of 61.
Although it's doubtful that the first-year player will
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...one fan's views
break the record when pitchers start adjusting to and
pitching around him, he is sure to break the rookie
record of 38 and should reach 50 easily.
McGwire is also a lock to win the Rookie of the
Year Award, even though there is a surplus of quality4
rookies having great years, like Devon White, B.J.
Surhoff, Kevin Seitzer, Matt Nokes, and
-BO JACKSON: Yes, Bo is having a good first
year with 18 home runs, 45 RBIs, and a batting aver-
age of .255. However, the former Heisman Trophy
winner obviously gained the most attention when he
announced his intention to play professional football
with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Although he is being unfairly criticized by some,
it's a noble idea by a super athlete to see if he can ac-
complish a dream that no one else has since Vic
Janowicz played both sports in 1954.
It's not impossible for a short span, but the belief
here is that he will eventually have to choose one or
the other-and the choice will be the pigskin of the
In the meantime, Jackson won't be able to join the
Raiders until October because his Royals will win the
AL West before eventually losing out in the playoffs
-TORONTO BLUE JAYS: Sorry, Tiger fans,4
but the talented Blue Jays will win the AL East. The'
Tigers have surprised many and will continue to have
an excellent year because of strong hitting and out-
standing pitching, but will lose it in the end to the
overall superior talent of Toronto.
Don't fret, though, because there will be an excit-
ing, close division race between the Jays, Tigers, and
Yankees, with the teams finishing in that order.
Kansas City will win the West because of its pitch-
ing, but will fall to Toronto as this will be the year of
the first Canadian World Series.
In the Series, the Blue Jays will face the winner of
the NL Playoffs between St. Louis and Cincinnati. The
Cardinals will reach the Series for the second time in
three years, but will end up second best again.
You don't agree? Well, remember, it's just one
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Daily sports editors Scott G.
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Award, a $1,000 award named aftes
the former Big Ten commissioner
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