The Press/Friday. April 1. lQ~8/TWENTYONE •••••••• Y!Jl~~e ~nd Billy amazing eyes always put him to slap the ball to opposite ball player. He finished the '87 season with a .298 batting average and 78 RBI's. Ward is also an excellent utility man who can play all out- field positions as well as first base and DH. In centerfield is a man to watch, Roberto Kelly. Although a lot of people have not heard of him, I'm telling you he is sensational and keep your eyes on him. The 23 year old is brilliant for his age. He has great defensive ability, good speed, and a quick bat. He batted .278 with 13 homers, 62 RBI's and 51 stolen bases while playing with Columbus for part of the '87 season. 11,t11 Li\t:t the backstop. Slaught, on the other hand is a defensive __ specialist but must be more consistent of- fensively in order to start. He likes to hit in spurts; last vear high on the rankings in walks fields. Wayne TollensoR is a and on base for the big rnen good man to keep around to drive in. The Yankees just when Santana needs rest or is can not seem to function injured. without his playing time. finished up ~ith a .224 -bat- ting average in 95 games. Joel Skinner will be in back up. He has a rifle arm and is super on defense but his .137 batting average has got to improve for him to re- main in the big league. On the whole, this is one of the weaker areas for the Yankees. Cerone has to have another good year like the one he had in 1980. GRADE: C INFIELD - The Yankees have one of the best infields in the 'American League. If not one of the best, then one of the most expensive. First off, 25 year old Don Mat- tingly, is pure talent at its best. His three Golden Glove awards are well deserved and he i'> the an~wer to a manager'., ideal player. He ~an play defeme, he L:an drive in run~. and he ~an hit the long ball, not to mention hi-. 10 hom~: run., in those ~ Lun::.ecuti\ e games ami hi-. '>i\ grand 'lam ... breaking Ernie Banh rl.'cord. B~ ... ide'>, he promi..,t:d e\eryonc that tilL' ~ anJ..~e' \H>Ltld win it thi ... ~ear. He batteu .327 with 30 hom~·r., ami 115 HBI''>. Ne\t j.., (LH:<Iptain ami ever 'o faithful \A illie Handolph. Ra11uulph the ba ... ic example of \I'll get the job done plu.., a little added extra\. He i-. a ·'>t>lid .275 hiller anu an e\- ~eptional fielder. Abo, hi-. Meanwhile, on the hot cor- ner of the diamond (not Mat- tingly's hot corner) is lefty power slugger Mike Pagliarulo. What I like best about Pags is that he hits them wheu it counts. He hits them when the Yankees are down or it is a close game, and he does this consistently. The Yankees need Pagliarulo to hit more base hits and for a better average. With Chris Chambliss, the new hitting wach, Pags should do just fine. Finally, at shortstop, there is a big question mark. The Yankees hoped ro resolve this problem by picking up former New York Met, Rafael Santana. This was a fine selection on the Yankees part. He's no power hitter but he has the crucial defense the Yankees need. What I like best about Santana is his gracefulness a~ he turns those doubfe play~. Although last year he batted only .255 with the Met-., this year he i~ play- ing in a whole different il.'aguc. Thi~ might be the ad- jmtment he has been waiting for. Ba~.:king up Santana will he Bobby Meacham and Wayne Tollem.on. Meacham i~ ju\1 to un'>teady at short. What I mean is '>Orne day~ he will play like he ha>, a golden glove and other day~ he com- mit::. fooli~h errors booting ground ball'>. What I do like about Meacham i'> his ability FREE Blood Pressure Screening Every Wednesday (through May 4th) 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Wellness Center WELLNESS CENTER HOURS Mondays & Wedesdays 9am.··l0pm. Tuesdays 8t Thursdays lOam ·lOpm · Fridays 9 am. • 6 pm. Saturdays 11 am. •. 5 pm.. Sundays· CLOSJ:D WBBKDAYS 12 • 1 pm. - l PA.CVL'tY · 8t STAPF·'·oNLY ' . ~ . . . . ~ : . PLBASB 1111 . . .. ---, . ' • .• . . .~ GRADE: B OUTFIELD - The out- field is totally awesome. The Yankees have a remarkable outfield starting off with rightfielder Dave Winfield. Winfield is approaching his sixteenth season in the ma- jors and surely plays like it. Winfield hits well with men on base and has some clutch hits. Not to forget his dramatic home run saving catches as he towers over the wall in right. At the age of 36 he can run pretty well and plays rightfield better than just about anyone else I have seen in my time. I have heard that Roger Maris played right field quite well, Win- field can do it all, he can e\len publish his first book in which he talks about his Yankee times. Next is one of my favorite Yankees, and I'm sure one of Billy Martin's. Rickey Henderson is the man the Yankees have to have in their lineup. He is the excitement that pushes the Yankees. Why? Rickey makes things happen, whether it be hitting his home runs, stealing se- ~ond and third or causing pitchers to balk. When Hender~on is on base pit- chen worry. Besides, he is playing for former Oakland A\ manager Martin, and he i-. an excellent leadoff hitter. Backing Rickey up will be Gary Ward. Ward is a good Claude!! Washington might receive the task of playing center, or he might platoon with Kelly in center. Washington will probably earn center field based on his experience, but Kelly will test him out. Washington plays a great centerfield but his hit- ting style needs some im- provement. He needs to ac- quire a better pitch selection. If he is consistent this year he will be superb. The Yankees need his one-two punch. Washington finished the '87 season with a .279 batting average. GRADE: A DESIGNATED HITTER - Oh, what a magnificent addition. The Yankees ac- quired Jack Clark through free agency, who is an ex- tremely gifted batter. He has the consistent power the Yankees need, plus he is a steady DH, whereas the Yankees previously tried a new DH every other day. In '87 Clark hit 35 homers, had 106 RBI's and batted .286 while playing with the St. Louis Cardinal~. As fast as a hall is· pitched is as fast as . ( luk hits them. The TeYi'o Notice to all Clubs and Organizations our participation in t he \\ ... \'l'\-\''s Sixth Annual Open House is requested on SAT- 9 12:00- 2:30 the Park Center Gymnasium Please contact Betsy Cheetham In Admissions x4711 to reserve your table at this event. The Sport Management Club presents ANDYJUGAN Executive Director of Syracuse Sport Corporation speaking on Organizing State Sport Ga01es and Events APRIL 6th at 8:00 PM Fireplac.e Lounge 'l·q:_·, '-Ill Cess is his health. GRADE: A- MANAGEMENT and COACHES· - With Billy Martin as the new Yankee skipper and former Yankee manager Lou Pinella as the new General Manager, things are looking dandy. With Martin, at the helm and back as a new man, he will be a fine example. The Yankee coaches are sensational, especially the newest hitting coach and former Yankee great, Chris Chambliss. Other coaches include Mike Ferraro, Jeff Torborg, Art Fowler, Clete Boyer, and George Mittenwald. Overall, the Yankees have a super ~aff. GRADE:A In conclusion, the deter- mining factor to a prominent winning season will not be how many arguments Stein- brenner and Martin have; in- stead the togetherness, pit- ching, and overall playing as a close unit with each Yankee benefitting from coopera- tion, whichwill decide their fate. The success I see so <;!early is the Yankees will win the American League East as they contend with the Toronto Blue Jays. As Don Mattingly convin~.:ingly stated, \We have the best team and we're gonna win it, I guarantee it.\. Classified 1988 INTERNSHIPS: NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA. THE STUDENT IN- TERNSHIP SERVICE Of- FERS YOU LISTINGS Of SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN YOUR MAJOR FIELDS. 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