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National League 2002 batting leaders

National League 2002 batting leaders National League 2002 Batting Leaders Home Runs Player, Team HR Sammy Sosa, Chi. 49 Barry Bonds, S.F. 46 Lance Berkman, Hou. 42 Shawn Green, L.A. 42 Vladimir Guerrero, Mon. 39 Brian Giles, Pit. 38 Pat Burrell, Phi. 37 Jeff Kent, S.F. 37 Andruw Jones, Atl. 35 Albert Pujols, St.L. 34 […]

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like a finely tuned engine, Nomar Garciaparra displays smooth batting techniques

Hitting on all cylinders: like a finely tuned engine, Nomar Garciaparra displays smooth batting techniques Tony Massarotti WHEN YOU ARE LIKENED TO the most accomplished players in baseball history, success is measured in custom sizes only. Such is the reality for Nomar Garciaparra, who, three seasons ago, at age 27 became the first right-handed hirer […]

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Former outfielder Mike Marshall: players who left the game on their own terms: one-time Dodgers slugger led Los Angeles with 82 RBI during a 1988 World Series-winning season

Former outfielder Mike Marshall: players who left the game on their own terms: one-time Dodgers slugger led Los Angeles with 82 RBI during a 1988 World Series-winning season Kevin Glew MIKE MARSHALL IS ONE OF A select few who won a Triple Crown in their baseball career. The former Dodgers outfielder accomplished the feat in […]

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Un-Covering the past – former Minnesota Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven

Un-Covering the past – former Minnesota Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven – Brief Article BERT BLYLEVEN Former right-hander featured in Baseball Digest 15 years ago IN THE SUMMER OF 1986, BERT BLYLEVEN WAS pitching in his 17th season in the major leagues, entering the campaign with 213 wins and 2,874 strikeouts. At the start of the […]

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Baseball rules corner: passing a preceding runner on the base paths can be costly

Baseball rules corner: passing a preceding runner on the base paths can be costly Rich Marazzi AN INTERESTING PLAY OCCURRED in the Royals’ 4-3 win over the A’s last July 6 at Oakland. With the score tied 3-3, Joe Randa led off the top of the tenth with a single. An out later, Michael Tucker […]

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Baseball Profile – player Eric Young

Baseball Profile – player Eric Young – Brief Article Rick Sorci ERIC YOUNG FULL NAME: Eric Orlando Young AGE, HT., WT.: 33, 5-8, 175 Born: May 18, 1967 HOME: Chattanooga, Tennessee STATUS/FAMILY: Married with one child NICKNAME: E.Y. LIFE OUTSIDE BASEBALL: I like to spend time with my family. PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED ME THE MOST/WHY: […]

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A Wiser “Wild Thing” Mitch Williams returns to the game as a pitching coach

A Wiser “Wild Thing” Mitch Williams returns to the game as a pitching coach Greg Couch Despite the conception of being an untamed reliever, he averaged 31 saves per year from 1989 through 1993 “SON, I CAN HELP YOU straighten out your pitching mechanics, help you become a big leaguer someday. You see how you […]

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Aubrey Huff—Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Baseball profile: Aubrey Huff—Tampa Bay Devil Rays Rick Sorci FULL NAME: Aubrey Lewis Huff AGE, HT., WT.: 27, 6-4, 234 Born: December 20, 1976 in Marion, Ohio HOME: Gulfport, Florida STATUS/FAMILY: Single NICKNAME: Huff Daddy LIFE OUTSIDE BASEBALL: Very relaxed. I watch a lot of IV and do some traveling by car in the off-season […]

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Perceptions Have Changed

Perceptions Have Changed – rating of players’ pitching efficiency in baseball Al Doyle Standards have been lowered in determining pitching efficiency With so much offense in the game today, even outstanding moundsmen post high earned run averages DETERMINING THE BEST pitchers used to be a fairly simple matter. All it took was looking for starters […]

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Royals outfielder Jermaine Dye His throwing arm ranks among the best

Royals outfielder Jermaine Dye His throwing arm ranks among the best Joe Posnanski Runners are wary of taking an extra base on him when he gets the ball and fires it back to the infield THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IS how relaxed Jermaine Dye looks. It wasn’t always like that. There was a time […]