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What's in a name, Part II - ARam

3B Aramis Ramirez (Pit), not to be confused with ManRam or the "other" ARam - OF Alex Ramirez, who is playing in Japan in 2001. Aramis is hitting .272 with 9 HRs and 26 RBIs. The 22-year-old slugger has finally won the starting 3B job with the Pirates after coming up in 1998 at age 19. Fan Spin: Obviously you take the kid for his power numbers; and more so if you're in a keeper league. 

Seven-time Japanese batting champion OF Ichiro Suzuki (Sea) is leading the majors with 49 hits. The floodgates are going to be flung wide open as Ichiro-san is the first established Japanese position player to make it in the big leagues. I'm sure Steinbrenner has

Mariner's Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki

dispatched his best scouts to scour the Japanese leagues (much like they do the Latin leagues). Ironically enough, Suzuki hit his first pro home run off Hideo Nomo in 1993 in Japan. Fan Spin: He also has 6 SBs; trade for him if you can catch an owner in your league napping (Fat chance!).

Where in the world did 3B/OF Albert Pujols (Stl) come from?! In any case, he's hitting .365 BA with 10 HRs and 34 RBIs, tying the rookie record with eight home runs in the month of April. Mac who? Pujols was a top prospect of the Cards - named the Card's Minor League Player of the Year last year - but he was totally kept under wraps. His combined statistics included a .314 batting average, 19 HRs and 96 RBIs, and was ranked among the organizational leaders in nearly every offensive category. Fan Spin: he's most probably long gone in your league. P.S. So that you don't sound like an idiot, his name is pronounced POO-holes.

After three mediocre years going a combined 36-25, SP Russ Ortiz (SF) has jumped out to a 5-1 start and 2.93 ERA. Ortiz has apparently picked up where he left off from 2000. He was relegated to the Giants bullpen after the All-Star break, but injuries forced him back to the rotation. Ortiz went 10-4 with 3.22 ERA in 16 outings (15 starts) during the second half of last year. Fan Spin: this is a breakout year for Ortiz. 

You probably think that I made this up, but normally rock solid SP Tom Glavine (Atl) is leading the majors in walks with 29 or 4.1 per start. Prior to this year, Glavine averaged only 2.2 walks per start. Fan Spin: Regardless of his bloated 1.50 WHIP, don't do anything stupid - he won 21 games last year. Speaking of walks, the "Big Unit" - SP Randy Johnson (Ari) - has only 9 CAREER walks versus left-handed hitters. That's just simply amazing!

Locker Room is written by Michael Skordeles

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