Look Back On The First Half
Ichiro Suzuki (Sea) has torn up American pitching, leading the
majors in hits and second in runs scored. He is also 2nd in the AL in
steals. If you saw that coming in your draft, you're a better man
than I (unlike you, I admit my mistakes). On top of being one of the
greatest second basemen of all-time, 2B Robbie Alomar (Cle) is
quietly putting together an MVP-type season: leading the AL in
batting average (.358), 8th in stolen bases, 4th in on-base
percentage, 4th in hits, 3rd in triples, etc. If I had to pick an MVP
right now, it would be hard to choose between these two excellent
ballplayers. Of course, neither will win, but, to the fundamentalists
like myself, it's nice to dream.
had glimpses of greatness but he too has been hurting. The
Diamondbacks, Phillies and Cubs are leading the NL divisions? What
are YOU smoking? The Mariners are 19 games ahead of the A's and the
pieced-together-like-a-bad-McGyver Red Sox continue to hang in the AL
East race, while Minnesota manhandles the AL Central. There have been
some REAL surprises. And forget the egomaniacal scam that the All-Star
managers put on every year. C'mon, 7 Yankees? Don't get me started.
In any case, enjoy the 2nd half!
OF Luis Gonzales
winning the All-Star Home Run Derby, OF Luis Gonzales (Ari)
surprised everyone. Who the heck is everyone? "Gonzo" has
35 home runs, a .355 batting average and 86 RBI at the All-Star
break, how can that be a surprise? Forget Bonds (though he is having
an outstanding HR year), Gonzo would be my MVP candidate in the NL.
have been a lot of surprises, both good and bad. It's sad to see
guys like Garciaparra and Griffey on the shelf. Pedro
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