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October 16, 2001 12:00 am

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Christina Kahrl

That kvetching aside, the NLCS should be a great matchup. Not surprisingly for one of the nation's grayest of retiree nirvanas, the Arizona Diamondbacks feature all sorts of people with past histories, and among this group, that involves plenty of postseason fun. Luis Gonzalez, Jay Bell, Mark Grace, and Matt Williams have all enjoyed the privilege of losing to the Braves in a postseason series, while Curt Schilling and Steve Finley are among the happy non-Yankee few who can remember beating them. When you assemble a team out of the famous and the ex-famous, those kinds of campfire stories are a fringe benefit.

However, the Snakes come in after a full-length series against the Cardinals with only a day's rest, which means that the Braves will have the strategic advantage of opening the series with their rotation and bullpen fully set up and rested.

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October 8, 2001 12:00 am

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Keith Law

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September 3, 2001 12:00 am

2001 Ken Phelps All-Star Team

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Jeff Bower

For those of you too young to remember him--or Yankee fans still trying to forget the trade that brought him to the Bronx--Ken Phelps was a patient, power-hitting first baseman, one of a record 13 players drafted in 1976 from Arizona State. Raised in the Royals organization, Phelps was soon putting up numbers indicating he could handle major-league pitching. After the 1979 season, the Royals acquired a similar first sacker with a better name in Willie Mays Aikens, and with Hal McRae establishing the gold standard for designated hitters, there was no space for Phelps in Kansas City, and he was traded to the Expos before the 1982 season for 39-year-old Grant Jackson.

Phelps's arrival in Montreal coincided with that of Al Oliver, who still had some lightning in his bat but lead in his legs. Oliver was given the first-base job, while Phelps spent a scorching summer in Wichita. Near the end of spring training the following year, Phelps was sent packing to his Northwest home for a small roll of dollars the Expos managed to extract from tight-fisted Seattle owner George Argyros. He spent the next three years collecting splinters on the Mariners bench, pinch-hitting and occasionally starting at DH. It wasn't until Dick Williams took over as skipper in 1986 that the Phelps's name was seen in the box scores more than twice a week.

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