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Marvin Miller wants no part of an invitation to Cooperstown.

The Hall of Fame was in the headlines last week, and not just because the retirement of Mike Piazza kindled the inevitable debate over the catcher's Cooperstown credentials. No, an even more deserving honoree made waves via what was almost certainly a first: a request to the voters not to be elected.

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It's time for baseball to stop hurting itself, to recognize the progress made, and to move on.

Jason Giambi placed himself at the center of a controversy last week, claiming that MLB should issue an apology as an industry for players' use of performance-enhancing drugs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Giambi, who testified under oath during the BALCO investigation that he himself used steroids, acknowledged his use in his comments to USA Today but claimed that they didn't help his performance.

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July 24, 2003 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Filtering the Noise

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Joe Sheehan

What I thought was interesting was the reaction to the Cubs' end of the deal. Tuesday night, I heard Betsy Ross praise the swap on SportsCenter, lauding the addition of Lofton's veteran leadership. She mentioned that the Cubs hadn't been to the postseason since 1998, which I supposed might have had some relevance in a world where Marvin Miller was elected to public office in 1964 instead of getting into baseball. That kind of "analysis" trickles down. Yesterday afternoon, my good friend Matt called from Boston to ask what his beloved Sawks might be doing in the trade market. In the course of the conversation, he more or less repeated the line about Lofton's impact on the Cubs' clubhouse. I think the idea that the Cubs need veteran leadership is a crock. Take a look at their lineup. On most days, they start old people at four positions, including two players with World Series rings (Moises Alou and Damian Miller) and another, Sammy Sosa, who has some occasional experience in dealing with baseball-related pressure. Was Eric Karros sitting around wetting himself over the idea that he might not be able to perform in August and September, desperately hoping the Cubs would acquire someone who could teach him?

What I thought was interesting was the reaction to the Cubs' end of the deal. Tuesday night, I heard Betsy Ross praise the swap on SportsCenter, lauding the addition of Lofton's veteran leadership. She mentioned that the Cubs hadn't been to the postseason since 1998, which I supposed might have had some relevance in a world where Marvin Miller was elected to public office in 1964 instead of getting into baseball.

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September 8, 1999 12:00 am

AL West Notebook

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Jeff Bower

Anaheim Angels

Last Friday's "mutually agreed upon resignation" of Terry Collins certainly won't be the final act in the calamitous drama unfolding thirty minutes southeast of Hollywood. General Manager Bill Bavasi and President Tony Tavares will also likely be exiting stage right after the season. Even the parent Disney Corporation is seeking to bail out, having determined that it is easier to increase investor return by cranking out formulaic animation films and building theme parks from which the patrons exit with smiling faces. That's clearly not Edison Field.

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For the past few years, it's been difficult to write anything new about the San Francisco Giants. The same topics keep raising their heads: Brian Sabean, Barry Bonds, Dusty Baker and the new ballpark. A third of the way into the 1999 season, nothing has changed on this front.

Sabean has been relatively quiet so far, while Pac Bell Park continues to be the center of virtually all the team's promotions, including the season-long marketing theme, "Tell it Goodbye". In essence: "get yourself out to Candlestick one last time, because next year will be too late." Meanwhile the team spends more time selling season tickets for the year 2000 than they do selling tickets of any kind for 1999, the final series of the year being the only exception.

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