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TOP TEN TEAMS

  1. New York Yankees – what can I say, these guys are awesome.
    The team is full of solid performers having good offensive seasons,
    and the pitching staff has been incredible. Bernie Williams is an
    injury away from being a no-brainer MVP.

  2. Atlanta Braves – those Rockie imports are still playing well.
    Very odd. As usual, the pitching is excellent, and Lightenberg has
    made Wohlers’ struggles a nonfactor. Andruw Jones remains an
    enigma. At least he can bring it with the glove…

  3. San Diego Padres – both Kevin Brown and Andy Ashby have been
    terminators this season. In a short series, the Padres won’t be
    fun to face this postseason. Danny Miceli and Donne Wall have
    been surprises setting up Hoffman, and the offense remains very
    good.

  4. Houston Astros – the addition of Randy Johnson has addressed
    the main weakness of this team. Larry Dierker has done a hell
    of a job, and Moises Alou and Carl Everett have been pleasant
    surprises offensively.

  5. Boston Red Sox – some questions with the staff after Pedro
    Martinez, but the outfield has been much better this year than
    could have been expected. Mo Vaughn and Nomar Garciaparra are
    a couple of fine hitters to be depending on.

  6. Cleveland Indians – a fine bunch who is mildly underachieving
    this year. Bart Colon and Dwight Gooden have been much better
    than expected in the rotation, and getting out from under Jose
    Mesa was a coup.

  7. New York Mets – Piazza is heating up. The strengths of this
    team, in particular the very deep pitching staff, don’t translate
    well to postseason play.

  8. Chicago Cubs – Gary Gaetti strengthens this team more than he
    should a top ten team. Grace has been predictable, Morandini
    has been a pleasant surprise, Wood is awesome, and Sosa is having
    the best power year of any non-steroid utilizer in baseball.

  9. Anaheim Angels – Texas is wilting, and the Angels may just
    be heating up. Todd Greene and Troy Glaus will strengthen
    Anaheim’s attack. Pitching can be brutal at times.

  10. Baltimore Orioles – whowouldathunk? They’re not going
    anywhere near the postseason, but they’ve played excellent
    ball lately. Palmeiro has been there all year, and Willie
    Greene was a nice pickup. Now if they’d just sit Cal down…


THREE MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAMS

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers – of all the guys Fox could have
    handed the reins to, Tommy Lasorda was a truly terrible
    choice. They’ve underperformed and will certainly miss
    the playoffs, while trading away many prospects in the
    process–the worst of both worlds in the City of Angels.

  2. Seattle Mariners – what the heck is wrong with this team?
    They’ve got a bunch of superstars on offense, and their
    pitching hasn’t been bad enough to explain their terrible
    record. I’d start fresh with a new manager and GM next year.

  3. Cincinnati Reds – they weren’t supposed to be world-
    beaters, but the Reds have stunk. Rookie prospect hitters
    haven’t had an impact, they gave up on Jon Nunally way too
    early, and Jack McKeon’s love affair with Pokey Reese was
    painful to watch.


AL MVP

  1. Bernie Williams, Yankees
  2. Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners
  3. Jim Thome, Indians
  4. Pedro Martinez, Red Sox
  5. Alex Rodriguez, Mariners


NL MVP

  1. Mark McGwire, Cardinals
  2. Jason Kendall, Pirates
  3. Barry Bonds, Giants
  4. Sammy Sosa, Cubs
  5. Greg Maddux, Braves


AL CY YOUNG

  1. Pedro Martinez, Red Sox
  2. Roger Clemens, Blue Jays
  3. Chuck Finley, Angels
  4. Kenny Rogers, Athletics
  5. Bart Colon, Indians


NL CY YOUNG

  1. Greg Maddux, Braves
  2. Kevin Brown, Padres
  3. Tom Glavine, Braves
  4. Andy Ashby, Padres
  5. Al Leiter, Mets


AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  1. Ben Grieve, Athletics
  2. Rolando Arrojo, Devil Rays
  3. Mike Caruso, White Sox


NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  1. Kerry Wood, Cubs
  2. Travis Lee, Diamondbacks
  3. Todd Helton, Rockies


AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

  1. Jimy Williams, Red Sox
  2. Joe Torre, Yankees
  3. Terry Collins, Angels


NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

  1. Larry Dierker, Astros
  2. Gene Lamont, Pirates
  3. Dusty Baker, Giants


AL LEAST VALUABLE PLAYER

Joe Carter, Orioles


NL LEAST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jeff Juden, Brewers

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