Best Strikeout Performance
Mark Whiten, Indians (with apologies to Kerry Wood). In his first—and only—major league inning on the hill, against Oakland on July 31, Hard-Hittin' struck out the side to become the only player in major league history with one inning pitched who got every out with the whiff.
Executive of the Year
Gerry Hunsicker, Astros. Getting Moises Alou before the season gave the team its most consistent stick, and getting lefthander Randy Johnson (10-1, four shutouts with Houston) at the trading deadline makes the Astros awfully tough to beat in a seven-game series.
World's Scariest Front Office
The Dodgers'. More intrigue than Melrose Place, and about as much baseball sense.
Al Pacino Award
The White Sox, for their Dog Day Afternoon promotion. Dogs were admitted free to the Aug. 15 game against the Mariners if accompanied by a paying human; 511 pooches showed. A section of the right-field bleachers, replete with sod and fire hydrants, was cordoned off. Why the large canine turnout? "We're playing better in the second half," said marketing and broadcasting senior vice president Rob Gallas. "So obviously the dogs have more interest."