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Leading Off
March 29, 1999
Throwing HeatAlas, Kerry Wood has flamed out for 1999, but baseball is stoked with fireballing young whiffmeisters—call them Generation K—ready to pick up his torch. At right and on the following pages are three such smokin' specimens.
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March 29, 1999

Leading Off

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MUSICAL INSPIRATION: "If I'm too keyed up and need to get calm, the Dead. If I need to get fired up, some AC/DC or KISS."

IF MY ARM BLEW OUT TOMORROW, I'D: "Be a stockbroker. It's like a game you play with chips. It's fun watching your account build and stuff."

SCOTT ELARTON, STARTER/LONG RELIEVER

HOUSTON ASTROS

BORN: Feb. 23, 1976, Lamar, Colo.

THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 6'7" WEIGHT: 240

STRIKEOUTS PER NINE INNINGS IN 1998: 8.84

TOP SPEED: 96 mph SECOND PITCH: Changeup

MOST THRILLING STRIKEOUT: " Mark McGwire. He hit a home run off of me early in the game, but then I got him swinging at a curve."

PITCHING PHILOSOPHY: "Don't think too much."

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