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Ah, to be Young!
Tom Verducci
May 01, 2000
Here's SI's lineup of baseball's best players age 25 and under
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May 01, 2000

Ah, To Be Young!

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Here's SI's lineup of baseball's best players age 25 and under

RHP Kerry Wood cubs

AGE 22 STATS
100-mph fastball; in 1998 (before he tore elbow ligament) 13-6, 233 Ks in 166? innings.

"Kerry's fun to play behind because he can be so dominating, even without his best stuff. I've never played in a no-hitter, but he gives me a chance for one every time he steps on the mound."
—Mark Grace, Chicago first baseman

OF Carlos Beltran Royals

AGE 23 STATS
In 1999 became first rookie in 24 years to score and drive in 100 runs; led American League outfielders in putouts (395).

"He's so natural, everything looks easy, like he's gliding,"
—Scott Pose, Kansas City outfielder

3B Scott Rolen Phillies

AGE 25 STAT
Last year became first Philadelphia player since Mike Schmidt to hit 20 home runs in three straight seasons.

"He's better than his stats. All he cares about is trying to be one run better than the other team every day."
—Terry Francona, Philadelphia manager

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