NL outfield. Fans' choices: Ken Griffey Jr., Reds; Barry Bonds, Giants; Sammy Sosa, Cubs. SI's picks: Bonds; Jim Edmonds, Cardinals; Vladimir Guerrero, Expos. Picking against Junior and Sammy, two of the game's biggest draws, is a bit like cutting Luciano Pavarotti and Pl�cido Domingo out of the Three Tenors. That said, Edmonds and Guerrero have had better all-around years. An early MVP candidate, Edmonds has been terrific on defense and was in the league's top 10 at week's end in batting average (339), homers (22), runs (74), walks (57) and on-base percentage (.453). Guerrero has cooled a bit after bashing eight homers and striking out only four times in April, but he was still third in the league in hitting (.365) and sixth in RBIs (68).
AL outfield. Fans' choices: Dye, Royals; Bernie Williams, Yankees; Manny Ramirez, Indians. SI's picks: Dye; Williams; Darin Erstad, Angels. Coming off a season in which he hit just .253, Erstad started hot and hasn't slowed down. Second in the league in hitting (.371), his major-league-best 130 hits were only 18 fewer than he had all last year. He was also second among AL outfielders with seven assists.
July 8: Yankees at Mets, and Mets at Yankees Joel Youngblood pulled off a baseball rarity on Aug. 4, 1982, when he played an afternoon game in Chicago for the Mets, then was traded and played in Philadelphia for the Expos later that same day. Now players on both New York teams will take the field in two parks on the same day when the Yanks and Mets play their regularly scheduled 1:15 inter-league game at Shea Stadium, then schlepp across the Triborough Bridge for the nightcap to make up last month's rainout at Yankee Stadium. It will be the first time since 1903, when the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Superbas split a doubleheader at Brooklyn's Washington Park and the Polo Grounds, that two teams have played two games in two ballparks on the same day.