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Tom Verducci
July 26, 2004
BIG UNIT N.Y.-BOUND?
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July 26, 2004

Tom Verducci's View

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THREE STRIKES

1. No player in 68 years has hit 60 doubles in a season, but the Brewers' Lyle Overbay, who had 37 at week's end, not only could do it but could also challenge the record of 67 by Earl Webb of the Red Sox, which has stood since 1931.

2. The Dodgers would be the favorites to win the NL West if they could acquire Carlos Delgado from Toronto, but the first baseman, like Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro during their long stints in Texas, does not want to leave the comfort of a familiar, albeit losing, situation.

3. Muhammad Ali's appearance at the All-Star Game was a promotional stunt that fell flat. Given the 500 Home Run Club celebration the previous night, Hank Aaron would have been the more befitting guest for the opening ceremony.

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