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March 29, 1999 | Volume 90, Issue 13

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Kevin Brown Cover - Sports Illustrated March 29, 1999

March 29, 1999 | Gerry Callahan

March 29, 1999 | Gerry Callahan
During the winter Matt Lawton lost to the Twins in arbitration, but even he admits this isn't such a bad thing. If the 27-year-old rightfielder had been awarded the $2.4 million he was seeking,...

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming
After watching Jarrod Washburn in his major league debut in June, many in the Anaheim organization believe the 24-year-old lefthander could have a seismic impact on the Angels this season. In his...

March 29, 1999 | Gerry Callahan

March 29, 1999 | Gerry Callahan
A funny thing happened to Tim Crabtree last season, his seventh in professional baseball. He learned how to pitch. Crabtree, the Rangers' 29-year-old righthanded setup man, has no trouble...

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming
Second baseman Carlos Guillen made a splash with the Mariners last summer after being obtained from the Astros as part of the Randy Johnson trade. The 23-year-old switch-hitter was batting .333 in...

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming
Last year, in his first full major league season, righthander Jimmy Haynes won II games and struck out 134 batters. Acquired from the Orioles in a June 1997 trade for Geronimo Berroa, the 6'3",...

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
If you want to fit into the Braves' rotation, you must have the arm and the intelligence. Lefty Bruce Chen has both. Chen, a 21-year-old Panamanian who boasts a fastball that tops out at 92 mph...

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
Righthanded pitcher Masato Yoshii, who spent 13 seasons in the Japan leagues before arriving in the U.S. last year, will be New York's fourth starter. But for the Mets to have a chance of catching...

March 29, 1999 | Lars Anderson
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March 29, 1999 | Michael Farber

March 29, 1999 | Michael Farber
The only breakout in the career of second baseman Wilton Guerrero thus far came in 1997, when he was a member of the Dodgers and cork was embarrassingly discovered in his broken bat. Since being...

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
Second baseman Marlon Anderson made his own home run history last Sept. 8, when he became just the sixth National League player to hit a pinch-hit homer in his first major league at bat. The blast...

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
He's 23 and strong as an ox. Baseball is in his blood. His father, Leon, is a former Cardinals farmhand and now a scout for the Cubs. His uncle, Leron, was an outfielder for four big league teams....

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
Say this about catcher Mitch Meluskey: The guy's a quick learner. When he sent Meluskey to the minors last March, Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker told him that he wouldn't be a major...

March 29, 1999 | Michael Farber

March 29, 1999 | Michael Farber
Rookie leftfielder J.D. Drew is going to see more smoke than R.J. Reynolds. Drew will bat in front of Mark McGwire, guaranteeing him a glut of fastballs from pitchers who don't want to work to Big...

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Whereas Bret Boone gave the Reds decent power, little speed and an excellent glove, his replacement at second base, Pokey Reese, boasts no power, Vince Coleman speed and an excellent glove. "The...

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci
Righthander Terry Adams is so eager to avoid further injuries that when a fan sent him an orthopedic pillow during spring training, Adams took it home to give it a go. "I'll try anything," the...

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
Pirates second baseman of the future Warren Morris has something in common with Pirates second baseman of the past Bill Mazeroski: Each has won a championship with a ninth-inning home run. Maz, of...

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming
Not only does Geoff Jenkins look like a certain NFL quarterback who works up the road in Green Bay, but the Brewers' 24-year-old leftfielder also has a flair for the dramatic. Last April 24,...

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
Last year Adrian Beltre did not perpetuate the rich Los Angeles Rookie of the Year tradition. Called up in late June from Double A San Antonio, the third baseman from the Dominican Republic hit a...

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci
Four years ago Giants manager Dusty Baker asked a young outfielder, "What's your name, son?" The outfielder replied, "My name is Marvin L. Benard, and I was born to play major league baseball."...

March 29, 1999 | Ian Thomsen

March 29, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
In 1996, while sliding into second with his first major league hit, pitcher Jamey Wright suffered an injury to his right knee. He would need three cartilage operations over the next two years....

March 29, 1999 | Ian Thomsen

March 29, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
"I knew we were going to do something," says first baseman Travis Lee of Arizona's outrageous off-season. "Then I show up the first day, and the clubhouse is all veterans." Not that he's...

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming

March 29, 1999 | David Fleming
Rookie righthander Matt Clement has already been paid the ultimate compliment: After he went 2-0 with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings in his first stint in the majors last September, scouts were...

March 29, 1999 | Position
We ranked the position players in the major leagues from 1 to 425, and the pitchers in the majors from 1 to 350, based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The...

March 29, 1999
THE NBA

March 29, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan

March 29, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Phoenix coach Danny Ainge finally did what almost any other coach would have done a month ago: benched struggling Rex Chapman (who was shooting 34.1% at week's end) and replaced him with athletic...

March 29, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Despite having spent six weeks on the injured list, Timberwolves rookie center Trevor Winter showed that he was in game shape when he racked up five fouls in five minutes trying to cover Shaquille...

March 29, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Pee-Wee Basketball coaches like to tell their young warriors that you can't win if you don't play, and Atlanta reserve guard Ed Gray (above) knows that you can't score if you don't shoot. Of...

March 29, 1999 | Peter King
Worth the RiskThe self-centered Jeff George is too talented to be unemployed

March 29, 1999 | Peter King
Talk at last week's NFL meetings centered, predictably, on quarterback prospects. The Browns, who have the No. 1 pick, appear to have narrowed their choice to Kentucky's Tim Couch or Oregon's...

March 29, 1999 | John Walters
DON'T MISS

March 29, 1999 | John Walters
1.2Millions of pay-per-view buys, at $49.95 a pop, for the Holyfield-Lewis bout. The rematch is scheduled for sometime in the fall.

March 29, 1999 | John Walters
On Monday, Celebrity Jeopardy, which mercifully dumbs down the questions considerably for these special games, featured sportscasters Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann and Robin Roberts. When host Alex...

March 29, 1999 | Ed Hinton
AmbuschedAre too many Winston Cup drivers double-dipping in feeder series?

March 29, 1999 | Ed Hinton
63Days between the IRL's season-opening race, on Jan. 24 in Orlando, and its second race, scheduled for March 28 in Phoenix. Formula One's longest layoff this season is 35 days, CART's is 21 days...

March 29, 1999 | Kostya Kennedy
The Philly PhlopThe Flyers seek professional help after falling on hard times

March 29, 1999 | Pierre McGuire
Defenseman Steve Duchesne, who signed a three-year, $11.25 million free-agent contract with the Kings in July, was put on waivers last Thursday after mouthing off to Los Angeles coach Larry...

March 29, 1999 | Pierre McGuire
G JEFF HACKETTBlackhawks1998-99 salary: $950,000Playing for a bad team, he had a 3.78 goals-against average and an .871 save percentage in 10 games before being traded to Montreal in November.

March 29, 1999 | Jeff MacGregor
Sports on TV 24/7—it doesn't get any better than that, right? That's what they said about the market in '29

March 29, 1999 | Rick Reilly
About the time they were laying a garland of yellow victory roses around the lead dogs of this year's Iditarod winner, the cement finisher was trying to snuggle up to a snowbank to sleep, 712 icy...

March 29, 1999
Your story congratulates Duke for becoming "nasty" and playing with "swagger." Why is this good?—RICK GAMMONS, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

March 29, 1999
Letters to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED should include the name, address and home telephone number of the writer. They may be mailed to The Editor, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Time & Life Building, New York,...

March 29, 1999 | Alexander Wolff
Presidential candidate Bill Bradley returns to his basketball roots

March 29, 1999 | Alexander Wolff
•That the NFL would make its replay decision retroactive to last season.•That we could all lose a PGA Tour playoff and settle for $270,000.•That Tim Johnson finds work in his true calling, politics.

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March 29, 1999
8Winning streak of the Celtics in St. Patrick's Day home games, dating to 1972.

March 29, 1999
A helicopter carrying PGA Tour golfer P.H. Horgan III to the Bay Hill Classic landed on an Orlando soccer field, scattering about a hundred five-and six-year-olds who were playing there.

March 29, 1999
GLEN SATHEROilers general manager, on goalie Tommy Salo, whom Sather acquired from the Islanders last Saturday: "He's been great at every level he's played at except the NHL, the Olympics and the...

March 29, 1999
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer the latest sports news. Get prepped for baseball's Opening Day: check out our exclusive team and player stat pages, stay on top of all...

March 29, 1999
Stephen Lewis, Kennewick, Wash.RacquetballStephen, a senior at Kamiakin High, won the boys' national high school singles title as the fourth seed with a 14-15, 15-14, 11-5 defeat of No. 3 Shane...

March 29, 1999 | Jack McCallum

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...

March 29, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
The Nuggets' supertalented power forward, Antonio McDyess, may be the NBA's hardest worker and its softest soul, who cries over losses and switching teams

March 29, 1999 | Michael Farber

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci
With his seventh pitch of this season Kevin Brown will have earned more than the median household income of the 10,797 folks of Wilkinson County, Ga. The first of Brown's twice-monthly paychecks...

March 29, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim

March 29, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Regularly going deep into the count may not bother many of the top established pitchers, but it might have hurt Kerry Wood. Firing away, the Cubs' rookie righthander struck out 233 batters in 166⅔...

March 29, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Maybe the forbearance of 40-year-old Rickey Henderson (above), who played last season with the A's, will rub off on his new Mets teammate Rey Ordoñez. As the numbers below show, the two were,...

March 29, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
The yankees' assiduousness at working the count may pay off in two areas: at the plate and at the concession stand. No doubt affected by the many pitches the finicky New York batters saw (as well...

March 29, 1999
Playoff Predictions

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci

March 29, 1999 | Tom Verducci
"He's going to be the best defensive catcher in the league this year," Joe Girardi boasted of his fellow backstop, Jorge Posada, during the spring. Girardi was reminded that Ivan Rodriguez and...

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
When the game is late and close and everyone's on the edge of his seat, new Toronto closer Robert Person isn't sure whether to scream for joy or run for cover. He's new at this gig, having been a...

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger

March 29, 1999 | Michael Bamberger
Fifth starter Sidney Ponson is big—6'1", 220-and slightly roly-poly. He was born in Aruba, where he learned to throw a killer sinker and a curveball that falls off a shelf. The 22-year-old has a...

March 29, 1999 | Gerry Callahan

March 29, 1999 | Gerry Callahan
Six years after Trot Nixon, a star high school quarterback, passed up a football scholarship to North Carolina State to sign with the Red Sox, Boston fans will learn whether the hoopla over the...

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
Former Braves farmhand Bobby Smith believes he's a future All-Star. So does his manager. Even so, the 24-year-old Smith says he has no complaints about being asked to sit from time to time as...

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman
The future was not always obvious to Richie Sexson. At Prairie High in Brush Prairie, Wash., he was all-state in baseball, football and basketball. He considered a hoops career. "Then I played in...

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel

March 29, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
When asked this spring to cite a weakness in 23-year-old outfielder Juan Encarnacion, Tigers manager Larry Parrish seemed stumped. "Uh, I guess he didn't show a lot of glaring weaknesses," Parrish...

March 29, 1999 | Ian Thomsen

March 29, 1999 | Ian Thomsen
For the first off-season in years, righthander Bob Howry didn't work for his father's construction company in Phoenix. After becoming Chicago's closer last August when Bill Simas was injured, he...

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman.

March 29, 1999 | Jeff Pearlman.
If he were a Yankee or a Brave, rookie centerfielder Carlos Beltran would have one or two more seasons to refine his game in the minors. The Royals, however, need the 21-year-old switch-hitter,...

March 29, 1999 | Gary Van Sickle
The Bay Hill Invitational went to the last Minnesotan standing, Tim Herron