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March 25, 2002 | Volume 96, Issue 13

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Jason Giambi Cover - Sports Illustrated March 25, 2002

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
For the O's to improve, the kids have to keep up with ageless Jeff Conine

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Orioles leadoff batters hit. 192 with a .287 on-base percentage last season, both major league lows.

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Orioles

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
An out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new plan offers hope—just not for this year

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Devil Rays pitchers open the season on a major-league-record run of 152 straight starts without a complete game.

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Devil Rays

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
Good young arms plus scary veteran bats add up to a team to be reckoned with

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
Frank Thomas remains the major leagues' active career leader in on-base percentage, at .438, though it has fallen .014 since the end of the 1997 season.

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
an opposing team's scout sizes up the White Sox

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
They smoothly field questions about their future—and every ball hit their way

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
During Tom Kelly's 15-plus years as Twins skipper, 124 managers were hired by other clubs; 13 teams hired at least five.

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Twins

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
With a dropoff in firepower, this Tribe won't be lighting it up in the postseason

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Cleveland and Anaheim have gone 27 years without a 20-game winner. Gaylord Perry and Nolan Ryan were the last for each team, respectively.

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Indians

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
There may be less bickering in Detroit, but not more bang from a popgun offense

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
The 2001 Tigers were just the second team since 1980 to hit 60 triples in a season. (The '84 Blue Jays had 68.)

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Tigers

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
The embattled manager is all smiles and yuks this spring. Why, exactly, is a mystery

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
In the past 11 years, 11 hitters have led the Royals in RBIs. The most ever is 12, by the 1913-24 Pirates.

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Royals

March 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
They won't win 116 games again, but that's O.K.—they've got bigger things in mind

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Last season's Mariners were the first team since the 1993 Tigers to lead the majors in both runs scored (927) and runners left on base (1,257).

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mariners

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Even after losing its big stick, this club gets plenty of bang for its limited bucks

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Last year Miguel Tejada (31) and Eric Chavez (32) became the first shortstop-third base combo in major league history to each hit 30 home runs in the same season.

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Athletics

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Nothing would be more heavenly than a return to form by two pivotal sluggers

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
The 2001 Angels were 65-0 when leading after eight innings, the best such mark since the 1999 Astros (82-0).

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Angels

March 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002
Sweet 16Sarah Hughes is a real girl with genuine family values, the kind of role model that youths need. I cried watching her skate to victory. She was so happy that she seemed to soar without...

March 25, 2002
Letters

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
An unpredictable staff, a volatile clubhouse and a Murderers' Row—things won't be dull

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
The Rangers have not had a Rookie of the Year since Mike Hargrove in 1974, the longest American League drought.

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rangers

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
The addition of a renowned Sheff adds much-needed spice to a bland offense

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
Gary Sheffield has a career batting average of .457 against the Mets' projected starting rotation.

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Braves

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
No team made more changes this winter, but will they turn out to be for the better?

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Rey Ordoñez had a career-high 31 extra-base hits last year despite having none in June (82 plate appearances).

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Mets

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
This talented young bunch needed a leader. They got themselves a Rock

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
The Marlins lost more games (24) in their opponents' last at bat than any other team in the majors last season.

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Marlins

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
Last year was nice, but the status quo won't be enough for Philly to move up

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
The Phillies were the only team in the majors without an RBI from a designated hitter in 2001 (32 at bats).

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Phillies

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
A team teetering on the brink of extinction is pondering what might have been

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
The last team to draw fewer fans at home in a nonstrike year than the 2001 Expos (619,451) was the 1979 A's (306,763).

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Expos

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
The Redbirds lost a megastar, but there might just be an MVP waiting in the wings

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
Edgar Renteria and Fernando Viña topped the Cardinals with 17 stolen bases each last season, St. Louis's lowest team-leading total in a nonstrike year since Julian Javier's 11 in 1961.

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
A suddenly younger team will count on a superb staff and that old offensive pop

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
After he's hit by two more pitches, Craig Biggio will move past Frank Robinson (198) and into third on the all time list.

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Astros

March 25, 2002 | Josh Elliott
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Will baseball's longest championship drought finally end? Don't count on it

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Batters in 2001 hit for a lower average (.202) against Kerry Wood than any other pitcher in the major leagues.

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing teams scout sizes up the Cubs

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Wanted: a spark at the top of the order and power in the middle of the lineup

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
The 2001 Brewers were the first major league team whose batters had more strikeouts (1,399) than hits (1,378).

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Brewers

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
How bad are the Reds? Two years ago their ace was a minor leaguer—in Japan

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Jason Larue threw out 60.9% of would-be base stealers last year. He was the only regular NL catcher with a success rate of better than 45%.

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Reds

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Brian Giles is a superstar, but the naked truth is: The rest of this team stinks

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Reacquired reliever Mike Williams's 29 career wins are the most of any active Pirates pitcher.

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Pirates

March 25, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
An aging squad insists last year's magic was no last hurrah. They might be right

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
The Diamondbacks will attempt to join the 1907-08 Cubs, 1921-22 Giants and 1975-76 Reds as the only National League teams to repeat as World Series champs.

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Diamondbacks

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
Signs of change for the better still may not get last year's runner-up back to the top

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
Dusty Baker needs 79 victories to move into second place alltime among Giants managers. He trails John McGraw (2,604) and Bill Terry (823).

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants

March 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
with defensive ratings

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Who's on third? It could be a long season if Adrian Beltre doesn't have a big year

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
In 2001 Shawn Green became the first Dodger to hit 40 or more homers and steal 20 or more bases in a season.

March 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Dodgers