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By Peter Gammons
Special to ESPN.com
Adam raised a cain
Who do you love?
Pitcher No. 1 is Brian Kingman in 1980 when he went 8-20.
Pitcher No. 2 is Darren Dreifort from this year, who could make $45 million over five years as a free agent this upcoming offseason.
Kingman has been following Omar Daal, who had two chances to lose his 20th game this year but came away unscathed and will finish with 19, but says he didn't root for Daal to lose his 20th game.
"I want to keep my record (as the last 20-game loser)," says Kingman. "It's like being Miss America."
Asked about the beanball incidents that take place in today's game, Spahn replied, "That's the Latin part of the game. When the Latins came to the game, they also brought their habits with them, so that now we have people fighting with bats and charging the mound. The cultures are a lot different."
Pedro Martinez, gave a measured response to Jeff Horrigan of the Boston Herald: "When the first fight in baseball occurred, did they have Latins?" asked Martinez. "And from what I heard, Ty Cobb was in fights almost every day. Is he Latin?"
Riding shotgun down the avalanche
5.2 IP, 10 H, 13 R.
Only the song survives
Before I go
More fodder for those who scoff at the notion of Kazuhiro Sasaki being selected rookie of the year.
"That," says Tampa Bay scout Matt Keough, who pitched for five seasons in Japan, "would be like Trevor Hoffman going over there, having a good season and being named rookie of the year."
Raise your hand
Money for nothing and your kicks for free
Makes you kind of think that perhaps a $10 million bonus to someone who's never done a thing might be a crackbrained notion.
The promised land
Player G R BA HR RBI OPS Shawn Green 159 96 .270 24 98 .842 Raul Mondesi 96 78 .271 24 78 .852
Crossing muddy waters
For instance, by their numbers, these are the least productive players at four production positions (starting at the bottom):
1B: Ron Coomer, Minn.; Tino Martinez, NYY; Kevin Young, Pitt.; Travis Lee, Phi.
Then there are the pitcher ratings:
Helped by bullpens
Hurt by bullpens
I went back to Ohio
Here's what Belle had to say on his web page:"I have always said that there is a double standard in Cleveland and this was evident when we recently played there. The fans applauded Mike Hargrove when he was announced, and deservingly so, because he helped the Indians win. I helped win a lot of games there, too, but when I was announced, I was booed. You figure it out; it is a double standard. I sweated blood and tears to help win games for that organization. I slid on my (butt) down my condo stairs to win baseball games for Cleveland, yet I am always looked at in a negative way by Cleveland and their fans."
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