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^orybook ending By JAMES

DOYLE

K.

player to do so. However,

The 2002 baseball season came down lo a group of Giants and The Anaheim Angels won game its first title in 42 The scrappy Angels never gave up and beat Barry Bonds and 1

Oct. 27. But the road to the

pionship was not easy.

Anaheim

game one

lost

contirtued his post-season

game two going

in

Francisco could

San

of the

which continued their trend of losing the opening game in the playoffs. The Angels lost game one to the Yankees in their divisional series and then lost again to Minnesota in the American League championship series. Anaheim’s ace Jarrod Washburn started the game but was no match for Bonds, Reggie Sanders and J.T. Snow. Bonds homered in his first World Series at bat, becoming the 26th Series,

won game two Anaheim’s

I

I-IO.

yard for his third

not

Tim Salmon, home run

franchise

run

but

centrefield,

lo

moment. After to

it

were able

even the Series

at

two with a 4-3

hero, with a single off of 20-year-

After switching to Pacific

fered his

in

game

lo one lead in the series. Every Angel position player earned

performance

setting

with

three

MA R C H ULET

will be given

ample time

promoted

to devel-

early

The Blue Jay dynasty of the But the future

As

fans

watching)

Dominc Rich is an exciting hitter who could soon be giving Orlando Hudson some com-

ERA. He allowed

young

dead.

is

saw

is

bright.

anyone was still second half of last

(if

in the

petition at

Rich was taken

in

normally

is

With the pitching outlook a

second

the

lot

thinner than that of the hitting situation it wouldn’t be surprising to

with young talents like Phelps, Vernon Wells and the and America’s Baseball

away.

Sporting News’ rookie of the year,

He

Eric Hinske.

steal a lot of bases but If he can continually hit .300 then the Jays

major league level. Currency, the Blue

at the

Jays

are

bursting .tojsVx

onslaught of an unprecedented number of exciting, young players to appear in one seaDespite

son, the

the

cupboard

hardly bare in

is

minor leagues. The Jays’ minor league system is brimming with players who will no doubt make the 2003 and 2004 seasons all the more exciting to

the

David Gassner was stolen

In 2002, Rich hit .345 in high-A and ended the season with AA. lot

home

of

ended 2002 in AA. Gassner uses his exceptional control to succeed, as seen by his 26-

runs or

104, walk-strikeout ratio.

will not hesitate to open a spot for

a

choice

also be seen pitching in Toronto in

He

draft

is

former first-round who, as a catcher, disappointed Baltimore with his slow develop-

the near future.

NBA

It’s not often that a former player makes a splash in professional baseball. Pitcher Mark

ment.

watch.

Catcher Kevin Cash received a cup of coffee with the Jays this past September but hit only

brief

.143 in seven big league games.

Cash

Fortunately,

considered

is

a top prospect within the organization because of his considerable talents behind the plate calling a

game and throwing out

runners.

Cash also hit .277 in 213 AA bats and then .220 in 236 AAA

at at

The Jays have

His already impressive defence

is

game and

improving with each

moved Werth

Hendrickson

from behind the plate to the outfield, in part due to the emergence of Cash and Quiroz and also to bet-

the season.

he could be ready to

slugging eight

at

with the

home AA.

10

runs

He

needs more work at the expected to be ready

still

I

plate but he is

zation with outstanding defensive abilities.

Quiroz

,

20,

was consid-

ered the 30th best prospect in the Jays system in 2001 by Baseball

America and he

hit

.199 in low-

season

Quiroz

added

offence to his repertoire and hit .260 with in

and a changeup

high-A

1

2

runs and 68 RBI and then ended the

home

ball

seasa^in AAA filling in when Cas^BInt down with an injury. With Cash ahead of him. Quiroz

ERA. He

fastball, a slider

to baffle hitters this

season.

He

was rewarded for his strong

season with a

to

AAA

to start the

2003

late call

up

Roy Halladay

-

2002. Rosario. 22. started in low- A ball and went 6-1 with a

in

2.57

ERA

back, the Angels fought back with runs in the seventh and eighth to

Giants prevailed.

The Disney-owned Angels can

become

innings pitched to

the

now enjoy

in 13 starts.

He was

then

their offseason as

champions, that to wake up the

world

they have

monkey, ask few extra dollars to bolster the roster and start the quest all over again in 2003.

Mickey Mouse

first

until

is,

rally

for a

brings surprises By JAMES

K.

DOYLE

From Mario Lemieux’s refound scoring touch to Jose Theodore’s inability to stop the puck, 2002 has seen its share of

NHL.

surprises in the

In perhaps one of the NHL’s mosf shining moments in recent memory. Super Mario returned to his old self

and

is

tearing up

NHL

goalies.

Through eight games played Lemieux has 4. goals and 14 assists for 18 points. Lemieux has 10 of those points on the power play to go along

this season,

with one

game

winner. Lemieux’s

impressive play comes after he only played 24 games last season

and 43 the year before.

The Toronto Maple

games played Iggy has five assists to go along with his two goals, but has a -4 rating. Last year, Iginla scored 52 goals and had a plus/minus rating of plus 27. Iginla needs to score if Calgary is going to have any hope of making the playoffs, and a slow start will do nothing to bring the

goals in nine

Flames any

A is

the

Muckalt. Through six games, Muckalt has scored five goals and added three assists. This is shocking because last year in 70 games with Ottawa, Muckalt didn’t score a goal. He has already reached his point total of one year

bottom of the five

on a

most

NHL. New

the

in

team with into third place in their division

Bay and Dallas

fifth

in the

Jersey

six wins.

Philadelphia,

and

6-

is

with 13 points, the

joins Minnesota as the only other

far.

lifted

Minnesota

tear.

1-1 this year

Pittsburgh

Lemieux has

Eastern confer-

ence.

The Penguins were

their

division

last in

Boston,

Tampa

are tied with

New

Jersey for second overall with 12

Bay

Tampa

The

points.

tender for the major league rotation in

2003.

The 2002

added

draft only

Jays already impressive

list

to the

of

tal-

disappointments

is

the

play

talented players

who

were signed include shortstop and first-round pick Russ Adams, first baseman Jason Perry and reliever

of

Jose Theodore. Last year's Hart

and Vezina Trophy w'inner

ented youngsters.

The most

in

is

1-3-

with an appalling .833 save percentage in five games. He has lost 1

his

number

who

is

spot to Jeff Hackett

1

2-0-1 with only nine goals

Jose Sharks,

thus

come back and make

with

start

2003

in

high-A

ball.

level, there are

many

reasons to get

Here’s hoping there will still be fans (Canadian fans can be quite

and unforgiving) watching when the time comes.

fickle

offseason to

Montreal better. However, the 30game winner a year ago^till has a ways to go to get back to his heroic play of

Jerome

last year.

Iginla

is

another player

has not yet found his play of one year ago. The 2{X)l-02 scor-

who

Evgeni

his brief hold-

The Toronto Maple Leafs

season and got a big raise in the

off his best

struggled with-

goalie

are

near the bottom of the NHL standings with only five points

All three players were drafted out of colleges in the U.S. and should

coming

1

out.

David Bush.

is

who

number Nabokov during out

scored against him.

Theodore

^

Muckalt’s new- team has also started

standings with only

closer.

quick starter this year Minnesota Wild’s Bill

fresh,

ago.

Leafs are near the

points thus

leader and winner of the Rocket Richard trophy and Lester B. Pearson trophy has only two ing

from youngster start quick Vincent Lecavalier, were the last unbeaten team in the NHL. Teams that haven't performed well as of yet include the San

excited for the future.

outside of

monkey

the

miraculous come-

In a

12th in the conference, 18 points

like

in

Erancisco Rosario had probably the best numbers of any Jay’s -

And

seven.

fail.

runs and eight RBIs.

out of the playoffs. One of the new season’s biggest

games and looks

ERA

season.

pitcher

game

after hitting .385 with three

home

a con-

went 3-0 with a 2.45

Despite the recent struggles of the Blue Jays at the major league

where he figures

ball.

This

Pitcher Vinny

first

94-mph

ing

didn’t

MVP

Glaus beat out ba.seball’s most dominant hitler in Barry Bonds, who silenced critics by hitting .471 with four home runs and a .700 on base percentage. Bonds no doubt would have won the award had his

to

monkey

lo see if the rally

came

to collect his third

Lightning, with the help from a

16

the Jays in 2003.

utilized a

6 runs and

meant going back

six

lop of the

2001-02. and

He

take the field on a regular basis for

exeiting catcher in the Jays organi-

little

hit

1

could bring the Angels into a decid-

who stands 6’9” - is He is 28-years-old,

from the NBA. Hendrickson made an impression on the Blue Jays after he was called up to the majors from AAA late in

with an impressive 2.96

after

AAA, Cash

Santiago

runs.

the

in

World Series save. Anaheim’s third baseman, Troy Glaus, was honoured with the

after retiring

around midseason next year. Guillermo Quiroz is another

bat in

Game Anaheim

alone for the past couple seasons

Chulk spent his two seasons in the minors bouncing between starting and relieving. Given the opportunity in 2002 to start full time, Chulk blossomed. In A A Chulk has a 13-5 record

despite struggling a

on

take a 3-2 lead in the Series.

been concentrating on baseball

Werth played a full season at AAA in 2002 and hit .257 with 18 home runs, 82 RBI and he led Syracuse with 24 stolen bases. He, like Cash, had a brief major league appearance this past season and that

-

an exception. which is considered ancient for most prospects, but he has only

ter utilize his speed.

showed

bats.

since

ratio

helped him ERA in high A. He finished the season with Tennessee and had a 2.49 ERA^ in four starts. He could

Jason Werth was picked up in a trade with Baltimore for a nondescript pitcher in 2000.

The

to go 11-6 with a 3.44

the big league roster.

him on

in the

24th round of the 2001 draft and

ball

doesn’t hit a

with

way

with three RBls as the

in

Giants went on to score

1-

facing better pitching.

young players

two two-run home

ninth

inning, Troy Percival

Kent

1 ).

see Rosario start 2003 in AA with a promotion to the majors not far

with exciting

Jelf

And

for good.

bunches.

in

in the

where he

ball

round of the 2000 draft and has hit everywhere he’s played and his average has climbed with each promotion through the minors despite

season, the Blue Jays are stocked

runs

baseman

got out of his funk in a big

chipped

Angels ahead

only 33 hits in 63

innings (a good ratio

second base.

score

lo

double

third inning to pul the

was San Francisco’s

five

Giant’s second

dominated. Rosario went 3-3 in 13 games but had an eye-popping 1 .29

op.

’90s

high-A

to

turn

as he hit a three-run

New NHL season

Future looks bright for Jays By

Game

93

in

found his stroke again

hitter finally

a three-run fifth inning.

one game showdown. Angel’s rookie starter John Lackey got the ball for Anaheim, and he didn’t disappoint. Lackey gave up one run on four hits in five

1

game

walking Bonds with an RBI single in

game seven

Anaheim’s most consistent

years.

for

loss in the post-sea-

And although Bonds didn’t hit a home run, he continued his record

beat the Giants 10-4 and take a two

Angels pay

erase a five-run deficit to set up a

who

son. Rodriguez was almost unbeatable, finishing with a record of 6-

lO runs to

two, scoring

first

the

suf-

old Francisco Rodriguez,

Bell

San Francisco, Anaheim picked up right where they left off in

that,

memorable was back lo

win. David Bell turned out to be the

enough. Park

run in three

baseball, and the Giants

wasn’t

it

most

baseball’s

home

the ninth, hitting a monster

home

breaking the ironman streak was

interesting in the fop of

game

time

first

games, becoming the first player lo hit seven homers in the playoffs, and first with a home run in each of his first three World Series games. Game four started with the announcement that Cal Ripkin Jr.

leader, hit two jacks, including a game-winning 2-run shot in the bottom of the eighth. Bonds made

the

run for the

Bonds though, did go

in the .scries.

2

for

I

home

made

Santiago

rookie to win

walks. Catcher Benito

intentional

The

Angels won game three without

keep up with the American League champions though, as the Angels

San Francisco Giants 4- on cham-

the

game, and

the

hilling a

scored.

franchise

in

hit

in the sixth inning.

with three walks and three runs

years.

one

least

at

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2002

4,

Angels

for Disney’s

Scott Spei/o had three RBI.

success

seven of the World Series, giving the

game one

SPOKE, November

belonged lo Snow, a former Angel, who hit a game winning home run

Bonds

Angels, and had a heavenly finish.

I

i

.

far.

This puts Toronto in a

the

Chicago

Columbus

Theo

tie

Eleury'-less

Blackhawks. Blue Jackets

the

and

Nashville Predators. Only the Atlanta Thrashers are

worse, with no wins and their single point coming on an overtime loss.

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