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October 5, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
ARIZONA AT A GLANCE Lineup *--* RF Tony Womack .277 2B Jay Bell .289 LF Luis Gonzalez .336 3B Matt Williams .303 CF Steve Finley .264 1B Erubiel Durazo .329 C Kelly Stinnett .232 SS Hanley Frias .273 P Randy Johnson .124 *--* Analysis: The Diamondbacks are anything but an expansion team. They have 14 players with postseason experience totaling 130 games. Managing general partner Jerry Colangelo emphasized character in assembling his $66-million payroll.
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October 5, 1999 | TIM BROWN
When we predicted with such assurance that the Angels and Dodgers would have competitive seasons, we probably forgot to mention that the season was spring. No matter. Baseball went on without the slightest regard for clubhouse revolts on Gene Autry Way or gross insubordination in Chavez Ravine. Indeed, local entrants aside, the game thrived. Now begin the playoffs, and reporter Tim Brown has more predictions to make. National League Houston Astros vs.
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October 4, 1999 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to decide a National League wild-card winner after six months of baseball, the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets will meet halfway. The Reds, late-night winners in Milwaukee, and the Mets, winners in New York, will play tonight in Cincinnati. The winner of the one-game playoff at Cinergy Field, just off Pete Rose Way, advances to the National League Division Series.
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September 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
All it took was one year, and doubling the team payroll, for the Arizona Diamondbacks to go from an expansion club to National League West champions. Randy Johnson, the biggest of several free agents the Diamondbacks signed after losing 97 games while making his debut in 1998, pitched a five-hitter and added a run-scoring single Friday night as Arizona clinched the division title with an 11-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants at San Francisco.
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September 11, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
National League President Leonard Coleman, upset over baseball's handling of the umpire dispute and a general loss of authority through the ongoing reorganization of the commissioner's office, is expected to resign at the end of the World Series, industry officials said Friday.
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August 15, 1999
A look at the best and worst fielding percentage at each position and each league: BEST AMERICAN LEAGUE C--Darrin Fletcher, Toronto: .998 1B--Doug Mientkiewicz, Minnesota: 1.000 2B--Roberto Alomar, Cleveland: .991 3B--Eric Chavez, Oakland: .960 SS--Mike Bordick, Baltimore: .989 LF--B.J. Surhoff, Baltimore: 1.000 CF--Brady Anderson, Baltimore: .996 RF--Shawn Green, Toronto: .996 * NATIONAL LEAGUE C--Mike Lieberthal, Philadelphia: .997 1B--J.T. Snow, San Francisco: .
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July 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, who led baseball's resurgence with their home run race last summer, will start together in the All-Star game for the first time. McGwire, who hit a record 70 home runs last season and Sosa, who leads the major leagues with 32, were elected to start for the National League at Boston's Fenway Park next Tuesday. It will be the 11th appearance and seventh start for McGwire, and the third appearance and first start for Sosa.
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April 2, 1999
Number of franchises still active from when leagues first formed: NFL (called American Professional Football Assn. in 1920): Two of 14 franchises NBA (Basketball Assn. of America in 1946-47): Three of 11 franchises National League baseball (1876): Three of eight franchises American League baseball (1901): Eight of eight franchises NHL (1917-18): Two of four franchises Source: World Features Syndicate
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February 22, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 30 major league teams have been notified in a directive from the commissioner's office that the rule-book parameters of the often elusive strike zone will be strictly enforced this year. The directive was distributed Friday and obtained by The Times on Sunday. "There's been a lot of criticism over the variance in leagues and umpires," Commissioner Bud Selig said when reached at his vacation home in Arizona. "We believe the strike zone should be enforced the way it appears in the book."
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December 13, 1998 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven months ago, when Mike Piazza was traded, doomsayers suggested that he turn out the lights on his way out of Dodger Stadium. Indeed, there were dark days ahead for the organization. General Manager Fred Claire and Manager Bill Russell were soon gone. Faded star Hideo Nomo and faded prospect Paul Konerko were traded. But nothing seemed to help the team's fortunes.
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