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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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November 20, 1998 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sammy Sosa finished second to Mark McGwire in the memorable home run race that highlighted the 1998 season, but he won the National League's most-valuable-player award Thursday in a surprisingly one-sided vote that didn't reflect the similarity of their overall statistics. Seven of the 32 members of the Baseball Writers Assn.
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November 20, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
Something finally goes right. Days after an admired Kansas City Chief turns a lopsided football game into an alley fight . . . Weeks before an undefeated college football team might be cheated out of a national championship . . . While bickering basketball millionaires shut down their sport over relative pennies . . . Something finally goes right. Sammy Sosa is voted The Man.
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October 15, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable to complete their task in a comfortable setting, the San Diego Padres were forced to go on the road again in the National League championship series. The Atlanta Braves went home in an attempt to make history, and momentum was seemingly shifting. San Diego had reason to be concerned. Not anymore. Ending the Braves' season in the heart of Georgia, the Padres clinched the pennant with a 5-0 victory in Game 6 of the championship series Wednesday night at Turner Field.
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October 11, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their concern wasn't surprising because situations this bleak typically turn out badly--and the Atlanta Braves aren't fooling themselves. The team of the decade is struggling, confused and in big trouble in the National League championship series. And the San Diego Padres are determined to finish the job. That was apparent while the Padres outplayed the Braves again in a 4-1 victory in Game 3 on Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium--taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
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