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Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Dontrelle Willis: Simply 'electric'. The 21-year-old Marlins rookie pitched a 1-hitter against the Mets. (Miami Herald)

Ben Jacobs on Maddux and Ichiro. (Universal Baseball Blog, Inc.)

Is the Rocket the best pitcher ever? A two-part series. (The New York Yankees Report, June 14 and June 15 entries)

Pujols definitely something special by Rob Neyer. (

Bi-Weekly Review: A.L. East. "There is light at the end of this tunnel, granted it's a really long tunnel, and there might be an accident blocking the left lane up ahead, but the Orioles appear to finally be starting to turn the corner. They are no longer a candidate for the worst team in the league, and that is progress." (Baseball Primer)

Bi-Weekly Review: NL East. "So far in June, the Braves have posted an OPS of .929. Javy Lopez has had a resurgence that baffles everyone. Okay, I thought it was a slump for a year and a half, but this season is making a lot of Braves fans take back those 'Why did we keep Javy?' comments. Lopez is currently third in the league in home runs, one ahead of Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield." (Baseball Primer)

Prospectus Triple Play: Red Sox, Reds, Padres. "Despite a truly frightening number of runs allowed, the Reds stand just four games out of the NL Central lead after Monday night's loss to the Cubs. The four-week stretch between now and the All-Star Game will be crucial for the Reds' quixotic playoff hopes." (Baseball Prospectus)

Prospectus Triple Play: Marlins, Yankees, Pirates. "Alex Gonzalez is even more of a surprise. He had regressed considerably since his fine rookie season in 1999, and he missed most of last season with a separated shoulder. This season he hitting .332/.375/.594, and is on pace for 23 home runs and 106 RBI. His production is straight out of Derek Jeter's peak, while Jeter is hitting like the old Alex Gonzalez." (Baseball Prospectus)

Mike argues that Ryne Sandberg was a better player than Joe Morgan. (94 Years and Counting, June 16 entry)

A sampling of the wonder of Busch Stadium in its waning days of Astroturf-ness and multi-purpose glory, from a former usher. "Lee Smith on Sunday mornings, being driven around in a golf cart with a China plate of bacon on his lap… Picture that again: Lee Smith, in baseball pants and a T-shirt, riding shotgun on a golf cart through the bowels of Busch at 11:00 AM on a Sunday with a mound of bacon on a plate in his lap. No drink, no eggs, no biscuit, just bacon." (Redbird Nation)

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