Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 14, 2002

Yes, I picked the Angels to finish last this season. If you scroll a little further you'll also see that about the only guy on the team I was excited about was Matt Wise, who hardly pitched this year at the major league level. Where did I go wrong? Mostly in overestimating the Rangers and the Mariners; I didn't think this was a bad team. But I didn't excpect 99 wins either. The keys to why the Angels exceeded my expectations? I've covered the bullpen issue and the defense already, and lower down here I went over some more of the "little things." Obviously, though, a big factor has been Adam Kennedy, who made huge strides forward this season, as well as Brad Fullmer and Scott Speizio. A more interesting question is where Kennedy goes next year - I don't see him hitting .312 again, but 32 doubles and just 7 homers in 474 at bats, combined with a homer explosion in the playoffs, for a 26-year-old player, may be a sign of a guy ready to crack 25 homers next year.

On another note . . . where do they get these pinch runner types with silly names, like Chone Figgins, Essex Snead, and Scarborough Green?

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