Tribune 2003 baseball preview

  • Under-25 staff struts stuff

    No wonder Art Howe left Oakland. Trying to pick between Barry Zito and Mark Mulder really is stressful. Do you go with Zito's strobe-light curveball and Andy Warhol wardrobe or Mulder's broad shoulders and selection of diving pitches? Who works in front of the other? How can either of them not...

  • Young pitchers to watch

    Five young pitchers to keep your eye on in the 2003 season: Josh Beckett, Marlins, 22: His first full big-league season will be memorable, provided he doesn't have a recurrence of his problem with blisters. Johan Santana, Twins, 23: Starts the season back in Minnesota's bullpen but almost certainly...

  • Another year, another set of milestones

    Home runs 500 Sammy Sosa could make it with his first swing. Rafael Palmeiro is on deck, while Fred McGriff and Ken Griffey Jr. are well within range. Sosa heads into Opening Day at Shea Stadium with 499 home runs, followed by Palmeiro at 490, McGriff at 478 and Griffey at 468. 400 An average year...

  • Getting a jump on success

    Pitching staffs with at least three starters who were 24 or younger to post double-figure totals in victories: YEAR TEAM STARTERS AVG. AGE STARTS W-L ERA INN SO 2002 White Sox Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Dan Wright 23.0 100 45-36 4.39 628.0 382 2001 Marlins A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster, Brad Penny...

  • By the numbers

    68 Wins compiled by Christy Mathewson (32), Red Ames (22) and Hooks Wiltse (14) for the 1905 New York Giants, the most by three pitchers 25 or younger. 24 Babe Ruth's career high in wins in 1917 at the age of 22. This is more wins in one season than compiled by future greats Warren Spahn, Bob Gibson,...

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