Stewart best in the majors, computer says

October 25, 1990

Dave Stewart, the first pitcher since Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles to win 20 games for four consecutive seasons, is the best player in baseball, according to computer rankings compiled by the sport's statisticians. The Oakland Athletics right-hander narrowly edged Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox, 95.984 points to 95.783 on a scale of 100, the Elias Sports Bureau said yesterday.

The rankings, created as part of the 1981 and 1985 strike settlements, are used to determine free-agent compensation. They are based on such statistics as batting average, plate appearances, home runs and RBI for hitters, and starts, innings, ERA, saves and strikeouts for pitchers. Statistics from the 1989 and 1990 seasons are used and averaged. The top 30 percent in each category are Type A free agents, and their former teams get two draft choices as compensation if they sign with a new team.

* MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Jeff Torborg, who took a Chicago White Sox team that finished last in 1989 with a 69-92 record and led it this year to a 94-68 mark, second-best in the American League and third-best in the majors, was named Manager of the Year by The Associated Press. Torborg received 75 votes and Jim Leyland, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to the National League East title, 51 of the 165 votes cast by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and sportscasters.

PIRATES: General manager Larry Doughty won't make any take-it-or-leave-it offers to left-hander Zane Smith when negotiations begin in two weeks. Smith made $660,000 while going 12-9 for the Montreal Expos and Pirates. He was 6-2 with a 1.30 ERA after being traded to Pittsburgh on Aug. 8.

* REDS: Second baseman Bill Doran, who missed the National League Championship Series and World Series because of a back injury, is going into the free-agent market in hopes of boosting his salary from this year's $933,333. Doran hit .373 after being obtained from the Houston Astros on Aug. 31.

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