Winners and Losers looks at the other half of the...

WINNERS AND LOSERS

May 22, 1994

Winners and Losers looks at the other half of the delightful dozen young players tabbed by Sports Illustrated as the future of baseball. In case you're wondering, seven of the 12 are American Leaguers and one (Gary Sheffield) got started in Milwaukee, so the Junior Circuit should remain the best league for the foreseeable future.

Royce Clayton .. .. .. Loser .. .. With on base percentage below

... ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 300 and big strikeout total,

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ... Giants shortstop goes to rear

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ... of class.

Frank Thomas .. .. .. Winner .. .. Best Windy City hitter since Billy

... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Williams and his bat more than makes

... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... up for sub-par glove.

Carlos Baerga .. .. .. Winner ... With improved defense, does

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. everything that Roberto Alomar

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... does for a lower price and profile.

John Olerud ... .. .. Winner ... .317 BA not as dazzling as last

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. year's chase for .400, but his

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. batting stroke is just as sweet.

Steve Avery .. .. .. Winner ... 4-1, 2.70 ERA. Maddux and

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Glavine are keeping him

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. waiting for a Cy Young, but

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .it's coming.

Ken Griffey .. .. .. .. Winner ... All hail the new best player in

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ... the game. He'll win a Triple Crown

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ... before he's 30, and he's not even

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ... 25.

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