Spring Training '99

February 21, 1999

All-newcomer team

1B -- Mo Vaughn (Angels): New leader in the clubhouse.

2B -- Roberto Alomar (Indians): Should be happier in Cleveland.

SS -- Edgar Renteria (Cardinals): Latest All-Star shipped out by Marlins.

3B -- Dean Palmer (Tigers): Could anchor resurgent lineup.

C -- Charles Johnson (Orioles): Big defensive upgrade.

OF -- Albert Belle (Orioles): Will ratchet up the intensity level.

OF -- Brian Jordan (Braves): Is he really worth $40 million?

OF -- Devon White (Dodgers): Still great in the field.

DH -- Jose Canseco (Devil Rays): Could hit 55 homers in Tropicana dome.

SP -- Kevin Brown (Dodgers): Signed for enough to buy his own team.

SP -- Randy Johnson (Diamondbacks): Supercharges good rotation.

SP -- Todd Stottlemyre (Diamondbacks): Tough competitor behind Big Unit.

SP -- Roger Clemens (Yankees): Fills a greed.

RP -- Armando Benitez (Mets): Change of scenery could be a plus.

Comeback kids

The top candidates for Comeback Player of 1999:

C -- Todd Hundley (Dodgers): Back from elbow surgery.

LHP -- Jim Abbott (Brewers): Went 5-0 last September.

DH -- Cecil Fielder (Blue Jays): Still has some pop.

RHP -- Jack McDowell (Angels): Back from surgery again.

RHP -- Ben McDonald (Devil Rays): May not debut until May.

Headliners of 1999

Player Possible milestones

Mark McGwire 500 home runs

Tony Gwynn 3,000 hits

Wade Boggs 3,000 hits

Cal Ripken 3,000 hits, 400 HRs

John Franco 400 saves

Jose Canseco 400 home runs

Ken Griffey 400 home runs

Roger Clemens 250 victories

Harold Baines 1,500 RBIs

Rickey Henderson 1,300 steals

A Florida tour

Around the Grapefruit League in seven days:

March 5: Yankees at Blue Jays (Dunedin), 1:05 p.m.

March 6: Indians at Tigers (Lakeland), 1:05 p.m.

March 7: Mets at Dodgers (Vero Beach), 1:05 p.m.

March 8: Astros at Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.

March 9: Orioles at Cardinals (Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.

March 10: Yankees at Red Sox (Fort Myers), 1:05 p.m.

March 11: Braves at Indians (Winter Haven), 1:05 p.m.

Arizona bound

How to spend a weekend in Arizona (times MST):

March 12: Diamondbacks at Mariners (Peoria), 1:05 p.m.

Padres at Cubs (Mesa), 7:05 p.m.

March 13: Athletics at Giants (Scottsdale), 1:05 p.m.

Cubs at Padres (Peoria), 7:05 p.m.

March 14: Giants at Angels (Tempe), 1:05 p.m.

Phoenix Greyhound Racing, 7 p.m.

Best camps to visit

1. Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Fla.): Might be your last chance.

2. Roger Dean Stadium (Jupiter, Fla.): Planet McGwire.

3. Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex (Orlando, Fla.): Why not? You're going to Disney World anyway.

4. Legends Field (Tampa, Fla.): Like a miniature Yankee Stadium, without the Bronx in the background.

5. HoHoKam Park (Mesa, Ariz.): HoHoKam is Native American term for "Sammy Sosa's the man!"

The 300 Club

Pitchers with a chance to reach 300 saves:

Jeff Montgomery 292

Doug Jones 291

Rick Aguilera 275

John Wetteland 253

Rod Beck 250

Pub Date: 02/25/99

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