Mighty have fallen

Theater Of The Absurd

October 03, 2004|By Joe Christensen

The four winners of last year's American League awards had humbling seasons this year.

Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa got to Double-A at midseason by the Kansas City Royals. He came back to the big leagues and is batting .263.

Manager of the Year Tony Pena, who guided the Royals to an 83-79 record in 2003, watched them lose more than 100 games this year.

Cy Young winner Roy Halladay missed 10 weeks with right shoulder problems and went 8-8 after finishing last year 22-7.

Finally, there's reigning Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez, who got his wish when the Texas Rangers traded him to the New York Yankees, but was batting .160 on April 19.

He's batting .288 with 36 home runs and 105 RBIs -- solid numbers, but nowhere near his production from Texas.

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