SCOUTING REPORTS

April 14, 1986

The hitters may be exceptional nowadays, but those in the National League still have to face the pitcher at the left, Dwight Gooden. Once again, SI's baseball staff has gone out on a limb to rank all 26 teams, and its opinion is that Doctor K will lead the New York Mets into the World Series, where they will meet the defending world champion Kansas City Royals. Which brings up the intriguing possibility of Gooden pitching to George Brett. Think of it, seventh game, ninth inning, score tied 1-1, a man on, the count is full and....

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Our intrepid staff also chooses the major award recipients for the upcoming season (below), players such as Murray (above left), Petry (center) and Strawberry (right).

AMERICAN LEAGUE

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER—Eddie Murray, Baltimore
CY YOUNG AWARD—Dan Petry, Detroit
BATTING CHAMPION—Wade Boggs, Boston
HOME RUN CHAMPION—Tom Brunansky, Minnesota
RBI CHAMPION—Eddie Murray, Baltimore
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—Jose Canseco, Oakland
COMEBACK PLAYER—Rick Burleson, California

NATIONAL LEAGUE

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER—Darryl Strawberry, New York
CY YOUNG AWARD—Dwight Gooden, New York
BATTING CHAMPION—Tony Gwynn, San Diego
HOME RUN CHAMPION—Darryl Strawberry, New York
RBI CHAMPION—Dave Parker, Cincinnati
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—Will Clark, San Francisco
COMEBACK PLAYER—Steve Carlton, Philadelphia

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TWO PHOTOSCHUCK SOLOMON PHOTOMICHAEL O'BRYON PHOTOJERRY WACHTER PHOTO

AL EAST

W

L

GB

Toronto

97

65

New York

96

66

1

Detroit

94

68

3

Baltimore

92

70

5

Boston

78

84

19

Milwaukee

61

101

36

Cleveland

60

102

37

AL WEST

Kansas City

99

63

Oakland

90

72

9

Minnesota

88

74

11

Seattle

77

85

22

Chicago

71

91

28

California

69

93

30

Texas

62

100

37

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NL EAST

W

L

GB

New York

100

62

St. Louis

95

67

5

Chicago

90

72

10

Montreal

81

81

19

Philadelphia

70

92

30

Pittsburgh

58

104

42

NL WEST

Cincinnati

95

67

Los Angeles

93

69

2

San Diego

89

73

6

Atlanta

80

82

15

Houston

62

100

33

San Francisco

59

103

36

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)