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Aug. 29, 2005
Aug. 29, 2005

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WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

WHO'S HOT

This is an article from the Aug. 29, 2005 issue Original Layout

Rookie Pitchers

These guys old enough to stay up for night games? Mariners 19-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez (left), 2--1 with a 1.24 ERA and 30 K's in four starts, is most promising prodigy since Dwight Gooden. Marlins 22-year-old lefty Jason Vargas improved to 4--1 with complete-game win over the Dodgers. And A's closer Huston Street, 22, leads AL rookies with 16 saves.

Eagles

Who needs TO? While the pouty receiver stayed home with an injured groin, Donovan McNabb and the Birds' offense was crisp, building a 17--0 lead en route to a 20--14 exhibition win over the Ravens. Said McNabb, "Things went pretty smooth."

Kalen Pimentel

Give this kid a contract. The 12-year-old from Vista, Calif., tied a Little League World Series record with 18 strikeouts (in six innings!) in a 7--2 win over Owensboro, Ky., then hit a grand slam to break a 3--3 tie and lift Vista to a 7--3 win over Westbrook, Maine, on Sunday.

Jeremy Mayfield

If Ruth was the Sultan of Swat, he is the Pharaoh of Fumes. Mayfield gambled by not taking his final pit stop, going the last 52 laps on a single tank to win the Marketplace 400. Said crew chief Slugger Labbe, "We had a 20th-place car and robbed the bank."

WHO'S NOT

Veteran Pitchers

Cancel the "fine wine" comparisons; guys who once threw grapes are now heaving grapefruits. Yankees' Randy Johnson (right) gave up four homers in one inning in loss to White Sox. Boston's Curt Schilling, who's allowing opponents to bat .309 against him, is set to rejoin rotation after shaky stint as closer. And Rangers' Kenny Rogers is 0--3 since suspension for pushing a cameraman.

Chiefs

Last week backup QB Todd Collins was involved in a disturbance at a bar (no charges filed); kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged with breaking a bouncer's nose; and DT Junior Siavii and safety Greg Wesley were arrested in a confrontation with police. (They both pleaded not guilty.)

Antonio Gates

After setting a record for tight ends with 13 TD receptions in '04, San Diego star ended his holdout on Monday when he signed a one-year, $380,000 deal. But the Chargers still suspended him for their final two preseason games and the season opener for having not met the team's reporting deadline.

Lawrence Phillips

Ex--NFL running back hit new low: arrested after allegedly running his car into three teenagers following an argument in a pickup football game. He was already wanted on a domestic-violence charge, and the car he was driving was reportedly stolen.

Who is the most dangerous base runner in the major leagues?

[Based on a survey of 450 MLB players]

Juan Pierre 39%

Marlins, OF

Ichiro Suzuki 20%

Mariners, OF

Carl Crawford 19%

Devil Rays, OF

Scott Podsednik 7%

White Sox, OF

For complete results and breakdown of the poll, go to SI.com/scorecard.

FAST FACTS: Only two other players got more than 1%: Padres OF Dave Roberts (5%) and Mets OF Carlos Beltran (4%).... Podsednik (SI, Aug. 15), out with a groin injury, leads the majors with 54 stolen bases.... Catchers especially mentioned Pierre (41 SBs), giving him 47% of their vote.

 

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