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Bat puts MVP Glaus in the spotlight

By MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 28, 2002


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus, a little on the shy and quiet side, doesn't normally stand out. But Sunday he stood out as the MVP of the World Series.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus, a little on the shy and quiet side, doesn't normally stand out. But Sunday he stood out as the MVP of the World Series.

"I don't know about Troy ever being overlooked. He's not overlooked in my eyes," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think our whole team did what we had to do. Troy Glaus stepped up and did what big-game players do in a series like this. The hits he got for us were incredible. Just his presence in the lineup was incredible.

"Although it was a team effort, I think Troy absolutely brought his A game to the Series. You can see how talented he is."

The third baseman hit .385 with three homers and eight RBIs, including the winner to cap the amazing Game 6 comeback. His six extra-base hits and seven runs scored were one shy of Series records.

"I was so excited just about being world champion, this is icing on the cake," Glaus said. "I don't even really know what to think. They told me to go stand on the stage (to get the MVP award), so I went and stood on the stage. That was about it."

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DUST IN THE WIND?: The more you hear Dusty Baker talk about it, the less likely it seems he'll be back in the San Francisco dugout next season.

Asked before Sunday's final game what he would want to hear from Giants owner Peter Magowan about sticking around, Baker said: "If somebody wanted me back, a lot of times they wouldn't wait until the last minute to tell them."

Magowan and Baker have seemingly been at odds over his job status all year. Baker's contract is up at the end of the season, and Magowan said he first will address the status of general manager Brian Sabean, whose contract also is up, then deal with the manager.

Baker, however, is expected to be courted heavily by the Cubs and perhaps the Mariners.

Magowan said the Baker situation will be resolved within 10 days.

"There's been plenty of talk about Dusty from both sides already, probably too much," he said. "The ground rules were set in spring training. It couldn't happen with a manager unless we knew what would happen with the general manager. The general manager wanted to wait until the end of the season."

Pitching coach Dave Righetti, like many players, spoke highly of Baker.

"The guy has meant so much to the city, the area, the last 10 years of managing its ballclub," Righetti said. "He's done a terrific job. He's brought a lot of spirit. The organization has definitely prospered because of Dusty Baker. If that day comes (when he leaves), which I'm truly honest I don't know, it would be very sad."

BACK IN SADDLE: Commissioner Bud Selig and several Angels made a point of mentioning the late Gene Autry, the original owner of the team who was known as the singing cowboy. His widow, Jackie, carried one of his hats to the victory stage. "Somewhere," Selig said, "Gene Autry is smiling right now."

NUMBERS GAME: Giants starters had an 8.10 ERA, Angels starters 7.55. It was the first Series in which no starting pitcher went seven innings. ... The 85 combined runs, 21 home runs, 231 total bases and 45 extra-base hits were records. ... San Francisco's Barry Bonds finished with a .471 average, 4 homers and a record 13 walks, seven intentional. His .700 on-base percentage (reaching 21 of 30 times) and 1.294 slugging percentage were highs for Series of more than four games.

MISCELLANY: So where are the Disney-owned Angels going to celebrate? Disneyland, of course. The parade is Tuesday. ... Scioscia became the 28th man to win a Series title as a player and a manager, the first since new Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella, who won with the Yankees in 1977-78 and the Reds in 1990. ... According to Magowan, the Giants' cut of Series revenue will go from $3-million to $9-million because there were seven games.

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