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Pirates' Bay, A's Crosby top rookies

By wire services
Published November 9, 2004

NEW YORK - Jason Bay succeeded where Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Barry Bonds failed: He became the first Pirates player to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

Bay, also the first Canadian to win the award, got 25 of 32 first-place votes and 146 points Monday from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby was a vote shy of being a unanimous pick for the AL honor.

Clemente wasn't listed on a single ballot in 1955, when each voter selected one name and Bill Virdon won. Stargell didn't get any votes when Pete Rose won in 1963, and Bonds was sixth with four points in 1986, finishing behind Todd Worrell, Robby Thompson, Kevin Mitchell, Charlie Kerfeld and Will Clark.

"It means the world to me," Bay said. "You walk into the locker room and you see all those jerseys hanging up, it's kind of amazing it never happened."

Pittsburgh had been the only pre-expansion team without a rookie of the year.

Bay batted .282 with 26 homers, 82 RBIs and a .550 slugging percentage.

Padres shortstop Khalil Greene was far back in second with seven first-place votes, 24 seconds and one third for 108 points. Padres reliever Akinori Otsuka was next with 23 points.

Crosby received 27 of 28 first-place votes for 138 points. White Sox closer Shingo Takatsu received the other first-place vote, from Newsday's Jim Baumbach, and was second with 44 points.

Crosby, the son of former major-league infielder Ed Crosby, said it was nerve-racking waiting for the announcement, and being a unanimous pick "would have been nice."

"I think it's sweet either way," he said.

Crosby, 24, took over Oakland's shortstop job from 2002 AL MVP Miguel Tejada, who signed with Baltimore. Crosby hit .239 with 22 homers and 64 RBIs, his average the lowest for an everyday player given the award.

EXPOS MOVE: Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams predicted he has enough votes in the District of Columbia Council to approve financing for a ballpark in the location agreed to in the Expos' contract to relocate from Montreal.

The Council plans to vote today, and seven votes are needed for approval.

Council chair Linda Cropp, saying the site south of the Capitol along the Anacostia River waterfront would be too costly, proposed an alternative plan Friday to construct a ballpark next to RFK Stadium. The Expos' contract with Washington calls for financing to be enacted by Dec. 31 and does not allow a change in site without the team's approval.

Williams gathered 20 business leaders at a news conference to demonstrate support for his proposal for a $435-million stadium.

GM MEETINGS: Pedro Martinez, Sammy Sosa and Randy Johnson figured to attract plenty of attention once all 30 general managers got together in Key Biscayne and set up shop for their annual meetings.

Many GMs already had arrived at their ritzy oceanfront hotel by the time some other prominent guests, members of the heavy metal band Metallica, checked out. Quickly, the baseball folks got down to business.

In the first offseason trade, San Diego sent outfielder Terrence Long and pitcher Dennis Tankersley to Kansas City for pitchers Darrell May and Ryan Bukvich.

Sosa, for one, appears to be staying put. His agent, Adam Katz, told's Peter Gammons that no one from the Cubs had contacted him about a deal involving the disgruntled rightfielder.

There are other things to talk about during the five days. There will be a discussion about moving the July 31 trade deadline, and the topic of instant replay also was on the agenda.

CITY TO FIGHT NAME CHANGE: The city of Anaheim will resist any attempt by the Angels to change their name to the Los Angeles Angels. The franchise began play as Los Angeles in 1961, became California when it moved to Anaheim in 1966 and has been Anaheim since 1997. The possibility of a name change was first reported in July. ... Outfielder Curtis Pride agreed to a minor-league contract and was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake City.

JAPAN TOUR: World Series MVP Manny Ramirez pulled out of the all-star tour of Japan because of a sore left hamstring. The Boston slugger had been bothered by soreness in his left hamstring since arriving.

YANKEES: Don Mattingly said he will return as hitting coach, quashing reports he would retire after one season to spend more time with his family, reported.

[Last modified November 9, 2004, 00:27:24]


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