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Friday, January 14, 2005 

Changing of the Guard

For the first time in LOC history, Alex Rodriguez was not the best hitter of the season. Sure, he only fell to third, but it was also his first experience with a double-digit TLV. To make matters worse for ARod, he was also passed for the top TLV of all time as his teammate Vlad Guerrero's 6.33 bested his old record of 7.00. Rodriguez is looking at a HUGE free agent payday this draft and whomever ends up signing that giant check can only hope he gets the same production as Vlad provided after signing this year.

Top 10 Hitters All Time

2004 Guerrero, Vlad, St. Paul: 6.33
2001 Rodriguez, Alex, St. Paul: 7.00
2003 Rodriguez, Alex, St. Paul: 8.33
2000 Rodriguez, Alex, St. Paul: 9.17
2002 Rodriguez, Alex, St. Paul: 9.67
2002 Soriano, Alfonso, Danbury: 10.67
2002 Ordonez, Magglio, Klong Island: 12.33
2000 Giambi, Jason, Minnesota: 12.33
2000 Erstad, Darin, St. Paul: 13.50
2003 Boone, Bret, Klong Island: 14.00

The biggest FA starting pitcher also earned his salary this year as Curt Schilling edged out Johan Santana for the 2004 crown. While Schilling didn't set the record (that belongs to the nearly perfect Pedro of 2002), he and Santana both crack the All Time top ten:

2002 Martinez, Pedro, Alexandria: 1.20
2000 Martinez, Pedro, Minnesota: 1.40
2004 Schilling, Curt, ToC: 1.80
2004 Santana, Johan, Minnesota: 2.00
2003 Halladay, Roy, Kissimmike: 2.80
2003 Martinez, Pedro, Alexandria: 3.40
2003 Loaiza, Esteban, Danbury: 4.00
2001 Mussina, Mike, St. Paul: 4.40
2000 Wells, David, Waukegan: 5.20
2003 Mussina, Mike, Danbury: 5.80

Finally, while it wasn't a record-setting year in LOc bullpens, Keith Foulke continued to add to his career dominance as he placed his third season in the top six of all time. Here's the top ten:

2003 Foulke, Keith, Minnesota: 3.83
2000 Foulke, Keith, Minnesota: 4.50
2000 Lowe, Derek, ToC: 5.67
2000 Koch, Billy, Rochester: 6.33
2001 Rhodes, Arthur, American: 6.67
2004 Foulke, Keith, Danbury: 6.83
2002 Rhodes, Arthur, Justinapolis: 7.00
2004 Gordon, Tom, Kissimmike: 7.17
2003 Rivera, Mariano, Carolina: 7.30
2000 Rivera, Mariano, Waukegan: 7.50