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BASEBALL WEEKLY ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS OF BASEBALL WEEKLY NINES

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Today Baseball Weekly has announced its list of Baseball Weekly Nines for 1993, the publication's annual awards of the people and events with the most impact on the game during the year.
 The awards will appear in the Nov. 17-30 issue. Also in that issue will be Gold Glove winners, a day before they are publicly announced by the league.
 This year's Nines, alphabetically:
 -- Bonds/Magowan -- Giants' owner Peter Magowan paid $44 million for
 baseball's top player, Barry Bonds. His MVP season propelled
 the Giants to 103 wins. Still, the recently faltering franchise
 made a profit.
 -- Cleveland Indians Tragedy -- Reliever Steve Olin and Tim Crews
 were killed and starter Bob Ojeda badly injured when their boat
 rammed a dock March 22. The tragedy helped keep the game in
 perspective.
 -- Legends Leave -- Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Dale Murphy
 retired, and Carlton Fisk was released. The next time all those
 names come up will be the Hall of Fame ballot in 1998.
 -- Fred McGriff -- He arrived from San Diego, and the Atlanta Braves
 went on a 54-19 run -- the third-best second-half performance
 ever.
 -- Nobody in Charge -- No baseball commissioner. No bloc of owners
 that form a majority.
 -- Realignment -- Three divisions each in the NL and AL, with a new
 round of playoffs and playoff wildcard teams. The Players
 Association seems on track to approve it. The aim: bring in
 new fans.
 -- Rockies/Marlins Attendance -- Expansion teams in Colorado and
 Florida showed the deep fan affection for the game. The Rockies
 were number one in attendance -- their 4.48 million breaking a
 year-old record set by Toronto. The Marlins were among the top
 seven teams in drawing fans.
 -- Wacky Phillies -- The NL East's worst team in 1992 brought home
 the NL pennant in 1993 and made an exciting run at the world
 championship. It was a wild thing.
 -- World Series -- The longest, wildest game in series history --
 Game 4, score 15-14 Blue Jays -- and Joe Carter home run in
 Game 6. It's a series to remember.
 Baseball Weekly also includes an accompanying list: Baseball Weekly Turkeys.
 Baseball Weekly is published by USA Today for baseball fans everywhere. With a cover price of $1, it is available nationwide 44 times a year. Subscriptions are available at 20 percent off the cover price by calling toll-free 800-872-1415.
 -0- 11/16/93
 /CONTACT: Steven Anderson, manager of media relations, of USA Today, 703-276-5872/


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