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Believe It or Else!
July 02, 2001
Statistical projections are a midseason baseball favorite. Barry Bonds' 39 home runs through Sunday, for instance, had him on pace for 84, which would shatter Mark McGwire's record. Among other single-season marks under threat based on projected stats are those for hits, doubles and saves. We've done our own projections in some other categories and discovered these even more astounding numbers.
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July 02, 2001

Believe It Or Else!

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Statistical projections are a midseason baseball favorite. Barry Bonds' 39 home runs through Sunday, for instance, had him on pace for 84, which would shatter Mark McGwire's record. Among other single-season marks under threat based on projected stats are those for hits, doubles and saves. We've done our own projections in some other categories and discovered these even more astounding numbers.

BLUE JAYS PITCHER CHRIS MICHALAK TRIPLED IN HIS FIRST (AND, SO FAR, ONLY) OFFICIAL AT BAT. IF FORM HOLDS, MICHALAK WILL HIT NOTHING BUT TRIPLES FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE!

CUBS PINCH HITTER JASON SMITH HAD HIS FIRST CAREER AT BAT LAST WEEK AT AGS 23. AT THIS RATE HE'LL GET HIS FIFTH AT BAT WHEN HE'S 115 YEARS OLD!

IN 16 MAJOR LEAGUE SEASONS, DEVIL RAYS FIRST BASEMAN FRED MCGRIFF HAS HOMERED IN 38 BALLPARKS. AT THAT PACE, HE WILL REQUIRE EVERY TEAM IN BASEBALL TO HAVE CONSTRUCTED A BRAND-NEW STADIUM BY 2014!

YANKEES SHORTSTOP DEREK JETER HAS WON FOUR WORLD SERIES RINGS IN HIS FIRST FIVE FULL SEASONS. SHOULD HE KEEP THAT UP FOR IS MORE SEASONS, HE WOULD HAVE ENOUGH RINGS FOR ALL 10 FINGERS AND 6 OF HIS TOES!

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