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Wrapping Up 2001
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MARCH 2001


New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, center, pats Dwight Gooden , right, on the back as they exit a press conference after Gooden announced his retirement from Major League Baseball Friday, March 30, 2001, in Tampa, Fla.
March 1 -- The new strike zone debuts in Spring Training games in Florida.

March 8 -- Albert Belle is "found to be totally disabled and unable to perform as a Major League baseball player," following Wednesday's examination of the outfielder's degenerative right hip by team orthopedic surgeons Dr. Charles Silberstein and Dr. Michael Jacobs.

March 25 -- Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson kills a dove flying in front of home plate with a pitch in the seventh inning of a 10-5 exhibition win against the Giants Saturday. The bird flew over the catcher Rod Barajas' head and landed a few feet from the plate amid a sea of feathers.

March 28 -- In the feel-good story of the spring, the Expos announce that Tim Raines Sr. has made the 25-man roster.

March 30 -- The Indians announce that eventual 17-game winner and Rookie-of-the-Year C.C. Sabathia has made Cleveland's rotation.

March 30 -- Dwight Gooden retires.

March 31 -- Commissioner Bud Selig is awestruck after getting his first glimpse of Miller Park.

 


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Vote on the best plays of 2001 in the following categories:
Regular Season Play
Home Run of the Year
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Memory of the Year
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Collision of the Year
Postseason Play
Blooper of the Year
State of the Game: Where baseball stands as we begin 2002
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2002 Predictions: Mark your calendars for these baseball events this season.
Resolutions: New Year's resolutions from around the league
Diamond Digits: Crunching the 2001 stats
Team gifts: Holiday presents from Santa
Boys to Men: Players who showed extraordinary growth in 2001
Men to Boys: Players who had big 2000 seasons, but flopped in 2001
Gone but Not Forgotten: Tributes to the players we've lost this year
2001 Player Debuts
2001 Season Trivia: Think you know baseball? Test your knowledge
By the Numbers: Figures that stood out in 2001
2001 Retirees: Players who ended their careers
2001 A to Z: A handy reference for the season

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