Statistics and words compiled from back of 2003 Topps Baseball Cards
* Aaron Rowand, Chicago White Sox Outfielder, RH - started professional ball in 1998 with Hickory, then played with Winston-Salem, Birmingham, Charlotte before joining Sox in 2001, and hit a solid .293 in 63 games. In 126 games in 2002, Rowand batted .258 with 16 doubles, 7 home runs, and 41 Runs, 29 RBIs.
* Matt Morris, St Louis Cardinals Pitcher, RH - was 12-9, with a nice 3.19 ERA as rookie in 1997, followed those numbers with W/Ls of 7-5, 2.53 ERA in '98... on DL in '99... 3-3, 3.57 ERA in 2000... big winner in 2001 with a sterling 22-8, 3.16 ERA in 34 games, including 185 strikeouts in 216.1 innings... 17-9 in 2002... After going 15-2 at home in 2001, Matt continued his Busch Stadium dominance in '02. On May 9, he shut out the Cubs in St. Louis, giving him a 9-0, 1.44 record in his last 11 home starts. In July, he earned his second straight All-Star invitation.
* Chris Reitsma, Cincinnati Reds Pitcher, RH - known throughout the game as a high-character guy, Reitsma has spent several off-seasons working with people with Down Syndrome and other mental disabilities. "They Knew I play a game, but (our relationship) has nothing To do with baseball," he says. "They treat me like their Brother."... In 2002, his sophomore season, he posted a 6-12 record, with a 3.64 ERA in 138.1 innings spanning 32 games. * Timo Perez, New York Mets Outfielder, LH - compared to the other leagues he's played in, the Majors is a breather for Timo. "Here you play with a little less pressure than in Japan," he says, referring to his four years with Hiroshma. Perez received respect from Mets fans when he Scored 11 runs in 2000 post-season play... in 2002, he hit .295, with 27Ds, 8Hrs, 47 RBIs in 136 games.
* Eric Chavez, Oakland Athletics Third Baseman, Bats LH, T RH - A 'Sporting News All-Star' for 2002 - Even when the A's were little short of lumber in 2002, they could always rely on their heavy-hitting hot cornerman. Chavez ranked among the American League's top in both home runs - 34 - and RBI - 109. Moreover, his acrobatics at third base contributed to Oakland's AL-best 3.68 ERA and 103 wins.
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