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IN THE NEWS: Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Eric Hinske is named Rookie of the Year in the American League, and Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings is named the National League's top rookie. Hinske, 25, was acquired from Oakland in the Billy Koch deal, and hit .279 with 24 homers. He had 122 points to finish ahead of Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez (15–9) with 97 points. Jennings had 150 points to runner–up Brad Wilkerson with 59 points. Jennings was 4–1 in 2001, and posted a 16–8 record this season, including 9–4 at Coors Field. He is the first Rockie to win the award.
IN THE NEWS: Arizona's Randy Johnson wins the National League Cy Young Award, his 5th overall and 4th in a row. Johnson is the first NL player since the Mets' Dwight Gooden to win the pitching triple crown, going 24–5 with a 2.37 ERA and 334 strikeouts. He led the major leagues in strikeouts for the ninth time.
The Silver Slugger Award winners are announced. Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza win their 10th awards.
IN THE NEWS: Oakland's 24-year–old Barry Zito wins the American League Cy Young Award.
Anaheim's Mike Scioscia wins the AL Manager of the Year award while St. Louis' Tony LaRussa takes National League honors.
The Giants announce that manager Dusty Baker won't be returning with the team.
IN THE NEWS: Barry Bonds wins his record 5th MVP award, becoming the unanimous choice of the baseball writers.
IN THE NEWS: Oakland SS Miguel Tejada wins the American League MVP award, Texas' Alex Rodriguez finishes second in the voting.
IN THE NEWS: The Diamondbacks trade C Damian Miller to the Cubs for P David Noyce and OF Gary Johnson.
The Giants announce Felipe Alou as their new manager.
The American League Gold Glove winners are announced. Three Mariners -- Bret Boone, John Olerud, and Ichiro Suzuki -- take awards.
IN THE NEWS: The National League Gold Glove winners are announced. Braves P Greg Maddux wins his 13th straight award.
IN THE NEWS: The Mariners name Bob Melvin as their new manager.
The Cubs name Dusty Baker as their new manager, signing him to a 4-year deal.
IN THE NEWS: In a swap of large contracts, the Rockies trade P Mike Hampton and OF Juan Pierre to the Marlins for OF Preston Wilson, C Charles Johnson, P Vic Darensbourg, and IF Pablo Ozuna.
Oakland deals P Cory Lidle to Toronto for minor leaguers IF Mike Rouse and P Chris Mowday.
IN THE NEWS: The Marlins send recently acquired P Mike Hampton to the Braves. In return, they obtain the young arms of Tim Spooneybarger and Ryan Baker. Spooneybarger had a 2.63 ERA in 51 games as a 22-year–old rookie (he also pitched in four games in 2001). Baker, 24, had a 3.72 ERA in class A.
IN THE NEWS: A Diamondbacks–Rockies trade falls apart when Matt Williams chooses to remain in Arizona, so he wouldn't have to move his children. Larry Walker also wouldn't agree to the Diamondbacks' desire to defer some of his salary.
Astros RF Richard Hidalgo is shot in the left forearm during a carjacking in Venezuela. He is released from the hospital and is expected to go to Houston for more tests.
IN THE NEWS: Detroit sends 1B Randall Simon to Pittsburgh for minor league P Adrian Burnside and a pair of minor leagues to be named.
The Red Sox sign 28-year–old Theo Epstein as their new general manager. He becomes the youngest GM in ML history.
IN THE NEWS: The Cubs obtain C Paul Bako from the Braves.
IN THE NEWS: The Reds and Padres reach an agreement to trade Ken Griffey, Jr. for Phil Nevin, but Nevin, with a no–trade clause in his contract, nixes the deal. He says he would only agree to a trade to a West Coast team that trains in Arizona. Griffey tore a tendon in his knee during the first week, setting up another season limited by leg injuries. He also pulled a hamstring and strained hip muscles, limiting him to 70 games, a .264 average, eight homers and 23 RBIs. In a week, the White Sox will turn down an offer of Griffey for Magglio Ordonez.