2004: The Year in Pictures

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It was a busy winter for the BDBL as several
familiar faces tried on new hats.
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January: Ravenswood GM Brian Potrafka signs the
first free agent of 2004, Carlos Delgado.
Delgado would eventually win the OL MVP award.
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January: Salem makes a splash by adding
free agent Curt Schilling.
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January: Schilling's signing gives the Cowtippers a
rotation of Schilling, Barry Zito, Kerry Wood
and Brandon Webb.  The league speculates
whether or not it is the greatest rotation
ever assembled.  (Note: not even close.)
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February: "Monkeyballs" makes its
long-awaited debut.
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February: Before the season even begins,
Marlboro trades away David Wells.
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March: Salem sweeps Marlboro in four
Chapter One games.  The Cowtippers
would win all 12 match-ups against
the Hammerheads in 2004.
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March: Silicon Valley becomes the first team to
wave the white flag, trading Larry Walker AND
Greg Myers to the Zoots in exchange for Hee
Seop Choi.
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April: Steve Osborne trades Roy Halladay to
the Zoots, just because he's a big, whiny baby.
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June: Lots of big names switch uniforms at the
Chapter Four trading deadline.
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June: a mini-BDBL Weekend takes place
in Atlanta.
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June: A few weeks later, a larger gathering
occurs in Cleveland.
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June: EL GM of the Year John Gill picks up
both Manny Ramirez and Tim Hudson at the deadline.
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August: Manchester's Kerry Wood tosses a
no-hitter against Litchfield.
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October: Wapakoneta's Albert Pujols flirts with .400,
but finishes the season at .396/.481/.733 to win
the EL Babe Ruth award.
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October: Allentown's Barry Bonds finishes the
season at .332/.495/.717 to capture his fourth
straight BDBL MVP award.
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October: Akron's Pedro Martinez wins the
EL Cy Young, breaking his own BDBL single-
season ERA record at 1.81.
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October: Los Altos closer Eric Gagne smashes
the BDBL saves record at 62, and allows just
24 hits and 15 walks through 85 innings, while
striking out 132.  He wins OL Cy Young award
by a unanimous vote.
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October: Mark Prior's 20-game winning streak
comes to an end, but he finishes
with a record of 24-1.
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October: Bob Sylvester, who played most of the
2004 season while stationed overseas, clinches
his third division title in six years.
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November: the playoff match-ups are set.
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November: Salem's prize free agent proved
to be a major disappointment both during
and after the regular season.
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November: The Infidels and Black Sox face
off in an all-Chicago Series.
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November: ...and in the end, Ravenswood
comes out on top!