A yen for Ichiro
When baseball memorabilia dealer Gary Engel heard Ichiro Suzuki was coming to America, he stocked up on $25,000 worth of Ichiro merchandise from Japanese collectors: Magazine covers, figurines, trading cards, playing cards, drinking glasses, puzzles, plastic fans, cooking aprons, sun visors and life-size cardboard supermarket displays. "Having experienced Nomomania in 1995, I knew it could happen again," Engel said, recalling Hideo Nomo's rookie season with the Dodgers. ESPN.com reported that Ichiro's 1993 Takara rookie card recently sold for $1,800. Others are valued at far more. Engel said he has made a 1,000 percent profit selling Ichiro items. "Thank you for coming to America, Ichiro," he said.
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"We're all a little insulted here at the Register because we thought we ripped Malone too."
_ MARK WHICKER
of the Orange County Register on former Dodgers GM Kevin Malone, who told HBO that the Los Angeles Times was responsible for his dismissal
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ELECTION DAY: Today is the deadline for the Dunedin Blue Jays' name the team contest. If few people vote, team officials say, the name might not change (fans also can vote not to change the name). Entry forms are available at Dunedin Stadium and area businesses. One random fan will be honored Sept. 2, Fan Appreciation Day, and receive two lifetime season tickets for the team and for Toronto Blue Jays spring training games.
Harry Vardon, six.