Smoltz focusing on team goals

John Smoltz is more concerned with winning another World Series than he is with making it to the Hall of Fame.

Updated: January 22, 2004, 8:26 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
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  • There is going to come a time when players will no longer be ranked by batting average or have it posted next to their names in box scores. RBI will also take a back seat in the hearts and minds of those who follow the game. What will take their place?'s Alan Schwarz looks at the current state of statistics and finds that more and more people are coming to understand that there are numbers out there that tell a better story than the ones we grew up on.

  • Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News asks this question: "Why is no other team ardently pursuing (Ivan) Rodriguez, let alone dangling something remotely approaching the Tigers' alleged offer of $40 million over four years?" Are the Tigers merely being used by Rodriguez and his agent, Scott Boras?
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