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Monday, December 10
North Georgia Yellow Jackets


2001 record:
67-95 (.414); 2nd place in NL West

Major additions:
1B Fred McGriff, OF Brian Jordan, SP Jason Bere

Major loses:
1B Will Clark, C Darrin Fletcher, OF Troy O’Leary, 1B Richie Sexson, RHP Mike D. Williams

2001 Review:
Although the team finished in second place, it was a long year for North Georgia. The Yellow Jackets finished 46 games behind division-winning Ocala, and only finished in second place because Gem City (59-103) and Metropolis (27-135) struggled even more. North Georgia never factored into the Wild Card race either, finishing 22 games behind the Columbus Buckeyes for the final post-season berth.

The team’s best players were C Darrin Fletcher (.291, 15 HR, 50 RBI), 1B Will Clark (.327, 18 HR, 70 RBI) and RHP Jon Lieber (14-15, 4.67 ERA, 183 K). Fletcher has since left via free agency and Clark has retired.

2002 Outlook:
Faced with the loss of many of its 2001 batters, North Georgia was relatively busy in free agency during the off-season. Among others, the team signed 1B Fred McGriff (.253, 19 HR, 78 RBI) and OF Brian Jordan (.234, 12 HR, 81 RBI). Because both players are coming off sub-par 2001 seasons, North Georgia signed both for a reasonable price.

That is important for North Georgia, because a rebuilding process is now needed for the Yellow Jackets. Talented minor leaguers such as OF Corey Patterson, 1B Jason Hart, 3B Mark Teixeira and RHP Pat Strange will soon be ready to contribute, but likely not until the 2004 season. In the meantime North Georgia will need to develop its prospects, trade its veteran commodities for young players and look to the draft for upside talent.

In the meantime, veterans like Jordan and McGriff will simply need to buy time for the next generation of North Georgia Yellow Jackets.

Projected lineup
SS Edgar Renteria
3B Placido Polanco
RF Brian Jordan
1B Fred McGriff
DH Ron Coomer
LF Shane Spencer
C Brent Mayne
CF Doug Glanville
2B Luis Alicea

Rotation
Jon Leiber
Shane Reynolds
Scott Schoeneweis
Jason Bere
Eric Gagne

Closer
Jim Mecir

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