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Cirillo, Magnante ready for season

March 30, 2002

Jeff Tully

BURBANK -- This season, major league baseball players Jeff Cirillo and

Mike Magnante will have more in common than just being from Burbank-area

schools.

Cirillo, a former Providence High star, and Magnante, a Burroughs

graduate, will likely be seeing a lot of one another as American League

West Division rivals.

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Cirillo, 32, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound third baseman was traded during the

off-season from the Colorado Rockies to the division-champion Seattle

Mariners.

Magnante, 36, a 6-1, 190 left-handed pitcher is a short- reliever for

the Oakland Athletics, who finished second behind the Mariners.

Here's a look at how the season shapes up for the local players:

Jeff Cirillo

Cirillo was traded in December from the struggling Rockies to one of

the most productive teams in baseball. Cirillo is guaranteed $27.6

million over the next four seasons, and there is a club option for a

fifth year at $7.5 million with a $1.25 million buyout.

Cirillo joins a Seattle team that set a league mark and matched the

major league record with 116 victories in 2001. The Mariners lost in the

American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees.

With Cirillo, Seattle receives a player who is not only a consistent

hitter, but has proven to be one of the best-fielding third baseman in

the game.

A line-drive hitter, Cirillo hit .312 in 2001 -- .362 at Coors Field

and .266 on the road -- with a career-high 17 home runs and 83 runs

batted in. He has a career average of .311 and is a two-time all-star

since making his major-league debut in 1994 with the Milwaukee Brewers.

On defense, Cirillo led major league third basemen with a .982

fielding percentage and committed just seven errors in 392 total chances.

Cirillo finished the season with 85 straight errorless games, setting

a National League record at third base. The major league mark for

consecutive games without an error is 99, set from 1992 to 2000 by John

Wehner.

For the team outlook, the Mariners will have a tough challenge living

up to their 116-win season. However, with no obvious weaknesses, the team

should put together another fine campaign.

The team's big gun is Ichiro Suzuki. Along with a .350 average, 242

hits and 56 steals last season, Suzuki won the American League Most

Valuable Player award. He also won a Gold Glove in right field.

With starting pitchers Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer and Paul Abbott,

along with relievers Jeff Nelson, Arthur Rhodes and Shigetoshi Hasegawa,

the M's have a formidable mound presence.

Mike Magnante

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