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Lynn's Perspective on Trout's Chase

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During the summer of 1975, Fred Lynn didn't think much about winning the American League's rookie of the year award.

He gave even less consideration to who would be the AL's most valuable player. The 23-year-old Red Sox center fielder was too consumed with trying to help his team get past the New york Yankees and Baltimore Orioles to win the AL East.

"Not only was there no time, but no one cared," Lynn said.

The only real chance to watch baseball on TV came on NBC's Game of the Week. Statistics weren't parsed over and collated. The newspapers printed them in the Sunday edition, but even players didn't really know what their batting average was on a day-to-day basis. The era of big-scoreboard statistics at the ballpark, instantly updated, didn't really...

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