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Focus on standings, not stats

Hitting 500 homers? A great accomplishment. But players can't forget that winning comes first.

Updated: December 6, 2004, 9:43 AM ET
By John Kruk | Page 2

Baseball is, at the very least, a numbers game. Hitting .300, knocking in 100 runs -- sure, who wouldn't want that?

But at the end of the day, it's all about winning.

That's why the comments Bret Boone made last week don't make any sense.

Boone said it's been a pretty rough year for the Mariners. Why? Because last year at this time, he had about 60 RBIs, and now he only has 20-something.

What?

How about this? It's been a tough year because your team ...

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