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Best Pro Athlete: A good-natured guy with an $8.5 million salary 

Eric Chavez

This four-time Golden Glove winner is currently tied for the most home runs in A's history as a third baseman, and is one of the A's best hopes for a distinguished 2006 season. Eric Chavez homered five times in eight games out the gate this year after beefing up 25 pounds in the off season solely for better slugging. A Southern California kid by birth, Chavez was picked tenth by the A's in the first round of draft picks in '96. Currently making more than $8 million per year, Chavez is responsible for two 30-plus home-run years and one 100-plus RBI year, contributing to the big dingers that draw fans and the small-ball game that has taken the A's farther than they should have been able to go with their budget. Haters accuse Chavez of being distinctly "un-clutch," implying that he chokes when the pressure is on. Let's hope this lefty batter and righty thrower proves them wrong in the playoffs this year.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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