The 1995 baseball season isn't over yet, but it's never too early to look back on the big stories of 1996. Here's a review of the season that will be -- and the chances that you'll actually be following these stories same time next year. And remember, you read it here first.
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Ken Griffey -- DOWN -- .. .. He breaks Roger Maris' single-season home run record of 62 -- but does it in Japan after signing for $12 million.
Greg Maddux -- DOWN -- .. .. Cy Young perennial is traded to the Rockies and breaks Bob Gibson's modern-day ERA record of 1.12. Hits 10 homers, too.
Red Sox -- DOWN -- ... .. .. Defending world champions sell Mo Vaughn to Yankees to finance construction of a new ballpark in Boston.
Albert Belle -- EVEN -- ... Albert Belle wins the Triple Crown, the World Series and the lottery but still refuses to smile.
Eddie Murray -- EVEN -- ... Murray hits his 500th major-league homer -- then publicly thanks Cal Ripken for luring him back to Baltimore.
Cal Ripken -- UP -- ... ... The nonstop shortstop finishes the season with 2,315 consecutive games played. Some things you just know.