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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gonazalez Wins MVP in Squeaker; Union Rejects Contract Alterations


NEW YORK -- Juan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers beat Seattle's Alex Rodriguez by three points, matching the second-closest victory margin ever in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award.

Gonzalez, who hit .314 with 47 homers and 144 RBIs, got 11 first-place votes and 290 points. Rodriguez, who hit a league-leading .358 with 36 homers and 123 RBIs, got 10 first-place votes and 287 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The closest AL MVP vote was in 1947, when Joe DiMaggio beat Ted Williams, 202-201.

?Baseball's four-year-old labor dispute remained unresolved Thursday night, as a mutually agreed-upon settlement deadline passed and both sides prepared to spend another winter under the rules of the previous agreement.

Interim Commissioner Bud Selig failed to persuade the Major League Baseball Players' Association to agree to changes in a negotiated contract proposal. ()

that was hammered out by management negotiator Randy Levine and union chief Don Fehr, leaving the industry in limbo and apparently canceling a proposed 1997 experiment with interleague play