Jeff Bagwell is the topic for Jack O'Connell of the
Hartford Courant. He finds the Astros slugger as
self-demanding as ever, driving himself to improve
upon a 2002 that he viewed as a year out of balance
with the rest of his career. With Lance Berkman
snoozing, Bagwell has been leading the Houston offense
to this point.
This is a short piece by Gordon Wittenmeyer of the St.
Paul Pioneer Press about former Twins catcher Earl
Battey who has been a bit under the weather of late.
Battey still maintains ties with the team, especially
catcher A.J. Pierzynski with whom he goes back a ways.
Wittenmeyer provides an e-mail address to which fans
can send Battey their best wishes. There is a great
photo featuring Battey and his batterymate Jim Perry
in the new book Classic Baseball: The Photographs of
Walter Iooss, Jr. It's one of the best baseball photos
I've ever seen.
What is the Tigers worse sin? That they lose all the
time? No, it is that they are dull and colorless.
Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle was on
hand to see them lose their 17th game in 18 tries last
night in Oakland and was stunned at the utter
anonymity of their roster.
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