Writers Bloc: Sheffield's enigmatic ways continue


Updated: April 24, 2003, 2:55 PM ET
By Jim Baker
  • 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.

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    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.