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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