Dave Sheinin looks at the phenomenon that is the
Atlanta Braves in today's Washington Post. He focuses
on their continued success in spite of (or because of)
the constant turnover a baseball team must endure. The
Braves were the topic for my own Baker's Dozen this week in which I included some of the key
acquisitions and departures in every year of their
13-year run to glory. Seeing the turnover laid out
like that, you realize what a juggling act it is to
keep a team succeeding on that level for that long.
Can a blown call made in the second inning cost a team
the game? The Pittsburgh Pirates think so. They lost
to the Cubs Wednesday 5-4 and point to a missed out
call at first base in the second frame as the pivotal
moment in the game, writes Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh
Hideki Matsui's slow start has made him the target of
George Steinbrenner's wrath. However, writes Lawrence
Rocca of the Newark Star-Ledger, whatever The Boss
says is nothing compared to what he was once put
through by a coach in his native Japan.
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