A pitcher for MVP? It's been a long time since one won
the big prize. In the American League, the voters gave
one to Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and
the National last had a pitcher win one in 1968 when
Bob Gibson ruled the offense-starved world. Jim
Harding of the Chicago Tribune suggests that, with no
clear-cut leader among position players, Esteban
Loaiza should be given consideration for the award.
Then there's Frank Thomas, one of the key players in
the Sox presence in first place. Thomas is playing
like the man who terrified the world back in the
mid-'90s and Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune
reports that this a more relaxed version of Thomas
than one we have seen in more recent years.
When is the last time you heard a ballplayer called a
"temperamental little diva?" Bill Reynolds lays that
one on Pedro Martinez in today's Providence Journal in
a discussion about a lack of leadership
characteristics among the team's three most-talented
players: Martinez, Manny Ramirez and Nomar
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