Writers Bloc: Crunch Time

Updated: September 16, 2003, 9:24 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Are the Braves worried about their recent showing as a .500 ballclub? If they are, it isn't showing in the clubhouse. Amy Shipley of the Washington Post visited the team in Miami and found them loose and confident.

  • Why did this take so long? The Cubs are just now retiring Ron Santo's number, some three decades after he left the team. One of the greatest third basemen in the history of the game, Santo will have his number '10' retired before the final home game of the year on September 29. In the Cubs defense, they were probably waiting until Santo was elected to the Hall of Fame -- an eventuality that has, unfortunately, not come to pass. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has Santo's happy reaction to the number retirement announcement.

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