Posted at 3:40 PM on April 25, 2005
by David Zingler
You often hear ex-players that are now members of the media talk about how umpires should let the players “police themselves.” That sounds like a good idea if you are a proponent of head hunting and bench clearing brawls. Former players may understand the intricacies of the game better than anyone, but when they make comments like that, they are just fish out of water.
1. Chicago White Sox (15-4): The runaway AL Central leaders have won four out of five against Minnesota. They might finally have enough grit and heart to wrestle the division away from the Twins.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (13-5): GM Paul DePodesta began a roster overall mid season last year and continued it into the winter. So far the changes have worked.
& Three Disappointments…...
1. New York Yankees (8-11): Enjoy it while it lasts.
2. Philadelphia Phillies (8-11): Maybe it wasn’t all Bowa’s fault.
3. Houston Astros (8-10): Bagwell and Biggio, etc are slowing down and there’s not enough youth to speed things up.
Although he’ll never be confused with the “Splendid Splinter,” it is interesting to note that Jacque Jones is the AL leader in batting average with an even .400. An unrestricted free agent following this season, this will probably be Jones’ final year in a Twins uniform. Let’s hope the most under appreciated position player in this era of Twin’s baseball goes out in style.
No real surprises in the league yet, huh. The White Sox can't possibly hold this type of momentum throughout, and Guillen seems intent on snapping the streak with his mouth. When all is played out I think the Central will be a log jam with the Sox, Twins, and Tigers battling all year. Let's hope nice guys finish first (Hunter, Jones, Mauer). If there's anything to ponder early on it's Smoltz and Clemens pitching lights out and taking "L's" or not figuring in the box for lack of run support. How long before Randy Johnson pitches his age and Julio Franco realizes it's mathematically possible to be playing pro ball with his grandson?