Writers Bloc: Outsiders

Updated: September 4, 2003, 11:47 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • 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 Garciaparra.

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