Writers Bloc: Final Act

Updated: September 5, 2003, 9:25 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald observes that the Marlins players seem a whole lot more interested in making the postseason than their fans do. In spite of being in the thick of things, south Florida fans are staying away in droves.

  • What does it take to keep Dodger fans in their seats until the end of a game? How about the prospect of an appearance by closer Greg Gagne? Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times writes that his entrances have become the stuff of legend at Dodger Stadium. He also discusses the award opportunities for a closer. Interestingly, Gagne does not feel the Cy Young is appropriate for a closer but believes the MVP is because closers are "everyday players and relievers are everyday players."

  • The team in the greatest state of flux right now might well be the Cincinnati Reds. With just about every talented player they own disabled and the rest traded, the team is bottoming out in the standings and at the gate in spite of their brand new ballpark. What is it going to take to get the turnstiles clicking again? John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a five-point plan to hotwire interest in the team.
    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at