Writers Bloc: Manuel's job on the line

Updated: September 18, 2003, 9:10 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • In Southside Chicago, there's trouble brewing for the sheriff. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune opines correctly that if the White Sox don't win their division, it's curtains for manager Jerry Manuel. He's been living on borrowed time since his talented team got off to a slow start and had to rally to get back into the race. Now, with two losses to Minnesota behind them, the Sox will have to rally once more to save Manuel's job.

  • They begin play today one game out of first in their division and 2½ games out in the wild-card race and Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune writes that being this close this late has Cubs fans holding out hope.

  • On Wednesday, we were talking about Willie Mays here at Insider and, lo and behold, here's a column extolling his virtues. Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News suggests that Mays is on the short list when considering the greatest players who ever lived and that is a fair argument to make. Willie Mays is famous, certainly, but I've always thought he should somehow be more famous than he is. Read Emmons column and you'll see why I think his legacy should be even stronger.
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