Marlins bring hope and expectations

Updated: November 3, 2003, 8:12 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • How much eccentricity should a team tolerate from a star player? It depends on his salary. John Harper of the New York Daily News opines that at a lesser price tag, Manny Ramirez's foibles would be tolerable, but at $20 million, he is just too unpredictable to justify his actions.

  • Now that the Marlins have won it all, other small market teams will get notions that they can do the same. Not only that, but their fans and local writers will too. With that in mind, Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union says the Padres have lost the ability to shout poormouth.

  • As you read this, Grady Little is straightening his tie and making sure there are no typos on his resume in preparation for his interview with the Orioles today. It's all a waste of time, though, writes Laura Vecsey of the Baltimore Sun. She believes this is merely a courtesy interview and that he stands no real shot at getting the job.
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