Anaheim to feature latin flavor

With the free agent signings of Vladimir Guerrero and Bartolo Colon, the Angels are primed for success.

Updated: January 13, 2004, 10:34 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Ever wonder why it took the Angels so long to get to the World Series? Mark Whicker of the Orange County Registers floats this theory: not enough emphasis on players from Latin America. They've got them now. With the free agent signings of Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon, Kelvim Escobar and Jose Guillen, Whicker feels the Angels have their strongest lineup since 1982. He is extremely optimistic about their chances in 2003.

  • Everybody is talking about Pete Rose's book, My Prison Without Bars, but is anyone actually reading it? Commissioner Bud Selig admits to not having done so and it would probably be a pretty good idea if he got around to it one of these days. John Perrotto did, however. Read his take on it in the Beaver County Times.

  • Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post writes that even without having signed Vladimir Guerrero, the offseason has to be considered a success for the Orioles. He writes that realists are "&just glad that the Orioles are fit to watch again."
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