Peep Show

Updated: January 23, 2004, 9:17 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League
Chicago White Sox: It wasn't so long ago that there was serious talk about Wally Backman becoming the manager of the Chicago White Sox. Now, he's not even the manager of their Double A affiliate in Birmingham anymore. Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune writes that Backman feels he has been railroaded out of his job unfairly. He feels that management bought into a story that he wished the big club ill fortune so that he could grab the job of manager Jerry Manuel, since replaced by Ozzie Guillen.

Cleveland Indians: With the Indians, the talk continues to be mostly about the future, given the youngish nature of their roster. Terry Pluto of the Akron Beacon Journal examines the chances of Double A star Grady Sizemore to turn into something special for the Indians. The destination of last year's big hopeful, Brandon Phillips, appears to be Buffalo, Pluto reports. Ron Belliard will be holding down second base until such time as Phillips starts living up to the high expectations everyone had for him.
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