Ponson carrying excess baggage

Sidney Ponson is a pitcher who really likes to give his digestive track a workout on a regular basis.

Updated: February 27, 2004, 10:42 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Mickey Lolich, Terry Foster, Sid Fernandez, Bartolo Colon -- you don't have to be svelte to pitch effectively in the major leagues. With weight loss on everybody's minds this spring training, Laura Vecsey of the Baltimore Sun profiles Sidney Ponson, the Orioles pitcher who really likes to give his digestive track a workout on a regular basis.

  • What is the upside of having the weakest offense in the game? That's right -- nobody is going to accuse anyone on your team of being on steroids. T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times tries to look on the bright side of the Dodgers offensive shortcomings.

  • While the greatest third baseman of all time continues to shill for his former teammate, the greatest fielding second baseman of all time will have none of it. Pete Rose is getting exactly what he deserves by being banned from baseball says Bill Mazeroski. He tells Joe Rutter of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette that Rose would probably not pass muster in the Veteran's Committee -- the place his Hall of Fame candidacy will end up if he doesn't get reinstated by the Commissioner within two years.
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