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Monthly Archive: June 2004

Friday

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June 2004

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Sandberg and Patterson: An exercise in free-form writing

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Part I: Ryne Sandberg Ed Sherman wrote an interesting story in the Trib today about Ryne Sandberg. I’ve mentioned before that Ryno was my childhood hero, and he has managed (unlike some other pro athletes) to keep his personal flaws hidden from the world his whole life. Apart from his first Larry Himes-related retirement, his divorce right around that time, and that moustache he wore for a while, he’s led a charmed life. That ability to keep us from peeking in his closet — regardless of whether there’s a skeleton in there — has allowed me to continue to see […]

Friday

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June 2004

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Friday Five: Best Active Baseball Managers

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I’ve left several very successful and popular managers off this list, and no, I didn’t forget about them. The impact of a manager on his team varies depending on how much you believe in “intangibles,” but regardless these five are the ones I’d want as field general. 5: Buck Showalter How can a guy who’s never been to a World Series be the fifth best manager in the game? Because, that’s why. He’s never had a lot to work with and has still done a fine job. The Rangers didn’t win with Alex Rodriguez, but it’s because they had about […]

Thursday

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June 2004

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Interview with Chicago Tribune’s Rick Morrissey

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As you will notice on the bottom right of our site, we have a section called “Writers we love and hate.” Among the names is Tribune Columnist Rick Morrissey. He is personally one of my favorites. He always tells it like it is. I look forward to reading his stuff each day because more often than not, I feel the same way he does. Recently, The View From The Bleachers caught up with Morrissey and asked him 10 interesting questions. He was nice enough to give us some great responses to the questions. I am just going to wet your […]

Wednesday

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June 2004

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I don’t owe you anything: Are players accountable to the fans?

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The city of Chicago has had its share of drama in the closer role this season. Both teams, stricken with a question mark in the role, have suffered setbacks because of the problem. The Cubs have since replaced their “problem.” The White Sox are about ready to follow suit. All of the ineffectiveness, coupled with the recent comments by both players in response to media questions about the job they do got me to thinking about accountability. After a horrible pitching performance recently, Koch had this to say: “That’s a pathetic showing….I apologize to everyone out there. It’s not fair […]

Tuesday

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June 2004

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All in the Family

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.!. Well, I have again added another writer to The View From the Bleachers. We are all one big happy family. I am very excited about where this site is headed and I hope the readers are as well. Please feel free to let us know about what you think of all the changes here. This new writer will be writing a feature column that will be posted each Monday. I will have a link to the newest column on the sidebar that will be changed to always reflect the latest edition. The new columnist is Keenan Laraway. I think […]