</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">As for Sheffield, this really is the ultimate test of the Sheffield Effect. He left an UNDERACHIEVING [emphasis mine] team and went to a club that's won 10 straight divisions.[/QB]</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I think this is where we disagree. The Dodgers may have underachieved under Davey Johnson, but last year I think they were just plain undertalented. I think they overachieved in a big way to do as well as they did. They were below average at every infield position (Karros, Grudzal., Cora, Beltre) and centerfield (Grissom/Goodwin). Their pitching staff was depleted. Fortunately, Loduca came out of nowhere. Sheffield and Green were outstanding, and the pitching staff did as well as could be expected.
Jim Tracy was my vote for manager of the year, but I think he'd need to work a miracle this year to win the division.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids