If you want to promote Pedro as the best pitcher in baseball, you’ll get no argument from me, but as the MVP of the Sox? The team is only 12-9 when he pitches. Manny and Nomar account for a great deal of production every day (throw in some good defense for Nomar and his account goes up even farther). Hard to see how Varitek can be compared to these two. Is the argument that his replacement would be a bigger dropoff in production than the corresponding replacements of Manny or Nomar? That seems doubtful, and his catching, though good, is hardly miraculous. This from a Varitek fan.
Posted by YF on 8/18/2003 02:06:08 PM