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ENEMY LINES
Jeff Pearlman
March 25, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Expos
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March 25, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Expos

"No fans, no revenue, little talent. I feel bad for G.M. Omar Minaya. It's a terrible position to be in. Can he make a deal or—since the team is now operated by Major League Baseball—does he have to get permission first?...

Peter Bergeron is a huge disappointment. I've watched him from the beginning, and he was a more disciplined hitter three years ago than he is now. He's their leadoff guy, but he hacks at bad pitches; he swings at stuff way outside the zone. He needs to work the count and hit the ball on the ground....

Vladimir Guerrero is tremendous on every level. If he were on a first-division club, we'd be talking about one of the biggest superstars around. He's overaggressive sometimes at the plate, but big deal....

I've never been a Fernando Tatis fan. He's a dog. He can hit a fastball, and that's about it. He had one dream season, and the rest have been true indicators of what he can do. It never seems like he wants to be out there.... Lee Stevens's bat has slowed. He looks like he's on the downside....

Jose Canseco as an outfielder? No way. He hasn't played much out there in five years, and even when he was at his peak, he was bad....

Scott Strickland is a second-division closer. He's more of a setup guy, but in Montreal they have to use what they have. He's no-nonsense, though, and he's not afraid to come in and pound the strike zone. He just doesn't have that one pitch that says, Game over....

Guillermo Mota has closer's stuff, but his performance never lives up to his talent."

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