San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy's edict against blocking the plate is understandable. After all, Buster Posey was injured at home last season. But this isn't the solution to the problem.
Manager of the Year? He's already won four of those, and it isn't enough. As Bobby Cox starts the second half of his last season as the skipper of the first-place Braves, he deserves more.
The barriers that Jackie Robinson overcame to play Major League Baseball are gone, which means complaints about declining numbers of African-American players are misdirected.
In the eyes of most evaluators, there really isn't much of a discrepancy in the NL East -- not when it comes to talent. For Philly, the real edge is that they've been there and done that. Is it enough to hold off Florida and Atlanta?