from Gonzales’ mailbag:
As for Ramirez, I agree that he needs to come across the bag more often when covering second on steal attempts. Tadahito Iguchi adjusted well to contact at second after being accustomed to the Japanese style. I don’t have any doubts Beckham would be an adequate major leauge shortstop, but Ozzie and Kenny are committed right now to Ramirez as shortstop. He has more range that Beckham, and he should be better at that position next year with a full year of experience. He also remains a bargain at shortstop to the Sox.