With new GM Paul DePodesta running the show, the future in LA looks bright. This year, though, the Dodgers are stuck with a horrible offense and a pitching staff that’s certain to decline from its fantastic 2003. Still, in the wild NL West, almost everyone’s a contender.
Ben discusses the guys who just missed the cut in his pre-season position rankings.
Back to the Grill Again (There it is: Black and White). Alex follows up with Howard Bryant, the author of “Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston.”
Matthew examines Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame case and finds some interesting results.
Craig writes a few truisms on adjusting baseball’s many numbers.
Larry offers his opinion on whether the records of the past decade should be discounted if the players who set them used steroids.
Aaron takes a look at Kansas City’s rotation full of lefties and whether or not that’s an advantage in the AL Central.
No one expected the Royals to make noise last year, but Kansas City continued to be a factor well into the second half. How can a revamped stadium, a former MVP, an improved bullpen and a top prospect help the team?
Ben provides the rest of his list of the top 75 fantasy starting pitchers for 2004.
Does the “sophomore slump” really exist? Aaron examines what happens the year after a Rookie of the Year season.
A close look at America – and baseball – in the 1950s reveals that it was a time not at all like the dull, boring stereotype that’s often presented. It was an era of conflict and extaordinarily rapid change. Steve takes a look at this in baseball, from issues of race, geography, technology, the major/minor league structure, and the style of the game itself on the field.
Robert takes a look at some of the issues facing the Cleveland Indians as they attempt to rebuild a championship-caliber team.
Alex Rodriguez left the Seattle Mariners only to see their win total jump significantly. Will the same happen in Texas, where the Rangers are looking for big improvements from Mark Teixeira, Colby Lewis and Chan Ho Park?
Ben and Larry take a look at what, if anything, could stop the Yankees and Red Sox from making the post-season, and wonder if the Wild Card is worth it.
Will Eric Chavez be worth his fat new contract? Matthew looks at similar players to find an answer.