Craig has some notes as the season opens and hopes begin to be dashed.
They have a new 1-2 punch in the rotation, a slugging first baseman and an old second baseman who used to be great. Robert examines five key questions for the D-Backs heading into 2004.
Ben and Larry are ready for the season to start, even if it is starting unfathomably early in the morning.
Aaron takes a look at the back-to-back American League Central champs, who have quite a few new faces this year.
What will history say about the beginning of Ozzie Guillen’s managerial career? Studes examines the back-to-back AL Central second-place finishers, by way of their new manager.
Redbird Nation’s Brian Gunn takes a look at Albert Pujols and the Cardinals.
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.