Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota. They’ve been together for 10 years now and Aaron looks at exactly what they’ve done.
The Marlins came out of nowhere to win the Wild Card and then the World Series last season. After the ’97 World Series they got rid of good players like they were going out of style, but this time around the team looks to put up a respectable defense of its title. Matthew looks at some of the key questions facing the Marlins in 2004 and beyond.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Joe has some interesting advice for Dan O’Dowd and Clint Hurdle on how to solve the problems associated with managing a pitching staff at altitude.
Coming off a disappointing 95-loss season, the Mets brought in Kaz Matsui and Mike Cameron in an attempt to shift gears. Jose Reyes is a rising star, but Mike Piazza and Tom Glavine are coming toward the end of the line. Can the Other New York Team make a run at the pennant, or is the club too hamstrung by age and injuries to contend?
Bad management has led the Brewers down the NL Central tubes for years, but there should be help on the way. Interesting stories like Scott Podsednik could lift the Brewers out of the NL Central basement for the first time in three years.