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1.New York Yankees-(2004:101-61)-Manager:Joe Torre

Manager Joe Torre should win his fifth World Series title with pitcher Randy Johnson(16-14, 2.60) heading up his pitching staff. Johnson has 246 career wins and ranks third in all-time strikeouts with 4,161. Free agent pitcher Carl Pavano(18-8, 3.00) signed for $39,950,000.00 to join the Yankees. Pavano pitched for the Florida Marlins in 2004. Mariano Rivera(4-2,1.94) has been one of the best closers in baseball for years. Led the majors with 53 saves in 2004. The Yankees will need a big offensive year from third baseman Alex Rodriquez(36-106,.286). Rodriquez hit 52 homeruns while with the Texas Rangers in 2001 and 57 in 2002. A healthy and more focused Jason Giambi(12-40,.208) is more than capable of hitting 40 plus homeruns. First baseman Tino Martinez(23-76,.262) returns to his old team from the Tampa Bay Devilrays. The Yankees led the AL in walks last season with 670.

2.Los Angeles Angels(2004:92-70)-Manager-Mike Scioscia

OF Steve Finley(36-94,.269) makes an already good outfield even better. Last year's AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero(39-126,.337) could very well improve upon last year's offensive numbers. That's scary. A healthy OF Garrett Anderson(14-75,.301) is capable of putting up monster numbers too. Rookie third baseman Dallas McPherson will make the fans soon forget Troy Glaus(18-42,.251) who was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks. McPherson hit 40 homeruns and drove in 126 runs while playing in the minors in 2004. Pitcher Bartolo Colon(18-12,5.01) will carry the load again in 2005. The Angels picked up pitcher Paul Byrd(8-7, 3.94) from the Atlanta Braves. Byrd has excellent control. Walking just 19 batters in 114.1 innings of work in 2004. Lefty Jarrod Washburn(11-8, 4.64) is capable of winning 15 to 18 games.

3.Minnesota Twins(2004:92-70)-Manager-Ron Gardenhire)

General manager Terry Ryan is one of the best in the game. He has helped build a solid team year after year without high-priced superstars. The Twins also have one of the best farm systems in the game. 2004 AL Cy Young Award winner pitcher Johan Santana(20-6, 2.61) will only get better. Santana went 13-0 with an ERA of 1.21 after the All-Star break. Re-signing pitcher Brad Radke(11-8, 3.48) was a good move. Pitcher Carlos Silva(14-8, 4.21) is only 25 years old. Silva has good control. Closer Joe Nathan(1-2, 1.62) who has a great slider led the team with 44 saves in 2004. First baseman Justin Morneau(19-58,.271) will be exciting to watch and should add much needed power to the middle of their lineup. Catcher Joe Mauer(6-17, .308) is capable of putting up big numbers and is very good on defense. Outfielders Torii Hunter(23-81, .271) and Jacques Jones(24-80, .271) are great on defense. Jones committed just two errors in 2004 and Hunter had four.

4.Chicago Cubs-2004:89-73)-Manager Dusty Baker

The Cubs starting pitching staff has the potential to be one of the best in the majors. Greg Maddux(16-11, 4.02) has 305 career wins. Maddux set a major league record by winning 15 or more games for 17 consecutive seasons. Mark Prior(6-4, 4.02) could set all kinds of records if he stays healthy. The same for Kerry Wood(8-9, 3.72). Outfielder Jeromy Burnitz(37-110, 283)who played for the Colorado Rockies in 2004 may not be a Sammy Sosa, but he's close. Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra(9-41,.308) is a two time former AL batting champ. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez(36-103, .318) is capable of having a MVP season. Ex-Florida Marlins first baseman Derrek Lee(32-98,.278) should excite fans with his bat. The Cubs led the NL in homeruns with 235 in 2004. A franchise record.

5.Boston Red Sox-(2004:98-64)-Manager-Terry Francona

Will the 2004 World Series champs repeat in 2005? Much depends on the performance of their starting pitching. Ace pitcher Curt Schilling(21-6, 3.26) should be ready by opening day, especially if he doesn't have anymore problems with his ankle. Schilling should have no problem winning 15 games or more. I'm not crazy about the signing of pitcher David Wells(12-8, 3.73). His clubhouse antics can be a distraction. An important question is will his back hold up throughout the 2005 season? Pitchers Wade Miller(7-7, 3.35) and Matt Clement(9-13, 3.68) should do well if they receive run support. And they should in Boston. Clement has a nasty slider, but needs to throw more strikes. Outfielder Manny Ramirez(43-130, .308) is a RBI machine. DH David Ortiz(41-139, .301) is his equal when healthy. Catcher Jason Varitek(18-73,.296) is the emotional leader of this team. Signing shortstop Edgar Rentaria(10-72,.287) away from the St. Louis Cardinals was a good move. Pitchers Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe will be missed, but not so much if Miller and Clement pitch well.

6.Atlanta Braves-(96-66)-Manager:Bobby Cox

Can the Braves win their 14th consecutive division title? Winning division titles is not their problem, just advancing in the postseason. With the signing of pitcher Tim Hudson(12-6, 3.53) from the Oakland Athletics and John Smoltz(0-1, 2.76, 44 saves) becoming a starter again, this rotation will be tough to beat. Lefty Mike Hampton(13-9, 4.28) went 12-2 in his last 16 starts in 2004 plus this guy swings a good bat. The new closer will be Danny Kolb(0-4, 2.98, 39 saves). Has a good fastball in the mid-90's with late movement. The Braves allowed outfielder J.D. Drew to get away so now they must depend on aging outfielders like Raul Mondesi(3-15,.241) and Brian Jordan(5-23,.222). Not good. Rookie outfielder Ryan Langerhans could see a lot of playing time. Langerhans hit 21 homeruns and drove in 79 runs while playing in AAA ball last year. Third baseman Chipper Jones(30-96,.248) had a rough first half in 2004, but hit .317 with 18 homeruns and 62 RBI's in the second half. Outfielder Andruw Jones((29-91,.261) could hit in the cleanup spot. Jones needs to cut down on his strikeouts. Ageless wonder Julio Franco(6-57,.308) returns to help where needed.

7.St. Louis Cardinals-(105-57)-Manager: Tony LaRussa

Signing free agent Mark Mulder(17-8, .4.43) was a smart move. The Cardinals needed a good left-handed starter. Good chance Mulder will win the NL Cy Young Award in 2005. Pitcher Matt Morris(15-10, 4.72) should be ready to pitch by May. Pitcher Chris Carpenter(15-5, 3.46) had a great season in 2004. He has a great curveball. Closer Jason Isringhausen(4-2, 2.87) led the NL in saves with 47. The Cardinals have a great rotation. For the Cardinals to return to the World Series third baseman Scott Rolen(34-124,.314) and first baseman Albert Pujols(46-123,.331) must reproduce last year's offensive numbers. Pujols will be the next Triple Crown winner in the near future. Outfielder Jim Edmonds(42-111,.301) really contributed to the Cardinals success in 2004.

8.San Francisco Giants-(91-71)-Manager:Felipe Alou

Outfielder Barry Bonds(45-101,.362) must have another MVP season for the Giants to win their division or advance to the World Series. I hope the current steroid controversy doesn't distract Bonds from playing his best ball in 2005. Currently, Bonds has 703 career homeruns going into the 2005 season. Needs 53 to break the all-time career homerun record. I don't think he will achieve that mark until 2006. Signing outfielder Moises Alou(39-106,.293) from the Chicago Cubs will improve an already good offense. Acquiring nine-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel from the Cleveland Indians will improve the defense right away. Pitcher Jason Schmidt(18-7, 3.20) is a Cy Young Award candidate. I'm excited about this young left-handed pitcher named Noah Lowry. Lowry went 6-0 with an ERA of 3.82 in 2004. He appeared in 16 games. Really shows a lot of promise.

9.Florida Marlins-(83-79)-Manager:Jack McKeon

I really like these young starting pitchers. Talking about Josh Beckett(9-9, 3.79), Dontrelle Willis(10-11, 4.02), and A.J. Burnett(7-6, 3.68). If they can all stay off the DL big things will happen for them and this ballclub. Beckett was instrumental in Florida winning the 2003 World Series. You got to like the season outfielder Miguel Cabrera(33-112,.294) had in 2004. I think he will repeat those numbers, if not improve upon them in 2005. Acquiring first baseman Carlos Delgado(32-99,.269) from the Toronto BlueJays will pay off big for the offense. Delgado hit 42 homeruns and drove in 145 runs back in 2003. He's capable of producing a lot of runs. Third baseman Mike Lowell(27-85,.293) slugging percentage was .505 in 2004. I really think this guy can hit 30 to 40 homeruns on a regular basis. Outfielder Juan Pierre(3-49,.326) set a club record with 221 hits in 2004. He's also very durable, playing in all 162 games last season.

10.San Diego Padres-87-75)-Manager:Bruce Bochy

Pitcher Jake Peavy(15-6, 2.27) led the majors with the lowest ERA in 2004. He's very aggressive on the mound. Woody Williams(11-8, 4.18) returns to his old team from the St. Louis Cardinals. Williams can be a real workhorse for you. Brings a lot of experience with him. Closer Trevor Hoffman(3-3, 2.30, 41 saves) is one of the best in the game. Outfielder Ryan Klesko(9-66,.291) needs to return to his 2001-2002 form. Klesko hit 30 homeruns in 2001 while driving in 113 runs. First baseman Phil Nevin(26-105,.289) can be depended upon to drive in 100 runs or more when healthy.

11.Texas Rangers-(89-73)-Manager Buck Showalter

Second baseman Alfonso Soriano(28-91, .280) must become a better leadoff hitter, and not have that second-half slump like he did in 2004. The Rangers have every reason to be excited about first baseman Mark Teixeira(38-112, .281) and All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock(32-110,.276). Both are capable of putting up monster numbers. Teixeira is really good on defense. Shortstop Michael Young(22-99,.313) set a club record with 216 hits in 2004. Acquiring outfielder Richard Hidalgo(25-82,.239) was a good move. Does 40-year old pitcher Kenny Rogers(18-9,4.76) have another 18 win season in him? I'm excited about 6ft-10inch pitcher Chris Young(3-2,4.71). Another Randy Johnson? Right-handed pitcher Ryan Drese(14-10, 4.20) has a strong arm. If the Rangers starting pitching does well and the offense produces a lot of runs this team could win the AL West.

12.Cleveland Indians-(80-82)-Manager Eric Wedge

Will pitcher Kevin Millwood(9-6, 4.85) thrive in Cleveland or continue to have arm problems? Pitcher C.C. Sabathia(11-10, 4.12) is already having injury problems. WIll not be ready on opening day. Jake Westbrook(14-9, 3.38) will be the opening day pitcher. Has good stuff. DH Travis Hafner(28-109,.311) should have another big year. Hafner ranked third in the AL with an OBP of .410. Hope catcher Victor Martinez(23-108,.283) does the same. A lot will be expected of third baseman Aaron Boone(did not play in 2004). The Indians scored 699 runs in 2003 and 858 in 2004. Offense should be in good shape for 2005.

13.New York Mets-(71-91)-Manager:Willie Randolph

Can new manager Willie Randolph get this team on the right track? Will he be able to handle the pressure of managing in New York? I think he will do well. Free agent signee Pedro Martinez(16-9,3.90) makes an average starting pitching staff into a good one. A lot also depends on how well Tom Glavine(11-14,3.60) pitches. Glavine has been a disappointment since coming to the Mets in 2003. His first year with the Mets he went 9-14 with an ERA OF 4.52. Pitcher Kris Benson(12-12,4.31) has good potential. The Mets will need closer Braden Looper(2-5,2.70, 29 saves)to perform at his best. The Mets really improved their offense by acquiring outfielder Carlos Beltran(38-104,.267) from the Houston Astros. This kid is talented. How much longer will Mike Piazza(20-54,.266) be able to work behind the plate?

14.Baltimore Orioles-(78-84)-Manager:Lee Mazzilli

Signing slugger Sammy Sosa(35-80,.253) from the Chicago Cubs will make an offense that ranked third in the AL last season even better. A healthy and happy Sosa means lots of homeruns. Sosa has 574 career homeruns and should go over 600 career homeruns with no problem this season. DH Rafael Palmeiro(23-88,.258) didn't hit too well for the first half of the 2004 season, but hit .306 in his last 29 games of the season. Palmeiro has 551 career homeruns and 2,922 career hits. He's a Hall of Famer for sure. Baltimore must find an ace to head up their pitching staff for this team to have a shot of going to the postseason. Pitcher Sidney Ponson(11-15,5.30) could be that ace. Just needs to gain some confidence. He has good stuff.

15.Houston Astros-(92-70)-Managerhil Garner

The Astros are so lucky to have seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens(18-4,2.98) coming back for another year. Clemens has 328 career wins and ranks second in all-time strikeouts with 4,317. Pitcher Roy Oswalt(20-10,3.49) has a very bright future in front of him. If pitcher Andy Pettitte(6-4,3.90) can return to his old form this team will return to the postseason one more time. Pettitte won 21 games for the New York Yankees in 2003. Houston must drive in a lot of runs for this team to advance to the World Series. Outfielder Lance Berkman(30-106,.316) will not be ready for opening day. That's not good. First baseman Jeff Bagwell(27-89,.266) hit well for the second half of 2004, but needs to be consistent all of 2005.

16.Chicago White Sox-83-79)-Manager:Ozzie Guillen

I really like the White Sox starting pitching rotation. Mark Buehrle(16-10,3.89) pitched 245.1 to lead all pitchers in the AL. Jose Contreras(13-9,5.50) hasn't pitched his best just yet. Signing outfielder Scott Podsednik(12-39,.244) from the Milwaukee Brewers gives this team a lot of speed. Podsednik led the majors in stolen bases with 70. He needs to improve his batting average to be a better leadoff man. First baseman Paul Konerko(41-117,.277) had a breakout year in 2004. Another good year would help this team a lot. DH Frank Thomas(18-49,.271) played in just 74 games last season. Thomas has 436 career homeruns. If he can just stay healthy he will contribute a lot on offense.


17.Los Angeles Dodgers-(93-69)-Manager:Jim Tracy)

Outfielder J.D.Drew(31-93,.305) finally had an relatively injury-free season while playing with the Atlanta Braves in 2004. He needs to do it again in 2005. Adding second baseman Jeff Kent(27-107,.289) from the Houston Astros will really help the offense in 2005. Kent is not a young man, but he can still drive in a lot of runs. The Dodgers finally have a credible ace in pitcher Derek Lowe(14-12,5.42) who they picked up from the Boston Red Sox. Lowe went 3-0 with an ERA of 1.86 in four postseason appearances last year. He played a large role in helping Boston win their first World Series title since 1918. The Dodgers led the NL in 2004 with 53 comeback wins. Also a franchise record.

18.Philadelphia Phillies-(86-76)-Manager:Charlie Manuel

With manager Larry Bowa gone the team should be more at ease and more focused in 2005. First baseman and slugger Jim Thome(42-105,.274) must put up big numbers for this team to have a chance of winning the NL East. Outfielder Bobby Abreu(30-105,.301) has a career .412 OBP. He ranks fifth among all active players in that category. Abreu also has good speed which was evident by his 40 stolen bases in 2004. Outfielder Pat Burrell(24-84,.257) has not played to his full potential yet, and when he ever does watch out pitchers. He did show glimpes of greatness when he hit 37 homeruns in 2002. Will the Phillies starting pitching staff improve since acquiring Jon Lieber(14-8,4.33) from the Yankees? It should! Lefty Randy Wolf can really help the team if he can win 16 or more games like he did in 2003. Closer Billy Wagner(4-0,2.42, 21 saves) is one of the best in the business when healthy. The Phillies defense played well in 2004. They committed only 81 errors fewest in franchise history.

19.Seattle Mariners-(63-99)-Manager:Mike Hargrove

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki(8-60,.372) is the heart of this team. I believe Ichiro will be the first batter to hit .400 or better since Ted Williams did it last in 1941. Ichiro set a major league record by collecting 262 hits in 2004. Wow! Seattle really improved its offense by adding third baseman Adrian Beltre(48-121,.334) from the Los Angeles Dodgers and first baseman Richie Sexson(9-23,.233) from the Arizona Diamondbacks. If Sexson stays healthy all season this guy can hit 50 plus homeruns with no problem. The Mariners biggest concern is their starting pitching. Joel Pineiro(6-11,4.67) hopefully will be their ace. Left-hander Jamie Moyer(7-13,5.21) is 42 years old. I'm not sure how much he can help his team. Only time will tell.

20.Oakland Athletics-(91-71)-Manager:Ken Macha

Not sure how competive the Athletics will be in 2005. Oakland's regular season record since 2000 is 483-326. Ranking second only to the Yankees. Lefty Barry Zito(11-11,4.48) is now the ace of this pitching staff. Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson are gone and will be missed. Third baseman Eric Chavez(29-77,.276) leads the offense. Chavez has hit 25 plus homeruns for five years in a row. Outfielder Eric Byrnes(20-73,.283) who is 29 years old will improve. The Athletics got themselves a good catcher in Jason Kendall(3-51,.319). Kendall comes over from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Keep an eye on rookie outfielder Nick Swisher(2-8,.250). Swisher hit 29 homeruns while playing with Triple AAA Sacramento in 2004.

21.Detroit Tigers-(72-90)-Manager:Alan Trammell

I really think the Tigers will be much improved in 2005. Adding outfielder Magglio Ordonez(9-37,.292) to their lineup will boost the offense right away. Ordonez was hurt most of last year with the Chicago White Sox. He hit 38 homeruns and drove in 135 runs back in 2002. Ordonez can do it again. Catcher Ivan Rodriquez(19-86,.334) has been a godsend since coming to the club last season. First baseman Carlos Pena(27-82,.241) needs to be more selective with pitches he hits at and improve his batting average. Pena should have no problem hitting 30 plus homeruns in 2005. The Tigers starting pitching staff needs a lot of improvement. If they can just keep the games close until new closer Troy Percival(2-3,2.90, 33 saves) formerly of the Angels has a chance to work his magic.

22.Arizona Diamondbacks-(51-111)-Manager:Bob Melvin

Ace pitcher Randy Johnson will be sorely missed. Acquiring pitcher Javier Vasquez(14-10,4.91) from the Yankees will help some, along with pitcher Russ Ortiz(15-9,4.13) from the Braves. Left-hander Shawn Estes(15-8,5.84) pitched well in 2004, but his ERA was quite high. Arizona signed talented third baseman Troy Glaus(18-42,.251) from the Angels. Glaus can hit with a lot of power when healthy. He hit 41 back in 2001. The Diamondbacks are hoping outfielder Luis Gonzalez(17-48,.259) will be 100% for 2005. Gonzalez hit 57 homeruns in 2001, but that was probably a freak year. Outfielder Jose Cruz (21-78,.242)who came over from Tampa Bay adds more punch in the middle of the lineup.

23.Tampa Bay DevilRays-(70-91)-Manager:Lou Piniella

This is a very young and talented team. Outfielder Carl Crawford(11-55,.296) ranked second in the majors with 59 stolen bases. Outfielder baseman Audbrey Huff(29-104,.297) seems to improve each year. Does second baseman Roberto Alomar(4-24,.263) have any gas left in his tank? His career OBP is .371. The DevilRays young pitching staff has a lot of maturing to do. I think left-hander Scott Kamir(2-3,5.67) will develop into a fine pitcher in the next year or so.

24.Cincinnati Reds-76-86)-Managerave Miley

If Ken Griffey Jr(20-60,.253) can ever stay healthy he may really help this ballclub one day soon. Griffey played in just 83 games in 2004. Outfielder Adam Dunn(46-102,.266) was really a surprise on offense last season. Dunn just needs to cut down on his strikeouts. He led the majors with 195 last season. First baseman Sean Casey(24-99,.324)ranked seventh in the NL in batting average. Pitcher Eric Milton(14-6,4.75) enjoyed a good year with the Philadelphia Phillies last season. He had a 15 win season with the Minnesota Twins in 2001. Closer Danny Graves(1-6,3.95) had 41 saves in 2004.

25.Pittsburgh Pirates-(72-89)-Manager:Lloyd McClendon

2004 NL Rookie of the Year outfielder Jason Bay(26-82,.282) has so much talent and potential in him. I'm really looking forward to rookie first baseman Brad Eldred getting some playing time. Eldred hit 38 homeruns and drove in 137 runs in the minors last season. This guys stands 6 foot 5 and weighs 275 pounds. Third baseman Ty Wigginton(17-66,.261) had 17 RBI's in the last 30 games of the 2004 season. The Pirates turned 189 double plays to lead the majors. Pittsburgh's pitching staff allowed just 149 homeruns in 2004. Lowest in the majors. Look for left-hand pitcher Oliver Perez(12-10,2.98) to win 15 games or more in 2005.

26.Milwaukee Brewers-(67-94)-Manager:Ned Yost

Pitcher Ben Sheets(12-14,2.70) is the key to this team's success in 2005. Sheets ranked second in strikeouts in 2004 with 264. As for the team's offense outfielder Geoff Jenkins(27-93,.272) needs to improve his slugging percentage of .473 from 2004. Outfielder Carlos Lee(31-99,.305) who comes over from the Chicago White Sox had his best year in 2003, hitting 31 homeruns and driving in 113 runs. He should also help improve the team's batting average of a year ago, which was the lowest in the majors at .248 in 2004.

27.Toronto BlueJays-67-94)-Manager:John Gibbons

Signing third baseman Corey Koskie(25-71,.251) from the Minnesota Twins improves the corners. Koskie hasn't played his best ball yet. Outfielder Vernon Wells(23-67,.272) should get better too. Very talented guy. If pitcher Roy Halladay(8-8,4.20) can regain his old form this team may play .500 ball this season. I said may!Halladay won 22 games for Toronto in 2003. Toronto needs to improve their won-loss record against the Red Sox and the Yankees. They were 12-26 in 2004 against these two teams.

28.Washington Nationals-(67-95)-Manager:Frank Robinson

Great to have baseball back in our nation's capital! Third baseman Vinny Castilla(35-131,.271) will lead this team's offense in 2005. Castilla had a great year in Colorado last season, but the bad news is he hit only .218 when playing on the road, versus .351 at Coors Field. I really like the starting pitching staff on this team. Livan Hernandez(11-15,3.60) will be the ace of this staff. Remember this guy went 2-0 in the 1997 World Series pitching for the Florida Marlins, who won that series against the Cleveland Indians.

29.Colorado Rockies-68-94)-Manager:Clint Hurdle

First baseman Todd Helton(32-96,.347) won his third Gold Glove in 2004. Helton ranked second in the NL with a .469 OBP in 2004. His career slugging percentage is .616, which ranks fourth on the all-time list. Babe Ruth is first with a .690 slugging percentage. The Rockies played 18 rookies in 2004 a club record. Left-handed pitcher Jeff Frances(3-2,5.15) went 3-0 with an ERA of 2.30 in his final five starts.

30.Kansas City Royals-(58-104)-Manager:Tony Pena

I just don't see much happening for this team in 2005. If DH Mike Sweeney(22-79,.287) can ever stay healthy he could be dangerous. The highlight of the 2004 season for the Royals was when they beat the Detroit Tigers 26-5 on September 9th.

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Where do you rank the Cubs now that Wood's shoulder is flaring up and Prior is out indefinitely with a cranky elbow?
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Saying anything kind about the Red Sox makes my skin crawl but how can they be #5? Minnesota at #3?

Here's my Top 10:

1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. Los Angeles Angels
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Minnesota Twins
6. Florida Marlins
7. St. Louis Cardinals
8. Chicago Cubs
9. San Francisco Giants
10. Cleveland Indians

The Cubs would be higher but Prior and Wood must be healthy for them to win the NL Central or even the wildcard.
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I think folks are rating the Anaheim Angels too highly. Then again, I'm a M's fan. As a baseball expert wrote (Neyer perhaps), McPherson could be Glaus Plus or Russell Branyan. And with K-Rod now the closer, that leaves a big hole in their bullpen. Presumably Donnelly will fill that role, and he'll be fine, but he won't be a K-Rod for those tied games in the 7 or 8th inning.

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I can always count on my buddy to come up with predictions for the baseball season. Too bad you left Des Moines before the season started. We could have had some real fun at the ballpark.
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I think that they are pretty much right on but I would have switched Boston with the Angels and as a Pirates fan I think you did them an unjustice because Perez is goingto have a huge year and they will have a better record then the D rays
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Bama, I really like your predictions. Much better than some i've seen in the mainstream press.

My biggest quibble is the Brewers-- i think they'll be much better than #26 in baseball this year. My second biggest quibble is with the Rangers-- i think they may be headed for a flop season
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Thanks for the compliments.

I see the Cubs losing a lot without Rior and Wood. But I hope not.
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I agree with bama, cubs are done w/o those two. Also, I think the Rays wight surprise alot of people this year. No they're not going to contend for the pennant. Anything over .500 would be a huge step for the team. That might even convince Pinella to come back for another year.
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A .500 record would be a pretty big achievement for any team in the AL East not playing in Boston or NY.

I don't know that folks are overrating the Angels that much. They were picked as front runners last year and managed to fight through injuries to some of their key players to win the West. Donnelly will be just fine as the setup guy as long as he is healthy. Bartolo Colon likely will not be as bad as he was last season. If everyone stays healthy for the Angels and McPherson produces what the way they hope he will the Angels could be right there as one of the best teams in baseball.
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Anyone with an objective opinion pls answer this.

The D-Rays are "considering" giving Delvin Young (younger brother of Dimitri Young DET) an opening day roster spot. In 8 gms this Spring he's 7/18 .389, 2dbls, 1 HR (another in a "B" game off Kent Merker of the Reds) 3rbi's, .667 slg.

Not bad #'s but he's 19 yrs old. Is he to young to have an opening day spot, even if it's on the power inefficient Rays? Or do the Rays take a chance with him knowing he probably will struggle until he gets more ab's under his belt. If they do bring him to the "show" since he's an outfielder with above average speed, a "good" arm, do you stick him in lf(occupied by Huff) or put him in rf?

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At only 19, Delmon Young is not one to be "rushed" to the bigs. I think he understands this as well. If someone struggles in the bigs, he'll be among the first called up. I believe he plays OF, but can handle 1B or 3B as well, in a pinch.
He is not too young to have an opening day spot and if he wins one, fine. He needs to play regularly, however, so if he'll not be a starter in the bigs, he should go to Montgomery to play at AA for a while.
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I don't know Griffey was only 19 and A-Rod was only 20 when they made it to the majors for good and I seem to remember Pinella was their manager at the time. Young is considered one of the best prospects in baseball and hitters are generally ready for the bigs before pitchers are.

The rush would be if Young can take the slot of one of their veterans they can trade said veteran for prospects and keep payroll down.
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I can agree with that. If Delmon Young is ready to learn at the major league level and won't cost his team many games because of mistakes he may make during his learning, he should be on the major league roster. Only, however, if he is ready to play as a regular. He should not be brought up just to sit on the bench.
Lets keep this thread on generalities and open a thread on this subject if you want to keep it going, OK?
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It would be foolish to rush this young talented player.
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