Then the conventional wisdom flowed, and with regard to the Angels the consensus was this: owner
That does not mean the Angels cannot land a winner. The conventional wisdom in Anaheim now sounds all too similar to the consensus in Baltimore four years ago, where the presence of owner
Many did. Tony La Cava of the
When Duquette arrived, the Orioles had posted 14 consecutive losing seasons and had not appeared in the postseason since 1997. The Orioles had a winning record in each of their first three seasons under Duquette, and two playoff appearances too.
The Blue Jays last winter tried to hire Duquette as team president, but Angelos declined to release Duquette from his contract. The Jays decided to wait another year to fill the position, and Dombrowski just might get it.
The Jays won again Saturday, with a home run from trade acquisition
The Mariners last made the playoffs in 2001, when Ichiro Suzuki was a 27-year-old rookie. Attendance has fallen by almost half since then.
Seattle is a crazy good baseball town starved for a winner. If the Mariners dump Zduriencik, that might be Dombrowski's best bet.
In the spring, the Nationals were regarded as the biggest lock in baseball. The analytical website Fangraphs had 38 writers pick the winner of every division in the major leagues; all 38 voted the same way in only one division: Washington, in the
And why not? The Nationals won the NL East by 17 games last year, and they spent $210 million to add
The Nationals have been hurt by injuries to outfielders
All that, and the Nationals still have scored the most runs of any team in the NL East.
That starting rotation ranks ninth in the majors in ERA. The Nationals had five pitchers make at least 25 starts last season —
Roark was moved to the bullpen for Scherzer. Fister was moved to the bullpen for rookie
Aside from Ross, none of those starters is younger than 27. The