Spring Training Preview: NL East
The NL East features the best team in a much-improved league.
After the Braves went for broke last year in trading for
If the ownership doesn't care, and the fans don't care, and the municipalities don't care, why should we? You can point to the 2003 title, I guess, but like the 1997 one, it seems anomalous. For a decade now, the Florida Marlins have existed solely in the hopes of extorting taxpayer dollars for a mallpark. Everything on the baseball side is secondary. They are one of the rare "hopeless and faithless" franchises around.
The 7-17 finish to the 2007 season was put to bed Wednesday, when the Mets introduced left-hander
The Phillies looked like the favorite to repeat as NL East champs up until a few days ago, but they remain at the top of the pool of credible NL contenders who don't have
Acta is a competitive advantage for the Nationals, a rare manager who thinks deeply about baseball, about his roster, and about every move he makes. That advantage is currently wasted on a roster that has about 65 wins in it, so you can't expect miracles. The hope is that the talent base grows to match Acta's talents before the organization decides to "make a change" for the sake of doing so. He's already one of the five best managers in baseball.