MLB Preview stories in the SI Vault

The Great American Game -- 1956 By Robert Creamer, April 09, 1956 The Yankees and Dodgers have to be favored again, but don't overlook -- Well, consider the clubs team by team.

Can The Pitchers Stay On Top? By William Leggett, April 13, 1964 There was a time, little more than a year ago, when baseball's most dynamic symbol was the figure of a Mickey Mantle or a Stan Musial or a Willie Mays with a bat in his hands. But in the 1963 season the picture changed.

Year Of The Player By William Leggett, April 12, 1971 For the past few seasons baseball has been more concerned with commissioners, rules changes and front-office deals than with what happens on the field. But now the men who play the game are back. With luck they will stay there.

AL West Preview By Joe Marshall, April 10, 1978 The battle in the American League West will be more of a war of philosophies than of teams. On one side are the challengers, Brad Corbett's Texas Rangers and Gene Autry's California Angels. After each of the last two seasons they have tried to buy a pennant through the reentry draft. On the other side is Kansas City, which has won the last two division championships.

The Orioles Will Bite The Dust By Bruce Anderson, April 02, 1984 If precedent prevails, Baltimore won't win the World Series again, but that's just one of many "sure things" about the new season.

Sea Of Red By Steve Rushin, April 15, 1991 The Dodgers and Giants will try to rock the boat, but expect more smooth sailing; from Cincinnati.

Alone On The Hill By Tom Verducci, March 31, 1997 In this era of muscular hitters and minuscule strike Zones, pitchers get hammered all the time. A few, however, not only survive but also thrive. Here are their secrets.

Batter Up! By Tom Verducci, April 04, 2005 The season can't start until the lineup card is filled in, and that's a lot more complicated than you would think.

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