Here are my third-annual managerial rankings:
It hurts me not to include a favorite,
There are some fine up-and-comers, and I especially like the Marlins'
The 2005 draft class, which I highlighted in
And here's how I'd re-pick the top 12 now, given the chance:
Braun -- whose 71 home runs in his first two seasons eclipses all but three players in baseball history, all Hall of Famers -- is the first All-Star in the vaunted group, and the surest thing. "It was a helluva draft," recalls
Going in, then Diamondbacks scouting director
• The Dodgers really have something special going. It's pretty telling they lead the league in runs, considering they play in a historic pitcher's park. Their young nucleus is as superb as advertised; take a bow,
• The Yankees won't say for sure, but Friday looks like the day for A-Rod, barring some unforeseen problem. Saturday is the backup plan.
• I know this will sound crazy. But I actually think
• It's been speculated that the Nats might again pick University of Missouri pitcher
• Rizzo, by the way, should get the Nats' full-time GM job. And I think his support from the club-owning