MLB Preview stories in the SI Vault
The Great American Game -- 1956 By Robert Creamer, April 09, 1956The 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, 1964There 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 PlayerBy William Leggett, April 12, 1971For 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 PreviewBy Joe Marshall, April 10, 1978The 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, 1984If 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 RedBy Steve Rushin, April 15, 1991The 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, 1997In 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, 2005The season can't start until the lineup card is filled in, and that's a lot more complicated than you would think.