With rare compassion, baseball moved not a single franchise between seasons, and though Leo Durocher's lips have not yet been beaten into plowshares one may anticipate a summer of labor peace. But many trades have been made and the designated-hitter rule brings a fundamental change to the American League. In the following pages the personnel and prospects of all 24 teams are analyzed. William Leggett, aided by Jim Kaplan, surveys the East in both leagues. Ron Fimrite, with Bill White, probes the West. The American League reports begin on the next page, the National League on page 70.

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