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June 01, 2015
June 01, 2015

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June 1, 2015

INBOX
My Town, My Team
BASEBALL'S NEW BLOOD 2015
THE DUNK PROJECT
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BASEBALL'S NEW BLOOD 2015

This is an article from the June 1, 2015 issue

38 The Royals

You got a problem with the suddenly badass AL champs?

By Tom Verducci

43 Reality Check

Which MLB trends have staying power and which won't?

By Joe Sheehan

46 Joc Pederson

Get ready, Mike Trout: You're about to share the SoCal stage

By Albert Chen

50 Mookie Betts

In motion, he's a perfect storm of energy, talent and instincts

By Tom Verducci

Features

NBA PLAYOFFS

30 My Town, My Team

Each of the NBA's four conference finalists represents a title-starved fanbase—especially Cleveland

LONGFORM

56 Just Dunk

He was 6'1" and 42, with three kids. His goal: learn to jam

By Michael McKnight

Departments

8 SI Digital

10 Inbox

12 Leading Off

18 Scorecard

28 Faces in the Crowd

29 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Jerry West, still livin' his NBA dream

64 Point After

Peyton Manning: My last late night with Letterman

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: Ed Zurga/Getty Images (Eric Hosmer); Greg Nelson for Sports Illustrated (LeBron James); John W. McDonough for Sports Illustrated (Stephen Curry)

PHOTOPhotograph by Michael Ivins Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesBETTS IN SHOW When the Red Sox' 22-year-old centerfielder breaks on a ball, it's a thing of beauty.