Will the National League West again be the
National League Worst?
If they stay reasonably healthy, the Giants are the team to
beat in the NL West.
They are the most balanced from top to bottom, and have a deep
rotation, bullpen, and bench. But the caveat “if they
stay healthy” is huge for a team as old as San Francisco.
The Padres don’t have enough offense, the Dodgers and
Diamondbacks don’t have enough starting pitching, and
the Rockies are the Rockies. There is no great team here, but
the division won’t be as pathetic as it was in 2005. Will
How close will Barry Bonds get to Hank Aaron’s
home run record?
Controversial San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, the
man everyone loves to hate, enters the 2006 season with 708
career home runs, 6 shy of Babe Ruth’s 714 and 47 short
of Hank Aaron’s major league record.
To catch Aaron this season, Bonds would have to have his third-best
home run year at age 42 while facing the endless media barrage
he loathes. Bonds will certainly pass the Babe this year, but
how close to Aaron will he get and how many people will care?
What effect will baseball’s new drug testing policy have
on the game?
It’s hard to know. The new steroids and amphetamines testing
policy certainly should help clean up the game, but what effect
will it have on the product we see on the field? Some believe
that the attempt to eliminate amphetamines, or “greenies”,
could have a bigger impact than steroids.
But the only prediction I feel comfortable making is that more
players will spend time on the shelf in 2006 as their muscles
take longer to recover and they don’t have a daily jolt
of energy to keep them going.