The sports pundits who write for ESPN, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, CBS’s Sports line are all making predictions on the best teams in baseball right now, even before the pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Most of these people (and I’m using that term rather loosely here), are basing their predictions on the off season dollars spent, strength of the previous season’s finish and general bias based on their prime readership.
Now, I, as a fan of a particular team, namely the Astros, may be biased in my own opinion, but, I at least will strive to be objective. I don’t get paid tens of thousands of dollars to put out my predictions to appease the masses, nor am I likely to lose my "writer’s voice" should I dissent from the views of my readers.
To me, that’s where these so-called pundits go wrong–instead of being honest, they serve higher beasts–namely the east coast fans and publishers who see only the east coast fans as true baseball fans–a bias that is likely to cost the big sports companies billions of dollars in revenue as more and more fans from the rest of the country turn away from reading/subscribing to ESPN, Fox Sports, CNNSI, etc.
That’s alright though. Bloggers will fill the void quite nicely. Bloggers are the future and some forward-thinking journalists and newspapers/websites have recognized that. Others are still too rooted in their bloated television revenues to see us bloggers as a serious threat–isn’t that what the people who kept cranking out vinyl records thought of the cassette tape and CD?
Without further ado, here are my ranking of the 30 MLB teams for 2007:
1. Red Sox
7. White Sox
8. Oakland A’s
13. Blue Jays
21. Diamond Backs
25. Devil Rays
My rankings are actually based on the players expected to be on the 25 man rosters for the teams rather than how they finished last year. I took into account who signed with which team and which teams are now bereft of major chunks of their rotation/lineup.
I believe last year was last year and unless your team’s improvements are better than those of your division opponents, you are worse. Additions for the sake of additions and the amount of money spent means nothing more than a hill of beans if it doesn’t really improve a team–That certainly applies in the case of the NL Central and the AL East with the Cubs, Yankees and Orioles.