As baseball fans across the league settle in for another month of MLB's annual Spring Training ritual, many enthusiasts from coast to coast will be looking to baseball's very own March Madness in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the upcoming season.
While Spring Training provides a wonderful forum to observe the league's new-season teams—for instance, Albert Pujols in Anaheim and Prince Fielder in Detroit—the statistics produced by the month-long pre-season are generally not indicative of how a team will perform during the regular season.
For one reason why, take a look at the final Spring Training standings in 2011.
Divided into the Grapefruit and Cactus, the two leagues' top teams last year were the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals, respectively.
The Royals finished the 2011 regular season with a 71-91 record, 24 games out of first place in the AL Central.
The Twins were worse: 63-99 and 32 games back. Only the Houston Astros (56-106, 40 GB in the NL Central) had an inferior record.
That said, here are 11 more reasons not to read too much into MLB Spring Training statistics.