With Selection Sunday out of the way, March Madness 2012 is officially underway. Across the country, folks will spend the week frantically filling out brackets and thrusting them into office pools and online contests.
Bleacher Report's MLB featured columnists will do the same, but we're going about it a bit differently.
Instead of NCAA tournament teams (or maybe in addition to them), we'll be filling the blank lines with the names of 64 MLB players.
Welcome to MLB Bracketology 2012.
As the founder and one-man selection committee for this event, I now present some preliminary thoughts on the field for our tournament, the results of which will be published throughout the week, based on the voting of more than 20 baseball gurus here at Bleacher Report.
On Tuesday, you can find first-round results, along with comments and insight from some of the voters. On Wednesday, we'll do Round 2. Thursday will bring the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, and on Friday, you'll find a thorough breakdown of the Final Four and the championship.
Without further ado, then, here are the top five snubs from our tourney, plus some comments on the seedings and early matches from the participating featured columnists.