Major League Baseball's 2012 campaign is off with a bang—literally, with eight players already clubbing five or more home runs through the season's first two weeks.
2011 was dubbed the "Year of the Pitcher," but with premier aces like Tim Lincecum and CC Sabathia reluctantly facing early-season struggles, perhaps 2012 will see an about-face in identity.
April is a frustratingly beautiful month for baseball. Fresh starts and promising opportunities fill the air, but fans grapple with finding meaning in these first few weeks. Countless teams and players see early success, but differentiating the legitimate contenders from the eventual burnouts? That's a task as tough as waiting for the season itself to start.
Let's take a look at baseball's home run leaderboard, and take a shot at who's for real and who will ultimately fade to mediocrity.