We are at a turning point in Major League Baseball.
We've (hopefully) made it out of the steroid era, and we are a few years into the Era of the Pitcher. The league will have an odd number of teams in each league, creating at least one interleague matchup to be ongoing each day throughout the entire season.
The once-dominant American League has now lost three consecutive All-Star Games and four of the last five World Series, and the New York Yankees seem to be in decline for the first time in a generation.
But, no matter what happens to your team, the return of baseball is always an occasion to rejoice. It means the snow has melted (unless you live in Michigan...snow in July wouldn't be too much of a surprise) and school is almost out. Summer is on the way.
But what will happen throughout the summer in baseball is a mystery to all of us. Last April, every baseball fan would have laughed if they were told that Oakland and Baltimore would be playing in October.
It just goes to show that anything can happen. This is the time of year where all sorts of predictions are made, which also means the time that every baseball writer is ridiculed no matter what he says. If they pick what everyone expects, they get called out for not being unique. If call a few surprises, they get laughed at and questioned whether or not they follow the game.
I know I'll likely get responses from both perspectives, but here's my take on what will happen in this fork-in-the-road season of baseball that is right around the corner.