After an offseason of trade rumors and free-agent signings, and following a full slate of spring training games, Opening Day of the 2014 MLB season is finally here.
The first day of spring may have officially been March 20, but for me—and I'm sure many other baseball fans around the country—Opening Day is when it finally feels like spring.
Whether your favorite team is expected to contend for a title or dwell in the cellar, it's hard not to approach the start of a new season with some level of optimism.
I've once again been entrusted with penning the official Bleacher Report MLB power rankings, and this year will be my third season at the helm.
I look forward to the barrage of angry comments that will be thrust my way in the weeks and months ahead. Nothing seems to bring out of the passion of a fanbase like black-and-white rankings of where their team stands among the other 29 clubs; I only ask that you be civil and argue rather than insult.
With that said, what follows is my take on where all 30 MLB teams stand at the start of the 2014 campaign. In the weeks to come, these rankings will change based on weekly performance, and I'll lay out everything that goes into my decision-making in next week's article.
For the sake of these Opening Day rankings, though, it is largely subjective on my part. It is worth clarifying that these are not necessarily predictions on where teams will finish, but an overview of where they stand right now (so injuries play a major role).
That should cover all the necessary prep work. Now, on with the show.