A Month to Remember: Major League Baseball April Recap and May Preview

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A Month to Remember: Major League Baseball April Recap and May Preview
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Spring is in full force now, hopefully driving more people to the ballpark as summer rolls around. The first month of the baseball schedule has been a mixed bag of baseball nuts, with wonderful stories and some tragic occurrences. April in the major leagues has led to some fantastic finishes and massive celebrations.

So far, 2011 has been full of controversy, such as the ownership troubles of Frank McCourt of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets and their daily struggle to keep an infringing lawsuit away.

Some of the more poignant moments of April included a touching ceremony to honor the late Bob Feller, the dramatic return of pitcher Bartolo Colon to the New York Yankees and a return to prominence of the Cleveland Indians (pictured above).

Going forward, it has been difficult to determine many standout teams from mediocre teams and teams trying to get guys healthy. It will take more than one month to separate the contenders from the pretenders of this year's season, and the good thing is that we are only 30 games into the 162-game full-season slate.

Let's take a quick look at what has transpired this season...

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