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ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, via ESPN Insider.
If you’re a fan of the Chicago Cubs, you’re familiar with the phrase “Wait ‘til next year!” But what about the year after, and the year after that? That’s where ESPN Insider comes in.
While the baseball world gears up for spring training, we’ve decided to take the long view and asked our three top baseball analysts — Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney — to rank all 30 teams in five different categories (see table) in an attempt to measure how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years.
The better your rank in a given category, the more points you get, and the average point scores from the three voters are available in the bar graphs accompanying each team’s section, rounded to the nearest integer. We weighted the categories and then gave each team a score on a scale of 1 to 100, with the score representing a team’s percentage of total possible points.
Here’s ESPN’s Top 10:
- Texas Rangers (91.1);
- New York Yankees (83.4);
- Tampa Bay Rays (74.1);
- St. Louis Cardinals (72.0);
- Boston Red Sox (71.4);
- Toronto Blue Jays (69.3);
- Los Angeles Angels (68.3);
- Arizona Diamondbacks (65.1);
- Atlanta Braves (61.4); and
- Philadelphia Phillies (57.6).
$5 to anyone who can give me the first names of all of the Los Angeles Angels’ projected everyday position players and their designated hitter.
Now try it with the Texas Rangers.
Now ask yourself if the addition of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson means that the Angels overtake the 2-time defending American League Champions. I don’t think it does.
If you’re an Angel’s fan, … thank goodness for the second wild card?
Currently (on DVD).
It never gets old.