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Baseball rankings


This news story was published on April 14, 2012.
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By Larry Stone, The Seattle Times –

Larry Stone’s MLB power rankings

Last week’s rankings in parentheses

Team

1       Tigers (1)      For Prince, best part of being on an Ilitch-owned team: unlimited crazy bread

2       Rangers (4)     Which will come first, Yu-mania or Neftali-mania?

3       Dodgers (9)     Someone besides Kemp leading Dodgers in RBI? Ethier said than done

4       Cardinals (5)   Mike Matheny will know he’s arrived when George Will wants to write about him

5       Rays (6)        Luke Scott calls Fenway “a dump” – as opposed to that palace he plays in

6       Phillies (3)    Phillies rank 29th in MLB in scoring; Cliff Lee getting Mariner flashbacks

7       Diamondbacks (13)       M’s hope it’s only matter of time before Miguel is second-best Montero

8       Nationals (11)  Waiting for the Harper Rally ETA (reference lost on those under 40, er, 50)

9       Angels (2)      Big free agent has been all they hoped for but enough about LaTroy Hawkins

10      Yankees (7)     Yankees want contract extension for Cano, contract contraction for A-Rod

11      Brewers (16)    Brewers can fill Prince’s shoes, but it would take a family of four to fill his jersey

12      Red Sox (10)    Panic over slow start superseded by panic over Ellsbury injury

13      Braves (17)     Playing poorly now to ensure won’t have heart broken on final day again

14      Blue Jays (14)  Someone has to say it: Brandon Morrow outpitching Lincecum so far this year

15      Reds (12)       Where’s Reggie Sanders when you really need him?

16      Giants (8)      It’s time for NHL playoff teams to grow their famed “Brian Wilson beards”

17      Mets (24)       With Gee’s potential, only matter of time before Dillonsanity overtakes NY

18      Mariners (20)   Cameron signs 1-day contract, immediately becomes M’s biggest offensive threat

19      Orioles (23)    Axl Rose refuses Rock & Roll HOF honor; Rafael Palmeiro says he’ll go in

20      Royals (21)     Some things never change: Yuni Betancourt still walkless for 2012

21      Marlins (15)    With Ozzie Guillen, Marlins nearly had a Cuban dismissal crisis

22      Pirates (22)    Should trade for Andrus so they could have Elvis and Presley

23      A’s (26)        Bartolo Colon wants rotation arranged so every start can be against Seattle

24      White Sox (28)  When Ventura says, “My way or the highway,” pop group America plays soundtrack

25      Indians (18)    Unique clause allows Damon to opt out if incessant drummer gets too annoying.

26      Rockies (19)    Moyer hoopla taking attention from younger players  like Todd Helton

27      Cubs (27)       With Dale Sveum, the v sounds like w. With his team, the w is usually silent

28      Padres (25)     With Mike’s retirement, the best Cameron in CF is Maybin

29      Twins (29)      Moving the remainder of their games to Off-Target Field

30      Astros (30)     Other teams have “untouchables.” Astros are filled with “untradeables”

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