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The AL midseason review, '84 Cubs style

Jonah Keri channels the '84 Cubs to hand out progress reports on all the AL teams. Story

Updated: July 15, 2008, 1:01 PM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

Following our rundown of National League teams, we now look at the 14 American League teams. Again, instead of giving each team a letter grade, we're assigning each one a member of the 1984 Chicago Cubs, in honor of the Cubs' great first half this season.

For this portion of the article, we'll be eschewing "When Doves Cry" and firing up Van Halen's "Jump," which Cubs fans assure me was the 1984 team's unofficial theme song (although a Prince/Van Halen mash-up has serious potential).

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