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Ten things to watch


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March 25

My list of 10 things to watch:

  • Barry Bonds will make a serious run at batting .400.

  • On Aug. 1, we will be doing a story on whether or not Manny Ramirez can win the Triple Crown.

  • Minnesota will win the most games in the AL while Arizona will win the most in the NL.

  • Byung-Hyun Kim will win 15 games. Wait until you see his changeup.

  • Kevin Millwood will win more games than Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

  • Scott Rolen in the NL and Eric Chavez in the AL will each be in the top five in the MVP vote.

  • Kerry Wood will win 20 games. His previous high win total is 13.

  • Junior Griffey will make a run at 50 homers.

  • Brandon Phillips will be a star. And as Cliff Lee goes into the Indians' starting rotation and outfielder Grady Sizemore inches towards the big leagues, GM Mark Shapiro will be cited for making one of the best modern trades (the Bartolo Colon deal). Unfortunately, the Expos traded those three for Rolando Arrojo ... err El Duque.

  • George Steinbrenner will threaten to fire Joe Torre by May 15, but will wake up and instead trade David Wells by July 1.

  • And for good measure, here are the three best musical releases during spring training:

    -- The Lost Songs of Lennon and McCartney -- Bill Janovitz, Graham Parker and Kat Pierson
    -- Let the Show Begin -- Flynn
    -- The Fine Art of Losing -- American Hi-Fi

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