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Will Wood regain dominance?
MAILBAG: March 20
Q: If you had to predict the World Series now, who would you pick? -- Gary Lordi, Las Vegas, Nev.
Q: From what you've seen of Chicago Cubs starter Kerry Wood so far, what's your feeling on the kind of year he's going to have? Is he ever going to regain the dominance he once had? -- Martin, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Q: The best player in the NL over the past four years has been Sammy Sosa.
Nobody else, including Barry Bonds, comes close to Sammy's consistent level
of output since 1998. So how can you exclude him from your list of the five
best players in the NL going into the season? -- Larry Rublin, Bet Shemesh, Israel
Q: Do you see the Seattle Mariners making any moves before the start of the
season? If so, how will this affect their pitching staff? -- Chris, Seattle
Q: In the past few years we've seen teams shoot into the spotlight from
seemingly nowhere. Who are the best bets to be surprise teams this year? --
Nick Wilson, Akron, Ohio
Q: Do you believe the Atlanta Braves are still the team to beat in the NL East? -- Bryan, New Orleans
Q: Now that the Yankees will have Jason Giambi playing first, do you think they will trade first-base prospect Nick Johnson during midseason to solidify the left-field position? -- Brian Boisier, New York
Q: Clearly Vladimir Guerrero is one of the most talented players in the game
today, and he's just 26 years old. Why don't we hear more about teams trying
to acquire him from the Montreal Expos? -- Drew Campbell, Tullahoma, Tenn.
The Expos have been told they are "on a limited budget." This is a joke, a disgrace and clearly reeks of administration by people with no respect or feel for the game -- a Wal-Mart joke. If there are fans in Montreal, they should barrage the commissioner's office with hundreds of calls a day. And you know what? These owners don't care. They want the media to vilify union chief Donald Fehr, and they pull this? The MLB motto for the season should be: "Baseball Fever -- We've Found the Cure!"
Q: What do you anticipate being the most competitive division in 2002? -- Robert, Chicago
Q: Does Scott Rolen to the Cleveland Indians not make perfect sense? The Philadelphia Phillies' third baseman will be a free agent, he'd be a perfect three or five hitter for the Indians, and they have some room to make a long-term offer after the season. -- Rick Lopez, Youngstown, Ohio
Q: Will New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine be able to survive a slow start, or do you think
heads could roll early? -- Vernon E. Ohler, Connellsville, Pa.
Q: Do you think that Harold Baines will hook up with a team this year? Maybe
one last run with the Chicago White Sox? Also, do you think he has any shot at the
Hall of Fame? -- Andy, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Q: What's your view on the Florida Marlins this year? Can they compete? Can they
win the NL East? -- Americo Padilla, Miami, Fla.
Q: How serious do you believe the financial impact on the Baltimore Orioles would be
if D.C. got a baseball team? There seems to be quite an argument about this.
Everybody's got a study to back their point ... any sense as to which is on
the level? -- Chris, Washington, D.C.
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