The baseball expert is a person who does not necessarily know any more about baseball than the next fellow but who is in a position to find out. In an effort to keep its readers on the sunny side of expertise, SI recently sent observers through desert cactus and tropical palmetto to sun-baked spring-training fields in Arizona and Florida. There they made a firsthand survey of each of the 16 major league teams. Here, in 16 pages, is a distillation of their report, an analysis of the strength, weakness, problems and hopes of each of the teams.
SI readers are invited to keep these preseason estimates at hand for comparison with the year's outcome—and surprises.