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SWING THEORY
March 26, 2012
The new postseason setup, sleeper teams, future free agents and ballpark birthdays: everything you need to know for 2012—starting with a change in the balance of power
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March 26, 2012

Swing Theory

The new postseason setup, sleeper teams, future free agents and ballpark birthdays: everything you need to know for 2012—starting with a change in the balance of power

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Meet Them at the Crossroads

Several high-profile players are making comebacks after missing all or most of 2011 with injuries (page 54). But there are other, less-dignified comeback cases to keep an eye on: former All-Stars who for the most part were healthy last year and just plain stunk. Here are five key players who are hoping that last year was an aberration and not their new norm.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

DREAMS OF FIELDS

Pity the A's and the Rays. Each franchise will endure another season in a charmless, substandard ballpark, as the ownership groups in Oakland and Tampa continue searching for new-stadium plans and financing. That's frustrating enough, but fans in those cities will also hear a season's worth of stories about what a source of civic pride a ballpark can be. On April 4 gleaming new Marlins Park—complete with retractable roof and backstop aquariums—will open in downtown Miami. And this year baseball celebrates milestone anniversaries for three of its crown jewels.

Happy 100th

FENWAY PARK

Opened April 20, 1912

World Series hosted: 10

All-Star Games hosted: 3

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