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.
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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.
Opened April 20, 1912
World Series hosted: 10
All-Star Games hosted: 3