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Sunday, April 22, 2012 - Page updated at 03:30 p.m.
Larry Stone's MLB power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
Team 1 Rangers (2) Canceled promotions: David Freese Appreciation Day 2 Tigers (1) Not that they're cocky, but Leyland setting up his playoff rotation 3 Dodgers (3) Kemp and Rihanna were perfect couple: She provided the singles, him the HRs 4 Cardinals (4) Beltran is the poor man's Albert Pujols (in world where $13 million is poor) 5 Nationals (8) Politicians in D.C. determined to reduce the National Detweiler 6 Yankees (10) Offended Pudge Rodriguez didn't choose to retire as a Yankee 7 Braves (13) After much debate, Chipper decides he'll go in Hall of Fame as a Brave 8 Giants (16) Wilson undergoes Tommy John, beard undergoes emergency Z.Z. Top 9 Blue Jays (14) Arencibia hitting .154, but at least his Kurkjian imitation went viral 10 Rays (5) Crowd-challenged Rays hope to start an Occupy Tropicana movement 11 Diamondbacks (7) If a 1909 Honus Wagner's worth $1.23 million, what's a '12 Bloomquist go for? 12 Angels (9) Looks like Angels have Pujols and a few holes 13 Brewers (11) Brewer challenges: bullpen, bench and finding a FedEx open on weekends 14 Phillies (6) Great pitching, but their Achilles' heel Ryan Howard's Achilles tendon 15 Orioles (19) Phenom Dylan could be most entertaining Bundy since Al 16 Indians (25) To cash in on 'Hunger Games' mania, 2nd baseman changes name to Kipnis Everdeen 17 White Sox (24) Where's Jason Bere when you really need him? 18 Mets (17) Not true that Mookie Wilson tried to crash the Fenway celebration 19 Rockies (26) Jamie Moyer reminds me of a young Satchel Paige 20 Red Sox (12) Biggest concern at Fenway birthday bash: Rich "El Guapo" Garces eating all the cake 21 Marlins (21) Giancarlo Stanton (0 HR) wishes he could hit like that Mike Stanton guy 22 Reds (15) Aroldis Chapman through Friday: 17 strikeouts (in 9 innings), zero walks 23 Mariners (18) Just biding time for Hultzen, Mulder and Zito. Er, Hultzen, Walker and Paxton 24 A's (23) Never mind 100 years; A's can't wait to celebrate 1 year at new ballpark 25 Pirates (22) Pirates already preparing 100th anniversary of last winning team in 2092 26 Twins (29) Gardy's first question to 23-year-old pitcher Hendriks: "Are you experienced?" 27 Astros (30) New owner wanted to rename them Colt 45s — after their win total, not the gun 28 Cubs (27) Easiest job in sports: reunion coordinator for Cubs' World Series championship teams 29 Padres (28) Padres stink, but at least Tony Gwynn back coaching S.D. State after cancer surgery 30 Royals (20) Royals a cautionary tale of the foibles of rebuilding
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