After years of rust, new ownership has steered the Dodgers back to elite status and the October stage.
Hail to the Giants, worthy champions again. But even their nifty drive to the title can't disguise the continuing decline of the World Series brand.
For a decade and a half, the Yankees and the Red Sox have been in a club by themselves. But the Tigers, the Rangers and the Angels are knocking on the door to superpower status.
Although there are more high-profile spots on the calendar, the next six weeks of the baseball season is by far the most intriguing. This period of discovery foreshadows the pennant finale and October glory.
It's always a harbinger of hope, sure. But in this year's mixed-up, locked-out sports world, baseball's Opening Day is something else, too. It's shelter from the storm.
Atlanta civic leaders embraced pro sports as a catalyst to change attitudes in and about the South. But Henry Aaron had to be persuaded to return when the Braves moved.
They're one of the best and most exciting teams in baseball, but you wouldn't know it by the size of the crowds in Tropicana Field. The Rays are in trouble.
Some familiar baseball faces are nearing the end of the line, and the game won't be the same without them. Sadly, the cult of personality in MLB is about to be a thing of the past.
In this excerpt from "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron," author Howard Bryant writes about the hype surrounding the 20-year-old Aaron during spring training in 1954.
Henry Aaron was largely absent during Barry Bonds' assault on his all-time home run record. A new book about Hammerin' Hank, "The Last Hero," details their complex relationship.