NL East

Top Professional Coaches Under 50

Our look at the most accomplished under-50 coaches in baseball, basketball, football and hockey
<p> Top Professional Coaches Under 50</p>

Veterans can be they key to any championship season. However, that doesn’t always extend to the bench or the dugout.

In June, Erik Spoelstra coached the Miami Heat to an NBA title at age 41, but he had to go through Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, 46, to do it.

Baseball's Best Rotation? Washington Nationals

The Nats' plan to build around pitching is coming together
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<p> The Nats' plan to build around pitching is coming together nicely.</p>

After three times through the rotation (and four starts for ace Stephen Strasburg), the Washington Nationals’ rotation has been dominant. Extremely dominant. All five starters boast a WHIP below 1.00, allowing less than one base runner per inning. While the numbers are staggering (1.82 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, two home runs in 98.2 innings, .186 batting average against), the success of the group isn’t that shocking. All five starters have, at some point in their careers, been projected as top-of-the-rotation aces.

NL East Predictions

Phillies have left the door open for Braves, Marlins, Nats
<p> With cracks appearing in the Philadelphia offense, the NL East has become the most competitive division in baseball. The door is open — or at least ajar — for the Braves, Nationals and Marlins to enter.</p>

NL East
1. Philadelphia
2. Atlanta (wild card)
3. Washington
4. Miami
5. New York

Washington Nationals 2012 Preview

Nats ready to compete in tough NL East
<p> The Nationals ended the 2011 season with their best record since their first year in Washington, a healthy Stephen Strasburg and plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their chances to compete in the NL East in 2012.</p>

Washington Nationals


Philadelphia Phillies 2012 Preview

Phils are still team to beat in NL
<p> The Phillies are not as young, physically sound or offensively explosive as they once were, but with a star-studded pitching staff they’re still plenty good enough to turn Halladay’s text message into gospel and go all the way in 2012.</p>

Philadelphia Phillies

Miami Marlins 2012 Preview

New-look Marlins expect to contend
<p> It was the spending spree heard ’round the baseball world. In the span of a few dizzying December days, the newly recast Miami Marlins shelled out $191 million to sign three prominent free agents. After acting like a small-market franchise for virtually all of their two-decade existence, it’s a refreshing change to see the Marlins fall in line with such big-spending Miami brethren as the Heat and the Dolphins.</p>

Miami Marlins

Atlanta Braves 2012 Preview

Braves must negotiate a tougher division this season
<p> The Braves are left to pick up the pieces from one of the most colossal September meltdowns in history. If they are going bounce back from last season’s epic collapse and make a run in an ever-improving division, they’ll need to see significant improvement from players such as Jason Heyward and Martin Prado.</p>

Atlanta Braves

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The NL Arms Race

Offseason changes add to senior circuit’s pitching depth, teams’ expectations
<p> A look at the significant pitching changes made this offseason in the National League</p>

—by Mark Ross

Similar to the American League, this offseason has seen plenty of changes when it comes to the pitching staffs in the National League. Trades and free agent signings have not only impacted rosters, but have been made in hopes of shaking up the standings in Major League Baseball's Senior Circuit.

New York Mets Mt. Rushmore

Tom Terrific is only lock, other three spots up for debate
<p> Tom Seaver is the only clear choice for the Mets’ Mt. Rushmore. The arguments — which offer the toughest decisions of any team yet — may begin right….now.</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

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