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25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg lead the list of MLB’s youngest stars
<p> 25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under</p>

Youth is being served in MLB. Don't believe me? Look at last year’s awards voting. Besides running away with the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year award, 21-year-old Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout finished second to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP voting.

25 Best Baseball Players Under 25

Baseball's top young stars age 25 and under.
<p> Baseball's top young stars age 25 and under.</p>

If you were trying to win a championship this season, would you rather have youthful talent? Or seasoned experience? Consider a roster of players age 25 and younger vs. a roster of veterans age 35 and older. Here’s my 25-man roster of players who were age 25 or younger on Opening Day (April 4). Next week, I’ll showcase the veterans.


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

2011 MLB Preview

5 Things to Watch in 2011
<p> Athlon Sports previews the upcoming 2011 MLB season and provides the 5 most interesting storylines heading into Opening Day, including Derek Jeter's quest for 3,000 hits, the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation and the return of Stephen Strasburg.</p>

1. Best rotation in history?

It might have been the most mind-bending free agent decision ever. Of all the teams to sign Clifton Phifer Lee, who would have guessed it would be the Philadelphia Phillies? After all, the Phillies had traded Lee last December, and loaded up on two other expensive aces, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt. Why would they need another No. 1 starter? And why would Lee return to the team that rejected him — for $28 million less than the Yankees offered to pay him?