Last season, one fan base saw something they probably thought would never happen again: The Kansas City Royals won the World Series for the first time in 30 years.
The question for 2016 seems to be if another franchise will end a drought. Or will baseball again work like clockwork in an even-numbered year?
Naturally, the longest drought belongs to the Chicago Cubs, who have been building and re-building and building again since 1908. The New York Mets will look to follow the Royals lead by turning a loss in the World Series into a championship the following year to end a 30-year drought.
Perhaps the Blue Jays will end their own drought after last winning back-to-back titles in 1992-93.
The San Francisco Giants, though, are ready to contend for another world championship in an even-numbered year after winning the 2010, 2012 and 2014 titles.
Then again, the Royals won’t go away quietly and will try to be the first franchise to win back-to-back titles since the Yankees from 1998-2000.
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As a tease, here are our picks for each division and major awards.
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