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Preseason 2019 MLB Power Rankings

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Preseason 2019 MLB Power Rankings

Spring Training is underway, and you know what that means.

It’s time for preseason power rankings!

As we take a look around Major League Baseball to try to take stock of where everyone stands, one thing immediately jumps out.

The top three teams in baseball likely reside in the American League. After that group? Eight of the next nine are in the wide-open National League.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2019 MLB PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

It’s almost certain that the AL representative in the 2019 World Series will come from Boston, Houston or New York, but the NL’s representative could come from almost anywhere. Of the 15 teams in the Senior Circuit, just four look like they have no chance of competing this season. 

The rest could find themselves playing deep into October, which should make for not only a fun postseason, but a particularly exciting regular season as well. 

This is the most wide-open set of division races entering the season, with four of the six looking like multiple teams have realistic chances of winning. Only the AL Central and AL West look like the division winners are set in stone, and even the Indians could be susceptible if their stars can’t stay healthy.

These predictions are sure to look wrong in sixth months, as they always do. For now, though, they’re a good barometer for how teams are faring heading into an exciting 2019 season. 

Baseball’s back! And now, so are the power rankings.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2019 MLB PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS

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Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner finally found the time to have his finger fixed.

A Saturday Instagram post showed Turner holding up his heavily wrapped right hand and held the caption: "Only took 7 months to get this finger fixed but now my ring will fit better! 🏆 Thank you to Dr. Carlson and all the staff at @hspecialsurgery for taking care of me! World class job by everyone! Forever thankful!"

"Can’t wait to start hitting with 10 fingers..."

Turner did not play from April 3 to May 17 after fracturing a knuckle on his right index finger when he turned to bunt, and a pitch from Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin struck his finger.

Turner's absence was among several enormous blows to the Nationals' health early in the season. His replacements -- Wilmer Difo and prospect Carter Kieboom -- both played poorly. Turner finished his shortened season as a 2.4-WAR player. Difo and Kieboom combined for -2.1 WAR in limited duty. The swing from Turner to his replacements became a massive hole and coincided with the Nationals bumbling through April and May.

When Turner returned, he still was not healed. He swung with nine fingers on the bat. Often, it flew out of his hands at the end of the swing when he first began to play again. He was never able to bend the finger enough so the tip touched the palm of his hand. Turner also went to great length not to discuss his situation through the year.

There was no immediate timeline for Turner's recovery process available Saturday.

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College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

The College GameDay crew is in Waco, Texas, this weekend to set the stage for the highly touted Big 12 matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma that kicks off Saturday night at 7: 30 p.m.

Baylor fans were out in full force for the live broadcast, holding countless signs that took shots at the Sooners. But one fan went outside the college football realm for their inspiration.

The Astros are facing widespread scrutiny as a result of a report that detailed allegations claiming they used high-powered cameras to steal opposing pitchers’ signs during the 2017 season, when they went on to win the World Series.

Houston can’t do much to defend itself until MLB concludes its investigation, so for now it just has to take jabs left and right from all corners of the sports world.

And apparently, even from Waco.

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