Yesterday featured the first of the spring training games, and I watched parts of two of them on MLB network. This season should be interesting -- it may even feature a huge lawsuit and/or a player walkout over the owners' seeming collusion over signing free agents. The Astros had a great off-season, making few changes to their 2017 juggernaut, while the Marlins completely dismantled their roster. The flashiest signing was Stanton going to the pinstripes, but the most improved franchises were in National League with two last place clubs revamping to go from last to playoffs -- the Giants and Phillies. And we're likely to see a player have 25 starts on the mound and 350 at bats. My predictions? There'll be entirely too much of the Yankees and the RedSox on Fox, MLB, and ESPN. The Cubs will have real competition from the Brewers and the Cardinals. The Yanks won't be as good as everyone in the media prays they will. Arizona won't make the playoffs. Minnesota will be the class of the AL Central. The Astros and Nationals will lead their respective leagues in wins. Games will continue to get longer because of video replays and constant trips to the mound by catchers, and blame for it will be placed on aspects of the game that have remained unchanged since the days when the length of the average 9-inning game was around 2 hours. Let's play us some baseball!!!!!!