This is the end…beautiful friends. No, we won’t be talking about Jim Morrison who fronted The Doors, or Jim Morrison who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1982 to 1987. We will be talking about the worst team in baseball last season.
The San Diego Padres put the league on notice last season. They finished with the best winning percentage in team history (37-23, .617) and made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Ready to battle the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West crown for the next few years, what can they do to take the next step?
The Oakland Athletics finished the 2020 season with a 36-24 record and won the American League West for the first time since 2013. It was their third straight trip to the postseason and they took down the Chicago White Sox in the best-of-three Wild Card series. That set up a Division Series matchup with their bitter division rivals, the Houston Astros.
The Arizona Diamondbacks finished the season 25-35, the second-worst record in the National League. Certainly a bad season, but they are only three years removed from a playoff appearance. What do the D’Backs need to do to get back to the postseason?
2020 marked another season where the St. Louis Cardinals were very mediocre. The 30-28 regular-season record coupled with an early two games-to-one defeat to the Padres in the Wild Card round showed us that there is plenty of room for improvement. How will this storied franchise handle things before the 2021 season rolls around? Perhaps a few significant additions can stir the drink and make this team a true contender once again.
The Cincinnati Reds finished at 31-29 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Unfortunately, they couldn’t score a run and were gone after two losses to the Atlanta Braves. What do they need to do to make it back to October?
The Tampa Bay Rays had the best record in the American League and made it to their second World Series in franchise history. What can they do this offseason to stay on top of the AL and possibly get that ring?
The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2020 season 25-35, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox for last place in the American League East. Although the season wasn’t great, it was certainly a step forward for the O’s after losing over 100 games the last two seasons. What do they need to do to push the rebuild along?
The Milwaukee Brewers made it to October this season with a 29-31 record. They were promptly swept in two games by the eventual champion Los Angeles Dodgers. They should easily be in the playoff conversation again with a few strategic signings.
The Detroit Tigers finished the 2020 season 23-35 and in last place in the tough American League Central. They will have the third pick in next year’s draft behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers as they continue the rebuild. What can the Tigers do to be competitive in their division as well as the AL in general?