With spring training in full swing and the exhibition season kicking off this week, it’s time to start looking forward instead of backward, seeing how all of these offseason decisions will actually affect the 2007 season on the field. To that end, BP kicks off its most ambitious season-preview series ever, entitled, “The Hope and Faith Project: How Your Team Can Win the World Series.”
“Hope and faith,” you’ll recall, were Bud Selig’s watchwords at the start of the decade. His insistence that all teams’ fans should have the two were at the core of his push for greater revenue distribution in the game. I had some fun with the concept, but now that we’ve seen seven different champions in seven seasons, and increasing turnover in the playoff participants each season, the idea that almost every team can dream as the weather gets warmer isn’t one to be mocked. It is, in fact, one to embrace.
Starting Monday, BP will lay out blueprints for every team in the game, 30 teams in 34 days, with writers applying analytical tools, the latest information and just enough optimism to convince the most cold-hearted skeptic. You’ll see familiar names in the bylines, as well as some old favorites and some guest writers who I can’t wait to see on our pages. It’s an exciting project for us, and it’s one we hope you’ll enjoy…no matter what team you have your own hope and faith in.