To help with the planning, here are stories The Associated Press is planning ahead of the 2018 MLB season. All times EDT. If you have any questions, please contact Assistants Sports Editor Ed Montes at emontes (at) ap.org
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– Full-page graphics MLB 2018 PREVIEW, graphics MLB TOP ROOKIES moves
– Capsules on all 30 teams postponed March 22.
– Preview of all 30 teams moved March 22nd.
BBO BASEBALL 201
CHICAGO – Aaron Richter. Cody Bellinger. Andrew Benintendi. Paul DeJong. The list goes on and on. Last year's rookie class was one of the best in the history of baseball. To surpass this group of thugs will be quite a duty, but here's a look at some of the advertised prospects hoping to make a name for themselves this year: By Jay Cohen. Sent: 800 Words, Photos
BBO SPREAD RETIREMENT
Todd Helton now regularly drives his two daughters to school or home activities in Tennessee, a major life change for Colorado's former All-Star First Baseman. In fact, an overwhelming and overwhelming adaptation initially. Ex-San Francisco pitcher Noah Lowry owns an outdoor business in Northern California and joined the Chamber of Commerce. He also fought powerfully. When baseball starts all over again, many non-baseball players find it strange to watch the game go on without them. By baseball writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 14200 words, photos
BBO-FANTASY-THE OHTANI DILEMMA
NEW YORK – Shohei Ohtani has the tools to become an unparalleled fantasy baseball star with his ace-level arsenal and incredible power – but only if the game can change to accommodate him. Fantasy leagues face a dilemma: how does a game built around the division of offensive and pitching categories make a player with great skills on both sides of the ball? Should programmers change millions of lines of code to accommodate only one player? These are the challenges faced by websites such as ESPN, Yahoo, and CBS Sports, while the Angels' Japanese star begins his two-way experiment. By Jake Seiner. Told: 1000 words, photos
BBO-BASEBALL 2018 – KEY DATA
Baseball begins again with every team that opens for the first time since 1968 on the same day. Here are a few dates in the calendar. By Jay Cohen. Sent: 800 Words, Photos
BBO-INCREASINGly ELUSIVE 3,000
With Albert Pujols just 32 goals away from 3,000 in his career, this will likely be the fourth consecutive season a player's prestigious club. That has never happened – and could never happen again. Adrian Beltre became the 31st player last season with 3,000 hits, followed by Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez. But after Pujols, it will take at least a couple of seasons before another 3,000-hit clock starts. This milestone seems to be even more difficult. "It's one of those things that, once you get into the big leagues, you know how hard it is," said Robinson Cano, who was 624 in his 14th season. Only Miguel Cabrera, with 2,636 hits in his 16th season, is on the active hits list between Cano and Pujols. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 9009 words, photos
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BBO-SPRING TRAINING STRATEGY
SARASOTA, FL – Orioles manager Buck Showalter learned from Lance Lynn and knew he would change his lineup. Showalter was not worried about the outcome of the spring training game against Minnesota last Tuesday, but he thought Lynn could start a game, with the Twins traveling to Baltimore for a three-game season opening series later this month. Even in spring training, when victories and defeats are meaningless, managers are always on the lookout for significant matchups. By Jake Seiner. SEND: 600 words, photos
BBA RAYS CATCHER BRACELETS
PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida- Major League Baseball made gambling more difficult for the catchers this winter as he changed the rules on Hill Visits. It became even more difficult for backstops with the Tampa Bay Rays when the club announced plans for a four-man rotation to open the season. Pitching coach Kyle Snyder had an idea to help, and catchers Wilson Ramos and Jesus Sucre were eager to get on board – quarterback bracelets with lots of information to help with pitch-calling. By Jake Seiner. SENT: 650 words, photo
BBO MODERN MANAGER
TAMPA, Florida – Gone are the days of Billy Martin and Earl Weaver, as hard-working dugout generals led their teams by their side own guts. Today's generation of managers are employees who discuss statistics with GMs and a team of analysts and then work to sell their decisions to the players. By baseball writer Ronald Blum. Told: 800 Words, Photos
BBO-DU BOUGHT MY GAME
The owners of baseball, who are responsible for preserving and protecting summer sports, are tinkering with it again. Extra inning games in the minor league this season start each inning with a second-base runner, the better to make sure the result is broken and everyone can go home earlier. If you're in such a hurry to end games, why not choose the managers who sit at a table at home and play a board game with dice and spinners? From Hal Bock. Told: 800 Words, Photos
Released on Friday:
BBO BASEBALL 2018
The very thought of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same formation brought the fans into a frenzy. On the opening day, baseball will see which teams really have the muscles. On March 29, a season of the destitute and the have-nots begins, in which Derek Jeter plays with their stripped-down Marlins the inflated Cubs. By baseball writer Ben Walker. SENT: 800 words, photos
CLEARWATER, Florida – The progressive approach of the new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler includes a strategy straight from a softball league. Kapler plans to turn outfielder in the mid-inning to position the better defensive player where Analytics says the batter is most likely to hit the ball. This is not the typical infield shift, and old-school thinkers will probably scoff at Kaple's bold moves, but his players are buying now. By Rob Maaddi. Sent: 800 Words, Photos
BBO CAPSALING CAPTAINS
MESA, Arizona – Anthony Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and winner of the Roberto Clemente Awards 2017, the baseball's biggest award for sportiness and Community involvement. Jon Lester is triple world champion and Jason Heyward has organized the most important meeting in the history of the franchise. Many leaders of the Chicago Cubs. No captains. One of the most revered titles in sport hangs on a thread in baseball. By Jay Cohen. Told: 800 Words, Photos
MESA, Arizona – A Higher Glove. A change of grip. A subtle shift on the hill. An unconscious movement becomes a whisper in the shelter. An ingenious thug tells his friends, and his friends tell their friends, and a seemingly innocuous habit that is virtually unknowable for most of the world quickly becomes a big problem. It's hard to say how many times it happens, but the pitch-tipping seems enough that it's on the radar of managers and coaches in the big leagues. By Jay Cohen. Sent: 800 words, photos.