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Sunday, July 15, 2012 - Page updated at 07:30 p.m.
Larry Stone's MLB power rankings
Last week's rankings in parentheses
Team 1 Yankees (1) Reggie apologizes to Francisco Cervilli for saying he's not Hall of Fame-worthy 2 Rangers (3) Ron Washington requests that World Series this year be American League only 3 Nationals (2) Harper wants to win Gold Glove just to have something to match his shoes 4 White Sox (6) Looks like all Youkilis needed to get going was a change of Sox 5 Angels (5) Trout reaches base against Dickey, Chapman. Next in line: Sidd Finch 6 Pirates (4) Last time Pirates were deadline buyers, Bonds was two hat sizes smaller 7 Reds (10) One week till Larkin honored at Cooperstown; about 20 more years for Votto 8 Braves (13) The Chipper Jones Farewell Tour now moves from K.C. back to Atlanta 9 Dodgers (8) Dodgers have all been hitting like Kemp. Alas, the Home Run Derby version 10 Giants (9) Buoyed by All-Star success, Giants fans now aim to elect Kung Fu Panda president 11 Mets (7) Interesting — Buster Posey couldn't catch Dickey, but David Letterman could 12 Cardinals (12) La Russa shows that his brain is very effective on three months' rest 13 Tigers (18) We've finally found Verlander's weakness: pseudo-meaningful exhibitions 14 Indians (15) It would be great to see Grady Sizemore back healthy this season ... or next 15 Orioles (11) Not true that Brian Roberts' next gig will be portraying "Mayhem" in insurance ad 16 Rays (16) From now on, Joe Maddon will make all pitching changes via instant messaging 17 A's (14) A's have been on the rise ever since Brad Pitt took over as GM 18 Red Sox (17) Sox find it hard to concentrate on baseball while TomKat divorce settlement looms 19 Blue Jays (19) Will they catch the Yankees? That's a clown question, eh? 20 Diamondbacks (21) Trading Upton all part of shrewd plan to contend by getting rid of best players 21 Brewers (23) Where's John Jaha when you really need him? 22 Marlins (20) Season going south, but not all bad: Ratings for "The Franchise" are good 23 Royals (22) K.C. fans still feeding off righteous indignation over Butler snub 24 Phillies (25) Not only has Hamels forgiven Harper, they're now "Thunder buddies for life" 25 Rockies (29) Jim Tracy hires Morgan Freeman to give his pregame speeches; more "authenticity" 26 Cubs (26) Ryan Dempster is going all Orel Hershiser this season 27 Twins (24) Prediction: Francisco Liriano is going to help someone (not Twins) down the stretch 28 Mariners (28) Wilhelmsen gets A-plus for first half, especially if you're grading on the curve 29 Padres (27) By special MLB proviso, Padres allowed to use aluminum bats at Petco Park 30 Astros (30) Astros already gearing up for fierce interleague natural rivalry with Colorado in '13
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