Notes on a scorecard:
3 Bound to happen during spring training:
Few players will know what teams are in what divisions. . . .
The owners will promise to have a commissioner by the end of the 1998 Winter Olympics. . . .
Darryl Strawberry will be asked what he thought about the earthquake. . . .
Bo Jackson's home runs in Arizona will sell tickets in Anaheim. . . .
The word "battery" in headlines won't necessarily refer to pitchers and catchers. . . .
The San Diego Padres will have the best record. . . .
The Toronto Blue Jays will have the worst record. . . .
Michael Jordan will go 0-for-3. . . .
A pitcher with a .500 career record will complain about his $2 million-a-year contract. . . .
The Cincinnati Reds will be overrated. . . .
The Cleveland Indians will be underrated. . . .
Teams will practice cutoff and rundown plays, but not work on them once the regular season starts. . . .
It will be SRO in trainers' rooms. . . .
It will be too wet in Florida. . . .
It will be too dry in Arizona. . . .
A herd of portly umpires will resolve to start their diets. . . .
The Seattle Mariners will give Japanese-born pitcher Mac Suzuki a good shot to become their closer. . . .
Night games will take away the charm of exhibition baseball. . . .
The pitchers will be ahead of the hitters, according to the hitters. . . .
The hitters will be ahead of the pitchers, according to the pitchers. . . .
Michael Jordan will go 0-for-4. . . .
The Orioles' Lee Smith will strike out the side and it will be written that he still has his fastball. . . .
Lee Smith will give up a game-winning hit and it will be written that he has lost his fastball. . . .
New Oriole Rafael Palmeiro won't chit-chat at first base with Will Clark. . . .
There will be a threat of a strike. . . .
Only southpaws will be described as "crafty.". . .
Orioles manager Johnny Oates will say he's going to try to give Cal Ripken some rest in the late innings this year. . . .
Michael Jordan will announce his retirement from baseball.