Manager: Jerry Manuel
1998 record: 80-82, second place
No. 2: DH Frank Thomas may be dealt as team falls out of the race.
No. 4: What to do with high-priced pitching flop Jaime Navarro?
No. 5: Will shortstop Mike Caruso keep his errors at a reasonable count? Like, say, double digits.
Manager: Mike Hargrove
1998 record: 89-73, first place
No. 1: Even without a bona-fide No. 1 starter, they probably won't be bitten in this toothless division.
No. 2: Will Roberto Alomar stay happy and motivated now that he's with brother Sandy?
No. 3: The Indians count on Sandy to rebound offensively. It won't happen if the knee and back problems return.
No. 4: Will shortstop Omar Vizquel's desire to renegotiate his contract lead to a trade?
No. 5: The bullpen added Ricardo Rincon and Jerry Spradlin. Was it enough?
Manager: Larry Parrish
1998 record: 65-97, fifth place
No. 1: Can Willie Blair recapture the magic that made him a 16-game winner in 1997?
No. 2: Dean Palmer hit 34 homers in Kansas City and should top that at cozy Tiger Stadium.
No. 3: Parrish must decide if Damion Easley, coming off a career year, or Palmer will hit fifth.
No. 4: Japanese right-hander Masao Kida gets a chance to join the rotation but must improve his off-speed stuff.
No. 5: Parrish is largely unproven as a manager. So was Buddy Bell; you know what happened to him.
Manager: Tony Muser
1998 record: 72-89, third place
No. 1: If Kevin Appier is traded, Jose Rosado could become the No. 1 starter. Blindfolds will be handed out at the gates.
No. 2: What about the rest of the rotation? Better yet, don't ask.
No. 3: Can anyone here play shortstop? Can anyone here at least fake it?
No. 4: If Jeff King remains in K.C., his temperamental back will be a season-long concern for Muser.
No. 5: One relief candidate is former Oriole Terry Mathews. If he comes to Camden Yards, please be gentle.
Manager: Tom Kelly
1998 record: 70-92, fourth place
No. 1: Pretty soon, the highest-paid person in the clubhouse will be the bat boy.
No. 2: Brad Radke will have to win, oh, about 75-80 games for the Twins to be competitive.
No. 3: Why keep $4 million-plus closer Rick Aguilera when there won't be many leads to protect?
No. 4: Just how much will the Twins regret cutting loose Pat Meares in another cost-saving move?
No. 5: How long before Kelly runs screaming from the room? The over-under is July 1
Pub Date: 2/21/99