Manager: Mike Scioscia
1999 record: 70-92, fourth place
No. 1: Will the young Angels respond better to Scioscia's easygoing manner?
No. 2: Can he pull a starting rotation out of the ruins of last year's pitching staff?
No. 3: Will veteran starters Tim Belcher and Ken Hill fill the leadership gap left by the loss of free agent Chuck Finley?
No. 4: When will the Angels finally deal one of their surplus outfielders?
No. 5: Will Disney ever start acting like a media giant and compete with the Fox/Dodgers?
Manager: Art Howe
1999 record: 87-75, second place
No. 1: Can the scrappy A's build on last year's surprising performance?
No. 2: Will the front office find the right combination of young players to wrest outfielder Jim Edmonds from the Angels?
No. 3: Is Jason Giambi about an inch away from being a legitimate MVP candidate?
No. 4: Do the A's have enough experience in the bullpen?
No. 5: Since the A's had the best record in the league against the AL East (34-18), could they let the Orioles in on their secret?
Manager: Lou Piniella
1999 record: 79-83, third place
No. 1: Will management be dogged by criticism that it didn't get enough in return for Ken Griffey?
No. 2: Will speculation about pending free agent Alex Rodriguez be the next organizational hurdle?
No. 3: Did new GM Pat Gillick do enough during a busy winter to restore competitive chemistry?
No. 4: Will Aaron Sele solidify the rotation or vindicate the Orioles' concern about his durability?
No. 5: Can Orioles deserter Arthur Rhodes find happiness in the Mariners bullpen?
Manager: Johnny Oates
1999 record: 95-67, first place
No. 1: The Rangers certainly got younger, but did they get better?
No. 2: Can Ruben Mateo and Gabe Kapler fill the offensive void left by two-time MVP Juan Gonzalez?
No. 3: When will third-year owner Tom Hicks deliver this year's "World Series or else" ultimatum?
No. 4: How long before Rafael Palmeiro rips the organization for trading Gonzalez?
No. 5: Will the return of Kenny Rogers be enough to offset the loss of 18-game-winner Aaron Sele?