Spring training is all about hope. It’s a new season and every team is tied for first place. Anything can happen. Maybe this is the year that the Cubs (or your favorite team) can win it all.
At least that’s how things are in theory. In practice, not so much. The truth is that when MLB opens their 2010 season, about one-third of the teams will have no realistic chance of competing for a spot in the post-season. These teams have become little more than fodder to fill out baseball’s regular season schedule.