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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Preseason

March 8, 2019
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It always take a bit of getting used to routines during my first day and a half at spring training. I drove early March 7 to Bradenton, Fla., and when I asked when manager Brandon Hyde would talk to the media, I was informed by my friend Rich Dubroff that he spoke at 11 a.m. in Sarasota. Then I took my time after the game to stroll over to the area for postgame and was late for that.

Oh, well. It's day two, and speaking of getting used to things, the Boston Red Sox are in Sarasota and it's going to take a while to get used to the late Nick Cafardo not being around whenever we bump into the Sox from Boston. Rest in peace, Nick.

So as I get settled in, I thought I'd get my 2019 MLB Power Rankings started with my first mock of 2019. No commentary yet, but I'll let you see my first 2019 rankings, along with where each team finished in my rankings at the end of the 2018 season.

1. New York Yankees (100-62, No. 4 overall last year)
2. Houston Astros (103-59, No. 1)
3. Boston Red Sox (108-54, No. 2)
4. Washington Nationals (82-80, No. 16)
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (92-71, No. 7)
6. St. Louis Cardinals (88-74, No. 12)
7. Milwaukee Brewers (96-67, No. 10)
8. Cleveland Indians (91-71, No. 3)
9. Philadelphia Phillies (80-82, No. 17)
10. Chicago Cubs (95-68, No. 8)
11. Tampa Bay Rays (90-72, No. 11)
12. Colorado Rockies (91-72, No. 9)
13. New York Mets (77-85, No. 20)
14. Atlanta Braves (90-72, No. 6)
15. Oakland Athletics (97-65, No. 5)
16. Minnesota Twins (78-84, No. 19)
17. Pittsburgh Pirates (82-79, No. 14)
18. San Diego Padres (66-96, No. 27)
19. Chicago White Sox (62-100, No. 26)
20. Cincinnati Reds (67-95, No. 24)
21. Seattle Mariners (89-73, No. 13)
22. Los Angeles Angels (80-82, No. 18)
23. Arizona Diamondbacks (82-80, No. 15)
24. Toronto Blue Jays (73-89, No. 21)
25. Kansas City Royals (58-104, No. 29)
26. Detroit Tigers  (64-98, No. 25)
27. Texas Rangers (67-95, No. 23)
28. San Francisco Giants (73-89, No. 22)
29. Baltimore Orioles (47-115, No. 30)
30. Miami Marlins  (63-98, No. 28)

During the season my MLB Power Rankings -- now in their 8th season -- will be available on in writing and video on Monday mornings. In addition, I'll be back with "After Bird Watching" on my Facebook page.

Catch "The Bat Around" with Stan "The Fan" Charles every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at  Follow him on Twitter at  @StanTheFan.