The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks...

POWER RANKING

July 21, 1995|By Peter Schmuck

The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks the major leagues' 28 teams.

Rank, Team, Previous Rank, Comment

1. Cleveland Indians -- 1 -- Hargrove has been great, but Chief Wahoo could win with this team.

2. Atlanta Braves -- 2 -- Looks like a big year for politically incorrect nicknames.

3. Cincinnati Reds -- 3 -- Marge Schott a shoo-in for Superstitious Executive of the Year Award.

4. Colorado Rockies -- 4 -- Too legit to quit.

5. California Angels -- 7 -- Next year's uniform caps to have mouse ears.

6. Boston Red Sox -- 5 -- Mo can take care of himself, but Sox may need extra security to protect their place in the standings.

7. Texas Rangers -- 6 -- Always a good offensive team, but upgraded pitching has provided some Arlington symmetry.

8. Houston Astros -- 9 -- Hanging around just in case Reds don't.

9. Orioles -- 12 -- They'd be in first place right now if they could beat the Twins.

10. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 13 -- Too much pitching talent to be stuck around .500.

11. Seattle Mariners -- 16 -- The Big Unit is worth the price of admission all by himself.

12. San Diego Padres -- 15 -- Plantier trade shows frugal Padres serious about staying in NL West race.

13. Kansas City Royals -- 17 -- Injuries have stretched starting rotation too thin.

14. Milwaukee Brewers -- 20 -- .500 record would be moral victory for mini- market team.

15. Chicago Cubs -- 11 -- Got swept by Mets. Go back four spaces.

16. Philadelphia Phillies -- 10 -- Total collapse.

17. Oakland A's -- 14 -- Fell hard out of contention with recent losing streak.

18. Detroit Tigers -- 8 -- Ironically, it was Angels who put damper on miracle season.

19. New York Yankees -- 18 -- Still waiting -- and hoping -- for things to turn around.

20. San Francisco Giants -- 19 -- Too close for Rockies to get comfortable, but don't look very threatening.

21. Toronto Blue Jays -- 24 -- Have the time to get back in the race, but do they have the team?

22. Montreal Expos -- 21 -- Youth no longer being served.

23. Chicago White Sox -- 22 -- Worst road record in baseball (13-24) doesn't help.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 23 -- Not nearly as bad as everyone expected, but that's not saying much.

25. St. Louis Cardinals -- 25 -- Next time in town, go see the breweries instead.

26. Florida Marlins -- 26 -- Still fishing for their first compliment.

27. New York Mets -- 27 -- Funny there has never been a Broadway show called "Damn Mets."

28. Minnesota Twins -- 28 -- Now losing ratings war to both "Mary Tyler Moore" and "Coach" reruns.

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