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

POWER RANKING

September 15, 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 -- Simply the best.

2. Atlanta Braves -- 2 -- Total baseball.

3. Cincinnati Reds -- 4 -- Disgruntled Gant should quit and join motorcycle gang.

4. Boston Red Sox -- 3 -- Will big bombers turn into big bummers in October?

5. Colorado Rockies -- 6 -- Larry Walker won a game with a bunt Sunday. It must be destiny.

6. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 5 -- Last hurrah for Lasorda?

7. California Angels -- 7 -- Injuries suddenly a big issue.

8. New York Yankees -- 12 -- Looks like they'll be there after all.

9. Chicago Cubs -- 9 -- Found another cure for Cub Fever.

10. Seattle Mariners -- 10 -- If they get in, M's could be dangerously unpredictable playoff team.

11. Kansas City Royals -- 8 -- May be overmatched by Yankees, Mariners in wild-card race.

12. Texas Rangers -- 14 -- The heat -- both real and imagined -- apparently too much for them.

13. Philadelphia Phillies -- 13 -- Strange year should end quietly.

14. San Diego Padres -- 11 -- Haven't taken advantage of light opposition this week or last.

15. Chicago White Sox -- 15 -- Could boost attendance by naming Michael Jordan player/manager for final two weeks of play.

16. San Francisco Giants -- 16 -- Deion's impending departure is major organizational disaster.

17. Houston Astros -- 21 -- Can't buy a break, but they can get all the fractures they want for free.

18. Montreal Expos -- 18 -- Provincial law requires that fans say, "Wait until next year" in both English and French.

19. Oakland A's -- 17 -- Should bring Dave Stewart back as clubhouse coach.

20. Milwaukee Brewers -- 19 -- It was fun while it lasted.

21. Orioles -- 22 -- Plenty of good tickets suddenly available.

22. New York Mets -- 23 -- La Guardia may change landing patterns around Shea. Sight of Mets makes passengers skittish.

23. St. Louis Cardinals -- 24 -- Ram-mania has pushed Cardinals into background.

24. Detroit Tigers -- 25 -- Could be a severe winter.

25. Florida Marlins -- 20 -- Still shark bait after all these years.

26. Toronto Blue Jays -- 26 -- May have to change name of right-field nightclub to Soft Rock Cafe.

27. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 27 -- Shouldn't move to Orlando until they're good enough to beat the Pirates of the Caribbean.

28. Minnesota Twins -- 28 -- Worst thing to happen to Minneapolis since Lou Grant took that job in L.A.

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