Al West

Spring Training 2000

February 16, 2000|By PETER SCHMUCK

Anaheim Angels

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?

Oakland Athletics

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?

Seattle Mariners

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?

Texas Rangers

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?

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