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Tony's Top 5 baseball players to watch

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 30, 2011 06:25 AM

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Tony's Top 5

Baseball players to watch in 2011

5
David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay. Blossomed into a front-line starter last season. Now may be ready to take the next step to positively dominating force.
4
Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida. A dynamic talent with never-ending maturity, he’s entering the big-money phase of his contract. Think the Marlins would ever trade him?
3
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees. Say what you will about the guy, but he’s in great shape and had a huge spring. Could be a huge year for him.
2
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Boston. On paper, he looks like the perfect fit for Fenway Park and he finally has a lineup around him. The imagination runs wild.
1
Albert Pujols, 1B, St. Louis. In 10 years, he has 10 seasons with 30 homers, 10 with 100 RBI, nine with 100 runs scored (and one with 99). And now it’s a contract year.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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