NL PREVIEWS : WEST DODGERS.
Manager: Tom Lasorda
Last year: 78-66, 1st in NL West
Who's new: SS Greg Gagne, 3B Mike Blowers, LHP Scott Radinsky, OF Milt Thompson
Who's gone: SS Jose Offerman, 3B Tim Wallach, OF Roberto Kelly
They'll win if: Mike Piazza and Eric Karros aren't intimidated by playing in the final years of their contracts.
They'll lose if: the players begin measuring for ring sizes in mid-July, and Fred Claire takes their orders.
SAN DIEGO PADRES Manager: Bruce Bochy
Last year: 70-74, 3rd in NL West
Who's new: OF Rickey Henderson, 1B Wally Joyner, RHP Bob Tewksbury, RHP Sean Bergman, OF Todd Steverson
Who's gone: INF-OF Bip Roberts, OF Phil Plantier, RHP Richie Lewis
They'll win if: A rumor starts that Rickey Henderson is in the final year of his contract, and it gets back to Rickey.
They'll lose if: The Dodgers decide to go ahead and play the season.
COLORADO ROCKIES Manager: Don Baylor
Last year: 77-67, 2nd in NL West
Who's new: C Jeff Reed
Who's gone: C Joe Girardi, OF Mike Kingery, INF Roberto Mejia
They'll win if: They start awarding points in the standings for grotesque ERA's and sore necks.
They'll lose if: Bret Saberhagen's shoulder isn't ready to join the rotation until after the Rockies are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Manager: Dusty Baker
Last year: 67-77, 4th in NL West
Who's new: OF Stan Javier, LHP Allen Watson, RHP Rich DeLucia
Who's gone: OF Deion Sanders, SS Royce Clayton, LHP Trevor Wilson, INF Mike Benjamin
They'll win if: Journeyman Stan Javier is the leadoff hitter they've been looking for, and not the journeyman they've had all along.
They'll lose if: Matt Williams, who played in 76 games last season, does not become Matt Williams again, and if Shawon Dunston does become Shawon Dunston again.
CENTRAL CINCINNATI REDS Manager: Ray Knight
Last year: 85-59, 1st in NL Central
Who's new: OF Vince Coleman, OF Mike Kelly
Who's gone: OF Ron Gant, RHP Mike Jackson, OF Darren Lewis, C Benito Santiago, LHP David Wells
They'll win if: The transition from Davey Johnson coddling to Ray Knight ferocity doesn't freeze the players and scare the dog.
They'll lose if: There is no early replacement for injured closer Jeff Brantley, and they lose touch with the Cardinals and Astros.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Manager: Tony La Russa
Last year: 62-81, 4th in NL Central
Who's new: RHP Andy Benes, SS Royce Clayton, 3B Gary Gaetti, OF Ron Gant, RHP Todd Stottlemyre, RHP Dennis Eckersley
Who's gone: RHP Rich DeLucia, 3B Scott Cooper
They'll win if: Pitching coach Dave Duncan can perform the same mysticism in St. Louis that he did by the Bay.
They'll lose if: Eck's control no longer matches his heart, because his fastball hasn't in years.
HOUSTON ASTROS Manager: Terry Collins
Last year: 76-68, 2nd in NL Central
Who's new: INFs Sean Berry and Ray Holbert
Who's gone: C Pat Borders, 1B Dave Magadan, OF Milt Thompson
They'll win if: Right-hander Darryl Kile rediscovers the strike zone and becomes the best fifth-starter in the National League.
They'll lose if: Thirty-somethings Doug Drabek (4.77) and Greg Swindell (4.47) don't pull their ERAs into the three-somethings.
Chicago Cubs Manager: Jim Riggleman
Last year: 73-31, 3rd in NL Central
Who's new: 2B Ryne Sandberg, LHP Bob Patterson, 1B Dave Magadan, RHP Doug Jones
Who's gone: SS Shawon Dunston, 3B Howard Johnson, LHP Randy Myers, 3B Todd Zeile
They'll win if: By the end of their season, anyone outside of Rush Street can name three of their five starters. Incidentally, they are Jaime Navarro, Frank Castillo, Kevin FosFter, Jim Bullinger and Steve Trachsel.
They'll lose if: The folks in the bleachers are still talking about the loss of closer Randy Myers by the time they can take their shirts off.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES Manager: Jim Leyland
Last year: 58-86, 5th in NL Central
Who's new: 3B Charlie Hayes, OF Mike Kingery, LHP Kevin Rogers, RHP Danny Darwin
Who's gone: RHP Jim Gott, C Mark Parent, C Don Slaught
They'll win if: Uh...um...geez...well, maybe Jim Leyland can do something with them.
They'll lose if: Something isn't done about the starting rotation, fast, right now and forever.
EAST ATLANTA BRAVES Manager: Bobby Cox
Last year: 90-54, 1st in NL East
Who's new: OF Dwight Smith, OF Jerome Walton
Who's gone: RHP Steve Bedrosian, OF Mike Kelly, LHP Kent Mercker
They'll win if: The bus gets to the ballpark on time. The rest of the division isn't close, even if the Braves are World Series fat.
They'll lose if: Down years in 1995 by David Justice, Fred McGriff and Marquis Grissom turn into career trends.
FLORIDA MARLINS Manager: Rene Lachemann
Last year: 67-76, 4th in NL East
Who's new: RHP Kevin Brown, RHP Wilson Heredia, OF Devon White, OF Joe Orsulak
Who's gone: RHP Bobby Witt, RHP Bryan Harvey, OF Nigel Wilson
They'll win if: Newcomers Kevin Brown and Al Leiter hold up the rotation until Cuban Livan Hernandez arrives.
They'll lose if: Gary Sheffield keeps running into the law, or if Terry Pendleton finally bumps into old age.
NEW YORK METSManager: Dallas Green
Last year: 69-75, T2nd in NL East
Who's new: OF Bernard Gilkey, OF Lance Johnson, RHP Derek Wallace, LHP Chris Nabholz
Who's gone: OF Damon Buford, OF Joe Orsulak
They'll win if: Right-handers Jason Isringhausen and Paul Wilson and left-hander Bill Pulsipher are wild-card-race ready, thoFugh none has seen his 25th birthday.
They'll lose if: Shortstop Rey Ordonez turns out to be the next Bud Harrelson, rather than the next Ozzie Smith, as he has been touted.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES Manager: Jim Fregosi
Last year: 69-75, T2nd in NL East
Who's new: 3B Todd Zeile, INF Mike Benjamin, RHP Ken Ryan, Benito Santiago
Who's gone: 3B Charlie Hayes, OF Andy Van Slyke, RHP Heathcliff Slocumb
They'll win if: Benito Santiago is young again, Darren Daulton is young again, Lenny Dyksra is young again, Sid Fernandez is. . .
They'll lose if: Daulton, at 34, can't play left field any better than Pete Incaviglia, at 24.
MONTREAL EXPOS Manager: Felipe Alou
Last year: 66-78, 5th in NL East
Who's new: INF Dave Silvestri, LHP Rheal Cormier, RHP Dave Veres, INF Ryan McGuire
Who's gone: LHP Butch Henry, INF Wil Cordero, INF Sean Berry, RHP Gil Heredia
They'll win if: Baseball's salary cap and revenue sharing arrive before payday.
They'll lose if: That $15 million payroll is the start of a you-get-what-you-pay-for year.
AL PREVIEWS WEST ANGELS Manager: Marcel Lachemann
Last year: 78-67, 2nd in AL West
Who's new: RHP Steve Ontiveros, INF Randy Velarde, LHP Joey Rosselli, RHP Bryan Harvey, RHP Jason Grimsley
Who's gone: RHP Mike Harkey, C Greg Myers, INF Tony Phillips, INF Spike Owen, LHP Bob Patterson
They'll win if: Tony Phillips wasn't as important to the offense as the entire organization agreed he was last season.
They'll lose if: The starting pitchers get lazy with all of the run support, as appeared to happen last August.
SEATTLE MARINERS Manager: Lou Piniella
Last year: 79-66, 1st in AL West
Who's new: OF Luis Polonia, 1B Paul Sorrento, INF Russ Davis, RHP Mike Jackson, LHP Sterling Hitchcock, RHP Mike Butcher
Who's gone: OF Vince Coleman, 1B Tino MartineFz, 3B Mike Blowers, RHP Tim Belcher, RHP Andy Benes, RHP Jeff Nelson
They'll win if: Their 1995 knockout of the Angels isn't undermined by the losses of cornermen Martinez and Blowers.
They'll lose if: Ken Griffey Jr.'s presidential candidacy takes hold, and he names mouthy Luis Polonia as his running mate.
TEXAS RANGERS Manager: Johnny Oates
Last year: 74-70, 3rd in AL West
Who's new: RHP Ken Hill, OF Damon Buford, OF Darryl Hamilton, RHP Mike Henneman
Who's gone: RHP Danny Darwin, RHP Roger McDowell, OF Otis Nixon, RHP Bob Tewksbury
They'll win if: Three-through-six in the batting order - Will Clark, Juan Gonzalez, Dean Palmer and Mickey Tettleton - go for 110 homers and 350 RBI.
They'll lose if: Starter Ken Hill is called upon to stop losing streaks all season long.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS Manager: Art Howe
Last year: 67-77, 4th in AL West
Who's new: OF Pedro Munoz, 1B Phil Plantier
Who's gone: OF Rickey Henderson, OF Stan Javier, RHP Steve Ontiveros, RHP Todd Stottlemyre, IF Fausto Cruz, RHP Ramon Fermin
They'll win if: Turn Back the Clock Day returns only to the early '90s.
They'll lose if: Todd Van Poppel shows any signs of being a major-league pitcher. But, at least it'll make the scouting department feel better.
CENTRAL CLEVELAND INDIANS Manager: Mike Hargrove
Last year: 100-44, 1st in AL Central
Who's new: RHP Jack McDowell, INF Julio Franco
Who's gone: RHP Ken Hill, 1B Paul Sorrento, OF Dave Winfield
They'll win if: Albert Belle is allowed to play his game in a vacuum - no fans, no media, no pressure, no teammates, no trick-or-treaters, no Hannah Storm - but lots of cash.
They'll lose if: Orel Hershiser and Dennis Martinez, thus far aging gracefully, break down.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX Manager: Terry Bevington
Last year: 68-76, 3rd in AL CentraFl
Who's new: OF Tony Phillips, OF Danny Tartabull, OF Darren Lewis, DH Harold Baines, RHP Kevin Tapani
Who's gone: OF Lance Johnson, OF Tim Raines, LHP Scott Radinsky, C Mike LaValliere
They'll win if: Every time they play the Indians, it happens to be at a time when Tony Phillips is not retired.
They'll lose if: None of Harold Baines, Danny Tartabull and Robin Ventura is enough to convince opponents to pitch to Frank Thomas.
MINNESOTA TWINS Manager: Tom Kelly
Last year: 56-88, 5th in AL Central
Who's new: OF Roberto Kelly, DH Paul Molitor, C Greg Myers
Who's gone: RHP Scott Erickson, 3B Scott Leius, OF Pedro Munoz
They'll win if: Class acts Paul Molitor and Kirby Puckett have just enough left to overcome what is among the worst pitching staffs in the league.
They'll lose if: Rick Aguilera, a starter turned closer turned starter again, is neither come July.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS Manager: Bob Boone
Last year: 70-74, 2nd in AL Central
Who's new: RHP Tim Belcher, C Mike Macfarlane, SS Jose Offerman, 2B Bip Roberts
Who's gone: 3B Gary Gaetti, SS Greg Gagne, 1B Wally Joyner, C Brent Mayne, RHP Gregg Olson
They'll win if: The best player in the organization isn't still a guy named George Brett.
They'll lose if: An infield of, from left to right, Keith Lockhart, Jose Offerman, Bip Roberts and Bob Hamelin, is even close to being as bad as it sounds.
MILWAUKEE BREWERS Manager: Phil Garner
Last year: 65-79, 4th in AL Central
Who's new: OF Chuck Carr, RHP Ben McDonald, C Matt Nokes
Who's gone: OF Darryl Hamilton, C Joe Oliver, INF B.J. Surhoff, RHP Bill Wegman
They'll win if: They can pry winning seasons from two or three starters, which would be two or three more than they had last season.
They'll lose if: Phil Garner's scrap turns from iron to heap before the season is half through.
EAST BALTIMORE ORIOLES Manager: Davey Johnson
Last year: 71-73, 3rd in AL East
Who's new: 2B Roberto Alomar, OF Mike Devereaux, LHP Kent Mercker, LHP Randy Myers, LHP David Wells, Roger McDowell
Who's gone: RHP Kevin Brown, RHP Doug Jones, RHP Ben McDonald
They'll win if: Brady Anderson and Alomar each score 110 runs, a sure sign that Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla have some O left for the Orioles.
They'll lose if: Mercker - the ``and one'' part of the Braves' Fab Four and one rotation - was better off at the end of a rotation than in the middle of it.
NEW YORK YANKEES Manager: Joe Torre
Last year: 79-65, 2nd in AL East
Who's new: 1B Tino Martinez, RHP Jeff Nelson, OF Tim Raines, LHP Kenny Rogers, RHP Dwight Gooden
Who's gone: INF Russ Davis, 1B Don Mattingly, RHP Jack McDowell, OF Darryl Strawberry, INF Randy Velarde
They'll win if: Jimmy Key's shoulder mends quickly enough to join the rotation before David Cone's gives out.
They'll lose if: George Steinbrenner decides June 1 is a bad time to be 1-1/2 games out of first.
BOSTON RED SOX Manager: Kevin Kennedy
Last year: 86-58, 1st in AL East
Who's new: 2B Wil Cordero, RHP Tom Gordon, RHP Heathcliff Slocumb, C Mike Stanley, DH Kevin Mitchell
Who's gone: RHP Rick Aguilera, OF Willie McGee, RHP Ken Ryan, OF Mark Whiten, OF Lee Tinsley
They'll win if: Roger Clemens wins 20 games. It would be his first such season since 1990.
They'll lose if: Jose Canseco plays more than 50 games in right field. The Red Sox were the league's worst fielding team last season, and that won't help.
DETROIT TIGERS Manager: Buddy Bell
Last year: 60-84, 4th in AL East
Who's new: C Mark Parent, INF Mark Lewis, OF Melvin Nieves, IF Fausto Cruz, RHP Ramon Fermin, RHP Richie Lewis
Who's gone: OF Milt Cuyler, INF Scott Fletcher, RHFP Mike Henneman, RHP Mike Moore, INF Lou Whitaker, OF Todd Steverson, RHP Sean Bergman, OF Phil Plantier
They'll win if: General manager Randy Smith can stay patient, rebuild the farm system, draft wisely. Oh, this year. Never mind.
They'll lose if: Everyone plays within themselves, one game at a time, and gives 110 percent.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS Manager: Cito Gaston
Last year: 56-88, 5th in AL East
Who's new: RHP Erik Hanson, OF Otis Nixon, C Charlie O'Brien, RHP Bill Risley
Who's gone: 2B Roberto Alomar, LHP Al Leiter, DH Paul Molitor, RHP Duane Ward, OF Devon White
They'll win if: Juan Guzman looks anything like the pitcher he did a few years ago. Of course, that would just be a start.
They'll lose if: Joe Carter is too old, Alex Gonzalez too young, Otis Nixon too old, Carlos Delgado too young.
3 Photos, Chart, Box
Photo: (1) San Francisco's Barry Bonds
(2) M innesota's Kirby Puckett
(3) Baltimore's Cal Ripken, Jr., left, and Roberto Alomar.
Chart: ON THE MOVE
Box: ON THE AIR
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Mar 28, 1996|
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