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The Mariners may have one of the worst offenses in the American League, but with all-stars in the outfield and on the mound Seattle’s defense is ready to raise the stakes and vie for the AL West title. In “What’s In Are Outs” ESPN The Magazine’s Jeff Bradley shines the spotlight on Felix Hernandez, Ichiro Suzuki and Cliff Lee—a trio that could keep their team in the running despite its weaknesses at bat. Also a part of the MLB Preview, stat gurus at Baseball Think Factory used their cutting-edge computer projection system (ZiPS) to simulate the 2010 baseball season 100 times—Buster Olney weighs in on predictions. The Mag has an E:60 complementary piece as well, “A New Train of Thought,” in which Tim Keown looks at trainer Marv Marinovich obsession with athletic perfection and his latest experiment: UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn. And…“Player X,” NBA, dishes on the groupies that pro athletes come across when on the road and how, he says, “infidelity can be contagious.”
Cover Shoot Video
Felix Hernandez, Ichiro Suzuki and Cliff Lee on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.
MLB Preview Features:
Head to Head
The box score read a simple “F-8.” But one 2009 at-bat between Andre Ethier and Jake Peavy was a study in complexity. By Buster Olney
Also in ESPN The Magazine:
The Final Possession (College Basketball)
Twenty ticks left. Hit a bucket or the Dance is over. What’s the call? Players and coaches talk late-game strategy. By Ryan McGee – Link
NHL Confidential: The Poll That Clears the Zone (NHL)
Pro pucksters give the cold, hard facts on everything from lost teeth to Gary Bettman.
Early Riser/Late Bloomer (NBA)
OKC’s Russel Westbrook is developing faster than his speedy dribble-drives. By Ric Bucher
A New Train of Thought (UFC)
Marv Marinovich has a rep as a nightmare sports dad. But he has one UFC star living the dream. By Tim Keown – Link
Rule 7.19: “Write a Book with Someone Who Has Never Even Read One…”
Choice cuts from the meaty new tome Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life.
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