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SI NOW

SI NOW

By WITH HOST Maggie Gray

EDITORS' LETTER

In Tom We Trust

By The Editors OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

INBOX

INBOX

NCAA Tournament (2017)

High STAKES

ONCE THE MADNESS STARTS, NO ONE CAN PREDICT WHAT (A NEAR PLANE CRASH?) OR WHO (A SOUL-SEARCHING SENIOR?) WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

By Pete Thamel

ONE TO CROW ON

By Seth Davis

Ready SET, ZO!

By Luke Winn

LOCAL HERO

By Dan Greene

2017 MLB PREVIEW

1 THE NEW TESTAMENT

O.K., IT HAPPENED. BASEBALL FINALLY REACHED THE CRESCENDO IT HAD BEEN BUILDING TOWARD FOR 108 YEARS—SO NOW WHAT? IT'S YEAR ONE A.C. (AFTER CUBS), AND TIME TO RESET THE STORY LINES, STARS AND STYLES THAT WILL KICK OFF THE GAME'S NEW ERA. HERE ARE 17 REASONS BASEBALL WILL STAY GREAT IN 2017 (AND BEYOND). NO, THE CUBS AREN'T GOING AWAY—CAN SOMEONE PLEASE FIND A FLAW IN KRIS BRYANT?—BUT THE PLACE TO START IS THE LIVING, BREATHING BLEND OF MANTLE AND MAYS IN OUR MIDST. THOSE WHO KNOW MIKE TROUT BEST CAN TAKE IT FROM HERE....

By Ben Reiter

TROUT'S POND

By Kenny Ducey

4 A QUEST CALLED TRIBE

AFTER FALLING ONE WIN SHORT, THE INDIANS ADDED ONE BIG BAT. NOW THEY LIKE THEIR CHANCES—A LOT

By Jack Dickey

5 FIREMEN IN THE HOLE

THESE HIGH-IMPACT BULLPEN ARMS ARE READY TO TAKE ON BIGGER, MORE FLEXIBLE ROLES

By Stephanie Apstein

6 THE LONG GAME

GARY SÁNCHEZ'S HOMER BINGE WAS A BLAST—AND A SIGN THAT THE YANKEES ARE BACK TO BUILDING THE RIGHT WAY

By Ben Reiter

7 AFTER BIG PAPI, THE LITTLE THINGS

FOR THE RED SOX, WINNING—AND JOY—ARE IN THE DETAILS

By Tom Verducci

8 BRAVE NEW WORLD

ATLANTA IS REBOOTING ITS FARM SYSTEM—WITHOUT PUNTING ON THE PRESENT

By Stephanie Apstein

9 BORN TO WIN

By Tom Verducci

11 UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

PLAYERS TOLD SI ABOUT THEIR MOST MEMORABLE INTERACTIONS WITH FANS

By Stephanie Apstein

12 ETA: RIGHT NOW

By JON TAYLER

13 THE REDS' BIG MACHINE

HISTORY IS HAPPENING IN CINCY: JOEY VOTTO IS A HALL-LEVEL HITTER—AND GETTING BETTER. DON'T MISS IT

By Jack Dickey

14 HANDY MEN

VERSATILE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS ARE HAVING A MOMENT—AND THEY'RE NOT ALL GLOVE

By Stephanie Apstein

15 HOME SWEET HOMERS

AFTER ROCKETING TO STARDOM IN KOREAN BASEBALL, ERIC THAMES IS TAKING ONE MORE SHOT AT BIG LEAGUE FAME

By Tom Verducci

16 PITCH WHISPERERS

HOW TO PUT BASEBALL'S FLOOD OF NEW STATS AND INFO TO USE? IT TAKES A TRANSLATOR WHO'S BEEN THERE

By Tom Verducci

17 MACRO MANAGING

PSYCHOLOGIST, STRATEGIST, COUNSELOR, COMEDIAN, FACE OF THE FRANCHISE: THE MODERN BASEBALL MANAGER FILLS AN ABSURD ARRAY OF ROLES, AS A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE DODGERS' DAVE ROBERTS REVEALS

By Tom Verducci

SCOUTING REPORTS

1 RED SOX

2 BLUEJAYS

3 YANKEES

4 RAYS

5 ORIOLES

1 INDIANS

2 TIGERS

3 ROYALS

4 TWINS

5 WHITE SOX

1 ASTROS

2 RANGERS

3 MARINERS

4 ANGELS

5 ATHLETICS

1 NATIONALS

2 METS

3 BRAVES

4 MARLINS

5 PHILLIES

1 CUBS

2 CARDINALS

3 PIRATES

4 BREWERS

5 REDS

1 DODGERS

2 GIANTS

3 ROCKIES

4 DIAMONDBACKS

5 PADRES

POINT AFTER

Chi Society

By Michael Rosenberg

Departments

Leading Off

Paging Tiger

His book about the 1997 Masters reminds us that Tiger Woods has a lot to offer—but that we wish he would give us more

By Michael Bamberger

Cheer to Eternity

Tourney rewind

By Andy Gray

Rounding Error

There's a basketball team of doubters forming, and it's looking for one more player

Money for Something

By Stephanie Apstein

HOT | NOT

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by JEREMY FUCHS

Team Israel 2017-17

By JEREMY FUCHS

The Case for ... Christian in The Middle

By Grant Wahl