MLB First Quarter Surprises
The 2011 Major League Baseball season is a little over one-fourth of the way complete. What/who do you think have been the biggest surprises, so far? Alden Gonzalez, of mlb.com, has his thoughts, below.
Centerfielder Michael Brantley, and his Cleveland Indian teammates have been one of the surprises of the 2011 Major League Baseball season.
At what point can one begin to dismiss fluke and embrace reality? That's a line that is never clearly drawn in baseball.
Ask a manager how many at-bats is a fair amount to evaluate a hitter, and you'll hardly ever get a straight answer, because there really is no telling. All you can do is play it out and foresee the best way possible -- the eyes are usually the best indicator.
One-fourth of the season is a pretty fair sample size, though.