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Our 2016 MLB preview: Young & mighty

Baseball appeared in a pickle upon the retirement of New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.

Who would inherit Jeter’s unofficial title of “Face of the Game?”

Who would emerge to captivate fans with their multiple tools and hunger to excel?

As it turned out, there was no shortage of candidates. And they’re going to be around for years and years to come.

Our 2016 Major League Baseball preview:

Jerry Sullivan's cover story: An expression of youth

Jerry Sullivan's 24-and-under major league all-stars

Mike Harrington's season-opening MLB Power Rankings: Explanations for No. 1 through 30

Mike Harrington's Inside Baseball: Blue Jays, Bisons in good hands with Shapiro

Greg Connors' Mixed Media column on Jeff Passan's "fascinating" new book: “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.”

Bucky Gleason's column: Baseball can be a salve for U.S.-Cuba relations

PREDICTIONS: Mike Harrington and Jerry Sullivan on breakout players, MVPs, World Series champs & more

Our cover, by News Sports Designer Jason Baum:

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Page two, featuring Jerry Sullivan's column; also designed by Baum:

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