SPRING TRAINING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER: So check out Sports Illustrated’s 10 best players in major league baseball.

Mike Trout of the Angels is number 1, Jose Altuve of the Astros is number 2. Even though I’m an Astros fan, I’m good with that. The Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt is number 10 — good choice. The article includes a look a numbers 11 to 100 as well. 11 through 20 are darn good, too. But is Mariner great Nelson Cruz really number 46? Looks low to me, though he is 37. (SI admits its rating system is squishy. But this article is worth the read.)