10 bold predictions for spring training
February, 14, 2014
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesIs it possible Matt Kemp might miss all of spring training? Could be.It was in March 2013 that I predicted that some time during the season, Yasiel Puig would become a star on the level of past star rookies such as Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo and create his own mania -- "Puigmania."
Well, it's time for more bold predictions, and I'm beginning with spring training. Let's take a look at my 10 bold predictions for 2014 spring training. (Don't worry, I'll make more bold predictions for the regular season.)
1. Matt Kemp doesn't play in a single major league spring training game.
Kemp is still recovering from microfracture surgery on his left talus bone (a major weight-bearing bone in his ankle), and I think he will begin the season on the disabled list.