With a tip of the cap to Super Bowl 50, here's a checklist of 50 things to ponder, plan for, debate, celebrate and track during the 2016 baseball season. Some are on the calendar, some are almost givens, and others hopefully offer a reasonable balance between heart and head. But if any day is about high expectations and hype, it's this one. So on with the show.
5. Switch-hitters/teammates Carlos Beltran (392 homers) and Mark Teixeira (394) join the 400-homer club. Only three other switch-hitters -- Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray and Chipper Jones -- have reached that plateau.
6. A.J. Pierzynski's 2,000th hit. He's at 1,989, and just eight players who played 50 percent of their career games as catcher have reached 2,000.
7. Pujols becomes the 20th player with 5,000 total bases (he's at 4,961).
8. Felix Hernandez becomes the Mariners' all-time leader in wins and strikeouts.
9. Evan Longoria assumes the Rays' all-time lead in games played.
10. Yadier Molina becomes the Cardinals' all-time leader in games caught.
11. Clayton Kershaw joins Don Sutton, Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax as the only Dodgers to strike out 2,000 batters. He needs 254 K's and has averaged 257 over the last three seasons.
32. Phil Hughes has more wins than walks. He had 16 wins and 16 walks in 2014, while last season he had 11 wins and 16 walks.
33. A Padres no-hitter (they are the only current franchise without one).
34. The Giants continue their even-year flag-raising ways (World Series titles in 2010, '12, '14).
35. A third straight All-Star MVP for Mike Trout (no one has won three total).
36. Bryce Harper challenges for a Triple Crown. He was first in the National League in homers, second in batting average and fifth in RBIs in 2015. The last NL player to win the Triple Crown was Ducky Medwick in 1937.
37. An MVP for a Red Sox player (Boston is the only franchise to have an MVP in every decade since the 1930s -- they are 0-for-6 this decade).