That sound you hear is the thwacking of bats on balls emanating from the Kansas City Royals’ spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz.
Some baseball fans tune their inner clocks to this annual return of the sport and the harbinger of a new season. After the Royals’ magical run in 2014, there’s even more reason for rising expectations.
National baseball writers have lowered expectations for the Royals in the coming year, though they see the American League Central Division as perhaps the most competitive.
So we want to hear what’s on your mind, now that camp is under way and the team prepares to play its first game of spring on Wednesday. Mobile users, tap here to participate.
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Weigh in on the following observations. Poll results are usually posted online by midday Tuesday and appear on the Opinion pages on Wednesday.