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The last two World Series champs were huge long shots. Which so-called non-contender will emerge in 2004?

Originally Published: February 25, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Somebody's going to surprise us this year. I mean, really surprise us.

Did anybody predict that the Angels in 2002 or the Marlins in 2003 would reach the postseason? Outside of California and Florida, I mean?

Remember, in 2001 the Angels went 75-87; in 2002 the Marlins went 79-83. The Angels finished third, 41 games behind the Mariners; the Marlins finished fourth, 23 games behind the Braves.

So if you're looking for a sleeper, you have to start with teams that finished a long ...

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