2016 MLB All-Star Teams

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For the 86th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Petco Park in San Diego, California. This will be the first time the MLB All-Star game will be played at the San Diego Padres new ballpark. It was first opened back in 2004. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 34 players for each league.

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2016 MLB World Series & Awards Predictions

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MLB Awards

NL MVP – OF Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

AL MVP – OF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Cy Young – Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays

NL Rookie of the Year – SS Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Rookie of the Year – OF Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins

NL Manager of the Year – Bruce Bochy San Francisco Giants

AL Manager of the Year – A.J. Hinch Houston Astros

Postseason Projections

NL Division Winners – Cubs, Giants, Mets

NL Wild Card Winners – Cardinals, Pirates

AL Division Winners – Royals, Blue Jays, Astros

AL Wild Card Winners – Rangers, Red Sox

NLCS – Giants over Cubs

ALCS – Royals over Astros

World Series – Royals over Giants

American League East

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1. Toronto Blue Jays

Some question marks in the pitching staff will be overlooked thanks to their scary good lineup.

2. Boston Red Sox

Getting a legitimate closer and an ace in the rotation puts them back into the contender category.

3. New York Yankees

They’re one injury in the lineup and/or rotation away from struggling mightily.

4. Baltimore Orioles

They also have a good lineup, but their pitching staff has far too many question marks.

5. Tampa Bay Rays

Pitching is something they have plenty of, but their lineup has always struggled to keep pace within the division.

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10 Questions Heading Into Spring Training

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Halloween came and went. We stuffed our faces during Thanksgiving and celebrated the season at Christmas. We rang in the New Year and let Valentines go to the wayside. Pretty soon the unofficial holiday of Opening Day will be upon us and there are always a ton of questions as to what the new baseball season will bring us. I only have ten, but they are the ten most important and burning questions going into Spring Training. Continue reading