As with past deadline deals these will be highly scrutinized for many years. Instantly we see and decide who got the better end of the deal, but we really won’t know until at least two or three seasons down the road. The only way to know in real time is if the team getting the established major leaguer goes on to win a World Series. Time will tell if that happens this year with the flurry of names (a few marquee ones) being dealt this July.
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.
* – indicates new to team
1. San Francisco Giants
It’s an even year and their rotation has been fortified for another October run.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Losing Zack Greinke will hurt, but their limitless payroll won’t keep them out of the trade market.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
They were the winners of the offseason, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out for a 162 game season.
4. Colorado Rockies
Their offense will be the main reason why they’ll remain competitive this year.
5. San Diego Padres
A simple quick fix is what they’re looking for after a disastrous 2015 season.
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 “10 Questions Heading Into Spring Training”
AL MVP – OF Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
NL MVP – OF Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
AL Cy Young – Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
NL Cy Young – Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers
AL Rookie of the Year – SS Carlos Correa Houston Astros
NL Rookie of the Year – 3B Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs
AL Manager of the Year – Ned Yost Kansas City Royals
NL Manager of the Year – Clint Hurdle Pittsburgh Pirates
Report Cards Continue reading “2015 MLB Mid-Season Report”