* – indicates new to team
1. Kansas City Royals
Their chances of repeating rest solely on the bullpen being a dominant force.
2. Cleveland Indians
The starting rotation is stacked and can match up with any in baseball.
3. Detroit Tigers
An offseason was spent finally remaking the bullpen.
4. Minnesota Twins
They peaked earlier than most expected. Now there are some expectations to compete for a postseason berth.
5. Chicago White Sox
Acquiring Todd Frazier might be a mute point for a team that had a lot of underachieving players last year.
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
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. Continue reading
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
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Now in its 85th year the Midsummer Classic is appearing at the Cincinnati Reds ballpark Great American Ball Park. 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. Continue reading