The building has three floors and doesn’t look like it holds so much baseball history when seeing it from the outside. Once you step inside, you realize pretty quickly that you’re going through a time portal into the many eras that the ‘American Pastime’ has to offer. Continue reading “Cooperstown”
For the 88th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at Nationals Park and the first in the nation’s capital since 1969 at RFK Stadium, the home of the then Washington Senators. 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 32 players for each league.
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves
BAA – Batting Average Against
WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched
K – Strikeouts
Stats are accurate as of July 13
* – asterisk indicates starter Continue reading “2018 MLB All-Star Teams”
NL MVP – 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
AL MVP – OF George Springer Houston Astros
NL Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander Houston Astros
NL Rookie of the Year – OF Lewis Brinson Miami Marlins
AL Rookie of the Year – SS Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays
NL Manager of the Year – Torey Lovullo Arizona Diamondbacks
AL Manager of the Year – Aaron Boone New York Yankees
NL Division Winners – Dodgers, Nationals, Cubs
NL Wild Card Winners – Diamondbacks, Cardinals
AL Division Winners – Astros, Yankees, Indians
AL Wild Card Winners – Red Sox, Angels
NLCS – Dodgers over Nationals
ALCS – Yankees over Astros
World Series – Dodgers over Yankees
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. New York Yankees
With the addition of Stanton, the Bronx Bombers have become more formidable.
2. Boston Red Sox
There’s a nice mix of young talent and veterans to compete for at least a Wild Card spot.
3. Toronto Blue Jays
This looks to be a transition year for the Jays and a lot depends on the health of their best players.
4. Baltimore Orioles
The last hurrah for the current roster with a power driven lineup, but a suspect rotation.
5. Tampa Bay Rays
They dismantled the roster and are preparing another crop of young players for the big leagues. Continue reading “American League East”
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
While most had the upstart Yankees losing to the Cleveland Indians in the Division Series, credit to New York for not giving up. They were down 2-0 and came back to win three in a row. Continue reading “2017 MLB Championship Series Preview”