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Today was supposed to be a great day in Boston with the Boston Marathon and the Boston Red Sox playing an early morning game. We Americans were also celebrating Patriots day and Jackie Robinson day. Just as the Marathon came to an end, the unthinkable happened. Tragedy struck Boston with no warning. Two explosions went off near the finish line and injured hundreds of people and sadly killing two. Why would this happen on such a great day? Why would this happen in general? Why is the world we live in so dangerous, ruthless, and scary. We will never know. Today was supposed to such an innocent day, a day where families brought their kids to enjoy a nice day in the beautiful city of Boston. We should all thank the people that came to the rescue today, it wasn’t easy. Lets hope this kind of incident does not happen again anytime soon. Just read the words of 3B Will Middlebrooks who tweeted earlier “Wrong city to mess with..#Boston” Stay strong Boston.
So we are past our first week in the season for Major League baseball and there has already been a few suprising starts for some players we didn’t necessarily expect a whole lot from. Clearly the obvious player would be 1B Chris Davis. He already has 6 home runs and 19 RBI. The 6th home run came tonight in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox. Had many of us fantasy owners thinking “Damn, why didn’t I draft him?”. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. This guy usually hits in the low .200’s and strikes out a bunch, so why would he be on your board. He does have monster power, but we didn’t expect this start from this former Texas Ranger. Would I recomend trading for him? sure. But try not to give up too much for him, can never really tell if he’s just having a good month or if he’s for real. Keep your eye out for him though.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda after injuring his finger on a line drive. Would later leave after hitting his second batter of the inning. (Bruised Finger)
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I know I’m few days late on my predictions for the American League Central, but I need to do it anyway. I’d say over the years, this has been one of the weakest divisions in baseball. Usually most of the teams would finish a game or two behind each other and than you had the Royals who lost 100 games every year. All though I won’t say its a great division now, it’s definitely improved a great deal.
Royals: The Royals have probably been one of worse teams in Major League Baseball over the past few decades and I think this year, that reputation comes to an end. This offseason they acquired James Shield, Wade Davis, and Ervin Santana which obviously makes their rotation much better than years past. All though they did give up top prospect Will Myers in the Shields trade, that have some decent bats in the lineup. With Billy Butler being the force in the lineup, they also have Eric Hosmer who is looking to bounce back and Alex Gordon who is no slouch at the plate. Behind the plate they Have Salvador Perez who is a .311 hitter in small sample size in his career. I don’t have the Royals finishing last, but I do have them finishing 4th. I hope they prove me wrong.
Twins: Ever since the move from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the twins have struggled to hit with any ounce of power, or just hit in general. Is it because of the cold weather of minnesota? or do they just suck? I’m pretty sure it’s probably just both. They finished 66-96 last year, with a record of 31-50 at home. They actually won four more games on the road than at home if that tells you anything. I don’t think Joe Mauer will ever hit 28 home runs again, or close to it like he did in 2009. He still did hit .319 last year, which is still very good. Mauer isn’t the only one has that has gone through a power blackout, Justin Mourneau is no where near his old power days when he was banging out 30 bombs a year. I would say if those two guys could return to old form they would be fine, but that is not the case. Their pitching is just way too weak. Vance Worely was their opening day starter this year, need I say no more. I’m positive they will finish last in the central.
Indians: I think Indians fans should feel really good about this team and where it’s heading. I LOVE the hiring of manager Terry Francona, they couldn’t have made a smarter move. He’s a great guy to deal with young players, and all that comes with them. With that being said, I think they actually have some good talent on their roster. They brought in Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and a young stud pitcher named Trevor Bauer. They also have some good players from last years roster which includes Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana and up and coming 2B Jason Kipnis. If Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez can hold their own this year, this club could surprise some people. I think they will finish 3rd in the division.
White Sox: The White Sox didn’t really do anything this offseason other than losing some key bats out their lineup. Those bats being A.J Pierzynski who hit a career high 27 long balls last year and Kevin Youkilis who supplied a spark for the lineup. They have a pretty solid rotation with Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd ,who has been pretty consistent over the years. The thing could provide some problems could be the lineup and possibly the bullpen. The Sox still do have Paul Konerko who is still a very good hitter, but I just don’t trust any lineup that has Adam Dunn in it. Even with all the being said, I see them some how squeezing them selfs into a 2nd place finish in the Central.
Tigers: The Tigers have an obvious an advantage with just having Justin Verlander on their side. You could also say the same about Miguel Cabrera, who won the triple crown last year. Which is pretty impressive just in case you didn’t know. He isn’t the only good hitter they have sitting in that lineup. They have switch hitting Victor Martinez, slugging Prince Fielder, speedy Austin Jackson, and newly acquired gold glover Torii Hunter. That being said, they should have one of the best teams in the American league. They should blow by the central and finish 1st this season.
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“I got 99 problems, and Boras aint one”
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Yesterday the majority of MLB teams kicked off their 2013 season, and there was plenty of story lines to go along with it. The one that caught my eye, Jackie Bradley Jr. He came into spring training a long shot to make the team, and guess what? He made the damn team. This is exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed, they needed a new start. Seconds, minutes, hours before game time, all attention was on Jackie. He probably couldn’t have found himself with a tougher opponent to hit against in his first major league at bat, which was against all star lefty CC Sabathia. He quickly went down in the count 0-2 and remarkably brought the count to 3-2 before earning the walk. The next batter hit a ball in the hole and Jackie hustled so hard that he was able to beat the throw to second which later sparked a 4 run inning for the Sox. The Red Sox ended up handling the Yankees 8-2 for the final score. Their first lost since the 80’s on opening day. But that wasn’t the story. The story was Jackie Bradley Jr. Who ended up drawing 3 walks, 1 RBI, and then scoring 2 of his own. No rookie has ever done that in the history of Major League Baseball on opening day.
3B Martin Prado
SS Jose Reyes
OF Josh Reddick
OF Yoenis Cespedes
OF Jackie Bradley Jr
OF Michael Morse
DH Adam Laroche
SP Matt Cain
SP Zack Greinke
SP Josh Johnson
SP Kris Medlen.
The rest of my pitching staff is not worth mentioning.
I know it’s not a solid team, but I feel like I can win it with this team. I feel really good about it.
Let me know what you think. -Shawn Palmer
I don’t think ill be alone on this “bold” prediction of mine but I’m going to say it anyway. Florida Gulf Coast is going to beat the Florida Gators tonight. I’m not just saying it to say it, I actually believe that. I mean, why not? Dunk city has been killing it this tournament and I don’t think they have any plans of ending this historic run tonight. Half of my buddies could have tried out for this team at the beginning of year for open try outs and look where they are now. It doesn’t make sense, but us sport fans love it. Hope I don’t come out of this game looking like an idiot but I’m willing to take that risk.
You don’t want to miss this game! I mean, you probably have nothing else better to do. I know I don’t, I’m sitting here on a friday night blogging about sports. Thats the life for me.
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The Giants and catcher Buster Posey agreed to terms on the biggest contract in franchise history on Friday, an eight-year, $167 million extension. Buster Posey has to be one of the happiest guys in MLB, and not just because of the contract he just cashed it on. He is the reigning National League MVP coming into this season and has two championships in just four years of being in the league. Even though he has only played two “full” seasons, he has the looks to be one of the best hitters of all time. I know thats a bold statement, but he just has that confidence and skill set to make me believe that would be possible for him. The sky is the limit for this 26 year old all star catcher. Look for Buster to compete for MVP for this season as well.
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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Justin Verlander through 2019, with a vesting option for the 2020 season. According to Buster Olney, Verlander can make $202m under terms of his new deal. He’ll get $180m over next seven seasons, plus vesting option of $22m. He wanted to get a deal done before the season started because he had no intentions of having contract negotiations during the season. So, congratulations to the Detroit Tigers for locking up the best pitcher in the game.
Wonder if this enough to win back Kate Upton?