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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?

-Shawn Palmer


Hoosiers or Losers?


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I’m not going to lie, I picked Indiana to win it all in my bracket this year. Did I want to pick them? not exactly. They are certainly not invincible. They played way to close for comfort last week when they only beat Temple by six points, but it was a lot closer than that. They lost to Winsconsin twice this year, who didn’t even make it out of the first round in this years tournament. Don’t get me wrong, I love Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, but I love the way Sryacuse has been playing in the last two games more. Their offense has been scorching hot and their defense hasn’t been too bad either. Yes they have been inconsistent throughout the season, but they picked a right time to get hot, and who doesn’t want to cheer for a school who has an Orange for their mascot? exactly. Michael Carter-Willams is a much better player than he puts on. He could be a star, but I think he just needs to relax and play his game and let everything else fall into place. You know who else could be a star? James Southerland. Have you seen that guy shoot lately? He’s beyond deadly from the 3 point strike and I expect that to continue tonight. I’m not saying Indiana is going to lose tonight, but I’m certainly not saying they are going to win either.

Enjoy the game guys, It’s going to be a good one.


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-Shawn Palmer

The Future Of Baseball (Part 2)

I’m going to continue posting the top five prospects from each team.

Oakland A’s

  1. Addison Russell (SS)
  2. Dan Straily (RHP)
  3. A.J Cole (RHP)
  4. Michael Choice (OF)
  5. Brad Peacock (RHP)

Seattle Mariners

  1. Taijuan Walker (RHP)
  2. Mike Zunino (C)
  3. Danny Hultzen (LHP)
  4. Nick Franklin (SS,2B)
  5. James Paxton (LHP)

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Will Myers (OF)
  2. Taylor Guerrieri (RHP)
  3. Jake Odorizzi (RHP)
  4. Hak-Ju Lee (SS)
  5. Chris Archer (RHP)

Texas Rangers

  1. Jurickson Profar (SS)
  2. Mike Olt (3B,1B)
  3. Martin Perez (LHP)
  4. Cody Buckel (RHP)
  5. Jorge Alfaro (C)

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Aaron Sanchez (RHP)
  2. Roberto Osuna (RHP)
  3. Sean Nolin (LHP)
  4. D.J Davis (OF)
  5. Daniel Norris (LHP)

Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Tyler Skaggs (LHP)
  2. Archie Bradley (RHP)
  3. Adam Eaton (OF)
  4. Matt Davidson (3B)
  5. Didi Gregorius (SS)

Atlanta Braves

  1. Julio Teheran (RHP)
  2. J.R. Graham (RHP)
  3. Nick Ahmed (SS)
  4. Lucas Sims (RHP)
  5. Christian Bethancourt (C)

Chicago Cubs

  1. Javier Baez (SS)
  2. Albert Almora (OF)
  3. Jorge Soler (OF)
  4. Arodys Vizcaino (RHP)
  5. Dan Vogelbach (1B)

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Billy Hamilton (OF)
  2. Robert Stephenson (RHP)
  3. Tony Cingrani (LHP)
  4. Daniel Corcino (RHP)
  5. Nick Travieso (RHP)

Colorado Rockies

  1. Trevor Story (SS)
  2. David Dahl (OF)
  3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
  4. Tyler Matzek (LHP)
  5. Will Swanner (C,1B)
    Former top prospect for the Boston Sox Jose Iglesias.

    Former top prospect for the Boston Sox Jose Iglesias.

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Heads Up!

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Remember when Brandon McCarthy got struck in the head with this line drive? ( If you don’t remember it’s okay, because he might not remember it either.  All joking a side, he underwent surgery for 2 hours to relieve cranial pressure after CT scans revealed McCarthy had suffered an hemorrhage, a brain contusion, and a skull fracture. He was recovering well enough that he was able to join his teammates in the dugout as a spectator during their postseason run. I think Brandon just being in the dugout gave a huge boost to his team, and put even more of a fire under their feet to succeed.

You would think being struck in the head with a line drive would damper your mood, but nope, McCarthy took it with stride and tweeted the following things regarding the injury “WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK ABOUT A THREESOME THEN IM FRESH OUT OF IDEAS” His wife kindly replied to risky/hillarious tweet saying “I WILL strike someone with a brain injury”.

I know this happened a while ago, but I just wanted you to know how great Brandon McCarthy’s life really is. Besides the whole getting struck in the head thing.

McCarthy recently signed with Arizona Diamond backs and is looking for a bounce back year with out any skull fractures.

oh and BTW, his wife is a model.

The Future Of Baseball.

I’m going to list the top five prospects for every Major League Team over the next few days. (10 each day)

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Dylan Bundy (RHP)
  2. Kevin Gausman (RHP)
  3. Jon Schoop (2B,3B)
  4. Eduardo Rodriguez (LHP)
  5. Nick Delmonico (1B)

Boston Red Sox

  1. Xander Bogaerts (SS)
  2. Jackie Bradley (OF)
  3. Matt Barnes (RHP)
  4. Henry Owens (LHP)
  5. Allen Webster (RHP)

Chicago White Sox

  1. Courtney Hawkins (OF)
  2. Trayce Thompson (OF)
  3. Carlos Sanchez (2B,3B)
  4. Erik Johnson (RHP)
  5. Keon Barnum (1B)

Cleveland Indians

  1. Francisco Lindor (SS)
  2. Trevor Bauer (RHP)
  3. Dorssys Paulino (2B,3B)
  4. Ronny Rodriguez (SS)
  5. Mitch Brown (RHP)

Detroit Tigers

  1. Nick Castellanos (OF,3B)
  2. Avisail Garcia (OF)
  3. Bruce Rondon (RHP)
  4. Austin Schotts (OF)
  5. Jake Thompson (RHP)

Houston Astros

  1. Jonathan Singleton (1B)
  2. Carlos Correa (SS)
  3. George Springer (OF)
  4. Delino DeShields Jr (2B)
  5. Jared Cosart (RHP)

Kansas City Royals

  1. Kyle Zimmer (RHP)
  2. Bubba Starling (OF)
  3. Yordano Ventura (RHP)
  4. Adalberto Mondesi (SS)
  5. Jorge Bonifacio (OF)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  1. Kaleb Cowart (3B
  2. Nick Maronde (LHP)
  3. C.J Cron (1B)
  4. Mike Clevenger (RHP)
  5. Taylor Lindsey (2B)

Minnesota Twins

  1. Miguel Sano (3B)
  2. Byron Buxton (OF) 
  3. Alex Meyer (RHP
  4. Aaron Hicks (OF)
  5. Oswaldo Arcia (OF)

New York Yankees

  1. Mason Williams (OF)
  2. Gary Sanchez (C)
  3. Tyler Austin (OF)
  4. Slade Heathcott (OF)
  5. Jose Campos (RHP



Wild Wild West.


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The American League West division seems to be one of the more competitive divisions in baseball… well if you count out the newly added Houston Astros. The Astros are probably more looked at as a punching bag rather than a Major League team. On a serious note, there have been some changes this offseason. Josh Hamilton left the Texas Ranger to join division rival Los Angeles Angels. If Texas thought they could not lose anymore power out of their line up,  Mike Napoli went to the Boston Red Sox. That is a total of 67 home runs missing from their line up. Please take a look at my predictions for the American League West division below.

Rangers: The Rangers struck out big this offseason when they failed to bring back all star center field Josh Hamilton and could not strike a deal with free agent SP Zack Grienke, who went to the newly greedy Dodgers. Their expected replacement for Josh Hamilton? Craig Gentry. He is not a bad player, but not a great player either. He hit .304 in 122 games with the Rangers last season and only hit 1 home run. They look to replace Hamilton and Napolis’ power with aging Lance Berkman and 27 year old Mitch Moreland. There was set to be some competition in the infield with young SS/2B Jurickson Profar, who is going to be a great player when he gets the chance. I say “when” because he was sent down to AAA today. He should be expected to make it  back to the big league club early in the season. Their rotation should be consistent with Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison. I believe with all the big losses this offseason, they will finish in 3rd place in the West.

Athletics: We all know the incredible run the Oakland Athletics made last year, and it was fantastic to see as a baseball fan. The film Moneyball was released in 2011, and the next year the Athletics were using very similar tactics to their 2002 season that was portrayed in the Brad Pitt starring blockbuster. With one of lowest pay rolls in baseball, they found a way to win the division. With players like Bartolo Colon, Coco Crisp, Jonny Gomes, Brandon Moss (AKA “Red Sox killer”), they were able to produce and get the job done. It is all about getting on base and pitching for these Oakland A’s. Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes combined for 55 home runs on top of that, which certainly helps the cause. It is hard to say where the A’s will finish this year, because you never know if they will make a run like that again. I’d like to say they will make a run and finish in 2nd place in the West.

Mariners:  The Mariners finished 19 games back out of first place last year with a record of 75-87. Is there anything to look forward to for the Mariners fan base? Well, besides the obvious answer of Felix Hernandez. You have Jesus Montero manning home plate, and he is a pretty damn good hitter with great potential in the future for the struggling offensive M’s. The 23 year old batted .260 last year with 15 home runs in 135 games. I expect his batting average to be closer to the .290 range this season, seeing as he just has too much talent to perform at that level again. Other offensive weapons? They acquired Kendrys Morales who is not too far removed from a 34 home run season, so keep your eyes on him to possibly break out again. The last player I am going to mention, who might not even make the team, is former all star Jason Bay. What happened to this guy? He used to average about 30 bombs a year, now he is lucky to even get 30 at bats now a days. May the force be with you Seattle, good luck. Oh yeah, good news, they should not finish in last place again. Because of the Astros joining this division, I expect them to finish second to last.

Angels: It is safe to say that these Angels have the best lineup in all of baseball. In a way it is almost like a video game, isn’t it? After signing Josh Hamilton to a five year deal this offseason, their line up is set to look like this: Mike Trout, Eric Aybar, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Mark Trumbo, Howie Kendrick, Alberto Callaspo, Chris Iannetta/Hank Conger, and Peter Bourjos. They have at least four guys in that lineup that could hit 30+ home runs, so that is a huge threat to the rest of Major League Baseball. All though their rotation is not stacked like it was last year, but it is still a pitching staff that should get them to the playoffs. They have ace Jered Weaver and stud lefty C.J Wilson, and do not forget about Tommy Hanson. I believe they will finish in 1st place this year  and make a run at the world series title.

Astros: In this case, I did not save the best for last. If anything Houston, should have been moved to the minors instead of the highly competitive west division. They lost a 107 games last year, compared to their 55 wins. You want to know something scary? I believe they are going to be even worse this year. You could say that this is a blessing in the sky for the AL West. Who does not want get 18 easy wins each? This could have an impact on all the teams involved in what is going to become a Houston massacre all season long. Their biggest power threat is Carlos Peña, who loves hanging out near that mendoza line every year. Don’t get me wrong, not everything about this team is negative. They do have Jose Altuve who hit .290 last year and was the lone all star for the Astros. If he keeps hitting like that, he is bound to be traded soon, do you honestly think Astros want talented players on their team? That would just be outrageous. Unless Bud Norris and Jordan Lyles turn into a Clemens/Pettitte duo, this team is finishing in last place. Just remember Houston, Jeff Bagwell isn’t walking through that door.

Don’t agree with my predictions? Please leave comments below and tell me what you think. Thanks for reading, and have a nice day.

-Shawn Palmer

American League Predictions

Over the next few days I will be doing in depth predictions of every team in every division in the American League. I have already completed my thoughts on the American League East, with the Yankees winning the division. So, if you have read that article and liked it, please give my next few articles and glance and tell me what you think. I’d love some feedback and comments.

The ultimate Lineup

  1. Matt Kemp (CF)
  2. Robinson Cano (2B)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  5. Buster Posey (C)
  6. Evan Longoria (3B)
  7. Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
  8. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
  9. David Ortiz (DH)

I know this line up is missing speed, but hey, chicks dig the long ball.

-Shawn Palmer

Bulls in the Pen.


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Coming into the 2013 MLB regular season, the Red Sox look to have one of the strongest bullpens in the league. Andrew Bailey, who they acquired from the Oakland Athletics for OF Josh Reddick (who hit 30+ home in 2012), barely got any action last season because of injuries. This offseason, the Red Sox bolstered their back end of the bullpen with the trade for all-star closer Joel Hanrahan, who had 36 saves last year. Their bullpen appears to look like this for the 2013 season: Daniel Bard, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Andrew Bailey, Andrew Miller, Franklin Morales and possibly Craig Breslow. Oh, and how could I forget Alfredo Aceves, who will hopefully not ignite too many bench clearing brawls like at the WBC. The Boston Red Sox pitching as a whole last season finished 27th in ERA with team average of 4.70. They would love to be WELL below that mark when the 2013 season comes to an end. Stay tuned.

-Shawn Palmer

Beasts From The East

The American League East has become one of the best divisions in the MLB the last few seasons, and it is going to be that way for the foreseeable future. With the Orioles and Yankees both winning 90 games last year, as well as making the playoffs, the Rays, Blue Jays and Red Sox were left out looking in on the playoff fun.

Blue Jays: Things are bound to get even more interesting this season after the Blue Jays landed a mega deal this off-season. This is the deal that brought Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and speedy Emilio Bonifacio north of the border. They were not done there, for they later acquired 2012 NL Cy Young winning Knuckle baller R.A Dickey, who is certain to improve this already impressive rotation. But like the 2011 Red Sox know so well, being a great team on paper does not mean anything. They will finish 1st in the division, if they perform like they should.

Orioles: The Orioles turned their franchise around this past season when they won 93 games and made the playoffs as a second wild card team. Although the Orioles did not have the best rotation, their bullpen was excellent with Jim Johnson shutting down games last season, with 51 saves. They may have lost Mark Reynolds’ great power at third base, but they look to replace his production with the emergence of young phenom SS-3B Manny Machado. There is also promise in OF Adam Jones, who is looking like he is due for another great season. I see them finishing 4th, not because of a lack of talent on their roster. My prediction is solely based off of the amount of talent already in the division.

Rays: With the Rays shipping off James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals this offseason, they definitely need some guys to step up for them in their starting rotation with “Big Game James” gone. Luckily, they have one of the best starting pitchers in baseball with David Price. He won 20 games last year and posted an impressive ERA of just 2.56, so the Rays are in good hands with him and youngster Matt Moore being a part of the rotation. Also, do not forget about Will Myers, who they acquired in the Shields trade. Unfortunately, I see the Rays finishing 3th

Yankees: The Yankees of course won the division last year, even without the help of troubled slugger Alex Rodriguez. Injuries seem to be another trend for the 2013 New York Yankees as they have now lost Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, and some other key parts of their roster. They signed former beloved Red Sox 3B Kevin Youklis. “YOOOOOOOOUK”.  I see the Yankees finishing LAST. (Don’t expect Vernon Wells to help Yankee fans)

Red Sox: Clearly 2012 was a HUGE disappointment for the Red Sox and their fan base. Losing 93 games was not expected out of this talented group of players. Their lineup was thought to be on the best in the league. Adrian Gonzalez did not bring the power we expected to see, and Carl Crawford did not bring the flash and bat we all wanted, though Boston handed him 142 million dollars. We all know how that story ended, with Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford, and Nick Punto being shipped to LA. (Punto obviously being the focal point in that trade). I do not think I need to go into details about Bobby Valentine.. lets leave that train wreck of a personality behind us. Boston, put 2012 behind you. I say that because they have a young superstar in the making at 3B (Will Middlebrooks) and the emergence of star outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., I see the Red Sox picking up an underdog roll this year and finishing at 2nd place in the east. That all depends on if new players Dempster, Napoli, Victorino, and Gomes live up to their reputation as great club house guys. That was Bostons biggest weakness the last two seasons.

Hope you enjoy my first article, please stand by for more- Shawn Palmer


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