MLB: Second Half Outlook

I know the players probably love the 4-day All-Star Break, but I hate it.  Of course, I hated the 3-day All-Star Break.   I could go for no All-Star Break at all, actually – while understanding that the Player’s Union would never accept that. I loved the Home Run Derby this year.   It was fun to see some of the young stars shine a bit, and have fun with…

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MLB: A Look Back at My Predictions

This is also known as the “What the heck was I thinking?” column.    I am going to take a look back at my preseason predictions, just to see how wrong I have been. Before the season began, my division winners were the Blue Jays, Indians, Astros, Mets, Cubs, and Dodgers.  My wild-cards were the Mariners, Red Sox, Nationals, and Pirates (?).  The PIRATES?  Was I being serious?   My…

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MLB: Week in Review

1.   The All-Star Game I have to admit that I have lost interest in the All-Star Game through the years.  I still like to watch the introductions, but the game itself hasn’t fully held my interest.  It is more of a background noise.  When I was growing up, it was a HUGE deal.  This was because you rarely saw teams that didn’t play in your market or in your…

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MLB: My All-Star Choices

American League C –  Salvador Perez, Kansas City – This is not a no-brainer, as Gary Sanchez has certainly made his case.   Perez goes over the top because he has played more (staying on the field counts!) and has played better defensively.   Perez is the only American League catcher who has played enough to qualify for the batting title at this stage of the season, which is a pretty…

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MLB: Should the Yankees Be Concerned about Aroldis Chapman?

20-0. Last night, Aroldis Chapman threw 20 pitches in securing a circus save, and the Chicago White Sox swung through….zero of them.   The White Sox are not a great offensive team, and they certainly were striking out at a healthy rate overall last night (Jordan Montgomery struck out eight over seven innings).   Was this a random fluke night, or is it a sign of a bigger problem? Chapman…

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MLB: Week in Review

1.  Dodgers Streak Hits Double Digits Did you know that Clayton Kershaw is 94-0 in his career when the Dodgers score 4 or more runs in a start for him?   This doesn’t mean the Dodgers are undefeated, of course.   That is just one of the most amazing numbers I have read this season, and probably in my lifetime.   When Greg Maddux was in his prime, he once…

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MLB: The Mets, The Astros, and a Man Named deGrom

As an experiment, I would love to put 100 Mets’ fans into a room, lock the doors and windows, and flash, in big orange and blue letters, a rumor on a giant projector about the Mets trading Jacob deGrom.    Even in a day where trades of superstars are as plentiful as ever and players sticking to the same team throughout their careers are few and far between, there exists…

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MLB: Week in Review

1.  6 Up, 6 Down…. A week that started with the Yankees continuing their six-game winning streak ended with them in the midst of a six-game losing streak.    Baseball will always be a game of ebbs and flows throughout a season.  We have all been there before:  Our team, that seems so invincible one week turns into a team that can’t buy a win the next game. The Yankees…

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MLB: Father’s Day!

Father’s Day, 2003:   One of my sisters had the bright idea of giving my dad tickets to a Yankees game for later in the season.    The game itself was on September 11th against the Tigers, and was the one and only time our entire family went to a game together.    My niece wasn’t even a teenager yet, my nephew barely even had started his own baseball journey….

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MLB: AL East Needs

As the season gets out of the “It’s early!” phase and moves towards its “Uh oh, we may be in trouble!” phase, it is time to look at where teams stand in the needs department.  Today, I will focus on the American League East, which currently boasts two strong teams (Yankees, Red Sox), but three other teams that may all have a run in them.  As usual, this division is…

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