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Luis Gonzalez was suggested by mrbaseball_cpr, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings. 

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The Numbers
2455 Games  (59th All-time)
8816 At Bats (72nd All-time) 
.284 Batting Average
1382 Runs (86th All-time)
2502 Hits (85th All-time)
570 Doubles (20th All-time)
67 Triples
356 Home Runs (79th All-time)
1392 RBI (67th All-time)
4244 Total Bases (55th All-time)
1114 Walks (67th All-time)

Playoffs:  24 games, 22 Hits in 87 At Bats (.253), 12 runs, 3 doubles, 4 HR, 12 RBI

Awards
2005 ML Branch Rickey Award
5 All-Star Appearances
2 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 3 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Twice
On-base % – Twice
Slugging % - Once
OPS – Once
Runs – Twice
Hits – Three times (Led league in 2001)
Doubles – Five times
Triples – Three times
Home Runs – Once
RBI – Once
Walks – Twice
Hit by Pitch – Four times
Intentional Walks – Four times
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Three times (Led league in 2000 & 2001)
At Bats – Three times

Usually I wait until a player is HOF eligible, let alone retired.  However, I don’t think anything Gonzo will do will change my mind.  Gonzo’s career timeline and the steroid timeline just don’t add up for me.  Sorry if you’re getting lumped in mistakenly, but I’m just not buying your 2001 breakout year.  He’s had some nice years, but without that signature season, his numbers are good, not great.  As much as I’d like to give him credit for helping bring down the Yankees, which was one of my favorite non-Red Sox World Series moments, I can’t justify putting Gonzo into the Hall of Fame.  Maybe if there was no suspicion I could overlook him missing out on the milestones because of the overall numbers and the stretch from 1999-2003.  However, things need to be sorted out for me.  For startes Sammy Sosa is going to have to be addressed.  If he gets voted in, then I’d say Gonzo’s chances improve greatly.  Same with Roger Clemens and Palmeiro.  As long as those guys are out, Gonzo will be too.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph
Graig Nettles

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Friday Tidbits 3/28/08

28 March 2008

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Dirk hurt his ankle and knee.  He’ll be out a couple weeks.  The Wolves beat the tanking Knicks.  Amare Stoudemire went 20 for 20 from the line in a win over Houston.  Rick Adelman won his 800th game.  Brent Barry signed with the Spurs.  Joel Przybilla ripped 25 boards in a win over the Clippers.  Lamar Odom had 23 points and 21 boards in a win over Golden State.  Elton Brand was able to scrimmage.  Chris Webber is retiring.  I always liked C-Webb (although Jalen was my favorite Fab Five).  Dwight Howard had 24 points and grabbed 21 boards in a loss to the Spurs.  Deron Williams had 15 assists in a win over Charlotte.  Chris Paul handed out 20 assists in a win over the Cavs.  Andre Miller dished out 18 in a win over Chicago.  Devin Harris had 15 in a win over Indiana.  Brandon Roy will miss a few games with a groin injury.  Seattle’s Chris Wilcox (finger) called it a season.  Jason Kidd had 15 assists, but lost to Denver putting them a game behind Dallas and half game behind Golden State for the 7th & 8th playoff spots.  Nene made his return after missing most of the season to testicular cancer.

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Alexander Ovechkin scored his 60th goal of the year.  Calgary’s Jarome Iginla had a hat trick against the Wild.  San Jose’s Joe Thornton had one against Phoenix.  This week’s shutouts:  Colorado’s Jose Theodore vs. Calgary, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury vs. New Jersey, Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Columbus, Columbus’ Fredrik Norrena vs. Chicago, and LA’s Erik Ersberg vs. Phoenix.  Buffalo’s Tim Connolly will miss the rest of the year because of a bad hip.  NY Rangers F Blair Betts will miss a couple weeks because of foot surgery.  Vancouver C Brendan Morrison’s knee injury will cost him the rest of the year.  Sid Crosby returned.

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Miguel Cabrera signed an 8-year, $153 million deal with Detroit.  I hope they put a weight clause in.  Milwaukee placed P Yovani Gallardo on the 15 day DL (knee).  Javy Lopez retired.  Detroit’s Curtis Granderson broke his finger.  He was placed on the 15 day DL.  The Twins signed Joe Nathan to a four-year deal worth $47 million.  A great closer is awesome to have, but what happens when you never have leads?  Brad Lidge landed on the Phillies’ 15 day DL. Scott Rolen (finger) will miss a couple of weeks.  The Red Sox opened the 2008 season with a win over Oakland.  Manny drove in four.  Jose Canseco claimed he introduce A-Rod to a steroid distibutor.  The Cubs signed OF Reed Johnson.  Rich Harden pitched a gem to earn Oakland a split in Japan.  The Yankees named their Spring Training field George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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Lofa Tatupu signed a six-year, $42 million extension with Seattle.  They also signed CB Marcus Trufant to a six-year, $50 million deal.  The Packers signed Atari Bigby to a one-year deal.  Jason Elam is heading to Atlanta. The Niners lost a 5th round pick for tampering with Lance Briggs.  Brandon Marshall hurt his arm at home and will be out a few months.  The Giants signed LG Rich Seubert to a three-year deal.  WR Reche Caldwell signed with St. Louis.  Kevin Carter restructured his deal to return to Tampa Bay.  The Colts extended the contract of President Bill Polian.  San Diego C Nick Hardwick will miss at least a month following foot surgery.  Draft prospect Heath Benedict was found dead in his home.  Olindo Mare signed a two-year deal with Seattle.

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Day 2 finally saw March Madness live up to its name.  #10 Davidson beat #7 Gonzaga behind Stephen Curry’s 40 points.  #12 Western Kentucky beat #5 Drake on a Ty Rogers’ bomb as the clock expired.  #13 Davidson knocked off #4 UConn.  #13 Siena upset #4 Vanderbilt.  #9 Arkansas put #8 Indiana out of its misery.  #12 Villanova knocked off #5 Clemson.  Day 3 saw the upsets continue.  #7 West Virginia finished the job Belmon started on #2 Duke.  #5 Michigan State got by #4 Pitt.  Day 4 saw #12 Villanova reach the Sweet Sixteen with a win over Siena, #10 Davidson knock off #2 Georgetown, #12 Western Kentucky get by #13 San Diego.  #1 North Carolina beat #4 Washington State to advance to the Elite 8. #3 Xavier joined them by knocking off #7 West Virginia.  In the late games, #3 Louisville beat #2 Tennesse and #1 UCLA survived #12 Western Kentucky’s comeback attempt.  Tonight, Wisconsin plays Davidson, Stanford faces Texas, Kansas battles with Villanova, and Memphis takes on Michigan State.

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Clemson RB James Davis will miss spring practice because of a shoulder injury.  Florida WR Percy Harvin may miss his spring practice with a heel injury.  South Carolina suspended QB Stephen Garcia for underage drinking.  The nerve of him  Arkansas suspended LB Freddie Fairchild after he was arrested.  He’s suspected of domestic abuse. 

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Tiger lost.  I guess I should say Geoff Ogilvy won the WGC-CA Championship.  Dean Wilson has the early lead in the Zurich Classic.

Scott Wimmer won the Nationwide Series at Nashville Superspeedway.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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Graig Nettles was suggested by  mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2700 Games  (27th All-time)
8986 At Bats (64th All-time)
.248 Batting Average
1193 Runs
2225 Hits 
328 Doubles 
28 Triples
390 Home Runs (47 All-time)
1314 RBI (87th All-time)
3779 Total Bases (97th All-time)
1088 Walks

Playoffs:  53 games, 41 Hits in 182 At Bats (.225), 17 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5 HR, 27 RBI

Awards
1981 ALCS MVP
6 All-Star Appearances
2 Gold Gloves
MVP Votes in 4 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Slugging % - Once
OPS – Once
Runs – Twice
Doubles – Once
Home Runs – Five times (Led league in 1976)
RBI – Three times
Walks – Three times
Hit by Pitch – Twice
Intentional Walks – Once
Total Bases – Four times
Games – Five times
At Bats – Twice

Graig had a good, long career.  He won two World Series titles.  He had some power, could drive in some runs, and was solid defensively.  However, he doesn’t have the wow factor.  He never scored 100 runs.  The most hits he ever produced in a season was 162.  He only drove in 100 runs once.  He only had two seasons of 30+ HRs.  The best he ever hit in a season was .276.  I’m sorry, but those just aren’t Hall of Fame numbers.  He recently found out he has prostate cancer, so my thoughts and prayers are with him.  Get better Puff.  That’s more important than the Hall of Fame anyway.  At least he’ll always have Game 3 of the 1978 World Series where he made some of the best defensive gems in Series history.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle
Willie Randolph

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I bring you the final Blue Line Special of the season.  Maybe they can help you in your fantasy playoffs.  Maybe they can help you move up in the rankings in your salary cap fantasy hockey (Sporting News offers this).  Maybe they can help you score at the bar.  Not really, just thought I’d throw that in there.

Center
Derek Roy
 - Roy makes a return to the Blue Line Specials.  He’s already owned in regular leagues, but he’s a great addition for salary cap leagues.  He has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in his last six games (1.83 points per game) and 18 points (7 goals, 11 asssists) in his last thirteen (1.38).  In his first sixty-six games he had had 61 points (0.92).  He has at least a point in his last six games.  In the Sporting News league he is a reasonable value at $4.74 million.

Winger
Jason Pominville 
- Pominville is another good value.  He’s going for $4.81 million on Sporting News.  He has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in his last six games (1.83) and 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in his last thirteen games (1.46).  In his first seventy games he had 65 points (0.93).  He’s scored a point or more in his last five games.

Defenseman
Filip Kuba  - Kuba not only has a sweet last name, he’s been hot lately.  He has 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last three games (1.67).  In his sixty-six games he had 24 points (0.36).  He’s an absolute steal with a value of $1.33 million on Sporting News.

Goalie
Jonas Hiller 
   - He’s the infamous 4th Jonas Brother.  OK, I made that up.  He probably doesn’t have a huge following of 8-14 year old girls.  What he does have going for him is extreme value in the salary cap league.  He’s valued at $0.57 million.  That’s only $0.57 million more than me, and I don’t even play hockey let alone goalie.  Enough of the jokes already.  What isn’t a joke is the 3-1 record, 1.23 GAA, and 96.4% save percentage he’s produced in his last four games.  In his first 18 games he was 6-5 with a 91.1% save percentage.  On the season he has a 2.09 GAA.

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Willie Randolph was suggested by  mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2202 Games
8018 At Bats
.276 Batting Average
1239 Runs
2210 Hits 
316 Doubles 
65 Triples
54 Home Runs 
687 RBI
2818 Total Bases 
271 Stolen Bases
1243 Walks

Playoffs:  47 games, 36 Hits in 162 At Bats (.222), 19 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB

Awards
6 All-Star Appearances
1 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-base % – Six times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Four times
Walks -Eight times (Led league in 1980)
Stolen Bases – Four times

Growing up I did like Willie Randolph.  He was a solid player.  He made a few All-Star games.  He was good at 2nd.  However, his numbers just don’t stack up.  Not even close.  Not only did he not achieve any of the milestones you need to get some consideration, he never really finished in even the top ten for the major categories.  He didn’t take home any Gold Gloves.  He’s the poster boy for a good, solid MLB player.  However, I’m not closing the door on him completely.  After three years as the Mets’ skipper he has 268 wins (.551).  He’s got a good, young team on is hands.  If he can stay in the game long enough to pick up another 732 wins or so I’d highly consider allowing him in based on what he did as a player AND a manager.  Time will tell if he’ll be able to do so. 

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References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle

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Tuesday, March 25th
It’s ridiculous that the Red Sox and A’s have to play this early, but it was nice to watch some baseball in the morning before work.  There is no doubt who the star of the season opener was…Manny Ramirez.
ManRam went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles, 4 RBI and a run scored.

As far as pitching goes, the star was Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Dice K shook off a rough start to go five innings.  He allowed two runs on 2 hits.  He struck out six while walking five.  His ERA was 3.60 and his WHIP was 1.17.  It would have been nice for him to get the win in front of his countrymen, but he had to settle for the no-decision.  Fellow Japanese star Hideki Okajima picked up the win. 

Wednesday, March 26th
Since they play so early, I can actually bring you today’s Players of the Day as well.  Offensively the star of the day was Emil Brown.  His third inning three-run home run blew the game open.  It was his only hit of four at bats, but it was enough.  Mike Sweeney, Kurt Suzuki, and Mike Lowell each had a pair of hits.  Manny hit his 1st home run of the season (his 5th RBI).

There’s no question who the best pitcher was today.  It was Oakland starter Rich Harden.  He baffled Red Sox hitters for six innings allowing one run on three hits.  He struck out nine batters and walked three.  His ERA was 1.50 and his WHIP was 0.83. 

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Time for the 14th installment of the NFL Free Agent Report.  Click here for a link to earlier reports.

Reche Caldwell
Caldwell signed with St. Louis.  Quite an upgrade from the Redskins passing attack he was involved with last year.  He had 15 catches with the Skins after a 61 catch season with New England. 

Kevin Carter
Carter restructured his deal to return to Tampa Bay.  He had 43 tackles and 3 sacks last year.  He has 100.5 sacks for his career. 

James Hall
Hall also restructured his deal to return to St. Louis.  The DE had 53 tackles last year and 2.5 sacks. 

Benny Sapp
The Vikings bolstered their secondary by signing the CB.  Last year with Kansas City he had 30 tackles and an INT. 

Rich Seubert
The Giants locked up their RG for three years.

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Albert Belle was suggested by, Favre_is_overrated_2007 , friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
1539 Games
5853 At Bats
.295 Batting Average
.564 Slugging% (17th All-time) 
974 Runs
1726 Hits 
389 Doubles 
21 Triples
381 Home Runs (55th All-time)
1239 RBI
3300 Total Bases 
88 Stolen Bases

Playoffs:  18 games, 14 Hits in 61 At Bats (.230), 10 runs, 2 doubles, 6 HR, 14 RBI

Awards
1995 Major League Player of the Year
5 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 6 Seasons
5 Silver Sluggers

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Three times
On-base % – Twice
Slugging % – Six times (Led league in 1995 & 1998)
OPS – Five times (Led league in 1998)
Games - Six times  (Led league in 1998)
At Bats – Once
Runs – Four times (Led league in 1995)
Hits – Four times
Doubles – Four times (Led league in 1995)
Home Runs - Eight times (Led league in 1995)
RBI – Eight times (Led league in ’93, ’95 & ’96)
Total Bases – Seven times (Led league in ’94, ’95 & ’98)
Walks – Twice
Extra-Base Hits – Seven times (Led league in ’94, ’95 & ’98)
Intentional Walks – Four times

Say what you want about Albert Belle, the man could mash.  In 1995 he had 52 doubles and 50 HRs (first person to do so).  That’s impressive.  He hit 30+ HRs in eight straight years (three of 48+).  He had 100 RBI in nine straight years.  He had four 100 run season (two 12o runs) and three 45+ double seasons.  He hit .300+ four times.  He also had a real bad attitude.  He got busted with a corked bat. My guess is that he was a steroid user.  Until they figure out what to do with the steroid players, I’ll have to pass on Albert for the Hall.  Although I think his numbers are worthy.  He didn’t meet the milestones, but he was dominant for a decade.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda

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I’ve scoured the fantasy baskeball waiver wires to find gems so you don’t have to. 

G
Bonzi Wells
- You can never question his talent.  When he wants to, Bonzi can still take over a game.  In his past three games he’s done just that averaging 18.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 3.7 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 0.7 three-pointers.  He’s shot 54.5% from the floor and 81.8% from the line.

Kirk Snyder
- Kirk has been decent of late.  Over his last four games he’s been fantasy worthy.  He’s averaging 13.0n points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 block.  He’s shot 61.3% from the floor and 81.3% from the line.  He qualifies at both SG & SF.

F
Jeff Green - Green has played better than the Hoyas of late.  In his five games he’s averaged 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 three-pointers per game.  He’s shot 41% from the floor and 90% from the line.  He qualifies at both SF & PF.

Wilson Chandler - With the Knicks in full tank-mode, Chandler becomes a sneaky play down the stretch.  Of course in the playoffs I wouldn’t really want to count on the Knicks.  In his past four games Chanlder has averaged 14.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 three-pointers per game.  He’s shot 52.1 from the floor and 100% from the line.  He qualifies at both SF & PF. 

C
Joel Przybilla - The Minnesota native has been slaughtering the boards lately (25 on Saturday).  In his last five games he’s averaged 6.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 63.6% from the floor and 66.7% from the line.  Not huge number, but he’ll help you in some categories.

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 With the baseball season underway, here’s a look at my preseason predictions.

American League
AL East: Boston - World Series Champs should be just as strong.
AL Central: Detroit - Offseason trade made Detroit a major player
AL West: Anaheim Angels - Still the Class of the West.  Hunter was great addition.
AL Wildcard: New York Yankees - They’re still the Yankees.  Young pitching will need to hold up.

National League
NL East: New York Mets - Johan and Pedro form a lethal 1-2 punch.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs - Is this the year finally?
NL West: Arizona - Young team will only get better.
NL Wildcard: Actual: Philadelphia Phillies - Offense is a force to be reckoned with.

Playoffs
Boston Red Sox over Anaheim.  The Sox have their number.
Detroit over New York.  Pitching and hitting are too strong for Detroit.
Boston over Detroit.  Beckett dominates once again

Mets over Cubs.  Still not this year.  Johan is unbelievable.
Arizona over Phillies.  Arizona’s pitching overpowers Philly’s hitting.
Mets over Arizona.  Great pitching matchups, but Pedro wills the Mets to the Series.

World Series
Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets.  Bill Buckner can really breath easier now.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL MVP:  A-Rod.  Seriously.  Can anyone else even compete?

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Cy Young:  Josh Beckett.  He was robbed last year.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  AL Rookie of the Year:  Evan Longoria.  Sky’s the limit for Evan.

AL Manager of the Year:  Terry Francona.  Best record in baseball.
AL Comeback Player of the Year:  Travis Hafner.  Pronk rebounds to put up huge numbers.
AL Batting Crown:  Ichiro.  He’s a machine.
AL Home Run Title:  A-Rod.  Period.
AL RBI Title:  A-Rod.  Period.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL MVP:  Ryan Howard.  This guy can mash.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg NL Cy Young:  Johan Santana.  The NL is “very, very good to me”.

lesters-award-baseball.jpg  NL Rookie of the Year:  Joey Votto.  Cincinnati is going to fall in love with him.

NL Manager of the Year:  Willie Randolph.  Feel good story after the collapse.
NL Comeback Player of the Year:  Randy Johnson.  The Big Unit is back.
NL Batting Crown:  Chase Utley.  The dude is just good. 
NL Home Run Title:  Ryan Howard.  He’s a beast.
NL RBI Title:  Ryan Howard.  Plenty of plate setters.  Howard always clears his plate.

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