Well, technically this is a week overdue as there were two games this year in Japan where Ichrio Suzuki and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics in both of those games then the legend himself, Ichrio, retired from baseball in a fitting manner. Then a week went by with no real games and now it’s time to play ball.
As the season begins we say farewell to Chief Wahoo in Cleveland who has been pushed to the sidelines although die hard Indian fans can still get him if they look for it. This season marks the 150th anniversary of professional Baseball with the founding of the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The Reds will be breaking out 15 different throwback uniforms this year ranging from 1902-1999. The season also has games played in Monterrey, Mexico; London, England; Omaha, NE; and Williamsport, PA. That is ten games at different locations so it is pretty cool.
It’s a bit too early to make any real predictions about what’s to come at the end of this season but it looks like the NL East is going to be tough with the Nationals, Braves and Phillies all upgrading this off-season. Teams look good on paper but who knows what that means in real life.
Sure it is a day late but the World Series has begun. The Boston Red Sox are facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is the second World Series meeting between these two teams last meeting in 1916 when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn and known as the Robins. The Red Sox won that in Five games. This year the two teams have minority managers Dave Roberts was born in Japan, to an African American father and Japanese mother, and Alex Cora is from Puerto Rico. Interestingly enough both managers played for both teams during their playing days.
The Red Sox are up game so far and it looks like it could be a quick series with the Red Sox winning. It would be unique since they would have both the 1918 and 2018 titles then hopefully it won’t be another 90 some years before they win another one.
Every series is now set. In the American League it’s a rematch of last year ALDS where the Astros beat the Red Sox in four games, this was the only time they have met in the postseason. During the Regular season Houston took four of the seven games similar to last year. Boston and Houston are the top two teams in the league so this should be an exciting series. Over in the National League we have a first time meeting of two team who had tie breaker games to win their divisions in the Brewers and Dodgers. This is also the first time that these two team will play each other in the post season. Dodgers won the regular season series four games to three. The National League Championship Series begins on Friday and the American League Championship Series begins on Saturday.
Quick Predictions: The Brewers are the hottest team having won the past about dozen games and I fully expect them to make it to the World Series by beating the Dodgers. In the other series it seems like you could flip a coin to determine the winner but with Houston having swept the Indians haven’t really faced a challenge so I’m not sure who to back I’d like Boston but it be a great story with Houston being there again.
Big news as the Cleveland Indians have being blown out of the playoffs by the Astros, Chief Wahoo is retired. He will no longer be worn on the Indian uniforms starting in 2019. I believe this is one of the stipulations for them to be able to host the All Star Game in 2019. Now this is a step in the right direction but it’s not like the Chief is totally going away as there will still be merchandise for fans to buy. Some have pointed out that Monday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day and there was a team called the Indians wearing Chief Wahoo hats and a stadium full of Braves fans doing the tomahawk chop, no better way to honor all the Indigenous People. Atlanta, you’ve got to do something about that tomahawk chop
It is a step forward but it’s not like it’s going really solve the problem as fans still can wear whatever they want and even buy more things as the years go by. While it is nice to see it go will we have to wait and see if all the networks remember that Wahoo is no longer active. Good-ish job Cleveland, although let’s wait and see what the spring training uniforms look like.
After a long regular season a whole extra game was added as there were two tiebreakers necessary to determine the NL Central and West winners. It is once again time for playoff baseball. Looking back at those predictions I made at the beginning of the season I did great in the American League but miss two in the National League, although the Cubs did make it to the playoffs. Atlanta is the biggest surprise of the team with the emergence of Ronald Acuna Jr. and all those other young kids showed up to play. In the National League we’ve got some exciting games starting with the wild card between the Cubs and Rockies this game is today, this is the second time for both teams in this game, the winner of this game will get to play the Brew Crew as they beat the Cubs on Monday. The other game is the Braves against the Dodgers. The winner of these two game will meet in the NLCS.
Over in the American League we start with the Wild card with the Yankees facing off with the Oakland Athletics this is the third appearance in the Wild Card for the Yankees and the second for that A’s. The home team has won this game the past two years so it is looking like we might have another Yankees-Red Sox Series. In the other game we have the Astros facing the Indians. These two winner will meet up in the ALCS.
Time for some predictions
in the National League I am hoping that either the Brewers or Rockies make it out as neither has won the World Series yet and it would be awesome if the Brewers could make it and follow the Houston Astros in winning both AL and NL Pennants. In the American League it would be great to see the Athletics or Indians win for the first time in forever. Although, there is the ever so unlikely chance of an Indians/Braves World Series that would be great for those who want to complain about the Native American Mascot/name. Sure I’m going to be changing these as get to the Division series.
Sure, I’m a day late but my Nationals had their game in Cincinnati pushed back to Friday so I forgot to do this yesterday. We’ve got six new Managers and five of them do not have any experience managing, it will be an interesting year for all involved.
First off predictions it seems like most of the teams from last year will be making it back again.
AL East- Yankees and Red Sox
AL Central- Indians
AL West- Astros
NL East- Nationals
NL Central- Cubs
NL West- Dodgers
Maybes: Twins or Angels as the other AL Wild Card. As for the NL Wild Cards not really sure some are positing that the Phillies are back other say the Mets have a team or the D-back and Cardinals
Second: Shohei Ohtani will be one of the biggest stories of the season, Ohtani was a dual threat in Japan for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters pitching and hitting. This past winter he made the move to the MLB and the LA Angels where he will be pitching and playing as designated hitter. Ohtani will be pitching on Sunday and there have been discussion of how he will be used.
It is also the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena.
There has been some news for better or worse in the Native American naming controversy debate. Yesterday it was announced through Major League Baseball that the Cleveland Indians will be removing Chief Wahoo from the uniforms and hats that are used on the field. However the Indians will retain the trademark and still produce gear with the Chief on it. So it’s sort of a step forward, although it seems like the change was mostly made in order to get the All Star Game to come to Cleveland, the first time since 1997. Now will this massive shift stir more cries for the Redskins to drop the name or even the Atlanta Braves, Florida State University Seminoles and Kansas City Chiefs to drop the Tomahawk Chop or what not. Sure this past December Rising Hearts made some big news with the website/twitter campaign that said that the Redskins would be changing their name to the Redhawks. Sure the Chicago Blackhawks are also considered offensive but since it is an ice hockey team there never has been much outcry over the name.
While it is nice to see some movement on this issue I hope that we don’t eventually drop all mention of Native peoples from society since we shouldn’t forget about our past however dark it might be.
Well, the long wait is over yet again this seems to be the thing recently since we’ve had the Cubs and Royals win the past two years we add another long drought to the scrap bin of history. This is the Astros’ first World Series win in team history that’s 56 years and who would have though it would have ended like this. It was a up and down series and just about every game could have been won be either team. This s a great thing for the city of Houston as well. Hopefully this trend of long World Series droughts ending will continue over the next couple of years as well.
Well as it turns out the Astros from Houston came out victorious from the ALCS and will be facing the LA Dodgers. It’s been a dozen years since Houston last was in the World Series they represented the National League when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox. With the Dodgers it’s been almost 30 years since they last won the Series. It will be the first time that the Dodgers and Astros will meet in the playoffs since 1981 in the NLDS. They didn’t face each other in interleague play so it’s a bit tough to pick. It’s the top offense against the top defense so it’s bound to be a great series. It would be a wonderful story if Houston could take home the Commissioner’s Trophy, it would be the first for the team. However, it seems like the Dodgers might have the advantage in the series as it’s going to be a hot one along with the fact that they haven’t given up a game at home yet in the playoffs and it could go seven as Houston also hasn’t given up a game at home yet.
Well the NLCS is over and as was expected the Cubs just didn’t have the bats this year and with the extended series with the Nationals their rotation was in disarray and bats continues to be silent. So the LA Dodgers made it to the World Series for the first time since 1988. Congrats to the Dodgers but who know what they will face in the World Series. The ALCS is still going on and the home team has won all the games but New York did the same thing against the Indians in the Division series. So who knows. The World Series begins on October 24 in LA as they have the most wins of the teams remaining. Now, the weather isn’t looking that great for baseball as well with the forecast currently at 101 for Tuesday in LA. More on this on Tuesday