Baseball Season begins

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.

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Native American Mascot controversy debate part 11

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.

World Series 2017

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.

2017 World Series

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.

NLCS ends ALCS might end

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

The AL/NL Championship Series

Well after a pretty thrilling divisional round where error played a big role with over 30 errors between all the teams. We saw the Red Sox continue to flounder in the postseason and the heavily favored Cleveland Indians fall to the New York Yankees in 5 games in the American League over in the National League  the Dodgers cruised to the Championship while the Nationals and Cubs play a fierce 5 game series complete with 2 shutouts, 2 no-hitters that turned into losses, and a mind blowing final game.

As for the Championship series we have some exciting games that are going to happen. It will be the first time that Houston has made it to this round since it moved to the American League and following their first series win since 2005 when they won the National League. They will face the Yankees who haven’t been here in 5 years when they were swept by the Tigers. The last time they met each other in the playoffs was the Wild Card game back in 2015. This was a while ago. The Astros had a long layover between their win in the ALDS and this first game of the ALCS so Houston will be well rested and the Yankees having gone 5 with Cleveland will be on a day rest. I’m not sure what’s better to be well rested or battle tested. It would be great if the Astros got to the series in the American League as they’d be the only team ever to have been for both leagues. However it could go to the Yankees.

In the National League it will be The Dodgers who were there last year but haven’t won an NL Pennant since 1988 when they also last won the World Series so there is that going on. Meanwhile the Cubs are in there again so it’s a rematch of last years NLCS, Let’s hope that the Dodgers can beat them this time around. I’m not sure with the extended drama that was the division series if either team (Cubs or Nationals) would have been a huge threat to LA but who know what will happen. Reading online it seems that the Dodgers thought that the Cubs would be a harder series to win but looking at the errors and lack of runs in the Division series, I’d say that’s not so now. So Dodgers seem like the team to win in the NL.

The AL and NL Division Series

Today the Baseball playoffs begin in earnest as the American League Division Series starts today at 4 PM on the Major League Baseball Network, it’s that time of year when we all search for the network, as the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros meet in Houston. This is the first time that these teams have ever met in the playoffs but they finished the season against each other during the regular season the home team won the series with Houston winning four last weekend in Houston while Boston took two of three in June. The night continues at 7:30 PM on Fox Sports 1, with the New York Yankees traveling to Cleveland to face the Indians. If history continues the Indians look to be favorites to win as the past two times they met in the division round playoffs Cleveland has come out on top, these past wins came in 1997 and 2007 in 98 they met in the Championship series and New York won.

Most pundits are having the Cleveland Indians make it through easily as well as the Houston Astros. Although if those other teams the Yankees and Red Sox made it that would be the series that people would want to watch. However it looks like the Indians will make it through and the rotation in Houston will be tough to play against, but they were just playing so either team could win.

On Friday we get a whole lot of baseball as the day begins at 2 PM when the ALDS continues then in the evening the National League Division Series begins at 7:30 PM on TBS as the Washington Nationals take on the Chicago Cubs in Washington. This is the first post season meeting between the two teams in the regular season Washington took the season series but the last time they played was back in early August. This game is followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks traveling to LA to face the Dodgers at around 10:30 PM and this looks like a tough series for the Dodgers as the past two series the D-backs swept the Dodgers.  It’s the first time that these two have met in the postseason. So who knows how this series is actually going to go.

Experts are pulling for the Nationals and the Dodgers for a rematch of last years epic NLDS. Although there are some that are saying that the Cubs might get by the Nationals since they have played more meaningful games lately. I’m pulling for the Nationals and D-backs to advance since that looks like an easier series to win, but as long as the Nationals get into the Championship series I’d be happy.

Baseball Playoffs 2017

Well they begin on Tuesday night with the American League Wild Card Game but all the teams are set and most of the matchups have been made. In the AL we’ve got Cleveland, Houston, Boston, New York and Minnesota while in the NL there are Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Arizona and Colorado. This year has some interesting things that can happen in both leagues we know for sure that the NLDS will have a rematch of two NL West teams as the Dodgers will face either the Diamondbacks or Rockies in one there is also a chance that in the AL the same thing could happen with the Indians possibly playing the Twins rivals in the AL Central.

The Twins became the first team to make the playoffs after losing 100 game in the previous season.  It is a pretty unique group of teams as so many have wait for so long to win a World Series with only the Yankees, Red Sox and Cub winning in the past decade.

In the Wild Card games we’ve got the Twins and Yankees playing for the right to battle the Indians in the American League while the Diamondback and Rockies see who is going to travel to LA for a couple of games.  It would be cool if the Twins won since I think it would be a very unique series if they played Cleveland one more time this season. and because think of the storyline if they and the Nationals made it to the World Series the last team from Washington (The Senators in 1924) to win the World Series being the team the Nationals have to get over to win the World Series. In the Arizona and Colorado game they know each other fairly well and both have done well against the Dodgers this year so either team will make for an exciting series. It’s a coin toss in the NL. However this is only a one game series so anybody could win either game.

In the Division Series in the American League there are the Cleveland Indians playing either Twins or Yankees while Boston and Houston match up against each other and these two team have just seem each other facing off in the last series of the season. Over in the National League the LA Dodgers  will play either the Rockies or Diamondbacks while the Nationals and Cubs will be facing off in what most were predicting would have been last years NLCS. More on these games on Thursday.

MLB Players Weekend

This sounds like a cool idea and I think that Major League Baseball is doing a wonderful thing here with this. Over the weekend of August 25-27 the players get to wear special uniforms with nicknames on the back instead of their names. The names were chosen by the players. If this would continue it would be nice to see like fan got a chance to give some input as to what the nicknames were going to be on their teams uniforms. Yet this is only a little bit of the fun since on the 20th the previous Sunday the biggest game of the week will take place in Williamsport, PA home of the Little League World Series. The game will be between the Pirates and Cardinals and hopefully most of the crowd will be the kids participating in this year World Series as it is great that the players now can inspire the players of the future to continue to play and get better because who know how long it might be before they are called up to the Big league. The other aspect of this Players weekend is that they all will be wearing a patch of who has inspired/help them get to where they are today.

Baseball at mid-season

First off this upcoming Tuesday is the All-Star game and once again it is a meaningless game as home field advantage will no longer be tied to who wins the game. Now the American League has been on a fairly long streak winning the past four games and having won 22 of the past 29 games. The game is in Miami so don’t expect many home runs, with Miami hosting it make Tampa Bay as the only current city who has not hosted an All-Star game and I believe they are going to need a new Stadium before that happens. Tampa Bay to Montreal?

Back before the season I made some blanket predictions with  Boston, Cleveland, the Astros as well as perhaps the Rangers, Mariners or Blue Jays making the playoffs in the American League. As well as the Cubs, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants with perhaps the Mets or the Cardinals making the playoffs in the National League. Currently I’m sticking with the division winners in the AL but those wild cards teams not so much. The Yankees with Aaron Judge, presumptive AL Rookie of the Year, have become a contender to challenge the Red Sox as the season winds down along and the Tampa Bay Rays are keeping pace as well. The Indians also have some work to do as the Twins and Royals have been at their heels all season. In the NL it seems that the Nationals and Dodgers are the odd on favorites to win their divisions, yet the NL Central is a division anyone could win Brewers, Cubs, Cardinals even the Pirates and Reds have a chance to win it. However if the season ended today Arizona and Colorado would be playing in the Wild Card game. There is still so much more of the season left and anything could happen.