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2 years ago

2012 MLB Postseason predictions – Inside the Wheelhouse

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Joey VottoThe last couple of days I have previewed & predicted the American League and National League for the 2012 MLB Regular Season. I have given you my predictions for each division and the wild card teams for the 2012 season. So now it’s time to take those predictions and bring it into October Baseball where one World Champion will be crowned!

MLB Postseason:

American League Division Winners: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels

When I look at the top 3 teams in the American League I’d have to say its New York, Detroit and Los Angeles. They are all very evenly balanced and make up some of the elite in the American League. Anyone of these teams could easily be predicted as a World Series Champion coming out of the American League.

American League Wild Card Teams: Tampa Bay Rays and ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

2012 National League preview & predictions – Inside the Wheelhouse

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Ryan HowardIt’s that time of the year again where I preview the 2012 Major League Baseball Season, from who will win the Division’s to who will hoist the World Series Championship when it’s all said and done! The Major League Baseball season officially starts this week over in Japan but will start next week for everyone else when it hits the States starting in the new home of the Miami Marlins. Out of thirty teams one will be left standing with the right to be called the “2012 World Series Champion!” With that being said lets talk next about the National League!

National League:

NL East:

1. Philadelphia Phillies

They were a World Series favorite last season and why wouldn’t they be? They had one of the best rotations in Baseball and lineup that would deliver balance on a game-to-game basis. It was all but ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

2012 American League preview & predictions – Inside the Wheelhouse

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Prince FielderIt’s that time of the year again where I preview the 2012 Major League Baseball Season, from who will win the Division’s to who will hoist the World Series Championship when it’s all said and done! The Major League Baseball season officially starts this week over in Japan but will start next week for everyone else when it hits the States starting in the new home of the Miami Marlins. Out of thirty teams one will be left standing with the right to be called the “2012 World Series Champion!” With that being said lets start off with the American League!

American League:

The American League has not hosted a World Series Champion since 2009 when the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and each of the last two years the defending American League Champion has been the Texas Rangers, will ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Jorge Posada Belongs In The Baseball Hal Of Fame

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Jorge Posada Hall of FameI’ll preface this post with a full disclosure that I am about as diehard a Yankee fan as there is. I live and die by this team, so yes, I may be a bit biased over the course of this entry. Sue me. I’ll show up to court with my Yankee tie on.

On January 24th, a storied career finally came to a close. Jorge Posada is finally stepping away from the game he loves after 17 seasons at the ripe old age of 39. For Yankee fans, he joins a list of catchers rich in history. Names such as Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Thurman Munson, and Elston Howard come to the forefront of any baseball historian’s mind when it comes to great Yankee catchers. You can easily rank Jorge Posada among them.

While Jorge may not sport the number of All Star ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

Things To Be Thankful For In Sports

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A Rod YankeesWell, we are upon the Thanksgiving holiday when we get together with family, and friends to celebrate being together, and commemorating the Pilgrims and the Indians sharing traditions after the harvest. Many people thank their God for blessing them with what they have while remembering those who do not have as much. Those who are fortunate will go serve in homeless shelters, and such places, and deliver turkeys, and meals to the poor, so those less fortunate can also have Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful holiday, and a great American tradition.

As for me personally, and I am not going to go totally Tim Tebow on my readers, but I am thankful to God that I have family, friends, and my Episcopal Church family who love and care about me. I am thankful for my 14 year old beagle, ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

3 years ago

2011 World Series Prediction & Preview – Inside The Wheelhouse

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St. Louis CardinalsThe title of World Champion is now within the reach of two teams that will be playing for it all starting this Wednesday. All it takes to accomplish that goal is to win four of the potentially remaining seven games in the 2011 Major League Baseball season, an easy feat when you say it but one that will test the heart of a true champion.

This is what Baseball fans wait for all season long, the final series of the season, the 2011 World Series. Who will be crowned Champion when it’s all said and done? Will it be the American League Champion Texas Rangers or the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals?

Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The 2011 World Series will be a tale of two team’s incredible paths to reach this very point. On one side you ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

Could Red Sox players be following Theo Epstein to Chicago? – Inside the Wheelhouse

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Theo Epstein Chicago CubsThe most recent era of Baseball being played in Boston since 2004 is now officially over as both Terry Francona & Theo Epstein have left the Red Sox Nation, departing from the organization since their collapse in September.

The devastation the September collapse of an 8-21 record & missing the playoffs after a 9 ½ game lead on September 1st in the Wild Card has prompted new changes for one of the best franchises in all of sports. While an era that brought two World Champions in eight years to a Championship stricken franchise since 1918 is now over, the slate is wiped clean in Boston and a new era must be built.

The rebuilding process for the Boston Red Sox will be done in the coming months as a new manager will be named and a new ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

2011 NLCS Prediction & Preview – Inside The Wheelhouse

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Albert Pujols and Allen CraigThe 2011 Major League Baseball season is now down to the final four teams to crown its World Champion for the 2011 campaign. The right to represent their respective league in the World Series is the final step before playing for it all. Which of these two teams, the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals will earn the right to represent the National League in the 2011 World Series and be crowned National League Champions?

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The National League Central Division will hold the host of the 2011 National League Champion no matter what happens now in the National League Championship Series as it is down to the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s no real surprise that the Milwaukee Brewers have made it to this point in ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

2011 ALCS Prediction & Preview – Inside The Wheelhouse

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Justin VerlanderThe 2011 Major League Baseball season is now down to the final four teams to crown its World Champion for the 2011 campaign. The right to represent their respective league in the World Series is the final step before playing for it all. Which of these two teams, the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers will earn the right to represent the American League in the 2011 World Series and be crowned American League Champions?

Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers

The Texas Rangers make their 2nd straight trip to the American League Championship Series, ironically beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS of last year & this year, while the Detroit Tigers return to the ALCS for the first time since 2006, ironically enough, beating the New York Yankees in the ALDS that year as well. This matchup is intriguing as ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

2011 NLDS Predictions & Preview – Inside the Wheelhouse

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Roy HalladayOctober Baseball is here and after 162 games we have narrowed it down to just eight teams who will be vying for the World Series Championship. In this blog we will be looking at the National League and the four teams who will be looking to advance to the National League Championship Series next week! Let’s take a look at the upcoming National League Divisional Series!

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

What a strange twist of fate for the Philadelphia Phillies as if they did not defeat the Braves in Game #162 then they wouldn’t be playing the Cardinals in the NLDS. So before Game 1 of the NLDS this Saturday I hope every member of the Cardinals roster thanks the Phillies for doing such. The last time a Philadelphia sports figure helped put another team into the playoffs? DeSean Jackson’s return against ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

2011 ALDS Predictions & Preview – Inside the Wheelhouse

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Evan LongoriaOctober Baseball is here and after 162 games we have narrowed it down to just eight teams who will be vying for the World Series Championship. In this blog we will be looking at the American League and the four teams who will be looking to advance to the American League Championship Series next week! Let’s take a look at the upcoming American League Divisional Series!

New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers

The New York Yankees & Detroit Tigers meet for the first time in the Postseason since 2006, a postseason that saw the Tigers defeat the Yankees that year in the ALDS and it was also the last time the Tigers were in Postseason play. The Yankees look to avenge that series lost from 5 years ago while the Detroit Tigers look to prove that they may be ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

ESPN Catching Hell Review & My Thoughts On The “Bartman Play”

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Steve BartmanOn Tuesday, September 27th, ESPN Films debuted director Alex Gibney’s documentary, “Catching Hell” as part of their excellent “30 for 30″ film series. Before I continue with this blog, I want to say that I have lots of beefs with ESPN in general, but this “30 for 30″ series of documentaries is one thing they do very well, producing great films about such subjects as The University of Miami and their controversial reputation, Southern Methodist University getting the Death Penalty from the NCAA and the aftermath, and about Ricky Williams, and many others. “30 for 30″ is a great film series I do admit.

That being said, “Catching Hell” is about one of the most infamous scapegoats of all of sports, a young Cubs fan named Steve Bartman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was Game ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

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