This year, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals will be contenders.
The Orioles have a tremendous offense, and up and coming pitching.
The Nationals have great offense, two good pitchers, and two big pitching prospects.
If all goes well, both teams will go past 80 wins.
The Following, is Baseball Society's 2009 Free Agent Predictions.
1. Matt Holliday
Contenders- Mets, Cardinals, & Red Sox
Why- Matt Holliday wants money. All three teams are prepared to offer him money, but the Mets need him more. Because of this, Holliday will get a big contract from the Mets. The only reason he might go elsewhere, is if he is totally committed to winning.
2. Jason Bay
Contenders- Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Mariners, Mets, Cardinals, & Giants.
Where- Red Sox
Why- Bay has already proved himself in Boston. It won't be easy, but Boston will lure him back with a big offer.
3. John Lackey
Contenders- Angels, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox, & Mets.
Where- Red Sox
Why- Rather than give up prospects for Roy Halladay, the Red Sox, will sign Lacky to be their #3 starter. With Lackey the Red Sox will once again be a dominating force in the American League.
4. Chone Figgins
Contenders- Mets, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, and White Sox.
Why- If the Yankees resign Johnny Damon, the Angels won't have many serious contenders for Chone Figgins. the lack of serious interest will bring Figgins back to L.A.
5. Aroldis Chapman
Contenders- Yankees & Red Sox
Why- The Yankees love taking risks, and this flame-thrower is worth the risk. Chapman will get a big contract to pitch in New York.
6. Randy Wolf
Contenders- Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Rangers, & Mets
Why- The Mets need pitching. They will decide to get 2 free agent pitchers rather than getting one (John Lackey)
Contenders- Rangers, White Sox, Angels
Why- Vlad will give a discount to stay in L.A., and the Angels won't be able to refuse.
8. Orlando Hudson
Contenders- Nationals, Royals, Mets, & Dodgers
Why- The Nationals will land 1 big free agent. If they can't convince Christian Guzman to move to second base, Hudson will be a National.
9. Joel Piniero
Contenders- Mets, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, & Dodgers
Why- It is in Piniero's best intrest to stay with Dave Duncan. Duncan is the one who resurrected his career.
10. Bengie Molina
Contenders- Mets, Nationals, & Giants
Why- The Mets are desperate for a power hitter. They also need a catcher. Why not combine the two? Bengie Molina is a perfect fit for the New York Mets. He will fit right in the middle of the line-up.
Thats it for now. Gear up for tomorrow, when Free Agents can sign with other clubs.
Sorry for not posting, but I have been busy. The Hot Stove is just beginning, and I'll be covering it throughout the off-season. I will begin posting off-season predictions tomorrow, but I will leave you with one idea. Dan Uggla to the New York Yankees. It could work. Uggla would be easy to trade for, and would be perfect for the Yankees vacant DH role.
This years All Star Game is just around the corner, and the rosters are set. After looking through boh rosters I thought that they were fair, except for a few choices. Scott Rolen, and Russsel Branyan deserve spots on the AL roster. I agreed with the NL roster. I think this will be a great game.
Hey guys, I just met Hammerin Hank Aaron. Some people might think Mr. Aaron is stubborn, but I have to say that he was nice. Be sure to watch Saturday baseball on Fox. I'll be watching.
Yesterday was a weird day for baseball. Extra Innings, errors, etc. But if you didn't see the horrendous plays by Milton Bradely (Cubs) and Luis Castillo (Mets). Bradley dropped a fly ball, and threw a ball to a fan with only two outs. Castillo dropped a pop up in the bottom of the ninth to lose the game.
Hey New Yorkers, make sure to check out last licks in nyc on June 25th to meet Mets stars Bobby Parnell, Omir Santos, and John Maine. And on July 18th, meet Yankee star Brett Gardner.
Raul Ibanez has recently denied his use of steroids, and has said that his success this season is his own ability. I personally believe that it's impossible to do get better as you get older. You can work out and train as much as you want, but your body just doesn't allow this to happen.
Today was supposed to be the day when Randy Johnson attempted to get his 300th victory, but it looks like the game will be rained out. In other news, Tom Glavine, was released by the Braves. I don't think the 305 game winner will be picked up by any team. The Braves had a busy day, with Glavine's release, and the addition of, outfielder, Nate McLouth. And congratulations to Josh Beckett for being the most recent pitcher to almost pitch a no-hitter.
In the recent road trip, the Mets have suffered many injuries including Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, Ryan Church, and Alex Cora. Still, the Mets have continued to win, and just last night the Mets rose up to first place. Fernando Martinez, the number one prospect, was called up to the major leagues and is still trying to get his first hit. What's in store for the Mets, only time will tell.
Just when things couldn't have gotten any worse, word came out that Manny Ramirez got suspended 50 games for using performance enhancing drugs. Now arguably two of the best players in baseball, A-Rod and Manny, are known steroid users. I'm wondering three things
1. Was Manny's name on the 2003 test, that A-Rod's name was released from.
2. What type of drug did he use.
3. When will Selina Roberts, the author of the new A-Rod book, release a statement explaining how she knew this first, and gave the information to MLB.
This is a bad day for baseball fans, because now we all must admit that Jose Canseco was right, when he said that 4 out of 5 players are or were on steroids.
In the A.L. Kansas City, Seattle, and Toronto have started the season on a good note, but are they for real? In the N.L. Pittsburgh, Florida, and St. Louis have also started on a good note, but the same question applies. Are they for real? Kansas City has made major improvements, and I feel that with the addition of Mike Jacobs, and Coco Crisp, they will be able to go against the odds and win their division. The Mariners have had additions (Griffey Jr.) and some subtractions (J.J. Putz), but I feel that they aren't strong enough to be a true contender. The Blue Jays have had a great stat, but I just can't see them winning their division, let alone the wild card. The Pirates haven't done enough to secure a playoff spot. They don't have pitching. The Marlins have a good offense and a strong pitching staff. Although I feel that they can't compete with the Phillies and Mets, they are a good team. The Cardinals have a good offense, and good starting pitching, but their bullpen isn't very strong. I feel that they can compete to win the Wild Card, but they need a proven closer. So in retrospect, I think the Royals, Marlins, and Cardinals are for real, and the Mariners, Blue Jays, and Pirates aren't for real.
- Red Sox
- Rays (Wild Card)
- Blue Jays
- White Sox
- Phillies (Wild Card)
AL MVP- Evan Longoria
AL CY Young- Zach Grienke
AL Roy- Matt Wieters
AL Manager of the Year- Trey Hillman (Royals)
NL MVP- Albert Pujols
NL CY Young- Johan Santana
NL Roy- Jordan Schafer
NL Manager of the Year- Jerry Manuel (Mets)
NLCS-Mets(D) vs. Phillies
ALCS- Red Sox(D) vs. Royals
ALCS- Red Sox(D) vs. Royals
WS- Mets(D) vs. Red Sox
A big question leading into the 2009 season is if once All Star players can return to form. During the off-season, Andruw Jones lost the weight that he gained with the Dodgers, and David Ortiz has recovered from the injuries he had last season. So can they be All Stars again? I feel that David Ortiz will do better, but he won't be the same. And as for Jones, I feel that he will have a monster season in Texas.
In a recent interview in Port St. Lucie, Ryan Church, told reporters that he is good to go. Is Church going to produce like he did before he got injured...only time will tell. If Church does not do well, the Mets don't have a proven outfielder to take his place. Even though Church is a big question mark for next year, I believe he will preform well on a consistent basis.
After the recent Sports Illustrated article by Selina Roberts and David Epstein, Alex Rodriguez is in a tough situation. All tabloids(even not sports related) have been criticizing him. One of these tabloids I found on the internet. It is gong to be in Mad Magazine. I find this photo hilarious.