Home Run Derby Time

Every year before the Home Run Derby I like to pull out a few facts about each participant and then try to guess a winner.  It kind of worked in 2008, and not so much last year.  I know we’re still lacking two entrants but I’m off to Columbia for my wedding tomorrow.  I won’t actually get to watch the Derby but I’ve got it DVR’ed and I’ll watch it when we get back from Barbados.  One of our friends over at Doin’ Work will be there, though, so go read his account.

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Some Home Run Derby Material

allAlright, now that the final list of participants has been announced, its about time to look at some of the stats so we can inaccurately predict a winner.  It kind of worked last year.
Let’s take a quick look at the participants and their season home run totals:

American League National League
Nelson Cruz (TEX) – 21 Prince Fielder (MIL) – 22
Carlos Pena (TB) – 24 Adrian Gonzalez (SD) – 24
Joe Mauer (MIN) – 15 Ryan Howard (PHI) – 22
Brandon Inge (DET) – 21 Albert Pujols (STL) – 32

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NHL Playoff Preview

Playoff Ice

Playoff Ice

Tomorrow is the start of the two month haul known as the NHL Playoffs.  The first round presents us with some interesting match ups and I’m going to break them down for you.  Since there are only about eight people who watch hockey, I’ll try to keep it short.  No promises, though.

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2009 Baseball Previews – AL Central

This is the second one of my 2009 baseball previews.  You can check out the AL East here.  Just a note, it was written before A-Rod needed surgery.

The AL Central is going to be one of the toughest divisions in baseball.  Last year, the Twins and White Sox needed a one game playoff to settle the score.  I feel like anyone but the Royals could easily win the crown.  Continue reading

2009 Baseball Previews – AL East

It’s about time for the 2009 Major League Baseball season to commence, so I’m going to do a little division by division break down.  Today, we’ll look at the best division in baseball, the AL East.

Last year, the Rays dropped the Devil and took home their first Division crown since joining the league in 1998.  In fact, they finished above last place for the second time ever.  In 2004 they cruised to a 70-91 record, good enough for 4th.  Continue reading

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