Archive for April 3rd, 2009

03
Apr
09

This Year in Baseball – AL Central

Decided last year by a one-game playoff, the AL Central featured 4 probable contenders last season, that is until the Tigers and Indians proved not up to the task. This season, the competition within the division should be pretty fierce; the White Sox, Tigers, Indians and Twins could all be contenders and the Royals are a hot pick to shock the world. Any team in this division could finish first, or just as easily last. After the jump join us as we venture into the wild wild world of the AL Central, the most maddening division to figure in baseball. And tomorrow, we go into the NL Central, NL East and AL West, stay tuned!

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03
Apr
09

He Now Qualifies for Utah’s Soul Train

This video starts out nice, the Utah Jazz dancers seem to have nice moves, and delectable bodies; then the camera pans to this winner in the stands. I’m less enthused. However the man has moves, you can’t argue with talent after all.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KxE_C8JCsY]

[Barstool Sports]

03
Apr
09

Everyone Loves a Makeover!

MLB network has been firing on all cylinders, pumping out pretty strong programming, particularly for such a nascent entity. Now the network is planning on taking some of the most iconic moments in baseball history and give them a makeover. The six historic moments — like Willie Mays’ over-the-back catch and Jackie Robinson stealing home in the 1955 World Series –will serve as lead-ins to the Thursday night games the network will be broadcasting. MLB will take real footage and combine it with new footage of actors in a studio, mixing in computer-generated stadium backgrounds. The end result features a “sort of replay on steroids” which also includes new camera angles that weren’t possible at the time.

“It’s just meant to be fun and not a scientific recreation,” says MLBN president Tony Petitti. “It’s not meant to show if Jackie Robinson was really safe or out.”

The replays, only about 35-45 seconds include all sorts of modern shots that fans are now accustomed to, including zoom-ins on the catchers and cable-cam shots.

Check out one of the newly made-over spots by clicking this link, it features Bob Gibson and his 17 strikeout performance in the 1968 World Series. Overall, it looks kinda cool, if obviously messed with.

Also, here are my predictions for the names of the inevitable “Web Gems” and “Touch ‘Em All” knock-off segments that MLB Network’s MLB Tonight will certainly present. “Flashing the Leather” and “Going Yard.” You heard it here first.

[USA Today]

03
Apr
09

Two Priests and a Rabbi Walk into Citizen’s Bank Park…

And all three men are there to pay attention to balls. As they did last season, the same 3 religious men were invited to the Phillies stadium to bless the balls that will be used on Opening Day. Since, clearly, God was on the Phillies’ side last season, it was a prudent move by the Phillies brass to bring back the same men, they seem to have God’s ear…

Vodpod videos no longer available.

For the record, I consider my own balls to be quite blessed.

03
Apr
09

This Year in Baseball – NL WEST

From the best division in baseball to what might be the worst, we now head over to the National League West. The problem with the NL West is that really ANY –besides the Padres– team could take this division, and the whole field is wide open. Join us after the jump as we take a trip out West.

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03
Apr
09

This Year in Baseball

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby

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With opening day tantalizingly close, we’re going to present our predictions/evaluations of each division from now until Sunday’s opening night when we’ll present our playoff and award winner predictions. Since I know the dear readers would be lost without my prognostications, I am only too happy to serve them up to you. Hopefully you will have lots of thoughts about my evaluations and I urge you to chime in with your own comments, let the great debates begin!

American League
East; Central; West

National League
East; Central; West

Individual awards and post-season

03
Apr
09

This Year In Baseball – AL EAST

We’ll start off with the American League East, home to the best three teams in all of baseball, (sorry South Korea) and the likely winner of the American League Pennant. Join us after the jump for the full divisional roundup.

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