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AL West besting the rest

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB,

Josh HamiltonThere is no division is baseball quite as hot as the American League West is right now. While the three-and-a-half game margin between the first-place Texas Rangers and second-place LA Angels is the widest gap of any playoff race, the Rangers themselves are 8-2 in their last ten games, the Halos and last-place Mariners are 7-3. While the final team is only 5-5 over their last 10, the Athletics are riding a four-game win streak which is the longest current wining streak in the majors.

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Roenicke family critical to baseball’s underbelly

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: MLB,

Ron RoenickeBaseball is full of families. The Griffeys, the Molinas, and countless others have adorned MLB uniforms and made great stories playing a great game. One of baseball’s lesser-known families is that of the Roenickes. Composed of Gary, his younger brother Ron, and Gary’s sons Josh and Jason, the Roenickes have a combined 22 years worth of MLB experience. While not a household band of names, the Roenickes have made their own small impact on the various teams they have played with.

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Angels land Pineiro for just $16 million

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Front Office, MLB,

Joel PineiroThe Los Angeles Angels have landed a potential superstar. Reports that had Joel Pineiro going to the New York Mets or Los Angeles Dodgers were wrong, as Pineiro has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal to see him join the rotation with other stars Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. Does this mean that the Angels now have the best overall starting rotation in baseball? It just might.

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Holes in the Halos need filling

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Front Office, MLB,

Chone FigginsWith the MLB Awards now all handed out, the offseason can officially begin and teams can start re-tooling, re-shaping, or flat out re-building, and 2010 is already shaping up to be a huge question mark for the Los Angeles Angels. They have six players that have filed for free agency, some of which are among their best. Kelvim Escobar, Chone Figgins, Vladimir Guerrero, John Lackey, Darren Oliver, and Robb Quinlan are all on the open market looking for jobs, and the odds are that not all will return to the City of Angels.

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AL Manager of the Year - Not Ron Gardenhire

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Front Office, MLB,

Ron GardenhireAn unexpected travesty has occurred. Mike Scioscia has been chosen as the American League Manager of the Year for leading the Los Angeles Angels to another successful season. His accomplishment overshadows now five-time bridesmaid Ron Gardenhire, whose success in Minnesota goes unrewarded yet again. Gardenhire, who has helmed the Minnesota Twins for almost a decade, is a record five-time runner-up for the award. In that time span, he’s accomplished much more than most managers ever hope to. But it wasn’t always so easy for the 52-year old manager from West Germany. Gardenhire will remain the Twins’ skipper at least through the 2011 season.

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AL Silver Sluggers announced with few surprises

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, Kudos, MLB,

DescriptionThe American League Silver Slugger Award winners were announced recently, and six of the nine selections came out of the East, which further goes to show just how powerful – literally – this division is. The New York Yankees had repeat winners in Mark Teixeira at first-base and Derek Jeter at short. The Boston Red Sox’s Jason Bay was honored with his first, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria at third, and the Toronto Blue Jays each had first-timers with Aaron Hill at second and Adam Lind as the designated hitter. The rest of the league squeaked in Joe Mauer, catcher for the Minnesota Twins with his third, and Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners and Torii Hunter from the Los Angeles Angels in outfield, with their third and first, respectively.

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Losing was just what the Yankees Needed

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, MLB, Playoffs,

New York Yankees lose Game Five

It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings; or in the case of the ALCS, Frank Sinatra. The Los Angeles Angels managed to hold off elimination by beating the New York Yankees and sent the series back to New York. However, regardless of a Yankee win or loss in game five, the Bronx Bombers were going home to New York. But because they lost, they now have to play at least one game over the weekend. Assuming they do win game six or seven against the Angels, will this tire out the Yankees before the Phillies come into The Big Apple for Wednesday’s World Series debut? Absolutely not.

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Philadelphia Phillies Hope History Repeats Itself

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, MLB, Playoffs,

Philadelphia PhilliesThey did it again. The Philadelphia Phillies are going back to the World Series, and they punched their ticket to The Show by doing the exact same thing they did in 2008 – by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. The only difference between this year and last is that the Phillies’ opponents in 2009 will not be the star-struck Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Fall Classic is bound to be a classic indeed

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Championship, Editorial, MLB, Playoffs,

Joe TorreWhat could be better for Major League Baseball than this year’s final four? The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Yankees continue the road to the World Series begins Thursday night, and regardless of whom defeats whom, fans around the nation stand to win. One of four World Series scenarios awaits, and whichever it may be, it’s guaranteed to be excellent.

Scenario #1: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels. A true ‘Battle of California’. While not very appealing to those on the Eastern Seaboard, there is some anticipation and excitement to be found in the City of Angels. These two teams have a lot to prove, and there would be a lot more at stake than just a set of World Series rings; as any local bandwagon jumper would be sure to buy a hat or two based on who is left standing.

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the New York Yankees move on

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, MLB, Playoffs,

Alex RodriguezThe American League Championship Series is set. The Los Angeles Angels will take on the New York Yankees. As half of the nation turns their collective support from the Minnesota Twins to the Angels, the other half will continue to battle against the opposition’s growing fan base as the playoffs roll on. The Yankees and their 103 regular season victories will welcome the Angels into New Yankee Stadium on Friday night for a weekend of “Bronx cheers”, if you will, and serenades by Frank Sinatra.

The Yankees versus anybody is like the classic battle between good versus evil… or evil versus good. They are arguably one of the most fan-polarizing teams in professional sports. What’s to like about a team that spends almost twice as much as the rest of the league in order to buy their way into the playoffs, stall games to put them near the four-hour mark on average, and basically beat their opponents with nothing more than their sense of entitlement.

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