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5 National League Storylines to Watch During Spring Training

By Nicholas Ian Allen, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Baseball is back. All 30 MLB teams are fully entrenched in spring training in Florida and Arizona, and members of every organization are representing their home countries in the World Baseball Classic all over the globe. With only a few weeks left until Opening Day, the 2017 season is beginning to take shape. As we count down the days, we take a look at five National League storylines to watch...

Chicago Cubs: 2017 Preview, Predictions & Schedule

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 2 weeks ago
There will be no more talk about curses or droughts. The Cubs are just another champion looking to defend their title now, but with their young core, they’re in a better position to do so than any team since the 2009 Phillies. The years of losing to which Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod and the rest of the front office committed themselves when they arrived in late 2011 (which turned...

World Series Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians

By Jake Rose, 10 months 1 day ago
It’s finally going to happen. Either the Cleveland Indians or the Chicago Cubs are going to win this year’s World Series, ending one of the two longest active World Series championship droughts.   The Indians won their last World Series in 1948 and made their last appearance in the Fall Classic in ‘97 — a seven-game series that will forever be remembered for closer...

NLCS Preview and Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs

By Jake Rose, 10 months 1 week ago
Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs had wild roads to get to the National League Championship Series.   The Dodgers, the most injured team in baseball this season, slugged their way to a fourth straight NL West title and an NLCS appearance by beating the Washington Nationals in five games in the NLDS. Manager Dave Roberts’ played the perfect hand in Game 5, tapping his...

Making Baseball Fun: Spicing Up the All-Star Game

By Jake Rose, 1 year 1 month ago
This past spring training, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper unabashedly donned his “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat in an effort to shed light on baseball’s lack of individuality.   To some baseball lifers, Harper’s tongue-in-cheek ball cap was seen as too brash and self-serving, an indictment of the latest generation of professional athlete — and...

New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Preview and Prediction

By Jake Rose, 1 year 3 months ago
The Dodgers and Mets are no strangers to one another. Last fall’s National League Division Series between the two teams will forever be known as Daniel Murphy’s coming out party. Now, Murphy is a member of the rival Nationals, and the Mets may be even better, especially offensively, than they were a season ago — a season that culminated with a World Series appearance....

10 Amazing Statistics About the Chicago Cubs’ Historic Start

By Mark Ross, 1 year 3 months ago
Could 2016 finally be the Chicago Cubs’ year? The World Series is still five months away, but five weeks into the season the Cubs are clearly baseball’s best team.   After beating Washington 4-3 in 13 innings on Sunday, the Cubs extended their winning streak to seven and entered Monday night’s home game against San Diego with an MLB-best 24-6 record. That’s...

Ranking the Best and Worst MLB Logos in 2016

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 4 months ago
Brand recognition is important in today’s business climate and that includes professional sports. One critical component to a team’s identity is its logo. While fans certainly relate to the players, it’s the team’s logo that’s displayed prominently on the uniform and pretty much every piece of memorabilia or merchandise.   Click here to buy Athlon Sports...

Outrageous American League Predictions for the 2016 MLB Season

By Brad Spielberger, 1 year 4 months ago
On Opening Day today every team in MLB has the same record and the same chance to win it all. There are favorites and dark horses, but ultimately nothing will be decided for six months. Many experts and analysts will make their picks on which teams will win the divisions or the wild cards as well as the major awards at the end of the season. And you can count on one thing — many of their...

Outrageous National League Predictions for the 2016 MLB Season

By Jake Rose, 1 year 4 months ago
Baseball is a funny game. A game with no time restriction, built on nuance, and forever romanticized. One of the best quirks about baseball is that anything can happen over the course of nine innings.   Every season, pardon the quasi-Yogi-ism, but “anything does happen.” Every summer something happens in baseball that drops our jaws and totally catches us off guard.  ...
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