Sports Brain Seepage Vol. 4

 Dodgers File for Chapter 11:
Earlier this week we heard the report that one of the most historical and revered franchises in Major League Baseball had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court. While the soap opera of the McCourt’s divorce and the team has been an ongoing story since before spring training, now it seems that there are more problems. There have been stories of Major League Baseball trying to muscle it’s way in and take over the team, but it seems that Frank McCourt has found ways to prevent that from happening at this point. While filing for Chapter 11 may be his next ploy to keep the team for now, in the end, the league will get control of the team and have it sold off to a proper owner that can keep the team out of the negative headlines. This just shows that even a historic franchise such as the Dodgers aren’t immune to problems that plague everyone else.

NASCAR Announces Hall of Fame:
NASCAR recently announced it’s Hall of Fame class for 2012, while the whole Hall of Fame deal is brand new for the sport, and there is a list 10 miles long of worthy inductees, I think this was a very solid group of inductees into the Hall. Your 2012 class is Cale Yarbrough, Daryl Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, and Glen Wood. While some names are huge with the sport, and well known even today with the young fans, there are a couple names which are somewhat hidden and unknown. But like I previously said, there is a list so long that it will take years to get all of the guys who deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to this years class, it will be interesting to see who the next guys are next year.

South Carolina Wins College World Series for 2nd straight year:
Even Though they have moved into a new ballpark and it is another year, things this year ended the same way as last year. With a pile of Gamecocks on the pitchers mound. Yes, South Carolina is the first back to back champion in the College World Series since 06-07, and it is the 16th time overall a team has repeated. They won the championship last night in undramatic fashion when they defeated the Gators 5-3. Congratulations South Carolina, you deserve it. Now, how much longer till football season?

2011 Major League Baseball Preview

It is that time of year again, the start of the baseball season is coming up fast, and I have poured over hundreds of breakdowns and watched hours of expert analysis to come up with this outlook on how I think this season will go. Ok, maybe not…I haven’t really done a lot of research on this, but I do have a gut feeling about the teams and I am basing my picks on my gut feeling. There have been a lot of changes, and some teams have improved, but I think it will be a fun season. It better be to tolerate a 162 game season. So without further ado, here is my gut feeling on this season.

American League:

AL East:
The AL East is pretty much looking like a 3 team race(again) but the Rays look like they have fallen off from last season, so it may be up to the Red Sox and the Yankees to decide the fate of this division. But watch out for the Orioles, Buck Showalter is jawing and he could have this team be a surprise before the year is out.

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. New York Yankees
  3. Baltimore Orioles
  4. Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central:
This division is pretty much cut and dry, the Twins and the White Sox hold the key to the penthouse. It will be a dog fight to see who is the tennant at the end of the year and gets that coveted playoff spot.

  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Chicago White Sox
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Detroit Tigers
  5. Kansas City Royals

AL West:
Last season the Rangers came almost out of nowhere to surpise the entire league and win the division, which led to the American League Pennant. This season, the West almost looks even top to bottom. The only team that probably won’t be able to keep pace is Seattle, but the other three teams will be clawing for the division title and could even steal a wild card spot from one of the other division teams.

  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem
  3. Oakland A’s
  4. Seattle Mariners

There you have it, the American league is very similar to last years final standings, but there will be a couple suprises this year and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a team come out of nowhere to steal a playoff spot. Now it is time to tackle the National League.

National League:

NL East:
This is the easiest NL division to decide, barring any major injuries, this division should belong to Philidelphia.

  1. Philidelphia Phillies
  2. Atlanta Braves
  3. Florida Marlins
  4. Washington Nationals
  5. New York Mets

NL Central:
Call me crazy, but I have a feeling that this division will be the tightest division in all of baseball and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a loveable loser win the division and make a long playoff run out of the Central.

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Cincinati Reds
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates

NL West:
Once agian, this division is the Giants and I think the other teams will give them a run, but without any real offseason changes, this should be another west title for the bay area boys.

  1. San Francisco Giants
  2. San Diego Padres
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. Los Angeles Dodgers

There you have the NL breakdown, some what surprising but some what expected also. This should a be a fun season across the board, and I am looking forward to watching the season shape up and progress. Well, at least until Football season kicks off. Just remember, I took this off of gut instinct and didn’t do any long analysis of this. So if I am completly wrong, then I didn’t lose any sleep over researching this.

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