Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rags to Riches? The New San Diego Padres in Review

    Out of all 30 MLB teams, hundreds of thousands of fans are ecstatic to catch a glimpse of the new San Diego Padres. Ever since the arrival of new general manager, A.J. Preller, the team has been, " Hyperactive," multiple sources report. With the additions of Will Middlebrooks, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and recent signee, James Shields. The Padres have now played the " Do - or - die" card ( win or lose). Although the Padres have been able to fulfill the positions at which they were initially weak at, they must watch their salary cap. Kemp, Myers, Upton, and Middlebrooks have all proved to have " Gap years," between efficient and non - efficient seasons. Nevertheless, I can't wait to see if the new San Diego Padres will have a disappointing season such as the 2014 NY Yankees ( No disrespect, just that they did not seem to play as well as sources had predicted ), or a miraculous  success story, such as the 2001 Diamondbacks ( WS Winners ).Will the Padres crumble like a cookie, under the pressure, or shine bright like a diamond? That question is yet to be answered.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rebuilding Red Sox Sign Cuban Star

     Cuban powerhouse Yoan Moncada signed two weeks ago with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox continue to improve their offense, by adding the swift, agile Cuban outfielder and signing him to the largest signing bonus one has ever heard of, 31.5 million dollars; the largest among any international free - agent this year and before. Boston, with the signing of Yoan Moncada, adds him to a superior lineup that consists already of David " Papi" Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. However, some beat reporters now claim that with all the offense the Red Sox have compiled, they have not been addressing their weak, young pitching staff. In addition, the Red Sox's chance of reclaiming the AL East title have improved steadily. Yoan Moncada has been described as one of the powerful outfielders, with " Wheels," a " Hose," as an arm, and a fantastic swing. For his first showcase, about 65 scouts from around Major League Baseball came to determine whether this super - charged prospect was living up to the speculation around him. I think we all know the conclusion to that story. Please comment on who you think will win the AL East division title.