Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Predictions for the Rest of the Regular MLB Season

Division Predictions for 2015

American League

   AL East:

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

  AL Central:

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

1: LA Angels
2: Houston Atros
3: Oakland Athletics
4: Texas Rangers
5: Seattle Mariners

National League

NL East:

1: New York Mets
2: Washington Nationals
3: Atlanta Braves
4: Miami Marlins
5: Philadelphia Phillies - My guess for team that
                                         will get the #1 overall pick in next years draft.

NL Central:

1: St. Louis Cardinals
2: Chicago Cubs
3: Pittsburgh Pirates
4: Cincinnati Reds
5: Milwaukee Brewers

NL West:

1: San Francisco Giants
2: LA Dodgers
3: San Diego Padres
4: Colorado Rockies
5:Arizona Diamondbacks

Zack Hample: The Ball-Hawk

   Now how, out of all the people, did ballhawk, Zack Hample catch Alex Rodriguez's 3000th home-run  ball? That is a question even I am asking, as Hample seems to be a magnet for baseballs.

   Zack Hample, a baseball enthusiast, caught A-Rod's 3000th hit earlier this week, but declined to give it back. " I have never sold a ball in my life," Hample states in an interview, " and i'm not prepared to give one up now."  If you don't know Zack Hample, get to know him, as you will be hearing a lot about this guy in the future. Hample is what we call, in the modern day, a " ballhawk." One who attends a baseball game and does whatever it takes to get a souvenir baseball. Helping his cause to support why he has so many baseballs,  Hample has attended hundreds of MLB games since the 1990s.

    Hample, a season ticket holder for the NY Yankees, for all long as he can remember, has written best-seller books about how to snag your first MLB ball. Which includes countless tips, such as speaking the basics of other languages to communicate with players of different nationalities. Hample has earned a enormous reputation for the MLB, that has helped him gain much needed popularity for him to continue doing what he loves, ball-hawking. 

   In the picture above, Hample poses with one of the many piles of baseballs he has collected from games, whether they be a foul ball, a home-run ball, or a ball from warm-ups during the pre-game. 

    Check out his website: zackhample.com
   Please order his book, I have read my share of Zack Hample stories, and so should you. 

The Amazin' Steven Matz

  Have a day, Steven Matz!

    The Met's stud rookie proved a few days ago that the Mets have a new star, in all positions. Steven Matz was called up from triple-A, Las Vegas about 4 days ago to make his MLB debut, for the desperate Mets. As Matz took to the field moments before his debut, all his family was present. Yes, his grandpa, dad, mom, sister, etc. This was a special day for the Matz family, but later on, it would be a historic, monumental day as well.

     Matz, pitching against the Cincinnati Reds, gave up his first home-run in the first inning to Brandon Phillips; however, Matz responded to the early home-run by pitching seven innings for the hard-earned win. Not only did he get the "W," but Matz proved he could hit as well. The rookie went 3-3 in his debut,  doubling in his first at-bat, after hitting a long ball over Billy Hamilton's head, a feat not many can accomplish.

    Matz's family was speechless, as this was a big-time performance for an up-and-coming star. However, let's remind ourselves of the talented arms the Mets now have in their starting rotation: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob DeGrom, and now, Steven Matz. Hence, for the first time in years, the Mets seem to be serious contenders for the World Series, starting possibly next year, if all the young, talented arms stay healthy.

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