Posted on: March 12, 2009 7:09 pm

NL East Projections

5: Marlins. Key Players Aquired: Pitcher Josh Johnson, Pitcher Scott Procter. Key losses: Outfielder Luis Gonzalez, Catcher Paul Do Luca, 1B Mike Jacobs, Pitcher Scott Olsen. Projected record: 68-94. The Marlins dont have the key pieces they need to be a winning team yet. They have a lot of young guys but they need to develope. The Marlins didn't spend any money this off-season to get any good players. They didn't resign players they might need and they traded two of their best players.

4: Nationals. Key Players Aquired: Pitcher Scott Olsen, Outfielder Josh Willingham, Pitcher Daniel Cabera, Outfielder Adam Dunn. Key Losses: Pitcher Chad Cordero, 1B Aaron Boone. Projected Record: 75-85. The Nationals added some key players that could help them out this season. They could have addressed the pitching aspect more. They could end up in 3rd place if some players step up and have good seasons. 

3: Braves: Key Players Aquired: Pitcher Derek Lowe, Pitcher Javier Vazquez, Outfielder Garret Anderson. Key Losses: Pitcher John Smoltz, Reliever Will Ohman, Pitcher Mike Hampton. Projected Record: 81-81. The Braves have some bright spots but they also have some spots that need improvement. They could have used a true number one pitcher like AJ Burnett. They replaced John Smoltz with a pitcher about as equal as him. If the pitching holds up and the offense gets hot, look out. They are the dark horse to win the divison.

2: Mets: Key Players Aquired: Pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, Pitcher JJ Putz, Outfielder Jeremy Reed. Key Losses: Pitcher Pedro Martinez, Outfielder Moises Alou, Pitcher Orlando Hernandez. Projected Record: 89-73. The Mets addressed their biggest need this offseason with picking up two very good relievers. They also replaced Alou with Reed. If the offense can be productive they have a shot to take first or win the wild card in the NL. The Mets need to have their bullpen hold up because the last few years that has been their weakness.

1: Phillies. Key Players Aquired: Pitcher Chan Ho Park, Outfielder Raul Ibanez. Key Losses: 2B Tadahito Iguchi, Outfielder Pat Burrell, Pitcher Adam Eaton. Projected Record: 92-70. With the loss of Burrell, the Phillies went out and got a very good replacement. Ibanez should fit right in with the Phillies. The Phillies should repeat. They didnt lose anyone important other than Burrell who was replaced. Once Chase Utley is healthy they will be on pace for their divison title. The Phillies are in good shape entering the 2009 season.

Preseason Awards:

Best Player: Ryan Howard

Fastest Player: Shane Victorino

Best Contact Hitter: Chipper Jones

Most Underrated Player: Ryan Zimmerman

Most Overrated: David Wright

Best Pitcher: Cole Hamels

Best Reliever: Francisco Rodriguez

Most Underrated Pitcher: Jair Jurrjens

Most Overrated Pitcher: Brett Myers


Posted on: July 27, 2008 5:48 pm

Top 10 Active Baseball Players

These are players with the best careers.

10: Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves. He is a reason why the Braves won their 14 straight divison titles. His career batting average is above .300, he has over 400 home runs, and over 2200 hits.

9: Derek Jeter - New York Yankees. Call him overrated but he has still been the captain of the Bronx Bomer since 1995. He has taken the New York Yankees to 6 World series. Yes their has been a lot of talent but he is still the captain and one of the best defensive shortstops of his era.

8: Mariano Rivera - New York Yankees. He is one of the best closers ever. When the Yankees got to the Ninth with the lead it was almost like the game was over.

7: John Smoltz - Atlanta Braves, Detriot Tigers. What can I say he is the only player with 200 wins and 150 saves. He also has over 3000 strikeouts.

6: Trevor Hoffman - San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins. The All-time saves leader has to be up here. He quietly got 500 saves. His record may be broken but it is still an amazing feat.

5: Manny Ramirez - Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians. He may be a little "Odd" at times but he is still of the most compleate hitter of his era. With over 500 homeruns he will reach 600 and be one of the best hitters ever. He also helped the Red Sox get their first world

4: Alex Rodriguez - New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners. He is one of the best hitter of his era. He will more than likely break Barry Bonds Homerun record and maybe a few more at that. He is just going to reach feats that may be reached again.

3: Randy Johnson - Arizona Dimondbacks, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees. The best K pitcher in his era. He is second on the all-time list for strikeouts and may soon be in the 300 wins club. Johnson deserves to be up here at #3.

2: Ken Griffey jr - Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners. He is a great hitter and one of the best ever. He has over 600 Homeruns and is going into the Hall of Fame for sure. He would be at 800 Homeruns if he hadn't gotten injured so many times.

1: Greg Maddux - San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angles Dodgers. He is the best pitcher of his era. He has over 350 wins and 3000 strikeouts and has done it all with his junk. He reached a feat that only 9 players have reached and a feat no one will ever reach again.

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