I made my before-Spring Training predictions, here are my Opening Day Season predictions. Plus, check out the player to watch feature which gives you a player to watch on each team during the reaguler season.
AL East Player to watch:
Boston Red Sox (Jacoby Ellsbury)
New York Yankees (Marcus Thames)
Tampa Bay Rays (Ben Zobrist)
Baltimore Orioles (Nolan Reimold)
Toronto Blue Jays (Adam Lind)
Minnesota Twins (Orlando Hudson)
Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy)
Kansas City Royals (Rick Ankeil)
Detroit Tigers (Austin Jackson)
Cleveland Indians (Micheal Brantly)
Seattle Mariners (Chone Figgins)
Anaheim Angels (Kendry Morales)
Texas Rangers (Neftali Feliz)
Oakland Athletics (Brett Anderson)
Philadelphia Phillies (Jayson Werth)
Atlanta Braves (Jason Heyward)
Florida Marlins (Mike Stanton)
Washington Nationals (Nyjer Morgan)
New York Mets (Kiko Calero)
St.Louis Cardinals (Colby Rasmus)
Chicago Cubs (Randy Wells)
Cincinatti Reds (Aroldis Chapman)
Milwakee Brewers (Alcades Escobar)
Houston Astros (Hunter Pence)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Garrett Jones)
Colorado Rockies (Jason Hammel)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw)
San Fransisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner)
Arizona D-backs (Justin Upton)
San Diego Padres (Clayton Richard)
1. Evan Longoria
2. Joe Mauer
3. Kendry Morales
1. Albert Pujols
2. Chase Utley
3. Ryan Braun
AL Cy Young
1. Jon Lester
2. Cliff Lee
3. Zack Greinke
NL Cy Young
1. Roy Halladay
2. Chris Carpenter
3. Tim Lincecum
1. Brain Matusz
2. Austin Jackson
3. Desmond Jennings
1. Jason Heyward
2. Mike Stanton
3. Madison Bumgarner
1. Don Wakamtsu
2. Ron Gardenhire
3. Joe Maddon
1. Bobby Cox
2. Tony LaRusa
3. Freddi Gonzalez
AL Comeback Player
NL Comeback Player
Those are my predicitions. My Internationl League predictions will be sometime next week.
The Total Bases weekly Mailbag will be answered on Saturday instead of Sunday this week. I will be in Ft. Myers Sunday and Monday to see the Red Sox play the Twins and Orioles, and will not be able to answer questions. Get in your questions here if you have not already about the Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Pats, Pawsox, or their sports. Thank You!
– Total Bases
Here is the second edition of the Total Bases Mailbag. Sorry it came so late, as I was at the Red Sox game today!
Q: When will Bill Simmons be answering questions?
I kid. I kid.
How do you feel watching your Celtics limp the playoffs?
A: Thanks for the question Shaun, and no, Bill Simmons will not be here, haha. I am concerned about the Celtics. But KG and Pierce look healthy again, along with Ray finally shooting again. I know they will get by the first round, but I’m worried for when they have to face the Hawks or Cavs.
Q: What do you think of the Cleveland Indians this year?
Do they pose a threat to the Central or not? Don’t let up on the answer either, it is your opinion.
And how do you think the Red Sox will fair this year?
A: Hey Ted! Honestly, I don’t see the Indians going anywhere for a while. I like their outfield a lot, and their offense, but they need more pitching to make noise. I can see a team like the Royals surprising a lot in the Central.
I like the Red Sox more than a lot of people. I love the rotation, offense, and defense, plus their minor league depth. They have guys like Bates and Reddick who can step in if needed. It’ll be a fun year.
Thanks to everyone who submitted questions, the mailbag will return again next Sunday. Submit your questions here or at the Best Boston Sports .com message boards. Remember, anything Red Sox, Celtics, Pats, Bruins or their leagues. Any Minor League questions as well.
Welcome to the first edition of the Total Bases Mailbag! Here I will answer all your questions on the Red Sox, Pawsox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, MLB, MILB, NFL, NHL, or NBA. To submit your question or comment, comment on this post or on the Mailbag thread on the BestBostonSports Message Boards, which is on the Home Page. You can ask as many questions as you want, so long as they are relavant to all the topics above and appropiate. I will try to answer all questions asked. The Mailbag will be posted every Sunday. I know I am cutting it short this week with only two days, but I get impatiant. Thank you!
-Total Bases/BestBostonSports.com Owner
Kalish was drafted in the 9th round of the 2006 draft. Has leadoff hitter potential and a lot of quickness. Not much power. Hits a lot of ground-balls, could develop line-drive potential. Hits to all fields. Good baserunning intelligence, though not top-flight speed.
In the field, very good range with an average arm. Not a great decison maker. Seen by most scouts as a center or rightfeilder. Has had a lingering wrist injury the last two years. He will be Rule 5 draft status after the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He earned 2009 Red Sox MILB player of the year. Has three options remaining, currently. There is a chance he may be on the Red Sox at sometime next season.
Next Prospect in series: Ryan Westmoreland
This is the MLB Offseason Calender at Total Bases.
Nov. 16 — AL and NL Rookie of the Year Award winners announced
Nov. 17 — AL Cy Young Award winner announced
Nov. 18 — AL and NL Manager of the Year Award winners announced
Nov. 18-19 — MLB owners meetings, Chicago
Nov. 19 — AL Cy Young Award winner announced
Nov. 20 — Free agency opens
Nov. 20 — Reserve lists for all major and minor League levels filed.
Nov. 23 — AL MVP winner announced
Nov. 24 — NL MVP winner announced
Nov. 30 — Players union executive board meeting, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dec. 1 — Last day for teams to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Dec. 7 — Last day for free agents offered salary arbitration to accept the offers.
Dec. 7-10 — Winter meetings, Indianapolis.
Dec. 10 — Major League Rule 5 Draft
Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2010 contracts to unsigned players.
Jan 5-15 — Salary arbitration filing.
Jan. 19 — Exchange of salary arbitration figures.
Feb. 1-21 — Salary arbitration hearings.
March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 17- Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 31 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2008 salary.
April 4 — Opening day, active rosters reduced to 25 players.
July 13 — All-Star Game, Anaheim, Calif.
July 25 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Aug. 15 — Last day to sign selections from 2010 amateur draft who have not exhausted college eligibility.
Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players.
November — Free agent filing period, first 15 days after World Series ends.
Dec. 4-7 — Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2011 contracts to unsigned players.
Reddick was drafted in the 17th round of the 2006 draft. He’s a good contact hitter with a quick bat and good power.
Has a nice upper-cut swing. Creates good lift on the ball with contact.
Aggresive hitter, needs to improve plate discpline.
In the field he has good range, a good arm and outstanding accurucy. Great hustle. Can play all three outfields, but most scouts see him as a CF.
Other Notes: Has 65 days of MLB service time.
Next prospect in series: Ryan Kalish