major league baseball season is officially upon us! while many of us are still invested in the nhl and some even in the nba (not me really), the baseball season is about to get underway.
too many people say that the game of baseball is too slow for them and they can’t watch because the games are so long but if you’re a true sports fan, then you like the game of baseball. there is just so much going on in each game and series to not care and just like every baseball season, its almost impossible to pick who is really going to win the world series. last year’s winner, the st. louis cardinals were a huge surprise throughout the regular and post seasons. and just like last year, i expect this year to be no different.
i’m not going to sit here and predict who will win the world series. things can change so much over baseball season and from game to game, that a prediction from me would be foolish. but i will tell you what i’m excited about this season and a few of the exciting things i will be watching for now until the last pitch is thrown in october.
so there’s this new guy. his name is yu darvish. he is the new japanese pitcher for the texas rangers and the hype that follows him around is everywhere. the thing about darvish is that aside from his numbers in japan and in the preseason, we really have no idea what to expect. if what they’re saying about him is true though, then i’d say, expect him to be good.
another loud story are 2 big coaching changes that occurred this offseason. both ozzie guillen (miami marlins) and bobby valentine (boston red sox) have a lot to prove. will both the red sox and the marlins be able to capitalize on their coaches or will the coaching changes hurt them. bobby valentine seems like he has only brought more hostility to the red sox franchise so it’ll be interesting to see how the team responds once the season starts.
the detroit tigers are one of the teams that have some really high standards set for them coming into the season. they signed prince fielder in the off season and already have perfect pitching in justin verlander. the major analysts haven’t picked them as the preseason #1 but they have put them in the top 5. this could be good for them. the standards for the tigers are high but not too high.
the yankee fan in me wants to say that they are the best and most exciting team to watch but obviously there are many people who think otherwise. however, i do think it’ll be interesting to see how andy petite pitches when he is back with the yankees (since he has come out of retirement) and if robinson cano can pick up where he left off last season. i would hope that again cano will be in the running this season for mvp. the yankees are a team that thrives because of their history which can be good and bad. their star players, derek jeter and alex rodriguez are aging but they do have some young guys who should be able to compliment the aging greats.
i could talk about baseball for days but i better stop while i can. obviously, i have left many teams off and ignored others, but i have a whole baseball season ahead of me. more posts about the 2012 mlb season to come.