Baseball is back!
Don’t let the weather fool you on this late March day. They played a baseball game in Milwaukee last night. It didn’t really count towards anything being an exhibition game, but it was a good warm up for the season.
In just two more days opening day will commence throughout baseball. It feels like it has taken forever for opening day to come this year.
It’s nice to see the Brewers made some much needed upgrades around Miller Park. They finally upgraded the big box CRT tv’s around the stadium. It hurt my eyes to look at those. Another big change was the renovation of the Toyota Territory. It used to be a private seating area right above the visiting clubs bullpen in right field. They’ve now made it public. Putting tables, chairs, and stools that lineup along the side of the railing. It’s an amazing view and if you’re ever going to a game with a standing room ticket I would recommend heading straight to this area.
To finish up my predictions from my previous post. Here are my picks for rookie of the year and Cy Young finishes for both leagues.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu
I’m expecting a huge year for the Cuban import. He’s been regarded as a better hitter than Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes who have both seen success in the majors so far. He’s hitting in a great ballpark in Chicago for power hitters. His main competition for the award will probably be Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts is still super young and I’d expect him to really shine in seasons to come.
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
After having a down year he would be an easy favorite to bounch back to his usual self. He showed “he still had it” with his performances in the playoffs. He underwent core muscle surgery in the offseason and his spring numbers have been nothing but excellent.
NL Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton
I’ve already talked about how much I like Billy Hamilton. He’s been working on his bunting this spring and his speed will get him a lot of infield singles. Once he gets on base he’ll change the entire dynamic of the game. Pitchers in the minors have tried a lot of different things in an attempt to stop Hamilton from stealing 2nd and they have yet to truly be successful. Okay, Hamilton is on my fantasy team so of course I want him to do well. Even if that wasn’t the case, I’d still be in awe of his performance this season.
NL Cy Young: Homer Bailey
This might be another overhype on my part due to Bailey being on my fantasy team but it’s no secret he’s a favorite of many to have a good year. Bailey was a much talked about prospect who just couldn’t perform to his expectations. He got bounced back to the minors early in his career and he seems to now be figuring it all out. He’s shown his stuff can be really good throwing a no hitter in each of the last 2 seasons. This will be the year he just dominates.