Archive for the ‘MLB’ Category

MLB: 2015 Year in Review (written September 27, 2015)

Posted: 27th September 2015 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

As I sit down to reflect on the 2015 Major League Baseball season, the Minnesota Twins have just seven games remaining. In the American League Wild Card race, they are a single game back, in the loss column. Who would’ve guessed that six months ago? If you had a chance to read my 2015 MLB […]

MLB: 2015 National League Preview (written April 8, 2015)

Posted: 8th April 2015 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

National League West Los Angeles Dodgers: 93-69* Nearly three decades since Gibson went yard, Return to Series has proved to be hard; The payroll is nuts, A quarter-bill plus, Quick exit again, thanks to the Cards. San Francisco Giants: 86-76* Another ring makes three in five years, Panda was lost, but ‘MadBum’ appears; Destined for […]

MLB: 2015 American League Preview (written April 2, 2015)

Posted: 2nd April 2015 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

American League West Seattle Mariners: 93-69* It’s time King Felix takes M’s to top, Cano, Cruz, Seager have big-time pop; Division not won, Since 2001, Fifteen years later, cream of the crop?  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 89-73* Trout is a monster, best in the game, Pujols and Hammy can’t pull up lame; Young pitching […]

Stretch Run to the Playoffs

Posted: 21st August 2012 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

With roughly forty games left to play in the Major League Baseball season, playoffs races around the league are starting to intensify. Here’s a quick look at which teams are in those races and whom we can expect to prevail. American League East With Tampa Bay’s struggles to score runs and Baltimore’s inexperience, the AL […]

2012 AL All-Star Team: Plattner’s Picks (written July 2nd)

Posted: 17th July 2012 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

Better late than never 2.0…following my NL All-Stars, I wrote about my best from the AL… After revealing my version of the 2012 National League All-Stars last week, this week we’ll visit my American League squad. Apparently, I had one extra pitcher on my NL team than Tony La Russa, who managed to leave off […]

2012 NL All-Star Team: Plattner’s Picks (written on July 1st)

Posted: 17th July 2012 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

Better late than never…this was written on July 1st and sums up my take on the National League All-Star team. Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is July 10th and the rosters are set. Each year, comparing my All-Stars with the actual rosters is fun and interesting. No sense in wasting any time. Having not looked […]

My issues with the MLB “All-Star” game

Posted: 26th May 2012 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

MLB All-Star balloting opened on Sunday, May 20. Once again, just forty games into the season, this is entirely too early. With the game to be held July 10 in Kansas City, you would think the league could hold off on balloting for another two or three weeks, so that All-Stars can be evaluated through […]

2012 NL/AL West Limerick Preview

Posted: 11th April 2012 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

Recently, we kicked off our three-piece MLB preview with a poetic look at the National League East and American League East divisions. Now, we’ll skip over the Central and head clear across the country to the West Coast as we cover the National League West and American League West. National League West Arizona Diamondbacks: 91-71 […]

2012 NL/AL East Limerick Preview

Posted: 11th April 2012 by Jeff Plattner in MLB

For those of you who read it, I hope you enjoyed my 2011-12 NBA Eastern Conference Limerick Preview, because I thoroughly enjoyed writing them. So much so that we’re revisiting the Limerick format, this time for my 2012 MLB Preview. Although all four Opening Days seemed to pass me by before this three-part preview made […]

Notes From Around the State

Posted: 30th January 2012 by Jeff Plattner in College Football, MLB, NBA

With college football’s national signing day right around the corner, David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves finally inking Kevin Love to a contract extension, albeit not the one Love deserves, and another big signing in the American League, it’s been a busy week in the state of Minnesota. All of this was kicked off on […]