MLB Opening Day observations…by Chuck Duboff

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  • MLB TV is awesome; every game, every day!!  You get to check into games around the league…and of course, it’s essentially a Yankees season ticket.  Oh the times we live in…just amazing.
  • I am just not sold on John Gibbons as a manager…even after his contract extension. Watching him go against Buck Showalter…he just seems so overmatched.
  • I’ve always said that Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt were the best 3B I’ve ever seen.  Right now Manny Machado is as good as it gets…that play he made yesterday might have been the greatest play I’ve ever seen at third base.  A diving stab of a screamer down the 3B line; and then from his knees he threw a rope to first base to get the runner!!  WOW!!manny-machado-injury
  • Listening to Joe Girardi talk about the “kids” and having to protect them…and manage expectations, sounds exactly like Paul Maurice talking about his young Jets and managing expectations…Gary Sanchez and Patrik Laine.
  • Trying to watch a baseball game from the Trop in Tampa is excruciating, even when they are playing the Yankees.  I lasted about 5 innings.  If Tampa doesn’t do something about a ballpark very soon, they will be gone.

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  • Speaking of moving Tampa, it sounds like Montreal has all the money in place for a return of MLB.   From what I have been reading and hearing, once Rob Manford winks his eye to Montreal, construction of a ballpark will begin.  Would love to see the Expos back…Raines, Dawson, Cromartie, Ellis Valentine, Gary Carter, Steve Rodgers…man I loved that team.
  • The New York Mets may not have the strongest lineup, but with that pitching taking them deep into games, they have a chance to win every day…that is some kinda starting pitching.noah-syndergaard-efe6986baed78494
  • The St. Louis Cardinals, draft and develop…and with patience each season they insert a couple more home grown players.  They’ve been doing this for a very long time…sound familiar Winnipeg Jets fans?
  • Really liking the development of the Minnesota Twins…it may be awhile, but they are headed in the right direction.  Byron Buxton is one of their young players who has a bright future…made a sensational catch in centre field yesterday.Byron-Buxton-1
  • Madison Bumgarner, great starting pitcher, hits two Home Runs on opening day…umm, ok…can you also fix the plumbing in my kitchen?  That is just sick, but makes baseball the great game that it is.
  • Speaking of teams with not a lot of hitting, but great pitching…I think you can give the NL West to the Dodgers already; I think the Colorado Rockies might be their only competition this season; Clayton Kershaw, not too shabby.Clayton-Kershaw
  • Memo to Mickey Steen:  Clayton Kershaw makes more money than the whole San Diego Padres team combined.
  • It’s just one game Craig, don’t worry about your Cubs, they’ll be fine.
  • Love watching Bryce Harper at the plate…and when he crushes one like he did again on opening day (that’s 5 opening day home runs), that’s what makes baseball so exciting.
  • MLB is messing with the game too much: sending a batter to first base without a pitch being thrown on intentional walks…sorry, that’s just messing with the game. Too much can happen on an intentional walk!!  You’re saving a minute or two, but all that time being spent on replays on challenges is ruing the game…it disrupts the natural flow of the game.

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Back home…and its baseball time; Winnipeg Goldeyes, New York Yankees, Fantasy baseball…by Chuck Duboff

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Back home last night from two weeks in paradise and I can’t wait to dive into the 2017 baseball season.

I have some catching up to do with our Winnipeg Goldeyes; looks like we’ve signed some really interesting prospects at catcher and outfielder.  I think I’ll have to sit down with Andrew and Steve and get caught up on our newest players.  Given that it’s March 2nd already, Goldeyes training camp is just around the corner.

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That’s Goldeyes 2nd baseman Casio Grider celebrating last season’s championship.

The New York Yankees are actually following though on their youth movement plan; from Gary Sanchez behind the plate, to Aaron Judge in right field…this Yankees team might actually be watchable this season.  I don’t see them any better than third place, behind both Boston and Toronto, but at the very least they’ll be a little more competitive.

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New York Yankees rookie catcher, Gary Sanchez

Going to start working on my Fantasy Baseball teams today; usually sign up for three leagues…and I can proudly say that these past three seasons, I have won at least one championship out of my three teams.  It’s a daily analysis of players and trends and really keeps you involved in the day to day of MLB.

Speaking of MLB, I will be signing up for MLB TV later today; doesn’t get much better, every game, every day, right at your finger tips.  Not only that, but by getting the MLB TV, it allows you to also access all games right on your mobile device.   How sweeeeet it is!

It’s almost spring; training camp exhibition games have started; Rick Forney is putting together another competitive Goldeyes team…it’s baseball season, when the dreams of young boys turn to home runs, strike outs, stolen bases…PLAY BALL!!!

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The MLB report for Tuesday, September 29th…by Chuck Duboff

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1. The Cubs and Pirates have the second and third best records in the majors, better than both the Mets and Dodgers…yet, one of them will be quickly knocked out in the Wild Card Game next week. Seems like an injustice to me.

2. As I said in the last report…don’t know how Matt Williams kept his job all season…he lost the locker room and that resulted in that Papelbon-Haper dugout fight yesterday.

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3. I had chills watching that bottom of the 9th on Sunday afternoon when Josh Donaldson hit that walk off home run. Watching Bautista, Encarnacion and Donaldson mashing like they do…reminds me of when I was 7 years old watching Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle crushing them on a daily basis. Watching the Mount Crushmore boys hit home runs…the summer I became a Blue Jays fan.

4. My only area of concern for the Blue Jays is if the kids in the bullpen. Sanchez and Osuna, can handle the playoff pressure.

5. With the ongoing injury problems for Masahira Tanaka, the Yankees are fortunate that they held on to Luis Sevarino at the trade dead line; everybody wanted him…the Tigers were even offering up David Price, but the Yankees stuck to their guns about building from within. Additionally, having lost Tex for the season, another one of their homegrown players, Greg Bird, has done a great job of filling in at 1B.

6. Pete Rose, who admitted to gambling on games his team was playing, met with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred hoping for re-instatement; Manfred has indicated that he would have a decision by the end of the year. (Manfred recently shot down a request to have Shoeless Joe Jackson re-instated) You put the integrity of a league in jeopardy if you allow Pete Rose back. Pete Rose bet on games his very own Cincinnati Reds were playing in; he admitted this. What kind of message would that send to players and fans? Pete Rose was a great ballplayer, there’s no debating that, however, he gambled and then for years lied about it. MLB cannot re-instate him.

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7. Mike Trout is some kind of ballplayer…too bad he doesn’t have more protection in the lineup. Check out another phenomenal catch by Trout:

8. Rogers is going to have to open the bank vault to sign David Price who will be a free agent at the end of the season; I think they will take a serious run at him…I just get a sense that he likes both playing on the Blue Jays and the city of Toronto…but who knows. As a wise man says: “stay tuned”

9. Who do you have for the National Cy Young: Grienke, Kershaw or the Cubs, Jake Arrieta?

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10. Who do you have for the American League Cy Young: David Price…or????

11. RIP Yogi Berra…you were the catcher of my youth, of my 1961 Yankees…along with Mickey, Roger, Whitey, Moose, Elston, Tony, Clete and Tom Tresh…You and Casey Stengal must have been some show together. You may have given us:
“It ain’t over till it’s over”…sadly, it is over Yogi…BUT, you will never be forgotten.

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My Franchise Four for: Jets 1.0; Jets 2.0, Bombers, Goldeyes and Yankees…by Chuck Duboff. Who is on your list? Leave in the comment section.

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Winnipeg Jets 1.0 Hull, Hawerchuk, Teemu and Hatskin

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Winnipeg Jets 2.0 Wheeler, Ladd, Byfuglien and Chipman

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Bud Grant, Kenny Ploen, Cal Murphy, Chris Walby

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Winnipeg Goldeyes: Brian Duva, Andrew Collier, Ace Walker, Luis Alen

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New York Yankees: Mantle, O’Neill, Jeter and Maris

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WHO IS ON YOUR JETS 1.0, JETS 2.0, BOMBERS AND GOLDEYES LIST?…AND WHO IS ON YOUR FAVOURITE MLB TEAM LIST? LEAVE YOUR LISTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.