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Young Kids Are Bringing Back Major League Baseball

When I heard that Jurickson Profar is only 19 years old, my age, and hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, it made me wonder: what am I doing with my life? Here is this kid, hitting major league home runs, and I’m sitting in a laundry room writing this article. Come on, man!

In all seriousness, Major League Baseball is enjoying what is a very exciting youth movement. With all of the acrimony caused by the Steroid Era, Major League Baseball is finally bringing in a new crop of players to represent America’s Pastime.

These young superstars may be the best and the brightest we’ve ever seen at such a young age. Guys like Steven Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, Jurickson Profar, Buster Posey, and even Jason Kipnis are not only young, but for the most part are also at the top of Major League Baseball in terms of talent.

The average age of these guys is 22 years old. It’s scary to think how good they can all be at 28 or 30. It’s one thing to be playing in the Majors at 19 years old, but it’s a whole other thing to be dominating the sport at 19 years old like some of these guys are.

For the fans, baseball may finally have a new “face”. We’ve been watching the juiced up antics of Major League ballplayers for so long, it’s refreshing seeing some young talent playing baseball the way it was meant to be played. I know, I may be speaking too soon, you never know what can happen in this sport, but my hope is that these guys are all as clean as they seem. Continue reading Young Kids Are Bringing Back Major League Baseball

Fixing the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby

by Ryan Isley

As Monday evening came along, I turned on ESPN just in time to hear Chris Berman’s voice announcing the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby. Immediately, I tuned it out.

As the evening wore on and I found myself actually enjoying the celebrity softball game more than the Home Run Derby, I decided that we needed a change in how All-Star Monday is handled – especially the Home Run Derby.

The first change?  Berman would never be back (back, back, back). Not only has he grown to agitate almost everyone I have spoken with, but his references are older than the players he is using them to describe.

I actually enjoy John Kruk and Nomar Garciaparra on the set, so they would stay. Replacing Berman? That would be the highly underrated Joe Tessitore, as I think Tessitore is the one of the best announcers that is employed by ESPN and is versatile enough to handle the Home Run Derby.

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AL West Spring Training Edition: Los Angeles Angels

Are you ready for the last installment of my AL West Spring Training Edition? Well, ready or not there are still only four teams in the division this year. We’ll steal the Astros before long. But for now I will round out my preview with the team who won the Albert Pujols sweepstakes and got one of Texas’ top pitchers in the process. The Artist Formerly Known As The California Angels–or whatever their name is. They’ve changed their name more times than all of the major sports networks have played the “Poor Cleveland” montage during Cleveland games. It’s sad really. But for now they are the Los Angeles Angels, and they have compiled quite a roster to make a run at the AL West division title. Here is a brief rundown of their past off season:

2011 Finish: 86-76, 2nd in American League West

Key Signings/Re-Signings:

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