Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:34 am

2010 Spring Training Power Rankings

2010 Spring Training Power Rankings


1)      Philadelphia Phillies – explosive offense plus they added stud Roy Halladay – Doc should enjoy feasting of NL hitting after spending all of his previous time in the slugger infested AL East – the NL is theirs to lose


2)      NY Yankees – neck and neck with Boston for title of Best Staff in Baseball – the Yanks bats put them over the top, however – the Sox can’t compete with Tex, ARod, Granderson, Jeter and company


3)      Boston Red Sox – their pitching staff is deeper than the Yankees, if not better – the addition of John Lackey is huge – and if Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia return to their old form, watch out – C/1B Victor Martinez is dark horse MVP candidate


4)      St Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols alone would elevate any team to Top 10 status, but these Redbirds can pitch, too – Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright both are coming off Cy Young caliber seasons, and the Cards locked up Matt Holliday to protect Prince Albert


5)      Tampa Bay Rays – Most of the pieces are still in place from their World Series run a couple seasons ago, but David Price is the key, his improvements (or lack thereof) will be echoed by the club


6)      Seattle Mariners – Simply put, they had the best offseason of any other team.  Signing Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins were huge.  The top of that lineup features Ichiro and Figgins??  Then you’re faced with a 1-2 of Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee??  Seattle should cruise to the AL West crown


7)      LA Dodgers – the best young talent in baseball – assuming their pitching holds up, those young bats (plus Manny’s old one) should keep Torre’s Dodgers in the hunt all summer


8)      Colorado Rockies – had an incredible finish to last season….and now Jeff Francis returns – should be a great race between LA/Colorado/SF for that division


9)      Minnesota Twins – the M&M boys should be at it again – Mauer and Mornueau are beasts – and as per usual, they’ll find just the right mix of pitching and defense to quietly win another AL Central crown


10)   Atlanta Braves – this staff is starting to send the same kind of fears Rockin’ Leo’s used to in the 90s – Tommy Hanson will be a star, and Tim Hudson says his arm feels better than it has in years – as long as Jair Jurrjens shoulder issue is minor, these guys could contend now – of course, they’d need almost everything else to go right and an MVP-type season out of Nate McClouth


11)  SF Giants

12)  Chicago White Sox

13)  Chicago Cubs

14)  Texas Rangers

15)  Florida Marlins

16)  LA Angels

17)  Arizona Diamondbacks

18)  Milwaukee Brewers

19)  NY Mets

20)  Detroit Tigers

21)  Oakland A’s

22)  Houston Astros

23)  Cleveland Indians

24)  Cincinnati Reds

25)  Toronto Blue Jays

26)  Kansas City Royals

27)  Baltimore Orioles

28)  Washington Nationals

29)  Pittsburgh Pirates

30)  San Diego Padres

Posted on: February 11, 2010 4:30 am
Edited on: February 13, 2010 5:44 am

Top 5 Sports Rivalries of All Time

While watching Duke/UNC last nite, a poll was conducted asking which is the greatest rivalry in sports.  I found the question very intriguing, but the choices I was offered were, well, not good.  So, I'll make my own list with my own choices!  And, to maintain consistency, I'll let my Top 5 include each one of my favorite five sports  greatest rivlary (nfl, ncaaf, ncaab, nba, mlb, sorry NHL fans)

Here we go!

1)  Yankees/Red Sox, MLB -- this blog isn't that long so I really can't list all the reasons why this is sports Greatest Rivalry.  Contrary to popular opinion however, it's only been #1 for a short time.  Not until the Sox actually won anything did this become a true 'rivalry'.  Even when two teams hate each other, they're not true rivals until they're both good (see Nebraska/CU, football).  And when Boston came back from down 0-3 in the ALCS, well, this rivalry was TRULY born.  Why does this outrank Cardinals/Cubs?  See above.

2)  Ohio State/Michigan, NCAA football -- some really fun games got left off the list for this one, but well deserving.  Big Blue could go 1-11, beat Ohio State and throw a parade......same thing in Columbus.  There's a real hatred up there and when your respective stadiums hold 100k+, it can get kinda wild (apologies to Texas/OU, Army/Navy, Oregon/Oregon State)

3)  Duke/UNC, NCAA basketball -- although not as much in recent years, this game can most always be counted on for a thriller -- less than 20 miles apart, these kids chewed the same dirt growing up and oftentimes got to meet 3 times each season (if not a 4th on the tourney!)  Legendary coaches, amazing finishes, championship quality play, all-american after all-american -- what other college hoops rivalry even comes close?

4)  Packers/Bears, NFL -- the oldest rivalry in the NFL, this one has been downright ugly over the years.  Don't agree??  Just ask ANY Packers or Bears fan who lived and watched in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Pats/Colts, Broncos/Raiders, Bengals/Steelers ain't got nothing on this one, pal.

5)  Celtics/Lakers, NBA -- if this list was made 25 years ago, this one almost certainly tops the charts....but it's not, so it doesn't.  Reigning far supreme over any other 5-10 year 'rivalry' the NBA has offered over the years.  Sure, Lakers/Kings in the 90s was fun....as was Bulls/Pistons and Lakers/Spurs.  But all time??  I'll take C's vs Showtime anyday.

That's it for today -- holla tomorrow

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