May 26, 2005
This is the point during a baseball season when we’re beginning to see which teams are going to survive and those that are preparing to throw in the towel. When people stop saying, “they’ll fold” to “they could win their division”.
Prime examples are the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and the San Diego Padres in the National League West. Although the Orioles just got a dose of bad news regarding their All-Star catcher, Javy Lopez, I believe they have the pitching, offense and bench depth to hold off the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The same can be said for the Padres who have one of the best young pitching staffs in baseball, a potent offense, solid bullpen and a steady hand at the helm in manager, Bruce Bochy.
I do believe that both of these teams will win their division, however, it’s not going to be easy and both races will go down to the wire. The Orioles will have to hold off the Red Sox and the Yankees not to mention the surprising Toronto Blue Jays, while the Padres will have to hold off the Arizona Diamondbacks and perhaps the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Perhaps most important to the outcome in the National League West was the stunning announcement last month by the Padres with the hiring of former Major League Baseball Executive, Sandy Alderson as CEO. Perhaps you may remember Alderson as the General Manager of the Oakland A’s when they ruled the American League West. During his tenure the A’s won four division titles, three American League pennants and a World Series title in 1989, despite never drawing more then 3 million fans or exceeding a payroll of 50 million dollars. How much impact this will have on the NL West race remains to be seen, however, you can rest assured that the Padres will be very active at the trading deadline.
It promises to be a very exciting season with some great races in all the divisions. I, for one, hope that Baltimore holds on, the Red Sox win the Wild Card and we can finally watch a post-season without the Yankees. I know, I know, I'm a Braves fan and we all know their record of futility in the post-season. However, the Braves no longer have Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, Jimmy Carter, et al, sitting in the front row for fans to boo and curse at, while the Yankees still have George Steinbrenner glaring down from his office at Yankee Stadium. Do you think when George dies they'll stuff him and place him in his window, or better yet, place him permanently over poor Brian Cashman's shoulder? I gotta admit, to watch a post-season without Steinbrenner and the Yankees would be like a pardon to a condemned man, a drink of water to thirsty traveler, a life boat to a castaway on a desert island, you get the idea.
Posted by Kevin O'Leary at 7:53 PM
You meant to say that Bruce Bochy is the manager of the San Diego Padres. Phil Garner managers the Houston Astros. The two men resemble each other, particularly the bushy mustache.
Posted by: Andrew Torres on May 27, 2005 8:13 AM
I'll check on the accuracy of your description of the 2 aforementioned managers, but...uhhh Mr. O'Leary did say that Bochy was the Manager of the Padres.
Furthermore, eventhough it pains me to read and re-read the article OBVIOUSLY biased against anything Yankee related, never did I read anyhting regarding who "managers" the Houston Astros...
p.s. the braves still stink :)
Posted by: YankeeFan on June 2, 2005 7:42 AM
I see the error in the previous comment has been kept in the "BLOG" but far be it to add the correction following...
Posted by: YankeeFan on June 4, 2005 7:36 AM