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Twins Lock Up 1st Place in a Weak AL Central
The American League Central has been...interesting this season. In an earlier story I wrote about the division, there were no teams at .500 at that very time. It seemed like we would see an 81-81 or worse record actually finish first in the division, but that wouldn't be the case, as the wins picked up for the division's top teams. In all of the mess, I figured that the Cleveland Guardians would repeat as division champions because of their fantastic 2022 campaign. Not only did the Guardians win the division, they completely shut down the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series, and went the maximum five games with a powerful New York Yankees team.
MLB Pennant Race 2023: The Junior Circuit's 1st Spots are Clinched
I can't believe it. I truly can't believe it. With Sunday's matchups done, the 2023 MLB season has just two weeks left. It shows that even a season as long and grueling as baseball can fly by at the drop of a hat; it seemed like yesterday that the season started. This week saw the Braves and Dodgers lock in their divisions, but it also saw two more teams join the postseason party.
Dodgers Capture NL West, but What's Next?
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered their Saturday game against the Seattle Mariners with two ways to clinch the National League West. One way was a win and one San Francisco Giants loss (the Giants were playing a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies). A second route had the Giants losing both games of the doubleheader, and the Arizona Diamondbacks losing to the Chicago Cubs. The Giants did lose Game One of their doubleheader, meaning that all the Dodgers needed was a win. This was followed by the Giants losing the second game as well, while Arizona's game was back and forth and needed extra innings.
Braves 1st to Clinch 2023 Postseason Spot
One thing that always fascinates me is the fact that Major League Baseball refers to their playoffs as the "Postseason." The other three main leagues use "playoffs," but baseball promotes the "Postseason." They are both one in the same, but still, I just love how baseball uses "Postseason," because it is a season--a brief season that takes place after the regular season ends. The length varies depending on the format and the league, though in the case of baseball, the Postseason lasts just over a month. For the second straight year, 12 teams are part of this entertaining madness, and on September 10, 2023, the first of the 12 teams locked in a spot in this year's Postseason.
MLB Pennant Race 2023: Spoiler Alert
It's September, folks! The final month of the 2023 MLB season, that home stretch that comes before the postseason field is completed. Now, before I continue, I have to say this. I pride myself on punctuality when it comes to these stories, but circumstances can prevent such a thing from happening. In my case, I've been under the weather for the last few days, and during that time, my only obsession was relaxing and doing as little as possible. This is my third year posting such stories on Vocal, and I usually write these on Sunday nights, but the spirit wasn't quite willing just yet. However, on this Labor Day morning, I am close to feeling completely better, and I'm here with this weekly report of the pennant races.
Neeraj Chopra Leaves a mark on the world: First Indian to Secure Gold at World Sports Titles
In a fantastic victory for Indian sports, Neeraj Chopra prearranged history by holding onto the gold decoration in the men's lance toss occasion at the World Games Titles held in Budapest, Hungary. On the shining morning of August 28, Neeraj, affectionately alluded to as the 'brilliant kid of Indian games,' carved his name into the records of sports by turning into the very first Indian competitor to get a gold decoration at this lofty title.
Miracle: A Look at the 1969 New York Mets
The 1960s saw a huge expansion boom in professional sports, and Major League Baseball was definitely no exception. MLB teams were relocating in the 1950s, but the 1960s saw teams placed all over the continent. By the end of the 1968 season, there were 20 teams in MLB, 10 in each league. They were not done, though, as 1969 saw four more teams added; the American League saw the debuts of the Kansas City Royals (one year after the Athletics left Kansas City and moved to Oakland) and the Seattle Pilots (who moved to Milwaukee a year later and became the Brewers), while the National League's newest teams were the San Diego Padres and the Montréal Expos.
My Struggling Life
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Andrew Hammer is Still Pitching with Heart
Photo by Mitchell Hammer After completing his time at John Jay last year, Andrew Hammer got a scholarship from Curry College, and while nervous when the day arrived, it was excitement that ruled the day. “It’s basically what I wanted all of high school and what I trained for,” he said. “It’s right there and I’m officially starting,” he remembered. So thrown in like the rest of the freshman, the pitcher stood tall despite the fact that the early going began decidedly on the down side.
A Look at the 1968 Detroit Tigers
Before relocation and expansion became a big boom in the late 1950s and the 1960s, the American League had eight franchises. For the most part, it was the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees dominating the original American League, but some of the other franchises did their share of winning as well. And then there's the Detroit Tigers, who are quite hard luck. Entering this point, they had only won the World Series twice, but one of those two championships was the famous 1945 Series against the Chicago Cubs, who won their last pennant until 2016. The Tigers, sadly, were not used to success, but 23 years after adding to the Cubs' woes, they got it together.
Perfection: A Look at the 1956 New York Yankees
On October 4, 1955, the New York Yankees were shut out in Game Seven of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, handing the Dodgers their first championship and marking the first time that the Yankees lost the Fall Classic to the Dodgers. It was a shocking setback for the Casey Stengel-managed Bronx Bombers, but as the saying goes, "The best revenge is living well." In sports, when a team gets punched in the mouth, that motivates said team to hit back, and if any team knew how to hit back in explosive fashion, it was the New York Yankees.
A Look at the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
Throughout the history of professional sports, we have seen that one team who has a strong season, looks good enough to win the whole thing, is often favored to win it all, but fizzles out when it counts. My dad has a nickname for such teams: "fool ya teams." Each league has at least one. Smart aleck hockey fans would say that the Toronto Maple Leafs fit the bill, but the actual main "fool ya team" in the NHL is the Edmonton Oilers. The biggest such team in the NBA has to be the Philadelphia 76ers, though the Los Angeles Clippers are close, and regarding the NFL, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings definitely seem to fit the bill.