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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Meet your 2014 AL MVP, Prince Fielder.

    Every year, some buddies and I get together and predict what's going to happen in the upcoming baseball season. And with Opening Day being today (not last week in Australia), you should get your own predictions in order before that first game of the day begins. So here we go — division winners, individual award winners and everything else under the sun. Enjoy.

    (predict order) 
    NL WEST- LAD, SF, SDG, ARI, COL
    NL CENTRAL- STL, PIT, CIN, MIL, CHC
    NL EAST- WAS, ATL, NYM, MIA, PHI
    AL WEST- TEX, OAK, SEA, LAA, HOU
    AL CENTRAL- DET, KC, CLE, CHW, MIN
    AL EAST- TB, NYY, BOS, BAL, TOR

    Wildcard Winners

    (predict winner and loser of wc game)
    NL- PIT over SF
    AL- BOS over NYY

    Playoff Predictions:
    NL Divisional- LAD over PIT
    NL Divisional- STL over WAS
    AL Divisional- DET over BOS

    AL Divisional- TEX over TB
    NLCS- LAD over STL
    ALCS- DET over TEX
    World Series- LAD over DET

    Postseason Awards
    NL MVP- Yadier Molina
    AL MVP- Prince Fielder


    NL Cy Young- Clayton Kershaw
    AL Cy Young- Yu Darvish
    NL ROY- Javier Baez
    AL ROY- Yordano Ventura
    NL Manager of Year- Don Mattingly
    AL Manager of Year- Ron Washington
    NL Comeback Player- can't think of one, so I'll go with my default: Manny Ramirez
    AL Comeback Player- Joakim Soria
    Misc Predictions
    First Manager to get fired- Mike Scioscia

    Biggest name to be traded- Giancarlo Stanton
    Player with most HRs- Prince Fielder
    Someone linked to steroids for first time - Albert Pujols
    First pitcher to require Tommy John surgery -- Jered Weaver
    Most wins at All-Star break – Tigers
    AL All-star game starter – Yu Darvish
    NL All-star game starter-  Clayton Kershaw
    Closer with most saves -- Craig Kimbrel
    First team to clinch playoff spot- Tigers
    How many wins for Astros – 67
    How many wins for Cubs-- 73
    How many wins for Dodgers-- 97
    How many wins for Rangers -- 88
    How many wins for Cardinals-- 92

    BOLD PREDICTION(s): The Rangers have three players with 40 steals; Billy Hamilton spends most of the season in the minors because he just isn't very good; Jose Abreu sets a rookie home run record.