American League

The kind folks at Holiday Inn really want to make the four loyal readers of PH8 happy. To that end, Holiday Inn – the Official Road Trip Partner of MLB – has provided us with a $75 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods *AND* some All-Star Game swag to give away to you, our loyal [...]

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As part of the great organization of bloggers that we are happily a founding member of, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I’m happy to submit the following ballot for the BBA’s 2011 All-Star balloting: Catcher National League – Brian McCann, Atlanta American League – Alex Avila, Detroit I’m sure the McCann pick will anger our three [...]

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All-Star Voting Guide

by on June 15, 2011 · 4 comments

I am declaring myself the Medium High Emperor of All-Star Game Voting.  Why?  Why not?  Nobody else has declared themselves “Medium High Emperor”, have they?  Besides, it sounds good, and I think it will look great on my updated resume.  There are no actual responsibilities or powers that come with the title, but it should be enough [...]

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Inter-League Ploy

by on May 19, 2011 · 2 comments

If you haven’t noticed, the Cardinals are in the middle of a stretch during which they play 16 games in 16 days.  That alone is tough enough, but somewhere in the middle of that they are starting inter-league play (aka – “The unbalanced schedule”).  Maybe it’s a statistical certainty that over a really long period of [...]

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In honor of quite possibly the strangest start to any baseball season I can remember, every match-up in Week 1 of the PH8 League is close heading into the weekend. How close mind you? Each of the five pairings only has a two-point swing, setting up for some potential crazy moves come Sunday (or that [...]

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UCB – AL Projections

by on March 21, 2011 · 1 comment

This might be my favorite United Cardinal Bloggers project ever, because I wrote this back in December of 2010.  Copy/paste and voila: American League East – Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox finished last season 7 games behind the Rays with a record of 89-73.  Fortunately, they just added Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to [...]

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Tony over at MLB Blog Buzz sent an e-mail yesterday asking for submissions for a group Power Ranking project they’re working on, so naturally Dennis and I were happy to oblige. Once I got into ranking the teams, I realized that outside of the top five and bottom five, doing this during the preseason is [...]

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Fool Me Once, Shame On You

by on January 11, 2011 · 0 comments

Fool me twice, shame me. It’s an idiom that means people (or teams) should learn from mistakes and not allow people (or players) to take advantage of them by repeating the same mistakes.  You know where this is going, right? Brad Penny and the Detroit Tigers. Since Penny’s last All-Star appearance in 2007, he’s accomplished the following: [...]

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It is a necessary evil during our United Cardinal Bloggers’ prediction project that we take a look at the Junior Circuit and pontificate on how they will finish. As such, here is my list of the American League divisions and my expected order of finish in each. AL East New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays [...]

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[Ed. note: Once or twice throughout the season, the United Cardinal Bloggers undertake a roundtable discussion via e-mail that involves and answers various questions from the bloggers taking part over the course of a few weeks. We've spent most of our writing time answering those questions and taking part in those discussions (gladly, I might [...]

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