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Churchill: My 2016 Predictions

We unveiled on the Sandmeyer and Churchill Podcast¬†our 2016 predictions, but I thought I’d post them for future reference… you know, so you can make fun of even me when none of these come to fruition. As for the Seattle Mariners, I think given the most likely outcomes in regression, rebounding, decline, incline and everything else, the club is an 83-win team. Of course, things can happen beyond what’s reasonable to expect, such as some luck, unexpected health and perhaps a player or two performing above what seemed reasonable before…

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Gawlowski: Trout clear MVP favorite

This may be the year Mike Trout finally wins an MVP, but while he’s the clear favorite there is a ton of competition, starting with two-time defending MVP Miguel Cabrera. Surprisingly, there may not be one single catcher or shortstop in the Top 10, at least as it’s viewed a week and a half before the regular seasons begins. Don’t be shocked if Toronto’s Jose Reyes changes that, but he’ll have to stay healthy first and the Blue Jays may have to contend into September. The top catcher in the…

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Top 2014 NL MVP candidates

Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen took home the hardware after the 2013 season, posting superstar offensive numbers to pair with his strong defense and baserunning. It didn’t hurt that the Pirates were contenders, but there’s no denying how well McCutchen performed in 2013. The 2014 race starts with McCutchen, because he’s currently walking around with the title belt, but there are numerous worthy candidates to unseat the 2005 first-round draft pick. In assessing the top candidates for the award this season, I will ignore the voter aspect in my rankings,…

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Top 2014 AL MVP Candidates

The American League Most Valuable Player has been the subject of debate the past two years. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout clearly has been the game’s best player each season, but Miguel Cabrera‘s triple crown and terrific follow-up performance on a playoff team won over the voters — twice. In assessing the top candidates for the award this season, I will ignore the voter aspect, since I cannot read the minds of the BBWAA, nor do I recognize them, as a group, as any kind of authority on who…

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