April 2014

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It’s THE PLACE to get THE INFO on the THE TEAM from THE BEST youth bloggers in THE WORLD.
Don’t forget, Youth All-Stars launches tomorrow at 5 pm, so please follow them on twitter @YouthASBlog and click the link for the best!

Youth.mlblogs.com

It’s THE PLACE to get THE INFO on the THE TEAM from THE BEST youth bloggers in THE WORLD.

Don’t forget, Youth All-Stars launches tomorrow at 5 pm, so please follow them on twitter @YouthASBlog and click the link for the best! 

April Month in Review

I was reading into the guys a OLBG, and they wrote this interesting article:
A quick look at the standings shows that no team has a Division lead bigger than 2.5 games and declaring a team as running away with a Division is far too bold a statement to make after just 3 weeks.
At the other end of the scale however, it’s possible to list a handful of teams who won’t contend for a postseason place even before the season has started. Take Houston for example. They are in the middle of a rebuilding project that is adding depth and prospects to their minor league system and this is just another season in that process. Any success they have this year is a bonus. No surprises then that they have fallen 7.5 games back in the AL West and have the second worst run differential in baseball.
Over in the National League, each Division has a team that is 5 or more games back. Philadelphia in the East, Chicago Cubs in the Central, and the current worst team in baseball, Arizona in the West. Arizona is perhaps the most surprising of these teams given they finished with 81 wins in 2013 but they have been terrible this season with a league worst minus 48 run differential and an ERA amongst their starting pitchers of 7.50 (a full 2 runs worse than the 29th ranked team). Philadelphia and Houston are also ranked in the bottom 5 in ERA whilst Houston are ranked last in batting average with a dreadful average of .195.
Getting decent odds against any of the above teams is always going to be difficult but at odds of around 4/5 or higher for their opponents, I would be looking to back against them this week. The only exception is when Arizona visit Chicago for a 4 game series against the Cubs (at least one of them will win some games this week!).
Niko here, good article all around, it makes you wonder the truth about when standings can give you a clear picture of the playoff race.

MLB April Review – 2014

I was reading into the guys a OLBG, and they wrote this interesting article: 

A quick look at the standings shows that no team has a Division lead bigger than 2.5 games and declaring a team as running away with a Division is far too bold a statement to make after just 3 weeks.
At the other end of the scale however, it’s possible to list a handful of teams who won’t contend for a postseason place even before the season has started. Take Houston for example. They are in the middle of a rebuilding project that is adding depth and prospects to their minor league system and this is just another season in that process. Any success they have this year is a bonus. No surprises then that they have fallen 7.5 games back in the AL West and have the second worst run differential in baseball. 
Over in the National League, each Division has a team that is 5 or more games back. Philadelphia in the East, Chicago Cubs in the Central, and the current worst team in baseball, Arizona in the West. Arizona is perhaps the most surprising of these teams given they finished with 81 wins in 2013 but they have been terrible this season with a league worst minus 48 run differential and an ERA amongst their starting pitchers of 7.50 (a full 2 runs worse than the 29th ranked team). Philadelphia and Houston are also ranked in the bottom 5 in ERA whilst Houston are ranked last in batting average with a dreadful average of .195. 
Getting decent odds against any of the above teams is always going to be difficult but at odds of around 4/5 or higher for their opponents, I would be looking to back against them this week. The only exception is when Arizona visit Chicago for a 4 game series against the Cubs (at least one of them will win some games this week!).
Niko here, good article all around, it makes you wonder the truth about when standings can give you a clear picture of the playoff race.

Pepper Re-Post ~ Movie Review 42 (2012)

The movie “42” starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. Chadwick plays Jackie Robinson, the second African American player in Major League Baseball. Robinson starts the movie playing with the Kansas City Monarchs. Robinson gets visited by a Brooklyn Dodgers scout, informing him that he has been invited to play for the Dodgers. The next thirty minutes focuses on the 1946 Baseball season in which he plays for the Dodgers minor league affiliate in Montréal. The following Spring Training turns out controversial when the Dodgers sign a petition stating they don’t want to play with Robinson. As the 1947 season approaches, he gets called by Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), telling him that he has a contact for Jackie to sign. During that year, Jackie’s Dodger teammates start to embrace the fact that Jackie is a teammate. Especially Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black), who tells Robinson in Cincinnati (Reese’s hometown), that he is proud to be on the same team with Robinson despite family members calling Reese a disgrace for playing with him. Out of all the racist mini-plots in the movie, the most symbolic one was when Phillies manager Ben Chapman (Alan Tudyk) constantly called Robinson a “nigger” while at bat. His Dodger teammates eventually stick up for Robinson. The movie fashionably ends with Robinson hitting a home run to clinch a NL Pennant for the Dodgers. I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. I praise Harrison Ford’s performance as Branch Rickey, he did a phenomenal job.

Pepper Re-Post ~ Movie Review: 42


The movie “42” starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. Chadwick plays Jackie Robinson, the second African American player in Major League Baseball. Robinson starts the movie playing with the Kansas City Monarchs. Robinson gets visited by a Brooklyn Dodgers scout, informing him that he has been invited to play for the Dodgers. The next thirty minutes focuses on the 1946 Baseball season in which he plays for the Dodgers minor league affiliate in Montréal. The following Spring Training turns out controversial when the Dodgers sign a petition stating they don’t want to play with Robinson. As the 1947 season approaches, he gets called by Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), telling him that he has a contact for Jackie to sign. During that year, Jackie’s Dodger teammates start to embrace the fact that Jackie is a teammate. Especially Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black), who tells Robinson in Cincinnati (Reese’s hometown), that he is proud to be on the same team with Robinson despite family members calling Reese a disgrace for playing with him. Out of all the racist mini-plots in the movie, the most symbolic one was when Phillies manager Ben Chapman (Alan Tudyk) constantly called Robinson a “nigger” while at bat. His Dodger teammates eventually stick up for Robinson. The movie fashionably ends with Robinson hitting a home run to clinch a NL Pennant for the Dodgers. I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. I praise Harrison Ford’s performance as Branch Rickey, he did a phenomenal job. 

Rocky Road

The Colorado Rockies have won 8 out of their last 11, and have had some hot hitters lately, no one better than Charlie Blackmon, who is currently batting above 400!! In a hitters ballpark, many question if the Rockies can have an 85-90 win season. 3 Things will have to happen. 1) Carlos Gonzalez must hit 30+ homeruns. 2) Pitching will have to stay strong in Coors Field. 3) Charlie Blackmon needs to bat 290 through the season. If these things can happen, then I expect to see them in top of the Wild Card Standings come Late September

Rocky Road

The Colorado Rockies have won 8 out of their last 11, and have had some hot hitters lately, no one better than Charlie Blackmon, who is currently batting above 400!! In a hitters ballpark, many question if the Rockies can have an 85-90 win season. 3 Things will have to happen. 1) Carlos Gonzalez must hit 30+ homeruns. 2) Pitching will have to stay strong in Coors Field. 3) Charlie Blackmon needs to bat 290 through the season. If these things can happen, then I expect to see them in top of the Wild Card Standings come Late September

Youth All-Stars! NEW BLOG

This May 1st, the Kids of the BBA will be launching a brand new blog called “Youth All-Stars”. The blog will include the best from around the World! Pepper and 6 other blogs will be giving you the best of their blogs! Don’t forget to read the new blog this Thursday!!!!!!!!!

Youth All-Stars – Written by the Kids of The BBA

This May 1st, the Kids of the BBA will be launching a brand new blog called “Youth All-Stars”. The blog will include the best from around the World! Pepper and 6 other blogs will be giving you the best of their blogs! Don’t forget to read the new blog this Thursday!!!!!!!!!