Head & Heart 2017 MLB All Star Ballot

The All Star game is just around the corner! You’ve all filled out your ballot, now check out ours. Filled with mostly unbiased opinions, but I fully admit I have several ballots with an Adam Jones vote because who doesn’t love Adam Jones? Here’s our All Star squad:

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National League Early Reactions

We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.

Also, check out the AL piece here if you missed it.

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American League Early Reactions

We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.

Check out the NL piece here.

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Head & Heart 2017 MLB Predictions

Baseball is finally back! No one could have predicted the Curse of the Billy Goat being broken last year, but here with the reigning champion Cubs. What is in store for 2017? We make our best guesses.

Also – don’t forget to check out our all of our in depth 2017 team previews here.

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Toronto Blue Jays 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 89-73, 2nd in the AL East. Lost in the ALCS 4-1 to Cleveland. The 2016 Blue Jays slugged their way through the competition and found themselves on the brink on the American League pennant. Then their bats went cold and Toronto scored just 8 runs in the five game series against Cleveland including being shut out twice. This offseason saw the Indians dominance over the Blue Jays continue as Edwin Encarnacion left the Jays for The Tribe. The Jays were able to bring the majority of their team back however and looked ready to make another postseason run.

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Tampa Bay Rays 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap:  68-94, Last in the AL East. It was a rough 2016 for the Rays as they finished with their worst record since 2007. The Rays normally dominant pitching staff was their downfall as they allowed the fourth most home runs in the AL and finished league average or worst in team ERA, WHIP, and walk rate. The Rays did some more Rays-ish things this offseason dealing Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers for pitching prospect Jose De Leon and taking chances on some players whose value was low due to injuries or poor 2016 performance. In any other division, the Rays would be a strong bounce back candidate, but in the brutal AL East you have to wonder if they will be able to keep pace all season with what is clearly the worst of the five lineups in their division.

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New York Yankees 2017 Team Preview

2016 Recap: 84-78, 4th in the AL East. The 2016 Yankees were supposed to have their worst season the early 90’s, and although they technically did (tied for worst record since ‘95), they still managed to exceed expectations. There was a constant worry that every Masahiro Tanaka start would be the last one as his elbow is currently held together by duct tape, but he lasted the entire season and really carried the Yankees staff. The Yanks also traded prized relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller for big time prospects Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier then in epic fashion signed Chapman back this offseason. The Yanks probably overachieved in 2016 and regression could be coming in 2017, but make no mistake the Evil Empire is on its way back.

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