web analytics
August 28, 2014 / 2 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



2013 Crystal Ball

The left field scoreboard at Detroit’s Comerica Park should show a lot of runs for the Tigers in 2013.

The left field scoreboard at Detroit’s Comerica Park should show a lot of runs for the Tigers in 2013.

Many of the baseball beat writers feel the Detroit Tigers are the best team in the major leagues. While I haven’t seen all of the pre-season articles, the ones I have read pick the Tigers to top the Central division in the American League.

One thing’s for sure – the 2013 Tigers are a much-improved team from last year. Designated hitter Victor Martinez, who batted .330 in 2011 and missed the 2012 season because of an injury, is back in form. The team retained Anibal Sanchez, who pitched well in the postseason, after a late season trade. And the Tigers upgraded right field by signing free agent Torii Hunter. Besides Martinez and Hunter, Detroit has four other .300 hitters in the lineup, and Miguel Cabrera (triple crown winner) and Prince Fielder combined for over 100 home runs.

The pitching staff is one of baseball’s best, which is a prime reason Detroit is expected to represent the American League in the World Series again. Last year, you’ll recall, the San Francisco Giants swept the Tigers in the Fall Classic.

The Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central are an easy choice to top their division. Like the Tigers, the Reds have a potent lineup and strong pitching to overpower weaker teams in the division. The other two divisions (East and West) in the American and National Leagues have at least two or three good ballclubs and are much tougher to figure.

Here are some of the thoughts running through my mind before I made my predictions:

Injuries and aging stars will hamper the Yankees this year.… Boston has some stars but lacks pitching depth.… Toronto traded for and signed star players and will contend.… Baltimore had a 29-9 record in one-run games last year, but that was last year.… Never overlook Tampa Bay…. The Angels added Josh Hamilton to a lineup that already featured Mike Trout and Albert Pujols…. Texas lost Hamilton but has good pitching and some minor leaguers that will be stars.… The no-name Oakland team will become more famous this year.

The Dodgers have a good team and have the money with baseball’s top local cable contract to outspend any other club by trading for expensive stars as they aim for the top.… The Giants have less money to spend but have strong pitching.… Washington has good pitching and enough hitting to win.… Chipper Jones retired but the Braves are still strong enough to contend.… Most of the Phillies have their best days behind them.… Losing star pitcher Chris Carpenter to a possible career-ending injury is tough, but St. Louis always finds a way to stay in the race.

Here’s how I see the leaders in the following categories in 2013:

Regular Season

NL East – Washington Nationals; NL Central – Cincinnati Reds; NL West – L.A. Dodgers

AL East – Toronto Blue Jays; AL Central – Detroit Tigers; AL West – Texas Rangers

NL Wild Cards

San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves. Winner: Giants

AL Wild Cards

Tampa Bay Rays and L.A. Angels. Winner: Angels

NL Championship Series Winner

Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Championship Series Winner

Detroit Tigers

World Series

Dodgers over Tigers in six games

NL Most Valuable Player

Matt Kemp (Dodgers)

AL Most Valuable Player

Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)

NL Cy Young

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)

AL Cy Young

Justin Verlander (Tigers)

NL Rookie of the Year

Travis d’Arnaud (Mets)

AL Rookie of the Year

Wil Myers (Rays)

About the Author: The author of 10 books, Irwin Cohen headed a national baseball publication for five years and interviewed the legendary Hank Greenberg. He went on to work for a major league team and became the first Orthodox Jew to earn a World Series ring. He can be reached in his Detroit area dugout at irdav@sbcglobal.net.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “2013 Crystal Ball”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz
Netanyahu Tries to Sell Bill of Goods that Israel Won Goals in the War
Latest Sections Stories
Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot together in concert.

Almost immediately the audience began singing and clapping and continued almost without stop throughout the rest of the concert.

Mordechai-082214-Armoire

As of late, vintage has definitely been in vogue in the Orthodox community.

Einhorn-082214-Water

Stroll through formal gardens, ride mountain bikes, or go rock climbing.

As they fall upon us we go
To the WALL.

One minute you’re shaving shwarma off a pit, then the shwarma guy tells you he read a (fake) WhatsApp that the boys are dead.

I probe a little deeper and Shula takes me into the world of phantom pains and prosthetic limbs.

This went on until she had immersed eighty times, and then Hashem at last took pity upon her.

Because Menachem lives in Israel, he can feel the ruach in the air.

Perhaps you can reach a compromise during this news frenzy, whereby you will feel more comfortable while he can still follow the latest events.

Leon experienced the War of Independence from a soldier’s perspective, while remaining true to his Jewish ideals and beliefs.

Chabad of Arizona centers recently hosted an evening of remembrance to mark the 20th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

More Articles from Irwin Cohen
Derek Jeter

“No kid is worth a million dollars to sign,” Newhouser said, “but if one kid is, it’s this kid.”

Baseball-Insider

Zimmer was popular with veteran teammates like Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider – and with a rookie lefthander named Sandy Koufax.

I’m sure readers noticed those full-page advertisements that ran prior to last month’s meeting about the situation at the Brooklyn home of Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, rav of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin. Avrohom chaired the even along with his brother Menachem, a prominent askan and the president of Lubicom.

I spoke twice during Pesach. The first topic was the Holocaust and Jewish ballplayers and the second was how I, a frum-from-birth Jew, ended up in major league baseball.

Even if a player reaches the big league level, there’s still no guarantee he’ll remain with one team for long. Former Jewish outfielder Richie Scheinblum comes to mind.

The snow has melted in most parts of the country and here in Florida, where I have my winter dugout in the Orthodox enclave of Century Village in West Palm Beach, I had the opportunity to take in several spring training games.

If you’re visiting spring training sites, Arizona has two advantages – fewer games are rained out and the facilities are much closer to each other than is the case in Florida.

There were 15 Jews in the major leagues during the 2013 season, but only a few from a Jewish mother.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/sports/baseball-insider/2013-crystal-ball/2013/03/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: