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It’s that time of year again. I proudly present to you my predictions for the 2012 Major League Baseball season. A year ago, I outlandishly predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win their first World Series title in 103 years. Well, I do not think the Cubs will win their first World Series title in 104 years.
Before I go further I should note that there will be an extra wild card team in each league. The two wild cards teams will face each other in a one game playoff and the winner will proceed to their respective league division series. So it is conceivable that a third place team could win the 2012 World Series. Another way of looking at it is that twenty years ago, a team had a 1 in 7 chance to make the post-season. Today, a team has a 1 in 3 chance to make the post-season. It could certainly be argued that MLB is being watered down. On the other hand, it could also be argued that MLB is allowing for more competition and more competition means better pennant races. No one can argue that the stretch drive of the 2011 season wasn’t amongst the most exciting in the history of MLB with the collapse of the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves and the surge of the Tampa Bay Rays and the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.
And what a World Series it was! The Texas Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series not once, but twice, yet couldn’t grab the brass ring. Game 6 of the 2011 World Series was arguably the best game ever played in more than a century of the Fall Classic. But who knows? Maybe the 2012 World Series will be even better. Now let me tell you how I think this season will proceed.
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays#
Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels
# - denotes AL Wild Card winners
AL Award Recipients
AL MVP — Albert Pujols, Los
AL Cy Young — Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels
AL Rookie of the Year — Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays
AL Manager of the Year — Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals
AL Comeback Player of the Year — Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
## - denotes NL Wild Card winners
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