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Spring is Here… Opening Day 2014

2014 MLB Opening DayAlthough the first day of Spring was officially on March 20th, we think Spring really starts the same day as the Major League Baseball season- opening day.  With opening day happening tomorrow (Monday March 31st), we thought it would be fitting to make our predictions for the upcoming season.  As a Chicago Cubs fan, spring is the time for optimism.  A time where every team still has a chance to reach the post season no matter how big or how small the payroll.  While, over the last several years, parity has increased across the MLB landscape – most experts still pick the big spending teams like the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The bigger and more interesting question is who will become this year’s Pittsburgh Pirates?  With that in mind, here are my picks for the 2014 MLB Season.

National League

NL East – Washington Nationals:  The Nationals were a big disappointment last year but they will be ready to rebound.  Bryce Harper will be ready to compete for a MVP crown this year.

NL Central – St. Louis Cardinals:  Hard to pick against St. Louis here… They made it all the way to the World Series last season only to lose to the Braves.  This Cardinals team is loaded with young talent that should only be better this year.  As much as I hate to admit it, unless they implode, expect them to cruise to another NL Central Title.

NL West –  Los Angeles Dodgers:  Again not a surprising pick here but the L.A. Dodgers are absolutely loaded with talent.  The got off to a slow start last season only to come on strong at the end – that could happen again this year but I just can’t see the Giants or Diamondbacks running away with the division early.

NL Wildcard Teams: Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies

American League

AL East – Tampa Bay Rays:  While most are picking the Red Sox or Yankees here, I just can’t pick against a team with an abundance of young talent and the best manager in the game (Joe Maddon).  Watch out for Desmond Jennings and Chris Archer this year!

AL Central – Kansas City Royals: Ok, here is my out-on-a-limb pick.  Every year I think the KC Royals will be much better than they turn out to be.  Maybe it is my inner Cub fan coming out but I really think this will be the year the Royals put it all together.  Watch out for Yordano Ventura!

AL West – Oakland A’s:  On paper the A’s look like nothing all that special.  However, they never look all that special on paper but Billy Beane always seems to find a way to keep the Athletics competitive.  With not a whole lot of dominant teams in the AL West you have to go with the team that will likely be the most consistent.

AL Wildcard Teams:  Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers

2013 MLB Opening Day Schedule

2013 MLB Opening Day ScheduleThe 2012 MLB winter meetings just recently concluded and those hot stove trade rumors are starting to percolate through the world of baseball.  Now is the time many baseball fans start getting excited about the upcoming 2013 baseball season and start things about planning trips to the old ballpark (or new ballpark in many cases).  Tops on the list for many baseball fans are acquiring tickets to opening day.  For many, seeing their favorite teams kick off a fresh season is an annual tradition.  However, unless you are a season ticket holder, many fans are left in the dark as tickets to the first home game often sell out quickly – especially in major markets New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

However, when doing some research online I found that no one has yet to put together a list of opening day and home opener games for each MLB team for the 2013 season.  With that in mind we decided to publish a handy dandy list of the 1st home game for each team.  Whether you are a ticket broker looking for a list of games to market or simply a fan trying makes sense of the 2013 baseball schedule, we hope you find this list useful.

With the 2013 MLB baseball season still months away, the are not a whole lot of tickets available in our MLB classifieds.  If you need tickets now be sure to check out Tickifieds Direct’s selection of wholesale MLB tickets.

2012 AL and NL Division Series Schedules

2012 MLB PLayoffs

The AL and NL Division Series is underway….next up the Championship Series!

The wildcard games are over and that means it’s time for the American (AL) and National League (NL) Division Series.  In the AL, the Baltimore Orioles upset the Texas Rangers to advance to the ALDS against the hated New York Yankees.  The first game of the series will take place tonight (Sunday October 7th, 2012) in Baltimore.  The other side of the bracket is a match-up between the AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers and the AL West Champion Oakland A’s.  With no need to wait for a wildcard game, the Tigers are already out to a 2-0 lead.  One more win for Detroit and they will advance to the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals took down the Atlanta Braves and have moved on to face the Washington Nationals.  Game 1 of the NLDS took place earlier today with the Nationals edge the Cards 3-2 to take 1-0 lead in the series.  In the other NLDS series, the Cincinnati Reds took game 1 over the San Francisco Giants by a final of 5-2.  Game 2 will be tonight in San Francisco.

Below is the full ALDS and NLDS Schedule…

2012 ALDS Schedule

American League Division Series – Detroit vs. Oakland
Saturday, October 06, 2012 Oakland at Detroit
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Oakland at Detroit
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Detroit at Oakland
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Detroit at Oakland
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Detroit at Oakland
American League Division Series -Yankees vs. Orioles
Sunday, October 07, 2012 New York at Baltimore
Monday, October 08, 2012 New York at Baltimore
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Baltimore at New York
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Baltimore at New York
Friday, October 12, 2012 Baltimore at New York
National League Division Series -Giants vs. Reds
Saturday, October 06, 2012 Cincinnati at San Francisco
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Cincinnati at San Francisco
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 San Francisco at Cincinnati
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 San Francisco at Cincinnati
Thursday, October 11, 2012 San Francisco at Cincinnati
National League Division Series -Cardinals vs Nationals
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Washington at St. Louis
Monday, October 08, 2012 Washington at St. Louis
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 St. Louis at Washington
Thursday, October 11, 2012 St. Louis at Washington
Friday, October 12, 2012 St. Louis at Washington

2012 MLB Opening Day Schedule

MLB Opening Day 2012The 2012 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner!  For baseball fans (expecially Cubs fans), spring is the time for eternal optimism.  Where any team still has a chance at the playoffs and even the world series.

Opening day is one of the biggest games of the year and even small market teams consistently sell out.  As such, there is huge demand for tickets to these games.  For those interested in marketing baseball tickets be sure to heavily promote the games included below.  After opening day, there is a lull in baseball ticket sales until inter-league play begins.  This year games between teams in the American League and National League will begin on May 18th.  Stayed tuned as we will break down some of the more popular inter-league games on the 2012 Schedule.

MLB Opening Day 2012

Wednesday April 4th

  • Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals (6:05) Lohse (0-0) v. Johnson (0-0)

Thursday April 5th, 2012

  • Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox (12:05) Lester (0-0) v. Verlander (0-0)
  • N.Y. Mets vs Atlanta Braves (12:10) Hanson (0-0) v. Santana (0-0)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies (12:35) Halladay (0-0) v. Bedard (0-0)
  • Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals (1:20) Strasburg (0-0) v. Dempster (0-0)
  • Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays (2:05) Romero (0-0) v. Masterson (0-0)
  • Cincinnati Reds vs Miami Marlins (3:10) Buehrle (0-0) v. Cueto (0-0)
  • San Diego Padres vs LA Dodgers (6:05) Kershaw (0-0) v. Volquez (0-0)

Friday April 6th, 2012

Chicago Baseball GM Shake Up!

Let’s talk a little baseball, eh?  Not about the October playoffs specifically, but what’s going down in Chicago.  I’m talking about the signing of Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox as the next GM of the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs fans are buzzing with anticipation knowing Epstein’s track record with the Red Sox.  The Red Sox used to be in the same position the Cubs are in currently, WAAAAAAAYYYYY too many decades passed without a World Series to call their own.  Epstein steps in and wham-bam, in less than a decade two world series under their belts.

On November 25, 2002, he became the youngest GM in the MLB history at the ripe old age of 28.  Two short years later, the Red Sox won their first World Series Championship.  Three years later, the team wins yet another.  Epstein might be young, but the guy certainly seems to know what he’s doing.  On October 11th, 2011, he signed a five-year contract worth $20 million.

With Epstein being given almost free reign to do what he pleases with the Cubs, there are many possibilities.  Going for him are the facts that he doesn’t have to compete with the pocketbooks of the likes of the Yankees nor with an overly involved media like in Boston.  Starting with this offseason fans can expect the Cubs to be active in trades and free agency, especially for a power hitting first baseman. Also, there are a number of starting pitchers that can be brought in like C.J. Wilson that can help bring this team to be a real competitor in his first season.  Epstein has a real knack for finding talent in the draft and then have them come up in the ranks and bring the team big wins.

As if the Cubs weren’t excited enough, new news is starting to emerge.  According to the Chicago Sun Times, the Cubs want to renew ties with Ryne Sandberg.

According to the Sun-Times, “sources close to the Cubs, along with those close to Sandberg, have said in recent weeks that they expect reconciliation this off-season.” The Cubs and Sandberg have not discussed the situation of late but all of that is expected to change once Epstein is officially in place.

It is not clear if Sandberg could be a new manager or if he would hold a prestigious spot on the Cubs’ coaching staff.

On the other side of town, the Chicago White Sox have been scrambling a bit since Ozzie Guillen was shipped to South Beach before the 2011 season even ended.  He was quickly replaced with former White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura.  Ventura spent 10 years with the White Sox and is very familiar with them, but he lacks experience as a manager.  Guillen was never a warm fuzzy GM with his players or with the media or anyone else for that matter.  Ventura gets the privilege of going in there with a clean slate and all the possibilities in the world.

What we do know, is the 2012 Chicago baseball scene will be very, very different than what is was in 2011, and thank goodness for that!