Joey Votto and Albert Pujols: The Race for the Triple Crown

ATLANTA— Is anyone watching the batting leaders in the National League?  Joey Votto of the Cincinatti Reds is leading the league in hitting at .323 and is third in homers at 29 and second in RBI’s at 86.  Meanwhile, Albert Pujols (the greatest player of our generation) is second in hitting at .319 and first in homers (33) and RBI’s (92).  Either one of these two players, with a strong September, could overtake the other in the remaining categories and capture a triple crown.  There have only been 14 triple crown winners in modern major league history and no one has won the award in the National League since Joe Medwick in 1937. The last winner in baseball was Carl Yastrzemski of the American League in 1968.   With so many good division races going on around baseball and with these two heavy-weights going head-to-head in the N.L. Central, September is setting up to be a very exciting month!

Baseball Predictions: 2009 Might Be Full of Surprises!

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ATLANTA— Tonight begins the 2009 baseball season, with the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies playing host to my beloved Atlanta Braves on ESPN.  And so with the start of a new season, I want to go ahead and put my thoughts on the line and provide my predictions for the upcoming year. Continue reading “Baseball Predictions: 2009 Might Be Full of Surprises!”

Hats Off to Brian McCann – the BEST Catcher in the National League!

ATLANTA— With so much else to consume our attention this time of year, the baseball awards this offseason are taking too much of a back seat.  There were some great on-field achievements in 2008 and one of the best in the National League in my mind was Continue reading “Hats Off to Brian McCann – the BEST Catcher in the National League!”