The 2013 All-Star break is upon us, signaling the halfway point of the baseball season and providing us with a game featuring the best players in the game, as decided by fans. With recent additions and changes due to player availability, the 2013 All-Star Game will feature 39 players (out of 77) who have never been in the game before, the highest all-time (That is more than when the first All-Star game was held in 1933).
The game of course goes down at City Field, home of the New York Mets. The... [Read more]
The Bruins have two of the best defenders in hockey, some elite scorers and a proven goalie. And you know that there will more than one reference to the Boston bombing on Patriots Day, giving the Bruins a little more motivation (then again the Yankees weren't able to win the World Series against the Diamondbacks following 9-11). I'm taking heart and destiny over scoring. Pittsburgh proved last year they aren't tough enough mentally despite their skills. Is one year really enough time to challenge one of the toughest, most resilient teams of this generation? Once push comes to shove the Bruins can will themselves to victory, as they did against the Maple Leafs. Chara and Seidenber were able to shut down the Sedin brothers and Alex Burrows in 2011, and they will do the same against Pittsburgh. [Read more]
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has fired Scott Boras as his agent and signed with the newly-launched Roc Nation Sports, which was founded by Jay Z as a division of his Roc Nation and a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Cano is expected to soon become the highest paid second baseman in MLB history. He is a four time All-Star and since 2005 leads all second basemen in hits, doubles and RBI. Cano is in the final year of a $57 million, six year contract he signed in 2008. Unless ... [Read more]
With 2013 Opening Day just days away, Live Toast is happy to present our sixth and final 2013 division preview, the AL Central, home of the defending league champion Detroit Tigers. The Tigers swept the Yankees in the ALCS en route to their own World Series sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. Detroit has to be the favorites to repeat as division champs, if not league champs as well. You can easily make the argument they have the best hitter and the best pitcher in the game. But they ... [Read more]
The fifth of our 2013 MLB season previews looks at the NL West, home of the defending champion San Francisco Giants. While the Dodgers dominated the division in the late 2000's the San Francisco Giants have been able to win two of the last three World Series titles on the back of incredible pitching and some timely hitting. Returning much the same team as last season, the champs have to be the favorites, although they will likely face a much tougher division in 2013. That is largely due to the L... [Read more]
This is the fourth installment of Live Toast's 2013 MLB divisional previews. After looking at the NL East, AL West and AL East today we look at the 2013 NL Central. This season marks the first time since 1997 there will be just five teams in the division, as the Houston Astros joined the AL West.
Last year the Cincinnati Reds and their 97-65 record dominated the NL Central, but it was the Wild Card-winning St. Louis Cardinals that made it to the NLCS, where they lost to the eventual champion Sa... [Read more]
In the third installment of Live Toast's 2013 MLB Preview we look at the AL East. We've already looked at the NL East and the AL West, so be sure to check them out.
The AL East looks to easily be the most competitive division in MLB. Some Vegas polls show every team winning more than 80 games, which means all five teams could have a winning percentage higher than .500. For this division this year, it looks like pre-season predictions will be all but worthless, and any of these teams could end u... [Read more]
The die-hard baseball fan will appreciate the fact that spring training is in full swing. As players get ready for another season, it's fun to follow developments on major league teams as they play exhibition games. It's always exciting for a true fan to watch the professionals, and the affordability of spring training games makes it possible to do so on a budget. Watch for many of the big names in Arizona exhibitions. Others can be found getting ready in Florida. Most will be far from their hom... [Read more]
Live Toast's 2013 NL East Preview looks at what's in store as we get ready to kick off another season of MLB baseball. We will be previewing all six divisions as we count down to Opening Night on Sunday, March 31. Our first installment looks at the NL East. [Read more]