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2011 MLB Staff Predictions

The New York Sports Today staff has come up with their MLB 2011 division standing predictions. Let’s see who the staff sees reaching the posteason:

Tom S.

American League East-1. Red Sox 2. Yankees 3. Rays 4. Orioles 5. Blue Jays

American League Central- 1. White Sox 2. Twins 3. Royals 4. Tigers 5. Indians

American League West- 1. Rangers 2. A’s 3. Angels 4. Mariners

National League East- 1. Phillies 2. Braves 3. Marlins 4. Mets 5. Nationals

National League Central- 1. Brewers 2. Reds 3. Cardinals 4. Cubs 5. Astros 6. Pirates

National Leauge West- 1. Rockies 2. Giants 3. Dodgers 4. Padres 5. Diamondbacks

Nick Q.

American League East- 1.Yankees 2. Rays 3. Red Sox 4. Blue Jays 5. Orioles

American League Central-  1. White Sox 2. Twins 3. Tigers 4. Royals 5. Indians

American League West- 1. Rangers 2. Angels 3. A’s 4. Mariners

National League East- 1. Phillies 2. Braves 3. Marlins 4. Mets 5. Nationals

National Leauge Central- 1. Reds 2. Brewers 3. Cardinals 4. Cubs 5. Astros  6. Pirates

National Leauge West- 1. Giants 2. Rockies 3. Dodgers 4. Padres 5. Diamondbacks

Mike K.

American League East- 1. Red Sox 2. Yankees 3. Orioles 4. Rays 5. Blue Jays

American League Central- 1. Twins 2. White Sox 3. Tigers 4. Royals 5. Indians

American League West- 1. Angels 2. Rangers 3. A’s 4. Mariners

National League East- 1. Braves 2. Phillies 3. Mets 4. Marlins 5. Nationals

National League Central- 1. Brewers 2. Cardinals 3. Cubs 4. Reds 5.Pirates 6. Astros

National Leauge West- 1. Rockies 2. Giants 3. Dodgers 4. Padres 5. Diamondbacks

1 Day Until Opening Day

There’s only five days until MLB’s Opening Day.  Here at New York Sports Today, we’re counting down the days by naming the best player to wear numbers 1-5 from the Yankees and the Mets.

Number One

Yankees: Billy Martin

This five time manager of the Yankees was just as a man as he was a manager.  Despite him frequently clashing with players, he understood what it meant to put on the pinstripes.  “Casey’s Boy” had his number retired on August 10, 1986.

Mets: Mookie Wilson

Mookie was the Mets sparkplug at the top of the lineup throughout the 80’s. Mookie’s is most famous for hitting the ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs which led to a Mets victory in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

A Quick Summary of NBA Fans

Bulls fans:  “What?  You said Rose isn’t the best PG in the NBA?  LOLOL you know nothing about basketball.  The Bulls are going to win their 7th NBA Finals, this is one of the greatest teams of all time.”

Wolves fans:  “ARE WE REALLY GOING TO PRETEND THAT [insert overrated player here] DIDN’T JUST [insert rather ordinary accomplishment]”

Celtics fans:  “We are such die hard fans!  I have been through all the rough times!  That 2009 playoff loss was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced as a basketball fan!”

Heat fans: “We are the best fans in basketball!  We just don’t show up on time because there is so much to do in Miami, and absolutely nothing to do in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, or Chicago.”

Nets fans: LOL KNICKS, U MAD WE GOT DERON?

Magic fans:  “Why would Dwight Howard every want to leave such a great team and a great city?”

Knicks fans:  “Why would we trade for Melo now?!?!?!?  He was going to turn down $65 million just to sign with the Knicks!  Why would he want to play in Brooklyn?  It’s not really New York and it’s not like he has any connections there or anything.”

Lakers fans:  “Our front office are geniuses.  We did exactly what we should have in the offseason, nothing.  Our offseason > yours.  We are so smart.”

Mavericks fans:  “What do you mean we’re not getting Lebron?  Haven’t you heard of the Dust Chip?”

Devner fans:  “LOL WHY WOULD MELO WANT TO GO TO NEW YORK???”

Hornets fans: “Why would Chris Paul want to leave here?  New Orleans is such a great story.  Look at how we have bounced back from Hurricane Karina!  It would be so mean to leave us.  We’re entitled to keep our superstar.”

Cavs fans:  “You have no idea how bad it is to be a Cleveland sports fans.  You other cities never have to wait decades to see your teams win.  You should all feel bad for us, even though we trash talk when we’re good before we have epic collapse after epic collapse.”

Grizzlies fans:  “How was giving Rudy Gay a max contract a bad move?  You’re just mad you don’t have a star-studded team like ours.  And O.J. Mayo?  He’s innocent, he does no wrong.  Just an poor, innocent black player being falsely accused of things.”

Raptors fans:  “FIRE COLANGELO!  I KNOW I DEFEND HIM TO DEATH ALL THE TIME, BUT I WANT HIM FIRED NOW!!!”

Mavericks fans:  “You have no idea how bad that NBA Finals loss was in 2006.  We got screwed over, the refs hate us and the NBA is out to screw us.  I have never seen any other team get bad calls, especially against the Heat.”

Wizards fans:  “Lol, u mad we got John Wall.  He is so lucky to play be part of such a great franchise with a rich history.  There would have been no better fit, like the Nets and 76ers who are a combined 15 games better than us.  The future is so bright in Washington, we’ll be in the playoffs soon and win that title within the next few seasons.”

You gotta love the NBA and its fans.

How Giants Fans are Coping with the NFL Lockout

2 Days Until Opening Day

There’s only five days until MLB’s Opening Day.  Here at New York Sports Today, we’re counting down the days by naming the best player to wear numbers 1-5 from the Yankees and the Mets.

Number Two

Yankees: Derek Jeter

The captain of the Yankees has been a star player for five championships.  In 2000, Jeter won the All-Star Game MVP and the World Series MVP.  Jeter’s “flip” play in the 2001 ALDS and dive into the stands in 2004 will forever be known as two of the greatest plays in Yankee history.  Even though he’s approaching 40, I think Jeter may have a few more titles up his sleeve.

Mets: Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine was the manager of those late 90’s, early 00’s Mets that everybody loved.  He led two teams, which on paper were truly not that talented, to 90 win seasons and posteason berths.  Valentine was one of the best managers the Mets ever had.  His players played hard for him, and his Mets teams provided memories that fans will cherish forever.

Knicks to Trade Stat or Melo for Howard?

From Real GM:

It wouldn’t be shocking at all if the New York Knicks make a play for Dwight Howard next season, perhaps offering either Amare Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony at trade deadline.

Howard can become a free agent after the 11-12 season, and the Magic will be nervously waiting for the NBA’s most dominant big man to make a decision.

If they don’t want to wait and risk losing him without compensation, the Magic could listen to trade offers for Howard next season.

Don’t get this at all.  Why would the Knicks trade Amar’e or Melo for Howard?  They’ve worked this hard to lock up two stars.  The goal is to bring a third, not to just have two.  I ultimately think Howard will go to the Lakers and I think Chris Paul will come to The Garden.  I wouldn’t rule out Paul teaming up in Orlando with Howard, but I see Paul going to New York and Deron Williams staying in what then will be Brooklyn.

I love Dwight, but he's not worth trading for if it means giving up Stoudemire or Anthony.