The Can of CornMarch 14, 2009


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The Can of Corn – AL Central Preview

By Michael Stephens

Welcome to The Can of Corn, hosted by Michael Stephens and Darren Shimp! This is the fifth of our six divisional previews, brought to you by the Fantasy Baseball Cafe and Fantasy Cafe Radio, where you can download our show through iTunes. In this episode we take a gander at the American League Central, and what a competitive division it is! We go through the Central teams from bottom to top, as there are at least four teams that have a legitimate shot of taking the crown. Will the Tigers rebound from a disastrous 2008? Will the White Sox continue their power surge? Will the Twins pitching continue to carry them to prominence? Are Travis Hafner’s productive years behind him? Will the Royals just close up shop and move to AA? This and much, much more will be answered inside, so tune in, grab your glove and head for the outfield, because here comes the Can of Corn!

In a shameless ploy for inter-site synergy, there will be copious refers from one medium to the other so we can fill your fantasy void with everything you want to know about all 30 MLB teams. Let’s continue with the AL Central!

Check out the other completed divisional previews:
NL East
NL Central
NL West
AL East
AL West

The format of these divisional previews doesn’t allow for our usual amount of segments and slapstick pop culture references, but if you find yourself missing “Frozen Ropes”, “Battle of the Wits” and more, never fear because our draft special will be airing within the next two weeks with all the goodies you are used to! And after that, of course, you can look forward to a new an improved version of the Can of Corn every week during the regular season. Buckle up for 30-plus shows, because here we go!

INTRODUCTION
• Introduction of show and hosts (Darren and Michael)
• Published on Fantasy Cafe Radio
• Brought to you by Fantasy Baseball Cafe
• Have fantasy questions? Email us at CanOfCorn@fantasycaferadio.com
• The music for the show was provided by the PodShow Podsafe Music Network

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (1:39)
• OFFSEASON NEWS
• PROJECTED LINEUP w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• PROJECTED ROTATION w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• BENCH AND BULLPEN REPORTS
• PROSPECT WATCH
• SEASON RECORD PREDICTION

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (7:10)
• OFFSEASON NEWS
• PROJECTED LINEUP w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• PROJECTED ROTATION w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• BENCH AND BULLPEN REPORTS
• PROSPECT WATCH
• SEASON RECORD PREDICTION

MINNESOTA TWINS (12:13)
• OFFSEASON NEWS
• PROJECTED LINEUP w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• PROJECTED ROTATION w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• BENCH AND BULLPEN REPORTS
• PROSPECT WATCH
• SEASON RECORD PREDICTION

DETROIT TIGERS (17:33)
• OFFSEASON NEWS
• PROJECTED LINEUP w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• PROJECTED ROTATION w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• BENCH AND BULLPEN REPORTS
• PROSPECT WATCH
• SEASON RECORD PREDICTION

CLEVELAND INDIANS (23:34)
• OFFSEASON NEWS
• PROJECTED LINEUP w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• PROJECTED ROTATION w/ STATISTICAL PREDICTIONS
• BENCH AND BULLPEN REPORTS
• PROSPECT WATCH
• SEASON RECORD PREDICTION

CONCLUSION
• Thank yous
• Check out the Fantasy Baseball Cafe
• Email your fantasy questions to CanOfCorn@fantasycaferadio.com
• Check out our website: Fantasy Cafe Radio
• The music for the show was provided by the PodShow Podsafe Music Network
Click here to subscribe via iTunes
• Look forward to our next show – AL West (airing 3/20/09)!
• Sign off

Michael Stephens is an avid fantasy sports enthusiast who writes for the Cafe. He hails from the Pacific Northwest and is a die-hard Seahawk and Mariner fan to the core! You can find Michael in the Cafe’s forums where he actively posts under the name of WaCougMBS.

Darren Shimp is an Oregon-bred sports fanatic, who somehow got started rooting for the San Francisco Giants in the late eighties and has never looked back. He is still a newbie in the Cafe, and goes under the alias shimposter. He will always have something to say about the awesomeness of Will Clark.

 
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