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Postby Swinger » Thu Dec 11, 2003 6:34 pm

pkarr5000 wrote:1. oakland
2. anaheim
3. seattle
4. texas


That may very well be the situation next year. Yes, it may seem oakland is low on offense, but I really don't think its that much different from last year. In any case, Beane won't let them fail. Ain't that right, pkarr?

Oakland: 1st or 2nd
Anaheim: 1st or 2nd or 3rd
Seattle: 2nd or 3rd
Texas: 4th
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Postby PresHabib » Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:03 pm

A's Fan wrote:One thing about this division: Year in and year out one of (if not the) best in baseball.


Not a bad point...that has quite often been very close recently and occassionally its a 3 horse race...I dont know if the Angels competed in any year besides 2002 but I haven't checked either...Sox/Yanks is usually a good battle...NL West is usually pretty entertaining...NL Central this year was unbelievable...basically what I'm saying is that I like anything other than AL Central and NL East :*)
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Postby pkarr5000 » Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:44 pm

all i know is only one team is gonna represent the al west and i think that team should be oakland :-]
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Postby shortsavage » Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:48 pm

wrveres wrote:I understand that it will take time to get a real policy in place ...(Baby steps) but I am curious as to why yoe seem to blame the owners for this ...... ?


They were the ones who looked away when they found out about steroid use.
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Re: AL West

Postby shortsavage » Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:10 pm

PresHabib wrote:
A's Fan wrote:One thing about this division: Year in and year out one of (if not the) best in baseball.


Not a bad point...that has quite often been very close recently and occassionally its a 3 horse race...I dont know if the Angels competed in any year besides 2002 but I haven't checked either...Sox/Yanks is usually a good battle...NL West is usually pretty entertaining...NL Central this year was unbelievable...basically what I'm saying is that I like anything other than AL Central and NL East :*)


This can be said about at least half of the divisions in baseball.
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Postby ramble2 » Thu Dec 11, 2003 9:15 pm

I think we're going to see a 3 team race this year. Anaheim will be back after falling a bit last year. Adding Colon will be a big help, and though I'm still not sold on Escobar, he'll be a nice addition to that staff. Adding Guardado (and possibly Tejada) is great for the M's, and the combination of their defense and pitching will keep them in it.

The big question mark has to be the A's. Every year they lose major contributors in free agents. Every year you hear people saying that it's over. It all looks like smoke & mirrors in Oakland. Are there question marks? Yup. Am I worried? A little, but mainly because the other teams are improving themselves.

The big 3 are still in Oakland. If Harden continues to develop, the A's will easily have the best rotation in baseball. That alone might be enough for them to compete. What about losing Peterson and Hernandez? That will certainly be something to watch. Expect a little bit of a dropoff, but hopefully not enough to be the difference in the West.

I like the addition of Kielty and Kotsay. Overall, you get an improvement defensively. You also gain power from last year's outfield. Yes, that is a testament to how bad the A's outfield offensive production was last year. We won't see 25 HRs from Kotsay, more like 15. Kielty? I don't know. Probably somewhere around 15-20. But they'll get on base.

And what about the wildcard? Best bet is on the AL East, but don't write off the AL West. These are good teams, folks. If they can win against the AL East, then you might see the wild card come out of the West. Also, even though NY and BOS are improving themselves, so too are the O's, Rays and Jays. The AL East is going to be pretty tough too.
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Re: AL West

Postby PresHabib » Fri Dec 12, 2003 8:32 am

shortsavage wrote:
PresHabib wrote:
A's Fan wrote:One thing about this division: Year in and year out one of (if not the) best in baseball.


Not a bad point...that has quite often been very close recently and occassionally its a 3 horse race...I dont know if the Angels competed in any year besides 2002 but I haven't checked either...Sox/Yanks is usually a good battle...NL West is usually pretty entertaining...NL Central this year was unbelievable...basically what I'm saying is that I like anything other than AL Central and NL East :*)


This can be said about at least half of the divisions in baseball.


Actually I said it about 2/3rds of the divisions in baseball ;-)
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