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George Hale Talks Baseball 

 

FOOTBALL SEASON’S DONE…HOCKEY AND BASKETBALL ARE MORE THAN HALF-WAY THROUGH.

IT LEAVES GEORGE HALE TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER SPORT TONIGHT

“THIS IS MY FUN COMMENTARY EACH YEAR.

THE RED SOX AND OTHER TEAMS ARE IN SPRING TRAINING AND I AM ABOUT TO LEAVE FOR WINTER QUARTERS ONLY TO RETURN WHEN THE REGULAR BASEBALL SEASON IS UPON US.

SO, LIKE MANY OTHER I ENJOY SPECULATING AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RETURN OF “THE BOYS OF SUMMER IN APRIL.

TONIGHT, I DO MY ANNUAL BASEBALL PREVIEW WHICH IS GUARANTEED TO BE WRONG IN MOST INSTANCE BUT FUN NONETHELESS.

FIRST OF ALL, BASEBALL IS BIG, VERY BIG BUSINESS, YES, THE PLAYERS EARN MORE MONEY THAN MOST HUMANS SHOULD BUT ON THE OTHER HAND SO DO THE OWNERS.

SO IT’S A WASH.

HERE’S WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH BY THE NUMBERS, THERE ARE 30 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS.

THERE WILL BE 2,430 GAMES PLAYED BEFORE THE POST SEASON.

PLAYERS WILL EARN $3.7 BILLION DOLLARS IN A QUEST FOR THE ELUSIVE SPOTS IN PLAYOFFS THAT DETERMINE SUCCESS OR FAILURE.

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN ADVANCE DEPENDS ON MAY THINGS, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS INJURY.

BAD BOUNCES, BAD CALLS AND BAD PLAY WILL AVERAGE OUT OVER THE SEASON BUT THE INJURY BUG STRIKES AT INOPPORTUNE TIMES.

NO ONE CAN PREDICT UNFORSEEN EVENTS BUT A FEW TEAMS DO STAND OUT.

HERE IN NEW ENGLAND WE SIMPLY EXPECT TO WIN EVERY YEAR WITH THE FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT DISAPPOINTMENT IS ALWAYS AROUND THE CORNER.

BUT I AM WILLING TO GO OUT ON A LIMB THIS SEASON AND SAY BOSTON WILL TURN THE SHIP AROUND AND WILL HAVE A MORE THAN DECENT CHANCE OF OCTOBER BASEBALL.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE PITCHING, WHICH IS REALLY WHERE YOU HAVE A START, THE ACQUISITION OF DAVID PRICE AND A DEEP BULLPEN GIVE ME REASON TO HOPE FOR THE BEST.

WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS THE FAREWELL SEASON FOR BIG PAPI.

WITH THAT WILL COME THE EFFORT HE HAS CONSTANTLY GIVEN.

DAVID ORTIZ, FOR HIS PART DOES NOT INTEND TO GO OUT A LOSER.

BUT TOP TO BOTTOM THIS IS A SOLID TEAM.

APPARENTLY HANLEY RAMIREZ AND PABLO

SANDOVAL ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BEING IN CONDITION.

I’M REALLY IN RICK PORCELLO’S CORNER AND IF, AND A BIG IF, CLAY BUCHHOLZ DOES WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF THEN THE RED SOX ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

WHO CAN NOT THINK OF MOOKIE BETTS AS A POTENTIAL MVP?

IT’S NOT BEYOND THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY THAT BOSTON WILL WIN 90 GAMES IN 2016.

SO THE YANKEE FANS ARE CALLING ME A HOMER AND SUCH BUT I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PIN STRIPERS.

HOW MANY HOMERS WILL A-ROD (AT 41) AND BELTRAN (AT 39) COME UP WITH.

NOT THE MENTION SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS ON THE MOUND.

TORONTO WILL FADE TO THIRD BEHIND THE RED SOX AND YANKEES FOLLOWED BY TAMPA BAY AND BALTIMORE.

HOW AM I DOING SO FAR?

THE A-L CENTRAL IS A DEEP DIVISION BUT THIS YEAR THE WHITE SOX LOOK LIKE THE TEAM TO ME.

I’M NOT SAYING KANSAS CITY IS DONE BUT IN SPORTS REPEATING IS NOT THE EASIEST THIS TO DO.

THE A-L WEST IS THE ASTROS WITH THE BEST PITCHER IN THE LEAGUE.

TEXAS AND LOS ANGELES MADE MOVES BUT THE FLAG WILL FLY OVER HOUSTON.

I DON’T SPEND A TON OF TIME WATCHING THE NATIONAL LEAGUE BUT SOME CONCLUSIONS CAN BE DRAWN.

IN THE EAST WILL WASHINGTON FINALLY DO IT OR THE METS?

MAYBE THE NATS WILL LIVE UP TO THE HYPE FINALLY.

I’VE GROWN TO LIKE THE CUBS AND THEY HAVE THE PEOPLE TO WIN THE DIVISION AND OUT WEST THE GIANTS ARE ALWAYS THERE.

SO THAT’S MY THUMBNAIL SKETCH OF THINGS.

THE RED SOX VERSUS CUBS IN THE WORLD SERIES.

NOW WOULDN’T THAT BE SOMETHING?

WHEN NEXT WE MEET IT WILL BE BASEBALL FOR REAL.

I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT.

THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.”