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Baseball Book Review: My Ballpark Summer: What Taking Myself Out To The Ballgame Taught Me – By Alicia Barnhart

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I don’t read many baseball books, heck, I have written more books in the last 6 years (3), than I have actually read (2).  This book I finished awhile back and is subject of today’s Book Review.

The book is called “My Ball Park Summer: What Taking Myself Out To The Ballgame Taught Me.”  It is authored by Alicia Barnhart.  You can follow her brilliant blog at http://www.ballparksonabudget.com

I first met Alicia online earlier this year and was impressed at her knowledge of the baseball parks.  After a few brief discussions, and following her on twitter , I realized she ventured to all 30 MLB Parks during the summer of 2012.  Coincidentally, this is the same year I broke my own record for ‘attending all 30 MLB Parks” in 23 days.

Miss Barnhart is among a small percentage of ballpark chasers that have actually seen all 30 parks in one year, and she is the only woman that I have ever seen to do them all by herself in one baseball campaign.

Why I was drawn to buying her book, is that I wrote a book “The Fastest Thirty Ballgames”  in chronicling my previous record trips (2008 and 2009) for 30 MLB Park tours in 2011.

Again, Alicia is part of a small percentage of people that have compiled a book based on her baseball journey to all of the baseball stadiums.

I purchased the E-Book format from Amazon (In the Kindle Reader).  The cost was $3, which itself lends to her motto of “Ballparks On A Budget”, and I started to read about her baseball quest.  It was such an intriguing read, I never finished reading it until I ran out of pages on my computer screen. Read the rest of this entry

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Why The Royals Can’t Sit Back After 2014: KC State Of The Union For 2015

Kansas City finally lived up to their expectations, and far exceeded beyond that, being just one swing away from calling themselves World Championships.  With the success the team had, it also creates payraises, roster turnover, and tough decisions from the brass on who to replace the outgoing cast.  Dayton Moore must be aggressive with some of the changes, and realize this core group of players have about a 2 - 3 year window to win before everyone becomes too expensive.  The time to strike is still now!

Kansas City finally lived up to their expectations, and far exceeded beyond that, being just one swing away from calling themselves World Championships. With the success the team had, it also creates pay raises, roster turnover, and tough decisions from the brass on who to replace the outgoing cast. Dayton Moore must be aggressive with some of the changes, and realize this core group of players have about a 2 – 3 year window to win before everyone becomes too expensive. The time to strike is still now!

Why The Royals Can’t Sit Back After 2014 AL Pennant

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First congrats to the San Fransisco Giants organization for winning a 3rd championship in 5 years!

Now for the losers who captured Americas heart, and why the Royals can’t sit back and do nothing all offseason.

Frequently after a team wins a championship (for almost any sport) and has that breakthrough season that team tends to try and retain its team from last year while making no additions.

Save for LeBrons Miami heat we haven’t had a team repeat in any sport since the 2004 Patriots and not in baseball since the 2000 Yankees.

Lets not forget that while the Royals did eventually get to game 7 of the World Series they barely got the wild card clinching the spot a couple games above the Mariners and winning that game late.

Here are recent examples of Championship teams who really made very few additions and flopped or performed less than expected the next year.

The 2013 Red Sox who basically retained the same team and suffered from injuries and substandard performance from players like Clay Buchholz and David Ortiz.

The biggest example might be the 2010 and 2012 San Francisco Giants who just retained their teams while making no additions and ended up making frantic moves such as trading for Carlos Beltran at the deadline to fill the holes.

They missed the 2011 and 2013 postseasons. When they made changes such as trading for Hunter Pence and signing Mike Morse they ended up winning it all again. Read the rest of this entry

Kansas City Royals Pitching Roster Tree In 2014 – World Series Edition: Shields Pivotal Despite Playoff Struggles

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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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While James Shields has not had a banner postseason – however it is important to remember his influence on culture change in the Royals clubhouse for this successful franchise turnaround.

The trade that brought the RHP, also brought in Wade Davis, who may be the most important pitcher on the squad other than Greg Holland this campaign.

Dayton Moore has done a fantastic job of assembling this franchise’s roster over the last 5 – 7 years.  It came on the heels of a quarter century of futility yes, but the future definitely looks  bright.

As we have said before, teams residing in either league’s Central Division have a fair chance of competing in a season every year.

The highest payroll team is the Detroit Tigers, but they are not in the stratosphere of the Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers, Angels and Phillies, were there is a 2nd team in the division who can go buck wild in contracts.

The Nationals and Giants are able to spend in the $150 MIL range to join Philly and the Dodgers.  In the AL West, Texas and the Angels can mirror each other, whereas the Red Sox and Yankees own the AL East payroll leaders.

St. Louis is the highest NL Central club, and are always near the fringe of the top 10 for dollars spent annually only.  

The Tigers are the only franchise spending big cash in the AL Central, although the White Sox have delved into higher salaries in previous seasons – when they drew well following the 2005 World Series.  They have since scaled back.

The Royals should be able to field a nice team for the next 2 – 3 years, and it shouldn’t break the bank for the ownership.

  Detroit has aging and hefty contract problems coming up, and KC has more depth for the  1 – 25 Roster, when it comes to withstanding injuries

For the foreseeable few seasons ahead, you will bank on the emergence of Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy to continue their development as aces, and the Relief Core is the still the strongest asset of the equation. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – October 22, 2014

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Take a look at the map above. It is from an ESPN survey of baseball fans asking them which team they are rooting for. The blue states are rooting for the Royals fans. The red ones are pulling for the San Francisco Giants.

That’s pretty cut and dry who most people are rooting for.

The Giants are indeed the bad guys in the 2014 World Series. Relish it, Giants Fans.

Also, what the hell was going on with Tim Lincecum? Is there a behind the scenes rift?

It is the Game 1 of the World Series episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence and Salvador Perez all Owned the World Series and October

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Based On The World Series Odds Today – Bet The Royals To Win

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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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We said it before the World Series started, if you were going to bet KC for the “Fall Classic” wait until after Game 1, when a loss to Madison Bumgarner was well within the realm.

The Royals jumped from a -120 favorite, to a +170 underdog on the completion of last night’s game.  Clearly the website is working out formula’s without human’s listing the odds before this series began.

It still baffles me how the Giants weren’t favored to win this series to begin with.

Having said this, the time to bet the American League Champions is right now if you were going to bet them at all.  I still believe the Giants will win the series, however the odd has jumped so far in their favor, it doesn’t have enough value to throw some cabbage down on.

Tonight’s matchup (Jake Peavy +106 @ Yordano Ventura -116) favors Kansas City slightly.  But it is more than that.

The young flamethrowing rookie (Ventura) has great hit and miss stuff, and has never faced the Giants lineup, this ultimately is in Ned Yost squad’s favor.

Peavy on the other hand, spent numerous years and season series opposing the Royals as a member of the Chicago White Sox formerly.  He has struggled mightily, owning a 5 – 7 record, with a 4.97 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 14 game starts against Kansas City lifetime.  

Billy Butler has had a field day on the RHP.  Hitting .500 with 3 HRs for his career versus the former Red Sox champ. Read the rest of this entry

2014 Final American League Attendances Show A Slight Decline

Robinson Cano's arrival helped stopped the plummeting turnstiles revenue at Safeco Field this year, as the club topped 2 Million fans for the 1st time since 2010, and saw the greatest percentage jump in park draw from 2013 to 2014.  With a young nucleus surrounding Cano, the club should contend for the next several years, and maybe Seattle will crack the top half of attendance in the AL once again.

Robinson Cano’s arrival helped stopped the plummeting turnstiles revenue at Safeco Field this year, as the club topped 2 Million fans for the 1st time since 2010, and saw the greatest percentage jump in park draw from 2013 to 2014. With a young nucleus surrounding the ALL-Star 2B, the club should contend for the next several years, and maybe Seattle will crack the top half of attendance in the AL once again.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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Baseball is in trouble, that is what everyone will say in the newspapers, however the attendances in the game are doing well compared to year to year totals.

Over 34.45 Million Fans viewed games in the ‘Junior Circuit’ during the 2014 campaign.  While this total is down from 34.6 MIL fans in 2013, it only represents a drop of 0.5% or 150,000 people.

Cleveland fell back into the cellar of attendance at Progressive Field, barely drawing 1.43 Million butts in the seats.  It was an 8.6% drop for the 2013 season, where they drew 1.57 Million fans amidst a playoff race.

The biggest percentage in lost attendance goes to the Rangers, who struggled though an injury filled year, to bring in 14.4% less people than in 2013.

Seattle paid $240 MIL for Robinson Cano last winter, and were rewarded at the turnstiles, with the biggest jump at 13.8% more people going through the wickets at Safeco Field.  It was the 1st time they drew more than 2 MIllion since 2010. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series (Kansas City Vs San Francisco) + Prediction Time

Kansas City is making the most of their 1st playoff appearance since winning the World Series in 1985.  The club has won 8 straight games over 3 series, and have shown they have power in their lumbering, homering in most of their games.  They have a slight advantage with their Relief Core, and must amp up their speed game again versus the Giants in order to win the 2014 Fall Classic.  KC has home field advantage with the AL having won the ALL - Star Game.  I personally think this is a hinderance, based on the way the team plays on the road.  Whatever I feel, the oddsmakers have listed them as the Favorite.

Kansas City is making the most of their 1st playoff appearance since winning the World Series in 1985. The club has won 8 straight games over 3 series, and have shown they have power in their lumber, homering in most of their games. They have a slight advantage with their Relief Core, and must amp up their speed game again versus the Giants in order to win the 2014 Fall Classic. KC has home field advantage with the AL having won the ALL – Star Game. I personally think this is a hinderance, based on the way the team plays on the road. Whatever I feel, the oddsmakers have listed them as the Favorite.

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I awoke this morning to a text stating that the Giants were the longshots in the MLB World Series this year at +100 when I placed my wager.

Kansas City was a -120 Favorite in the early morning Friday.

I exclaimed ‘yes’ because I was hoping for a nice odd for the NLCS Champs.

Chuck Booth and I stand to win $1477.50 on KC to win the World Series based on a $20 (50/1 Bet) and a $6 (80/1 Bet).

San Francisco was also the subject of my 1st bet on the Fall Classic to start the year.  It was a 25/1 Odd back in January of this year, and we threw down $14 each.

Now since we could win $1477 on the Royals, and just $389 on the Giants, came the hedge bet for $500 on SF at Even money.

So we can win $1389.00 each on the Giants, and now $1477 still on KC.

The difference being, that we only had to wager $25 aggregate on the ALCS Champs.

The bet assures us of over $1000 each profit for the year.

Already, since the morning line, the odds have shifted to SF -105, to KC -115.   I am not surprised, as the Sharps have spoken. 

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The Royals Or O’s Winning The Title Would Be Good And Bad: MLB Payrolls Part 2

Kauffman Stadium was newly renovated about 5 years ago.  It is a nice visual display of a ballpark, however it is far being in the top venues in the Majors for earning money.  The Royals fans saw the club struggle to finally end a 3 decade long playoff drought this year.  It is imperative that the MLB work with 'cost control' in the upcoming 'Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both KC and Baltimore had to endure lengthy stints of losing campaigns, before compiling enough top level draft picks to compete in their respective divisions.  Hopefully other small to mid market teams will not have to be bad for that amount of time in the future to obtain success finally.

Kauffman Stadium was newly renovated about 5 years ago. It is a nice visual display of a ballpark, however it is far being in the top venues in the Majors for earning money. The Royals fans saw the club struggle to finally end a 3 decade long playoff drought this year. It is imperative that the MLB work with ‘cost control’ in the upcoming ‘Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both KC and Baltimore had to endure lengthy stints of losing campaigns, before compiling enough top-level draft picks to compete in their respective divisions. Hopefully other small to mid market teams will not have to be bad for that amount of time in the future to obtain success finally.

Yesterday I addressed the Dodgers potentially winning the World Series in the next few years while bringing more attention to the inequities of the big and small market clubs. 

Even with LAD losing today and being eliminated, it doesn’t change the fact they will be playoff contenders for years to come based on their talent level, and super imposed revenue stream to outspend every team in the National League.

I identified the last several lower revenue teams that have had success, and pointed out that it took them big stretches of poor campaigns in order to collect on some good.

This is the biggest reason why baseball needs to adopt a salary cap – in order to leveling off the field.

Kansas City and Baltimore are perfect examples of this.  The narrative is great here  Franchises that haven’t appeared in the Fall Classic since 1985 and 1983 respectively, when both organization won their last Titles.

The Royals 29 years since that has been tough to stomach.  The later George Brett years, the core from the championship had aged or moved on by the time he hung up the cleats.

After the 1994 strike/1995 lockout, the Royals found themselves at the bottom of the division for years. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series Oct.3, 2014

The Orioles last won the World Series in 1983, and were closest next in the 1997 ALCS, before being ousted by the Indians.

The Orioles last won the World Series in 1983, and were closest next in the 1997 ALCS, before being ousted by the Indians. With having a 1 – 0 series lead on the Tigers, they have tied the Washington Nationals as the co-favorites for the World Series odds.  Stay clear of betting them or Washington.  The value is bad.

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With Baltimore taking a 1 – 0 advantage on the Tigers yesterday, the oddsmakers now have them tied with the Nationals for the best odds to win the World Series.

I don’t agree with this at all.  If you still like the Detroit club, the time to bet is right now.  Justin Verlander has a proven playoff track record, and the squad has David Price and Max Scherzer in Games 3 and 4, with Max Scherzer back for a potential game #5.

You always see these swings on a 1 game basis in the postseason.

The Dodgers will only be at this clip for 1 day too.  If you want to put some cabbage on them, do it before Clayton Kershaw takes the hill and wins tonight.

The Angels are trailing their series vs the Royals, and are +145 underdogs as opposed to KC holding a LDS odd of -175 over LAA.  Despite this, the Royals are not favored higher than the "Halo's" on the odd for the World Series.  Keep in mind the Royals are a better road team, while the Angels won 46 games on the road and 52 at home.

The Angels are trailing their series vs the Royals, and are +145 underdogs as opposed to KC holding a LDS odd of -175 over LAA. Despite this, the Royals are not favored higher than the “Halo’s” on the odd for the World Series. Keep in mind the Royals are a better road team, while the Angels won 46 games on the road and 52 at home.  Take the odd of +145 for this series versus Kansas City.  They throw Matt Shoemaker tonight, and will still be able to throw Jered Weaver one more time.  Tonight’s game has the Angels are a -152 favorite – whereas the Royals pay +135 if they win tonight.

Kansas City is favored to win the series versus the Angels at -175, to LAA’s +145, but are still a bigger longshot to win the World Series.  

My advice:  plunk some money down on the LAA for the ALDS series at that mark.  It was a close game last night, and the Royals will not make it easy on themselves in the series.

I would still wait on the St. Louis team if you wish to bet them at all, as well as the Giants.  Both teams have a tough nature to knock off, as their World Series in 3 of the last 4 years indicates.

You think the odds are high now, wait if they lose tonight’s games.  It will jump to near +1400 or +1600.  Wait a day for those guys.

Updated Odds To Win The World Series For All 9 Playoff Clubs.

T1. BAL +400

T1. WSH +400

3. LAD +425

4. LAA +650

5. KC +700

6. DET +750

T7. STL +900

T7. SF +900

 

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4 MLB Post Season Games Slated For Friday, All 3 Hours Apart – Call In Sick!

The 1st game of tomorrow's play will be held at beautiful Camden Yards..

The 1st game of tomorrow’s play will be held at beautiful Camden Yards..

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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I am also an NFL fan, and while I love baseball more than life itself, these type of days are rare indeed, where the sport will carry four separate times, in order for all 4 games to be seen.

Now, good luck on all games to be under 3 hours, but it is possible with some of the ace pitchers throwing.

Here is the lineup..

All times EST

Detroit @ Baltimore 12:07 PM (Camden Yards) Justin Verlander vs TBD

San Fran @ Washington 3:07 PM (Nationals Park) Jake Peavy vs Stephen Strasburg

St. Louis @ LA Dodgers 6:37 PM (Dodger Stadium) Adam Wainwright vs Clayton Kershaw

Kansas City @ LA Angles 9:37 (Angel Stadium) Yordano Ventura.  vs Matt Shoemaker

Now I for one, am thinking that the LA traffic will be gridlock with over 100, 000 people clogging up the freeways in Los Angeles on a October Friday night. Read the rest of this entry

Royals Vs Angels Preview 2014 ALDS

The Angels are finally back in the postseason after a couple of years absence.  They have the best 1 - 9 lineup in the AL, an extremely deep and revamped Bullpen, and starters like Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson have lots of playoff experience.  Add a roster full of World Series heroes of not so long ago, and it could be a recipe for a long postseason run.  They also have the luck of the draw with playing the Royals in the 1st Round, with only having to face James Shields once, while their top duo of Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker are slated to tow the hill in 4 of the 5 games.

The Angels are finally back in the postseason after a couple of years absence. They have the best 1 – 9 lineup in the AL, an extremely deep and revamped Bullpen, and starters like Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson have lots of playoff experience. Add a roster full of World Series heroes of not so long ago, and it could be a recipe for a long postseason run. They also have the luck of the draw with playing the Royals in the 1st Round, with only having to face James Shields once, while their top duo of Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker are slated to tow the hill in 4 of the 5 games.

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No time to rest for the tired and weary.  After an emotional, and jaw dropping game for the Royals on Tuesday night, they will fly to Anaheim to meet the top seeded  Los Angeles Angels in the LDS Round.

You have to realize that Mike Scioscia is running the gauntlet on the running prowess of Kansas City even as we speak,

There will be no 2 – 3 or extra jackrabbit’s for the Royals squad, who were definitely aided by a lax Roster enforcement for Wild Card play, and also by the early game injury to Geovany Soto.

Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger will have to be ready for the speed demon club, that features several guys who can swipe bags on a whim.

If there is one thing going for Kansas City right now it is rhythm of repetition having played on Tuesday, while the Halo’s have been licking their chops in Orange County all week at the beach.

The Angels clinched so early, it would have been about 15 days since they have played a meaningful game in Game #1. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series, LDS Odds + NLWC Odds (All 9 Playoff Teams)

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Man Alive what a game last night.  I was torn in so many directions, I may need an x-ray to make sure I have no ligaments busted up this AM, like Coco Crisp and Geovany Soto experienced.

Last evening was a perfect example of how betting with a hedge can totally benefit your plight, when you are sitting nice with some favorable bets made from a good value standpoint..

I have published many articles on this site, raving about the Royals from even before the season began during 2014.  Now I picked Oakland to win last night’s contest, but financially I had a lot to gain on the Kansas City club advancing.

You see back in May, when the squad was struggling, I posted a $20 wager on them to win the World Series for a 50/1 odd.  I then put some more cabbage on them at 80/1 a few months later amidst a losing streak.

In all, I stand to win the most on KC, out of any AL club I have left.

Now, I only can win $285 on the Angels to win the Fall Classic, which would only break me about even for the year.

As stated in a blog yesterday, the Tigers net me a return of $894, and the Orioles, will bounce my bank account to the tune of $804.

I was able to speculate when the teams would all be at their max peak earlier in the year.

Based on the mere fact, the A’s only paid me around $260 for the World Series, I bet them to win $50 to start the night at +100 for the Wild Card Game..  I couldn’t believe they were underdogs to start the game, but glad for it. 

Once Oakland took a 2 – 0 led on Brandon Moss‘s 1st HR, I wagered $22 (In Play) on KC – for a return of $86 if they won.  This would have won me my money back plus a small profit.  This continued all night…. Read the rest of this entry

Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series (All 10 Playoff Teams)

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series.  That didn't stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today.  They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience.  The Stephen Strasburg decision of a few years  back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title.  Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise still has never appeared in the World Series. That didn’t stop the oddsmakers from giving them the #1 favorite status heading into the playoffs today. They are the deepest team on both offense and defense, and only lack postseason experience. The Stephen Strasburg ‘decision’ of a few years back, will never be put to rest until this club wins a title. Despite them being favored, I am not sure the ranking is justified, as the Dodgers reside in the same league.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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It is time to place your bets on the World Series. The Washington Nationals are your favorites to win the whole thing at +450.  The Tigers, Angels and Dodgers are both next at all tied for +500.

To round out the teams in sequence…5 –  Baltimore is at +700, 6 –  St. Louis at +900, 7 – Oakland at +1100, 8 – San Fran at +1400, and the Royals and the Bucs are the biggest odds on the board at +1600 for 9th.

At first glance I see the pattern.  The Nationals are the most deep team across the board, with having all 4 starters as potential aces in Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.

Each one of the players in the positional lineup, were over right near of plus.400 for Slugging Percentage, and this doesn’t even include Ryan Zimmerman – who will be an awesome bat off the bench at least to start. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Reports Playoff Predictions 2014

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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The playoffs are upon us, and since we had such a great year predicting a lot of stuff, both Chuck Booth and I are putting our postseason prognostications up.

In other blogs we will take a look at the series and everything, but this is just pure bets.

American League

American League Wild Card Game

Oakland -104 @ Kansas City -106 (Jon Lester @ James Shields)

Chuck – Oakland, Hunter, Oakland

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MLB Baseball Is A Great Value Live At The Park

Safeco Field is among the very top valued parks in the MLB.  A pair of tickets can be had for $35 - $40 at the most, and there are an unbelievable amount of free parking spots within a mile of the venue.  The pricing for the Post Season is decent as well.  $40 for face valued tickets (LF Bleachers) during the LDS round.  That goes to $80 during the ALCS - and only $120 per ticket for the World Series.  I can't even buy a 'Standing Room Only' Ticket for my local NHL Hockey team. to see the worst team in the league.

Safeco Field is among the very top valued parks in the MLB. A pair of tickets can be had for $35 – $40 at the most, and there are an unbelievable amount of free parking spots within a mile of the venue. The pricing for the 2014 Post Season is decent as well for those with season ticket holder status. $40 for face valued tickets (LF Bleachers) during the LDS round. That goes to $85 during the ALCS – and only $120 per ticket for the World Series games. I can’t even buy a ‘Standing Room Only’ Ticket for my local NHL Hockey team. to see the worst team in the league for that much!

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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Stop me if you heard this before…Baseball is dying..  Come on folks, the actual facts don’t suggest that at all.  Sure if you are going back to the day when there were 3 networks on TV, and that is it.

I am going to let you in on a little secret here.  Back in 2004, I was once a NHL hockey fan.  Yeah, let the stereotype stand for living north of the border, but yeah I followed the sport religiously, even more than baseball for a period.

At that point in my life, I had been to about a hundred games live in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, and had been to exactly 3 MLB games (1 at Skydome in 1989, and 2 at Olympic Stadium) in the mid 90’s.

Once I went to Safeco Field once in 2005, I was hooked and had the vibe to see all other 29 parks in rapid fashion.

My love for viewing baseball parks escalated from there into 4 world record chases – to become the fastest to see a full game live at all 30 MLB Stadiums.

A lot of my friends and family are often baffled why i don’t just watch hockey, and support the local hockey team.  My interest dwindles every year, and especially now that I am more rabid about baseball than ever, doing this website daily. Read the rest of this entry

AL Wild Card Race Heats Up: KC/DET Meetup, For All Others, Just Win This Weekend To Gain Ground

Kansas City might be tied for the #1 wildcard position and just 1/2 game out of the AL Central. however with that 4 - 2 in the 10th inning game resumption against Cleveland pending on Monday, the club must win the series versus the Tigers at home. After the weekend, they finish their last 8 games on the road. If they don't win the series this weekend, chances are the A's/and or Mariners may pass them in the standings after Monday Night. The Royals have the hardest schedule left out of the 4 clubs.

Kansas City might be tied for the #1 wildcard position and just 1/2 game out of the AL Central. however with that 4 – 2 in the 10th inning game resumption against Cleveland pending on Monday, the club must win the series versus the Tigers at home in my opinion, in order to make the playoffs. After the weekend, they finish their last 8 games on the road. If they don’t win the series this weekend, chances are the A’s/and or Mariners may pass them in the standings after Monday Night. The Royals have the hardest schedule left out of the 4 clubs.

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The Seattle Mariners won yesterday, and the Athletics lost, to pull all top 4 Wild Card contenders to within 2 games of each other heading into the weekend.

Detroit leads the Central with a 84 – 68 record, and KC is a half game behind at 83 – 68, but really are 90% at 83 – 69. with a 4 – 2 10 inning deficit in that suspended game resumption on Monday Sept 22, 2014 to the Indians.

So while the Royals and Tigers battle for the Division at Kauffman Stadium starting Friday. , the ultimate loser of the AL Central, will need to make the postseason via the Wild Card.  Needless to say. these 3 games will be pivotal in deciding that.

Since both of those clubs have to have a loser in each of those 3 games, this is great news for the struggling A’s (83 – 69), and especially for the Mariners (82 – 70), to make up some ground if they have good series from Friday to Sunday.

On the surface, Oakland and Seattle should hope the Tigers win the series versus KC this weekend, as that would put the Royals potentially at best 84 – 71 after that game against the Indians is over on Monday.  If the Tigers sweep them, the Royals could be staring at 83 – 72 rather quickly.  

Oakland would need just one victory to pass KC, and Seattle would need 1 to tie the Royals and 2 to pass them.

The A’s entertain the lowly Philadelphia Phillies this weekend at O.Co, whereas the best road team in the AL (Mariners, 44 – 30) are in Houston to battle the Astros at Minute Maid Park..

If both clubs can win their series (if not sweep the worse squads they are playing) than they will put themselves in great positions for the playoff in going forward.

I have to think the worst scenario for those two teams – is to see the Royals take just 2 games against Detroit, as that would put the Tigers still at 85 – 70, KC at 85 – 69, with the suspended game still to make – probably seeing the, at 85 – 70 as well.  Oakland would need a sweep to have a lead, and win 2 out of 3 to tie the Royals/Tigers. The M’s would require a sweep over the Astros – to land them at 85 – 70. Read the rest of this entry

2015 Interleague Home/Away Schedules MLB – Team By Team

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Interleague 2015 (20 Games Each Team, 10 Home And 10 Away)

American League

 

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New York Yankees

Home:  vs NYM (3) FRI Apr 24 – Sun Apr 26, vs WSH (2)  Tues June 9 – Wed June 10,  vs MIA (2) Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, vs PHI (3) Mon June 22 – Wed June 24.

Away:  @ WSH (2) Tues May 18 – Wed May 19  @ MIA (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16,  @ ATL (3) Fri Aug 28 – Sun Aug 30, @ NYM Fri Sept 18 – Sun Sept  20.

Baltimore Orioles

Home: vs PHI (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16, vs WSH (3) Fri July 10 – Sun July 12, vs ATL (3) Mon July 27 – Wed July 29, vs NYM (2) Tues Aug 19 – Wed Aug 20

Away: @ NYM (2) Tues May 5 – Wed May 6, @ MIA (3) Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, @ PHI (2)  Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, @ WSH (3) Mon Sept.21 – Wed Sept 23. Read the rest of this entry

2015 NL Interleague Home/Away Schedules MLB – Team By Team

 

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Interleague 2015 (20 Games Each Team, 10 Home And 10 Away)

National League Teams

 

NL East

Washington Nationals

Home:  vs NYY (2) Tues May 18 – Wed May 19, vs TOR (3) Mon June 1 – Wed June 3, vs TB Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, vs BAL (3) Mon Sept 21 – Wed July 23.

Away:  @ BOS (3) Mon Apr 13 – Wed Apr 15, @ NYY (2) Tues June 8 – Wed June 9, @ TB (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16, @ BAL (3) Fri July 12 – Sun Jul 14.

Miami Marlins

Home:  vs TB (3) Fri Apr 10 – Sun Apr 12, vs BAL (3) Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, vs NYY (2) Monday June 15 – Tuesday June 16, vs BOS (2) Tues Aug 11 – Wed Aug 12.

Away; @ TOR (3) Mon June 8 – Wed June 10, @ NYY (2) Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, @ BOS (2) Tues July 7 – Wed July 8, @ 3 (TB) Tues Sept 29 – Oct. Read the rest of this entry

All American League Teams Interleague Schedules For 2015

After 7 years of Interleague, the AL trailed the season series 4 - 3, and the overall games mark 853 - 833 (.506).  Since 2004 it has been 11- years straight of AL beatdowns, winning each campaign for Won - Loss record.

After 7 years of Interleague, the AL trailed the season series 4 – 3, and the overall games mark 853 – 833 (.506). Since 2004 it has been 11- years straight of AL beatdowns, winning each campaign for Won – Loss record.

2015 Interleague Schedules (Each Team 10 Home and 10 Away)

 

AL East

 

New York Yankees

Home:  vs NYM (3) FRI Apr 24 – Sun Apr 26, vs WSH (2)  Tues June 9 – Wed June 10,  vs MIA (2) Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, vs PHI (3) Mon June 22 – Wed June 24.

Away:  @ WSH (2) Tues May 18 – Wed May 19  @ MIA (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16,  @ ATL (3) Fri Aug 28 – Sun Aug 30, @ NYM Fri Sept 18 – Sun Sept  20.

Baltimore Orioles

Home: vs PHI (2) Mon June 15 – Tues June 16, vs WSH (3) Fri July 10 – Sun July 12, vs ATL (3) Mon July 27 – Wed July 29, vs NYM (2) Tues Aug 19 – Wed Aug 20

Away: @ NYM (2) Tues May 5 – Wed May 6, @ MIA (3) Fri May 22 – Sun May 24, @ PHI (2)  Wed June 17 – Thu June 18, @ WSH (3) Mon Sept.21 – Wed Sept 23. Read the rest of this entry

Interleague Master Schedule For The 2015 MLB Season

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The National League will be looking to shake an 11 year game losing streak to the American League in 2015. 

Among the new things that AL vs NL has to offer, is a return to all teams in action at some point in the season during the time. 

Of course the Astros were back in the Senior Circuit then, so there was 16 teams vs just 14 for the Junior Circuit.

Mark it on your calendars – from Monday June 15 – June 18 all 30 teams will take part in a 2 game home and away series versus the same club.  This is sure to be a treat for Interleague fans.

Citizens Bank Ball Park, PNC Park and Fenway Park are the only 3 stadiums to have their venues host AL vs NL as their home openers. 

The MLB Reports will try to update the game times as they come in until the start of next campaign. 

Scroll Down or Click The READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY to see the 300 games listed for Interleague next year.  That is 20 games per club (10 home and 10 away.)

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All 2015 Home Opener Dates For All 30 MLB Ball Parks

The view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is worth the price of admission alone at PNC Park.  The 2013 fans saw the Bucs make the playoffs for the 1st time in 21 years.  There were almost 2.3 Million people that went through the turnstiles.  In 2014, they may even exceed that. Most ballpark fans have this iconic venue in their top list of stadiums in the MLB.

The view of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is worth the price of admission alone at PNC Park. The 2013 fans saw the Bucs make the playoffs for the 1st time in 21 years. There were almost 2.3 Million people that went through the turnstiles. In 2014, they may even exceed that – with the team having already drawn 2.1 Million people, possess 9 more home games, and being right in the middle of the Wild Card mix for a playoff spot. Most ballpark fans have this iconic venue in their top list of stadiums in the MLB.

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It is still unclear of whether the MLB season will start on International waters.

Of course we also don’t know who the 1st game on North American soil is for Sunday Apr.5, 2015, so there is 1 team that will change the home opener at least.

Within 9 days of the opener, all parks will be accounted for in the year.  Game Start times will come in sporadically in the offseason with variance on when the clubs all post them.

Generally there is a massive spike on game 1 of any year at a ball park, so a big tip is to wait for game #2.  A lot of the squads love to offer great value priced tickets as a way to stop the catastrophic plummet from the opener. 

Whatever the case, if you know ways to acquire your way in to one of these parks for the inaugural game of the season, it is always a memorable experience! Read the rest of this entry

All Games On The 2015 Schedule For My (Chuck Booth) 183 Days MLB Park Road Trip

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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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So we all received a bonus when the MLB decided to post its schedule early.  For the benefit of those who don’t know my plan as yet. … I am planning on attending at least 1 baseball game a day at an MLB Park for the whole calendar season of 2015.

I will see many doubleheaders during this odyssey, I will be adding these to the list as the games start times become available.

After perusing this 2430 games schedule on the docket next year.  I now have my tentative schedule.

I will be writing lots on the journey as the information becomes available….so stay tuned…

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 31, 2014

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It is Sunday… time for The Sunday Request.

Is it out of line to call out the bad attendance in Kansas City?
Or is this the result of decades of seeing a bad product.

Breaking down team loyalty in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Scott Feldman, Jake Peavy, Matt Holliday, Jimmy Paredes, Vidal Nuno, Victor Martinez, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Heyward all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

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August MLB Interleague Results: AL Also 6 Wins Away From 11th Straight Year Clinch

 

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The National League is on the verge of falling to the American League for the 11th straight season.  Heading into play Saturday, with the only contest being Orioles @ Cubs, the AL holds a 145 – 123 advantage on the NL for the 2014 calendar year.

This is a decade plus of ownership of the Junior Circuit over the Senior Circuit. 

The National League actually has not fared too badly in August so far, winning 28 out of 60 games.

For those people who don’t like Interleague all, there are no more days on the schedule this year with multiple games.  In a lot of cases, they are not even games on the getaway days of Monday’s Thursday’s (which are the only 2 days to not have the 30 teams in action.)

Interleague has been a good thing for the game of baseball…. I would argue that the premise of playing teams that you don’t normally is good for the growth of baseball. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Schedule Week 22: Aug 25 – Aug 31, 2014 (93 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 22 – 2014

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Week 22

Monday, Aug.25/2014 (9 Games)

1.  Rockies @ Giants 10:15

2.  Marlins @ Angels 10:05 (Interleague)

3.  Brewers @ Padres 10:10

4.  Athletics @ Astros 8:10

5.  Cardinals @ Pirates 7:05

6.  Rays @ Orioles 7:05

7.  Nationals @ Phillies 7:05

8.  Red Sox @ Blue Jays 7:07

9.  Rangers @ Mariners 10:10

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KC/TOR/SEA/MIA All Trying To Break Long Playoff Droughts: Last Appearances In October For Each Squad

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Kansas City has rolled into the 3 quarter mark with a slim AL Central lead on the Detroit Tigers, and may finally stare down their best chance to make the playoffs since winning the World Series Title.

The Royals playoff futility is the ‘clubhouse leader’ in the MLB by 8 years.  The Toronto Blue Jays have not yielded a postseason berth since winning back to back World Series in 1992 and 1993.

Both of these two AL clubs have not made it to October baseball since the 1994 strike (the last 2 remaining clubs).

Toronto starts play today at 63 – 59, and have their best look at the playoffs since the team had Roy Halladay and A.J. Burnett back in 2007 – 2008.

The Canadian franchise had more of an excuse for years – competing with the Red Sox and Yankees when the economics 1st went out of whack during these two AL Beast 8 combined Titles, 10 ALCS appearances and all Division Titles but two during the last 20 years (Tampa Bay in 2008, 2010 being the exception. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Schedule Week 19 – 2014 – AUG 4TH – AUG 10TH (94 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 19 – 2014

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Week 19

Monday, Aug.04/2014 (6 Games)

1.  Angels @ Dodgers 10:10 (Interleague)

2.  Reds @ Indians 7:05

3.  Tigers @ Yankees 7:05

4.  Giants @ Mets 12:10

5.  Rays @ Athletics 10:05

6.  Rangers @ White Sox 8:10

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MLB Schedule Week 18 – 2014 (96 Games)

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MLB Scheduling Week 18 – 2014

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Week 18

Monday, July.28/2014 (10 Games)

1.  D-Backs @ Reds 7:10

2  Brewers @ Rays 7:10 (Interleague)

3.  Yankees @ Rangers 8:05

4.  Athletics @ Astros 8:10

5.  Phillies @ Mets 7:10

6.  Pirates @ Giants 10:15

7.  Padres @ Braves 12:10

8.  Blue Jays @ Red Sox 7:10

9.  Nationals @ Marlins 7:10

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MLB Schedule – August, 2014 (421 Games)

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MLB Scheduling 2014

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Aug 2014

Friday, Aug.01/2014 (15 Games)

1.  Angels @ Rays 7:10

2.  Braves @ Padres 10:10

3.  Cubs @ Dodgers 10:10

4.  Reds @ Marlins 7:10

5,  Rockies @ Tigers 7:08 (Interleague)

6.  Royals @ Athletics 9:35

7.  Brewers @ Cardinals 8:15

8.  Twins @ White Sox 7:10

9.  Yankees @ Red Sox 7:10

  1. Phillies @ Nationals 7:05
  2. Mariners @ Orioles 7:05

  3. Giants @ Mets 7:10

  4. Rangers @ Indians 7:05

  5. Blue Jays @ Astros 8:10

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How All Of The Royals Were Acquired – 2014 Roster Tree: They Could Also Use An Injection Via Trade

The Royals rode a 11 game winning streak to 1st place in the AL Central in June.  What is more impressive is that they smashed the Tigers in the 1st 3 games of that 4 game series currently.  However a brutal stretch of play, culminating in a 9 - 18 record post the streak, has them wallowing near the .500 mark, and could fall out fast if the offense can't turn it around.  Today, we will examine how the Royals received all of their offense.

The Royals rode a 11 game winning streak to 1st place in the AL Central in June of this year. What is more impressive is that they smashed the Tigers in the 1st 3 games of that 4 game series – before relenting the last game of the series,  however a brutal stretch of play happened after that, culminating in a 9 – 18 record post the streak, and has them wallowing near the .500 mark.  This squad could fall out contention fast if the offense can’t turn it around. Today, we will examine how the Royals received all of their offense.

How All Of The Royals Hitters Were Acquired:

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The time to sit around and watch this club struggle is no more.

The Kansas City Royals must take decisive action either way to avoid future years of bashing from their already tepid fanbase.

The problem for years has been the offense – and especially since James Shields and Wade Davis came to town in a deal that saw massive prospect OF Wil Myers go back the other way.

It was an aggressive move and bold outlook for the 2013 and 2014 years, but Dayton Moore and David Glass have underestimated just how much power you need in the lineup on a daily basis.

This roster of batters is comprised mostly of their homegrown talent, or speedy light hitting talent they have acquired by trades.

Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain were both picked up in the 2010 trade of Zack Greinke tot the Brewers.  A deal that also saw the club pick up Jake Odorizzi, who was packaged in the deal for Shields and Davis. Read the rest of this entry

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