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2017 MLB Predictions

Will the Cubs repeat as World Series Champions? Well, here we are again, a couple of weeks into the 2017 Major League Baseball season. How’s your team doing so far? Too early to tell, as the first month of play can be deceiving. Just ask all the Chicago White Sox fans out there. They started out 17-8 in April of 2016, only to finish 78-84 on the season. The Cubs, however, were 17-5 in their first month, en route to a World Series championship. Fact of it is, it’s just hard to tell. Fortunately, I’m here to help you from

Eliminate The Playoffs: 1975

Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland A’s I’m back with the next installment of Eliminate The Playoffs. In 1975, the Cincinnati Reds were the best team in the Majors, hands down. At 108-54, they won their division by 20 games. The NL East division winner, the Pittsburgh Pirates, were 92-69…15 1/2 games behind the Reds. The Reds swept the Pirates, 3-0, and easily deserved to be in the 1975 World Series. In the American League, however, the best team at the conclusion of the regular season was the Oakland Athletics. At 98-64, they won the AL West by seven games and were

Collegiate Baseball Association: 1873

A New Champion Emerges After a couple of coaching changes at Harvard and Fordham, the 1873 season of the Collegiate Baseball Association was underway. Commissioner James Herring moved the start of the season from the middle of March to the beginning of March, and so the season began on March 4th. Yale, Princeton and Lafayette began the season as favorites to win their regions, while Cornell was picked to make it into the postseason as the wildcard. By the end of the first month of play, the favorites were looking the part. Brown was the surprise team, challenging Yale in

Eliminate The Playoffs: 1974

Baltimore Orioles vs. Los Angeles Dodgers The 1974 Baltimore Orioles finished the regular season with the American League’s best mark, beating out the Oakland A’s by a single game in the standing. Thanks to the playoffs, the Athletics defeated the Orioles, three games to one, in 1974 en route to their World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, how would the Orioles have fared against the Dodgers in the World Series? Los Angeles posted the best record in the National League at 102-60, with the Cincinnati Reds finishing four games back. Let’s continue our look into how the

1905 Giants Return To Top Spot

New York Is #1 After Cubs Slip After spending two seasons in the number two slot, the 1905 New York Giants have returned to #1. The seventh season, 1906, of the Epic Scenario, The .600 Club, has finally been completed. Thanks to an off-year by the previous leader, the 1907 Chicago Cubs, the Giants have returned to the top spot in the rankings after a great season in the Majors. The Giants returned to the World Series, although they did lose in six games to the 1976 Cincinnati Reds. Here’s a look at the updated rankings, with their previous year’s

Collegiate Baseball Association: 1872

Princeton Repeats As Champion The 1872 season started out with the favorites jumping into the lead right from the beginning, with Yale, Princeton and Villanova hold down 1st place after the first two weeks of play. But a new team had come into the mix, the Lafayette Leopards. Lafayette was a preseason pick for the wild card and was right on ‘Nova’s heels. Six weeks into the season, last year’s playoff contender, Penn, was out of the race, its team ravaged by injuries. Halfway through the season, Princeton was the obvious favorite, posting a 25-5 record, four games ahead of

The Collegiate Baseball Association

A Revised History Of College Baseball One of the great things about Out Of The Park Developments baseball simulation software, OOTP, is the users ability to create whatever world they want or can imagine. This could be something completely fictional, semi-fictional or even a historical replay. As all baseball fans know, if we could change one decision or one at bat, the results of baseball history could have been completely different. So, seeing as how I live in a college town, I researched the evolution of college baseball. And I wondered, what would collegiate baseball look like if it were

Eliminate The Playoffs: 1973

Cincinnati Reds vs. Baltimore Orioles “Sooner or later, it was bound to happen.” That’s the first line from This Great Game about the 1973 season. A season in which a “backdoor champion” would take the pennant, thanks to the playoffs. The National League would give the World Series that champion in 1973 in the form of the New York Mets (82-79). The Mets managed to beat the Cincinnati Reds (99-63), three games to two, to steal the pennant. To their credit, the Mets outscored the Reds 23-8 in the five game series. Meanwhile, I’m sure the Los Angeles Dodgers (95-66) and San

Eliminate The Playoffs: 1972

  Oakland A’s vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Once the playoffs were formed in 1969, the results were as they were suppose to be. The team with the best record in both the American and National League went on to face each other in the World Series. That changed in 1972, when the Cincinnati Reds came from behind in Game 5  of the NL Championship Series and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates to advance to the Fall Classic, three games to two. Now, honestly, the two teams were very evenly matched, with the Pirates finishing with a record of 96-59 to the Reds’

Eliminate The Playoffs

A Look At The World Series Without The Playoffs There was a time in baseball where there were no playoffs. The winner of the American League played the winner of the National League in the World Series to decide the champion of Major League Baseball. In 1969, the playoffs were introduced. This was done due to expansion, keeping fans interested in the teams and, of course, for the owners to make more money. But here at BaseballScenarios.com, it’s time to Eliminate The Playoffs. Why, you might ask? Because the playoffs have watered down the regular season. The only thing the