Analyzing the most notable names not selected to the Midsummer Classic

The MLB All-Star rosters were announced Sunday evening and as usual, there are surprising names that were selected and some notable snubs. It doesn’t help that Major League Baseball mandates that each team send at least one representative to the Midsummer Classic, which is taking place in Washington, D.C. on July 17. Naturally, that leads to some questionable selections and obvious snubs. Before I delve into notable names left off of the All-Star roster, here’s a review of who was selected.

American League

Starting Lineup:

First base: Jose Abreu, White Sox
Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros
Third base: Jose…

Ranking the three most impactful free agent signings from the 2018 offseason

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Last season’s free agent market was surprisingly slow, however, the biggest names on the market eventually all found contracts. Some have been much more impactful than others and, as July approaches, it’s time to analyze which signings have been the most impactful early on.

  1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox: Martinez has proven to be a lethal addition in the middle of the Red Sox lineup. In what was already a potent offense, Martinez is still a welcome sign in Boston. After play on Tuesday, Martinez has an MLB-best 24 home runs. It’s quite the change from recent first-year performances by major…

Belgium, England and not much else. Stranger things have happened, but don’t expect Panama or Tunisia to shock the world.

Only two days remaining until the 2018 FIFA World Cup officially begins! Are you excited yet? I hope your pantry is stocked with appetizers, drinks and plenty of napkins. Today, I preview Group G, but don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for The Great Zamboni’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Group H preview.

Welcome to Group G, where Belgium and England are heavy favorites to advance while Tunisia and Panama will look to play spoiler. Will the favorites advance or will the pressure prove too much?


The Red Devils qualified for the World Cup by topping their group in…

Les Bleus are heavily favored to ease to the top of Group C, but who will finish second to earn a spot in the knockout stages?

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The dust has settled and the regular season has come to an end. Madrid have won their third Champions League in a row and the domestic champions of the top 5 leagues have all been decided. Lucky for us, the 2018 World Cup is right around the corner. Plenty of action and excitement awaits us, and drama will be present in abundance. Buckle up for a wild ride as the Great Zamboni presents the third of eight World Cup previews. Check back in every day until June 14 for a new preview on each of the eight groups.

Welcome to…

After a thrilling Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final, what can we expect from Game 2 of the series?

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final exceeded every hockey fanatic’s expectations. The pre-game ceremony that only Vegas could pull off, featuring a nearly four-minute act that saw a Golden Knight jousting with some evil Capitals henchmen, Michael Buffer introductions and a Lil Jon pregame concert, the game was just as entertaining as the pregame hoopla. During Vegas’ 6–4 victory in Game 1, the Capitals and Knights combined for 135 shot attempts and it was the first game in Stanley…

A look at some of the early season MVP favorites 25% of the way into the MLB season.

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The MVP race in baseball is a rather peculiar one to monitor. Generally, over the course of a 162 game season, familiar names — Mike Trout, Bryce Harper — tend to find themselves near the top of the voters’ ballots. But early in the season, there are quirky stats, trends and a handful of names who establish their MVP candidacy. We’re roughly 25% through the season and there are certainly a handful of names in both leagues who are making a case…

Will the Dodgers miss the Postseason? The Braves win the NL East? Mookie for MVP

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With the first month of the MLB season already in the rearview mirror, there are many trends and interesting bits of information to analyze. The heart of the schedule is finally coming up and while it’s still early in the season, it’s never too early to draw conclusions. Here are three overreactions to the first month of the 162-game regular season schedule.

Is this the year that the Caps FINALLY breakthrough? Will the Pens three-peat? Is Nashville the team to beat? The NHL Playoffs are finally here!

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Will the Caps finally make it out of the conference semifinals? Vegas or Hollywood? Who will win the battle of Pennsylvania? The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin Wednesday night and that means it’s officially time for unexpected results, crazy goals and maybe a handful of late-night, game-winning overtime goals (and a few tussles here and there). With the Playoffs come a slew of questions. With that in mind, here is a three-pack of questions previewing the NHL Playoffs.

  1. Which first round matchup is most intriguing?

Can any team challenge the trio for the NL crown?

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NL East: Despite hiring a first-time manager in Dave Martinez lead the clubhouse, the Nationals remain heavy favorites to win another NL East crown in what is likely the last opportunity for the team to win as presently constructed. With Bryce Harper set for a massive payday during the offseason, the Nationals need to try and win that long sought-after World Series trophy. Harper may re-sign with the Nationals, but Washington can’t rely on hypotheticals at this point. Along with Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Wieters, and Ryan Madson are amongst the other names who find themselves in contract…

Will any team prevent the Astros from reaching a second consecutive World Series appearance? Who wins the tight AL East race?

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AL East: The AL East race comes down to two teams: The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox. They both made the most noise in the offseason, with the Yankees acquiring Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the rebuilding Miami Marlins, and the Red Sox signing free agent power slugger J.D. Martinez. This season should see a rebirth in the rivalry between the two teams — and I’m not complaining. Baseball Prospectus predicts the Yankees will win the division and finish the season with a 96–66 record. …

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