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Santana Crowned

Written by Travis Vandenbrand

The new ace in KC.

Belive it or not, the Kansas City Royals are involved in the first official “splash” of the 2013 MLB offseason. The Los Angeles Angels sent Ervin Santana and his $13 milliona dollar price tag to the Royals for lefthanded reliever Brandon Sisk. Continue reading

Athletics Get Young

Written by Travis Vandenbrand

2012 World Series Champions – San Francisco Giants

First off, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants who, impressively, knocked off the Detroit Tigers who were considered by many to be the overwelming favourites in the 2012 World Series. Despite the brief World Series, the playoffs were exciting and temporarily filled the hockey void left in many Canadian sports fan’s lives. The entire 2012 season was extremely entertaining. The Orioles, Athletics, Nationals and Pirates have given hope to the other perennial cellar-dwellers like the Astros, Royals and Mariners. Speaking of lovable losers, it’s great to say that there has now been two triple crowns awarded since the Toronto Maple Leafs have last won the cup. It was amazing to watch the heroics and accomplishments of the first triple crown winner since 1967, Miguel Cabrera. It was a shame that his spectacular season came to an end by watching a Romo heater go right down the middle of the plate. Mike Trout was remarkable, Buster Posey’s comeback was improbable, R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball was un-hittable and the Yankees playoff’s were despicable. What else could you ask for in a successful MLB season/playoffs? Continue reading

Breaking Down the Mega Deal

Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez wearing Dodger blue.

By Travis Vandenbrand

The Dodgers and the Red Sox caught a lot of people off guard last week with one of the biggest trades in recent memory. The Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa, and Allen Webster.

Fresh under new ownership, the Dodgers have put the rest of the MLB on notice that they are serious contenders this year and beyond. The four players they Continue reading

This Is Not A Fish Story

by Travis Vandenbrand

Everybody’s heard countless fish stories. Some stories from their Dad, brother or even best friend about the larger-than-life creature that just got away. This fish story involves a trout, but there is no exaggerating about how big he is going to get.

Mike Trout has been making spectacular plays all season in what could be the 21-year olds first of many MVP seasons.

Mike Trout was drafted three years ago in the first round, 25th overall, by the LA Angels. I have a feeling there are twenty-four scouts who have a lot of explaining to do about how this five-tool phenom isn’t wearing their colours. The only scout who may be left off the list is the Nationals representative who had the easiest job in the world recommending Stephen Strasburg.

Immediately, Trout signed with the halos and began his pro career at the ripe age of 18. He spent the remainder of 2009 and all of 2010 in single A and Continue reading