March 1, 2024

2018 Tailgate Society MLB Preview: Matthias Schwartzkopf edition

Editors Note: I tasked some of the baseball minds of TGS to write a Major League Baseball Preview asking them to answer these questions. Hope you enjoy them. 

Check out links to others also,

Lindsey Schoon’s is HERE.

Tom Danielson’s is here.

Spencer Hughes’ is here.

Nicole Gustafson’s is here

David Graf’s is here.

Shawn Fensterman’s is here

1.Who will win the divisions?

AL East- Yankees

AL Central- Indians

AL West- Astros

NL East- Nationals

NL Central- Cubs

NL West- Dodgers

2. Who will be the Wild Card Teams?

AL Wildcards- Red Sox, Twins

NL Wildcard- Rockies, Diamondbacks

3. Who plays in the World Series and who wins?

Cubs vs. Yankees

Offensive power vs. offensive power. The Cubs should be cured from their World Series hangover and the Yankees loaded up over the offseason. The Cubs bolstered their rotation with the additions of Tyler Chatwood and Yu Darvish, which should give them enough to slow down the Yankee bats just enough to give Kris Bryant and company the opportunity to slug a few out and take down the Yankees in seven games.

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4. Who are your League MVP’s?

NL- Wilson Contreras

This is a bold pick but I think I like it. Contreras was on a tear last season before his hamstring injury slowed things down a bit. In just those 23 games since the All-Star break Contreras crushed 10 home runs with 29 RBI’s. If it weren’t for that injury he would have driven in 100 runs alone. He already aspires to be the top catcher in the league, why not shoot for the best player?

AL- Mike Trout

The dude just seems to win the award all the time, and he is probably the best player in all of baseball right now. So who can really bet against the guy?

5. Who are your League Cy Young winners?

NL- Clayton Kershaw

If Kershaw is healthy all year long, he will be tough to beat.

AL- Luis Severino

Coming off a season where he had a 2.98 ERA, Severino will be the key to the Yankees pitching staff. He was one of the finalists for the award last year and this year he takes it.

6. If you could put any fictional baseball player on your favorite team, who would it be and why?

Obviously it would be Kenny Powers. The dude is a total badass and he loves America.

7. Give me three bold predictions.

  1. Shohei Ohtani does not live up to the hype.
  2. Brewers prove they were just a flash in the pan and finish below the Cardinals in the NL Central.
  3. Stanton hits more than 60 dingers.

8. What are your top three baseball movies and one you dislike the most?

  1. Field of Dreams
  2. Major League
  3. Moneyball

Worst ever: Airbud: Seventh Inning Fetch

9, Baseball has decided to honor Latin American players by wearing special hats and jerseys in the minor leagues this season. which of the new team logos and hats are your favorite?

Los Cucuys De San Bernardino (Inland Empire 66ers)

The boogieman logo is just cool.


Ted Flint | The Tailgate Society
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He is Matthias Schwartzkopf, the Highlander. Born in 1592 in the Highlands of Scotland and he is still alive. He is immortal. For four hundred years he's been a warrior, a lover, a wanderer, constantly facing other Immortals in combat to the death. The winner takes his enemy's head and with it, his power. I'm a Watcher, part of the secret society of men and women who observe and record, but never interfere. We know the truth about Immortals. In the end there can be only one. May it be Matthias Schwartzkopf, The Highlander.

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