“Next year” is finally here.
The NFL is making all of the headlines right now–the Saints’ bounty scandal fallout, more trouble for Brandon Marshall, Peyton Manning taking his talents to the Rocky Mountains, Tebowmania hitting the Big Apple, the Big Tuna possibly being the big fish in New Orleans, and debate over debate about whether the Colts will draft Andrew Luck at No. 1.
Thank goodness for baseball.
The Major League Baseball season begins with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s meeting March 28 and 29 in Japan. The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins open 2012 here in the States on April 4, christening the Marlins’ fancy, new ballpark.
To get you ready for the 2012 season, Yahoo! Contributor Network has it all covered–from team aces to player nicknames to bold predictions.
Check it out:
More than your average Joe
Yahoo! Contributor Network contributor Eric Holden fills baseball fans in on the top celebrity fan of each MLB team.
He said what?
Unsure of who to follow on Twitter this season? Michael C. Jones lists the top 10 MLB players you must keep in touch with in 2012.
“The” No. 1
Roy Halladay. Chris Carpenter. CC Sabathia. Every team has an ace–a Game 1 starter. Here’s a rundown of each MLB team’s No. 1 starting pitcher.
Shut the door
In 2011, the St. Louis Cardinals had nine blown saves through the first quarter of the season–an MLB record. However, it was a moot point in October; Jason Motte solidified himself as the team’s closer en route to winning the World Series.
Mike Patton gives fans a refresher of all MLB closers.
Hello, my name is…
Five MLB teams have new managers this season: Bobby Valentine, Boston Red Sox; Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox; Ozzie Guillen, Marlins; Dale Sveum, Chicago Cubs; and Mike Matheny, Cardinals.
Paul Rados fills fans in on all big league managers.
You can call me…
The Ax Man. Pronk. The Flyin’ Hawaiian.
These are just a few of the popular player nicknames in Major League Baseball. Jeff DeLuca details other great nicknames in baseball.
In the loop
Spent the winter under a rock? Don’t worry.
From the new playoff format to Prince and Pujols to Manny being Manny, Daniel Allan rewinds a wild offseason and previews the 2012 season.
World Series champs?
“For the first time since 1985, the Kansas City Royals are World Series champions!” Like the sound of that? Alex Wibholm does–and he lists five reasons why.
More arguments and predictions for the Cardinals and Phillies.
See you in October.
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