…of course I am talking about Major League Baseball’s National League West Division, a division won by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the last three seasons (regardless that division foe the San Francisco Giants won the world Series in 2014 from the Wild Card position). This year the division will be a three team race, adding the newly revamped Arizona Diamondbacks to the mix. The Diamondbacks have improved their roster enough that I forecast them to win the division this season. I will pick the Giants to finish in second place and the Dodgers to finish third. I will provide a full preview of the Diamondbacks before the season begins. Incidentally the 1963 film “How the West was Won” is a great western. If you have not seen it, you should.
Meanwhile the train wreck known as the Phoenix Suns continues to embarrass a once proud franchise, losing its thirteenth game in a row. Their record is now 14-44. I know that you are thinking that maybe, just maybe, the Suns will get lucky with the lottery balls and get the first pick in the draft. I don’t think so. The Lakers are 11-49 and I can assure all you naïve NBA fans out there that the Lakers will be awarded that #1 draft pick, even though the Philadelphia 76ers are dead last in the standings at 8-50.
Further stinking up the basketball scene in the Valley of the Sun is the Arizona State men’s team, who just took it on the chin against Utah. ASU trailed 44-10 at halftime, so those who are praising new head Coach Bobby Hurley had better reserve their judgment until after the season ends. ASU is now 4-14 and in 11th place in the PAC-12 standings.
Better things are happening with the ASU Women’s team, who lead the PAC-12 at 16-1 and 25-4 overall. Then there is cross town Division 1 team Grand Canyon College, who is 10-2 and 24-4 and in second place in the WAC Conference. They are coached by Dan Majerle, who quit the Suns when Robert Sarver bypassed him to coach the Suns. If Sarver ever sells his interest in the Suns, look for Majerle to return to coach the Suns.
MLB is having a voting contest to see what the #1 baseball movie of all time is. It is down to the finals. The last two movies standing are “Field of Dreams” and “Bull Durham”. Kevin Cosner must be happy as he stars in both films. I voted for “Bull Durham”, but it is losing to “Field of Dreams” 63% to 37 % with 19 hours to go before voting ends.
I am not sure what I think of the new rule in MLB for sliding into second base. We will see right away if the umpires keep calling the runners out for phantom touching of second base. I have a feeling that there may be problems with the new rule about this.
That’s it for this week. There is not a lot to write about as we wait for the baseball season to begin.
I should mention Blake Thomas, Jeff’s son, who is leading Houston Baptist University in hitting right now at .368 while handling the catching duties.