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No April Fool's joke from me. ESPN Mag is picking the Fish to grab the Wild Card (behind the Braves in the East) and take out the Red Sox in six games. Seriously.

 

? WILD TIMES

 

ALL THE EFFORT THAT GOES INTO A DIVISION TITLE. WHAT'S IT GET YOU? FRUSTRATED FANS (ASK THE BRAVES). IT'S BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE A FIRST-PLACE TEAM HAS WON THE WORLD SERIES. SECOND THOUGHTS? CHECK OUT THE MARLINS, WHO'VE PERFECTED THE ART OF ROARING INTO THE PLAYOFFS. THIS FALL, THEY'LL CELEBRATE A SINGULAR ACHIEVEMENT. WORLD SERIES TITLES SINCE 1997: 3. DIVISION TITLES: 0. NOW THAT'S WILD.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE BY BUSTER OLNEY

NATIONAL LEAGUE BY TIM KURKJIAN

 

 

 

AL W>LAA

C>MIN

E>NYY

WC>BOS

NL

W>SD

C>STL

E>ATL

WC>FLA

 

WORLD SERIES MARLINS OVER RED SOX IN 6

 

Here's a link for ESPN Insider's to the Magazine's site.

 

http://mag.espn.go.com/ActiveMagazine/getb...SPN_AM&Page=100

 

Here is their team preview:

 

FLORIDA MARLINS

 

GETTING WARMER

 

 

With Carlos Delgado in the middle of the lineup and Al Leiter at the front of the rotation, the Marlins are a hot Series pick. But it all comes down to Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett. Ready, guys?

 

In this well-balanced order, there are no easy outs

PIERRE CF 200-hit machine has 166 K's in five years

CASTILLO 2B With his SS arm, he's great on the pivot

CABRERA LF 33 HRs in '04, 7th-most by a 21-year-old

DELGADO 1B Fish had 19 HRs from lefty hitters in '04

LOWELL 3B Good move to re-sign veteran leader

LO DUCA C Second in NL with .563 bases-loaded BA

ENCARNACION RF $4.4M contract makes him trade bait

GONZALEZ SS .270 OBP, but 23 HRs and slick glove

CONINE PH Lost job to Delgado, but still Mr. Marlin

 

New coach Mark Wiley is in heaven with these arms

BECKETT SP Arrogance belies 26?26 career record

LEITER SP No need to rush into broadcasting career

BURNETT SP Needs to stop maxing out on every pitch

WILLIS SPTrying to tighten up his big delivery

VALDEZ SP Pitching for his seventh team this decade

JONES SU If MLB tests for Little Debbies, it's over

MOTA CL Killer fastball, but prefers the changeup

 

 

HIT AND RUN

 

Juan Pierre bunts in the cage every day, and it shows: he's the best bunter in baseball. In each of the first three spring games, he led off with a bunt single, all to different parts of the field.

 

 

They also pick Cabrera to win the NL MVP, but I'm having trouble pasting that text into this post.

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They also pick Cabrera to win the NL MVP, but I'm having trouble pasting that text into this post.

 

ESPN does something to their text in the insider article to prevent copy and paste. Its really easy to get around. Just go save the htm file on your computer and then copy and paste it from there. Firefox is usually really good to use but IE works too.

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SI picked the YAnkees :(

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I swear the marlins never get any recognition/respect from the press...its so unfair

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Yes because the Marlins always have the best team.

 

How dare anyone in the media think the Cards, Yanks, Sox, Braves or anyone else has a chance this year.

 

In other news:

 

ESPN the magazine does not count as "the press".

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SI picked the YAnkees :(

726276[/snapback]

I swear the marlins never get any recognition/respect from the press...its so unfair

726292[/snapback]

 

Yes because the Marlins always have the best team.

 

How dare anyone in the media think the Cards, Yanks, Sox, Braves or anyone else has a chance this year.

 

In other news:

 

ESPN the magazine does not count as "the press".

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sarcasm is a wonderful thing :thumbup

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SI picked the YAnkees? :(

726276[/snapback]

I swear the marlins never get any recognition/respect from the press...its so unfair

726292[/snapback]

 

Yes because the Marlins always have the best team.

 

How dare anyone in the media think the Cards, Yanks, Sox, Braves or anyone else has a chance this year.

 

In other news:

 

ESPN the magazine does not count as "the press".

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It's not that SI didn't pick the Marlins that's stoopid, it's the fact they picked the eval Yankees. Oh well, SI picked the Cubs last year, a bunch of idiots writing for them I guess.

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