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2018 Division Previews – National League Central

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:37:04 +0000

Welcome to part two of 500 Level Fan’s season preview series. Today we focus on the National League Central. Defending Champion Chicago Cubs Past Five Champions 2017 – Chicago 2016 – Chicago 2015 – St. Louis 2014 – St. Louis 2013 – St. Louis Average Wins of Past Five Champions: 96.4 Best Player Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds The … Continue reading 2018 Division Previews – National League Central

2018 Division Previews – National League West

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:07:54 +0000

It’s that time of year again, time for 500 Level Fan to start embarrassing myself with futile, sad, and mind-blowingly awful predictions.  Before we get to my annual predictions, let’s go division by division to get a glimpse of what is in store for baseball fans in 2018.  These preview posts should be seen as a … Continue reading 2018 Division Previews – National League West

Toronto Blue Jays and the Hall of Fame

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:21:16 +0000

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class on Wednesday night, with a whopping four members elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America.  Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, and Jim Thome will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris (previously elected by the Modern Baseball Era committee) in Cooperstown later this year. With … Continue reading Toronto Blue Jays and the Hall of Fame

Looking Back at My 2017 MLB Predictions

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:38:54 +0000

December is here.  A season of reflection, a time to look back at the year that was.  For Jays fans……..wasn’t good.  But why reminisce on bad times when you can have a laugh at my expense? May I present a look back at my 2017 MLB predictions. Spoiler alert: they were terrible. Nailed two of … Continue reading Looking Back at My 2017 MLB Predictions

A Dream Offseason Plan

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:16:34 +0000

When Corey Seager grounded out to Jose Altuve on November 1st, the 2017 MLB season officially ended.  The final out brought delirium to Houston fans, but also brought happiness to fans of 28 other teams (sorry Dodger fans), because suddenly baseball’s offseason was upon us.  Every franchise was now tied for first again. Normally the … Continue reading A Dream Offseason Plan

The Delicate Case of Kevin Pillar

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:36:25 +0000

With the Blue Jays not participating, my viewing experience of the 2017 MLB playoffs has been rather muted in comparison to the past few years. No matter how much one hates the Yankees or Red Sox, nothing can replicate the feeling of watching your team play in October. But one added benefit of not living … Continue reading The Delicate Case of Kevin Pillar


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:55:39 +0000

Embed from Getty Images Baseball is a game of moments.  That is one of the main reasons I love it and have been addicted to it since childhood. Unlike hockey or football or soccer or basketball – sports with more flow, traffic, and general chaos – baseball can be divided into short segments, each of … Continue reading Legend

Changes Are A-Comin’

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:50:19 +0000

  2017 has been a lost season.  Things started badly for the Blue Jays, and despite a nice stretch that brought a little bit of hope to the fan base, nothing has really improved. No doubt injuries have played a huge part of Toronto’s downfall.  The team has yet to field their intended 25-man roster … Continue reading Changes Are A-Comin’

Eight Reasons to Keep Watching

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:48:57 +0000

The calendar has turned to August, and sadly for Blue Jays fans it is August of 2017 and not 2015 or 2016.  In those years, of course, the Jays were captivating the city as they charged (2015) or scraped (2016) their way towards playoff spots and eventual births in the ALCS.  This year the team … Continue reading Eight Reasons to Keep Watching

So….What Now?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:51:15 +0000

This season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Coming off back-to-back trips to the ALCS, the club entered 2017 as a favourite to at least get back to the postseason, but instead find themselves in dead last in the ultra competitive AL East. At this juncture, even the most optimistic of … Continue reading So….What Now?