Why I Decided to Join Odyssey As A Student-Athlete

Why I Decided to Join Odyssey As A Student-Athlete

And my life as a student-athlete

I recently decided to join Odyssey and become a writer. I joined because I want to try and do everything I can to help others have a better understanding of student athletes. While it will not be the only thing I write about, I want to show people what it is like to go through the everyday life of a student athlete like myself.

I play baseball at Seton Hall University, and I often see people talking about how much more privileged student athletes are than other students. While in some cases this may be true, there are certain things many people do not seem to understand that I wish to shed some light on. As far as the everyday routine, to some of the more complicated aspects of being a student athlete, I plan on filling people in with what it takes to be a student athlete. I also joined the odyssey because I simply enjoy writing. I wanted the opportunity to be able to write about anything I want.

I have grown tired of being told to write countless essays in school that I simply do not enjoy. Joining the odyssey gives me the opportunity to write about the things I enjoy most: sports, and I look forward to doing so. I feel many people do not understand sports, in the way the athletes who play them do. People have their own passions, whether it be music, entertaining, writing etc. Doing things like this helps you to acquire certain skills and learn certain life lessons through them. Many athletes have been part of many teams throughout their lives and they take away many things from their experiences. One of my goals is to share with people my personal experiences through my baseball career.

Baseball has taught me many lessons and has given me the best times of my life. For those people who have never been on a team before, join a team, it will give you a lifetime of friendships and experiences that you will remember forever. It doesn't need to be a sports team, but a group of some sort because it will open up so many more opportunities for you in your life. I hope to open the eyes of the non-athletes and those who are not the biggest advocates of sports, because it is more than simply a game. It is a lifestyle, and it is the best lifestyle there is. I look forward to continue writing about this and helping people recognize the significance of this sport and all sports not only in my life, but in all athletes lives.

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MLB 2018 Projections As Told By My Grandmother

"I'm just going based on how they're playing right now, and they ain't playing too good."

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American League:

AL East

1. Orioles

2. Yankees

3. Rays

4. Red Socks

5. Blue Jays

AL Central

1. Indians

2. Twins

3. White Socks

4. Tigers

5. Royals

AL West

1. Astros

2. Angels

3. Athletics

4. Mariners

5. Rangers

National League

NL East

1. Nationals

2. Phillies

3. Braves

4. Mets

5. Marlins

NL Cenrtal

1. Cardinals

2. Brewers

3. Cubs

4. Pirates

5. Reds

NL West

1. Diamondbacks

2. Rockies

3. Giants

4. Padres

5. Dodgers

If you're doing any kind of bracket, bet, or fantasy league.. you're welcome.

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What Jason Vargas' Injury Means For Zack Wheeler

Injuries continue to shape the Mets.

Yesterday, the Mets announced that newcomer and rotation hopeful Jason Vargas sustained a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, his non-throwing hand. Vargas suffered the injury after being struck by a line drive during a Spring Training start on Saturday, effectively sidelining the starter until June, at the earliest.

On Sunday, the club announced that Vargas will undergo surgery to repair the fracture, the recovery of which could take anywhere between three and four months. However, the loss of Vargas might be a blessing in disguise for the Mets, as the team has been trying for years to cultivate starting opportunities for a “perfect rotation” that has been in the works since as early as 2012. Now, the “five aces” of the Mets might finally have the opportunity to make 2018 a dream season.

The lethal combination of Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler has never started five consecutive games for the Mets, as it feels like each and every member of the Mets’ “dream rotation” has had their own moment in the spotlight without another pitcher to compliment them. Matt Harvey was the star of 2012 and 2013, starting an All-Star Game and nearly winning a Cy Young Award. 2014 belonged to Jacob DeGrom as he lit up the National League en route to a Rookie of the Year Award. 2015, however, was the year where both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz made their Major League debuts, as they carried the Mets to a World Series appearance, with Harvey and DeGrom by their side.

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But now, with Vargas taking a step to the side following an injury, the door has swung wide open for Wheeler, as a chance at redemption could be on the horizon. Although Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman could pose as potential threats to Wheeler’s rotation spot, the Mets organization has had faith in their 5-man “dream rotation” for years now, and with a perfect opportunity in front of them, it would only make sense for the Mets to reap the long-awaited fruits of their labor by giving the fifth and final rotation spot to Zack Wheeler.

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