Top 5 MLB Free Agents

Top 5 MLB Free Agents

Top guys to keep an eye out for.
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The Chicago Cubs finally broke the curse, and Cubs fans can finally be happy again. The Hot Stove is already in action and teams are already looking at free agents to bolster their rosters. There are a lot of good players on the market and they are all predicted to end up in different landing spots.

1. Yoenis Cespedes

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Cespedes has got to be the biggest free agent on the market with opting out of his contract with the New York Mets. A few of the west coast teams will be looking for a quality left fielder. The Angels and Giants have been in talks and they could be escalating.

2. Aroldis Chapman

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Aroldis Chapman was a huge part of the Cubs success down the stretch and into the postseason. The 100 mph hurler will be looking to make big money this offseason. The Giants have also talked to representatives of Chapman. If the Marlins feel strong enough, they could be a dark horse to sign him.

3. Justin Turner

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Justin Turner has been a very productive player with his time with the Dodgers. He works hard and most importantly has great hair. He has great power and I hope he finds a good landing spot.

4. Mark Trumbo

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No other player in the majors had more home runs than Mark Trumbo. He has a lot of power, but with a lot of power comes a lot of strike outs. Someone will most likely overpay for him and it will be interesting to see if he has a year as good as last year.

5. Jose Bautista

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Bautista has battled with injury but a lot of his power still remains. However, he is not the player he used to be, his defense and contact rate are not the same, and he probably will not get maximum money. Teams will be cautious with him, and rightfully so.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Boston Red Sox Deserve The 2018 World Series Title

It's the ending Red Sox Nation needs.

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Ah the 2018 Boston Red Sox, where do I begin??

Since I was little, I have always been a Red Sox fan. I vividly remember being in my living room watching the intense 2004 American League Championship Series and then the World Series where Boston finally became champions, reversing the 86 year long "Curse of the Bambino." Ever since I've been a devoted fan and you wouldn't catch me dead in those dreadful New York Yankee pinstripes.

The 2018 season for the Red Sox has been wild, they don't lose. With 108 wins in the regular season, the Red Sox set a new franchise record and were the first MLB team to get 100 wins in the 2018 season. With a stacked lineup of great fielding and bats that hit like crazy, it seems the Red Sox are set to take home their 9th World Series title this week.

In the American League Division Series, the Red Sox played the Yankees and defeated them quickly 3-1. The Red Sox racked up 16 runs in game 3, where Brock Holt also hit for the cycle to add to a rough loss for the Yankees. In the ALCS, the Red Sox showed they could hold their own against the defending world champs, the Houston Astros. In game 3, Jackie Bradley Jr. made Astros fans nervous when he hit a grand slam with 2 outs, therefore winning the game 8-2. Then in game 4, Andrew Benintendi made a game-ending diving catch to make sure the Red Sox stayed ahead in the series, making all of Red Sox Nation "win, dance, repeat."

No matter what happens in the World Series, I'll always be a loyal Red Sox fan. This is post-season baseball at it's finest. Plus, it's never a bad season when you defeat the Yankees, just saying.

The 2018 World Series begins against the Dodgers Tuesday, October 23 on Fox.

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