A Way Too Early Playoff Picture For The 2018 MLB Season

A Way Too Early Playoff Picture For The 2018 MLB Season

With it being way too early to see how the MLB could shape out, here are the teams I think you will see in the playoffs next season.
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I always see these types of articles around where people try to predict a season that couldn't be farther from starting. There are a lot of things to be done this offseason. There are blockbuster trades to be made, huge signings to be made, and much more. But before all of that happens, we can still try to pick who will win their division and decide who will steal the Wild Card spots in both leagues.

AL East... New York Yankees

Whether you love them or hate them, the Yankees put together an impressive season in a year where they didn't receive very high expectations. This ended up being a playoff team behind their star player Aaron Judge along with other key players. The Yankees are a team we all know that will spend their money in the offseason to be better than last year. That is why they are my pick to be at the top of their division.

AL Central... Clevland Indians

This division should remain the same. A young core led by Fransico Lindor and ace Corey Kluber who is still one of the best in the American Leauge. I believe the twins are still a few years behind this Indians team. Terry Francona and his crew should once again lead a crew that will top the Central again this year.

AL West... Houston Astros

While there hasn't been a repeat of champions in the MLB since 2 000, the Astros are primed to change that. Winning a World Series Title with an extremely young starting lineup says that they could easily do it all again next season. It also helps that they got Justin Verlander to stay longer in Houston. In a division where they finished 2 1 games ahead of the next closest team, the Astros should win their division once again and threaten to repeat.

AL Wild Card... Boston Redsox and Kansas City Royals

I think they will lose the division to the Yankees unfortunately anyway but they could make something happen out of the Wild Card spot. The Redsox are set up with a new manager to be a real threat coming out of the East.

The biggest thing for the Royals to get done before the next season is to sign back as many of the great players that won them their World Series in 2015. I have a strong feeling they can get this done and be right back in playoff contention.

NL East... Washington Nationals

While the Nationals never seem to make any noise in October, I don't see a team in this division that can rival their ability next season. The Marlins are the second best team in the East and they may be losing their best player in Giancarlo Stanton. Expect to see the Nationals back next year.

NL Central... St. Louis Cardinals

Surprising not to see the Cubs here. The Cardinals play in one of the best baseball cities in the country. Mix that with another rough season from the Cubs and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cardinals add a free agent or trade piece to their roster to make it back to the playoffs.

NL West... Los Angeles Dodgers

Just like the Astros, the Dodgers should be in great shape to be right back in the same spot for next year. Avoiding a couple sophomore slumps from key youngsters on the squad will be huge. Expect Kershaw to dominate as usual and expect Darvish to be a lot better for them than he was in the World Series.

NL Wild Card... Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies

Don't worry Cubs fans, you still make the playoffs. But this year you will have to start game one of the ALDS with your number two pitcher. This should still be a scary team when the weather get colder next year. Joe Maddon will make sure of it.

The Rockies were very close to putting something together last season but fell just short in last years Wild Card game to the Arizona Diamondbacks. They will still have to play into the ALDS because the Dodgers should be good once again, but Nolan Arenado should lead this team back for a chance in the playoffs.

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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

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​​There's A ​Bionic​ Princess​ Pitching At MLB Games, And She's Changing The Way America Views Disabilities

The story of an eight-year old girl inspiring others to overcome physical disabilities.

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It is said that two is better than one. That more is less. That it takes two to tango. How about those who don't agree with this logic? That one is better than two. That less is more. That it takes one to tango. Well, put yourself in this situation. Picture yourself tying your shoelace, imagine that you are buttoning your jeans. What is one thing these two tasks have in common: two hands. Although simple, these tasks remain difficult for those who only have one.

Since she was just four years old, a girl from Henderson, Nevada has been seeking to change the perception of physical disabilities.

Hailey Dawson has faced her own adversity with physical disabilities since the moment she was born. A rare birth disease called Poland syndrome resulted in the loss of Hailey's right pectoral muscle this caused her to lose three middle fingers. For the first five years of her life Poland Syndrome dictated the types of activities she could participate in. Seeing kids around her participate in sports and physical activities without any restrictions confused her. Hailey just wanted to be like the kids without disabilities: playing sports, getting dirty, and living carefree.

Although Hailey struggled to understand her condition, she has never let her physical disabilities get in her way and has emerged as a public figure of hope for other individuals who face similar struggles.

In 2015, saddened by her daughter's condition, Hailey's mom, Yong, sought to reach out for help. Where would she reach out to? Doctors, physicians, orthopedics? The problem was that a traditional prosthetic hand would cost her family thousands of dollars. Hailey's mom turned to a different avenue hoping to find the right connection. How about a college engineering department? Living in the Las Vegas area, Hailey's mother was able to reach out to the University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) engineering department to help change Hailey's way of life.

A team of UNLV engineers and researchers used a 3D printer to construct a special prosthetic hand for Hailey. After various trials and prototypes, the UNLV team was able to find the right fit for Hailey. With this new 3-D prosthetic hand Hailey had the opportunity to live as a child who could participate in sports and physical activities without any restrictions. The astounding achievement of creating a hand allowed for Hailey to have, for the first time in her life, ten fingers. Hailey's robotic hand enables her to use five plastic fingers held together and controlled mechanically through a system of fishing lines. The fingers open and close as she flicks her wrist up and down, enabling her to hold objects and lob balls. To commemorate Hailey's new physical abilities, the UNLV baseball team invited her to throw out the first pitch at one of their home games. Grasping her hands around the ball, filled with joy and excitement, Hailey stepped out onto the field. Aided by her father, Hailey then tossed the ball to a UNLV baseball player. This significant accomplishment in Hailey's life was not only meaningful for her own life, but for other individuals like her who struggle with the same condition.

To continue her message, she made a courageous goal to throw the ceremonial first pitch at every single MLB stadium.

Her first opportunity came on Aug. 17, 2015: Hailey threw the first pitch for the Baltimore Orioles to her favorite player, Manny Machado. After her performance at Baltimore, her message continued to be heard and teams across the MLB began to reach out to her via Twitter.

As of today, she has completed her goal of pitching for all 30 MLB teams. However, Hailey's journey is one that will live on forever. Now at the age of eight, Hailey's story has sparked hope for many who face similar struggles. Through her ceremonial pitches she has set out to prove that children with physical disabilities and handicaps are not limited in what they can do, they too have the ability to live an extraordinary life. Her message: that a robotic hand is not out of reach. Hailey has the power to show people that, just because she has a limb difference, it doesn't mean she's limited in what she can do.

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