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Shrader’s Official 2017 MLB Predictions: The Year of the Bucs

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

For the last ten years a number of us who grew up in the Pittsburgh region begin every baseball season by exchanging emails or Facebook messages predicting how many games the Pittsburgh Pirates will win and lose that year. Even during the past several seasons of the team’s rebuilding, I ... Read More »

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Shrader’s Official 2016 MLB Predictions: Big Papi Edition

Monday, April 4th, 2016

This baseball season begins on both an exciting and somber note. The 2016 season will be the last hurrah for David Ortiz, who for me has perhaps been the most exciting baseball player and personality of my lifetime. Although he debuted with the Twins in 1997, I first discovered Big ... Read More »

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Shrader’s Official 2015 MLB Predictions

Monday, April 6th, 2015

It can be said that baseball season represents a form of salvation for the American public and that the pastime brings our nation together during the long, hot summers that engulf us from coast to coast. Over the last few days I have taken the opportunity to re-watch the first ... Read More »

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Official Shrader 2014 MLB Predictions!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Here is a story I first heard told by Studs Terkel that fits nicely with the ritual that is Opening Day. Back in the era just before and after World War II baseball was the most popular thing in America. Most big cities—which happened to be cities with major league clubs—were ... Read More »

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2013 MLB Predictions

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In the spirit of notable prognosticators like Nostradamus, Punxsutawney Phil, the Chicago Daily Tribune staff who predicted Dewey’s defeat of Truman, and crackpot radio preacher Harold Camping, I offer my official predictions for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.   American League East Champs: YankeesCentral Champs: Tigers West Champs: Angels Wildcard: Red Sox, Rangers AL Champs: ... Read More »

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