My All-Time Baseball Team

Relief Pitcher: Trevor Hoffman

https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2011/01/11/all-times-saves-leader-trevor-hoffman-announces-retirement/

1993-2010, primarily with the San Diego Padres

601 career saves (2nd most all time)

7-time All Star

2-time Rolaids Relief Man Award winner

2-time National League saves leader

Owns Major League records for most 20-save seasons (15), 30-save seasons (14), and 40-save seasons (9)

Highest strikeout rate of any reliever of all time

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Matherson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

RP: Mariano Rivera

RP: Trevor Hoffman

My All-Time Baseball Team

Relief Pitcher: Mariano Rivera

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/rivera-mariano

1995-2013 for the New York Yankees

652 career saves (most all time)

2.21 career earned run average (ERA)

13-time All Star

5-time World Series champion (closed out 4 different World Series)

1999 World Series MVP

2003 American League Championship Series MVP

5-time American League Rolaids Relief Man Award winner

3-time Delivery Man of the Year winner

3-time Major League Baseball saves leader

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019 on the first ballot (first inductee ever to receive 100% of the vote)

Pitched in 1,115 regular season games, which is fourth most in MLB history, most in American League history, and most all-time by a right-handed pitcher

2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched) are the lowest of any pitcher in the live ball era with at least 1,000 innings pitched

8–1 win–loss record and a 0.76 WHIP in the postseason

Postseason record lowest career ERA (minimum 30 innings pitched) (0.70)

Postseason record 42 saves

Postseason record most consecutive scoreless innings pitched (3313)

Postseason record most consecutive save opportunities converted (23)

Postseason record most games pitched (96)

Almost exclusively threw a cut fastball, which hitters knew was coming, yet couldn’t do anything about

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

RP: Mariano Rivera

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 Colorado Avalanche 3

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals matchup is an intriguing one, featuring the two-time defending champion Lightning against this year’s consensus favorite, the Avalanche.

The Lightning sort of slept through the regular season and have turned it on during the playoffs, while the Avs used its explosive offense to steamroll through the league in both the regular season and playoffs. There is plenty of star power on both sides, with Tampa Bay featuring Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman, while Colorado counters with Nathan Mackinnon and Cale Makar.

It’s in the net where I believe the series will be decided. Again, all-world goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has elevated his play to the maximum during the postseason for the Lightning after what some might call a down year in the regular season. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Darcy Kuemper has been hobbled with ailments throughout the playoffs.

I’m taking the Lightning in a tight series to three-peat, primarily due to its sizeable advantage in net.

My All Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Lefty Grove

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/grove-lefty

1935-1941 for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox

300 career victories

3.06 career earned run average (ERA), which is fifth all time among pitchers who threw at least 1,000 innings

2,266 career strikeouts

2-time World Series champion (1929,1930)

6-time All Star

American League MVP in 1931

2-time pitching Triple Crown winner (victories, ERA, strikeouts)

4-time AL victories leader

9-time AL ERA leader

7-time AL strikeout leader

.680 lifetime winning percentage is eighth all-time, yet none of the seven pitchers ahead of him won more than 236 games

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

NBA Finals Prediction:

Golden State Warriors 4 Boston Celtics 3

We have reached the NBA Finals, pitting the Golden State Warriors against the Boston Celtics. The Warriors eliminated Denver, Memphis, and Dallas in six, six, and five games, respectively. Meanwhile, the Celtics swept Brooklyn, before surviving seven games series with the defending champion, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami.

Boston turned its season around in January with a renewed commitment to first year coach Ime Udoka’s defensive philosophy. Indeed, the Celtics possess great length to bother shooters all over the floor and switch defensively better than any team in the NBA. , becoming, by far, the best defense in the league.

While I believe Boston’s defense will create problems for Golden State, I worry about the Warriors’ myriad of offensive weapons. While everyone is aware of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, rejuvenated Andrew Wiggins and youngster Jordan Poole give the Dubs two more options to fill the basket. Four potentially elite scorers are something the Celtics have yet to face in this deep run to the Finals.

In the end, in what will be a classic series, Golden State’s ability to swing the basketball to finally find an open shooter will be the difference.

NHL Conference Finals Predictions:

Eastern Conference:

Tampa Bay Lightning over New York Rangers 4-1

The Rangers have come from behind and stolen seven-game series from both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes, with the key being goalie Igor Shesterkin, as New York has been outplayed by its opponents for significant chunks in the first two rounds. Their reward is home ice advantage in the conference finals, but at the price of the matching up with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion, who have seemed to find their footing after an uneven regular season.

Shesterkin and his Lightning counterpart, Andrei Vasilevskiy, are a juicy goaltending matchup, and each are more than capable of stealing a series. That said, at this point, the Lightning are the more complete team.

Western Conference:

Colorado Avalanche over Edmonton Oilers 4-2

I admit I have the hindsight of knowing the result of the 8-6 shootout victory for the Avalanche in Game One. I predict more of the same high octane offense regardless of any counter measures each team will take to slow down the other. A interesting stat I read this morning stated that the Oilers have scored the most goals thus far in the postseason. Unfortunately, they have given up the most, as well. I expect more of the latter against Colorado.

My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Grover Cleveland Alexander

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/alexander-grover-cleveland

1911-1930 with Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals

Nicknames, “Old Pete”

373 career victories (third most all time)

2.56 career earned run average (ERA)

2,198 career strikeouts

3-time MLB pitching triple crown winner (victories, ERA, strikeouts)

6-time National League wins leader

4-time NL ERA leader

6-time NL strikeout leader

1926 World Series champion (St. Louis Cardinals)

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938

Ranked number 12 on the Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players

Jersey retired by the Phillies

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

Left Field: Ted Williams

Center Field: Willie Mays

Right Field: Babe Ruth

Starting Pitcher: Walter Johnson

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson

Starting Pitcher: Warren Spahn

Starting Pitcher: Grover Cleveland Alexander

NHL Rink Wrap: Oilers take commanding 3-1 lead; Hurricanes’ road woes — ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports

The Edmonton Oilers have taken a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Calgary Flames, while the New York Rangers draw even in their series.

NHL Rink Wrap: Oilers take commanding 3-1 lead; Hurricanes’ road woes — ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports

Mavericks 3s fall (finally), they handle Warriors in Game 4 to extend series — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Sometimes, the best adjustment is a playoff series is just to make your shots.

Mavericks 3s fall (finally), they handle Warriors in Game 4 to extend series — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
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