“Never make predictions, especially about the future.”
That was one of the most famous quotes ever from Casey Stengel.
Spring training is underway and predictions are starting to pop up all over again.That means baseball is back.
No matter if you are a casual or serious fan or into fantasy baseball, everyone is looking for every opinion of what will happen in 2012.
There is a long way to go, but my pre-season crystal ball says the St. Louis Cardinals will not repeat in the Fall Classic. Watch out for an all Florida’ World Series between the under- appreciated Tampa Bay Rays and the improved Miami Marlins.
As far as the Majors' Latino players, watch Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols battle it up all the way for the American League MVP and watch Marlins’ Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez go for their first National League MVP award.
I should not make predictions, but I have a vision Mariners’ Felix Hernandez will be again a strong candidate for the American League Cy Young Award and the new Cuban kid on the block A’s‘ Yoenis Cespedes for the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Fans all over the baseball world love rankings, and this is my preseason Latino player rankings, in which I list the best 15 offensive players and best 15 pitchers who should be of impact for the 2012 season.
My 2012 Preseason Latino Player Rankings:
1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
2. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
3. Adrián González, Boston
4. José Bautista, Toronto
5. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
6. Carlos González, Colorado
7. Mike Stanton, Miami
8. José Reyes, Miami
9. Adrián Beltré, Texas
10. Nelson Cruz, Texas
11. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland
12. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
13. Carlos Santana, Cleveland
14. Carlos Beltrán, St. Louis
15. Hanley Ramírez, Miami
1. Félix Hernández, Seattle
2. Iván Nova, New York Yankees
3. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
4. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee
5. Neftali Feliz, Texas
6. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
7. Ervin Santana, Los Angeles Angels
8. Jaime García, St. Louis
9. Wandy Rodríguez, Houston
10. Alexi Ogando, Texas
11. Anibal Sánchez, Miami
12. Fausto Carmona (Roberto Hernández), Cleveland
13. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati
14 Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs
15. Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado