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The American League West will get a lot more interesting next year when Texas and Houston will be in the early stages of developing an excellent rivalry. In the meantime, I’ll look at the division as it stands now for one last time – two teams competing for the division title and two teams that might be competitive in a Triple-A league.

The last time I thought the Seattle Mariners could win a division, Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez and Jay Buhner were bashing balls around the Kingdome and Randy Johnson was big, tall, ugly and nasty as any pitcher that has ever thrown a ball.
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First of all, I realize this isn’t a new concept. Sports leagues have been whoring themselves abroad for quite some time, but none have ever done so as cheaply as Bud Selig has done with our beloved Major League Baseball.

Remember how the Cincinnati Reds used to open up every season as the first game because they were the oldest team in baseball?

Remember when you could watch the Major League opener on ESPN from noon until bedtime?

Well, now ESPN sells a lie because this year Opening Day was Wednesday, March 28th 2012. It just took place across the globe at 6 a.m., which is a lot like a sucker punch from someone promising long lasting kiss.
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