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Discover: Three for Thursday

Ichiro Suzuki

1. Ichiro’s 4,257th. Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk posted videos of the historic hits in San Diego yesterday, while The Unbiased MLB Fan wrote about the achievement and On Cloud Conine highlighted an Ichiro doppelgänger. Bleacher Boy asks the question: Who is the real “hit king”? The Wayniac Nation discussed the debate and The Miller Sport Update says it’s still Pete Rose.

2. Playoff previews? Wednesday saw potential October matchups in both leagues. The Metssiah was overjoyed at the Mets’ offense breaking out in a rout of the Pirates, as Bitty’s Gumband argues it’s time for Pirates starters to step up. Despite the walk-off victory by the Nationals, The Canuck Cubbie still enjoyed Wednesday’s extra-inning affair in the nation’s capital as two of the NL favorites locked horns. Following a tough defeat in an AL Central showdown with the Royals, Cleveland Sports Perspective wonders whether Terry Francona is loyal or stubborn. Steven Wright pitched the Red Sox into a first-place tie, and The Loyal Bostonian says it’s not too late to hop on the knuckleballer’s bandwagon. Baltimore Sports Today‘s latest podcast looks at the Orioles’ bullpen highs and rotation lows.

3. Vote! Overtime takes a stab at predicting the American League All-Star Game starters, as Daily Law Sports checks in where Red Sox players stand in the fan voting. Cait Covers the Bases and Dodger Insider posted updates on a couple of their players cracking the Top 5 at their positions, while Redleg Nation stumps for a couple of Reds. If you haven’t already voted, you have until June 30th, so submit your ballot and blog about it!

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Discover: Three for Thursday

Padres Brewers Spring Baseball

1. Opening Day. With the first pitch of the 2016 regular season just days away, The Wayniac Nation barely can contain his excitement. TribeVibe posted a photo gallery of the preparations at Progressive Field, and in a sure sign of baseball season, Roof Report is back advising on the roof status at Minute Maid Park. The Baseball Sociologist‘s countdown to the Orioles’ opener on Monday is down to four, as THE BLOG projects what John Farrell’s lineup card will look like on Monday and The Jailhouse puts forward four names to watch for on Opening Day. Meanwhile, mascots are converging on New York City for a morning show segment, and Cait Covers the Bases has the details.

2. Breaking camp. Teams are heading home after wrapping up Cactus and Grapefruit League action, with some final exhibition matches taking place at Major League ballparks and in some interesting other locales. Phillies Insider puts a bow on the team’s time in Clearwater, while Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay is pumped to see the boys back in SF. Friar Wire has one final address from Padres manager Andy Green in Peoria, and Rays Radio and Major League Bastian cover the latest roster moves as teams look to trim down to 25.

3. Crystal ball time. This is the time for weighing in with prognostications. The Sports Analytics and Business Group at IU runs through their picks in the American League, as Unedukated Opinions focuses on the extremely competitive AL Central. Stlcardinalsminimo looks at the various projections for the Cardinals in 2016, and Second City Sports Report lists five reasons why the Cubs will win the World Series — and five reasons they won’t.

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