Sunday, December 27, 2015




Spokane, Washington ( – As season 28 gets underway we here at McCabe Magazine, along with Baseball Writers Association of America, and the 32 beat writers in each major league city have put together the McCabe Magazine’s season 28 preview issue and postseason awards predictions.
Our award-winning panel spent the entire off season evaluating rosters, all the front office moves in terms of trades and free-agent signings. We visited all 32 spring training facilities and attended more than 300 spring training games. We have compiled more than 5000 pages of data and materials to evaluate the organizations, which is why we have 97% accuracy when selecting playoff teams each year. 

Once we compiled all the information and crunch the numbers, we came up with 5 teams  we feel have an excellent shot of bringing home the Robert E McCabe Season 28  World Series Crown. Those five teams are the Toronto Blue Jays, the Houston Astro’s, Anaheim Angels, Pittsburg Pirates, and the San Diego Padres. Before we reveal our season 28 World Series champion and award winners, I will like to apologize to my readers for my arrest this past Monday for my involvement with the tampering of Odell Beckham’s Gatorade prior to the
game against the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday.  I was merely trying to give the wide receiver a competitive edge by replacing his Gatorade with a can of “whoop ass.” As you all know the charges were later dropped after I was relieved of my part-time duties as locker room attendant at Giants Stadium.


Now for the long awaited season 28 predictions. Our pick for this year’s World Series champion is The San Diego Padres. The Padres, the most dominating team in league history will repeat as World Series champions by defeating the Anaheim Angels to capture their 3rd Championship in 4 years and 7th overall. The Angels will knock off the Toronto Blue Jays to win the American League Pennant, and the Padres will squeak by the Pittsburgh Pirates to take the National League Banner. The American League division winners will be the Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros and the Angels. In the National League the division winners will be the Padres, Richmond Virginians, Pirates and the Cleveland Indians. The Wildcards will be the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, and the Chicago Cubs.

McCabe Magazine Season 28 Awards

 Most Valuable Player

Bartolo Hernandez
Bartolo Hernandez
Washington D.C.
Age: 23B/T: L/R
Born: Bani, DO
Position(s): CF/IF/OF/DH
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Our season 28 most valuable player award winner will be the Washington Nationals Bartolo Hernandez (CF). This season 27 Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger, and All-Star is a once in a generational type player one like we’ve never seen before. We would also like point out that McCabe Magazine noted in our season 25 top 50 prospects issue Hernandez was listed as the number one prospect in major-league baseball.  Last year he had 47 Home Runs, 126 RBIs, 330 BA, and a whopping 1.052 OPS. The only issues we see that might derail this runaway train is his four trips to the DL during his pro career. Most of the injuries or muscle related due to strains or stiffness which are not major injuries, besides  if he continues to put up these kinds of numbers what will be so wrong with a 15 day rest here and there doing a long season.                                  

Cy Young Award Winner

Santos Rodriguez
Santos Rodriguez
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Haverhill, MA
Position(s): P (SP5)
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Our selection for the McCabe Magazine Cy Young Award is Santos Rodriguez of the Cleveland Indians. Rodriguez won the National League Cy Young Award in season 27 with a 21-3 won-loss record and an amazing 1.51 ERA. We look for this big right-hander from Haverhill, Massachusetts to win at least 26 games this year and help propel the Cleveland Indians to the National League North division crown.

 Rookie of the Year Award Winner

Juan Benitez
Juan Benitez
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Victoria, MX
Position(s): SS/2B
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The McCabe Magazine Rookie of the Year award winner will be Juan Benitez of the Houston Astros. This rookie of the year candidate was also listed in our season 25 top 50s prospect issue as the number 3 prospect in all of baseball. Benitez has a minor league career batting average of 337 and should have no problem duplicating those numbers in the big leagues.

Fireman of the Year

Pedro Manuel
Pedro Manuel
San Diego
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: Los Teques, VE
Position(s): P (ClA)
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What can we say about this 31 year-old flame thrower thrower that has 386 saves and a career 2.44 ERA? Manuel converted 57 of 58 save opportunities in season 27 with an eye-popping 0.78 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He has won the National League Fireman of the Year award 5 consecutive years and our money says it be 6 after season 28. There are folks in our building suggesting our award be renamed the McCabe Magazine Pedro Manuel award. We will table that discussion until post-retirement.       


American League National League
AL North W L NL North W L
Toronto Blue Jays 97 65 Cleveland Indians 91 71
Minnesota Twins 96 66 Chicago Cubs 88 74
Chicago White Sox 86 76 Cincinnati Reds 79 83
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 Detroit Tigers 69 93
AL East W L NL East W L
Washington Nationals 98 64 Pittsburgh Pirates 91 71
New York Yankees 95 67 Philadelphia Phillies 71 91
Baltimore Orioles 69 93 New York Mets 70 92
Boston Red Sox 64 98 Rochester Broncos 67 95
AL South W L NL South W L
Houston Astros 109 53 Richmond Virginians 96 66
Texas Rangers 89 73 Florida Marlins 90 72
St. Louis Cardinals 66 96 Atlanta Braves 78 84
Kansas City Royals 65 97 Tampa Bay Rays 65 97
AL West W L NL West W L
Anaheim Angels 106 56 San Diego Padres 100 62
Los Angeles Dodgers 97 65 Colorado Rockies 81 81
Oakland Athletics 90 72 Arizona Diamondbacks 70 92
San Francisco Giants 80 82 Seattle Mariners 63 99

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