Baseball playoffs should provide lots of excitement
Matt Read recently signed a four-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers worth $ 3,625,000 per season, which totals $14.5 million for the length of the contract.
That is a lot of money that should set the 27-year-old Read up for life, to say the least.
Read is the son of former Summerside residents Lorne Read and Nancy (Bernard) Read. Read's grandmother Ann Bernard resides in St. Eleanors.
Former Journal Pioneer columnist the late John (The Realm) McNeill would classify Read as being an Islander in the NHL, and I will do the same. It lists Ontario as Read's birth province, but I am told he was actually born in Calgary.
Coming from a military family Read was on the move a lot, and I am told that he never played triple-A hockey as a kid. He really blossomed as a player in United States college hockey at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where he set various school records in the four years that he attended there.
That earned him an NHL deal with the Flyers beginning in 2011. Read will try and get by on this year's salary of $900,000 as the new deal does not kick in until next year.
In 121 career NHL games, Read has 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 points.
The National Hockey League is set to kick off a new season on Tuesday, and this year may be the most anticipated season in some time.
Detroit moving to the Eastern Conference will be great for the league with that many more Original 6 matchups, and the renewal of that great Toronto-Detroit rivalry.
The Winter Classic will be a dandy between the Leafs and Wings from Michigan Stadium, where upwards of 120,000 people are expected to be a part of the largest crowd to ever watch a live hockey game.
A lot of players have a lot to play for as many will be vying for spots on their country's Olympic teams for Sochi, Russia.
A full NHL season will be great after last year's lockout-shortened debacle, and if you don't have the NHL Centre Ice package, this may be a good season to start it. This will be an NHL season to remember.
Baseball playoffs are about to get underway, and for many this is the best time of the year for sports.
MLB, NHL, NFL and soon the start of the NBA season provide a big menu to satisfy the wants of your average sports fan. As far as baseball goes, it will take the final weekend of the regular season to determine playoff matchups.
The American League wild-card teams look to be Cleveland and Tampa Bay, with Texas on the outside and looking in. It would be great to see the long-suffering Cleveland Indians get in and play Boston in the division series. Terry Francona has done a great job as the Indians skipper, and that would set up a great matchup against his former team.
Over in the National League, fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates are excited as their team is going to the post-season for the first time since 1992. It will be a great post-season, and we'll take a closer look as the playoffs progress.
There will be only one 20-game winner this season in MLB. Although that may seem rare, it is actually a sign of the times in baseball.
Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers will finish as MLB’s only 20-game winner this season. With relief pitchers playing an even bigger role than ever, starting pitchers do not go as deep into games as they once did, and starters are getting more no decisions in their starts.
Since 2004, there have only been three years with four 20-game winners, three years with three 20-game winners, two with a single 20-game winner and two where there have not been any 20-game winners.
In the last 10 years, there have been 21 20-game winners while between the years of 2000 to 2003 there were 22 20-game winners in that four-year span.
Although the Baltimore Orioles will finish out of the post-season after their great season last year, where they were the American League wild-card winner, they will likely set a new record for being the best defensive team in MLB history.
The 2003 Seattle Mariners set the record of committing only 65 total errors as a team over the 162-game season. Baltimore has only 52 errors with three games to go, and will set a new record this weekend.
The O's have dropped out of the wild-card race and committed 10 errors during a bad game 10-game stretch, and had only five wins in those 10 games.
The record will still be impressive.
Each American League team plays their division opponents 19 times in the regular season. The Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox in 17 of the 19 games they played, including the last 14 straight.
It has been a season that manager Robin Ventura and the White Sox would like to forget – the same as the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays are a win short of last year's total of 73, and carry a record of 72-87 going into their weekend series with Tampa Bay.
It was 20 years ago on Sept. 28th, 1993, that the P.E.I. Senators were about to play their very first game as P.E.I.'s first pro hockey team.
The Senators played the Cape Breton Oilers in Sydney, N.S., and lost 7-3. Two days later in a rematch at Cahill Stadium in Summerside, the Sens won their first-ever game 7-5. Sherbrooke, P.E.I., native Kent Paynter was team captain while Don MacAdam of Morell was head coach and he was assisted by Shamrock, P.E.I., native Mike Kelly.
Have a great week!
Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.