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2022 MLB Preview & Predictions

By MLB Correspondent D. Higgins

Previewing MLB in 2022

It’s that time again: Baseball season is back. “Let’s go, batter up, we’re taking the afternoon off… It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame!”

Let’s see how my 2022 predictions shake out. Last year, my predictions were a mixed bag, but this time I’m sure to be 100% correct, right? (Probably not…)

Is it a World Championship or bust for the Dodgers? Are the Angels going to finally get Mike Trout back to the postseason? Are the Giants going to surprise everybody again with another 107-win season? Are the Rays going to keep coming out on top in a very competitive AL East? Are the poor Orioles capable of winning more than 60 games? Come back in October to check and see how I did!

Los Angeles Dodgers

Before I get to my overall MLB predictions, let’s take a long look at our home team.

The 2021 Dodgers ran off a historic 106-win season, finishing a game behind the surprising Giants in the division before walking off against the Cardinals in a do-or-die Wild Card game and then beating San Francisco in a thrilling 5-game NLDS. Ultimately, however, the Dodgers were beaten up by injuries and fell short against the eventual World Champion Atlanta Braves in the NLCS.

Re-tooling for 2022, the Dodgers made several key roster changes, but are still the consensus pick to win the World Series this year. Let’s check in on the offseason moves:

•Sticking around:

•Future-hall-of-famer Clayton Kershaw re-signed with the Dodgers the day after the lockout ended for 1 year and $17M. If healthy, Kershaw can still be a top 3 starter. He had a great spring training and appears ready to continue his winning path.

•Outfielder Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year, $17 million deal. He is in his walk-year, looking to return to his MVP form after an injury-plagued 2021 (although he had some big moments in the postseason).

•Super utility man Chris Taylor signed a four-year, $60 million deal to stay with the Dodgers. He will continue to fill his role all over the field, most likely in LF, as well as taking some at-bats at DH.

New Additions:

Freddie Freeman (1B): It took $162M and a 6-year deal to get Freeman out of Atlanta, the place where he spent the first 15 years of career. He comes back to his SoCal roots to add his All-Star, Gold-Glove, and MVP skills to first base for the Dodgers through the year 2027. Indisputably one of the best hitters in baseball, Freeman also has an excellent track record of being healthy and consistent.

Craig Kimbrel (RHP): Speaking of former Braves… The Dodgers pulled off another surprising trade, acquiring eight-time all-star closer Craig Kimbrel for AJ Pollock on April 1. The trade filled a need for both teams, with the Sox adding a much-needed OF bat and the Dodgers adding to their strong bullpen with a proven veteran closer. He has one year and $16M remaining on a deal he signed with the Cubs 3 years ago.

Daniel Hudson (RHP): The Dodgers added the experienced Hudson to fill valuable bullpen innings. He returns to the Dodgers on a 1-year deal for $7M (he pitched in 40 effective games for the Dodgers in 2018)

Andrew Heaney (LHP): The starter signed a 1-year deal for $8.5M, looking to revive his stuff in the back-end of the rotation after an up-and-down 2021.

Tyler Anderson (LHP): Signing a 1-year, $8M contract, the 32-year-old lefty starter will be expected to eat some innings in the rotation until reinforcements arrive mid-season in the form of Dustin May and/or pitchers acquired via trade.

Hanser Alberto (IF): The Dodgers gave the versatile defender a 1-year, $1.6M deal (with an option for the 2023 season). Alberto can fill in all over the infield and is one of the toughest players to strike out in baseball.

•Who’s Out?

Corey Seager: signed a mega-deal with the Texas Rangers ($324M/10 years)

Kenley Jansen: signed a 1-year, $16M deal with the Atlanta Braves

Max Scherzer: signed for 3 years and $134M with the New York Mets

AJ Pollock: traded to the White Sox for Craig Kimbrel on April 1

Joe Kelly signed a 2-year deal with the White Sox for $17M.

Albert Pujols signed one final contract, reuniting with the Cardinals for one last season on a $2.5M deal.

•Reliever Corey Knebel signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Phillies

•Bench players Matt Beaty, Billy McKinney, Zach Reks, Luke Raley, and Sheldon Neuse were traded away or DFA.

You would think that a team that lost Seager, Jansen, Scherzer, Pujols, Pollock, and Kelly were having a fire sale, but the Dodgers are so loaded that they will pick right up where they left off thanks to major additions like Freeman and Kimbrel. With this mixture of new and old faces, the Dodgers are very determined and talented. The sky is the limit for this team, and they have the depth to withstand any prolonged slumps or injuries.

With MLB getting a late start due to the offseason’s labor issues, the league is allowing 28-man rosters through May 1 (after that, rosters go back down to 26 players, including a 13-pitcher limit). Many pitchers are simply not built up or on track to begin the season, so the Dodgers will go with an enormous 16-man pitching staff and a 12-man position player roster (opening the season against the Rockies with a 3-game series in offense-heavy Coors Field helped with that decision, too).

Keep in mind that this is just the Dodgers’ roster to start the season; they will send many players up & down from the minors to build a championship roster as the year goes on.

*Projected Lineup:

1) Mookie Betts – RF

2) Freddie Freeman -1B

3) Trea Turner – SS

4) Justin Turner – 3B/DH

5) Max Muncy – 2B/DH

6) Will Smith – C

7) Chris Taylor – LF/Util

8) Cody Bellinger – CF

9) Gavin Lux – 2B/Util

*Bench:

Austin Barnes (C), Edwin Rios (IF), Hanser Alberto (IF)

*Minor League Depth:

Jake Lamb (OF), Kevin Pillar (OF), Zach McKinstry (IF/OF), Andy Burns (IF), Eddy Alvarez (IF)

*Position Player Prospects to Watch:

Jacob Amaya (IF), Eddys Leonard (IF), Andy Pages (OF), Miguel Vargas (IF)

*Starting Rotation:

1) Walker Buehler

2) Julio Urias

3) Clayton Kershaw

4) Andrew Heaney

5) Tony Gonsolin

*Bullpen:

RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol, Daniel Hudson, Mitch White, Evan Phillips

LHP: Alex Vesia, David Price, Tyler Anderson, Garrett Cleavinger, Justin Bruhil

*On the injured list, but ready soon:

Victor Gonzalez, Caleb Ferguson, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Duffy, Jimmy Nelson, Dustin May

*Pitching Prospects to Watch:

Michael Grove, Andre Jackson, Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot

•2022 Predictions:

*Now it’s time for my predictions for the 2022 MLB season. Last year, I predicted a Dodgers vs Yankees World Series (which was wrong on both ends), and my division winners included the Astros, White Sox, and Yankees in the AL, and the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Braves in the NL (not too shabby). My wildcard teams were the Padres and Mets (I was dead wrong); and my AL wildcard teams were the Twins and Blue Jays (even deader wrong).

Here are my predictions for the 2022 standings:

NL WESTNL CENTRALNL EAST
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Diego Padres*
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Colorado Rockies
1. Milwaukee Brewers
2. St. Louis Cardinals
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Cincinnati Reds
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
1. Atlanta Braves
2. New York Mets*
3. Philadelphia Phillies*
4. Miami Marlins
5. Washington Nationals
* = Wild Card Team
AL WESTAL CENTRALAL EAST
1. Houston Astros
2. Los Angeles Angels*
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Texas Rangers
5. Oakland A’s
1. Chicago White Sox
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Cleveland Guardians
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Kansas City Royals
1. Toronto Blue Jays
2. Tampa Bay Rays*
3. Boston Red Sox*
4. New York Yankees
5. Baltimore Orioles
* = Wild Card Team

(Note: Starting this season, the MLB postseason will feature 12 teams–the three division winners and three wild card teams. The teams will be seeded, with the top two division winners receiving a first-round bye, and the remaining four teams locked into a best-of-three Wild Card Playoff round. After that, the Division Series and Championship Series will commence as they have been for years.)

In the American League, the Blue Jays are a hot pick this year thanks to a young and powerful lineup. The Astros keep plugging along and filling holes after several key departures like Carlos Correa (MIN) and George Springer (TOR) last season, and you can never count them out. Still, I think the White Sox will win the American League pennant due to a balanced veteran lineup, solid rotation, and a shutdown bullpen.

Ultimately however, this is the Dodgers’ year. Anything short of a championship would be a disappointment. As a lifelong fan, I am, of course, rooting for the Dodgers, too. But it’s not just a homer pick–the players, fans, and experts all around MLB feel the same way. Barring a disastrous injury to a key player like Trea Turner, or Betts, Freeman, or Buehler, everything is lining up for a fun & memorable season. They are the class of the National League and should win their fourth pennant in the last six seasons, as well as a championship.

So… no jinxes, no fooling around, I’ll call it out loud — the Los Angeles Dodgers will be the 2022 World Champions, defeating the Chicago White Sox in a rematch of the 1959 World Series.

Magical Prom-posals

By Betsy Carranza and Naidy Cuadras

What is a “prom-posal”? Zosia Bielski officially invented the phrase “promposal” in Canada in 2011. It’s more than simply a romance but it’s an event that you will hold as a special memory. A prom-posal is asking someone (it does not have to be your significant other) to be your date for the prom. It isn’t necessary for a student to take a date with them, but it is traditional for you to attend with a date. We believe that we should keep the prom-posals coming, even though it’s true that COVID has impacted students in the past but it shouldn’t hold this year’s students back from asking someone out to prom. It’s not just the date itself, it’s the thought of attending a one time event in your life that also counts.

Some may say that prom isn’t really a huge deal, but to others it’s going to be a night they have looked forward to for a long time. Prom should be an event that you always want to remember; a night that you would want to tell your future kids about some day. So how do you go about making a prom-posal? It can simply just be a note, or you can go with creating a poster and writing something cheesy such as Hey, Princess. Will you take this Beast to prom? and the background can have the characters from Beauty And The Beast. These delicately popped questions are incredibly romantic. Some extra details, like rose petal trails, can be included, but anything you decide on should involve lots of creativity if you want your prom-posal to stand out and be a success.

Prom-posals are living proof that romance still exists and it’s a trend that shouldn’t die, so go on, ask someone to prom!

How Has Covid Affected Students On and Off Campus?

By: Christian Bernal, Daniel Espinoza and Rigo Macias

The Corona Virus has affected people in many different ways. Many people have lost their jobs and are going through hardships as we speak, particularly students and teachers. It has affected us as students because there were a lot of difficulties learning how to cope online. Many students were not interested in learning anymore because they had all the distractions in front of them. For example when the students would log in online they would just log in and go back to sleep, or many people didn’t have the motivation to pay attention online. Not only did the students not have any motivation, many didn’t have the best environment for learning online while at home. 

Additionally, the Corona Virus has affected everyone during in-person learning because so many of our students have had to miss school because of testing positive. This has led to students feeling as though they are being left behind because they’re not in school and are missing assignments which leads to failing the class and struggling to raise failing grades back up. Looking around campus back in January, it felt like a ghost town. One third of our campus was out on quarantine and the classrooms were noticeably empty. Things have started to level out since then, but it was definitely a rough start coming back from Winter Break. We have to keep going and hope for the best.

Honoring Vicente Fernández

By: Itzmali Vasquez and Diego Avalos

Vicente Fernández was born February 17, 1940. He was born and raised in Huentitán del Alto, Jalisco, Mexico to a poor family and had to work since his childhood to maintain himself. He was forced to drop out of school in the fifth grade to help support his family. He entered a singing contest in Guadalajara when he was 14, and won first place. That win gave him the confidence to start performing in restaurants and weddings. In the summer of 1966, Fernández signed with CBS México (now Sony Music) and recorded his first hits: “Tu Camino y El Mío,” “Perdóname” and “Cantina del Barrio.” Fernández ‘ recording career had begun. Other hits followed including “Soy de Abajo,” “Ni en Defensa Propia” and “Palabra del Rey.”  

Fernández also branched out into movies. His first film was Uno y Medio Contra el Mundo. He won his first Grammy Award 2010 Fernández was awarded his first Grammy Award for best regional Mexican album for his record Necesito de Tí — which he also earned a Latin Grammy Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, a.k.a. Maria Abarca Villaseñor is Vicente Fernandez’s wife.  The couple met in Huentitán and later got married on 27 December 1963 the two were married for almost 58 years and had 4 kids.

Fernández died in Guadalajara in his home state of Jalisco. He had been hospitalized for four months after a fall at his ranch. Fernández suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which made it difficult for him to recover; he was buried at Los Tres Potrillos. He was a strong enough artist that he could take our deepest desires, our passions, and our pain, and he could get up on stage for the world to see and release them. He had a huge impact on mariachi music. Vicente Fernandez’s memorial service was held just 12 hours after his passing, with thousands of people in attendance. There wasn’t a moment without the melodies that the iconic Mexican charro gifted to the world. Throughout the memorial service, videos of Fernández’s most iconic performances filled the back screen and his voice rang throughout the crowd. His beautiful words will live on forever in the hearts of his fans all over the world.

Bob Saget- A Remembrance

By: Brian Scott

On January 9, 2022 Bob Saget, one of the world’s most beloved TV dads and comedians, sadly passed away in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida. Bob Saget will be remembered by not only his loving wife Kelly Rizzo and his children Aubrey, Jennifer, and Lara but also his TV children Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and the world. Dying at the young age of 65, many people around the world are remembering him by watching his hit show Full House, where he starred as Danny Tanner or by watching his time as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, for which he was also well-known.

Bob Saget will always be remembered as the man who took the 20th century by storm. Bob will always be loved, adored and remembered by his loving personality and outgoing spirit. The cast of Full House wrote a tribute to Bob saying this: “Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls, and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”

Rest in peace Bob Saget

1956-2022

The Legacy of John Madden

By Nathaniel Enciso and Damian Murillo

The legacy of John Madden is being one of the best coaches out of all coaches the Raiders ever had. This is particularly impressive when you consider that the Raiders was the only team he ever coached and was the coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978. Since then, this team is now the Las Vegas Raiders. At the time John was coaching, he was one of the best in the league. However, as good as he was at his job, he didn’t get into the Hall of Fame until 2006, many years after his retirement from playing football in 1958. Unfortunately, John Madden passed away at the age of 85 due to unidentified causes in his home in Pleasanton, California on December 28, 2021.

Before John Madden coached for the NFL, he coached college football at California Polytechnic State University for 3 years (1959-1961). The first year John coached the Raiders, he led them to a 12-1-1 record; they were first in the AFL western division, but lost the AFL Championship Game. After a couple of years of getting into the playoffs and losing, finally John Madden led the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl win in 1976. Madden retired after the 1978 NFL season when he couldn’t take the Raiders to the playoffs. During his 10-year coaching career the combined record for wins, losses, and ties was 103-32-7, so you can say that his time as a coach was pretty impressive.

After Madden retired as a coach, he became a commentator for the NFL in 1979. His voice was broadcast from all the four major sports networks: CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. John Madden was a great coach, commentator, and father. He has two kids, Joseph Madden who was born in 1954, and Michael Madden, who was born in 1958. His children were in their late sixties when their father passed. This is the great legacy of John Madden and one that should and will forever be remembered.

Spring 2022 Zodiac Watch

By: Juliet Tarot

It is Aries, Taurus , and Gemini season. Aries is a fire sign; Taurus is an earth sign; and Gemini is an air sign.

Aries (3/21-4/19)

Aries this week please think before you do. Actions have consequences.

Aries is a fire sign. You are most compatible with fellow fire signs Sagittarius and Leo, along with air signs Libra and Aquarius. Aries are known to be spontaneous and bold. I think of Aries and the first thoughts that come to mind are fierce. You definitely have a reputation.

Taurus (4/20-5/20)

Taurus this week treat yourself to something nice. You deserve it.

Taurus is an earth sign. We are most compatible with our fellow earth signs Capricorn and Virgo, and water signs Scorpio and Pisces. Taurus are known to be very materialistic. As far as I know, that just means you’ll work hard to get everything you want in life.

Gemini (5/21-6/20)

Gemini will be on the lookout this week. Maybe it wasn’t you being two-faced all along.

Gemini is an air sign. You are most compatible with fellow air signs Aquarius and Libra, as well as fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. Gemini are known to be the fakest sign. I for one don’t think that’s true. You just adapt to other people’s personalities and go from there.

Eagle Staff Spotlight: Mr. Ray Niemann

By: Edmund Shryock

This month’s staff spotlight focuses on Mr. Ray Niemann, who teaches at both John Glenn and Southeast Academy. Mr. Niemann has been a teacher at Glenn for 22 years and has not lost his passion to help his students succeed in anything they do. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Niemann and was able to get a true sense of how much he cares for his students. 

When asked What is your favorite part about being a teacher? He was quick to express how much he loves the students. He would go on to explain that his love for the students encouraged him to be a part of numerous activities at Glenn throughout his teaching career. Some activities that Mr. Niemann has been a part of include ASB coordinator, Head Wrestling and Football coach, Athletic Director, Renaissance committee, TCAP, and ACE.  

When asked if he always wanted to be a teacher? Mr. Niemann would explain that he went to school to become an archaeologist. However, it took a former high school teacher to help him find his love for teaching.

Mr. Niemann would express how he loves listening to classic rock, naming the group Journey in particular. He also said that one of his favorite all-time singers is Sam Cooke, sharing a connection to the song “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Mr. Niemann was asked what he loves to do in his free time? He smiled and answered that he loves to spend time and travel with his wife, be in the company of friends and family, and loves cooking barbecue. Also, he expressed that some of his favorite movies include Glory, The Green Mile, and The Godfather. Finally, Mr. Niemann expressed his love for Notre Dame Football and the Raiders as some of his favorite sports teams to watch. 

Mr. Niemann was asked at the end of our interview: Any advice that you would like to give the student body at Glenn? Which he responded: “Don’t sell yourself short, and start developing a plan now to be successful in the future. This involves getting over roadblocks that present themselves, however do not be stopped by these roadblocks as they are steps to help you reach your goals.” 

It was a great pleasure to interview Mr. Niemann, his passion and care for Glenn truly shows both inside and outside the classroom!

Eagles Robotics Champions

Press Release (courtesy of Mr. Sergio Franco)

The JGHS Robotics team — juniors Diego Contreras, Sammy Hamouda, and Benjamin Sanchez — won their fourth consecutive district robotics championship on Thursday, February 24, 2022.  They defeated eight other robotics teams from NHS and LMHS in a competition that combined all of the previous skills and tasks (autonomous, search and rescue, and battle).

They overcame many challenges to achieve their victory: a less than optimal competition field, cortex malfunctions, motors not working, wiring issues, code not parsing, removing a part of the robot that completely stopped working mid-competition, and all while helping other teams fix their robot and code.

The students are extremely dedicated and passionate. Their success is proportional to the huge amounts of time they invested in preparing for the competitions; they met before school, during break, during lunch, after school, and on late starts.

They are proud of representing our wonderful learning community. Please let them know you are proud of them as well!

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