2011 MLB Predictions: American League Division Winners and Award Favorites

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2011 MLB Predictions: American League Division Winners and Award Favorites
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The NFL season has come to an end and mainstream interest in the NBA continues to plummet each and every year. Therefore, most devoted sports fans will start to turn their attention to professional baseball and the 2011 MLB season.

That's right! Spring training is here with the first full team workouts beginning this weekend.

Baseball spring training means new preseason favorites and predictions for the upcoming 2011 MLB season.

Most baseball writers, bloggers, experts and so-called experts will be publishing their predictions for the 2011 baseball season if they haven't already.

Most of their predictions for 2011 will be the product of in-depth research into the statistics, sabermetrics and results of the 2010 season, along with one-on-one interviews with professional baseball players and personnel. Due to their position as respected members of the media, it is important to note that their predictions will be completely free of bias and random thought.

The predictions for the 2011 MLB season you will soon dive into are almost solely based on bias with little to no research. I can tell you for a fact that I have not interviewed one front-office member of a single major league club, nor did I attend the winter meetings.

I definitely have watched my fair share of the sport over recent years and would like to think of myself as a knowledgeable fan. Which is to say, in terms of understanding baseball, I probably rank somewhere below Vin Scully and somewhere far ahead of the guy who doesn't know what WHIP stands for.

You're still reading? Fantastic! If you have made it this far, then you are probably at the edge of your seat waiting to see my predictions for the 2011 baseball season.

Drum roll please, here are my 2011 MLB predictions for the American League:

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