2016 Major League Baseball Rankings

Here are my final rankings for the 2016 Major League Baseball season:

Rank                                           Won  Lost  Tied    PF    PA   Rating
   1 CHICAGO(N)                                103    58     1   808   556  101.801
   2 BOSTON                                     93    69     0   878   694  101.347
   3 CLEVELAND                                  94    67     0   777   676  101.196
   4 TEXAS                                      95    67     0   765   757  101.050
   5 TORONTO                                    89    73     0   758   666  101.002
   6 BALTIMORE                                  89    73     0   744   715  100.931
   7 WASHINGTON                                 95    67     0   763   612  100.907
   8 SEATTLE                                    86    76     0   771   706  100.598
   9 LOS ANGELES(N)                             91    71     0   725   639  100.459
  10 DETROIT                                    86    75     0   750   721  100.453
  11 HOUSTON                                    84    78     0   724   701  100.442
  12 NEW YORK(A)                                84    78     0   680   702  100.380
  13 SAN FRANCISCO                              87    75     0   716   631  100.280
  14 ST. LOUIS                                  86    76     0   779   712  100.214
  15 NEW YORK(N)                                87    75     0   671   618  100.161
  16 KANSAS CITY                                81    81     0   675   712  100.135
  17 CHICAGO(A)                                 78    84     0   686   715  100.003
  18 LOS ANGELES(A)                             74    88     0   717   730   99.795
  19 MIAMI                                      79    82     0   656   682   99.618
  20 PITTSBURGH                                 78    83     1   730   758   99.593
  21 TAMPA BAY                                  68    94     0   672   713   99.420
  22 COLORADO                                   75    87     0   845   860   99.412
  23 OAKLAND                                    69    93     0   653   761   99.286
  24 MILWAUKEE                                  73    89     0   671   734   99.083
  25 CINCINNATI                                 68    94     0   716   854   98.839
  26 ARIZONA                                    69    93     0   752   890   98.796
  27 SAN DIEGO                                  68    94     0   686   770   98.793
  28 PHILADELPHIA                               71    91     0   610   796   98.792
  29 ATLANTA                                    68    93     0   649   779   98.733
  30 MINNESOTA                                  59   103     0   722   889   98.481

Pittsburgh

While returning from my son’s baseball tournament in Cooperstown, NY, we stopped in Pittsburgh to catch a Pirates game. I’ve heard nothing but great things about PNC Park. And it’s all true! What a great stadium. And the view of downtown Pittsburgh beyond the outfield is amazing.

But I was completely surprised at how beautiful downtown Pittsburgh is. The old buildings mixed in with all the new skyscrapers makes for a wonderful downtown skyline.

I will definitely come back to Pittsburgh in the future and tour the city more.

Looking at downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC Park

PNC Park

Evening at PNC Park

New York City Part 1

My wife and I decided to take the kids to New York City for Spring Break this year. We had a blast! I love New York. My daughter and I could live there. My wife and son don’t feel the same. We drove up Wednesday and took in a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The Yankees are my sons favorite team so I know he was excited. The weather wasn’t too kind to us, however. It was brutally cold. I think the temperature at game time was 40ºF. The Yankees didn’t put on much of a show for us either. Boston won easily.

I was slightly disappointed with Yankee Stadium. It felt very sterile too me. It didn’t seem to have a personality to me. I don’t have a lot to go on, but I’ve been to Camden Yards in Baltimore and Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Both of those parks were more attractive too me.

For our trip to New York, I decided to rent the Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds camera. I didn’t want to carry around my Canon 7D and my Canon 24-105mm lens. The Olympus did a terrific job. I’m very impressed. The only complaints I have of it are that it’s a little weak in low light conditions and it’s uncomfortable in my hand. I’m sure a battery grip would have alleviated that.

So without further ado, here are a couple pictures I shot at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

Tidewater Bombers 9U Baseball

At the end of May, my son’s baseball team, the Tidewater Bombers 9U, played in the Nations Baseball Virginia State Championships in Yorktown, Virginia. The Yorktown Sports Complex is a terrific facility. The fields are immaculate. It is as nice as any minor league stadium I’ve been in. By the way, the Bombers captured the title!

Tidewater Bombers 9U State Champions!

9U Baseball

9U Baseball

9U Baseball

9U Baseball

9U Baseball

9U Baseball

Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles (June 5, 2010)

David Ortiz, originally uploaded by Jeff Self.

Went to the game last night and had a great time. Terrific game for 8 innings then the relief pitchers for the Orioles couldn’t throw a strike in the ninth and Boston pulled away and won 8-2. Kevin Youkilis homered to break a 0-0 tie in the 7th inning. Of course, I didn’t see it because that was the one time I got up to go get something the whole game. Check out the photos on Flickr