Preseason Prognostications

It’s a Two-Club Race in the National League, say the baseball writers in the AP’s annual preseason poll, with the Cardinals and Cubs battling it out for the top spot.  Most writers think that St. Louis will prevail.  They like the Card’s formidable pitching, led by Dean and his brother, together with new addition Roy (Bud) Parmalee.  The writers say the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates are also in the hunt but that the rest of the clubs will be also-ran’s for ’36.  The writers are not impressed with Boston’s name change or new uniforms;  the vast majority pick the Bees to come in last.

It’s the Tigers By A Mile in The AL, the writers say in the same poll for the junior circuit, believing that Detroit will accomplish a three-peat.  They like Al Simmon’s addition to the club.  Everyone else is battling for second, with the Red Sox, Indians and Yanks the serious combatants for that spot.  Just about all of the writers pick Connie Mack’s Athletics for the cellar.

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