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Opening Ceremony malfunction gets MLB twist

Feb 9, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

A user on Reddit (subreddit r/baseball) posted this picture of Russia’s malfunctioning Olympic rings, photoshopped into a sort of diagram of the current talent makeup in the American League West:


If we tried this for the other five divisions, which organization would be the broken ring?

AL East: Blue Jays
AL Central: Twins
NL East: Marlins
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Padres

AL Central and NL Central were tough calls. The White Sox finished last in 2013 and the Twins have elite prospects on the way in Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer, and Miguel Sano. But if we’re basing it off the current MLB roster, Chicago is in a better place. It’s a similar situation in the NL, with the Cubs boasting a group of exciting youngsters (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant) but the Brewers looking more competitive for 2014.

You can watch a replay of the Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony malfunction at this link.

  1. greej1938l - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Cubs have been bad no it’s not a tough call at all. Maybe if Houston was still there

    • joenash72 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      But they ain’t. Says a very thankful Mariner’s fan.

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Um, I’d think the AL Central should have the Royals in the malfunctioning role — trolling Gleeman aside.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      You can be pissed about it, Royals fans, but in the last 10 years, you’re the only ones in the division who haven’t been first or second place at the end of a season and you’ve been last the most (2004-7, 2009-10).

  3. bendover09 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    If were talking farm league talent then Houston is ranked higher than A’s & definitely the Angels who are around dead last … Now, if were talking MLB ready; clearcut is Houston

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      They’ve lost 100 games in 3 straight seasons… not a hard call.

      • bendover09 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        Since when does a farm league play in the MLB? ..or did you nine people even read what I wrote, apparently not

  4. johnnysoda - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    I think the Astros one is a little too large.

  5. canadiansportsfan77 - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Ugh Harolds gonna have a yank fest with this one

    • wlschneider09 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Maybe not, that would require him to read beyond the first two sentences. It may escape his limited attention span.

      Hey, we can hope….

  6. friarbolts86 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    NL West should be the Rockies. They have never won the NL West and they were terrible last season. Padres will finish second behind the Dodgers in the NL west this season and will be fighting for a wild card slot. East coast biased writers know nothing about west coast teams. Do your research. GO PADRES!!!

  7. stex52 - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Things like this really make me hope the Astros go out and have that big surprise year and amaze everyone. You get tired of the cheap jokes. But right now I’m thinking it’s more likely in ’15 than ’14.

  8. rohlo - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    funny thing is the astros owned the mariners last year in their first season in the al west. also the mariners havent made the playoffs since 2001. over the last 10 year span the astros have more playoff appearances than the mariners, they have just as many playoff appearances as the rangers in that span.that seattle team is the only team in the division to never play in a world series! laugh now ,but the astros have turned the whole organization around starting with the farm system in a 5 year span as where the rangers were horrible for a long time until last 3-4 years.. all teams go thru this. the astros were playoff contenders from mid 90’s all the way till 2008..thats a good run cant say the same for the majority of the other teams in the al west. a’s have either been up or down,angels had a good run,rangers have recent success,and the mariners have 3 winning seasons i nthe last 10 years..

    also with the nl west the writer of this article must have forgotten how horrible the rockies are..they were in the cellar last year n will be there again this year.the padress and gnats finished tied for 3rd… dont sleep on the padres

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