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MLB postseason gets underway this week


It was an exciting weekend for many former Dauphin residents and a few who still live in the City of Sunshine.
That’s because Manitoba Basketball hosted its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Saturday in Winnipeg.
Among this year’s inductees were longtime Clippers coach, the late Larry McDougall, who coached Clippers basketball teams for 32 years and won four provincial championships.
Three of his championship teams entered the Hall of Fame with him - the 1975, 1976 and 1980 boys varsity teams.
Congratulations to all involved. It is well deserved.
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There are several times in the year that sports fans consider their favourite.
Fall is certainly one of them.
The NHL season begins this week, coinciding with the start of Major League Baseball playoffs. And hoops fans are excited because NBA training camps are underway, as well.
Jets fans will be excited after the signings of talented forwards Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine.
The two are a big part of the team’s offence and their presence on the ice will go a long way towards keeping the Jets in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long before Dustin Byfuglien returns to bolster the defence.
The run to the World Series begins today, with the National League wildcard game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals, with the winner moving on to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.
Just as a side note, I found it rather fitting that, after leaving the Nats for the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent, Bryce Harper had to watch his former team celebrate clinching a postseason berth. Sometimes things aren’t always greener on the other side.
The American League wildcard goes Wednesday and will see the Tampa Bay Rays face the Oakland A’s, vying for a chance to play the Houston Astros in the ALDS.
The other division series will have the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves in the National League and the Minnesota Twins against the New York Yankees in the AL.
As always, picking the winners in each of the wildcard games and playoff series is tough. It’s pretty much a crap shoot. Flipping a coin works just about as well as any other method you might choose, because at this point, you know every team is good and deserves to be where they are.
But, for the sake of argument, I will go with Washington and Oakland to advance to the division series, just because they are the home teams.
In the NL, look for the Dodgers and Braves to meet in the championship series, with the Braves moving on to the World Series.
In the AL, you would think the Yanks and Twins would resemble a home run derby since both teams hit more than 300 dingers this season.
But it is the playoffs, where anything can happen. Chances are one or both teams could find themselves facing a power shortage.
In the end, I’m going with the favoured Yanks to move on to the championship series where they will play and lose to Houston.
So the World Series will come down to the Braves and Astros and I expect to see Houston celebrating another championship.

Doug Zywina