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City of Glendale: Camelback Ranch:

Welcome to Glendale, Arizona! Yes, Camelback Ranch spring training complex is on the property, owned by the City of Phoenix, but the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers are a major part of the Glendale community. Several years ago, this far western valley community became nationally known. It’s the best place to live if are a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Coyotes, where the University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena are now situated. Its is a premier destination for fans and foes of these local professional teams.

Glendale offers more than just sports. The Historic Downtown Glendale offers plenty of shopping from arts, crafts, collectibles, imports and plenty of accessories. To top all of that, they have been named as the best places to shop in the country, according to USA Today and Sunset Magazine. Plus, shoppers can go to Arrowhead Towne Center as well. If you are looking to hike, Glendale has trails to choose from Skunk Creel Linear Park and Thunderbird Park.

Last and certainly not least, there’s plenty of real estate to choose from. To conclude the previews of the 2012 season of all teams in the Cactus League, I will finally share my thoughts on the White Sox and the Dodgers.

Lets Talk Chicago White Sox Baseball:

 

The 2011 Chicago White Sox dealt with a difficult season of which their former manager Ozzie Guillen had no choice of doing, leaving Chicago’s southside for the Miami Marlins. He had a great run with the Sox and won them a world championship during his tenure, but a difference voice was needed and Robin Ventura is now their man. As the Sox look ahead to 2012, many of their 2011 players are gone and they feel they are ready for the season and not consider they are in a rebuilding position.

The batting team for the Sox is looking pretty good. I like what they have with a couple of good veterans in the lineup including Adam Dunn at first base, of which I expect a good comeback after a horrible 2011 season. Plus, who could ever forget Paul Konerko? They still have a few players who from previous years of which AJ Pierzynski is anticipated to provide solid punch at the bat, and provide the leadership behind the plate for pitchers. This should be an interesting year to see what manager Robin Ventura will do of handling this line-up. If he has an answer, the White Sox could be in the playoff hunt this year.

The White Sox pitching is another key factor to determine if they will succeed or not. There has been a major shift in the rotation after losing a couple of key pitchers including starter Mark Buehrle to the Marlins and closer Sergio Santos. Looking at it, they still have a couple of key starters who could make some noise this year in the likes of John Danks and Jake Peavy. Though, if Danks remains healthy, he very well could have a much better season going for him. I do like some of the young developing pitchers they have. A young Chris Sale is anticipated to start around the bottom of the rotation. Yet, who knows who the closer in the pen will be. It could be Matt Thornton or Jesse Crain.

Everyone baseball fan knows the White Sox had a transitional offseason. It’s the first year for Robin Ventura as a manager. For White Sox fans, patience is the key. If Ventura can work these guys to become good all around players on the diamond, they could surprise you and many other fans. They very well could compete with the rest of the division, but what they can do is mystery to many baseball fans.

Lets Talk Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball:

This storied franchise, the Los Angeles Dodgers team has dealt with the misfortunes of ownership issues of Frank McCourt, which led the team to declare for bankruptcy, and now are placed for sale. There many questions of where this franchise is headed. Whether or not you are a Dodgers fan, we all want answers to see where they will stand for years to come. That comes with the ownership. The Dodgers are seeking a new owner that could possibly have what it takes to get the Dodgers back into elite position. Looking at the record from last year, 82-79 really was not all that bad.

Looking at the batting squad for this year, they still have some hitters who could add the spark on this team. These positional players very well could make the rest of the franchise forget all the things going on in the front office these days. Looking at second year player, Dee Gordon, I believe will be a good leadoff hitter without the significant power, but the speed he has will go a long way if the two and three hitters will do the job. Second Baseman, Mark Ellis and Right Fielder, Andre Ethier are expected to fill the roles of getting him to score runs. The anticpated clean-up hitter Matt Kemp should have another huge year with another repeat performance of a high number Runs Batted In (RBI) this year. I am anxious to see that this lineup can do for the Dodgers. I would not be surprised if they  can lead this team of many victories this year.

The Pitching staff of the Dodgers is another to look out for. They do have the advantage of playing in Dodger Stadium, a pitchers ball park. It depends how this rotation will handle their game in this stadium entering its 50th season. The Dodgers obtained a good pick up in Aaron Harang, which he was 14-7 with an ERA of 3.64 in 2011, which was a major improvement of his 2010 season in Cincinnati. Of course, 21 game winner Clayton Kershaw should have a repeat performance from 2011. I believe Javy Guerra will have more of a closers role this year as he closed with 21 saves of 23 attempts from last year. Overall, the staff is rock solid, and it’s up to what pitching coach Rick Honeycutt can do to.

Overall, I feel optimistic about this Dodgers team despite of the distractions from the front office. I felt General manager Ned Colletti did what he has to do during the off season, and felt he did a good job of getting what the Dodgers needed by replenishing with good players after losing good players. It looks good on paper, but lets see what Manager, Don Mattingly does with this club. If he can operate to the point these players can buy into his system, I feel the Dodgers could be alive for the playoff hunt into September this year.

Glendale Real Estate For Sale for Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers Fans:

See all Real Estate and Homes For Sale in city of Glendale.
(all data current as of 9/1/2014)

  1. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,254 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,521 sqft
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  2. 3 beds, 1.00 baths
    Home size: 2,436 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,000 sqft
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  3. 1 bed, 1.00 baths
    Home size: 754 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,922 sqft
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  4. 4 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 2,162 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,814 sqft
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  5. 2 beds, 1.00 baths
    Home size: 1,165 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,000 sqft
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  6. 4 beds, 4.00 baths
    Home size: 2,524 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,995 sqft
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  7. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,692 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,759 sqft
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  8. 4 beds, 3.00 baths
    Home size: 1,401 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,754 sqft
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  9. 2 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 780 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,573 sqft
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  10. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,620 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,750 sqft
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In vicinity of Camelback Ranch:

See all Real Estate and Homes For Sale in 85037 zip code.
(all data current as of 9/1/2014)

  1. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,065 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,204 sqft
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  2. 2 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,288 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,604 sqft
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  3. 4 beds, 2.50 baths
    Home size: 2,568 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,735 sqft
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  4. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,551 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,005 sqft
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  5. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,288 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,362 sqft
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  6. 4 beds, 2.50 baths
    Home size: 1,709 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,205 sqft
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  7. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,722 sqft
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  8. 4 beds, 2.50 baths
    Home size: 2,461 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,600 sqft
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  9. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,630 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,767 sqft
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  10. 3 beds, 2.00 baths
    Home size: 1,630 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,768 sqft
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James W. Plummer III (Jim), Scottsdale

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