Daily Archives: January 20, 2016

Bold Predictions For The 2016 MLB Year

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Every year we do an article called “Bold Predictions”.  I love this concept as most of these ideas are so preposterous that none of them will actually happen.  I liken it to the “Riverboat Gambler Theory” where you can really get rich quick if it were to come to fruition.

There may not be too many secrets in the National League where the clubs seems to be either really good or really bad.  The American League has a lot more parity.

I suppose I could start off by saying that the NL would win the Interleague series versus the AL, but that it is probably not going to happen based on a 12 year losing streak. (more…)

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 20, 2016

MLB Reports

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What teams can lay claim to “Team of the Decade” for the 2010’s?

What team can enter the conversation with a 2016 World Series win?

It is a long term legacy episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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The Padres Should Definitely Not Pursue Yoenis Cespedes: But The Angels Should

Yoenis Cespedes led all LF for HRs with 35 on the campaign in 2015. He picked a contract year for his best season to date out of the 4 years he has been in the Major Leagues. Cespedes hit 17 HRs with the Mets in 2 months, after smacking out just 18 in the first four months with Detroit. Cespedes finished in the top 40 for both leagues in respective big fly's, and was tie for 13th overall with Manny Machado and David Ortiz.

Yoenis Cespedes led all LF for HRs with 35 on the campaign in 2015. He picked a contract year for his best season to date out of the 4 years he has been in the Major Leagues. Cespedes hit 17 HRs with the Mets in 2 months, after smacking out just 18 in the first four months with Detroit. Cespedes finished in the top 40 for both leagues in respective big fly’s, and was tie for 13th overall with Manny Machado and David Ortiz.  The 30 Year Old would not be a good fit in San Diego – where they have a similar player in Matt Kemp already.  His presence with Trout and Calhoun in Los Angeles would be the best all around Outfield in the Majors should he sign there.

Hunter Stokes (Featured Writer) 

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With Yoenis Cespedes still on the open market a lot of speculation is running rampant on which squads should be in the running for his services.

While I am not sure I buy the theory at all, the Padres have been said to be checking in on the big Cuban star.

This type of signing would be a monumental mistake in my view.

I would hope that A.J. Preller would have learned his lesson by acquiring high strikeout, low OBP players that have power that may not translate to their home park in Petco Park. (more…)

The Miami Marlins In 2016: Contenders Or Pretenders?

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 - 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary - this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With a suspect ownership group I am not sure they will be bolster the club any bit.

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 – 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary (like the latest Chen signing) – this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With all questions pointing to how Jeffrey Loria will behave if they were in contention halfway through, it will be an entertaining season.

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The Marlins finally threw down some money on a relevant Free Agent in the past week when they signed LHP Wei-Yin Chen.  The former Oriole received a 5 YR deal worth $80 MIL – that also has a Vesting Option for a 6th year.

Financially speaking, Chen will only earn $14 MIL of that pact in 2016 – thus bringing the Fish to about $77 MIL total team salary to start the campaign.

Miami is one of the middle of the pack teams in the National League – much like the Arizona Diamondbacks are.  These teams should be predicted to be just around .500.  The rest of the clubs should be well north or south of the even record mark. Read the rest of this entry

Yoenis Cespedes vs. Justin Upton; Tigers Fans Agree to Disagree

cespedes v upton.jpgSince the singing of Justin Upton Monday, I’ve heard a lot of people bashing the signing in Detroit and wanting Yoenis Cespedesinstead.  So let’s do a comparison of the players and see where we net out.  By the way, Cespedes is now being predicted to get 6-years and between $140mm and $150mm as a reference point.

To start, Cespedes is entering his age 30 season, while Justin Upton will be entering his age 28 season.  Yoenis has 5 Major League seasons and 2,435 plate appearances under his belt, with Upton entering his 10th season and building on 4,934 plate appearances.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 19, 2016

MLB Reports

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Part 3 of my talk with Lonnie Smith. He talks frankly about his memories of the 1991 and 1992 World Series with Atlanta.

Do the Tomahawk Chop on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Vote For The Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame ; 1960-Present Voting Open

detroit tigers2Well we know where the BBWAA sits on players like Alan Trammell andJack Morris, but what if the Tigers had a Hall of Fame?  Who would be in it?  Below is a vote where you can only select 10 players over a half century of Tiger baseball, so would it be?  Adding a couple other parameters to be eligible, the player must have played at least 5 years in Detroit and/or one third or more of their career in the D.  To make the Tigers Hall of Fame, a player must accumulate 75% of the vote.

We’ll eliminate the easy choices of players that are already in the Major League Hall of Fame as they should be shoe-ins.  With that, current Detroit Tigers Hall of Famers include:

Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Harry Heilmann, Al Kaline,George Kell, and Hal Newhouser

Also, in case you missed it, four players were named to the Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame from pre-1960’s era.  You can see those results here…

The second vote consists of players who played in Detroit between 1960 to present and are retired from Baseball.  They include:

See the list and vote here

Mets All-Time Top 10 by WAR

Tom Seaver NY MetsThis week’s list is all about WAR or Wins Above Replacement. This is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. There are a bunch of baseball fans who hate sabermetrics, but I really dig WAR and it lends itself to great conversations.

Here’s the Mets All-Time Top 10 by WAR.

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