Daily Archives: January 27, 2016

Michael Conforto Talks 2016 NY Mets Expectations

Michael Conforto Talks 2016 NY Mets Expectations

Michael Conforto exceeded expectations last season for the Mets to say the least.

Shades of brilliance were shown throughout his time played during the regular season, but hitting two home runs in game 4 of the World Series was something to talk about.

I was there to witness the feat achieved by the rookie Conforto, and Citi Field was going insane!

Listen to Conforto talk about the Series and the upcoming 2016 season.

Interview – Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Chris Stewart

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Pittsburgh Pirates fans will want to hear this episode of The Pirates Breakdown Podcast as we welcome in Chris Stewart for an interview.

Chris Stewart recently signed an extension to remain a Pirate for the foreseeable future.

What better time then to sit down with Chris for The Pirates Breakdown Podcast?

Interview – Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart

What better time then to sit down with Chris for The Pirates Breakdown Podcast? Without further ado, here’s the full interview with the Bucs’ backstop:

Highlights include:

  • Chris tells us what Gerrit Cole needs to do this season – from his point of view – to take another step forward
  • Jon Niese is discussed. Chris is very bullish on working with him.
  • There’s some very good insight on how Stewart goes about preparing for each season, both with returning pitchers and new faces.
  • We get clued in on what life after baseball might look for Chris and his family.

All 30 MLB Parks in 25 Days All By Ground

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Chuck Booth (BBBA President/Owner mlbreports.com) 

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For the last several years my buddy Josh Robbins and I have come up with ways to beat our individual world records for ballpark chasing.

My record is all 30 MLB Parks (every pitch) in just 23 Calendar Days.  I accomplished this feat in 2012.  You can read about that trip here.  After scouring the MLB Schedule for 2016, there is not even an attempt to try for the record this season.

Unless it changes, it will be another campaign I will sip (Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequilla) as the world record holder for another year.

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Justin Verlander Just Lit Up A Troll On Twitter

verlander, justin headJV is nothing new to social media and either are attacks on him and his performance after a couple down years after a Cy Young and MVP season. Now Verlander is fighting back and it’s not the first time.

Check out Verlander’s tweet and and response to a “fan” trolling him

2016 Fantasy/Dynasty League Baseball Rankings

The following rankings are for dynasty leagues. Dynasty leagues keep the same roster every year following the initial draft. These leagues place significantly more value on younger players, which is why my rankings may look different from a lot of other fantasy baseball rankings online. All of my rankings are based on positional eligibility of 10 games or more at the specified position. I will state if a player has multi-positional eligibility based on these requirements in the bios of each player. If you have any questions, tweet me @dynasty_digest. Enjoy!

 

Top 100 Dynasty League Rankings

Top 100 Prospect Rankings

Catcher Rankings

First Base Rankings

Second Base Rankings

Third Base Rankings

Shortstop Rankings

Left Field Rankings

Centerfield Rankings

Right Field Rankings

Outfield Rankings (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Make-It or Break-It Year for the New York Yankees

The Yankees have yet to sign one big-league player this offseason. This is very unlike the New York Yankees, who are known as big spenders every offseason.

While they haven’t signed anyone, they have traded for Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman. Both of these additions will be very influential to the Yankees success in 2016, but many people are still wondering what is going on during this odd offseason.

I believe the Yankees realize they are getting older and they are trying to rely on their minor league developmental process.

They should start to see some of their young studs make the move to the show soon, so there is no need to delay that process by overspending on a free agent this offseason.

The New York Yankees finished the 2015 season with a 87-75 record. This earned them a wildcard playoff spot, but they lost to the Houston Astros in the first round

. While the Yankees have plenty of talent on their roster, there is no denying that the average age of their lineup is a problem for the future.

They had the 6th highest average age out of all Major League Baseball teams in 2015 at 29.6 years old.

This doesn’t seem significantly high, but their core group of talent is much older than the average. See below for the age of each player, games played in 2015, and when they are a free agent:

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In Foul Territory: MLBs Priority should be Parental Supervision, Not Netting

A FOULBALLZ NETTING

Ed Comber (BBBA VP/Owner foulballz.com) 

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The current debate and speculation about the best way to keep baseball fans safe in foul territory at MLB and MiLB games seems to be over. Commissioner Manfred, during the 2015 Winter Meetings, announced that his office would be “encouraging” teams to extend netting another 70 feet in either direction down the foul lines in Major League parks.

The issue with this isn’t that it’s a puerile attempt at pretending to show concern for fan safety (it is). The problem is that it’s nothing more than a puerile attempt to mollify those who are calling for additional netting.

Manfred and others associated with baseball have repeated a mantra that reeks of pacification rather than true depth of caring for fans. The issue with netting is that it’s wrong. On virtually every level of rationalism imaginable.

A FOULBALLZ NETTING

Ed Comber (BBBA VP/Owner foulballz.com) 

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As I’ve pointed out in previous posts on FoulBallz.com, the general assertion that people simply don’t have time to react to a foul ball headed their way is categorically incorrect. The facts regarding average human response time are very clear and contradict the erroneous statements repeated in the media, on the diamonds, in the Commissioner’s Office, in all 30 of the front offices and by lawyers. If an adult is paying attention, they do have the time to react.

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Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

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 tied for 13th overall with Manny Machado and David Ortiz.  New York brought him back for at least another year, where he helped the Mets go 34 – 23 down the stretch.  Expect more of the same in 2016.  Mets are the best bet of the week for the ‘Fall Classic’ value wise.

Hunter Stokes (Featured Writer) 

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A couple of things have happened over the last week.  The Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes and no odd was changed after this.  Very strange indeed.

With adding the Cuban slugger, the Mets have almost assured their fanbase for another post season berth in 2016.  This club is more like it was in the last 2 months than it was in the 1st four months.

Even if the Nationals were to have an unbelievable year – the Mets should still make the postseason as the #1 Wild Card seed.

I have the Mets as a 96 win team after this move, with the Nats listed about 93 victories.  Had the Nats picked up Cespedes, I would have given Washington a 95 – 92 win advantage over New York. (more…)

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