Daily Archives: February 11, 2016

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 11, 2016

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It has been 11 years since Jose Canseco published “Juiced.” What is the book’s legacy?

It is a performance enhanced episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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The Gospel According to Howie Rose

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Howie Rose in the broadcast booth.

Howie Rose is a god amongst men. When the game of baseball is delivered to your ears by the Brooklyn native, it rivals the most passionate of operatic performances.

No, this is not an exaggeration.

Since 1995, Howie Rose has been broadcasting New York Mets games, whether it be radio or television, and has become synonymous with the team from Queens. He is known as an aficionado of Mets history and his passion for the game of baseball exudes in droves when calling play-by-play for his favorite ball club.

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Why the Baltimore Orioles Must Sign Yovani Gallardo AND Dexter Fowler

The Baltimore Orioles have spent money this winter like they’ve never spent before. There aren’t many teams shelling out over $200 million this offseason, but they haven’t really gotten any better, either.

Here’s a list of the major free agent contracts Baltimore has agreed to so far:

Matt Wieters (one year, $15.8 million)

Chris Davis (seven years, $161 million)

Darren O’Day (four years, $31 million)

Hyn Soo Kim (two years, $7 million)

Are each of these deals crucial toward the Orioles being competitive in 2016? Absolutely. However, 75 percent of these deals merely retained talent they already had from an 81-81 club. The lone newcomer – Kim – is also an unknown in his rookie season after spending his professional career in the Korean Baseball Organization.

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Youngsters Making An Impact In 2016; American League West

Correa, CarlosWith spring training around the corner, we’re taking a look at a couple of young players for each team that I think will have a larger impact in 2016. We started with the American League East on Tuesday, moved to the AL Central yesterday and will continue to move through division by division. Today we look at AL West…

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Carlos Correa, SS – What Correa was able to accomplish as a 20-year old in 99 games last season was simply amazing. The Rookie of the Year hit .279 with 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 68 RBI, 14 steals, and a .857 OPS in that time frame. It will be interesting to see how the league adjusts to Correa (78 k’s in 432 PA) and vice versa, how Correa adjusts to the league. My monies on a full season of Correa with a prediction of Carlos cracking the top 10 for MVP voting in 2016.

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Top 5 Projected MLB Holds Leaders (AL + NL) In 2016

With so much uncertainty in the air about Mark Melancon's fate with the club, I can't pick Tony Watson to win this category for a 2nd straight year. He was also the runner up in the 2014 season. I say he is the Closer in the 2nd half of the year. His teammate Jared Hughes will get plenty of opportunities all year in late inning relief.

With so much uncertainty in the air about Mark Melancon’s fate with the club, I can’t pick Tony Watson to win this category for a 2nd straight year. He was also the runner-up in the 2014 season. I say he is the Closer in the 2nd half of the year. His teammate Jared Hughes will get plenty of opportunities all year in late inning relief.

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It is time to get our fantasy teams ready in 2016.  Because of the long winter year for certain players, the Relievers market has a pile of roster moves to go down before opening weekend in April.  There are some guys that could make the list, but I am itching to write my list.

For the reasons I was just talking about, Jeremy Affeldt, Matt Thornton, Casey Janssen, Manny Parra, Eric O’Flaherty, Tommy Hunter, Franklin Morales, Neal Cotts, Nathan Adcock, Wesley Wright, Matt Capps, Sergio Santos, Ryan Webb and Joe Beimel won’t appear – although only a couple of those guys are even relevant to the Holds stat.

The biggest questions to think of include trade possibilities.  Will the Pirates trade Mark Melancon?  If this happens, NL Leader of Holds last year, Tony Watson, may see some time as the Closer for the Bucs. Read the rest of this entry

WBC Qualifier 1: Australia beats Philippines in seven

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In the night cap of today’s double header, Australia hosted the Philippines.
For six innings the archipelago republic could keep pace rather well before its defense collapsed and it eventually became a blow out score.

The Philippines surprisingly got on the board first as Eric Farris scored from second base on a line drive single hit to center field, hit by Brady Conlan.
But Australia would tie the game in the bottom of the first when Brad Harman scored from third on a single to right field hit by Stefan Welch.

Australia took a one run lead after Logan Wade doubled, advanced to third on a 4-3 ground out by Mitch Nilsson and scored on a line drive single hit by James Beresford to left field.

In the third inning former Yankees pitcher Clay Rapada took the mound for the Philippines and kept the Aussies in check for two innings…

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Songs You Hear The Most At The MLB BallParks

Who can forget Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park right after the Boston Marathon bombing?

Who can forget Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park right after the Boston Marathon bombing?

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I saw a ton of MLB games last year.  224 to be exact.  I spent a lot of time listening to music at the park before and after the game.

I was also fed a steady dose of ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift, and if I hear “Shut up and Dance with me” one more time by Walk the Moon, I am just going to snap.

Baltimore played the best music at the yard hands down.  They were huge into Silento’s Whip, Nae-Nae, but also one can’t not love the “Thank God I’m a country boy” (which I have seen played numerous times at Kauffman Stadium as well.”

During several games at Camden Yards they also played “(Apache – Jump On it”) by Sugarhill Gang, and this little number is played every where.

I started to think of the most common played tunes at the park.

Rob Base’s and EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” is routinely played at baseball venue’s after a doubleplay.  Michael Jackson’s “Wanna be Starting Something” seems to find its way onto the audio deck when a rally is started. Read the rest of this entry

Three Reasons Why Miguel Cabrera is a Top 10 Fantasy Pickup

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Opening Day is in less than 2 months. So that can only mean one thing: time to think about fantasy baseball!

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The White Sox Need To Sign 1 Of Fowler Or Desmond To Stay Competitive

The White Sox have had a decent offseason however every team that was near or beneath them in the standings have also upgrade their rosters going into 2016. With a need for an upgrade for the OF, and the chance to out forth an incredible homer centric Infield, I would love to see them go after Ian Desmond, and/or Dexter Fowler.

The White Sox have had a decent offseason however every team that was near or beneath them in the standings have also upgrade their rosters going into 2016. With a need for an upgrade for the OF, and the chance to put forth an incredible homer-centric Infield, I would love to see them go after Ian Desmond, and/or Dexter Fowler.

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I like the moves the White Sox have done in the offseason.  The only problem is what the Royals and Tigers also have done this winter will make it tough for Chicago to keep up.

The Pale Hose finished a disappointing 76 – 86 in 2015 and almost 20 games behind Division winner KC for the AL Central.

2014 winter moves of Adam LaRoche, Jeff Samardzija and Melky Cabrera just didn’t work out like they thought.

Despite the poor results off those player acquisitions Rich Hahn acquired Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie so far in the hot stove this year, and also inked catchers Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro as key moves.

I love this aggression – and even believe that LaRoche and Cabrera will have bounce back seasons for the White Sox this season.  Cabrera was pretty decent in the 2nd half, and LaRoche suffered the Adam Dunn NL to AL syndrome.

Having said this already, the Royals are sitting with a talented squad as reigning World Series Champs, and the Tigers added Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Upton, and bushel full of relievers and Cameron Maybin.

There is no doubt in my mind that Detroit will be much better than their cellar dweller 2015 campaign.

The White Sox have a decent pitching staff in its entirety. Maybe not as talented as the Cleveland Indians, but the Tribe doesn’t have the sticks as Chicago either.

KC has the best bullpen in the Division, and will rely heavily on it again with their grinder offense backing it up.

Minnesota has a ton of young offensive superstars in Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton, yet also lost team leader Torii Hunter.

Chicago is still spending at a decent clip – having a budget of near $123 MIL so far, but Detroit has crept up to near $200 MIL, and KC has paid for its title, by going near the $140 MIL team salary barrier. Read the rest of this entry

2016 AL Cy Young Candidates

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SaleSpring Training is right around the corner and that means the start of 2016 baseball! Of course with every season, there are the wins, championships, and awards. I’d like to continue looking at awards’ candidates for 2016 with the American League Cy Young award. 

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