Daily Archives: February 24, 2016
we are very close to the first game action of Spring Training 2016. in the meantime, MLB Network has been revealing their annual list of “Top 100 Players Right Now,” and 216clevelandgirl has it covered.
Greg Amsinger, Bill Ripken, and Ron Darling played hosts to counting down the Top 100 current major league baseball players going into the 2016 season. this was done in 5 one-hour episodes, announcing 20 players per show, over 3 days from February 23-25. tonight, on February 24 at 10 pm EST, the 4th segment of the 5-part series aired.
Every major league baseball team has their own Mount Rushmore; their most iconic players from respective franchise histories. The Boston Red Sox are no exception, and having been in existence for more than a century, have as impressive a group as anyone. This include Hall-of-Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, better known to fans simply as “Yaz.” Although his career has been much discussed, here are some things that you may not know.
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As some of you have probably already surmised, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has infiltrated the mlbreports.com big time over the last few months.
These are talented writers that love the game as much as we do, and we have the pleasure of sharing some of their work on our place on the web. I hope you embrace their work, and click the links over to their home site.
I was named the President of the BBBA back in August and since I returned from my year-long MLB journey in October – I have been working with a lot of pro bloggers.
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Matt Joyce had a down year in 2015, but his history as a starter in the outfield could make him the Pirates’ best fourth outfielder option come Opening Day.
The final signing of the Pirates’ off-season might have happened last week when the team signed outfielder Matt Joyce to a minor league contract. The move wasn’t a major one, but it may have filled one final need the Pirates had before heading into spring training: the fourth outfielder position. He’ll be competing with Sean Rodriguez, Jason Rogers, Mike Morse, and Jake Goebbert for playing time, and to be the primary outfielder off the bench come Opening Day. Out of the available choices, is Joyce the best option the Pirates have for that role?
I’d argue yes. As a fourth outfielder, a player is the first option off the bench to give either Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, or Gregory Polanco a day off, and would also be used as a pinch-hitter and possibly a late game defensive replacement. Joyce has by far the most major league experience in the outfield (5163.0 innings) compared to the next closest in Morse (3061.2) and Rodriguez (662.1). He also has a higher career WAR at 9.0, the next closest being Rodriguez at 7.3. He’s the only one of the group to be an All-Star may be arguably the best overall offensive player of the group (Morse has more power, but has fallen off since his career 2012 campaign).
THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS AND JOSE BAUTISTA ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A GAME OF CHICKEN. WITH NO NEGOTIATIONS, WHO WILL BLINK FIRST?
Have you ever seen a cartoon where people get into a fight and dirt is flying around like a tornado, legs and arms flail about and then the dust settles and one of the participants is left by themselves? In those cases, one of the fighters ends up just fighting with themselves and then looks around to find nothing but quiet.
That’s kind of what happened Tuesday with Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays. In the span of 24 hours, we’d heard that Bautista was not going to negotiate for his potential extension. What ensued was a tornado of speculation and nonsense that resulted a whole lot of nothing…except an interesting staring contest.
Spring Training has finally gotten underway, and the first games will be next week. With that in mind, Spring Training is where the managers make sure everyone is having consistent at-bats and innings and just making sure everyone has playing time before the season begins.
This got me thinking of whether good records during Spring Training for teams was a sign of things to come in the regular season or was it completely irrelevant? I’ll be taking a look at how the best and worst teams during the past five Spring Trainings fared during the regular season. Let’s take a look:
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Welcome to my favorite blog entry of the year, my Top 100 Major League Baseball Prospect list for 2016. Building on last year’s list, we once again look at the top prospects in baseball right now. The list doesn’t necessarily focus on player’s impact this season as quite a few of these players are years away from the Majors.
Things to clear up on my list eligibility is that the player cannot surpass their rookie limits at the Major League level and will not include international signings of players who have experience at their countries top level.
A couple things to keep an eye out for as you look through the list, the Braves, Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies and Cubs remain loaded and take a look at all the shortstop prospects. There are 19 shortstops on this list and that’s after we saw the debuts of Carlos Correa andFrancisco Lindor last season. The shortstop era is coming…
For the list, you’ll find the player’s name, their position/team/and last year’s ranking for this list.
Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher, Justin Verlander, has had a tough go of it over the past two seasons. In 2014 he threw 206 innings with 15 wins, a 4.54 ERA, and 159 strikeouts. Last year he threw only 133.1 innings with 5 wins, a 3.38 ERA, and 113 strikeouts. Many fantasy baseball owners and fans have overlooked this 33 year old veteran heading into the 2016 season, but I think he could be a steal in many drafts. While he probably won’t have another season like his 2011 MVP and Cy Young campaign (he threw 251 innings with 24 wins, 2.40 ERA, and 250 strikeouts in 2011), I expect him to return to his ace-like capabilities that he showed from 2009-2013. To read the rest of the article, click the link below:
Cespedes had a monster 2015 season after hitting .291 with 35 home runs, 101 runs, 105 RBI’s, and a .328 on base percentage. This was his best season yet and he is only 30 years old. I would expect more of the same in 2016 after resigning with the New York Mets, who has a very hitter-friendly stadium. Although, if Cespedes, for any reason finds himself out of baseball, he could probably take over batman’s role. He already has the cannon arm to protect mankind, but he now officially owns the closest thing to the batmobile. Yoenis Cespedes could be the superhero that society needs, but for now, he will be the hero the New York Mets need to make a run at a World Series title in 2016. To read the rest of the article and to see his new car, click the link below: