Daily Archives: March 2, 2016
The Tampa Bay Rays and even President Obama will be in Cuba later this month while the Rays take on the Cuban National team. Something of this magnitude that has not occurred in almost 20 years, when the Baltimore Orioles played an exciting two-games series there in 1999. And even then President Clinton was not in attendance.
It is believed by many that the love and passion that the two countries share for the game of baseball will help bring them together. In part of a statement issued by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred he shared this sentiment saying that during this time of historic change,
“We appreciate the constructive role afforded by our shared passion for the game, and we look forward to experiencing Cuba’s storied baseball tradition and the passion of its many loyal fans.”
The Rays will fly into Cuba on March 20, hold an exhibition clinic on the 21st and play the Cuban National Team at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana on the 22nd before returning home to the United States.
Today is a grab bag episode.
Lonnie Smith talks about his time with the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies…
And Subway Squawkers‘ Lisa Swan shares her thoughts on farewell tours.
It is a spring cleaning episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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Only a small percentage of baseball players who sign or are drafted end up playing in the major leagues. Therefore, when a prospect pans out and goes on to have a solid career, it’s quite the accomplishment. When outfielder Glenn Wilson became a professional player, he began with high expectations but more than lived up to them during his decade as a big leaguer.
In an offseason where the St. Louis Cardinals tried to sell their city to every free agent out there – including outfielder Jason Heyward. Heyward spurned the Cardinals, who acquired him before the 2015 season from the Atlanta Braves. The team and its players immediately began talking the team, the city and the fans up to Heyward in hopes that the soon to be free agent would want to re-sign with the team.
In the end Heyward decided to take less money to go to the Chicago Cubs. A lot of MLB free agents did the same this year including super utility man Ben Zobrist and most recently outfielder Dexter Fowler. Perhaps it’s the Cubs’ young talented core and their good chance to finally win a World Series or two after a century-long drought. Perhaps it is that they like manager Joe Maddon‘s style.
Whatever the reason, it’s not necessarily that there was something wrong with St. Louis or anywhere else, it just happened that St. Louis couldn’t land a big name free agent and it wasn’t for their lack of trying.
When the team received the word that their five-tool second baseman Kolten Wong, who debuted with the Cardinals in 2013 and is not even arbitration eligible until after the 2016 season, wanted a contract extension they jumped on it.
With a shaky starting rotation and a rookie manager leading the way, few MLB analysts picked the 2015 Texas Rangers to make noise in the American League West…especially following a disastrous 67-95 record. Their perceived postseason chances only sunk lower once Yu Darvish was lost for the year due to Tommy John surgery.
That’s why they play the game, though.
Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo bounced back from injuries, the starting rotation held together long enough before trading for Cole Hamels, and before we realized it, this team was crowned division champs with an 88-74 record.
Despite this unlikely turnaround and most of the same guys coming back for another year, both FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus project them to finish with a record below .500 in 2016. These projections were released before Ian Desmond signed to be their left fielder, but it’s doubtful there’d be a significant change.
With Spring Training at full swing now, it is time to see how the players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands will do in the upcoming season. Of course there is no crystal ball and it is still up in the air, but in general you can make a decent prediction based on the performance of previous years.
Ozhaino Albies was signed by the Braves in 2013. In February 2014 he was assigned to the DSL Braves but at the end of May he was promoted to the Gulf Coast League. A bit more than a month later, he was sent up to Danville of the Appalachian League (A Short Season).
Last year Ozhaino was added to the Braves’ roster to give him the opportunity to attend Spring Training. After ST he was sent to the Rome Braves. (A Full Season South Atlantic League). Because of his slick fielding, Albies was named best shortstop of the Sally League.
For a long time Albies was considered the top prospect of the Braves but he has been taken over by shortsop Dansby Swanson. Nevertheless Ozhaino is still one of the Braves best prospects. According to manager Fredi Gonzalez, Swanson and Albies will play in today’s ST game vs the Orioles. It is expected that Albies will play as second bagger and Swanson will be the shortstop. It is rather exciting to see the future double play tandem of the Braves playing together.
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We will be going hard and heavy on these kind of articles. I will put an advisory and write-up if I think the bet is worthy.
Las year I went 9 – 4 in Player Props, and I am looking to keep that kind of win percentage.
The 1st sector will be any player bets. There is some serious value and things I have already earmarked for bets. I honestly can’t believe all of the value that has been out there for picking this year.
Never did I imagine I would have bet this much already, but it is a bettors market. I hope it doesn’t backfire on me. Read the rest of this entry
The Tigers kicked off their spring schedule this week with a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Lakeland, and while there will be lots of names that fans may not heard of, here are the newest members of the Tigers that we’re acquired via free agency or trades that we all should get to know.
Mark Lowe, RP – Signed a 2-year deal for $5.5 a year and will be a setup guy and was a righty reliever who pitched in Seattle before being traded to Toronto last season. Lowe is entering his age 33 season and was lights out in Seattle, with a 1.00 ERA and 1.167 WHIP in 34 appearances before the trade. In Toronto, he was more pedestrian with a 3.79 ERA, but 0.842 WHIP in 15 appearances. Lowe finished 2015 witha 10 k per 9 ratio and a 5.08 k to walk rate. For his career, Mark is 9-24 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP, and 8.1 K per 9 rate. Last year was his first with an ERA under 3 since his rookie year in 2006.
On December 29th, 2015, the New York Yankees completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that solidified what could be one of the best bullpens in Major League Baseball history. The Cincinnati Reds sent closer, Aroldis Chapman, to the New York Yankees for prospects Rookie Davis, Caleb Cotham, Tony Renda, and Eric Jagielo. Prior to the trade, Jagielo was ranked as the Yankees 6th best prospect and Davis as the 10th best prospect in their system by MLB.com. It is worth noting that prior to this trade, it was reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, which involved top prospect Jose Peraza, but this trade fell through after some shocking news was released about Aroldis Chapman.
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