Nolan Arenado Among the Elites in the Game

As both a sportsman and a fan of almost all things sports, I joined a large contingent of people who were thrilled when the once and future “Sports Guy” Bill Simmons’ new website, The Ringer, launched on the first of June. In the debut of The Ringer’s MLB Podcast, the talented Mallory Rubin argued her case for the inclusion of Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles in baseballs burgeoning discussion on just who might be able to join Mike Trout and Bryce Harper as the consensus best position players in baseball.

In what may be viewed as homerism, since I am a Colorado native (even though anyone who knows me, knows I’m a much bigger Cubs fan), I immediately wondered if the Rockies’ own third-baseman, Nolan Arenado could also be in the “best player to build a franchise around” conversation.  Since both his and Machado’s rise coincided in spectacular 2015 seasons, the two have been inextricably linked, to the point where Baseball Reference gives the two cornerstones a Similarity Score of 952 out of 1000. My whole idea is just to compare the two players, so allow me to preempt any complaining.  I’m not saying one is better than the other; they’re both fantastic. GMs who get paid millions of dollars might be up all night choosing between all four of the aforementioned mentioned franchise players. So without much further ado, I intend to plead Arenado’s case for inclusion in this debate of elites.

To continue reading about how Nolan Arenado is One of the best players in baseball, or how Arenado compares to Machado, check out the full article.  You can also see our mostly baseball blog.  Or follow us on Twitter @OTB_Baseball.  Jesse Hartman this lovely article, You can reach him at @HartMonster3.

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