One of the most controversial topics in baseball is bat flipping. Should players be allowed to bat flip? Tim Anderson and Jose Baustista say yes, while Rougned Odor and Goose Gossage say no. But in the 2015 ALDS Game 5, Jose Baustista bat flipped. He bat flipped hard. Back in 2015, the Rangers went 88-74. But in a weak AL West, it was enough to take the crown. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were competing in a tight AL East. Even though they went 93-69, they still took the division by 6 games. The Blue Jays were loaded with talent offensively, as they had Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Josh Donaldson. Pitching was good, but it wasn't like any of the pitchers were hall of famers. (Except for
In 2019, the team with the least SB were the A's with only 35 SB. Mallex Smith, an individual player, had more SB than the A's. And while the league average was 82 SB, a lot of teams were below that. Is that a trend just because players are slower, or should teams be stealing bases at all? The art of stealing a base has been around for a while. The stolen base was popularized in the Rickey Henderson era, and then revived with Jose Reyes and company. But now, the league leader in SB was Mallex Smith with only 46 SB. Adalberto Mondesi is an up and coming speedster, and Jonathan Villar has been long known to swipe a base. Only 8 players had more than 30 stolen bases in 2019. As sad as it is, SB
The new ESPN 30 for 30 Long Gone Summer is going to be good. Read more to find out where it's going to be, what it's about, and where you can watch it. What is Long Gone Summer? It is a 30 for 30 about the Sosa-McGwire home run chase during the steroid era. The film will not focus on the fact that both McGwire and Sosa used PEDs, but will rather focus on the "magic" of the summer. It's run time will be 1: 43. Where Can I Watch It? ESPN at 8 PM on June 14. What Was The Steroid Era Again? https://www.baseballnewsnow.com/post/article-archive-a-look-at-the-steroid-era
It's no secret that strategies have changed. Not just on offense, but around all of the game. Teams used to score a lot less runs, so things like stealing bases helped teams. Read below to find out how strategies have changed through the years. In early baseball, something called "Small Ball" was created. It relied on bunts to advance players, and stealing lots of bases even if you were a slow player. While teams don't use small ball now, it was a good way to score runs when home runs were rare. Once Babe Ruth came along, teams started the shift to the mentality that home runs were a convinient way to score runs. But teams still hadn't fully moved out of Small Ball, as bunting and sacrifices
Joseph Patrick Mauer belongs in the Hall of Fame. It's simple. He was one of the best hitting catchers and fielding catcher of all time. If you disagree with me, you're about to get proven wrong. In 2009, Joe Mauer was the best hitter in the league. He had the highest OPS, OPS+, OBP, and AVG. He also won the Gold Glove at catcher. That was the second straight year that he had won the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger award. In 2010, he did it again. He won both the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger. As mentioned in my "Why Catchers are So Bad At Hitting" article, it's tough to be a good hitting catcher. But to be the league's best hitter and the best fielding catcher? That doesn't happen. Jo
I was at a question session virtually with Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ from the Cubs! All of the questions that were asked are below. I couldn't get everything, and sometimes I missed a player's response. Enjoy! What advice do you have for baseball players to increase strength? Ian: Long toss What is the Longest HR That You Ever hit Ian: Last year against the A’s- It was 474 feet. It’s going to be my longest of the career. Which is your favorite position Ian: Playing 2B in 2017 was really fun for me-I worked really hard. That’s my favorite time that I’ve played a position. Nico: SS-anything middle of the field is fun. When did you know you wanted to be a pro baseball player? Nico: Early How lo
Walks are essential to a player's success. While hits per year can fluctuate, walks are one thing that a hitter can control. A high hits season usually means that the player got a little lucky. They're still good players, but good players can get lucky. So right now I'm going to explain why walks are essential to a player's success. Let's go back to 2010. In 2010, Josh Hamilton led the MLB with a .359 AVG. The next year, his walks stayed the same while his average went way down. His luck had spiked in an enormous way for one season. The next hitter was Carlos Gonzalez, who hit .336. The next year his walks stayed the same, while his average went down. In 2011, the number one hitter for avera
A Strong Finish to the Season, Predictions for the Playoffs The bracket is set, and we have a fun playoffs in store. Pete Alonso Makes History With 2 games left, and nothing to play for, Pete Alonso still tried. And he succeeded. He broke the record that Aaron Judge set in 2017 for HR’s in a single season for a rookie. On a 2-1 count with Mike Foltyynewicz pitching, Pete Alonso sent a shot to right-center field to break the record. “It was a just magical moment,” said Alonso on the home run. Alonso went 1-3 on the game with an RBI and a run. Alonso all said, ”For my entire life I’ve only wanted to be a baseball player. I didn’t have a Plan B. For hard work, determination and for all that pa
Whit Merrifield is underrated. He plays on a bad team, and not many people know about him. He had an unlucky year on defense, he's super fast, and his hitting is above average. Continue reading to find out exactly what makes Whit Merrifield so underrated. Merrifield only made his MLB debut in 2016 at age 27. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 2010 draft. He was never much of a big prospect. Players like Mike Trout are known for also being big time prospects. It took him a while to rise through the Royals' organization, but he finally reached the majors in 2016. He was okay, and he didn't make a big impact. In 2017 he played in 145 games, totaling 630 PA. This time, he led the league in s
The MLB Owners are set to propose a 75 game season, according to ESPN. The players would receive 80-85% prorated salaries. This proposal would also include an expanded playoffs. This would be the 3rd deal that was exchanged between the players and the owners this week. It shows that both sides are committed to playing a 2020 season. Hopefully this deal will be accepted.
I used to think that Javier Baez is overrated. I used to think that he wasn't as good at defense as people said he was. Here's why I was wrong. One of the fundamentals of Javier Baez's game is to be good at SS. But combine that with 13% better than average offense in a league where SS don't give the most offensive production, and you've got a star. One might point out Baez's fielding percentage. Sure, it's not too flashy. But the reason that he commits all of those errors is because he creates more plays for himself. If you're unsure how that would work, let's say there's a ground ball up the middle. A normal SS, even an above average fielding SS might not be able to get that ball. But Javie
Round 1 Picks: 1. Tigers select Spencer Torkelson 2. The Orioles select Heston Kjerstad 3. The Marlins select Max Meyer 4. The Royals select Asa Lacy 5. The Blue Jays select Austin Martin 6. The Mariners select Emerson Hancock 7. The Pirates select Nick Gonzales 8. The Pirates select Robert Hassell 9. The Rockies select Zac Veen 10. The Angels select Reid Detmers 11. The White Sox select Garrett Crochet 12. The Reds select Austin Hendrick 13. The Giants select Patrick Bailey 14. The Rangers select Justin Foscue 15. The Phillies select Mick Able 16. The Cubs select Ed Howard 17. The Red Sox select Nick Yorke 18. The Diamondbacks select Bryce Jarvis 19. The Mets select Pete Crow-Armstrong 20.
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Because of the MLB Draft, I will only be releasing two articles today, with this being one of them. The other is a full preview that will cover the draft order, a ton of prospects, and what I think will happen. Order with picks: 1st pick: The Tigers select Spencer Torkelson 2nd pick: The Orioles select Heston Kjerstad 3rd pick: The Marlins select Max Meyer 4th pick: The Royals select Asa Lacy 5th pick: The Blue Jays select Austin Martin 6th pick: The Mariners select Emerson Hancock 7th pick: The Pirates select Nick Gonzales 8th pick: The Padres select Robert Hassell 9th pick: The Rockies select Zac Veen 10th pick: The Angels select Reid Detmers 11th pick: The White Sox select Garrett Croche
Baseball is slow. There's no getting around it. Baseball has been over 3 hours since 2016. 50 years ago in 1970, the game was 2:34 long. That means that baseball is 36 minutes longer than it was 50 years ago. Baseball has slowed down, and there's no denying it. But are there things that we can do to stop it? Idea 1: Pitch Clock It has been in effect in the MLB for a bit now, but there are no consequences if a pitcher violates the pitch clock. It's already in effect in AA and AA. Idea 2: Reduce Comercial Breaks This will just downright reduce the time of game. A good portion of that time is spent in commercials. Idea 3: Reduce The Game's Down Time A lot of the game's time is wasted during dow
ESPN announced today that the MLBPA is planning to propose an 89 game season with full prorated salaries for 89 games. The deal would also include expanded playoffs. Hopefully this deal draws the two sides closer to a deal that would be accepted, because this deal is unlikely to be accepted.
Sabermetrics are the more advanced baseball stats. They help you see baseball in a away that you wouldn't if you didn't have sabermetrics. In short, they help baseball, and this is why. Basic counting stats are annoying. Since when have RBIs mattered? With BABIP, you can see if a hitter got lucky or not. With FIP, you can see if a pitcher got lucky or not. With regular counting and rate stats can you see if a player got lucky? No. wOBA is an amazing way to combine AVG and OBP. Obviously a single is better than a walk, and wOBA takes that into account. In short, sabermetrics help you judge players better. Above were some stats that can measure different things, and I just used them to show ex