The big story of the year for the Toronto Blue Jays was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To say that he had expectations is an understatement. Some were even ranking him as one of the best players in the league before he had even taken a real major league plate appearance. But who can blame them? Vladimir Guerrero Jr is electrifying. On July 2, 2015, Guerrero Jr was signed as an international free agent. That same day, the Blue Jays had gotten 2 international bonus slots to help sign him. The trade was from the Dodgers, and the Blue Jays sent Tim Locastro and Chase De Jong to the Dodgers. Guerrero Jr made his pro debut in 2016, where he played in rookie ball for the whole season. He slashed .271/.359/.
As of late, more teams have been moving to paid streaming services. It's now harder than ever to watch your favorite team live on TV. While some fans think of it as a rip off, teams and owners see it as a way to make money. But with both sides at dispute and only one side able to make the calls, the fans are going to be angry. So I decided to answer the question of "should the MLB broadcast games free of charge"? The first thing to know is that I'm trying not to have a biased opinion. Of course, I would love it if the MLB broadcasted games free of charge. But the questions says should, not would I like to have. Baseball is at a low point. Since the fallout of the steroid scandal, fans have s
As the wise author of this site’s content demonstrates in post after post, there is a lot to analyze about the game of baseball. Putting aside WARs, WHIPs, and other implements of statistical battles, we’ve always been able to debate the best team ever, the best player ever, the DH rule, etc. And that’s the important part. Whether it’s among friends or family, baseball provides a way for folks to talk to each other and build friendships and relationships. My first year of real baseball fandom was 1983. In Chicago the Sox were winning ugly. Everyone was a Sox fan — or so I thought. I was all in; I can still tell you the lineup. In 1984, the Cubs were good and everyone I thought was a S
This is an addon on to the article titled "Will Teams Adopt a Shorter Rotation For A Shorter Season?". Baseball wasn't always like this. Back in the early 1900's, it was considered normal for a pitcher to throw a complete game. In fact, it was odd if a pitcher didn't throw a complete game. Why was this? Teams had different philosophies and ideas on what a team should be. they didn't yet understand the importance of a bullpen. The pitchers were also much more durable. This article was an article suggestion. If you have an article suggestion, please feel free to reach out to me via the contact us section.
This was a newsletter exclusive that I am releasing now. I will also be releasing some of my older newsletters on the mailing list tab. Baseball’s ugliest moments are disputed. Some say that it’s the Black Sox trial. Others say that it’s the moment that Ray Chapman died on the field. But I think that it’s when baseball’s most popular stars were brought down for drug use. To this day, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, and Manny Ramirez have not made the Hall of Fame. This is due to Performance Enhancing Drugs, or PEDs. It’s also known as steroids. Where to begin with the Steroid Era? Baseball’s ugliest time to date seemed an amazing time for baseball. In 198
With so much speculation on when the season will return, I decided to write the definitive "When will the season return?" article. The first thing to know is that we've gone through some deals. At first it was the 81 game deal that we all thought would happen. And then it was the 114 game deal that had no chance of working. And finally, it was the 50 game deal that the owners are thinking of implementing if no deal is made. Both sides have a very different idea of how the season would look. But more importantly, each side has a different idea on how salaries would look. The players want full salaries, but the owners want to cut the players' salaries. This creates tension, and that's not good
We know that if there is a season in 2020 that it will be heavily shortened. Of course, a baseball season that doesn't start until July will obviously be much shorter. But a shorter season brings up the question of whether teams will adopt a 4 man rotation. Most of this depends on the number of games played. I think that it will be 65 games, but that's just a guess. I'll be using 65 games as the number of games that will be played. Teams have stopped using pitchers past the 6th inning. It only makes sense. If a team has a better pitcher to put in, why not put in the better pitcher? Teams have guys that can be really good for 1 or 2 innings, and then hand the ball to the closer to finish the
Michael Jordan was the most successful basketball player of all time. There's no question about that. With the rise of the Last Dance, MJ's baseball career has been receiving a lot of attention as of late. The first thing to know about MJ's baseball career is that he was never going to succeed. Sure he had talent, but expectations weigh down on people. Plus he was rushed up to AA. He was set up for failure. Probably the most well known game of Jordan's career was an exhibition game vs the Cubs. That game, he went 2-5 as the Cubs and the White Sox tied 4-4 in 10 innings. He batted 6th and started at RF. But still, he did what many couldn't. He played in an MLB game, albeit an exhibition. But
Who can forget the 1962 Yankees? They had it all. Good pitching, good hitting, and good fielding all in one team. Let's start with the lineup. Every single player in the starting 9 was an above average hitter except for Hector Lopez who was 2% below average. Mickey Mantle drew an amazing 122 walks in 502 PA. Mantle slashed .321/.486/.605 with 30 HR and a 195 OPS+. In RF was Roger Maris who slashed .256/.356/.485 with 33 HR. other notable players in the lineup were Yogi Berra, Tom Tresh, and Elston Howard. The pitching staff featured Ralph Terry, who went 23-12 with a 3.19 ERA, Whitey Ford (17-8 2.90 ERA), and Bill Stafford (14-9 3.67 ERA). The bullpen had closer Marshall Bridges who went 8-4
This is the ultimate MLB lineup based on 2019 stats. This is a 26 man roster with 13 batters and 13 pitchers. Starting Lineup C: JT Realmuto 1B: Freddie Freeman 2B: Anthony Rendon 3B: Alex Bregman SS: Marcus Semien LF: Christian Yelich CF: Mike Trout RF: Cody Bellinger DH: Juan Soto Bench UT: DJ LeMahieu C: Yasmani Grandal OF: Ronald Acuna Jr PH: Ketel Marte Starting Rotation SP: Justin Verlander SP: Jacob deGrom SP: Hyun-Jin Ryu SP: Gerrit Cole SP: Max Scherzer SP: Jack Flaherty Bullpen RP: Kirby Yates RP: Josh Hader RP: Will Harris RP: Zack Britton RP: Aaron Bummer RP: Brandon Workman RP: Liam Hendriks The bullpen is made up of multiple closers, as closers are usually better than relief pi
Here are the official position difficulty rankings: 9. DH No fielding means no difficulty. 8. RF Only lefties hit it to right field, and it's pretty easy when they do. Unless the player is Nicholas Castellanos, this position is a cake walk. 7. 1B All you do you catch the ball, and once or twice field a ground ball. This requires no arm whatsoever. 6. LF All there is to it is RF + a little extra speed. Only Jesse Winker is capable of screwing up a play in LF. 5. 2B A middle infield position, 2B is what 1B can't be. You actually have to be able to field, and with a little bit of an arm too. 4. 3B Unless the player is Vladmir Guerrero Jr, this position is easy to master after work. Just an arm
I recently wrote an article reviewing Field of Dreams, so that got me thinking. Should Shoeless Joe be in the hall of fame? The first thing to know is that he only got 1.0% of the vote in 1946. Obviously, baseball was still scarred from what he allegedly did. But if you just look at the facts, it seems obvious that Shoeless Joe belongs in Cooperstown. Shoeless Joe Jackson was banned from the game of baseball along with 7 other players from the White Sox after it was revealed that the White Sox lost on purpose in the 1919 World Series. Jackson has always denied it, and he says that he was tricked into admitting that he was guilty because he was illiterate. In the 1919 World Series, Jackson sl
Derek Jeter, while legendary, is incredibly overated. And the numbers show it. Derek Jeter was elected to the Hall Of Fame with 99.7% of the vote. He was about as close to unanamous as it gets. And yes, I know that he was a great leader. When Derek Jeter was in his playing career, what was he known for? A great hitting SS? He had a career 115 OPS+. He was 15% better than the average hitter for his career. You look at that and you tell me if he was an amazing hitter or not. In his career, Jeter was awarded 5 Gold Gloves. That is very misleading, because the modern analytics show that Jeter was the worst fielding SS of all time. That's crazy. And being clutch wasn't Derek's thing either, becau
Jeff Mathis is the worst hitter in baseball. He has one of the worst catcher's arms in baseball. Yet still, Jeff Mathis is the on the Rangers' 40 man roster, and he will likely be on their opening day roster as well. He wasn't always bad at hitting. In the minors, Mathis had a combined .781 OPS. It's funny because Mathis actually has more PA in the minors than the majors. That's how much he gets sent down. His combined minor league OBP is actually .337, which isn't bad for a catcher. But in the majors, Mathis struggles heavily with the bat. Jeff Mathis has never had more than 328 PA in a single season. Because of this, a "full season" for Mathis is upwards of 200 PA. What if I told you that
When I war writing this article, I thought that there would be a lot of General Managers that had played pro baseball. There were only 7 GMs that played Pro Baseball. However, there were also 8 General Managers that played college. The rest didn't play in college, or just never played at all. So down below will be my rankings of the 7 pro baseball players plus the lost of players that played in college. College: Jed Hoyer, Jeff Bridich, Andrew Friedman, Brodie Van Wagenen, Matt Klentak, Mike Elias, Mike Chernoff, Thad Levine 7. Al Avila He only collected 2 AB in the Dodgers organization at Rookie Ball in 1977. Hey, at least he played. 6. David Forst The A's GM played in Independent Ball for
With the 2020 season in question, a solution that would satisfy all parties seems nearly impossible. That being said, a return to baseball in 2020 is not impossible. An ideal season for both parties to agree on would be a shorter season, and today we're going to look at what the least number of games could be that would constitute a real season. Obviously, the MLB implements a 162 games regular season for a reason. A small sample size just won't cut it when it comes to baseball. Even a 81 game season won't cut it. With that being said, a smaller number of games could make up a real season. Let's take a 65 game season. If 2019 were to implement a 65 game season, we would be looking at a sligh
When you think about good hitting catchers, who comes to mind? For me it's Mike Napoli, Yasmani Grandal, and JT Realmuto. All 3 are or were above average hitters. Napoli eventually moved to 1B/DH due to his poor fielding, but Realmuto and Grandal are among the best fielding catchers in the league. When I fire up Baseball-Reference and I sort among catchers with at least 300 PA and 45 games at catcher sorted by OPS+, the results surprised me. First of all, there were 30 qualified catchers. Leading the way was Mitch Garver, and it wasn't even close. With an 11.6% HR rate, Garver was the best hitting catcher in the league. Coming in at number 2 was Willson Contereras. He slashed .272/.355/.533
Quarantine has been hard on all of us. So I took the time to watch 2 of the greatest baseball movies, and then I reviewed them down below. Enjoy! A League Of Their Own "There's no crying in baseball!" This movie was very fun to watch. I love the multiple storylines, whether it's the sisters' battle, or just following the season. I loved the sense of baseball, which we don't get in quarantine. At times I felt like a bit of the story could have been cut off, but overall this movie was a 4.5/5 star movie. Field of Dreams This movie is a classic. I loved every minute of it, whether it was the personal storyline or the question that we know was being asked. Should Joe Jackson be in the hall of fa
The MLBPA has just proposed a 114 game season. They expect that the deal will be rejected, but they hope that it serves as a stepping stone for a future deal. The season would run from June 30-October 31 with the players getting full salaries.