Watching the pre-game on MLB Network, I was struck by how likeable most of the game’s great young players are.
But wait, we’ve got even more evidence that this is the deepest group of young hitters in a generation: You’ll find 14 hitters age 25 or younger with at least 200 plate appearances and an Adjusted OPS+ of 125 or better. We’ve seen only two seasons since 1900, according to baseball-reference.com, when that many position players 25 and under finished the year with an OPS+ that far above league average (minimum 400 plate appearances). One was 1969, when men such as Johnny Bench, Rod Carew and ...
With this attitude fans might as well take a break from the sport during the All Star Break.
Pat Neshek, who took the loss in the 2014 All-Star Game, shares the notion that, to many players, winning isn’t the primary focus. “You’re there to enjoy the week,” said Neshek. “Everybody is having fun, and baseball is the last thing you’re worried about.”
Rob Neyer’s perspective on the game.
OK, I couldn’t make it to the finals. First, I just can’t take Chris Berman for that long. I tried muting but I just couldn’t take the hair any longer. Second, it was just too boring. Not as boring as the old format, maybe. But, still too boring to finish.
The All-Star game just isn’t the same. It used to be an event. Players in one league wanted to show the players in the other league that their team was better. It’s was also one of the only chances for fans to see players outside our home team’s league.
That’s not the way it is now. With interleague play, MLB.TV, and the games available on cable TV, we get to see any player just about any time we want. It’s also become a game with 1,000 players on the roster where everybody has to ...Read More...
He said he will be honest with Manfred and about his life and baseball, but doesn’t know what he could present to the commissioner to get reinstated.
You can vote online, using a mobile phone, or via Twitter. At least using Twitter shouldn’t produce more spam.
Brock-bleeping-Holt is the Red Sox rep?!
RHP: Chris Archer, Rays
RHP: Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP: Brad Boxberger, Rays
LHP: Zach Britton, Orioles
RHP: Wade Davis, Royals
RHP: Sonny Gray: Athletics
RHP: Kelvin Herrera, Royals
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
LHP: Dallas Keuchel, Astros
RHP: Darren O’Day, Orioles
LHP: Glen Perkins, Twins
LHP: David Price, Tigers
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
C: Russell Martin, Blue Jays
C: Stephen Vogt, Athletics
1B: Albert ...
Instead of a set number of “outs” per round, each player this year will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. A running clock will begin counting down upon release of the first pitch, though it will stop for any home run hit during the final minute. The clock will stop immediately after those home run balls land and will not begin again until a non-home run ball lands or the batter swings and misses.
What a mess.
More than 300 million votes have been accepted, according to the league, and the record of 390 million should fall sometime this week. Almost certainly a half-billion votes will be cast by the time balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2. And that doesn’t include the massive amounts of votes Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advanced Media, said the league disallowed because of concerns over fake or improper voting.
“I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” Bowman said. “But it’s between 60 and 65 ...
The key to exploiting the system was realizing that—are you ready for this?—there is zero verification ...Read More...
Voting for Top 4 players by franchise, from Negro Leagues, Pioneers and all Living Players.
When the news broke Tuesday that MLB would be getting rid of its paper All-Star ballots starting with the 2015 season, I was momentarily transported to being a 10-year-old kid sitting inside Oakland Coliseum with a pencil in my hand.
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