Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:
1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and ...
No surprises this year.
|Mike Trout, Angels||30||420|
|Victor Martinez, Tigers||16||4||3||3||2||1||229|
|Michael Brantley, Indians||8||6||5||3||1||1||1||1||185|
|Jose Abreu, White Sox||1||6||3||1||6||5||2||2||1||145|
|Jose Bautista, Blue Jays||1||3||9||4||1||5||3||128|
|Robinson Cano, Mariners||1||1||6||5||2||4||2||1||1||124|
|Nelson Cruz, Orioles||6||3||2||2||2||1||1||102|
|Josh Donaldson, Athletics||1||2||2||3||3||6||5||2||96|
|Miguel Cabrera, Tigers||1||2||2||2||2||1||6||5||82|
|Felix Hernandez, Mariners||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||48|
|Corey Kluber, Indians||1||1||2||3||2||2||45|
|Alex Gordon, Royals||...|
|Corey Kluber, Indians||17||11||2||169|
|Felix Hernandez, Mariners||13||17||159|
|Chris Sale, White Sox||2||19||5||3||78|
|Jon Lester, Red Sox/Athletics||3||15||7||46|
|Max Scherzer, Tigers||4||6||8||32|
|David Price, Rays/Tigers||2||3||4||16|
|Phil Hughes, Twins||1||4||6|
|Wade Davis, Royals||3||3|
|Greg Holland, Royals||1||1|
|Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers||30||210|
|Johnny Cueto, Reds||23||6||1||112|
|Adam Wainwright, Cardinals||7||23||97|
He certainly is.
Everyone’s [Clayton] Kershaw this and Kershaw that, as they should be. But what of [Adam] Wainwright? He’s the second fiddle. Again.
Which brings us to a search for the best second fiddles since 1980…
C - Javy Lopez…
1B - Kent Hrbek…
2B - Lou Whitaker…
SS - Alan Trammell…
I’ve written about this extensively here, but there’s no greater second fiddle than Trammell…
LF - Tim Raines…...Read More...
CF - Kenny Lofton…
RF - Larry Walker…
SP - Mike Mussina…
RP - Trevor Hoffman
It can’t be easy to train your whole life to compete against baseball’s best, only to show up at the ballpark, look at the opposing lineup, and see Alexi Amarista again. Yet you still find a way to stay focused.
Bryce Harper’s RBI against him last night was the first this season by a lefty batter. His second-worst Game Score this year is this game (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K). etc. etc. etc.
[Clayton] Kershaw is on pace to become just the fifth pitcher since Deadball to have a sub-2.00 ERA and FIP. The previous four are all-time seasons:
1946: Hal Newhouser, 1.94 ERA; 1.97 FIP
1963: Sandy Koufax, 1.88 ERA, 1.85 FIP
1968: Bob Gibson, 1.12 ERA, 1.77 FIP
1971: Tom Seaver, 1.76 ERA, 1.93 FIP.
2014: Clayton ...
Let’s go back to the qualified pitcher seasons since 1915, of which there are 7,464… Only 18 times — 0.002% — has a pitcher topped 25% in strikeouts and kept walks below five percent… Four of those seasons had more than one home run per nine innings. Ten of them were above 0.50/9. Still very good, and yet now out of the mix.
We’re left with four seasons… Let’s limit our pitchers to only seasons where the ground ball rate has been at least 50%; this, unfortunately, goes back only to ...
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