“We don’t lose sleep over it,” said Mead, vice president for communications and a former assistant general manager. “But it would be nice to go to Cooperstown and see the A. That day will come.”
The day came for another early 1960s expansion team, the Houston Astros, when Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Biggio will be the first player to wear an Astros cap on his plaque, a long wait for a team that joined the majors in 1962, as the Colt .45s.
The Angels are ...
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 ...
WHAT ABOUT JETER’S WALK OFF?
Among all the moments on this list, none has a higher WPA than Davis’ June 30 grand slam against Oakland. The Tigers had a win expectancy of 20 percent entering the at-bat. (And that presumes each moment occurs in a vacuum. It didn’t take into account that the light-hitting Davis has never hit more than eight home runs in a season and that Davis had never hit a walk-off shot.)
With one smooth swing, Davis crushed a hanging curveball over the left-field wall, one ...
How to be like Mike (Trout) this offseason:
MO: You’re home in New Jersey, right? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?
MT: I usually go to two dinners. At my parents’ house, then my girlfriend’s house. They have a dinner too. Nothing too crazy.
MO: Since you’re the youngest of three kids, do you think having an MVP will give you extra clout at Thanksgiving this year? Biggest piece of pie? You get to eat the last roll?
MT: It’s first come and first serve in my house and in my family. ...
Since the stats weren’t conclusive, I solicited opinions from scouts and scouting executives via email, asking whether “throw him high fastballs” would always be the book on Trout, or whether he’d make an adjustment that would render the strategy obsolete. The responses revealed considerable uncertainty.
“I think there are two incredibly unlikely outcomes,” a scouting director said. “One is that he suddenly starts mashing those pitches. Assuming any player, even a phenomenal ...
No surprises this year.
Mike Trout finally wins the MVP. Here are some highlights.
|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||...|
Mike Trout is the definitive best player in baseball and has been for at least two full seasons now, probably three. There is no reasonable rebut to that.
But, for the first time since he announced himself as such, Trout enters an offseason with an obvious flaw: He can’t hit the high fastball.
Pitchers, by and large, are working lower. The called strike zone has followed them... Hitters are… swinging at more pitches in the lower third… Contact rates on pitches up have declined. Contact rates on pitches down have very slightly improved… here’s what this has led to: in 2008, hitters slugged 30 points better against high strikes than they did against low strikes. The next season, they slugged 51 points better. Fast-forward now to 2014, and you’ll observe that now hitters are slugging ...
Get that dunce cap off your head and put it on Pedro Guerrero’s!
If I gave you a choice of any non-Kershaw major leaguer for the rest of the season, who would you choose?
Right: Mike Trout. Get that dunce cap off your head and move a little closer to my desk, right this minute.
And your second choice?
I’m not going to make you put the dunce cap back on if you don’t immediately think of Alex Gordon. But by this measure, he’s actually been the best player in the major leagues this season... ...
The Angels hooked a good one.
he leading 2006 Rays draft managed to produce three productive major leaguers: Evan Longoria (1st Round, 3rd pick, 38.5 career rWAR, 5.81 WAR/Season), Alex Cobb (4th Round, 3rd Pick, 7.1 career rWAR, 1.94 WAR/Season), and Desmond Jennings (10th Round, 3rd Pick, 11.7 rWAR, 3.02 WAR/Season). However, the 2009 Angels drafted Mike Trout, Tyler Skaggs, and Garrett Richards, so they may be on the way to passing the 2006 Rays. In addition, the Angels’s total includes ...
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Player SH WS BBR WAR Mike Trout 39.7 9.2 Andrew McCutchen 35.0 8.2 Matt Carpenter 37.5 6.6 Miguel Cabrera 33.2 7.2 Shin-Soo Choo 32.8 4.2 Yadier Molina 28.0 5.7 Robinson Cano 33.3 7.6 Chris Davis 32.5 6.4 Paul Goldschmidt 31.8 7.0 Joey Votto 30.4 6.4 Freddie Freeman 28.7 5.5 Josh Donaldson 31.6 8.0 Evan Longoria 27.4 6.3 David Wright 27.1 5.9 Manny Machado 20.2 6.5 Jason Kipnis 27.3 5.9 Carlos Santana 27.4 4.4 Buster Posey 26.3 5.2 Joe ...Read More...
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