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Monday, February 18, 2019

J.D. Martinez: ‘For a DH to win MVP, they’re going to have to walk on water’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Many were surprised last year when J.D. Martinez finished outside of the top three in MVP voting, but Martinez saw it coming.

Martinez’s numbers jumped off the page in 2018. In his first season with the Red Sox, the 31-year-old mashed his way to a .330 batting average, 43 home runs and 130 RBI. Still, he finished fourth behind teammate Mookie Betts, Angels superstar Mike Trout, and Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez.

While his teammates were stunned to see him fail to crack the top three after being arguably the best pure hitter in baseball, Martinez knew all along that being a designated hitter would cost him votes.

Bit rich from someone who wasn’t even the best player on his own team, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, jd martinez, mvp

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Universal designated hitter? Possibility of new MLB rules spark conversation

As humans, a lot of us hate change. As baseball fans, well—some want to embrace change and others (like me) feel like you shouldn’t mess with the game of baseball ... much.

Without a doubt, Rob Manfred is considering every one of the rule changes proposed in this article.

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, rule changes, rules

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Don’t look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June’s amateur draft.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players’ association are too complex to be put in place for this season.

Speaking Friday after an owners’ meeting, Manfred felt encouraged the union responded to management’s proposal for a pitch clock and a three-batter minimum for a relief pitcher unless an inning ends.

The Man of 1000 Ideas (None Of Them Any Good)

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, draft, manfred is thinking about it

 

 

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