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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Esurance MLB Awards

Best Major Leaguer: Jake Arrieta, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Andrew McCutchen, David Price, Mike Trout, Joey Votto

Other votes, only first 3 of these and vote above are active atm: Best Everyday Player, Best Starting Pitcher, Best Rookie, Best Defensive Player, Best Breakout Player, Best Bounceback Player, Best Manager, Best Executive, Best Social Media Personality, Best Play Offense, Best Play Defense, Best Moment, Best Performance, Best Social Media Post, Best Celebrity Fan, Best Fan Catch, Best MLB Interview, Best Call TV, Best Call Radio, Best Player-Fan Interaction, Best Video Board Moment, Best Trending Topic, Best Major Leaguer Postseason

bbmck Posted: September 16, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, great baseball players, voting

Friday, September 04, 2015

Harper’s Impressive Plate Discipline Put In Historical Context

Will Bryce ever see another pitch in the strike zone??

Bryce Harper made headlines on Thursday night with a spectacular score line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.

He saw 20 pitches in Washington’s 15-1 drubbing of Atlanta and didn’t swing once, as his walk total climbed to 104 for the year – second to only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (116).

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fansided Slideshow of Best Pitchers by Franchise

Some teams have been blessed to see one legendary arm after another take the hill for their squad. Others have been forced to live with mediocrity while they await their turn in line. As such, we are here to examine the greatest starting pitchers in the history of each franchise. Whether it was championship glory or individual accomplishments, something sets each of these men apart from the pack and makes them the face of pitching greatness for their respective teams.

Los Angeles Angels – Nolan Ryan
Houston Astros – Roy Oswalt
Philadelphia/Oakland Athletics – Eddie Plank
Toronto Blue Jays – Roy Halladay
Atlanta Braves – Warren Spahn

Milwaukee Brewers – Teddy Higuera
St. Louis Cardinals – Bob Gibson
Chicago Cubs – Fergie Jenkins
Arizona Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Los Angeles Dodgers – Sandy Koufax

New York/San Francisco Giants – Christy Mathewson
Cleveland Indians – Bob Feller
Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Florida/Miami Marlins – Josh Beckett
New York Mets – Tom Seaver

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos – Steve Rogers
Baltimore Orioles – Jim Palmer
San Diego Padres – Jake Peavy
Philadelphia Phillies – Steve Carlton
Pittsburgh Pirates – Wilbur Cooper

Texas Rangers – Charlie Hough
Tampa Bay Rays/Devil Rays – David Price
Boston Red Sox – Rogers Clemens
Cincinnati Reds – Paul Derringer
Colorado Rockies – Ubaldo Jimenez

Kansas City Royals – Bret Saberhagen
Detroit Tigers – Mickey Lolich
Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators – Walter Johnson
Chicago White Sox – Red Faber
New York Yankees – Whitey Ford

bbmck Posted: August 11, 2015 at 04:37 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: great baseball players, pitchers, teams

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Franchise Four Selections

Baltimore Orioles: Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox: Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski
Chicago White Sox: Harold Baines, Paul Konerko, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas
Cleveland Indians: Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline

Houston Astros: Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan
Kansas City Royals: George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, Bret Saberhagen, Frank White
Los Angeles Angels: Vladimir Guerrero, Nolan Ryan, Tim Salmon, Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins: Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett
New York Yankees: Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle

Oakland Athletics: Dennis Eckersley, Jimmie Foxx, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson
Seattle Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki
Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria, David Price, James Shields, Ben Zobrist
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Michael Young
Toronto Blue Jays: Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay

Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt, Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling
Atlanta Braves: Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn
Chicago Cubs: Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Billy Williams
Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose
Colorado Rockies: Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Larry Walker

Los Angeles Dodgers: Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider
Miami Marlins: Jeff Conine, Mike Lowell, Gary Sheffield, Giancarlo Stanton
Milwaukee Brewers: Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount
New York Mets: David Wright, Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez, Tom Seaver
Philadelphia Phillies: Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt

Pittsburgh Pirates: Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner
San Diego Padres: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Dave Winfield
San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Buster Posey
St. Louis Cardinals: Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial
Washington Nationals: Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Vladimir Guerrero, Andre Dawson

Greatest Living: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Johnny Bench
Negro Leagues: Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige
Pioneers: Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young

bbmck Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:01 PM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, great baseball players

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ESPN: Crasnick: Harper Taking Baseball By Storm

Some notice being taken:

Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four years of service time.
.  .  .
The early numbers are staggering. Barely past the season’s quarter mark, Harper leads the major leagues in runs (39), extra base hits (26), walks (40), OPS (1.198), isolated power (.393) and Wins Above Replacement (4.1). He’s even wielding some serious leather. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Harper leads big league right fielders with 10 Defensive Runs Saved. St. Louis’ Jason Heyward, the confirmed gold standard at the position, has four DRS.

On pace for 14+ WAR this season. Is that good?



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