Mookie Betts leads the pack among right fielders in the 2010s. I gave him the nod over the gentlemen below because Betts has played at an extremely high level since his debut and has simply brought a lot of value to his teams in a short period of time. He has posted at least 6 rWAR in every full season he has played, and he has played between 250 and 400 fewer games than the other guys in this section. Betts is the owner of a .301/.374/.519 career triple-slash and brought the coveted power-speed combo to the Red Sox for the first six years of his career, launching 139 home runs and stealing 126 bags in that time frame. The one-time MVP will now suit up in Chavez Ravine for the Dodgers and look to get this next decade started right. Worth noting, of course, is that he’ll be there for the next 12 years on the heels of a $365 million extension.Read more "Best of the Decade: Right Field"
This is the second installment in a six-part series in which I will go division by division and recap the biggest storylines of each team’s season. To find the recaps for other divisions, follow the links below. NL East NL Central AL Central NL West AL West All WAR metrics are fWAR unless otherwise stated. […]Read more "2017 Recap: AL East"
I understand that there are “unwritten rules” about baseball, and that if you go hard into second base, you leave yourself open to getting beaned, but the fact of the matter is that throwing at a guy doesn’t solve the issue. It won’t un-injure the player on your team that got hurt. This isn’t a tit-for-tat deal.Read more "If It’s Not Written Down, It’s Not a Rule"
It’s safe to say that a lot of people don’t like Curt Schilling. And that might be an understatement.
Whether it be his hatred for and frequent run-ins with the media post-career, repeated sharing of offensive material on Twitter, or his seemingly arrogant attitude in general, Schilling does not have as many fans as he did when he was a player. But I’m firmly of the belief that if it happened once his career ended, he should not be penalized for it in the Hall of Fame race.Read more "Curt Schilling should be in the Hall of Fame"
On Tuesday (December 6th), Chris Sale, strikeout machine, perennial Cy Young contender, and five-time all-star, was dealt for top prospects 2B Yoan Moncada and SP Michael Kopech, and two low-level (SP Victor Diaz and CF Luis Alexander Basabe) prospects. Both teams benefited from the trade in one way or another; the Red Sox acquired one of the best pitchers in baseball […]Read more "The Nationals were the real losers of the Chris Sale trade"
Much to the chagrin of the rest of the NL, Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes inked a 4-year, $110MM pact with the Mets yesterday. Cespedes, since joining the Mets at the trade deadline in 2015 has played 189 games, slashing .282/.348/.554 with 48 HR, 39 doubles and 130 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion remains a free agent and the MLB CBA is about to expire. Will the MLBPA and MLB come to an agreement before tonight’s deadline?Read more "November 30 Musings: Mets, Jay, CBA, E5"
On Wednesday night, Boston SP Rick Porcello was announced as the 2016 AL Cy Young winner. Shortly after the announcement, folks on twitter, most notably Kate Upton, who happens to be Detroit Tigers SP and Cy Young finalist Justin Verlander’s fiancée, let the Baseball Writer’s Association of America know that the Cy Young winner they selected was the wrong choice. After any award announcement people will voice their displeasure on Twitter, but the hate for the BBWAA was well-deserved after they greatly botched this vote.Read more "Porcello shouldn’t have won Cy Young, but Verlander shouldn’t have either"