Gonzalez seems like someone who would be a clubhouse cancer, not a positive presence. This past postseason, when the Dodgers informed Gonzalez that he would not be a part of the postseason roster, he left the team to go help his wife move her things and get settled in Italy as opposed to staying with the team.Read more "Trying to Rationalize the Adrian Gonzalez Signing"
I am officially writing for RotoBaller.com and this is my first feature for them.Read more "2017 Rule 5 Picks to Look Out For"
Throughout the interview, Le Batard kept asking Manfred whether he knew the new ownership would be cutting salary. Manfred said the commissioner’s office does not get involved in player personnel decisions. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but the fact of the matter is that the Marlins are doing what they are doing in an effort to win baseball games. Perhaps not in the immediate future but it looks like the long-term plan is to shed salary so they can rebuild from the ground up.Read more "Dan Le Batard, I’m Actually With Commissioner Manfred On This One"
This year’s Hall of Fame ballot has 18 candidates I would strongly consider voting for. This presents a number of issues, aside from the fact that I don’t have an actual vote in the election, because my hypothetical ballot can only include ten players.Read more "My 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot"
If Wagner returned to baseball and threw 186.1 more innings (to tie Hoffman’s career IP mark), he could pitch to a 5.54 ERA, 1.350 WHIP, and strike out zero batters (zero batters in 186.1 innings!), and he would still have a better ERA, WHIP, and strikeout rate than Hoffman. Hoffman is already in the Hall of Fame.Read more "The Case for the Hall: Billy Wagner"
This is a comprehensive list of all players who have compiled a better career triple-slash than that of Edgar Martinez:
Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Dan Brouthers, Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Those guys, save for Joe Jackson (who is banned from baseball), are all HOFers.Read more "The Case for the Hall: Edgar Martinez"
Baker has managed four different teams for 22 seasons total and has captured only one league pennant. He has only won one playoff series aside from the year he took the Giants to the World Series. If you take all of the postseason series he’s managed, he’s 3-8 all-time, 3-9 if you include his 2013 Wild Card Game loss. He has a 23-32 record, good for a .418 postseason win percentage.Read more "Dusty’s Gotta Go"
Why do voters vote for their top ten? They’re not voting for the “ten most valuable players” award, they’re voting on the Most Valuable Player. That’s one person, not more. That means they should vote for one person, not more.Read more "More Reform: BBWAA Balloting Needs to Change"
Mike Trout is seriously that good. Seriously.Read more "Mike Trout is my AL MVP"
Aaron Judge has struck out at least once in every game since the All-Star break. In the second half, he’s triple-slashing .169/.329/.355, a far cry from his .329/.448/.691 batting line from the first half of the season. Among qualified hitters in the second half, Judge has the third-worst strikeout percentage, the fourth-worst batting average, and the seventh-worst whiff rate. Still, the numbers show that the HRD Curse is not real.Read more "The Home Run Derby Curse Does Not Exist"