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Okay Angels: Why Not Sign Both Gurriel Brothers?

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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We had an old saying when I worked as a baggage handler backs eons ago at an undisclosed airport.  It said “The Beatings will continue until morale improves.”  Almost perfect to bashing the ownership of the Halo’s until they start spending again

Since the Angels are not eating at the ‘big boy table’ anymore the recent defection of Yulieski Gurriel and his brother Lourdes Jr. may have just provided a decent alternative.

Why not sign both of them to your roster?  Perhaps big bro ‘Yulieski’ will give you a hometown discount on his deal if you also ink his little brother.  Clearly you could use a 3rd Baseman, and flip Yunel Escobar over to 2nd base in this instance. Read the rest of this entry

Foul Ball Rates: 3 Ball Rise Per MLB Game In Nearly 30 Years

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By Ed Comber  (Vice Prez Of (BBBA)/Owner foulballz.com)  

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Over the years there have been a number of assertions made about foul ball rates, particularly the number of foul balls hit per Major League Baseball game on average. Speculation and random ball counts have been performed, but nothing that has been in-depth all.

The most recent assertion comes in the foul ball injury lawsuit Gail Payne and others filed against Major League Baseball in July 2015 and amended in October 2015.

Several lawsuits concerning foul ball injuries over the course of the last decade have cited the “fact” that there are significantly more foul balls being hit each season and that they are going much faster than 100 years ago.

However, the “significant increase” is inaccurate. The data show there’s been a statistically insignificant boost in foul rates in the last 30 years.

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Youngsters Making An Impact In 2016; American League East

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By Shane Kay  (Featured Baseball Writer/sonsof84.mlblogs.com)  

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With spring training around the corner, I wanted to take a look at a couple of young players for each team that I think will have a larger impact in 2016.  We’ll start with the American League and move to the National at the end of the week.

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Manny Machado, SS – How does a guy who collected 102 runs, 181 hits, 30 doubles, 35 homers, and 86 RBI make more of an impact?  Simple, the kid is currently just 23 and I think he’ll continue having better plate discipline where he can build on his career .281 batting average (.286 in 2016). 

This is based on a jump in walk ratio as he went from a career high 5.7% in 2014 to 9.3% in 2015.  Some sites are predicting a large drop in power, however again,

I think because of age, he’s just developing his gap power as there was a huge boost to in his career percentage (9%) of extra base hits in 2016 (9.3%), yet the home runs jumped from a career high of 14 in 2013 to 35 last season.

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2016 AL Rookie Of The Year Candidates

Carlos Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft for the Houston Astros.  He came up in early June and proceeded to win the American League Rookie Of The Year Award with a 3 Slash of .279/.345/.512 with 22 HRs (led all shortstops in the MLB) and 22 Doubles in just 99 Games.  This type of production will change the complexion of the team for the next 6 years.  He is just going to be 21 for all of next season - and he looks exactly like a young Alex Rodriguez.  In his 1st postseason action, Correa smacked 2 HRs in that pivotal game 4 of the ALDS for Houston, staking them to a 6 - 2 lead before the Bullpen gave up the game.

Carlos Correa was the 1st overall pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft for the Houston Astros. He came up in early June and proceeded to win the American League Rookie Of The Year Award with a 3 Slash of .279/.345/.512 with 22 HRs (led all shortstops in the MLB) and 22 Doubles in just 99 Games.  Who will be the Rookie Of The Year in the AL for 2016?

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2015 was the Year of the Rookie. So many young phenoms made their mark on baseball than ever before.

Both leagues were packed with young studs. In the American League, Carlos Correa led an impressive bunch that included Miguel Sano, Francisco Lindor, Mark Canha, and James McCann,

So what will 2016 bring us? Who’ll succeed Carlos Correa as the ROY? Let’s take a look at the 2016 AL candidates…

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 8, 2016

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From outside of Levi’s Stadium, I realized that there are a lot of things from the Super Bowl that I would never want in the World Series.

Plus I give pointers to Delmon Young on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Buck Weaver’s Bet On His Black Sox Future

1919 Blacksox had 8 men suspended for life including Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson.

1919 Blacksox had 8 men suspended for life including Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Andrew Martin (Featured Baseball Writer/Owner baseballhistorian.blogspot.ca) 

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The 1919 Chicago White Sox (aka Black Sox) are perhaps the most tragic of all teams in baseball history.

A powerful squad, they lost that year’s World Series to the Cincinnati Reds despite being heavily favored, and were later had eight of their players banished from the sport for their involvement or knowledge of a plot to intentionally throw the Series.

One of those eight was third baseman Buck Weaver, who maintained his innocence until his death, yet was never reinstated. Unfortunately, he was sometimes his own worst enemy when it came to pleading his case.

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The Next ‘Core Four’ For The New York Yankees?

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Mariano Rivera. Derek Jeter.Andy Pettitte . Jorge Posada. These are the four members of the Yankees’ legendary Core Four.

The four members played several years together and all made their MLB debut in 1995.

They won five World Series championships together. Pettite was the first to retire in 2010. Posada retired a year later in 2011. Andy Pettitte came out of retirement and played for two more years before retiring alongside

Mariano Rivera in 2013. The Captain, Derek Jeter, followed suit in 2014, leaving the Yankees with no members of their legendary Core Four.

Since then, the Yankees have been saving money in free agency and instead opting to build their farm system.

And now it’s time for a new Yankees generation of the Core Four: 1B Greg Bird, SP Luis Severino, OF Aaron Judge, and SS Jorge Mateo.

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9 Recent Family Duo’s In The MLB

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I’d like to look at family duos in the present and in history. We’re talking about brothers, father and son, maybe cousins. There might even be some trios on the list, so let’s take a look:

Cecil Fielder and Prince FielderThe elder Fielder was known for his time with the Tigers and was a 3x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger.

The younger Fielder also spent a couple years with the Tigers, and he currently plays for the Texas Rangers. Prince is a 6x All-Star and a 3x Silver Slugger.

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The 30 Best Quartets In The MLB

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock, left, slaps hands with Paul Goldschmidt (44) after Pollock scored a run against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Arizona Diamondbacks’ star duo A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt.

As the offseason slows down, and Spring Training only days away, I thought it’d be nice to see which team had the best quartets in their lineups–the best group of four players.

Not duos or triplets, but quartets. This way, we could see which teams have great depth in their lineup. The total 2015 WAR totals are from baseball-reference.com. So, let’s begin from the bottom of the league: 

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The 5 Most Questionable Moves Of The 2015 – 16 MLB Offseason

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Matt Musico (Featured Baseball Writer/Founder – chinmusicbaseball.com)  

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No baseball fan truly likes winter, but it’s a necessary evil. It allows MLB players to rest their tired and sore bodies while front office executives make roster moves to load up for another try at making the postseason.

The 2015-16 offseason has appeared to be more slow moving than in recent memory, and although guys like Ian Desmond, Yovani Gallardo, Dexter Fowler (among others) continue looking for new homes, teams have committed over $2 billion to free agents. So, the purse strings aren’t exactly being pinched.

Spring Training is now under two weeks away, but that’s still plenty of time to critique the moves made during the Hot Stove season. Let’s take a look at five free-agent signings and trades that have brought more questions than answers before Opening Day.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 6, 2016

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Don’t you wish you could go to the ballpark on Super Bowl Sunday?

Well, I do the best I can and play a podcast from a ballgame in Spokane last summer. It is the best I can do.

Take me out to the ballgame on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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20 Reasons Why Baseball Is The Best

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So I found a post on Bleacher Report titled “20 Reasons Baseball Is the Worst” (there’s a surprise at the end, but you’ll have to read it to find out).

So I’m going to post what the author said about each reason, and create a counter-argument for each. By the way, you can find the post HERE.

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Examining The 2016 Boston Red Sox’s Most Intriguing Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees

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Andrew Martin (Baseball Writer/Owner – baseballhistorian.blogspot.com) 

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With a 40-man roster that’s already garnering wide praise for its projected ability to win games in 2016, the Boston Red Sox are sitting pretty heading into the upcoming spring training.

That being said, even though they roll deep there’s never a way to know how they might be impacted by injury or ineffectiveness.

Non-roster invitees typically generate little fanfare, but in some cases can end up becoming major contributors.

The Red Sox are no exception, and have some players worth watching on their own list this year.

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Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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Howie Kendrick signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers this past week, and the club has learned that Yasiel Puig has dropped 15 LBS in the offseason.

While I still peg the Dodgers for about 90 – 91 wins as of right now, they have the best odds on the board this week.

There is no doubt the San Francisco Giants lineup 1 – 8 is way better and Pitching Staff is also more rounded, however the gap between the two clubs is not a difference of +600.

I would put the Giants about 93 – 94 wins.  Their roster moves while decent this winter with Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Denard Span, they all come with a little question mark here or there. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 4, 2016

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Why does Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in The Revenant remind me of Mike Trout and his situation with the Angels?

Trust me. It makes sense!

It is a Can I Please Win The Big Award Now? episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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Welcome To The Baseball Hall Of Fame Corey Seager

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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It’s time to hop on the Corey Seager Express, because before you know it, he will be giving his Hall of Fame speech.

While this is a complete joke, I do think he holds the skills and assets to have an incredible career.

While Seager is very far from a bid to the Hall of Fame, I’m not afraid to say that he has talent that is very comparable to what a Hall of Famer possesses.

To understand my rationale behind this statement, please click on the link below:

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MLB.com Seeking Stats Stringers For 2016 Season

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John Swol Baseball Writer/Owner @ (twinstrivia.com) 

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MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2016 and beyond:

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Houston
Los Angeles (both clubs)
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 2, 2016

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Part 2 of my conversation with Broadway star, baseball podcaster and Cubs fan Anthony Rapp.

We talk about bad Cub days and strange Cub optimism for 2016 and beyond.

That and more on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast 

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Part 1 of the conversation with Anthony

Subscribe to Anthony’s podcast, The Clubhouse Podcast, by clicking HERE.
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Connie Mack: The Grand Old Man of Baseball- In His Final Years, 1932-1956: A Review

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There have been more famous figures in baseball than Connie Mack over the years but few are still as recognizable as the tall thin man who spent over 60 years as a major league player, manager and team owner.

A true pioneer of the game, the taciturn Hall-of-Famer had as much impact as anyone affiliated with America’s Pastime. With such a lengthy and noted career, he is a worthy subject for research and writing.

You’ll find no better work on his life than Norman L. Macht’s Connie Mack: The Grand Old Man of Baseball- In His Final Years, 1932-1956 (University of Nebraska Press).

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 31, 2016

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It is Sunday and time for the Sunday Request.

1972 is the topic of the book I am writing. With all the topics to hit, it practically writes itself.

It  episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.


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2016 Baseball Spring Training Guide

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Trey Rose (Featured Fantasy Baseball Writer)  

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I’ve had the opportunity to go to Spring Training almost every year for the last 10 years, so I’d love to share some suggestions to those who want to attend in 2016. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

Most of my experiences have happened in Kissimmee, Florida, which is the home of the Houston Astros Spring Training. I will try to keep my suggestions on a broad basis to help fans who want to visit many different Spring Training locations. I have never been to Arizona for Spring Training, but I hope to go in the next 2 years.

Keep in mind if you are traveling to Arizona, these suggestions could vary a little bit based on your location. Please see suggestions below:

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3 Questions Facing The 2016 Boston Red Sox

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Mere weeks remain until players for the Boston Red Sox report to spring training in Florida as the kick off to the 2016 season.

A flurry of high-profile offseason moves have the team presumably sitting in a much better space than last year, when they finished in the basement of the American League East.

However, they are far from a finished product and still have some uncertainty facing them as they prepare for another season on the diamond.

Here are three of the most looming questions:

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 27, 2016

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Cleveland might dip into the remaining free agent hitters in order to fix a problem earlier rather than later.

It is a no time like the present episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.


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In Foul Territory: MLBs Priority Should Be Parental Supervision, Not Netting

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Ed Comber (BBBA VP/Owner foulballz.com) 

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The current debate and speculation about the best way to keep baseball fans safe in foul territory at MLB and MiLB games seems to be over. Commissioner Manfred, during the 2015 Winter Meetings, announced that his office would be “encouraging” teams to extend netting another 70 feet in either direction down the foul lines in Major League parks.

The issue with this isn’t that it’s a puerile attempt at pretending to show concern for fan safety (it is). The problem is that it’s nothing more than a puerile attempt to mollify those who are calling for additional netting.

Manfred and others associated with baseball have repeated a mantra that reeks of pacification rather than true depth of caring for fans. The issue with netting is that it’s wrong. On virtually every level of rationalism imaginable.

As I’ve pointed out in previous posts on FoulBallz.com, the general assertion that people simply don’t have time to react to a foul ball headed their way is categorically incorrect.

The facts regarding average human response time are very clear and contradict the erroneous statements repeated in the media, on the diamonds, in the Commissioner’s Office, in all 30 of the front offices and by lawyers. If an adult is paying attention, they do have the time to react.

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ALL – Time Detroit Tigers Pitching Wins

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Moving on from our all-time offensive stat category leaders for the Tigers, today we look at the all-time pitching leaders in Detroit franchise history.

 There’s sure to be some surprises I’m guess and interesting to see how JV is comparing…

Detroit Tigers Top 10 Career Wins

  1. Hooks Dauss – 223
  2. George Mullin – 209
  3. Mickey Lolich – 207
  4. Hal Newhouser – 200
  5. Jack Morris – 198

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Mike Piazza’s Number Will Be Retired In July

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This has been a very good month for Mets fans.

Mike Piazza was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 6th, Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a three year contract with the Mets on Saturday, and today it was announced that Mike Piazza will have his number retired by the NY Mets on July 30th.

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NL To Eliminate The DH Or Not? Fan Voting Poll

Rob Manfred has shown an aptitude to make drastic changes in the sports since taking over as the Commissioner a year ago in the MLB. The new agenda is to have both the American League and National League playing by the same rules. Purists will hate the adopting the DH, as is their disdain for the Designated Hitter in the AL. They will say they should eliminate that position. different solution.

Rob Manfred has shown an aptitude to make drastic changes in the sport since taking over as the Commissioner a year ago in the MLB. The new agenda is to have both the American League and National League playing by the same rules. Purists will hate the adopting of the DH, as is their disdain for the Designated Hitter in the AL. They will say they should eliminate that position to have both leagues equal. I offer a 3rd alternative. NO DH or pitcher hitting.  Make sure you take part in our poll at the end of the blog post.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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I have to admit Rob Manfred is at least taking charge at the helm of the MLB.  Uniformity of both the American League and the National League may be implemented as early at 2017 – following the CBA talks after the 2016 season.

That is right, The Designated Hitter may be introduced in the NL as early as next year.

If Manfred calls for an equalization schedule of all 30 MLB teams playing a level amount of games against their own league and divisions next – I will anoint him the best “Commissioner ever.  Hopefully this would be the next step.

Since the progressive leader has made some radical changes in his infancy at the top, like fast play, blackout removals, one fee for individualized teams on MLB.TV – I am hoping he can eradicate team fatigue next.

One of the best cases to made for both the Senior and Junior Circuits to both have the same rules is the recent destruction the AL has done to the National League.  They have a 12 year winning streak in Interleague play – with a whopping .550 win percentage in that time from 2004 – 2015. Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 20, 2016

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What teams can lay claim to “Team of the Decade” for the 2010’s?

What team can enter the conversation with a 2016 World Series win?

It is a long term legacy episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Prospect Jordan Weems Trying To Catch On With The Boston Red Sox

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With Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, the Boston Red Sox have two of the most highly regarded catching prospects in baseball.

Now that they have both reached the majors, fans and the media continue to debate the merits of each. However, team’s organizational depth at the position does not end with them.

There are other young receivers who have the talent to potentially contribute to the big league club one day, including 23-year-old Jordan Weems.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 17, 2016

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It is Sunday and time for THE SUNDAY REQUEST

 

I would love for this to mean that baseball is coming back to Montreal.

Don’t bet on it.

It is a Sun Coast episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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