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Who Owned Baseball July 30, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

AP Photo - John Minchillo

AP Photo – John Minchillo

Brandon Phillips had a monster night, going 4 for 5, 2 runs scored, 7 RBI, 2 homers and 2 stolen bases to lead the Reds in a 15-5 drubbing of Pittsburgh.

Eddie Rosario missed the cycle by a single, going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI as the Twins topped Seattle, 9-5.

Max Scherzer threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks and striking out 6 to help the Nationals get a 1-0 victory in Miami.

Carlos Carrasco pitched a complete game, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 run while striking out 7 Oakland batters and earning the 3-1 win for Cleveland.

 

They all owned baseball on July 30, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 29, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

 

Troy Tulowitzki made his Toronto debut with a pair of doubles, a homer, 3 RBI and some sparkling defense to help beat Philadelphia, 8-2.

Bryce Harper went 3 for 4 with a pair of homers, 3 runs scored and 4 knocked in to give the Nationals a 7-2 victory over Miami.

Corey Kluber pitched shutout ball into the 9th, finishing with a complete game, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts, earning the decision as the Indians clobbered the Royals, 12-1.

Jon Lester struck out 14 and walked only 1 Colorado batter over 8 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs while getting the 3-2 win for the Cubs.

They all owned baseball on July 29, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 28, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

Sonny Gray threw a complete game 3 hit shutout, striking out 9 and walking 1 Dodger batter and contributed a hit himself in Oakland’s 2-0 victory.

Curt Casali had his second straight 2 homer day, finishing with 3 hits and 3 RBI in Tampa Bay’s 10-2 clobbering of Detroit.

Noah Syndergaard was perfect through 6 and finished with 8 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits, no walks and striking out 9 Padres en route to a 4-0 Mets win.

Joey Votto reached base 4 times, scoring twice and launching a 3 run homer to lead the Reds past St. Louis, 4-0.

 

They all owned baseball on July 28, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 27, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES

Kris Bryant got a pair of hits including a 2 out, 2 run bottom of the 9th walk off come from behind homer to give the Cubs a 9-8 victory over Colorado.

Curt Casali singled and homered twice, driving in 3, leading Tampa Bay past Detroit, 5-2.

Lance Lynn went 7 strong innings, letting up a single run and 5 hits, earning the 4-1 decision for the Cardinals over Cincinnati.

Kevin Gausman pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 6 hits, no runs and 1 walk. He would not get a decision but the Orioles would win over Atlanta 2-1 in 11 innings.

 

They all owned baseball on July 27, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 26, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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MATTHEW J. LEE/BOSTON GLOBE STAFF

David Ortiz capped off a magical day for Boston fans with a 4 for 5 performance, driving in 7 helped by a pair of 3 run homers and led to the drubbing of Detroit, 11-1.

Carlos Gonzalez reached base 4 times including a pair of homers, driving in 6 helping the Rockies top the Reds 17-7.

Eduardo Rodríguez pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 3 hits, a run on a solo homer and 1 walk, earning a much needed 11-1 victory for the Red Sox over the Tigers.

Jacob deGrom took a shutout into the 8th finishing with 7 2/3 innings of 2 hit, 8 strikeout and 2 walk ball. He did not get the decision but the Mets topped the Dodgers in 10, 3-2.

 

They all owned baseball on July 26, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 25, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

 

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MATT MARTON/AP

Cole Hamels threw a no hit masterpiece in what could have been his final start for Philadelphia. He struck out 13 and walked only two in the 5-0 final which was the first no hitter of the Cubs since 1965.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis led an amazing Mets attack by reaching base 5 times, doubling and driving in 4 runs to clobber the Dodgers 15-2.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched into the 8th innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run (on a solo homer) and no walks, earning a much needed victory for Baltimore over the Rays, 5-1.

Alex Rodriguez homered 3 times, including a game tying shot in the 9th, driving in 4 altogether and leading the Yankees to a stunning come from behind win over Minnesota, 8-5.

They all owned baseball on July 25, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 24, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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TONY DEJAK/AP

Jose Quintana went the distance in a complete game shutout, allowing 7 hits, no walks and striking out 8 as the White Sox topped Cleveland, 6-0.

Andrew Cashner pitched 7 solid innings, allowing 1 run, 5 hits and 1 walk, earning the 3-1 decision for the Padres over Miami.

Trevor Plouffe singled, doubled and homered, leading Minnesota’s attack as they clobbered the Yankees 10-1.

Carlos Gonzalez hit 2 game tying home runs that helped set up the Rockies 6-5 walk off win against the Reds.

 

They all owned baseball on July 24, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 23, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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BOB LEVEY – GETTY IMAGES

Jose Altuve got 4 hits, including a double and a walk off homer, driving in 4 all together as the Astros beat the plummeting Red Sox, 5-4.

Ervin Santana threw 8 shutout 4 hit innings against his former club, the Angels, striking out 7 and walking none, earning the 3-0 decision for Minnesota.

Andrew McCutchen singled and scored in the first and put the game away with a 2 run homer in the 7th as Pittsburgh topped the Nationals 7-3.

Clayton Kershaw continued his dominance and retired the first 18 Mets he faced. He finished with a complete game, 3 hit shutout, walking none and striking out 11 and extended his scoreless inning streak to 29, notching a 3-0 victory for the Dodgers.

They all owned baseball on July 23, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 22, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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JOHN MINCHILLO/AP

Joey Votto reached base 9 times over the course of a double header. The first game, a Reds 9-1 thrashing of the Cubs, he got on 4 times, homered and scored 3 runs. In the night cap, a Cubs 6-5 win, he got a pair of hits and walked 3 times but was stranded each time.

Preston Tucker homered twice, added a double and drove in 3 runs to help Houston top spiraling Boston 4-2.

 

Mike Leake went 8 strong innings in what could be his final Cincinnati start, allowing 4 hits, no walks and 1 run in the 9-1 decision over the Cubs.

Edinson Volquez gave the battered Royals rotation a much needed quality start, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in the 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on July 22, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 21, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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JUSTIN EDMONDS/GETTY IMAGES

Shin-Soo Choo became the first Rangers batter to hit for the cycle since 2013, finishing 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 3 batted in as Texas romped in Colorado, 9-0.

Kyle Schwarber singled, doubled and hit a game tying homer in the 9th and a the eventual game winning homer in the 13th to give the Cubs a 5-4 win in Cincinnati.

Mark Buehrle pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run and walking none, earning the 7-1 decision for the Blue Jays in Oakland.

Chris Heston held the Padres hitless for 5 innings and finished with 7 1/3 shutout 1 hit innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts as the Giants rolled, 9-3.

 

They all owned baseball on July 21, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 20, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

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JAE C. HONG/AP

Albert Pujols had an incredible double header for the Angels. He went 2 for 4 in the first game, reached base 3 times in the second and went a combined 4 for 7 with a walk, 3 homers , 5 runs scored and 4 RBI in the sweep of the Red Sox, 11-1 in the opener, 7-3 in the night cap.

Travis Ishikawa homered and doubled twice, scoring once and driving in 4 as the Pirates won a wild potential World Series preview in Kansas City, 10-7.

Rubby De La Rosa gave the Diamondbacks 7 strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 run, earning the 3-1 decision over Miami.

Andrew Heaney pitched another fine game for the Angels, going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs and no walks to defeat Boston, 7-3.

They all owned baseball on July 20, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 19, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

 

AP Photo - Pat Sullivan

AP Photo – Pat Sullivan

Dallas Keuchel pitched 7 magnificent innings, allowing no runs, no walks and 2 hits while striking out 13 Rangers batters as Houston rolled to a 10-0 blow out.

Zack Greenie extended his scoreless inning streak to 43 2/3 innings with 8 shutout frames against Washington, letting up 3 hits, 1 walk and 11 strikeouts, earning the 5-0 decision for the Dodgers.

Jake Smolinski went 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI to help the Athletics top the Twins 14-1.

Andre Ethier collected 3 hits, including a double, scoring twice and driving in a run as the Dodgers topped the Nationals,5-0.

They all owned baseball on July 19, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 18, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Alex Brandon - AP

Alex Brandon – AP

Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 masterful innings, allowing 3 hits, no runs and no walks while striking out 14 Nationals batters en route to a 4-2 Dodgers victory.

Randal Grichuk played all three outfield positions, reached base 5 times, homered twice and drove in 6 runs as the Cardinals took a 12-2 laugher over the Mets.

Garrett Richards threw a complete game 2 hit shutout, walking just one Red Sox batter and earned the 3-0 decision for the Angels.

Robinson Cano struck back at the Yankees, his former team, with a pair of 2 run homers and a third hit for good measure as Seattle won 4-3.

They all owned baseball on July 18, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 17, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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KATHY KMONICEK/AP

Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 including the go ahead homer in the 7th that gave the first place Yankees a 4-3 victory over Seattle.

C. J. Wilson held his own in a tense pitchers duel, throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. He did not get the decision but the Angels won 1-0 over Boston.

Marlon Byrd homered, doubled and singled twice, scoring a pair while leading the Reds over Cleveland, 6-1.

Lance Lynn allowed a lead off homer and then just 1 hits and 1 walk after that over 7 innings. He struck out 9 Mets and earned the 3-2 decision in St. Louis.

They all owned baseball on July 17, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 14, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) #WOB – All Star Game Edition

Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports

Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout led off the game with a homer, reached base twice and scored twice becoming the first player to win back to back All Star Game MVPs as the Angels star led the American League to a 6-3 win.

David Price pitched a perfect 4th, striking out 2, and earned the 6-3 decision for the AL in the All Star Game.

They both owned baseball on July 14, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 11, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

Corey Sipkin - NY Daily News

Corey Sipkin – NY Daily News

Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the first Mets batter to launch 3 homers in a single home game, driving in 4 runs all together in the 5-3 win over Arizona.

Brian McCann homered, doubled, scored twice and drove in 2, leading the Yankees to an 8-6 victory over the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game, allowing only 2 hits, 1 run and no walks while striking out 9 White Sox and earned the 3-1 decision for the Cubs.

Sonny Gray tossed a complete game 2 hit shutout, striking out 6 and walking none as the A’s topped Cleveland, 2-0.

 

They all owned baseball on July 12, 2015.

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Who Owned Baseball July 11, 2015 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2015 #WOB Standings

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DANNY MOLOSHOK/AP

Taylor Jungmann threw a complete game, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and 7 strikeouts and added his own single and run scored as the Brewers trounced the Dodgers 7-1.

Hisashi Iwakuma slowed down the red hot Angels with 8 shutout 3 hit innings, walking 2 and earning the 5-0 decision for the Mariners.

Cole Gillespie singled, doubled, homered and made a spectacular back to the plate catch in center field to help the Marlins blow out Cincinnati, 14-3.

Jose Reyes got on base 4 times, including a double, stole 3 bases, scored a run and drove in another to help the Blue Jays come from behind and beat Kansas City 6-2.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 9, 2015

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Remembering the moments where both teams had a chance to clinch at the same time. Plus my brother witnesses another grand slam

It is a paying respect Episode 928 of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Jered Weaver, Cole Hamels, Ian Kinsler, Bryce Harper, Alex Gordon, Jimmy Nelson, Ryan Braun and Roberto Hernandez all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball?

The link to my article about clinching can be found here.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays Payroll In 2015 + Contracts Going Forward

Alex Anthopoulos had done a nice job of assembling his club with players from other teams.  To construct a team with this type of caliber, it can be traced all the way back to the Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion brilliant extensions, while the Jays GM were able to break free from albatross contracts from Vernon Wells and Alex Rios.  He is close to the finish line, but with a flailing Canadian Dollar, and his many guys with 1 or 2 years left on the club signed, he must go one step further to gun for a championship.

Alex Anthopoulos had done a nice job of assembling his club with players from other teams. To construct a team with this type of caliber, it can be traced all the way back to the Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion brilliant extensions, while the Jays GM were able to break free from albatross contracts from Vernon Wells and Alex Rios. He is close to the finish line, but with a flailing Canadian Dollar, and his many guys with 1 or 2 years left on the club signed, he must go one step further to gun for a championship.

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What a difference from just a few seasons ago.  Toronto is on the cusp of contention, and is yielding the best club they have probably since their 1993 World Series run.  The payroll has crept up incrementally – and they are in the top 10 of the game.

The only Canadian franchise is estimated to have a budget of $127.3 MIL this year.   This would slate them 10th in the Majors.  The clubs ahead of them include:  Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Nats, Angels, Giants, Rangers and Tigers. This total still only puts them 3rd in their own Division.

Having signed Russell Martin to a 5 YR deal worth $82 MIL jumps the teams salary big time, but one could argue he will help the team lower its ERA.

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I Understand The River Boat Gambler Mentality, But Preller’s Method To Build SD Into A Winner Will Fail

A.J. Preller has revamped the roster of the Padres so much in the offseason, that I think it will take a full season for everyone to get used to their surroundings.  Much like the 2012 Angels and Marlins, 2013 Blue Jays and 2014 Yankees, just when you thought they won the winter, it took them half to a full year to round out their talent.  Having 10+ new faces on the roster usually doesn't translate to immediate impact on the field.  The Padres are listed as about an 84 win game club based on their squad.  I think they will be far below that.  For now, I have them ranked below the Dodgers, Giants, Mets, Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins in the National League.

A.J. Preller has revamped the roster of the Padres so much in the offseason, that I think it will take a full season for everyone to get used to their surroundings. Much like the 2012 Angels and Marlins, 2013 Blue Jays and 2014 Yankees, just when you thought they won the winter, it took them half to a full year to round out their talent. Having 10+ new faces on the roster usually doesn’t translate to immediate impact on the field. The Padres are listed as about an 84 win game club based on their squad. I think they will be far below that. For now, I have them ranked below the Dodgers, Giants, Mets, Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins in the National League.

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You are the San Diego Padres, and are looking at the Dodgers (north of $230 MIL in payroll the last 2 years and $267 MIL in 2015), and also the 3 times in 5 year champions (Giants) that also hail in your Division. Your franchise barely can scrape up enough dollars to crack the $100 MIL salary barrier, and you have 2 Pennants since your inception in 1969.

Petco Park’s attendance has been dropping since the park opened over a decade ago, and you needed to shake things up.  I get that.  Everyone and their grandma is calling A.J. Preller’s winter as a landmark win for any new executive that there has been.

Similar words were spoken in the winter of 2012 – going into 2013, when Alex Anthopoulos pulled off that mega trade with the Marlins, and everyone was casting them for the World Series (even the oddsmakers).  He based that trade with several components from Miami that were riddled with injury troubles in their career. Read the rest of this entry

2015 Regular Season Win Over/Unders In The MLB + Best Bets

What are your best Over/Under Bets for the upcoming 2015 MLB Season?  We have selected our top 10.

What are your best Over/Under Bets for the upcoming 2015 MLB Season? We have selected our top 10.

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Over/Unders for the year, based on odds given by http://www.bovada.com sports book

Arizona – 71.5 (over is -115) (under is -115)

I gotta go with the under.  San Diego, LA and SF are all much better, and even Colorado is tough on the road. Like them at just around 70 wins.  Is a rebuilding year, and they might fetch a heavy ransom if Mark Trumbo can have a bounce back 1st half.  2016 maybe the year the can contend again.

Atlanta – 73.5 (over is -115) (under is -115)

I like the over on this one big time.  This club lost a ton of offense, yet I like their run prevention more than ever.  Shelby Miller was a great acquisition, and they still have a nasty Bullpen.  I am not as bullish on the rest of the NL East as a lot of clubs are too.  Wouldn’t call this a best bet, however, like them to win 75 – 77 games. Read the rest of this entry

MLB Reports ‘Junior Reporter’ Haley Smilow Interviews Indians OF Michael Bourn

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Haley Smilow is a lucky baseball fan/writer/reporter.  Recently last summer, she was able to interview Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Interviewing MLB Athletes is nothing new for our Junior Reporter.  Over the last few years, Haley has interviewed Curtis Granderson, A.J. Pierzynski, Cody Ross, Barry Enright, Justin Turner, Casey Janssen and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.

The MLB Reports is very happy with the hard work and dedication Haley puts forth for her interviews.  She has a great future in the business!

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Max Scherzer’s $185 MIL Deal (Inflation Pro-Rated) Puts Him 11th In MLB History For Top Contracts

Scherzer's 7 Year/$210 MIL deal is actually worth $185 against the cap, and we are giving him the same for the ALL-Time Contracts. This sum puts him just behind Derek Jeter for 11th in MLB History. Jon Lester and he are the only 2 men to enter the top 50 this year after 7 players made the cut last off year. Cabrera, Cano, Kershaw, Tanaka, Ellsbury,Trout and Choo all have made the chart since the end of the 2013 World Series.  The deal called for a $50 MIL signing bonus. The 2013 former AL Cy Young winner, will make $15 MIL in deferred salary for the next 14 seasons.  The 30 Year Old, will join the NL's best club of 2014, as far as wins are concerned, bringing in a 96 - 66 record.  The RHP has led the AL in wins the last 2 years (21 Wins and 18 Wins respectively), and has compiled a 55 - 15 (.786 Winning Percentage) since the start of the 2012 campaign.

Scherzer’s 7 Year/$210 MIL deal is actually worth $185 against the cap, and we are giving him the same for the ALL-Time Contracts. This sum puts him just behind Derek Jeter for 11th in MLB History. Jon Lester and he are the only 2 men to enter the top 50 this year after 7 players made the cut last off year. Cabrera, Cano, Kershaw, Tanaka, Ellsbury, Trout and Choo all have made the chart since the end of the 2013 World Series. The deal called for a $50 MIL signing bonus. The 2013 former AL Cy Young winner, will make $15 MIL in deferred salary for the next 14 seasons. The 30 Year Old, will join the NL’s best club of 2014, as far as wins are concerned, bringing in a 96 – 66 record. The RHP has led the AL in wins the last 2 years (21 Wins and 18 Wins respectively), and has compiled a 55 – 15 (.786 Winning Percentage) since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means Active Contract)

 1. Giancarlo Stanton, $325, 000, 000 (2015 – 2027)

*2. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he forfeited $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will now end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.  You can’t tell me he will be worth 40% of what the Yankees will be paying him next year, and all the way till the end of 2017.

3. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10)

*4. Miguel Cabrera $248,000, 000 (2016 – 2023)

Go see #25.  He has the 4th and 25th top contracts of ALL – Time.  This contract doesn’t start until 2016.

*5Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

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Giancarlo Stanton Signs Record 13 YRs/$325 MIL Deal, Will He Be Worth It? + Top 50 Salary Deals ALL – Time

 

Giancarlo Stanton, who will turn just 25 in a few days, ended the year with the HR crown at 37 and added 105 RBI - to win the Hank Aaron Award. With the big slugger due for huge Arbitration awards in the next few years, the club starting

Giancarlo Stanton, who will turn just 25 in a few days, ended the year with the HR crown at 37 and added 105 RBI in just 539 AB before having his season ended with a Hit By Pitch. With the big slugger due for huge Arbitration awards in the next few years, the club started bargaining withe their young superstar towards a long-term contract once the year was over.  They came up with a record breaking 13 Year Deal worth $325 MIL at the end of it.  Stanton also holds his own ticket for the future as well, with a full no no-trade clause, and an opt year after the 2020 campaign.

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With the ink not even being finalized on the historic deal between the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton, it has been confirmed the deal is for 13 years at a clip of $325 MIL.

Among the provisions includes a no-trade clause, and an opt-out after the 2020 season, which would be 6 years into the deal.

It will be interesting to see how the dollars are broken up per year.  If I were Stanton, I would have wanted for the Annual Average money be even throughout the pact, otherwise I may be leery of the club trying to let him walk out after the 6 years – by not having a competitive club.

Although, if it is back end loaded the team would certainly have the flexibility to spend more cash on their current roster for the next 6 campaigns,  Tough dilemma for sure to be in.

No matter how long the 2014 NL MVP runnerup stays in South Beach, this is a smart business transaction for the franchise, regardless of the outcome.  It just may backfire from a baseball operational sense in terms of finances for signing other players too.

The Miami Marlins had to do this contract to save face from the 2012 break up of the squad.  Now while the big blockbuster trade has given the team the ability to contend for a playoff spot in the near future – and was a smart organizational move, as the fans also have been sold a bill of goods from the Marlins ownership since day 1 of the teams existence.

This is a marketing plan as much as anything that will be brought forth by the baseball impact.  Stanton is the marquee player on the team, and trading him away in the next 2 years would have had a devastating effect on the fanbase.

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Who Owned Baseball For 2014 – The Final Regular Season Tally

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Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates… Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers… Mike Trout of the Angels… Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.

They all owned baseball in 2014.

After a full year of checking each game and determining which player owned the game for that day, there were 4 winners.

McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman by a 9 to 7 1/2 final.

Kershaw had the highest overall WOB total, 14 1/2, topping Johnny Cueto‘s 11.

The American League races were razor thin.

Trout beat Oakland’s Josh Donaldson by a final of 9 1/2 to 9. Meanwhile King Felix squeaked past Corey Kluber of the Indians 11 to 10 1/2 (with Chris Sale close by at 9)

If I turned in a ballot with McCutchen winning NL MVP, Kershaw winning NL Cy Young, Trout winning AL MVP and Hernandez winning the AL Cy Young, could anyone protest?

Sure I could make valid arguments for Giancarlo Stanton winning the NL MVP. (His WOB total was a surprisingly low 4.) And of course Kluber and Hernandez is basically a coin toss right now. But the above ballot would certainly be acceptable.

WOB works. Adding the 1/2 WOB dynamic made it more accurate than last year.

Thanks for following it for the year. For the post season, I will have new tallies for “Who Owned October?” (WOO) and “Who Owned the World Series?” (WOWS.)

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 28, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + FINAL 2014 #WOB Standings

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no hitter in Washington Nationals history (and the franchise’s first since Dennis Martinez‘s perfect game for the Expos in 1991). He allowed only 1 walk while striking out 10 Miami hitters en route to his 1-0 masterpiece.

Sonny Gray provided relief for 2 months of Oakland frustration with a post season clinching 6 hit complete game shutout of the Rangers, striking out 5 and walking none.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI, helping the Cubs win against Milwaukee 5-2.

Ian Kinsler homered, hit an RBI single and added another hit to lead the Tigers to the Division Title with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota.

They all owned baseball on Sept 28, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 27, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Eduardo Escobar got 4 hits, including a 3 run homer, and drove in 6 runs, helping the Twins spoil the Tigers hopes of clinching with a 12-3 blow out.

Mark Trumbo got on base 3 times and drove in 4, including a tie breaking 3 run homer in the 7th that was the difference in Arizona’s 5-2 win against the Cardinals.

John Danks gave the White Sox 7 strong innings, scattering 5 hits and allowing just 2 runs, earning the 5-4 decision over Kansas City.

Wily Peralta finished his season with 17 wins following his 7 innings, 1 run and 13 strikeout performance against the Cubs for a 2-1 final.

 

They all owned baseball on Sept 27, 2014.

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Who Owned Baseball Sept 26, 2014 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2014 #WOB Standings

Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

Corey Kluber helped his Cy Young cause with an 8 inning, 5 hit shutout performance, striking out 11 Rays, walking 2 in a 1-0 pitchers duel in Cleveland.

Doug Fister gave the bullpen a rest for the first game of a double header as he threw a 3 hit complete game shut out as the Nationals blanked the Marlins, 4-0.

Dalton Pompey  Doubled and hit 2 triples (that is rare) driving in a pair, helping the Blue Jays top the Orioles, 4-2.

J.T. Realmuto missed the cycle by a homer, finished going 3-5 with 4 RBI in the Marlins wild 15-7 win in Washington.

They all owned baseball on Sept 26, 2014.

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