Who Owned Baseball August 28, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Tony Avelar, Special To San Francisco Chronicle

Joe Panik went 3 for 4 with 2 homers and 4 RBI to lead the Giants past Atlanta, 13-4.

Josh Donaldson homered 3 times, driving in 4 as the first place Blue Jays kept rolling, 9-6 over Minnesota.

Luis Perdomo went the distance allowing 1 run over 9 innings to get the 3-1 decision for the Padres over the Marlins.

Kevin Gausman struck out 9 Yankees over 7 shutout innings as the Orioles prevailed, 5-0.

They All Owned Baseball on August 28, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/29/16

P- Carlos Martinez (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $10,300. Carlos Martinez has been an incredibly reliable option in daily fantasy throughout the 2016 season. Over his last three starts, C-Mart has a 2-0 record, 2.14 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. He has won both of his starts against the Brewers this season, allowing one run on nine hits in 13 innings pitched.

P- Matt Boyd (vs. Chicago White Sox): $6,700. Boyd has been really good since joining the starting rotation. He is now 5-0, with a 2.38 ERA in eight starts. Over his last three starts, he has a 2-0 record, 1.89 ERA, and 14 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched. If he can pitch like he has been recently, I don’t think the Chicago White Sox offense can touch him.

 

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Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and 1977-78 Dodgers- A Review

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of Major League Baseball’s flagship franchises, going all the way back to when the team called Brooklyn, New York its home. For years, relying on flashy players and sometimes even flashier managers, they have traditionally been in the national spotlight. In particular, the 1977-78 teams were among the most entertaining and talented, and yet unfulfilled. Author Michael Fallon has dived in with a deep examination with Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers (University of Nebraska Press, 2016).

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 28, 2016

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Evidently I need to explain how Who Owns Baseball works for some people.

It is a “Enter the Mind of Sully” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

 

Dustin Pedroia, Charlie Blackmon, Jose Quintana, Anthony DeSclafani, Hernan Perez and Chris Davis all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball August 27, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Dustin Pedroia collected a hit in 11 straight at bats, including 4 on Saturday, before finally being retired, missing the record by one. He still led the Red Sox to an 8-3 beating of the Royals.

Charlie Blackmon got 3 hits, including 2 homers, driving in 3, as the Rockies topped the Nationals in extra innings, 9-4.

Jose Quintana pitched into the 8th inning, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run and 1 unearned run while striking out 8 Mariners and getting the 9-3 decision for the White Sox.

Anthony DeSclafani threw a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 9 Diamondbacks in the 13-0 Cincinnati laugher.

They All Owned Baseball on August 27, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/28/16

P- Madison Bumgarner (vs. Atlanta Braves): In his last seven starts against the Braves since 2013, Bumgarner has won six of them. He has held their offense to a .209 batting average throughout his career. He has struggled some over his last two starts, but I don’t foresee Bumgarner struggling in three starts in a row.

P- Ivan Nova (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $8,000. Nova is coming off his best start of the season, which he threw a complete game against the Houston Astros. Since joining the Pirates rotation, Nova is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and one walk in four starts. The Brewers’ offense hasn’t faced Nova in a few years.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 27, 2016

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The Dodgers seem obsessed with getting EVERYONE from the 2008 Phillies… except Cole Hamels.

It is a Tinsel Town episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Justin Smoak, Kris Bryant, Justin Verlander, Braden Shipley, Chris Sale, Manny Machado, Luis Sardinas and Brandon Finnegan and Brandon Moss all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Evan Gattis Hits A Walk-Off Home Run That Could Spark An Astros Playoff Run

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge Astros fan. I’m actually in Houston to see the weekend series as I write this article. This is my first time at an Astros’ home game since 2005 and I was not disappointed by the first game of the weekend. I was lucky enough to see by far the best game I’ve ever seen in person last night.

 

The Astros were down by one going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but that quickly changed. Carlos Correa hit a beautiful opposite field home run to tie the game in the first at bat of the inning. Evan Gattis followed the reigning AL Rookie of the Year with an absolute mammoth walk-off home run. Gattis swung at a pitch at his eye-level and that pitch ended up on the train tracks at Minute Maid Park. You can see the video I recorded of the walk-off home run and other videos posted by the Houston Astros Twitter account below:

 

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Who Owned Baseball August 26, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Justin Smoak went 3 for 5 with a homer and 5 RBI to help propel the Blue Jays into first place by themselves with a 15-8 thrashing of Minnesota.

Kris Bryant scored all 3 times he reached base including a key 8th inning homer and a go ahead homer in the 10th as the Cubs came from behind to top the Dodgers, 6-4.

Justin Verlander pitched into the 8th, striking out 8 Angels in 7 2/3 innings and walking just 1, earning the 4-2 victory for Detroit.

Braden Shipley threw 7 strong innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run, setting p Arizona’s 4-3 extra inning win over Cincinnati.

They All Owned Baseball on August 26, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/27/16

P- Jameson Taillon (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $9,900. Taillon has been incredibly consistent all year long. He is coming off one of his best performances on the mound this year after throwing eight innings of two run ball against the Houston Astros. His last eight outings have been quality starts. In two starts against the Brewers this season, Taillon has thrown 12 innings while giving up only three runs.

P- Marcus Stroman (vs. Minnesota Twins): $9,100. Stroman struggled mightily throughout the first half of the season, but he has done quite well recently. Over his last six starts, he own a 2.45 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 40.1 innings pitched. He has been racking up the strikeouts over his last few starts, which is obviously great for daily fantasy. Minnesota’s offense has been absolutely terrible over the last few weeks, so this should be great for Stroman.

 

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Yasmany Tomas Is Better Than You Think

When the Arizona Diamondbacks signed Yasmany Tomas to a $60 Million dollar deal, many thought the Cuban “third-baseman” would be an instant star. Little is known about Cuban players when they come over; their skills are often exaggerated and their numbers on the Cuban National Series inflated. While some players, such as Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu, do come over and become instant stars, others, such as Hector Olivera, simply don’t have what it takes to make it in the majors. For the better part of last year, Tomas seemed a lot closer to the bust category than major league stardom. That assessment seems destined to change soon.

Too quick and binary is our collective assessment of players. They’re either good or bad and we know within the first weeks of April. We care little about their story, or struggles to adapt. It’s the Twitter era; context and nuance is dead.

That is the story of Yasmany Tomas. The Diamondbacks miscast Tomas as a third baseman and the metrics hated him there. They probably knew he was not a third baseman, but there he was. Unable to help the team defensively, and struggling a bit in his first offensive season at the Major League level, Tomas got a label. He was a bust, just another of the missteps in a reign of terror  for a Diamondbacks front office that doesn’t even know the rules.

But that label loses all context.

To continue reading about the context that shows Yasmany Tomas may be on his way to stardom, please check out the full article at Off The Bench.

Joey Votto, Jose Altuve Aren’t the Only MLB Hitters Enjoying a Huge Second Half

The MLB regular-season schedule is a grind, and there’s a reason why they call it the “dog days of August.” For some reason, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve aren’t paying much attention to that as they each chase history with torrid runs through the second half.

Basically, no opposing pitcher is safe, as they’re each looking to become the first hitters to hit over .400 after the All-Star game since some guy named Ichiro Suzuki did it in 2004.

While they’re grabbing all the headlines, they’re not the only ones tearing the cover off baseballs since the league’s brightest stars met up in San Diego. In fact, Votto and Altuve are just two of seven hitters with at least 30 second-half games played and a batting average higher than .350. Here’s a look at the list with some stats for perspective:

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 26, 2016

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Giants pitcher Matt Moore almost threw a no hitter, and my dad and I watched the game together.

It is another Father and Son episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Matt Moore, Cole Hamels, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brandon Moss all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball August 25, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Matt Moore came within 2 strikes of a no hitter against the Dodgers before allowing a bloop into right field in the 9th inning. He settled for 8 2/3 shutout one hit innings and the 4-0 Giants victory.

Cole Hamels struck out 8 Indians over 8 shutout 2 hit innings, earning the 9-0 decision for the Rangers.

Andrew McCutchen got 3 hits including a homer and the go ahead single in the 10th to lead the Pirates past Milwaukee, 3-2.

Mike Trout got 3 hits and drove in 4 runs to lead the Angels past Toronto, 6-3.

They All Owned Baseball on August 25, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/26/16

P- Justin Verlander (vs. Los Angeles Angels): $10,400. Verlander has been absolutely dominant since the All-Star break. Over his last three starts, he has a 1-1 record, 2.25 ERA, and 17 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. In 72 career at bats against Verlander, the Angels’ offense is batting .153, with a .247 OBP, and a .256 slugging percentage. In his last start against the Angels, Verlander went 7.1 innings, giving up four runs, and he struck out seven batters.

P- Bartolo Colon (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $7,600. Colon has been very consistent all year long. During his starts in August, he owns a 2.25 ERA. In three starts against the Phillies this season, Colon has held them to a .206 batting average. In 117 career at bats against Colon, the Phillies’ lineup is batting .231, with a .272 OBP, and a .372 slugging percentage.

 

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2016 MLB Playoff and Yearly Award Predictions

With only about a month left in the season, it’s time to take a look at playoff and yearly award predictions. These are obviously subject to change, but below are my predictions. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @dynasty_digest.

Playoff Prediction

AL East: Boston Red Sox

AL Central: Cleveland Indians

AL West: Texas Rangers

Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers

 

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 25, 2016

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On a beautiful sunny day, I took my kids to an A’s-Cubs game. And I am going to take you along too.

I take you out to the ballgame on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Manny Machado, Michael Bourn, Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Fernandez, Brian Dozier, Daniel Murphy, Johnny Cueto and Rick Porcello all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball August 24, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Manny Machado collected 4 hits, including a homer, drove in 4 and scored 2 as the Orioles took the 10-8 Beltway slugfest with Washington.

Michael Bourn went 4 for 6 with 2 triples, scoring 3 times in Arizona’s 10-9 extra inning victory over Atlanta.

Masahiro Tanaka threw 7 shutout innings, giving up 6 hits in the Yankees 5-0 blanking of the Mariners.

Jose Fernandez struck out 9 Royals in 7 innings, halting their win streak and earning the 3-0 decision for the Marlins.

They All Owned Baseball on August 24, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/25/16

P- Robbie Ray (vs. Atlanta Braves): $10,400. Over Ray’s last three starts, he has been absolutely dominant. Those starts include 19 innings pitched, 2-0 record, 0.95 ERA, and 22 strikeouts. He is facing a mediocre Braves lineup, so this shouldn’t be a tough matchup for the left-handed pitcher. His hot streak and opponent makes me believe he is the best top-tier pitcher available on Thursday.

P- Tom Koehler (vs. Kansas City Royals): $7,100. Koehler has been great since the All-Star break. Since July 21st, the righty has thrown 39 innings, with a 1.62 ERA, 26 hits allowed, and 30 strikeouts. Kansas City’s offense has been very average all year long, so it shouldn’t pose a huge threat for Koehler.

 

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Which NL Pitcher can Stop Clayton Kershaw From Winning Another Cy Young Award?

Is it possible for a pitcher to take home a Cy Young award despite missing nearly half a season? Judging from what Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw did before he landed on the disabled list and how the rest of his competition has performed since, it sure is.

The southpaw hasn’t pitched since losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 26, but it’s not outrageous to say he’s still the National League’s best pitcher. Despite spotting his competition about two months, he still leads the league in fWAR (5.5) and bWAR (4.8). The biggest question right now is whether or not he’ll return to a big-league mound before the regular season finishes.

The likelihood of that increased with some good news, as J.P. Hoornstra of the L.A. News Group reported on Tuesday. Kershaw escaped a 40-pitch bullpen unscathed and is scheduled for a 60-pitch simulated game later this week. As he continues ramping up, the final step before re-entering the Dodgers’ rotation will be one rehab start.

The award has basically been Kershaw’s to lose all season, with a big determination now being how many starts he can rack up upon getting activated off the DL. There’s still about a month left, which is plenty of time for other contenders to separate themselves from the pack by having a strong finish.

Here are seven NL pitchers who have a shot at preventing Kershaw from winning yet another Cy Young. It all depends on how the last month goes.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 24, 2016

 

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Believe it or not, the Angels have one of the oldest stadiums in baseball. And maybe they will find reason to leave Anaheim behind them.

It is a Heavenly episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Gregory Polanco, Victor Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Sean Manaea, Nolan Arenado, Nick Buss and Jon Grayall added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball August 23, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Gregory Polanco went 3 for 4 with 2 homers and 3 RBI to help the Pirates thrash the Astros, 7-1.

Victor Martinez collected 3 hits, including a homer, driving in 2 as Detroit beat Minnesota, 8-3.

Jake Arrieta pitched 8 innings of 2 hit shutout ball, striking out 6 San Diego batters and earning the 5-3 decision for the Cubs.

Sean Manaea struck out 8 Cleveland batters over 7 innings, yielding 3 hits and 1 run while getting the 9-1 win for Oakland.

They All Owned Baseball on August 23, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 8/24/16

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Daily Matchups for 8/24/2016

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Jose Fernandez

Yu Darvish

Kyle Hendricks

Masahiro Tanaka

Zack Greinke

Matt Boyd


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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/24/16

P- Masahiro Tanaka (vs. Seattle Mariners): $10,800. There are a lot of great options at starting pitcher for Wednesday. Based on the prices and competition of some of the elite tier starts, I think Tanaka provides the most value. Over his last three starts, he has struck out at least eight batters, with zero walks, and a 2.18 ERA. In 67 career at bats against Tanaka, the Mariners’ lineup is batting .164 with a .200 OBP.

P- Marco Estrada (vs. Los Angeles Angels): $8,600. Estrada is coming off a rough start, but that is very uncommon of the righty this season. It was the first time since May 13th that he allowed more than three earned runs in a game. Over the last seven days, the Los Angeles Angels have a .241/.304/.366 slash line, which isn’t superb by any means. Estrada is going to be hungry to get out on the mound and succeed after a tough loss last week, which could be great for a start in daily fantasy.

 

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Nolan Arenado’s Bat Is Incredible, But His Glove Is Legend… Wait For It… DARY!

Sorry for the “How I Met Your Mother” quote in the title, but I couldn’t resist. At this moment in time, I believe we are witnessing one of the best defensive third baseman to play the game of baseball. At the age of 25, Nolan Arenado has received the National League Gold Glove Award in his first three seasons in the big leagues. He also won his first Fielding Bible in 2015, which means he was voted the best fielding third baseman in the entire Major Leagues, not just the National League. As you can see, he has been racking up the fielding accolades since he was promoted by the Rockies in 2013, but let’s take a look at his numbers.

 

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – August 23, 2016

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That’s right. I have reached episode 1,400.

And for today, I answer a question from superfan @cu8sfan (aka Cubs Fan With An 8.)

He wants to know what career cut short I would want to see play out properly.

The Streak Stays Alive in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Carlos Carrasco, Xander Bogaerts, Adrian Gonzalez, Jon Lester, Freddie Freeman, Gary Sanchez, Andrew Triggs and Jameson Taillon all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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Who Owned Baseball August 22, 2016 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

 

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Carlos Carrasco threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits while striking out 9 Oakland batters as Cleveland took the tense 1-0 pitchers duel.

Xander Bogaerts reached base 3 times, homered, scored 2 and drove in 2 to help the Red Sox move back into a first place tie with a 6-2 win in Tampa Bay.

Jon Lester struck out 8 Padres in 6 innings, allowing 1 run and earned the 5-1 decision for the Cubs.

Adrian Gonzalez homered 3 times and drove in 8 in the wild 18-9 Dodgers victory in Cincinnati.

They All Owned Baseball on August 22, 2016.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Fanduel, DraftKings, and Fanpicks 8/23/16

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Daily Matchups for 8/23/2016

Pitcher

Jake Arrieta

Madison Bumgarner

Jaime Garcia

Danny Salazar

Joe Musgrove


CATCHER

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 8/23/16

P- Madison Bumgarner (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers): $13,100. Bumgarner has been a beast all season long in daily fantasy. Over his last three starts, he has a 2-1 record, 21 strikeouts, and a 2.25 ERA in 20 inning pitched. During his career, he has shown plenty of success against the Dodgers at their home stadium. He currently owns a 8-5 record to go along with a 2.40 ERA at Dodger Stadium.

P- Anibal Sanchez (vs. Minnesota Twins): $6,900. Sanchez is coming off a start which he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. In 124 career at bats against Sanchez, the Twins’ lineup is batting .242, with one home run, and a .291 OBP. Over the last seven days, the Twins offense is ranked last in OPS and slugging.

 

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Yoenis Cespedes Couldn’t be More Perfect for the Bright Lights of New York

Since baseball is a game of failure, it’s imperative for players to remain confident when they’re not successful. It’s even more imperative for those playing in large media markets to not be fazed by the fans and reporters who monitor their every move.

Understandably so, playing in a big city isn’t for everybody, but New York Mets outfielderYoenis Cespedes appears to thrive on it more than anything else.

When he was acquired from the Detroit Tigers minutes before the non-waiver trade deadline last summer, he was expected to immediately become “the man” in New York’s lineup. Mets fans know how often players live up to those kinds of expectations upon landing in Flushing.

So, the fact that he’s lived up to them by hitting .290/.353/.584 with 42 home runs and 108 RBI in 154 games since joining the Mets is shocking. It’s also why fans hope Cespedes either decides against using his opt-out clause after this season, or New York finds a way to keep him with the organization via another contract.

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