Daily Archives: July 11, 2016

Sean Doolittle Wins BBBA’s 2016 ‘Tony Gwynn’ Leadership Award

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By Chuck Booth (BBBA President)

We are proud to present the winner of the Tony Gwynn Leadership Award to Oakland A’s Relief Pitcher Sean Dooittle, who narrowly edged OF Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets  by one mere vote.

This distinction goes to an outstanding individual in the MLB that reflects both a great leader in the game – but also off the field.

Thanks to all members who voted.   The other nominees were Clayton Kershaw, Brett Lawrie and Jeff Francoeur.

Here was a response from one of our members (A’s Chapter President – Jen Rainwater – and what she wrote about Doolittle, and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan.)

I had a tough time with this because I really like Jeff Francouer, he’s been…

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New York Mets Must Improve in These 6 Areas in the 2nd Half

Manager Terry Collins and his New York Mets had to deal with what many viewed as a potentially season-defining 11-game homestand prior to the All Star break. On the surface, they succeeded by going 7-4 against the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals.

However, it was likely one of the most frustrating 7-4 homestands fans will ever experience because New York missed a golden opportunity.

The importance of this stretch prior to baseball’s midseason break was only magnified because the Mets arrived at Citi Field fresh off losing five of seven to the Nats and Atlanta Braves. The pitching staff continued to do their job for the most part, but it was the offense that resembled the 2015 squad before acquiring Yoenis Cespedes, not after.

This group then came alive by sweeping a four-game set against the Cubs, followed by taking two of three from the Marlins. Things continued looking up on Thursday, as New York battled back with the help of Wilmer Flores to win the series opener against Washington.

Those good feelings faded quickly as Stephen StrasburgMax Scherzer and Daniel Murphy displayed why they’re All-Stars this year en route to the Nats winning three straight, building their NL East lead to six games.

Finishing the first half with a 47-41 record isn’t bad considering what New York has dealt with since April, but they must improve in these areas if they want to return to the playoffs this October:


Midseason Top 100 Prospect Rankings Analysis (71-80)

Below you can find my analysis for the prospects ranked between 71-80 for the 2016 midseason top prospect list. If you want to see the full top 100 list, please visit the following link: SEE THE TOP 100 PROSPECT RANKINGS. I will be posting daily analysis of every player listed in the top 100, so please follow my blog and other social media for updates.




  1. Luis Ortiz (TEX, 20 Years Old, RHP): Oritz has been very impressive when he is on the mound. Unfortunately, Ortiz has been very injury prone in his first few seasons of professional baseball. He was drafted 30th overall by the Rangers in 2014. Since being drafted, he has flown through the minors. At the age of 20, he is already in Double-A. He is 4.3 years younger than the average competition in Double-A, so that is very impressive in itself. In 61.1 innings between High-A and Double-A this season, he owns a 3.23 ERA, 61 hits allowed, 56 strikeouts, and only 13 walks. He has a great feel for all of his pitches, which translates to very few walks. Ortiz has the potential to be a 2/3 starter in the Rangers rotation in the near future.



Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – July 11, 2016



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At the All Star Break, I take a look at what players are in the leading spot for awards like MVP and Cy Young.

And I references the Coen Brothers as a way to reconcile the fact that Mike Trout probably won’t win the AL MVP.

I am out of my element in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Madison Bumgarner, David Price, Jacoby Ellsbury, Christian Yelich, Steven Matz, Sean Manaea, Brett Eibner and domestic abuser Jose Reyes all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB Reports

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[Video] Cubs’ Prospect Makes Catch of the Year, in MLB Futures Game


In Sunday’s MLB All-Star Futures Game Chicago Cubs’ prospect Eloy Jimenez launched himself over the railing and made an unbelievable catch in the MLB All-Star Futures Game.

Playing for the World Team, in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs there was  foul ball that nobody should have caught but Jimenez did just that. Even Matt Vasgersian couldn’t believe the catch. If anyone has played MLB The Show for Playstation the announcing made it sound like we were listening to the in-game broadcast. Couple that with the video game type catch, this was a heck of a showcase we look to continue watching the Cubs in the future.

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