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Daily Archives: December 16, 2016

Sully Baseball Daily Podast – December 16, 2016

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I visited the Polo Grounds Towers, once the home of the Giants and the epicenter of New York baseball.

Now it is an apartment complex and the baseball palace is right across the river. How did that happen?

Style and substance in this episode of  The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Gary Sanchez’s Insane Month of August Is Among the Best This Decade

Making a good first impression is something many people aim for in various areas of life. MLB rookies will now have to chase the ultimate first impression made by New York Yankees catcher, Gary Sanchez, this past summer.

Yankees fans knew Sanchez was expected to be the future for this franchise behind the plate, but had to do quite a bit of waiting before it actually happened. Sanchez accumulated two plate appearances in 2015, followed by another four in May of this past season before getting any kind of consistent opportunity.

But then, it happened – general manager Brian Cashman executed New York’s first sell-off at the non-waiver trade deadline this century, which paved the way for Sanchez to finally get everyday at-bats at the big league level.

Did he take advantage of it? I’d say so.

He immediately endeared himself to Yankee fans eagerly awaiting his arrival, rewarding their patience by providing a historic month of offense – especially considering he entered it with just six big-league plate appearances to his name.

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DJ LeMahieu is How the Rockies Will Upgrade Their Pitching

In August, I wrote a piece titled The Rockies Future Hinges on DJ LeMahieu in which I argued that LeMahieu was an enigma whose trade value wouldn’t be fully formed until July of 2017. In that piece, I argued that Trevor Story and recent third overall pick Brendan Rodgers would form the future of the Rockies middle infield, thus forcing LeMahieu off the roster. I argued that LeMahieu’s play would dictate his trade value with a possible return somewhere between what his 2016 WAR suggests he’s worth (Jake Arrieta) and what his pre-2016 performance suggests (Jon Niese).

Well, fast forward 4 months and not much has changed, except that LeMahieu’s fit with the Rockies is even worse now.

The Rockies recently signed Ian Desmond in a deal that didn’t make sense on its own. Ian Desmond is a former shortstop turned utility man, penciled in to play first base, where his athletism will be wasted. He only further complicates the Rockies middle infield conundrum as the Rockies are similarly crowded in the outfield. The signing just makes a DJ LeMahieu deal all the more likely.

To continue reading about the Rockies trade scenarios, please click on over to offthebenchbaseball.com

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