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Cooperstown Should Take Politics Out of HOF Voting

MLB Hot Stove and HOF Analysis | Chapter 34

Steve Karsay and the Chosen Lawyer analyze the 2023 candidates for enshrinement into Cooperstown, the MLB hot stove talk around the biggest free agents, including Aaron Judge, Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom and making sense of Alek Manoah, calling out Gerrit Cole as the worst cheater in baseball history!

How MLB Agents Get Their Clients BIG Contracts

Aaron Boone & Brian Cashman Return to the Yankees | Chapter 33

Checking in on the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman as GM and Aaron Boone as Manager will be BACK in 2023. Was this the right call, and what can they do to right the ship? Find out the story and whether the Yankees will be better next year. Also, tune in to see where we predict the next Jacob deGrom contract and how much he will earn on his next big deal.⠀

David Stearns NEEDS Permission to Join the Mets

David Stearns Departs the Brewers | Chapter 32

Steve Karsay and David Stearns have a close relationship. Stearns interviewed and hired Steve as the Bullpen Coach for the Brewers in the 2019 season. After Steve departed before the 2022 season to spend time with his family, David Stearns has chosen to step down as the President of Baseball Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of this past season. Is David Stearns ready to join the Mets front office one day?

Edwin Diaz Is the HOTTEST MLB Free Agent

Cleveland Guardians STOLE Emmanuel Clase

The TOP MLB Closers in 2022 | Chapter 31

With the 2022 MLB regular season in the books, it’s time for Steve Karsay and the Chosen Lawyer to analyze all the top MLB closers and the reasons behind their success. Is it Emmanuel Clase, Edwin Diaz, Liam Hendriks, or Ryan Pressly. If you play fantasy baseball, make sure to take lots of notes!

Clayton Kershaw Will Return to the Dodgers in 2023

What HAPPENED to the Dodgers, Mets, Braves and Cardinals? | Chapter 30

Steve Karsay and the Chosen Lawyer see a great deal of expectations on the big teams this year. We are down to the final 4 and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals have all been eliminated! Are significant changes coming for the 2023 season?

New York Yankees Give Aroldis Chapman the Boot

Analyzing the 2022 MLB Playoff Format | Chapter 29

In today’s episode, Steve Karsay and the Chosen Lawyer analyze the new MLB playoff format. Find out if the Astros or Phillies will take the 2022 World Series. And finally, we witness the Nola brothers being the first siblings to face off in MLB playoff history.

Aaron Judge Is MORE Valuable Than Shohei Ohtani

Aaron Judge vs. Shohei Ohtani: Who Is the 2022 AL MVP? | Chapter 28

Steve Karsay and the Chosen Lawyer have several debates in today’s heated episode!

  • Aaron Hicks and Aroldis Chapman getting destroyed on social media. It ain’t pretty.
  • Jordan Montgomery: Steve was right on him coming back to earth!
  • Harrison Bader is the toast of New York and making Brian Cashman look like a genius.
  • Aroldis Chapman DFA? How far the mighty have fallen.
  • Miguel Andujar to Pirates—they got a find! What an early Christmas gift.
  • Don Mattingly steps down. The end of an era in Miami.
  • Craig Kimbrel demoted as Dodgers closer. What happened?

We Love and Hate Harrison Bader

New York Yankees Love Harrison Bader | Chapter 27

In today’s episode, Steve Karsay and the Chosen Lawyer review recent news surrounding the New York Yankees. Everyone is coming back? Matt Carpenter? DJ LeMahieu? Andrew Benitendi?

  • Aaron Hicks and Aroldis Chapman getting destroyed on social media. It ain’t pretty.
  • Jordan Montgomery: Steve was right on him coming back to earth!
  • Harrison Bader is the toast of New York and making Brian Cashman look like a genius.
  • Aroldis Chapman DFA? How far the mighty have fallen.
  • Miguel Andujar to Pirates—they got a find! What an early Christmas gift.
  • Don Mattingly steps down. The end of an era in Miami.
  • Craig Kimbrel demoted as Dodgers closer. What happened?

Alek Manoah is a Superstar Pitcher

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2022 MLB Wild Card Playoffs Predictions | Chapter 26

Steve Karsay (AKA Big Money Grip) is back with the Chosen Lawyer! Today’s topic? Time to analyze the 2022 MLB Wild Card Playoffs picture. 

  • Who is getting in and who will advance? Checking the standings and playoff race!
  • What happened to the Orioles and White Sox?
  • Saying hello to Karim Garcia—former MLB player and teammate of Steve Karsay!
  • Analyzing the Mets and Blue Jays rotations
  • George Springer ready to become the all-time MLB home run leadoff hitter?

Kameron Loe Keeps a Snake in His MLB Locker

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Kameron Loe’s Snake in the MLB Clubhouse | Chapter 25

As part of the Chosen Journey, we have covered most of the MLB teams that Steve Karsay pitched with. One team has not been touched upon—until now!

  • Steve played with the 2005 Texas Rangers!
  • As part of baseball history, Steve Karsay pitched a combined perfect game on July 28, 2005 in AA!  Find out the story behind this magical game.
  • What is it like to pitch in the Texas heat in the summer?
  • And find out the story behind Kameron Loe making his Jake “The Snake” Roberts impression in the Texas Rangers locker room!

Paul Goldschmidt & Albert Pujols Are Making MLB History

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Goldschmidt & Pujols Leading Cardinals to the World Series in 2022? | Chapter 24

  • At this year’s MLB trade deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Jordan Montgomery from the New York Yankees.

  • The Milwaukee Brewers traded Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres.

  • Paul Goldschmidt is on the verge of winning the NL Triple Crown. Albert Pujols is on the verge of reaching 700 home runs.

  • The Cardinals are now the favourites to win the NL Central Division and may in fact head to the world series!

  • The Brewers are clawing to make the 2022 playoffs—in battle with the San Diego Padres! Will the Hader trade come back to bite them?

Steve Karsay and Jonathan assess the deadline moves by the Brewers and Cardinals. Anything can happen during playoff time! Taking a look at both teams as the MLB playoffs loom!

Predicting the 2022 MLB Division and Wild Card Winners | Chapter 23

Steve Karsay made his MLB debut with the Oakland A’s in 1993. 2 things that Steve Karsay DID NOT do in 1991:

  1. Face Dave Parker in a MLB game
  2. Meet Queen Elizabeth II
  • Steve and Jonathan look back at the recent passing of the Queen of England.
  • Did you know that on May 15, 1991 the Queen watched the A’s play ball in Baltimore?
  • Turning to baseball—Steve and Jonathan look at all of the MLB divisions and assess the division and wild card teams. Who is playoff bound?
  • And is Jerry Seinfeld right? Did Timmy Trumpet ruin the Mets season by playing the Narco song in-season?

ALL – Time TJ Surgery Tracker 1974 – 2014 (30 Updates Including Jonny Venters 3rd Time)

Dr. James Andrews - leading Tommy John surgeon is the new senior leader on this innovative and break through procedure, championed 1st over 40 years ago, and responsible for extending over 700 players careers now.

Dr. James Andrews – leading Tommy John surgeon is the new senior leader on this innovative and break through procedure, championed 1st over 40 years ago, and responsible for extending over 700 players careers now.

For all the talk of baseball players (pitchers mostly) that will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery, we will be keeping a running list!  E-mail us at mlbreports@gmail.com if you have any names to add to our totals.

How many players are having or had TJ in history? You are about to find out:

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More Tommy John Surgeries By The Numbers + Who Is the 1st $100 MIL Pitcher To Go Down With It? + A Scherzer Angle?

TOMMY JOHN SURGERY – 2014 (30)

2014

Jonny Venters – (3rd Time Probable) Braves: Aug/Sept 2014

Jeremy Hefner, NYM Aug 2014 (TJ Watch List – Possible 2nd TJ Surgery)

Tyler Skaggs, Angels, Aug 10 – will have season ending TJ surgery soon.  expected to be out til 2016

Nate Jones, White Sox, July.30

Tyler Chatwood, Rockies, July,19

Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees (Partially Torn UCL, (TJ Watch List), July 10th

Bronson Arroyo, D’Backs July Surgery.

Matt Wieters, Orioles, June 17th

Sean Burnett, Angels, June 5th

Chris Withrow, Dodgers, June 3rd

Jose Cisnero, Astros, May 28th

Martin Perez, Rangers, May 19th.

Jose Fernandez, Marlins, May 16th

A.J. Griffin, Athletics, Apr.25th .

Pedro Figueroa, Rangers, Apr.30th

Ivan Nova, Yankees, – Apr.29th

Josh Johnson, Padres, – Apr.24

Matt Moore, Rays – Apr.24, 2014 –  Link: With Moore Out For TJ Surgery – The Rays Should Hold Onto Price Through 2015

Jameson Taillon – Pirates – April 9, 2014

Bobby Parnell – Mets – April 8th

Cory Gearrin – Braves – Mar.29 – Went on the 60 Day DL with partial ligament  tear of right elbow Mar.29, 2014 – May Require TJ Surgery.”

David Hernandez – D’Backs – Surgery April 2014.

Bruce Rondon – Tigers –  Mar.2014

Patrick Corbin – D’Backs –  Mar.2014.

Jarrod Parker – Athletics –  March 2014

Brandon Beachy – Braves – “2nd TJ Surgery” Mar 2014

Kris Medlen Braves – Mar 2014

Luke Hochevar– Royals – March.07, 2014.

Miguel Sano – Twins (Position Player) Mar, 2014.

Cory Luebke – Padres:   Luebke went under the knife for his 2nd TJ Surgery Feb 2014. Read the rest of this entry

ALL – Time Tommy John Surgery List 1974 – Present

For all the talk of baseball players (pitchers mostly) that will be undergoing Tommy John Surgery, we will be keeping a running list!  E-mail us at mlbreports@gmail.com if you have any names to add to our totals.

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The Cleveland Indians Players In All Organizational Affiliates, Prospects + Depth Charts (MLB + MiLB) 2014

The Indians hosted the Wild Card Play in Game for the right to play Boston in the ALDS, but were ultimately ousted by the Tampa Bay Rays.  Now minus several pieces from last years team, they turn to their franchise depth in hopes of another playoff birth in 2014,

The Indians hosted the Wild Card Play in Game for the right to play Boston in the ALDS, but were ultimately ousted by the Tampa Bay Rays. Now minus several pieces from last years team, they turn to their franchise depth in hopes of another playoff birth in 2014.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): & Jeff Kleiner (Org. Depth Chart Expert)

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The Indians had a triumphant and surprising year in 2013.  They blasted their way out of the gate led by Mark Reynolds and Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson.

Halfway through the year, renaissance pitching from Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir helped jump into the foray among all the best AL clubs.

This club took advantage of a cupcake schedule – in order to reel off a 10 game winning streak to tend the campaign.

For those people who failed to see what a tough May.15 – June.15 schedule they had, in which they played almost all of the Division leaders across the board in the MLB, being all over .500 teams.

Because of that stretch, they deserved the late season ease of sked.

Jason Kipnis Highlight Reel 2013

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Cleveland Payroll In 2013: Indians Organizational Rosters + Depth Charts – (MLB + MiLB)

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The Indians were one of the top franchises for organizational Drafts, signing players, making trades and having their core players locked up to long term contract during the 1990's. In the early part of the millennium, they traded several of these players for a new core of players.  This time, their return wasn't as significant.  The club prides itself on not making big mistakes on the Free Agent market and developing its own talent.  For the first time in 2 decades, the management is really under scrutiny for team operations

The Indians were one of the top franchises for organizational Drafts, signing players, making trades and having their core players locked up to long term contract during the 1990’s. In the early part of the millennium, they traded several of these players for a new core of players. This time, their return wasn’t as significant. The club prides itself on not making big mistakes on the Free Agent market and developing its own talent. For the first time in 2 decades, the management is really under scrutiny for team operations.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): and welcome Jeff Kleiner (Salary, Roster and Depth Chart Expert for the MLB) – visit his website  here  

You guys are all in for a treat.  Jeff Kleiner recently contacted me about a partnership merge for the website.  He has developed a site (prosportsrosters.com) that covers all organizational affiliates in the Minors for all of the Major League Baseball Clubs.  We are going to combine efforts to bring you the best look at salaries, current 25 Man Player Rosters and Depth Charts for all 30 teams. 

Jeff is going to provide the documents in form of spreadsheets and I am going to accompany the posts with deep analysis of what the numbers tell us from my perspective.  If you can’t wait for all of my assessments for each club, go and visit Jeff’s website over at http://www.prosportsrosters.com.

In Speaking with Jeff, he is one of the more passionate fans I have come across towards the game of baseball.  He spends enough time in updating his MLB Facts for it to be a Full-Time Job.  So after the usual Video Clip and READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY button, you will find some serious &*!@?!#!

Jeff updates this page below on a daily basis.  After you click on it….Bookmark it.  There is a 3 year salary forecast and stats not listed here on this page.  Jeff updates these pages daily and these changes include any Roster moves!

For a Full 3 year Salary Outlook plus last years Stats for every player in the Royals Organization click here

The 1st half of the Central Division winning Indians 2007

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The Toronto Blue Jays Franchise 1977-1993 Part 1 Of A 7 Part Series

Friday, Nov.09/2012

Note from Chuck Booth:  I am attempting to bring the history for each of the 30 MLB Franchises into a 5 part series that will focus on 1. The teams history.  2. The hitters 3. The pitchers. 4. The Teams Payroll going into 2013 and 5.The Ball Park that they play in. (The stadium articles will all be done next summer when I go to all of the parks in under a month again.)  Be sure to check my author page with a list of all of  my archived articles section here.

The Blue Jays have not qualified for the Playoffs since they won Back to Back World Series in 1992 and 1993. Only Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Toronto have not made a playoffs appearance since the 1994 strike. At the time they were around the top of the MLB Payroll for all teams.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer):

In sifting through 35 years of history with the Toronto Blue Jays as a franchise, it is sad that since 1994, only Pittsburgh, Toronto and Kansas City have not made a playoff appearance in the Major Leagues.  They have been battling the Red Sox and Yankees powerhouse clubs since the 1994 player strike/1995 Lock-out.  This baseball interruption of play was also a  deciding factor on the Montreal Expos losing their franchise, however one could say that this has had a profound effect on the other only team North of The Border.  The Jays were a model franchise all the way through the 80’s.  From 1983-1993, the team carried out 11 straight winning seasons, 5 Pennants and back to back World Series Wins in 1992 and 1993.

Pat Gillick had been with the baseball club from the get go, and after finishing in dead-last for the first 5 years of existence, the Jays rode the backs of several budding stars that were drafted by the man.  From the early pitching stars of Jim Clancy and Dave Stieb, to the young outfield that flourished as a core for years in: Lloyd Moseby, George Bell and Jesse Barfield, the team showed that drafting and trading for young players was the way to build an organization.  It took until 1985 for the teams first Pennant, barely edging the Yankees by 2 games for the AL East.  Playoff disappointment followed from 1985-1991.  The team soon would find the promised land as the top team in 1992 and 1993.

Franchise History Part 2 1994-2012: https://mlbreports.com/2012/11/28/jay/

The Hitters:  The Toronto Blue Jays Franchise Hitters: Part 3 Of A 7 Part Article Series

The Pitchers:  The Toronto Blue Jays Franchise Pitchers Part 4 Of A 7 Part Series

Skydome:  An Interview with ‘Rogers Centre Expert’ and “MLB reports Founder” Jonathan Hacohen

For Part 6 of the 7 Part Series:  Blue Jays 2013 Team Payroll Click here

For Part 7 of the 7 Part Series:  Blue Jays 2013 Team Payroll:  A Readers Thoughts, Click Here: 

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