MLB: Cardinals Pull Off Heist in Landing Ozuna

.312/.376/.548 (145 OPS+), 37 home runs, 124 RBI.     Ask some baseball fans to name the Marlins outfielder who put up those numbers in 2017, and I bet more than a few would shout out “Giancarlo Stanton!   Well, perhaps they would if you omitted the home run total since everyone knows about Stanton’s home run barrage over the summer. Those were actually the numbers of 27-year old left fielder Marcell…

December 13, 2017

MLB: Yankees Clear Salary in Chase Headley Trade

Many thought the Yankees may not be very active this winter.   I would bet if you took a poll of Yankees’ fans, they would have said before the winter that the Yankees would sign Ohtani, maybe CC Sabathia, and call it a day. Those people were wrong, as the Yankees swung another deal today, trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for (another) outfielder, Jabari Blash. From the…

December 12, 2017

MLB: Yankees Strike Gold in Stanton Deal

While it was always in the back of my mind that the Yankees could theoretically jump into the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes if everything fell apart around them, it still seemed like an extreme long shot.   Stanton’s preference appeared to lean towards playing on the west coast (which turned out to be incorrect, given the teams he was willing to waive his no-trade clause for), the Yankees wanted to get under…

December 9, 2017

MLB Hot Stove: Dee Gordon Traded to the Mariners

The Marlins took their first step in purging some salary by dealing Dee Gordon to the Mariners for three prospects.  The Mariners also received international spending pool money, which may go into the pocket of Shohei Ohtani, should they win the sweepstakes. While it is not shocking to see Gordon traded, it was a bit shocking to see that it was the Mariners who acquired him, given that they already…

December 7, 2017

MLB: Roy Halladay & The Hall of Fame

10.64.  It feels like only yesterday when the Toronto Blue Jays decided to send a struggling Roy Halladay down to A-Ball in an effort to rebuild him from the bottom up, after posting that unsightly ERA number. Over the last several days, since his death, I have read all about how Halladay contemplated giving up the sport, that he had talked about going back to school.  As the story goes,…

November 17, 2017

MLB: A Look at Some of the Top Free Agents

Baseball has changed a lot over the years.  If you are old enough, you may remember the days when you would stay up late just to watch Peter Gammons report from the Winter Meetings on ESPN.  There was no other way to get inside scoops from the annual free-for-all.   MLB Network was likely nothing more than a pipe dream in those days, while hometown networks rarely (if ever) ran team-specific…

November 10, 2017

MLB: Quick Recap + Award Predictions

In one of my first baseball blog entries on this site, I put together a season preview, predicting that the Houston Astros would end up winning the World Series.  I will give myself a pat on the back for that, while trying to conveniently ignore the fact that I had them beating the Mets in said series.   The Astros were a bit of a trendy pick this past winter, but…

November 2, 2017

MLB: The Surge of Analytics in the Dugout

“What are the percentages of scoring a run with a runner on first with nobody out, versus a runner on second with one out?” That is the most basic of the analytical questions that you hear about nowadays when it comes to managerial decisions.  The question stems from one simple situation in baseball:  Whether or not you should bunt with a runner on first base and nobody out. As the…

October 29, 2017

MLB: World Series Preview

1970.   Cincinnati vs. Baltimore.    That represents the last time two teams who won 100+ games in the regular season ended up meeting up in the World Series.  There have been a few close calls since then.  In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won 98 regular season games (the Cardinals won 105).  The 1998 Yankees are considered one of the best teams in history, and their opponent in the World…

October 24, 2017

Opinion: The Sudden Ending to a Season

New York Yankees.  Michigan Wolverines.  Carolina Panthers. If you think you had a bad weekend watching sports, the three teams above represent the three teams I root hardest for.  All three of them had bad weekends.  Depressing weekends.  Michigan and Carolina didn’t show up for their games, while the Yankees’ youth and Houston’s love of their home ballpark ultimately did in my favorite baseball team.   If you are a sports…

October 23, 2017