MLB: American League Offensive Breakouts

In the year of the home run, it was hard to completely narrow this list down.   There are other players who probably deserve their spot on this list, but I didn’t see their seasons as being quite at the level of some of the players I am pointing out below. Remember, breakouts do not include players in their first MLB season.  I consider those who have played partial seasons…

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MLB: National League Starting Pitcher Breakouts

Today, we will take a look at the breakout pitchers in the National League.  A few days ago, I took a look at their American League counterparts. Remember that this list does not include pitchers who began their careers this year.  That is why a pitcher like Kyle Freeland is not featured on this list.  He has obviously been a major reason the Rockies are where they are, but he…

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MLB: American League Starting Pitcher Breakouts

The first in a series of posts, where I will be looking at some of our breakout players of 2017.   Some of them are surprises, some of them were once big prospects who has simply found their stride. I am going to start with the American League starting pitchers, where I found five pitchers I thought were worth mentioning.  I considered also writing about Mariners’ lefty James Paxton, but…

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NFL: Predictions for 2017!

I can’t believe it is once again time for the NFL!  I am still in full baseball mode, but the best thing about football is that I only have to pay attention to it one day a week, and since my team isn’t local, I rarely get to really see them play anyway.    The invention of apps, and the old-fashioned having a few different televisions in the house certainly…

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MLB: The Wild-Card “Chaos” Scenario

On Monday, September 4, 2017, I will be participating in my yearly Fantasy Football Draft.   Growing up, I wasn’t much of an NFL fan – to be exact, the reason why I am a big fan of the Carolina Panthers now is innocent enough:  When the NFL expanded in 1993, I threw the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers into a hat, picked one out, and that was it.  Prior…

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MLB: The Art of the Basebrawl

Is there anything more ridiculous in sports than watching pitchers attempt to run-in from the bullpen during a bench-clearing brawl?   Watching David Robertson “motor” in from left-center field during one of a seemingly million scrimmages in Detroit on Thursday was one of the everlasting images in my head.  I realize that the real image I should always remember is how Austin Romine vs. Miguel Cabrera turned out to be…

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MLB: The Aaron Judge Mega-Slump

Baseball is a humbling game.  When you watch the Little League World Series, you are watching the best players from the best territories compete for a World championship.   Many of these players don’t run into many players who are as good, if not better, than they are.   The Little League World Series, and the journey to get there, can be a humbling experience for these kids.  It is…

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A Black Eye for the Little League World Series

No, this is not a post that is going to analyze 11-13 year old kids.  I am waiting for the day that a sabermatrician decides to look at the world of Little League Baseball and comes up with metrics on how George Washington Intermediate School in Boston, Massachusetts can attack hitters from the upstart Billings Little League in Montana to secure a spot in the championship game.  I hope that…

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MLB: The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez “Problem”

If you didn’t catch it on Friday night, Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi called out Gary Sanchez for his high number of passed balls this season.   A team that is fumbling its way over the past few months of the season has found its scapegoat:  A young catcher who is allowing, on average, one passed ball per week.  It is important to note that one passed ball per week is…

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MLB: The Career of Adrian Beltre

Mike Schmidt.   No third baseman in the history of baseball can quite compare to what Schmidt did in his career for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He is the only third baseman in history to amass over 100 career WAR.  He led the National League in home runs eight times, runs batted in four times, OPS five times, and OPS+ six times, including five seasons in a row.   Sometimes, we…

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