Yankees Make an Expected and Potentially Superb Manager Hiring

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For several weeks now their has been heavy speculation surrounding Aaron Boone as the favorite to land the Yankees managerial job. So, it is no surprise that the announcement has finally been made. However, the surprising aspect of it all, is the transition of types of managers the Yankees are making. Joe Girardi was at the helm of the prestigious organization for ten seasons. During that time the Yankees won one World Series Title and made the playoffs six times. Before Girardi was with the Yankees he had a dense resume as a coach. The manager before Girardi, Joe Torre, also Continue reading Yankees Make an Expected and Potentially Superb Manager Hiring

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Why the Electronic Umpire Would Destroy the Integrity of the Game

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Since the inauguration of Rob Manfred as commissioner in January of 2015, multiple rule changes of the game have occurred. The basis behind these rule changes, i.e. the instant replay, have been to speed up game and add new fans. But, huge rule changes are not yet here. However, the subject of the electronic umpire has become a louder topic of discussion lately. The electronic umpire would eliminate the arguing of balls and strikes at the surface. So, the basics for it is understandable. However, not only would this take thousands of jobs (human umpires), but more importantly, severely hurt Continue reading Why the Electronic Umpire Would Destroy the Integrity of the Game

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Scouting Report: Connor Mayes

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Kansas City Royals’ pitching prospect Connor Mayes was a 24th round pick this June out of the University of Texas. Born and raised in arguably the recruiting capital of the country, Mayes had tough competition. However, he was still able to be ranked in the top 100 RHP’s in Texas out of high school. His career at Texas was up and down, half as starter, half as reliever, putting up decent numbers. In the end, KC still saw something in Connor no matter what his stats were. Most likely what they saw was his plus command and consistent mixture of Continue reading Scouting Report: Connor Mayes

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Why Velocity is Over Scouted

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The absolute #1 thing on a scout’s list when observing pitchers is velocity. Velocity, velocity, velocity. A pitcher throwing 88+ consistently in high school or in freshman year/sophomore year of college is going to get his name put ahead of lower velocity pitchers every time. However, the underlying truth of how good a pitcher is, is the movement of the ball, often called “stuff.” “Stuff” is a term used a lot in baseball. But, what does that mean exactly? “Stuff” is referring mainly to how much each of a pitcher’s pitches moves; i.e. a curveball having big break dropping off Continue reading Why Velocity is Over Scouted

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Rangers Protecting Future by Giving Rougned Odor Huge Extension

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After only one superb campaign, the Rangers have decided to lockup their 23-year-old second baseman for 6 years. Despite the relitevly low WAR in 2016 of 2.4, his numbers across the board spell productive with an explanation mark. His low WAR had a lot to do with his low OBP of .296. However, because he is so young, his plate discipline will only improve from his poor 19 walks and 135 strikeouts. His new 6-year $49.5 million deal gives him a yearly salary of approx $8 million. Rougned Odor blasted 33 bombs with 33 doubles and a defensive range factor Continue reading Rangers Protecting Future by Giving Rougned Odor Huge Extension

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Why the Slider may be the Most Important Pitch in the Game

Baseball began with a stick and a ball; the ultimate showdown of pitcher vs batter. The goal was, and still is, to get the ball past the batter’s bat by throwing it as hard as possible. However, the game has now evolved to a point where the fastball no longer gets the job done every time. Without a good breaking ball and/or changeup a pitcher will have more lack of success. There are several different variations of the breaking ball, but the two most common are the curveball and slider. Some pitchers have both or just one of either. Both Continue reading Why the Slider may be the Most Important Pitch in the Game

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World Series Preview/Prediction

Houston Astros (101-61) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) This is a battle of clearly the best two teams all year in terms of records, however, now that September and most of October have rolled out, some things have changed. The last time the Astros won their division was back in 2001, but the last time the Dodgers won theirs is the last 5 seasons. But, it’s been 29 years since LA has been in the World Series, but only 12 since the Astros have. Both squads have a young manager at the helm, an incredible ace on the mound, and Continue reading World Series Preview/Prediction

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NLCS Preview/Prediction

Chicago Cubs (92-70) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) Cubs key to winning: Rizzo and Bryant can’t carry this team alone on offense and expect to keep up with the Dodgers lineup. Others are going to need to step up. Heyward is going to need to play more often in this series, as big defensive plays for the Cubs are going to help cut down the Dodgers’ offense. Dave Roberts has done a great job with LA, but Joe Maddon is far and away the better manager; leverage that. Dodgers key to winning: With Seager out for the entirety of the Continue reading NLCS Preview/Prediction

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