To start, my condolences go out to Ventura’s family and friends. The game just lost a truly talented flamethrower. Aside from the reality of losing a truly talented pitcher who sells tickets, Ventura’s passing could hurt the Royals indefinitely. After the descent from defending champs to playing at .500, KC then traded away their bonafide closer Wade Davis. Thought an injury riddled, .500 season, then losing their closer was enough? Now they lose their ace. The topic of the KC offseason has been whether or not to go for it once more, or sell/trade their big guys. Unfortunately, now losing Continue reading The Tragic Death of Yordano Ventura Goes Deeper
Ichiro Suzuki made a huge impact in the bigs right away in 2001 winning the batting title, MVP, ROTY, and season’s hits leader, and was arguably the best hitter in the game the next 9 seasons, but really, how valuable was his bat? At the surface, obviously Ichiro was a terrific hitter, collecting over 200 hits in 10+ seasons (an all-time record), and gathering a batting average over .300 eleven of his sixteen seasons, but looking at the value hitting stats/sabermetrics, his bat may not have been as valuable as people may think in different scenarios. Certainly having Ichiro at Continue reading How Valuable was Ichiro’s Bat During his Prime?
When one thinks of Alex Rodriguez, many aspects of his career can be brought into play, but now that he is retiring, and looking back onto his career, the question has risen about whether or not he belongs in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Some fans and analysts see him as a great Yankee because of his Hall of Fame type numbers compared to the other names out in Monument Park, and some believe that his less than stellar playoff performances and impact as a teammate/leader does not make him worthy of a centerfield plaque. Firstly, one can’t deny how Continue reading Why A-rod Does and Does Not Deserve to be Put in Monument Park
For the past few years as David Ortiz’s career has been coming to a close, him being worthy of a spot in the Hall has had a lot of controversial, but what he is doing in 2016 thus far, at the age of 40, is behind remarkable. Yes, the biggest point brought to indicate him not being Hall of Fame worthy is the fact that David has been a DH almost his entire career, but is that to say he can’t get into the Hall, while a guy like Frank Thomas got inducted on the first ballot? On the other Continue reading Why Orriz’s 2016 Campaign Could Put Him on 1st Ballot