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The Sixth Tool

An article by posted on February 2, 2016 0 Comments
The Sixth Tool

Although it may sound like a M. Night Shyamalan movie, the sixth tool does exist in baseball, and is arguably the most important and yet overlooked tool a player can possess. We know the traditional five tools are hitting for average, hitting for power, base running (speed + skills), throwing ability and fielding ability. Players […]

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Greed is Good… Except If You’re A Baseball Fan

An article by posted on January 31, 2016 0 Comments
Greed is Good… Except If You’re A Baseball Fan

If you’re Gordon Gekko greed is good. If you’re Bernie Sanders greed is bad. If you’re a baseball fan you wonder if MLB’s greed has a direct impact on winning the World Series. Although none of us like to admit it Baseball is a business. But what happens when the desire to make a buck […]

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Bridging the Minority Manager Gap

An article by posted on January 2, 2016 0 Comments
Bridging the Minority Manager Gap

Major League Baseball currently has four minority GMs – Dave Stewart of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Farhan Zaidi of the Dodgers, Al Avila of the Detroit Tigers and Michael Hill of the Miami Marlins. Ken Williams of the Chicago White Sox is the only minority vice president of baseball operations and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves and Dusty Baker are the lone […]

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Griffey, Piazza, Bagwell Headline My Official Hall of Fame Ballot

An article by posted on January 1, 2016 0 Comments
Griffey, Piazza, Bagwell Headline My Official Hall of Fame Ballot

I had intended to publicize my Official Hall of Fame ballot before Christmas, but some health issues prevented me from proceeding as planned. So here it is, without further adieu, the nine players I submitted for the Class of 2016. 1. Ken Griffey Jr. – One of the greatest players of all time and a […]

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Who Has The NL’s Best Rotation?

An article by posted on December 31, 2015 0 Comments
Who Has The NL’s Best Rotation?

Scott Kazmir was part of one of the worst trade deadline deals in recent history. Let me refresh your memory (or pour salt in an old wound). With the Mets six games out of first and in fourth place in the NL East, GM Jim Duquette sent the Mets’ first round selection and top prospect […]

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Commissioner Manfred Needs to Lift the Ban, But Not on Pete Rose

An article by posted on December 20, 2015 0 Comments
Commissioner Manfred Needs to Lift the Ban, But Not on Pete Rose

He was arguably the greatest natural hitter of his generation. He was idolized by hometown fans and feared by those he competed against. He was the one guy opposing pitchers vowed not to be beaten by. His batting stance was copied in ball fields and backyards across the country. He was a World Series champion. […]

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Projecting Where The Top 50 Free Agents Go (Part 1)

An article by posted on November 12, 2015 0 Comments
Projecting Where The Top 50 Free Agents Go (Part 1)

Free agency has begun without any movement at all yet besides the Minnesota Twins putting in the winning $12.85 million bid to negotiate with KBO slugger Byung-ho Park. I have decided to give it a shot at predicting where this offseasons top free agents will end up and roughly what I think they could get […]

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A Most Crucial Off-Season for the Mets Begins Today

An article by posted on November 9, 2015 0 Comments
A Most Crucial Off-Season for the Mets Begins Today

Over their first seven years the New York Metropolitans had not exactly set the baseball world on fire. From 1962 through 1968, they compiled a record of 394-737 and finished a combined 288 ½ games back. In seven seasons, they’d finished 10th five times and 9th twice. Coming into 1969, there was some cautious optimism. […]

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Unraveling The Arrieta Enigma

An article by posted on October 18, 2015 0 Comments
Unraveling The Arrieta Enigma

There have been late bloomers before. Jamie Moyer didn’t really see any sustained success until the age of 33. Also at age 33 R.A. Dickey began a fantastic string of three seasons with the NY Mets where he posted a 39 – 28 record with a 2.95 era and a Cy Young in 2012. Hoyt […]

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Why This October Will Feel Different

An article by posted on October 3, 2015 0 Comments
Why This October Will Feel Different

Like all fathers, my dad gave me a hard time about driving too fast as well as “that crap” I listened to. And like most kids, I never listened. Except today. This particular afternoon I was in no particular hurry to get to my destination, nor was I in any frame of mind to listen […]

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