Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates were named American and National League Most Valuable Players tonight by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cabrera finished with 385 points, while Mike Trout got five first-place votes and 282 points. Baltimore’s first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third. Cabrera, 30, is the first American Leaguer to win back-to-back MVPs since Frank Thomas in 1993 […]
The New York Mets, Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media today announced that David Wright was named the club’s nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award. Fans can vote exclusively online at Mets.com and MLB.com. Wright, who was named to his seventh All-Star team (fifth as starter), led the Mets with a .307 batting average. The third baseman hit 18 home runs with 58 runs batted in, despite missing six weeks with a right hamstring injury. Wright homered in […]
I know what you’re thinking. This is a Mets website. Why do I have to read about a %$#@*^# Yankee? Yes, we are all Mets fans. And yes, we all despise the Yankees and everything they represent. But ask yourself this: Next time you drive north to Cooperstown, will you look at Tom Seaver’s plaque and then go home? Probably not. The Baseball Hall of Fame is a place where the most talented ballplayers are […]
Is it not really known why society loves to classify everything into black and white? Maybe it’s just easier to minimize everything down into it’s most simplistic form. When it comes down to it, the vast majority of major league baseball players have never played in a World Series, let alone win one. Some of the best players in the history of the game never won a World Series, are these all time greats still […]
The Mets. The Braves. Late September. This is what a pennant race is all about. It was the 148th game that season and the defending NL Champion Mets were surging. We’d cut the lead from 13 ½ to just 5 ½ and now the first place Braves were coming to town. At least, that’s what a pennant race should be about. But on this September night there was not the usual electricity in the air […]
There are bad ways to win and good ways to lose. What’s interesting and troubling is that it’s not always clear which is which. — Grimsley, Pokemon Is it not really known why humans love to classify everything into black and white categories? Maybe it’s just easier to minimize everything down into it’s most simplistic form. When it comes down to it, the vast majority of major league baseball players have never played in a World […]
For the next few days, I will be highlighting some of the best and most popular sabermetric stats available to the public.Today, we begin with OPS+ OPS, or On Base Plus Slugging was the first sabermetric stat to go mainstream. It is On-Base Percentage plus Slugging Percentage. It’s crude and simple, but it’s a decent quick reference tool. OPS, however, is outdone by it’s counterpart OPS+. OPS+ does something very important: puts the OPS into […]
Marc Carig of Newsday talked to Ike Davis about what some believe to be the main culprit in his prolonged slump at the plate; the pronounced hand drop as the ball is being released by the pitcher. “I’ve always wanted to stop my hands from dropping,” Davis told Carig. “But I’ve always swung like that. Obviously, it’s not something that you want all the time, but I mean, Barry Bonds dropped his hands. A lot of people did and had […]
If Shakespeare were to write a play about the state of the Mets these days, it would probably be titled “Much Ado About Valdespin” as that’s about all anyone has to talk about outside of the largely dismal performance of the team between the lines. Inasmuch as the role young number 1 plays on the team is largely limited to that of utility player/pinch hitter, I wonder if the fuss being kicked up over his […]
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