It has been a rough 2015 so far for David Ortiz. Not only are his numbers considerably worse than they have been throughout his career, but he has also had to constantly fight off the notion that he is too old, washed up or that it is time for the 39-year-old designated hitter to retire.It all started before the season, when Ortiz wrote an article for the Players’ Tribune titled “The Dirt,” where he discussed the accusations that he is a steroid user and vehemently denied using PEDs at any...
Pitching dominates the game of baseball today. Pitchers are getting bigger and throwing harder, and teams are starting to stock their pitching rotations with power arms that can throw multiple pitches.The New York Mets, however, are taking that philosophy to the next level.Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard. Those are the four pitchers in the Mets organization who the front office hopes will take the team to new heights in the future.All four are younger than 27, posses...
Over the past few years, Alex Rodriguez has developed into one of the most polarizing athletes in all of sports. Thanks to his admission to taking performance enhancing drugs, affiliating with Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis scandal and his very lucrative contract, Rodriguez’s career has become scrutinized like few others in the sport.However, while it is easy to judge him by his indiscretions and deficiencies, it should not be forgotten that he has put together one of the most impressive career...
In a time when power hitting is more of a scarce resource than ever, teams are starting to value it more than ever. As home run totals dwindle, the players who can hit for power stand out that much more.Down in Arlington, the Texas Rangers have one of the sport's most prolific power hitters. Joey Gallo, known for his prodigious homers and raw power, is currently playing at Double-A Frisco. He was second in all of professional baseball with 42 round-trippers last year, after 40 of his hits left t...
Jason Kipnis had an awesome year in 2013. He showed a power-speed combination that is very rare for a second baseman. In 2013, Kipnis hit .284 with 17 homers and 30 steals en route to his first career All Star Game appearance.The Indians rewarded him with a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension at the beginning of the 2014 season.Unfortunately, Kipnis did not continue his stellar play. He struggled mightily last year and ended 2014 with a .240 batting average, the lowest total of his career...
This past offseason was a busy one for the Chicago Cubs. They signed ace pitcher Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract, and they lured manager Joe Maddon to the North Side with a five-year, $25 million offer.What followed was high expectations."I'm gonna be talking playoffs next year, I'll tell you that right now," Maddon told the Chicago Tribune in November. "I can't go to spring training and say anything else. You have to set your goals high, because if you don't set them high enough...
About two weeks before the start of the 2015 MLB regular season, the New York Mets announced that pitcher Zack Wheeler had a torn UCL in his pitching elbow and would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.There is someone within the organization who can relate to the 24-year-old starter. That person is Matt Harvey, who missed all of 2014 because of the same ever-feared Tommy John surgery.And with the Wheeler injury confirmed, the Mets desperately needed Harvey to show no ill effects from his s...
A hotly contested topic in the baseball world in the past week (and for quite some time now) has been whether or not the National League should change its rules to institute the use of the designated hitter. The American League adopted the DH in 1973, yet the Senior Circuit has remained surprisingly resilient through the years.However, National League owners may be under increased pressure to make a change.The debate was jump-started when St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, one of the elite...
The Los Angeles Angels made a somewhat surprising move on Friday evening, agreeing to send embattled outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers. The Angels will not get any players in return, sources told the Los Angeles Times, so the move was made basically just to get Hamilton off their hands and save a few dollars in the process.But could this move be a potential steal for the Rangers?Turn back the clock to October of 2012, and Josh Hamilton was coming off of an outstanding season in which...
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