Major League Baseball is littered with debates about basically every conceivable topic. Is Mike Trout or Bryce Harper the best young player in the game? Can the Cubs finally get over the hump and overcome the Curse of the Billy Goat? Will Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor or Corey Seager be the better long-term option at shortstop?The list goes on and on. One thing that is rarely questioned, however, is that Giancarlo Stanton has the most powerful bat in all of baseball.No matter which number you ...
It is unclear when exactly a Major League starting pitcher enters his prime years. There are several variables in the equation --such as when the player made his debut, how many innings he's thrown and the type of pitcher he is -- but a pitcher's prime likely begins some time in their mid-to-late 20s.Today, March 19, is Clayton Kershaw's 28th birthday. Judging by his resume, one could easily mistake Kershaw as being an aging veteran. After all, he has four ERA titles, three Cy Youngs and one MVP...
The Arizona Diamondbacks enter the start of the regular season with an excitement surrounding the club that has not been seen in recent years. The front office was incredibly aggressive in the offseason, signing Zack Greinke to a record-breaking contract and sending last year's No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson to the Braves in exchange for Shelby Miller.What those moves did was create a win-now mentality for the D-Backs, a team that has not sniffed the playoffs since 2011, when they won 94 games in the...
The Rangers' signing of Ian Desmond might be the biggest steal of the offseason. Former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was the last big-name free agent standing. It seemed inconceivable that someone of Desmond’s stature – a power hitter at a premium position who possesses terrific leadership skills – would remain unemployed even after players reported for Spring Training.Maybe it was the first-round draft pick that was attached to his price tag, the fact that his offensive output has slow...
When Carlos Correa was in New York last month accepting his Rookie of the Year award, he ran into some unexpected weather. The massive blizzard that bombarded the East Coast was on full display, but that didn't stop Correa from doing the thing that he does best.Play baseball.This time it was in several feet of snow instead of a perfectly manicured MLB stadium, but it was baseball just the same. It’s that type of unbridled love of the game that has Correa on the precipice of becoming one of the...
Saturday’s Oklahoma vs LSU matchup was supposed to give America the chance to see the top two Player of the Year candidates square off against each other.It did just that and even though LSU’s Ben Simmons had a superb game, it was Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield that stole the show. The senior poured in 32 points and made more than half his shots from the floor and from behind the arc in the Sooners’ scintillating 77-75 victory. The Tigers led for most of the game, with the fans packed in at the ...
Getty Images With most of the superstar free agents having signed and Spring Training right around the corner, it is as good a time as ever to create the perfect 25-man roster. This roster will be comprised of current Major League players and will be based on how good they are right now, or their expected performance in 2016.Ground rulesWhat are these selections based on? A variety of factors were taken into account, such as their 2015 performance, their career track record and their potential f...
Possible rulebook changes could take the bat out of the hands of Madison Bumgarner, the best hitting pitcher left in the sport. Discussion regarding the designated hitter coming to the National League has been rampant for some time now and, while the Senior Circuit has been able to hold off on making that decision to this point, a change might be on the horizon.According to St Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, the momentum is mounting to bring the DH to the National League.“I do f...
Upton makes the Tigers better, but they still are not a championship-caliber club. Detroit Tigers owner Mike Illitch has always been known as an owner who isn’t afraid to open his wallet for big-time stars. He has always made it clear that he badly wants to win a World Series before he dies and, as his age-86 season approaches, his window is quickly closing.He kicked off the Hot Stove season by signing starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million. It marked the first time in...
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