We’re not quite a quarter of the way through the baseball season, but there’s been plenty to talk about so far. Both World Series teams from 2016 are currently not in first place in their division, everyone is hurt, and dirt bike riding is the new least favorite activity among people in San Francisco. There’s still plenty of games left to be played, but we can learn a lot about teams through the first quarter of games. Let’s see who and what has caught my eye so far.
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2016 Recap: 95-87, First in the AL West. Lost 3-0 to Toronto in the ALDS. It was a wild and crazy season for the Texas Rangers. Rougned Odor’s right hook started a new rivalry with the Blue Jays, All-Star catcher Jonathan LuCroy was acquired at the trade deadline, and unfortunately first baseman Prince Fielder was forced to retire to due to injury. All of that was just over the course of a few summer months. The Rangers won the A.L. West for the second consecutive season and for the fourth time since 2010, but are still without a World Series after being swept by their new rivals from Canada. The Rangers stayed pretty quiet this offseason and look poised to make another run at October in 2017.
Continue reading Texas Rangers 2017 Team Preview
The calendar has officially turned to 2017 and that means it’s time to start talking some baseball. Since the NFL has been extra stupid this season with all the bad teams and quarterback injuries affecting the playoffs, lets turn our attention something more interesting. The Hot Stove reached some pretty high temperatures this winter and we will get right into breaking it down starting with the American League.
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It’s that time of year again baseball fans. We already know will have a new champion this year as the analytics community rejoices over Ned Yost’s Kansas City Royals not getting a chance to repeat as World Series champions in 2016. The baseball playoffs are always one of the hardest things to predict in sports. Since 2000, the team with the best regular season record (close your eyes Cubs fans) has gone on to win the World Series just twice. We have real parity in the postseason this year. In addition to Kansas City not making it back, we have four new teams playing in Division Series that missed the playoffs last year. Take that NFL. So without further adieu, here are my predictions that I of course feel very confident about today, but will more than likely hate in about 10 days because that’s baseball and that’s why we love it.
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The MLB All Star Game and festivities are finished which only means one thing: it’s time for the hot stove to be turned all the way up. In 1986, Major League baseball changed the non-waiver trade deadline from June 15th to July 31st (unless July 31st falls on a Sunday which this year it actually does making the deadline August 1st) and since then we have seen our fair share of trades. We have seen deals that did not amount to much at all, but we have also seen plenty of franchise altering trades occurring minutes before the deadline as well as during the weeks leading up to it.
Continue reading 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: Deals That Need to Happen