10 Players who’ve intrigued me so far in 2021

We’ve had a pretty fun introduction to the 2021 season. The best players are doing what they’ve always done: Mike Trout, Ronald Acuña Jr., Jacob deGrom, and Clayton Kershaw are all near the top of the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) leaderboards. The best teams, too, are generally performing very well. The Dodgers (8-2), Padres (7-3),Continue reading “10 Players who’ve intrigued me so far in 2021”

Constructing the perfect right-handed pitcher

The pitching talent has never been as good as it is in Major League Baseball at this very moment. Strikeout rates have risen in 13 straight seasons, hitting an all-time high of 23.4 percent in 2020. When pitch tracking started in 2002, the average fastball velocity was 89 mph. That figure was up to 93.1Continue reading “Constructing the perfect right-handed pitcher”

The ramifications of no baseball in 2020

In an unprecedented time of a devastating pandemic, global recession, and civil unrest over racial injustice, baseball had the chance to be a beacon of hope. The world was flipped upside-down early in 2020, with COVID-19 altering billions of lives worldwide and the way that we would operate in day-to-day life. Major League Baseball, powerfulContinue reading “The ramifications of no baseball in 2020”

The Nastiest Pitches of 2019: Fastballs

As human beings and baseball fans, I think we can all agree that these are tough times. To help pass this unusual period and downtime without baseball, I went back to look at the best pitches from the 2019 season. What is exactly is the best? Pitching is a unique art that incorporates various skills.Continue reading “The Nastiest Pitches of 2019: Fastballs”

Nastiest Pitches of 2019: Breaking Balls and Off-Speed Pitches

As human beings and baseball fans, I think we can all agree that these are tough times. To help pass this unusual period and downtime without baseball, I went back to look at the best pitches from the 2019 season. What is exactly is the best? Pitching is a unique art that incorporates various skills.Continue reading “Nastiest Pitches of 2019: Breaking Balls and Off-Speed Pitches”

Thoughts on the entire Houston Astros debacle

I remember reading Ben Reiter’s AstroBall when it was released in 2018 and being fascinated by the Houston Astros’ path, going from a bottomless pit (2013) to baseball immortality all in the matter of four years (2017). While I certainly do not condone the idea of “tanking” from a fan and entertainment perspective, the AstrosContinue reading “Thoughts on the entire Houston Astros debacle”

Initial Thoughts on the Angels acquiring Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling

The Angels added their finishing touches to what has been a pretty darn successful offseason. Following the aftermath of the mega deal that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, the Angels took advantage of a Dodgers club that likely needed to shed some payroll, acquiring both outfielder Joc Pederson and pitcher RossContinue reading “Initial Thoughts on the Angels acquiring Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling”

Top 50 Players Rankings: #10-1

Here is the finale of my Top 50 Players Rankings as I will list the top 10 players in baseball. You can find my previous lists below. PART I: #50-41 and Honorable Mentions PART II: #40-31 PART III: #30-21 PART IV: #20-11 As a refresher, here is a primer on the criteria that I usedContinue reading “Top 50 Players Rankings: #10-1”

Top 50 Players Rankings: #20-11

I kicked off my Top 50 Players rankings yesterday by ranking players #50-41 and listing some honorable mentions, which you can find below. PART I: #50-41 and Honorable Mentions PART II: #40-31 PART III: #30-21 As a refresher, here is a primer on the criteria that I used to compile these rankings. I will stillContinue reading “Top 50 Players Rankings: #20-11”

Top 50 Players Rankings: #30-21

I kicked off my Top 50 Players rankings yesterday by ranking players #50-41 and listing some honorable mentions, which you can find below. PART I: #50-41 and Honorable Mentions PART II: #40-31 As a refresher, here is a primer on the criteria that I used to compile these rankings. I will still utilize many ofContinue reading “Top 50 Players Rankings: #30-21”

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