Top 10 Right Now – Shortstops

2019 feels like a strange year for this position.  There are some expected names in the Statistical Top 10, but overall they are spread out among some surprising entries, including the shortstop taking over the number one spot. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February….

Top 10 Right Now – Third Basemen

Remember the golden age of shortstops in late-90’s, early 2000’s?  We are currently in the golden age of third basemen.  This position has become increasingly athletic over the years and features some of the games best defenders at any position. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting…

Top 10 Right Now – Catchers

There comes a time when you have to admit that the best aren’t the best anymore and this year is that time for the two best catchers of this generation.  This is a position that has enough time share among players that two guys from each team may be considered. A new list will be…

Top 10 Right Now – Starting Pitchers

With established vets, emerging superstars and guys who bounced back this season, putting together the list was tough.  A few pitching staffs appear to be loaded heading into 2020. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the Top 10 players at…

Dominant Teammates: MVP and Cy Young Duos

With the Astros narrowly missing a sweep of the major awards in 2019, it got me thinking about the best MVP and Cy Young teammates to win their respective award in the same year. We’ll go back to 1956, the year the Cy Young award was introduced.  Not included are the seasons that saw pitchers…

Top 10 Right Now – Executives

We’re back again with our annual Top 10 Right Now lists, starting once again with the front office. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the Top 10 players at each position, managers and executives, finishing up with the Ultimate Top…

Mid-season power rankings

Hard to believe the season is already half-complete.  It tends to go by very quickly and then the offseason drags on.  But, let’s appreciate that there is still 50% of the 2019 campaign to complete.  Here are the power rankings as we look toward the second-half. 1.) Los Angeles Dodgers 2.) Houston Astros 3.) New…

2019 Quarter-Season Power Rankings

Most teams are at or just beyond the quarter-mark of the season which makes it a great time to take stock of the standings with a power ranking. Here, we rank the teams not just simply on their place in the standings but projections, run differential and other factors are also considered. How does your…

The Winning (Or Losing) Spring: What Preseason Records Actually Mean

You hear it every year: spring training records and numbers don’t mean anything.  Whether that’s true or not, I’m not sure anyone can really prove it one way or another.  Now that we’ve wrapped another spring, we’re going to set out to (hopefully) prove or disprove that notion. This challenge can be difficult for a…

Standing, Playoffs and Awards Predictions – 2019

I have been confident; I have been cocky.  I have been attempting to go all “Sports Illustrated” and predict a 2019 World Series win for the Phillies several years out.  Shortly after they traded Cole Hamels to Texas in 2015, I looked at the farm system and declared Philadelphia 2019 champs.  Even as recently as…

Top 10 Right Now – Shortstops

The final of our positional lists (with only the Ultimate Top 10 to come next week), shortstop is absolutely loaded.  Remember the group that included Jeter, Rodriguez and Garciaparra?  This class is deeper. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the…