How Did the Braves Rebuild So Quickly?
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by Benjamin Thornton
3d ago
The year was 2016. The Chicago Cubs just beat the Cleveland Indians in one of the best World Series of all time, and those two teams looked poised to be powerhouses for the next few years. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the leaderboard, just barely above the 59-103 Minnesota Twins, sat the 68-93 Atlanta Braves. They had just finished their last game in the infamous Turner Field and had parted ways with their manager, Fredi Gonzalez, midseason, replacing him with longtime organizational coaching staff member Brian Snitker. Just two years later in 2018, the Braves won their division for the first ..read more
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How Can Today's Top Prospects Reach the Majors?
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by Nick Ducote
1w ago
Jackson Holliday playing for the Baltimore Orioles Florida Complex Leage; CC by License 2.0 After the implementation of the Prospect Promotion Incentive as a part of the 2022 CBA, we’ve seen an increasing number of top prospects crack MLB opening day rosters. This is a quick look at some blue-chip prospects that can make an impact at the big league level this year. I’ll be taking a look at what they need to do to earn a roster spot in the show and how they will impact their ballclub at the next level. Jackson Holliday: IF, Baltimore Orioles By far the most abysmal roster decision this year ..read more
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How Have Recent MVPs Performed in Spring Training?
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by Archie Smith
1M ago
Ronald Acuna playing for the Atlanta Braves; CC by License 2.0 Everyone knows the saying about Spring Training: these games don’t matter. What is the reasoning behind this saying? Well, the games really do not matter. There is no trophy to win or bragging rights to earn. In fact, it is common to see the weakest regular-season teams perform the best in spring training games.  The time spent in Arizona or Florida before the season is for clubs to lock in, preparing for the marathon that is the MLB regular season. There are some incentives for superstars across the league to try in spring tr ..read more
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Who was the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball?
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by Benjamin Thornton
1M ago
If you are reading this, there is a decent chance you play MLB the Show. The new edition is coming out soon, and in one of the trailers, they revealed a new legend of the game: Marcenia Lyle, better known as Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball. Now if you are like me, you have no idea who this person is, which is crazy because you think that a woman playing professional baseball would be talked about more often. Now, Negro League players have an ambiguous history because different sources give many different, and sometimes unreliable, accounts of their careers. However ..read more
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Who Will Breakout in 2024?
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by Jackson Scudder
2M ago
MJ Melendez hitting for the Kansas City Royals; CC by License 2.0 Every season players come out of nowhere and break onto the scene, and every offseason the media tries to predict who these breakout players will be. These players often can make or break a team's season and can have a big impact on the season as a whole. A couple of examples from the 2023 season are Jonah Heim, George Kirby, Orlando Arcia, and Justin Steele. I attempted to do this last year and had mixed results picking: Christian Yelich, Bryan De La Cruz, Garrett Whitlock, and Aaron Ashby. So today we are going to use stats a ..read more
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An Overview of Hunter Pence's Giants Career
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by Archie Smith
2M ago
,,Hunter Pence played baseball like a freak. Watching any highlight of his will leave you shocked at how he manages to even get the bat on the ball. Despite his unorthodox play style, Pence was a 4-time All-Star and earned MVP votes four times in his 17-year major-league career. It was not always easy, as he battled through rough injuries in the back half of his time in the majors. Pence is a beloved player by fans of all the teams he played for, but his time with the San Francisco Giants will be forever special. Pence established himself as an elite vibes guy when he was traded to the G ..read more
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What to Expect from Josh Hader on the Astros
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by Zack Bryant
2M ago
Josh Hader pitching for the San Diego Padres ;CC by license 2.0 The Houston Astros rang in the new year with what could end up being one of the biggest free-agent signings in the club’s history if all goes to plan. Astros GM Dana Brown finally made some noise in what had been an uncharacteristically quiet offseason, especially for a team who finished just 1 win shy of making their 3rd straight fall classic, by bringing back star reliever Josh Hader. Wait, what? Bringing back? Well, sort of. While it won’t get you any squares on the immaculate grid, it is interesting to note that Hader was, at ..read more
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How Much Has Kris Bryant Declined Since Joining the Rockies?
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by Benjamin Thornton
2M ago
In the 2021 offseason, all of the contenders were out signing big free agents to massive contracts. Freddie Freeman signed with the Dodgers for a 6-year deal, Marcus Semien inked a 7-year deal with the Rangers, Steve Cohen and Co. brought Max Scherzer to the Mets with a 3-year deal, etc. There was one free agent, however, whose offseason was unusually quiet that winter: Kris Bryant. At this point, Kris Bryant was a 4-time All-Star, ROTY, and, most importantly, an MVP. Although people were not certain where he would land, there was a consensus on the most likely possibilities. The Giants, Mets ..read more
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Where Was the Monetary Value Positionally During the 2023 MLB Season?
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by Kane Schwarz
3M ago
Finding value in major league players independently has been heavily researched by the public and major league clubs, providing a vast number of advanced statistics used to place value upon players. However, one avenue that has yet to be researched in full is where the monetary value is located positionally in Major League Baseball. One trend that has become increasingly evident in the majors is the practice of moving players around to alternate defensive positions different from their true position.   Baseball has eight defensive positions: catcher, first base, second base, sh ..read more
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What Should We Expect from Chris Sale in 2024?
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by Archie Smith
3M ago
One of the biggest moves of the ‘23-’24 offseason was the trade that sent seven-time all-star Chris Sale to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for a once-touted prospect, Vaughn Grissom. This move set the baseball media ablaze. Relative to offseasons in recent years, this year has been extremely slow, with many of the major free agents either taking forever to sign, or involving players that come from overseas. Chris Sale once had the reputation of being one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, however, the Sox made the call to part ways with Sale after his reputation became that of a playe ..read more
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