Jeff Banister is a Finalist For the Texas Rangers Manager Job
Oct14

Jeff Banister is a Finalist For the Texas Rangers Manager Job

Jeff Banister has been named on of three finalists for the open Texas Rangers manager position, according to T.R. Sullivan. The other two finalists are Tim Bogar, the interim manager in Texas, and Kevin Cash, who is the bullpen coach in Cleveland. Banister interviewed with the Rangers last week, making that the second team he’s talked with this off-season. He also decided to withdraw from managing the Scottsdale Scorpions,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Second Base Recap: Examining Neil Walker’s Career Year

Coming into the 2014 season, there were questions about which Neil Walker would show up. The second baseman had shown some positive trends the last few years, and if those trends continued, he could have been primed for a huge season offensively. That’s exactly what happened in 2014. Here is a quick look at those trends, and the 2014 results. ISO 2010 – .167 2011 – .134 2012 – .146 2013 – .167 2014...

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Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin
Oct14

Dodgers Hire Andrew Friedman – How This Could Impact Russell Martin

The big news today is that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays. BREAKING: Andrew Friedman is leaving #Rays for #Dodgers. Matt Silverman will take over Rays baseball operations. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 14, 2014 Friedman is one of the best executives in the game, making the Rays a contender in almost every year since 2008, all while having one of the lowest payrolls in...

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First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One
Oct14

First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One

In 2012, Andrew McCutchen had his first big breakout season, hitting for a .327/.400/.553 line and putting up a 6.8 WAR. The fear at the end of the year, after the Pirates collapsed in the second half, was that McCutchen wouldn’t be able to repeat those numbers in the future, making it impossible for the Pirates to contend in future years. McCutchen didn’t repeat those numbers the following year. He improved on them. He...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?
Oct13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?

Each year we do a recap of every position at the major league level for the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking a look at how the 2014 season went at that position, along with the future of the position. Each year there is no position easier than the center field position. The Pirates have no question marks surrounding their center field position, either in the short-term or long-term. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen, who is one of the best...

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