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Derek Jeter New York Yankees

This is big news today. First female GM in baseball. Kim Ng had previously interviewed for the Dodgers several years back.

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D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

Dan Martin reminds us LeMahieu was hitting .429 on Aug. 15, when he was injured.

https://nypost.com/2020/11/11/yankees-dj-lemahieu-hits-abnormal-mlb-free-agency-market/

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Anthony Santander Baltimore Orioles

He won't be cheap next year.

But he still might be a bargain.

AL MVP: José Abreu

Longest hitting streaks of 2020

NameStrk StartEndGamesTm
José Abreu2020‑08‑162020‑09‑0922CHW
Freddie Freeman2020‑08‑142020‑09‑0418ATL
Anthony Santander2020‑08‑052020‑08‑2318BAL
Donovan Solano2020‑07‑252020‑08‑1517SFG
Trea Turner2020‑08‑142020‑08‑3116WSN
David Fletcher2020‑07‑312020‑08‑1716LAA

See the full list at Stathead.com's Batting Streak Finder

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Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians

Bieber came in 4th for MVP just ahead of Trout.

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Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers

He had an inconclusive test before game 5. Then had a positive at game 6 then they double checked his game 5 test and it was positive.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Is Turner the only who tested positive before Game 6?

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Devin Williams Milwaukee Brewers

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer found a spot for Williams at the end of his MVP ballot.

https://bbwaa.com/20-nl-mvp-ballots/

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Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves

There seems to have been a backlash against WAR. Two shy of unanimous.

https://bbwaa.com/20-nl-mvp/

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Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians

One Cleveland writer (Paul Hoynes) had Bieber third on his MVP ballot, behind Ramirez and Abreu. The other (Zack Meisel) left him off altogether.

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Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox

Bieber comes in fourth.

https://bbwaa.com/20-al-mvp/

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Gary Sanchez New York Yankees

Ken Davidoff, admitting he needs a vacation.

... if the Yankees keep their human click bait behind the plate and Sanchez doesn’t rebound? Baseball’s most storied franchise might just vaporize one day. Cease to exist.

OK, clearly the 2020 stress is getting to me and I’m exaggerating. Yet as the Yankees deliberately make their way through this confusing Hot Stove season, one truth should guide them: They can’t bring back Sanchez, their two-time All Star and one-time king Baby Bomber. They must move forward without him.

https://nypost.com/2020/11/12/yankees-need-to-trade-or-release-gary-sanchez/

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Antonio Senzatela Colorado Rockies

It must.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 13
Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers

There are nine Dodgers down with it now, almost as many as in the White House. If the outbreak came during the season would they have had to play with guys from the alternative site?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nov 12
Antonio Senzatela Colorado Rockies

Does WAR factor in Coors?

Mike Landau ML-
Nov 12

Maybe WAR isn't the be all and end all. No Cy Young votes for Senzatela.

WAR for Pitchers
1.Bieber • CLE3.3
2.Ryu • TOR3.0
3.Fried • ATL2.9
4.Wheeler • PHI2.9
5.Senzatela • COL2.8
6.Bauer • CIN2.7
7.Gallen • ARI2.7
8.Darvish • CHC2.7
9.deGrom • NYM2.6
10.Lamet • SDP2.4
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Nov 12
Max Fried Atlanta Braves

He doesn't make the same claim as Bieber (or Ryu) for MVP consideration, but he makes a claim.

Wins Above Replacement--all
1.Betts • LAD3.4
2.Bieber • CLE3.3
3.Ryu • TOR3.0
4.Fried • ATL2.9
5.Wheeler • PHI2.9
6.Freeman • ATL2.9
7.Machado • SDP2.8
8.Senzatela • COL2.8
LeMahieu • NYY2.8
Abreu • CHW2.8


Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves

If Abreu wins and Freeman doesn't...

NL MVP Candidates

Mookie BettsFreddie FreemanManny Machado

WAR

Mookie Betts 3.37
Freddie Freeman 2.89
Manny Machado 2.82

Win Prob Added

Freddie Freeman 2.7
Mookie Betts 2.1
Manny Machado 0.6

On-Base Pct

Freddie Freeman .462
Manny Machado .370
Mookie Betts .366

Slugging Pct

Freddie Freeman .640
Manny Machado .580
Mookie Betts .562

Freddie Freeman Spotlight

Highest OPS from August 9, 2020 to the end of the regular season (min. 2 PA/team game)

NameTmPAOPS
Freddie FreemanATL2021.220
Juan SotoWSN1841.187
Marcell OzunaATL2061.125
Jose AbreuCHW1951.099
Trea TurnerWSN2121.082

See the full list at Baseball-Reference.com's Daily Game Log Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians

Since 1901! I like that.

Stathead Spotlight: Jose Ramirez

10+ HR, 8+ doubles, 1.250 OPS or higher in September/October regular season games (since 1901)

PlayerYearOPS2BHR
Richard Hidalgo20001.4861411
Babe Ruth19201.394910
J.D. Martinez20171.382816
Barry Bonds19921.3701011
Albert Belle19951.3491017
Randy Winn20051.3311311
Jose Ramirez20201.294910
Stan Musial19531.281910
Manny Ramirez20001.2581111
Rogers Hornsby19221.253810

See the list at Stathead.com's Batting Split Finder

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox

It's a given that Bieber is not even in he running?

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 12

AL MVP Candidates

José AbreuDJ LeMahieuJose Ramirez

WAR

José Abreu 2.78
DJ LeMahieu 2.78
Jose Ramirez 2.15

Win Prob Added

José Abreu 1.9
Jose Ramirez 1.5
DJ LeMahieu 0.1

On-Base Pct

DJ LeMahieu .421
Jose Ramirez .386
José Abreu .370

Slugging Pct

José Abreu .617
Jose Ramirez .607
DJ LeMahieu .590
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Nov 12

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