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Manny Machado Los Angeles Dodgers

It sure didn't look like clean baseball to me.

Please tell me Cashman isn't stupid enough to throw $200 million at another superfluous righty power hitter, especially one who's a jerk.

Mike Landau ML-

Something very odd happened on Monday in Arizona. Vlad Guerrero Jr.
went 1-for-4 with no RBI’s. Maybe, he is human? Scott Blewitt tossed
four shutout innings of two-hit ball for Scottsdale. The former Second
Round pick suffered through a mediocre season at Double-A but finished
strong, and carried that into his first AFL start. Taylor Trammell, who
was off to a slow start, went 2-for-4 with a pair of thefts.

Peoria beat up Salt River to the tune of 13-4, with the usual cast of
characters doing the bulk of the damage. Lucius Fox, Keston Hiura, and
Evan White combined to go 4-for-12 with five RBI, six runs scored, and
five walks. Fox swiped a couple more bases, bringing him to five on the
season. Hudson Potts, the Padres First Round pick from 2016 (#24) and
one of the youngest players in attendance this year at 20-years-of-age,
went 2-for-5 with three RBI.

Five Solar Star pitchers, led by
starter Jesus Castillo, combined to shut out Glendale 8-0. Nico Hoerner
went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Mesa. Hoerner was the Cubs First
Round pick last June, and moved through three levels before being shut
down mid-July with a strained ligament in his left elbow. The former
Stanford star should move quickly through the Cubs system....assuming
those elbow woes are behind him.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

There used to be a great simulation game. I forget the name.  It allowed you to buy players from history on a budget and plug them into your lineup for a simulated season against a league of similarly built teams. You would also pick your ballpark from historical parks - so you could take the Baker Bowl for a HR friendly environment or Exhibition Stadium for 400' fences down the line.  If you played in a large park Dan Brouthers was a great purchase at his price.  I believe they would adjust prices annually based upon usage patterns.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Any way to get a page here for Firpo ... and Jimmie Foxx

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Very pretty and pretty baffling.

Firpo Marberry gets the biggest saves river. Who knew?

Alex Patton Alex
Jhoulys Chacin Milwaukee Brewers

While Counsell may kill this newly-minted Brewers fan with his Jeffress addiction, he sure knows how to deploy Chacin.

Two playoff games, both 5-ish innings, 5 to 6 baserunners, no runs, and nobody gets a 3rd plate appearance against him.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

I like the small islands and single blips. There are stories there.

Jimmy Fox, Ron Santo, George Sisler, Arky Vaughn, Lonnie Smith, Dan Brouthers.

Lonnie Smith, 1989, 8.8 WAR, .948 OPS and 2.1 dWar to go with it.

Dan Brouthers killed the 1880s ... Best year was 1886. Lead the league with 11 HRs and a 1.026 OPS. Also once had 17 triples in only 98 games. Of course, I've never heard of him until this chart.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

if you switch to pitching WAR, the biggest rivers are Cy Young, Walter Johnson (and not Christy Mathewson), Lefty Grove, Warren Spahn, Roger Clemens and...wait for it, Mets fans...Tom Seaver. And, to refresh your memories, it was the odious M. Donald Grant who traded Seaver to the Reds in 1977.

Walter Shapiro WShapiro

If Wagner's a river, then Cobb's a river.

Keith Prosseda andypro

Ty Cobb might be a river, too.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

This site shows, at least at first glance, the timeline leaders for WAR. Color coded.

What is interesting, unless I'm missing something, is that there are four major rivers in baseball. Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth (the Amazon), Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

The colors show it. And I'm sure there is room for discussion.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers

Between them the Dodgers and Brewers had 12 hits and 24 strikeouts. Even Lorenzo struck out twice.

Alex Patton Alex
Josh James Houston Astros

His K rate this year was completely out of historical range.  Combined in AA and AAA he had 171 in 114.3.  He also had 29 in 23 in the Majors with three starts out of six appearances.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

The question for now is why didn't he have 2017 stats? I added them by hand, but it may be time to reimport 2017 now that more BIS Ids are available for guys like JJ.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

This is all we have right now for Josh James. More coming when we add this year's minor league stats.

Alex Patton Alex

Asking again for Astro's Josh James. Has he been found? Pitched yesterday.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Logan Allen San Diego Padres

Thanks, Alex! The Padres
system is filthy rich in pitching prospects with the likes of Adrian
Morejon, Michel Baez, MacKenzie Gore, and Cal Quantrill. One name that
gets very little mention is Logan Allen. Allen was the final piece the
Padres acquired in the Craig Kimbrell deal, and has very quietly been
moving through their system. In 2018 he took a big step up the ladder,
going 10-6 with a 2.75 ERA in 19 starts at Double-A San Antonio, before
enjoying a cup of coffee at Triple-A El Paso where he didn't skip a
beat. He works in the low-90's with the fastball, but the off-speed
stuff is top-tier.....especially the change. Here's a clip of one of his
final five starts at El Paso. Oh, in those five starts he posted a 1.63
ERA with four wins. Arrival date.....2019.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

Logan Allen up from the depths. 2018 minor league stats coming soon.

Alex Patton Alex
Rick Porcello Boston Red Sox

Looks like the Red Sox have found their pitcher for the 8th inning. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jackie Bradley Boston Red Sox

What is the ground rule for the ball rolling along that padding? If it stays up longer and he gets to third? A triple, no? If it stays up longer and he circles the bases? A homer?

A double if it doesn't come down?

Is there a ground rule?

Alex Patton Alex

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