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Aaron Judge New York Yankees

The aforementioned 1987 Year of the Rookie

Top 5:

49, 32, 24, 22, 20x2

McGwire

Nokes

Devon White

Bo Jackson

Ellis Burks/Fred McGriff

That's a lot of career HR in the top 5 (considering it's really 6).

Mike Greenwell hit 328/386/570

Rafael Palmeiro only hit 14 as a rookie that year.

Kevin Seitzer had 15, but led the league in hits and had a slash of 323/399/470

Sam Horn (SABRmetric favorite) had 14 HR in only 158 ABs with a 589 SLG

Terry Steinbach didn't get a ROY vote despite good defense and a 284/349/463 line as a C.

In the NL Benito Santiago threw runners out without getting up into a standing position and hit 300/324/467

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Kenny Giles Houston Astros

Memories of Mark Wohlers

Doron Scharf jerome
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Ellis Valentine Texas Rangers

Hey Tim....what are your thoughts on this expansion idea?

I just chose Valentine to post this because I loved his arm in RF.

I am 100% in favor of baseball back in Montreal. Baseball America is as well, I think? Read the article.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/columnists/expansion-trigger-realignment-longer-postseason/#DHGJm7A2hdUAWFqm.97

Not sure Portland would work, based on the weather and the high confluence of millennials, but I love the discussion.

Tim - lets start the movement!

Keith Cromer Slyke
Steve Blass Pittsburgh Pirates

On this date in 1971, Blass pitched a CG in a 2-1 victory in Game 7 to defeat the Orioles and make the Pirates World Series champs.

Mike Cuellar was equally as dominant, but Clemente's HR in the 4th inning provided the lead the Pirates never relinquished.

Blass was even better in 1972, but then at 31 in 1973 he lost his control and was out of baseball two years later.

Rick Ankiel reached out to Blass for guidance when he experienced his control troubles, but even Blass waived the white flag and admitted there is no cure...it is what it is.

At least Ankiel was able to hit and make a career as an outfielder for a few years after his pitching career failed.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Aaron Judge New York Yankees

Top 5 homers by Rookies...

2015: 26, 26, 23, 22, 18

2016: 27, 26, 21, 20, 20

2017: 52, 39, 26, 26, 26

Alex Patton Alex

Actually, the number that leaps out is that 12 rookies hit at least 10 homers in 1955 when there were only 16 teams. This was the year of Roberto Clemente, Ken Boyer and Elston Howard.  

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

We really don't.  But, that's because we only allow 5 major league keepers plus 2 minor leaguers, or more minor leaguers at the expense of major league slots.  And, extend/option comes after the auction/activation year, not a year later like most leagues. It's a happy medium.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aaron Judge New York Yankees

And, I thought 1987 was the year of the rookie.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers

The Padres had many blowout losses ... and over performed their Pythagorean expectations by 7? games?  Leading many of its fans to lament that "we can't even lose well" ... not well enough to get a #1 pick, anyway ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aaron Judge New York Yankees

Realized I could easily let Excel count:





















1901 0
1902 0
1903 0
1904 0
1905 0
1906 1
1907 0
1908 0
1909 0
1910 0
1911 0
1912 0
1913 0
1914 3
1915 0
1916 0
1917 0
1918 0
1919 0
1920 2
1921 1
1922 2
1923 0
1924 2
1925 6
1926 2
1927 1
1928 5
1929 5
1930 6
1931 3
1932 1
1933 6
1934 5
1935 2
1936 4
1937 5
1938 8
1939 5
1940 6
1941 0
1942 6
1943 1
1944 1
1945 3
1946 6
1947 9
1948 4
1949 5
1950 11
1951 5
1952 7
1953 6
1954 8
1955 12
1956 8
1957 7
1958 10
1959 8
1960 7
1961 11
1962 15
1963 11
1964 11
1965 11
1966 10
1967 5
1968 1
1969 13
1970 8
1971 4
1972 11
1973 12
1974 4
1975 9
1976 3
1977 10
1978 3
1979 4
1980 4
1981 0
1982 12
1983 9
1984 12
1985 6
1986 12
1987 18
1988 5
1989 6
1990 9
1991 12
1992 4
1993 13
1994 8
1995 12
1996 8
1997 10
1998 14
1999 20
2000 13
2001 13
2002 13
2003 18
2004 15
2005 16
2006 19
2007 17
2008 13
2009 14
2010 13
2011 12
2012 12
2013 11
2014 14
2015 26
2016 21
2017 24
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

10+ HR By ROOKIES Per Year (if I counted right)

2017 24

2016 21

2015 25

2014 13

2013 11

2012 12

2011 12

2010 13

2009 14

2008 13

2007 17

2006 19

2005 17

2004 15

2003 18

2002 13

2001 13

2000 13

1999 20

1998 14

Probably enough. Here's the whole list of 839 rookies who hit 10 or more homers since 1901.


Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

And people wonder why leagues have massive inflation . . . 

Mike Dean TMU2009
David Bote Chicago Cubs

THE LINEUP

Newsmakers from Monday's action:

David Bote, 2B, Cubs. After appearing on the first Arizona Fall League Hot Sheet, Bote just keeps hitting. He went 2-for-2 yesterday, raising his average to .556 as he is now 10-for-18.

Alex Patton Alex
Todd Frazier New York Yankees

Not sure that's where the credit goes, though one of the guys in the booth pointed out Todd has "very strong hands."

Alex Patton Alex

Sad to say, he tells it like it probably is.

I think he's too quick to dismiss the juiced baseball, but there's no denying how hard it is to detect PEDs now. It never was easy. As Powell points out, Biogenesis clients in 2013, "For the most part... were tripped up by paper evidence, not drug tests."

Alex Patton Alex
Todd Frazier New York Yankees

On his HR in the 2nd inning off Morton it appeared to me Frazier was just trying to get the bat on the ball on a pitch just off the outside of the plate.

That 3-run blast had an exit velo of 100.5 mph with a launch angle of 21
degrees.

According to Statcast, balls hit at those numbers go for HR's only 6% of the time.

I thought it was a good 1-1 pitch by Morton. Sometimes you just have to give credit to the hitter.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Aaron Judge New York Yankees

Three-run bomb in the fourth. I'd say he was in the right spot.

Matt Roberson Doc
Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

I asked for this John Sickels's Smackdown in case I decide to move one or both of Adames and Barreto, who I have as minor leaguers with $1 contracts when they lose rookie eligibility.  (They were my last round supplemental picks in 2015 and 2016 respectively).

Of course, I still have no idea who will be better long-term.  Our rules allowing so few keepers makes things really hard sometimes.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

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