Fast forward to 2009, and Washington DC is again the location of another “who, me?” situation. Instead of the “Watergate Seven” we have the “Nationals Three”, owner Mark Lerner, General Manager Mike Rizzo and Field Manager Jim Riggleman. Instead of a file cabinet full of secret files, the issue at hand is a knee. A very expensive knee.
Archive for December, 2009
With Roy Halladay squarely in a Phillies’ uniform, and few other things to look forward to in the Jays’ bag of tricks, it will likely be Hill and Lind providing the only entertainment for Toronto fans in 2010. The question is, can these two relatively young players repeat their performances from a year back?
Bill Chuck gives us the 2000-2009 Triple Crown leaders, both on a single season and cumulative basis.
Perhaps with Bay, David Wright and a plethora of other stars who are now presumably healthy from a vast number of aches and pains, the Mets will be able to finally do what most have expected them to do for the last 3 or 4 years; contend.
Bryan Hoch on MLB.com wrote recently that the Yankees might be bluffing with their left field scenario. We can debate if Brett Gardner or Jamie Hoffmann will really be in left field on Opening Day (I tend to think it’s a lot like after the ‘05 season, when they insisted that Bubba Crosby would be the Opening Day center fielder until he wasn’t and Johnny Damon was)…
One of the things we love here at Dugout Central HQ is a good debate. Scratch that. A great debate. Something that really gets the juices flowing (and in some cases, the blood boiling). Something perpetual, with no real right or wrong answer. So in the spirit of “Who is stronger, Superman or the Hulk?”; I give you Dugout Central’s equivalent query. In the ultimate battle of baseball powers, who would win; dominant arms or unstoppable sticks?
Former Major League catcher Brent Mayne looks at how to slow the game down, which is necessary to advance to the next level of organized ball.
Baseball is filled with individuals and teams who add to their community. Here are just nine, of many, examples…
A year and a half ago (on Dugout Central 1.0) I wrote an article on the roll-the-dice-and-hope-for-the-best nature of the MLB Amateur Draft. Essentially my round by round research of the Draft from 1969 on produced one truism; no one, and I mean no one, is guaranteed a shot at big league stardom based on a high draft position. Conversely, an outrageously low pick (affectionately known as ‘after thoughts’ around my house) should never be ignored, especially if that player’s old man was childhood buds with a Hall of Fame manager. Just ask Mike Piazza.
A few months ago, I noticed that MLB.com had started a fan-vote to determine the best seasons at each position for each team. I’ve been casually working on almost the exact same project for about three years, I’ve gone ahead and made entire 25-man rosters, complete with rotations, relievers (though only an unrealistic 5 per [...]
It’s understandable why Cashman figured he would take another shot on Vazquez, given the outstanding year he just had in Atlanta. But sometimes a GM has to look past all the statistics and numbers and rely on his feel for a player and the environment he is asking him to perform in. While Vazquez floundered in his one year with the Yanks and in his brief postseason career, Derek Lowe has had success pitching in the American League East and thriving in big markets.
If one thing has been shown this off-season, it’s that the Yankees, despite assurances that they want to get younger and cheaper, do not trust their farm system.
How else do you explain their trading 2 of their top prospects in the past few weeks? Austin Jackson, (23) long one of their prized position players—the centerfielder [...]
This list isn’t meant to identify the top prospects in each organization, nor the prospect most likely to receive Rookie of the Year votes. The players I’ve noted are the most likely candidates to fill a roster spot, based not as much on talent or signing bonus, but position played or expected return.
It did not take long to realize that debating the updating of this list based on the addition of players from the last 10 or 11 years (and subsequent subtraction of players from the original list) was a must.
Former Major League catcher talks about the challenge of respcting the coach, yet also staying true to your game.