We are in the midst of an unprecedented MLB season, but that doesn’t mean that the top players/staff members shouldn’t be recognized with awards! Today, I will be using a model I constructed to take a look at each of the major awards and assigning a deserved winner! This model will lead to different results than standard award races. For starters, it goes based off … Continue reading Who Should Win Each 2020 MLB Award?
As baseball analysts shift towards evaluating players with advanced statistics, calculating a player’s overall value has become essential. To do so, the common fan uses Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a statistic that measures a player’s value compared to a replacement-level player- a 1 WAR player is worth about one win above a replacement-level player, for instance. The convenience of a “tell-it-all” statistic like WAR cannot … Continue reading Meet VOA, a Statistic That Captures an MLB Player’s Value Better Than WAR
We’re all aware of Mike Trout’s story at this point. From falling to the end of the first round in the 2009 draft, to his home run-saving catches, and the multiple 10-WAR seasons to start his career, the 28-year-old certainly has had a storied career up to this point, and there isn’t any reason to believe that won’t be the case moving forward. In fact, … Continue reading It Took Eight Years, But Mike Trout Finally Has Legitimate Competition
Last week, we analyzed the top ten left fielders in the MLB, but outside of Juan Soto, there weren’t any true MVP candidates on this list. That won’t be the case in center field- the AL and NL MVPs make up the top spots on this list, while there are plenty of All-Star caliber players making the list. Unlike left field, it’s definitely more of a … Continue reading 2020 MLB Top Ten: Center Fielders
While we wait for the 2020 MLB season to get underway, it’s time to take a closer look at players who could one day be on opening day rosters. For the next month or two, we’ll be examining each team’s farm system, which will contain several prospects that will either one day be contributors for them, or could be used to acquire impact major leaguers. … Continue reading MLB 2020 Farm System Overview: Los Angeles Angels
Although he came up short in the American League Cy Young race, Gerrit Cole is in line to be the highest-paid pitcher in the MLB history, which is well deserved. After all, with a 2.48 xFIP and 13.82 K/9 this season, the 29-year-old had one of the best seasons for a pitcher in recent memory, and would be a massive addition for any team. However, … Continue reading Gerrit Cole is Fantastic, But He Won’t Be The Answer To All of The Angels’ Problems
Is this the offseason the Angels build a contender around Mike Trout? They’ve been linked heavily to star pitcher Gerrit Cole, who may want to go back to Southern California. That is, if they offer him the largest contract, and even then, they’re not one player away from competing for a championship- general manager Billy Eppler needs to be smart in adding premier talent. Expected … Continue reading Offseason Tracker and Analysis: Los Angeles Angels
As we move through the postseason, it’s easy to be caught in the moment, and forgot about what happened in the regular season. That would be a shame, however; the competition for the main awards will be the center of discussion post World Series, and it’s paramount that we don’t forget who excelled during the regular season. So, without further adieu, let’s take a closer … Continue reading Who Should Win Each Key MLB Award?
Today, we will be finished with phase one of the MLB All-Star voting; the final three finalists will be announced. With the official starters being announced in one week, now would seem to be a great time to take a look at the deserving starters at each position in both the American and National League, using production as the only means of evaluation with popularity … Continue reading The Deserving MLB All Star Game Starters
Over the past couple weeks, there have been a flurry of MLB extensions. Whether players are wary of free agency. or teams are motivated to retain their players, 15 extensions have been signed since March 19th. Let’s analyze all of these extensions by ranking them in order of worst value to best value. #15- March 23rd: Astros Extend SP Justin Verlander Contract Details: 2 years, … Continue reading Ranking Best MLB Extensions