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DID YOU KNOW? While the world has obsessed over Matt Kemp's awesomeness and Albert Pujols' terribleness and Jamie Moyer's oldness and Bryce Harper's youngness, professional baseball has also been played by at least like fifty other people! It's a thing I'd forgotten for a while, what with those things, and the unmitigated disaster that has been the Twins' season, and real-life stuff. So last night, I spent a little time poking around Baseball-Reference and Baseball Prospectus, and I learned a number of things I didn't know that, as far as I can tell, nobody outside of these players' teams' own markets is talking about. Here are six of them:
1. I'd say Jake Peavy is back, except he's probably never been this good.
The top three MLB leaders in rWAR, through yesterday are all pitchers: Jered Weaver (who, perhaps, shouldn't count because he's gotten to make three of his seven starts against the Twins) at 2.3, Stephen Strasburg at...
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Star outfielder Matt Kemp is hampered by a strained hamstring. The hope is he won't have to go on the DL.
Talk about your well kept secrets. In any other year, chances are the Los Angeles Dodgers being in first place would warrant page one of the local sports section. On Monday, their story couldn’t be found until about page 7.
The Dodgers are used to losing space to the...
Los Angeles is the “City of Angels” and its Angels baseball team has a superstar now in Albert Pujols. But Albert was imported from St. Louis and has yet to prove his worth to the people in LA. There is someone who wears Dodger blue that is rapidly winning over the people of LA. His name is Matt Kemp and
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There was an unusual moment during the Angels’ postgame handshake lineup on Wednesday night. After beating the Twins 6-2, the Angels players lined up for handshakes and high-fives to celebrate the win. For some reason, Albert Pujols chucked his glove at teammate Erick Aybar. The move was strange and made Pujols look like a jerk, but SI injury...
The Albert Pujols sideshow finally ended on May 6, 2012, in the 111th AB of what has so far been a season of well-paid misery for the former King of St Louis. It ended with that long-awaited first official home run (although he hit seven in Spring Training) as an Angel; a wait that was so excruciatingly long and drawn-out, it reminded me of the similarly long...
After last night's 6-2 Angels win over the Twins, as the Angels are doing their postgame handshakes, shortstop Erick Aybar taps first baseman Albert Pujols on the elbow. Pujols proceeds to whip his glove at Aybar, and looks really, really irritated afterwards, inspecting his elbow. It's worth noting that the elbow that Aybar tapped was the one that Pujols has had problems...
We are now into May there have been several surprises this baseball season. To the surprise of most people, the Dodgers are in first place in the NL West. This is almost as crazy as Albert Pujols not hitting a homerun in the month of April, but oh wait… that happened…
So how are the Dodgers having all of this success? Well, a large part of that is due to Matt Kemp. Most people...
@Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2-2) @ Minnesota Twins (7-20)Pitching Probables: LAA – Jered Weaver (12-17, 1.61 ERA) MIN – Francisco Liriano (0-4, 9.97 ERA)Game Info: 5:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830
First thing I want to address, this is something that's been itching in the back of my mind for some time, but HOLY HELL WHY IN THE WORLD DOES EVERYONE...
The Baltimore Orioles began the week with the best record in the majors, with Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals close behind. Albert Pujols was slumping, Bobby Valentine was getting booed and Derek Jeter was hitting nearly .400.
Signs of the season, or mere mirages? A quick look at the big questions so far in baseball:
- Can the Orioles stay atop the AL East? Cleveland...
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Although baseball is well underway and the season is chugging along as usual, there are a number of absolute studs that have been seriously underperforming. Obviously everybody and their mother knows of Albert Pujols’ struggles, but Jose Bautista and Robinson Cano are also putting up duds on the regular nowadays. Moving down the totem pole a...
I had a dream. In this dream, I negotiated a contract where I would be paid beyond my useful years for doing absolutely nothing at all. Once any talent I had was completely gone, instead of living off my pension or social security, I would get paid a ridiculously large sum of money for my “personal services,” but only if I chose to accept it. I mean, you never know. It’s...
Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Mark Teixeira, Jose Bautista, Ryan Howard, Miguel Cabrera, Dan Uggla, Adrian Gonzalez, Paul Konerko.
Nice group, yeah? Those are 9 of the 10 leaders in HR from 2009-2011.
Pujols, Fielder, Teixeira, Howard, Cabrera, Uggla.
Listed there are 6 of the 7 players to hit at least 30 HR in every season from 2009 through 2011.
The player not mentioned in both...