BEN ZOBRIST NEWS

Why the Rays will win the Division

In the fourth part of this mini-series we will take a look at why the Tampa Bay Rays will win the division even though pretty much everyone has penciled them in as a last-place team. The Rays seem to be in a rebuilding year with former manager Joe Maddon leaving to go to the Chicago Cubs and trading ace David Price to the Detroit Tigers. Kevin Cash steps in as new manager while their...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball, Industry Roundtable: Players to Reach For and Avoid On Draft Day

View image | gettyimages.com Opening Day is is approaching quickly, so we wanted to get some of the best analysts in the fantasy baseball industry together for a quick roundtable session to provide those with drafts in the next two weeks some last minute insight. We used to do a lot of these because they’re super fun and useful, so I think we’ll be bringing them back again...
Via The Fantasy Fix
9 days ago  |  Discuss

OBP Leagues: Made it to Second Base!

Second base is a solid position in OBP leagues and you can find standouts across the board and throughout the top-20. I have a few guys I am targeting heavily in drafts for the keystone, as well as MI positions, as I tend to end up with a second baseman there too. The top-5 in OBP looks a lot like most rankings: Robinson Cano .382, Jose Altuve .377, Ben Zobrist .354, (Anthony Rendon...
Via Razzball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kazmir sharp in A's win over Padres

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Scott Kazmir pitched four scoreless innings, Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat a San Diego Padres split squad 13-2 on Tuesday. Odrisamer Despaigne, competing for a spot in the Padres' starting rotation, allowed two runs on six hits over four innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Kazmir was sharp, allowing only a hit...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base VORP Revisited

View image | gettyimages.com Fantasy baseball players often base their selections on two things: the average draft position for the player and preseason rankings from the particular site they are using. Funny, but those average draft positions (ADP) are based mostly on the preseason rankings. It all comes down to those rankings for most players. Yet, most of us have found ourselves...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Ferrell takes the field with Oakland

Actor Will Ferrell will play 10 positions for 10 teams in five different Cactus League games Thursday. Ferrell is dedicating the HBO project to the fight against cancer, while also honoring Bert Campaneris’ historic feat of playing every position on the field for the Kansas City A’s in a game against the Angels 50 years ago. WATCH: Will Ferrell and Campy enjoy a game of...
Via Sports-Glory
20 days ago  |  Discuss

OBP Leagues: No Stopping Short Here

Looking over Shortstop in OBP leagues is not pretty. Even the top-5 gets ugly quick; Troy Tulowitzki (.432), Hanley Ramirez (.369), Ben Zobrist (.354), Danny Santana (.353), and Starlin Castro (.339) round out the top-5. The top guys tend to have good OBP numbers and will be a plus at the position while there are a few guys throughout the rankings that will kill your OBP...
Via Razzball
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist Running on Ice Before Spring Training

There’s nothing more terrifying for baseball fans than spring training. There are way too many games and every year there always seems to be a ridiculous non-baseball related injury that strikes. I mean, last year Francisco Rodriguez stepped on a damn cactus while participating in the Cactus League. Come on! But this didn’t stop new Athletics second baseman Ben Zobrist from tempting...
Via Busted Coverage
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

After offseason of change, Rays eager to get spring training under way

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- They emerged from a tunnel at Tropicana Field in shorts and T-shirts for relaxed drills, the waning hours of an offseason unlike any other in recent memory about to reach a spring resolution. Before the Tampa Bay Rays begin their first spring training under manager Kevin Cash, before they begin a new era after the departures of Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Three questions entering the 2015 season

Even though the Oakland A’s seems to be wrapping up their offseason, there are still a lot of questions about the upcoming 2015 season. With so many new players on the 40-man roster, it will be interesting to see who falls into what positions after spring training. Before the season begins, let’s take a crack at answering some of the burning questions surrounding the Athletics...
Via isportsweb.com
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s free agent rumors: Hector Olivera

Hector Olivera Even though the Oakland A’s seem to be pretty content with their acquisitions this offseason, it was reported that there was a big Athletics presence in the stands at Hector Olivera’s showcase in the Dominican Republic. The A’s were also joined by the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres who are all scouting Olivera. Olivera is...
Via isportsweb.com
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Meet Julianna Zobrist — Christian Singer and Wife of Ben Zobrist

Was it any surprise to anyone that Athletics general manager Billy Beane traded for sabermetric darling Ben Zobrist? I mean, there was a film made based off the genius of “Moneyball” so it makes sense that they now own one of the premiere players of the advanced stat movement. As an added bonus for Billy, Julianna Zobrist (Ben’s wife) happens to be a Christian singer. And...
Via Busted Coverage
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via Bloguin Best
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via The Outside Corner
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Spending Does Not Equate To Success

Cringing because the Mets failed to acquire Ben Zobrist or Ian Desmond? Love to criticize the Wilpons for running a small market team in the big apple? You may disagree with me, but I don’t their either of those opinions are valid, and I’m here to tell you why. I know the Mets’ payroll has decreased each of the last five seasons, to the point where New York’s 2014 figure...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist: Bona fide star or solid utility man?

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Via Fox Sports
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: The Oakland Trade Machine

Last week was all about the Hall of Fame, but this week has given us plenty to discuss and dissect. Oakland is on pace to make about 132 trades, arbitration numbers are starting to roll in, and teams are finding inexpensive deals for decent talent. Last but not least, however, one team’s specific “claim to fame” this offseason is that their dog won an award. Not only that...
Via The Sports Post
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist takes out newspaper ad to say goodbye to fans, teammates

Ben Zobrist said a heartfelt "goodbye" to his former fans and colleagues Sunday. The two-time All-Star, traded to the Oakland Athletics on Jan. 10, published a note to Tampa Bay Rays players, officials and fans in Sunday's edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The utility man spent nine seasons with the Rays and closed as the franchise's leader in doubles (229) and walks (542). In addition...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

New A's infielder Zobrist knows quirks of new home ballpark

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ben Zobrist needs few reminders of the quirks that come with playing in the Oakland Coliseum, his new home. In the 10th inning of a loss last August playing for the Rays, a small opossum scurried alongside the Tampa Bay left fielder and he caught glimpse of the critter out of the corner of his eye. ''Apparently that was a good omen for the A's, and not so much...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

In Ben Zobrist, the Athletics get their rent-a-star (and more)

This hasn’t been the typical offseason for Billy Beane, as we all know. He has traded away… pretty much every one that was on their Opening Day roster last season: Having some fun with the 2014 #Athletics Opening Day lineup on the @CSNAuthentic telestrator. pic.twitter.com/qWaJDVNWnF — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 11, 2015 But that shouldn’t surprise anyone, because...
Via Batting Leadoff
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rays Shed Money, A’s Upgrade Middle Infield

Reports from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle have the Oakland Athletics acquiring middle infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in exchange for C/DH John Jaso and minor leaguers Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.  For the A’s it an upgrade up the middle with Escobar and Zobrist.  For the Rays it is a pairing of payroll that will save them $11.5 million or so depending...
Via Baseball News Source
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar From Tampa Bay Rays

OAKLAND, Calif.– The busy Oakland Athletics have acquired infielders Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers. The teams announced the trade Saturday. Tampa Bay also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder Boog Powell and cash in the trade. The 33-year-old Zobrist is a two-time All-Star. He hit .272 with 10 home runs...
Via NESN.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar are heading to the Oakland A’s in GM Billy Beane’s latest surprising move. This time though, he’s improved the team. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s have acquired middle infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays. Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle has reported the news. Tampa Bay...
Via The Sports Journal
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s add Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, continuing surprising offseason

The curious offseason of the Oakland Athletics continues with general manager Billy Beane picking up one of the more coveted players on the trade market in Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs had been rumored to be pursuing the 33-year-old super-utilityman, but it’s the A’s swooping in with a January surprise. According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser...
Via The Outside Corner
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s add Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, continuing surprising offseason

The curious offseason of the Oakland Athletics continues with general manager Billy Beane picking up one of the more coveted players on the trade market in Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs had been rumored to be pursuing the 33-year-old super-utilityman, but it’s the A’s swooping in with a January surprise. According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser...
Via Bloguin Best
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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