Does it pay for an aspiring major leaguer who goes undrafted or needs to re-energize his career to play in an Independent league? And how! Think about earning salaries totaling more than $37 million for the regular 2013 season. Pay is prorated for most everyone, of course, so if a player is only in the [...]
The CAWS Career Gauge has identified only fifty-one (51) 20th century major league pitchers who have obvious Hall of Fame numbers. In Part 1, I introduced the thirty-nine (39) 20th century pitchers in Levels 1 and 2. These were the pitchers identified by the CAWS Gauge as having posted HOF numbers during their playing careers [...]
The old axiom when it comes to relief pitchers, is never pay for saves.Â I follow this mantra somewhat, especially in mixed leagues, but in NL or AL only leagues I want to have one solid closer.Â I don’t like to spend a big part of my budget on more than one, but I want [...]
Arizona Diamondbacks (2010 record: 65-97) Notable additions: 1B Russell Branyan, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Armando Gallaraga, RHP David Hernandez, 3B Melvin Mora, OF Xavier Nady, RHP J.J. Putz Notable subtractions: 1B Adam LaRoche, 3B Mark Reynolds, RHP Brandon Webb Arizona is an organization that is floundering, always taking a step to one side and then [...]
If we grant admission to players such as DHs and relievers who were one-dimensional, then we should think seriously about admitting players who played Hall of Fame caliber defense, but were weak with the stick. And that brings me to former Oriole shortstop Mark Belanger.
At the beginning of the 2010 baseball season, there were eight active major league players who had already earned obvious Hall of Fame numbers during their careers.Â Here are those players: Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Jim Thome, Jason Giambi and Mariano Rivera. By the end of the 2010 [...]
â€œMariano Rivera is the best reliever in baseball history.â€Â If I were to make such a claim, there would surely be some fans who would agree with me and many who would not.Â And, of course, all would want to know on what basis I made such a claim. Bill Jamesâ€™ Win Shares system is [...]
Next Sunday, Rich “Goose” Gossage will become the fifth relief pitcher inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.Â