Ben and Sam discuss Game Three of the Yankees-Orioles ALDS, the decision to pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez, and A-Rod’s future in New York, then talk about why the Stephen Strasburg debate won’t go away.
In the defining move of his career, Joe Girardi went with his gut. It worked.
Health can play a big part in which teams win and which go home. In the AL East and AL Central, lost WARP can help explain the standings.
A forgettable book raises a timeless question.
Alex Rodriguez had an extraordinary prime, but he’s aging much more like an average player, and that’s not good news for the Yankees.
Jason Heyward gets an earful from Yankees fans in right field after an Alex Rodriguez homer.
The Astros have playoff odds that are not zero!
The tater trots for April 20: two inside-the-park home runs, plus an invalid trot from David Ortiz!
Looking ahead to baseball’s most significant personal achievements.
While third base is often considered an offense-heavy position now, last year proved to be a major down season.
It’s hard to say if the Baseball Writers Association will ever give Alex Rodriguez the MVP award he’s due, but Internet Baseball Awards electors voted Rodriguez his second Internet AL Player of the Year award in 2002 by a decisive margin; he won almost 70% of the first-place votes.
Watching the Mariners crawl their way toward respectability like the first fishes onto the world’s beaches, I never would have believed that Ken Griffey Jr. might ever not be the best player in baseball, much less that he would end up being considered junior to his dad. It’s happening, though.
For the third straight year, the two best players in the American League–and the two best candidates for AL MVP–are the same guys: Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi. They lead the league in RARP and VORP, and it’s not all that close.
Off the top of my head, I can’t remember a three-year period in which the MVP argument–the real one, not the media-looking-for-the-best-story one–came down to the same two players each time. I’m leaning toward Rodriguez, the best player in the league, right now, but I don’t think it’s a lock just yet. The respective positions of the Yankees and Rangers are not a factor in my decision-making.
I can think of only one good thing about Ken Griffey Jr.’s injury: it’s a legend in the making, right up there with the Curse of the Bambino, and it reinforces why baseball is the greatest game on earth.