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Showing posts with label Major League Baseball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Major League Baseball. Show all posts


The San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum has won the National League Cy Young award each of the last two seasons, which is simply remarkable considering he's only been in the majors for three years. Look at his numbers over those two award-winning seasons:

2008... 227 IP, 18-5, 2.62 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 265 K, 84 BB, 169 ERA+, .609 OPS allowed.

2009... 225.1 IP, 15-7, 2.42 ERA, 1.047 WHIP, 261 K, 68 BB, 176 ERA+, .557 OPS allowed.

Pretty impressive eh? Yet in his first arbitration-eligible year, he was reportedly offered just $8 million by the Giants:

just heard filing numbers on lincecum: $13 mil for tim, $8 mil for giants. looks like theyll battle with ryan howard as comp

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So the Giants offered $8 million and Lincecum filed for $13 million. The $10 million received by Ryan Howard in 2008 is the most money ever given to a player in their first arbitration-eligible year. Most expected Lincecum to shatter that record, and rightfully so in my opinion.

Lincecum's the most dominating pitcher in baseball and just 25 years old. He even improved across the board(aside from record which is highly overrated, especially with the Giants' terrible offense supporting him) from his first Cy Young-winning season.

In all likelihood the Giants and Lincecum will settle at a total around $11 million, but I'd think he'd be able to get the $13 million he wants if this went to arbitration. Whatever the case, it's much less than he's actually worth.

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Clapp and I have a disagreement over certain aspects of the MLB Network. I think it's slowly devolving into a longer version of Baseball Tonight (which makes me sad), and I don't think he thinks it's that bad (or at least, he didn't). Because it's baseball, I'll watch it. I have been watching it. I will continue to watch it. It was through this watching that I came across something that really irked me.

It was about a week ago. As I stated before, I had to take some time off to finish up my graduate schooling, so I couldn't post on it immediately. It's also due to school-work that I don't have the exact quote or the exact person who said it, but I got the gist of it. It was the same sort of poor reporting and nonsensical speculation/analysis that has plagued Baseball Tonight for as long as I can remember.

I'm pretty sure the perpetrator was either Victor Rojas, Joe Magrane, Mitch Williams, or Jon Hart. The subject turned to Los Angeles Dodgers' General Manager Ned Colletti. As part of the praise being heaped upon Colletti, the MLB Network analyst pointed out his bringing in Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake as well as the young core that's in place in LA (Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, and James Loney).

I have nothing against Ned Colletti. I am not a Dodgers fan and I probably see fifteen Dodgers games a year, only watching whenever I have a fantasy pitcher starting or just want to hear Vin Scully. I do know that Colletti is a veritable treasure trove of poor reporting, but that has no bearing on me.

What does bother me, however, is people falling over themselves to give someone credit, even when that credit is undeserved. That young core? The only one that Colletti was responsible for acquiring was Andre Ethier (for Milton Bradley). The others? Kemp was drafted in 2003, Loney and Martin in 2002. During these drafts, Colletti was the Assistant General Manager for the San Francisco Giants. To give Colletti any credit for the accumulation of young talent is disingenuous unless he was part of the greatest tampering scheme of my lifetime.

Now, one might point out that, while he did not draft most of the "young core", he did call them up and he did put them in a position to play. But did he? Even with this young talent in the farm system, Colletti elected to sign Juan Pierre (who stinks) to a $44 million contract in 2006 and Andruw Jones to a two year, $36.2 million deal in 2008. Juan Pierre remains with the team, Andruw Jones was released at the Dodgers' expense and now plays with Texas. Juan Pierre received over 700 plate appearances in 2007 and over 400 last year.

I understand that it is laudable that Colletti appears to have recognized his mistake and turned the keys of the car over to Ethier and Kemp in the outfield (as well as allowing Loney to take over for the also Collett-signed Nomar Garciaparra), but doesn't the four year deal given to Pierre signify something less than flattering about Colletti? Doesn't it show either a concerning, Dusty Baker-like desire to play veterans, no matter how bad, over promising young talent and to pay a premium for said veterans?

Colletti defenders, wherever they are, often point to the Manny Ramirez deal as his crowning achievement. There is no doubt that Manny Ramirez was essential to the Dodgers' playoff run last year. No doubt. One wonders how the deal tastes now that the aftermath has involved Manny receiving a two-year, $45 million deal that he can opt out of after this year if he likes. Manny's a great player to have, no doubt, but he's also 38 years old and devoting that sort of money to him for one year had to play an effect in the loss of Derek Lowe. This entire paragraph has nothing to do with my original point, I just wanted to throw it out there. Oh, and I've always thought the Dodgers would have been more prudent to hang onto Andy LaRoche and attempt to just get Jason Bay for themselves, as opposed to having Casey Blake at third base. That's just me, though, and I have no idea if the Pirates would have moved Bay without receiving LaRoche.

Back to my original point. I have no real issue with Ned Colletti. I think signing Juan Pierre was beyond incompetent, but whatever. I certainly don't think as little about some of his trades as this guy. I also don't hate him as much as these guys. What does irritate me, though, is the MLB Network just tossing out whatever they deem to be facts without doing even the most modest research or critical thinking.

I fear baseball is starting to run out of knowledgeable, casual fans. That may sound elitist, and maybe it is, but it's just my two cents. I obsess over the sport. I watch it way too much. When my Baseball Prospectus comes in every year, I tear through it like Prince Fielder through an apple pie. Thankfully, I don't rely on Baseball Tonight, ESPN, or TJ Simers for my baseball news. Nonetheless, it is a bit disconcerting that hordes of fans are hearing what John Kruk and whoever the MLB Network guy was that said the Colletti bit and taking it as news.


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Alright, the day is finally on us. The finale of the Thigh's fantasy position preview. I am not going to be doing a pitcher preview as, quite honestly, I find pitchers impossible to rate. Outside of Sabathia and Lincecum, I'm pretty clueless (and each of those two have their red flags too).

I decided to go with ten outfielders and two sleepers. No real reason why. And I'd say that BJ Upton just missed making my list. Consider him number 11.

Alright, let's rock.

1. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers - .285/.335/.553; 37 HR, 106 RBI, 92 R, 14 SB

The rib cage injury scared me, but he played after it in the World Injury...I mean, Baseball Classic, and seemed okay. I rated Braun as number one for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being the lineup he hits in and field he calls home. He should have more run and RBI opportunities than the guy I'd call 1A (coming up next). Braun saw his zone contact rate go up a few percentage points last year, hitting 88.6%. He also saw his chase percentages rise from 30.6 to 34.3, which is a very high number. He was seeing more breaking balls last year, so it comes back to a question of whether there is a hole in his swing or he can make an adjustment. He also doesn't have to deal with the rigors of a position change this year. I think he is a solid choice for number one outfielder, even though I hate him more than Socialism.

2. Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians - .268/.374/.502; 33 HR, 90 RBI, 101 R, 38 SB

I should start by stating that if you're in a league that features a "CF" position, you may want to go here before Braun as Sizemore is much further ahead of the next best CF than Braun the next corner outfielder. Sizemore was hit unlucky last year, featuring a .291 BABIP and a 19.4 line drive percentage. I'd expect that .268 batting average to go up. He cut 4 points off of his k percentage last year, getting it down to 20.5%. He also improved his patience (chase percentage down from 20.1 to 19.5) and increased his contact (81.6% to 82.9%). Entering his age 27 season, another 30-30 season is not out of the question. The lineup still scares me, though, and the fact that he was able to produce as much in the non-individual counting stats as he did last year is a feat in and of itself. My Victor Martinez rebound prediction would really help Sizemore.

3. Carlos Beltran, New York Mets - .284/.376/.500; 27 HR, 112 RBI, 116 R, 25 SB

Beltran's spot at number 3 is more of a product of his lineup than any individual talents the 32 year old has. He's a good player, but he's not a 30-30 man anymore. However, he does hit with Wright, Reyes, and Delgado, so the 100 run/RBI mark is in play for Beltran, which puts him here in my mind. Beltran did show good signs last year, lowering his strikeout percentage five points to 15.8%. He also dropped his chase rate to 20.3% from 25.7% while improving his contact rate to 86.3% (a five point bump). Was this a late career push or a fluke season? If nothing else, Beltran is generally good for 140 games a year and in a lineup as stacked as his, he's a solid choice.

4. Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs - .280/.344/.532; 29 HR, 75 RBI, 76 R, 19 SB

This is another lineup-oriented ranking. If they played in better lineups or better parks, I'd have Carlos Lee or Manny Ramirez here. Nonetheless, Soriano plays in one of the NL's best lineups. He also has apparently reported to camp in great shape. Now here come the warts. He has missed time each of the last two years with various injuries, which could be sapping his speed. He is old and uses a massive bat with a long swing. He chases pitches in bunches (40.8% in 2007, 28.7% in 2008). That said, he was a bit hit unlucky last year with a .305 BABIP on a 23.2 line drive percentage. With the lineup he plays in, the parks he gets to see most, and the fact that he still pumped out good power numbers last year, he's a solid pick. He's also the one with the most risk, though. The next three guys and Soriano all have their red flags, so we're really into a glut of no. 2 tiered outfielders.

5. Carlos Lee, Houston Astros - .314/.368/.569; 28 HR, 100 RBI, 61 R, 4 SB

The other side of the lineup coin, Lee is a great hitter who plays in a lineup that doesn't have the same thunder as the Cubs. Still, he drove in 100 runs last year even though he missed time with a finger injury. It's supposed to be healed, so Lee comes in at fifth on my list. He plays in a park that does right handed hitters favors, so that's always a plus. Even more attractive is that he doesn't feature a huge OPS difference between home and road performances (943 at home, 931 on road). 30.7% chase percentage is high, but not nearly as monumentally high as Soriano's. He does make contact with 86.3% of his total swings, though with that chase percentage, he may be doing himself a disservice by hitting balls that aren't driveable. Also a bit hit unlucky last year, he featured a .304 BABIP on a 21.2 line drive percentage. He doesn't bring you anything in the speed department, but he's my no. 1 ranked "pure thump" outfielder, which is why he's ranked here at 5.

6. Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers - .332/.430/.601; 37 HR, 121 RBI, 102 R, 3 SB

Let's start with the obvious: he's not going to hit for a full season at the same level as he did in the second half last year with the Dodgers. That said, the full season body of work speaks for itself and this is, essentially, another contract year for Ramirez. He plays in an okay lineup in a field that does him no favors, his swing percentages went up last year both for pitches in and out of the zone, while his in zone and total swing contact rates went down. He featured a .373 BABIP last year, which is unsustainable. He's got a balky hamstring, and you always have to be worried about "Manny being Manny". So why would I rank him sixth? It sort of goes against my statistical oriented approach, but at the end of the day, Manny Ramirez is going to hit. He's old, yes, and there is risk here. He also smashed NL pitching last year and, again, is playing for a big contract. He won't repeat last year, but he should check in as a strong outfield play.

7. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers - .304/.371/.530; 32 HR, 130 RBI, 98 R, 9 SB

I don't know what to do with Josh Hamilton. Is he for real? Will he flame out? Will he confuse the first base line for blow? Stay tuned. He wasn't particularly hit lucky or unlucky last year, but did see a decrease in power over the second half after his homerun derby showing (.552 slugging percentage in the first half, .498 in the second). He also features a 34.7% chase rate and an 84% zone contact rate, which are concerning numbers. Losing Milton Bradley in the lineup hurts his production opportunities, but a full year of Chris Davis should help offset that (but won't fully replace the AL OPS leader). He scares me, and I think he scares most everyone who drafts him, but he's a risk worth taking (though I'd not make him my first OF taken).

8. Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox - .286/.373/.522; 31 HR, 101 RBI, 111 R, 10 SB

Out of the baseball abyss that is Pittsburgh and into a park with a big, green wall for him to bounce the ball off of, Jason Bay appears to be poised to take his place among the top tier outfielders in baseball. His lineup is solid and should provide him with run and RBI opportunities. Bay's patience improved last year, lowering his overall swing percentage while increasing his zone swing contact rate (while only slightly). He also saw his strikeout rate dip last year, dropping from 26.2% in 2007 to 23.7% in 2008. No longer the only threat in a lineup, Bay should see more pitches to hit and should be a productive outfielder this year.

9. Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles - .306/.406/.491; 20 HR, 87 RBI, 106 R, 10 SB

People who know me know that I love Nick Markakis (as a player...though he does know how to fill out a pair of baseball pants). At 26 years old, he is going into his prime and while he doesn't play in a high powered offense, the presence of Brian Roberts and Adam Jones does help him out. He bumped his walk rate six points last year, getting it to 14.3%. He cut his chase percentage from 23.4% to 18%, while maintaining the same zone contact rate. Will Markakis make the power jump this year and put up a 25-30 HR season? A young hitter with patience and a 20 HR season under his belt are good signs.

10. Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers - .290/.340/.459; 18 HR, 76 RBI, 93 R, 35 SB

Admittedly, the biggest reach of my top 10 and a strong case could be made for BJ Upton here. That said, Kemp raised his OPS 40 points in the second half last year (to 821) and is a 25 year old player who gets to hit around Manny Ramirez and looks to be settling into consistent playing time with the departure of Andruw Jones and the flameout of Juan Pierre. In a keeper league, he's a higher pick than this. This year, though, Kemp does have the potential to have a 25-25 year. His K rate in 2008 was ugly at 25.2% when compared to his 7.1% walk rate. He also had an unsustainable .363 BABIP last year. The good news is that he showed improvement in terms of his chase percentage (36.4% in 2007 to 31.5%) in 2008, which could continue into this year. His breakout potential, the presence of Manny, the games he gets to play in Arizona and Colorado, and the weakness of the rest of his division on the whole put Kemp in at number 10, but it was with much debate.

Late Round Sleeper 1 - Brad Hawpe, Colorado Rockies - .283/.387/.539; 25 HR, 85 RBI, 69 R, 2 SB

Hawpe plays in a good hitter's park, which is a huge plus for him. His line drive percentage and BABIP do balance out, meaning that last year's line was what you would have expected out of him. The departure of Matt Holliday will hurt his opportunities, which is why he's a late round guy instead of a third tier type. Hawpe doesn't have huge OPS splits when facing lefties (897 vs righties, 826 vs lefties) or when hitting on the road (894 at home, 864 on the road). He's solid, but not spectacular. If you're risk-averse, you may consider using the spot that you would select Kemp at to go to another position and come here later.

Late Round Sleeper 2 - Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks - .250/.353/.463; 15 HR, 42 RBI, 52 R, 1 SB

I have no idea where Upton is going to go, draft-wise, but he has megastar upside. Last year, Upton featured a 23.8% chase rate, which is good for a kid his age. He did have a 34% strikeout rate, which is high, but he is young. His home park helps him out, so he has that working for him. He's going to be good, the question is only when, not if.



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In years past, the shortstop position was one where you had to hope and pray to get offense from. Now, the position has undergone a radical facelift with some premium fantasy talent available, more so than second base (and maybe ever third this year). Below are the top 5 fantasy shortstops of 2009, including a late round sleeper.

1) Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins - 2008 - .301/.400/.540; 33 HR, 67 RBI, 125 R, 35 SB

A breakout power year for Ramirez in 2008 vaults him ahead of Jose Reyes on my board. Hanley's chase percentage fell from 24.1% in 2007 to 18.3% in 2008, a good sign as pitchers are going to start pitching him more carefully as the main component of the Marlins' offense. Hanley saw a jump in his walk rate from 7.5% to 13.5%, but also a major jump in his strikeouts (14.9% to 20.7%). Florida's lineup is a concern, but Hanley should be able to still get his homers and steals (especially if the Marlins are getting blown out and there's no reason to avoid him). It was rumored that they were considering moving Ramirez from the leadoff spot to the middle of the order. If that happens, I'd expect his runs to fall but his RBI opportunities to increase. This is the place to go for power at the SS position. If you're searching speed, go to...

2) Jose Reyes, New York Mets - 2008 - .297/.358/.475; 16 HR, 68 RBI, 113 R, 56 SB

You won't get the same power as from Ramirez, but Reyes has stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four years. Reyes also had a relatively unlucky year last year with a batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of .319 with a 23.4 line drive percentage. Reyes, like Ramirez, may be dropped in the lineup which could really hurt his run production as well as not providing him many RBI opportunities if the Mets do, indeed, use Mr. Luis Castillo in the leadoff spot. Jose Reyes had a chase percentage of 24.7 last year, but he made more contact than Hanley on pitches in the zone (92.8%).

3) Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies - 2008 - .277/.349/.437; 11 HR, 59 RBI, 76 R, 47 SB

The slash stats are nice, but he's not in the same league as Ramirez or Reyes. He will also be 31 years old this year which has to be a concern. He does play in a good lineup with Howard and Utley and Ibanez and a park that doesn't do him any disservice, all positives for looking at Mr. Rollins. He's stolen at least 36 bases in each of the last four years, but again - age. Is this the year the speed starts to falter? Rollins saw a three point jump in walk rate from 2007 to 2008 (6.4% to 9.4%) and a two point drop in strikeout rate (11.9% to 9.9%), which is definitely a positive. He also hit in extreme bad luck last year with a .292 BABIP after featuring a line drive percentage of 24% He may not be Reyes or Ramirez, but he's as good a consolation prize as you'll get.

4) Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks - 2008 - .291/.333/.502; 21 HR, 67 RBI, 91 R, 3 SB

Drew should be entering into his prime, so he may have the biggest upside of anyone on this list. However, he does have his warts. His chase percentage went from 21.8 in 2007 to 28.2 in 2008 while his zone swings went down from 67.9% to 64.9%. He saw a marked increase in sliders in 2008, seeing the pitch 16.4% of the time in 2008, up from 11.7 in 2007. One must wonder whether this is something Drew can adjust to or if a hole has been found in his swing that he cannot cope with.

The bad stated, there is a lot to like about Drew. He plays in an offensive ball park and has a nice, line drive generating swing. He had an isolated power of .211 last year and hit 91.4% of the pitches he swung at in the zone. He also made contact on 82.6% of his total swings. This is a guy you want to jump on if you can get him at value.

5) Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland Indians - 2008 - .276/.331/.473; 23 HR, 89 RBI, 104 R, 3 SB

I had much trepidation with putting him here as his chase percentages have increased in each of the last four years, reaching 28% last year. He swings at 73% of the pitches he sees in the zone. He only makes contact on 86.1% of his zone swings and 78.5% of his total swings. He remains a power source, however, and should have an opportunity to drive in runs in a lineup that has Grady Sizemore, Mark DeRosa, and Victor Martinez. Peralta remains in his prime and none of his numbers last year are out of whack with his peripherals (that I saw), so you can expect 23-25 HRs out of him at shortstop, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Late(r) Round Sleeper - Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies - 2008 - .263/.332/.401; 8 HR, 46 RBI, 48 R, 1 SB

Tulowitzki had an off year last year after his 24 homerun rookie campaign. This should affect his draft value and allow him to be snatched up a lot later than he should be. His numbers last year were affected by a .291 BABIP, inspite of his 20.3% line drive percentage. His chase percentage stayed the same from 2007 to 2008 (23.6% to 23.7%) and his contact percentage went up (86.9% in 2007 on pitches in the zone to 89.2% in 2008; 82.1% in 2007 to 85.1% in 2008 on total swings). He also, inexplicably, hit worse at Coors last year than on the road (704 OPS at home, 758 on the road). In the second half, he featured slash stats of .327/.389/.468. Tulowizki is a guy that probably will fall based on last year, but is an absolute steal and well worth taking if he's there in the mid-to-late rounds.

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Would you rather?

Posted by Poorly Acquitted | 2/12/2009 05:40:00 PM | ,

Be a baseball player or a frat boy?

I'm not sure. I really don't think the two are all that different. For part of my post college life I've debated this issue and determined it only applies to college baseball players. After consulting several sources I realized, no, it applies to ALL baseball players.

I've come to the conclusion that being a minor league baseball player might be the best job in the world, presuming of course that you know when it's time to get a real job.

I was talking to a high school friend that is in the, I'll call it the, Strangers farm system. He was telling me some ridiculous stories about his road through the minors.

Some highlights:

- Sitting in the training room one day he sees a bag of Reese's Pieces. There is one other player in the training room with him. Subsequently, this other player used to have what is commonly referred to as "a drug problem." Also, these Reese's Pieces belong to the aforementioned former druggie. Anyway, my friend starts pounding these Reese's Pieces. I mean this is the best shit he's ever tasted. He's pounding this shit like it is crack cocaine..... He looks up and the player is looking at him laughing and the trainers are shaking their heads like, "who the fuck is this dumb ass?"

- This 19 year old kid gets signed to a retarded deal straight out of high school. He's immediately placed on my buddy's team. As it so happens the kid's third trip is north of the border. We'll say the game was in Shmancouver. Comment: Strip clubs in Canada are full nude. This kid goes out to the strip clubs, gets bombed, goes home with the stripper, does whatever you do with strippers when you go home with them. Has the stripper drop him off at the stadium the next morning, still wasted. He calls his roommate and has a conversation to the effect of "Dude bring my shit to the stadium I'm still in what i wore last night." Guy proceeds to hit three bombs, becoming the first dude to go yard three times since Joe Carter. They interview him after the game, he's still drunk, and he says, "I love this park. I love this city. I wish I could play every game here." Walks away.

I'd love to continue living vicariously through my friend, but I'll stop.

And yes my vote is to play baseball.
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It's Clapp not Baron posting this now(Baron originally posted it in March)...
Decided to bump this blog. I was curious to see how wrong those of us that participated in these predictions were, and oh were we wrong for the most part. Hey, everybody was picking the Mariners, Indians, and company.


Regular Season


BaronBzClappPoorly
Acquitted
Rad McDudeRoddick's
Knee
Yossarian
NL
West
DodgersDodgersD-BacksRockiesD-BacksD-BacksD-Backs
NL
Central
CubsCubsCubsCubsCubsCubsCubs
NL
East
MetsBravesMetsMetsMetsPhilliesMets
NL WildcardPhilliesMetsDodgersDodgersBravesMetsBrewers
AL
West
AngelsAngelsMarinersAngelsMarinersMarinersMariners
AL
Central
TigersTigersIndiansIndiansTigersTigersTigers
AL
East
Red SoxRed SoxRed SoxRed SoxRed SoxRed SoxRed Sox
AL WildcardIndiansYankeesTigersTigersYankeesIndiansYankees

Playoffs

BaronBzClappPoorly
Acquitted
Rad McDudeRoddick's
Knee
Yossarian
NLDS
(1 vs 4)
Cubs
over Phillies
Cubs
over Mets
Cubs
over Dodgers
Rockies
over Cubs
Mets
over Cubs
Phillies
over D-Backs
Cubs
over
D-Backs
NLDS
(2 vs 3)
Dodgers
over Mets
Dodgers
over Braves
D-Backs
over Mets
Mets
over Dodgers
D-Backs
over Mets
Mets
over Cubs
Mets
over Brewers
ALDS
(1 vs 4)
Red
Sox over Indians
Tigers
over Yankees
Red
Sox over Tigers
Indians
over Angels
Red
Sox over Mariners
Tigers
over Mariners
Tigers
over Yankees
ALDS (2 vs 3)Tigers
over Angels
Red
Sox over Angels
Indians
over Mariners
Red
Sox over Tigers
Tigers
over Yankees
Red
Sox over Indians
Red
Sox over Indians
NLCSCubs
over Dodgers
Cubs
over Dodgers
D-Backs
over Cubs
Mets
over Rockies
Mets
over D-Backs
Phillies
over Mets
Cubs
over Mets
ALCSRed
Sox over Tigers
Tigers
over Red Sox
Red
Sox over Indians
Red
Sox over Indians
Tigers
over Red Sox
Red
Sox over Tigers
Tigers
over Red Sox
World
Series
Cubs
over Red Sox
Cubs
and Tigers planes crash
Red
Sox over D-Backs
Red
Sox over Mets
Tigers
over Mets
Red
Sox over Phillies
Cubs
over Tigers

Awards

Baron
BzClappPoorly
Acquitted
Rad McDudeRoddick's
Knee
Yossarian
NL
MVP
David
Wright
Aramis Ramirez
David
Wright
Matt
Holliday
Mark
Teixeira
Chase
Utley
Ryan
Braun
AL
MVP
Alex
Rodriguez
Miguel
Cabrera
Miguel
Cabrera
Victor
Martinez
Miguel
Cabrera
Manny
Ramirez
Alex
Rodriguez
NL
Batting
Title
Matt
Holliday
David
Wright
Derrek
Lee
Matt
Holliday
Chase
Utley
Chase
Utley
Derrek
Lee
AL Batting TitleIchiro
Suzuki
Miguel
Cabrera
Miguel
Cabrera
Magglio
Ordonez
Miguel
Cabrera
Ichiro
Suzuki
Ichiro
Suzuki
NL
Home Run
Leader
Ryan
Howard
Alfonso
Soriano
Ryan
Howard
Ryan
Howard
Ryan
Howard
Ryan
Howard
Ryan
Howard
AL
Home Run
Leader
Alex
Rodriguez
Alex
Rodriguez
Alex
Rodriguez
Alex
Rodriguez
Alex
Rodriguez
David
Ortiz
Alex
Rodriguez
NL
Cy Young
Jake
Peavy
Johan
Santana
Carlos
Zambrano
Johan
Santana
Johan
Santana
Carlos
Zambrano
Johan
Santana
AL
Cy Young
C.C.
Sabathia
C.C.
Sabathia
Justin
Verlander
Fausto
Carmona
Justin
Verlander
Erik
Bedard
Josh
Beckett
NL
ROY
Kosuke
Fukudome
Julio
Franco
Kosuke
Fukudome
Andrew
Miller
Kosuke
Fukudome
Henry
Rowengartner
Geovany
Soto
AL
ROY
Jacoby
Ellsbury
Billy
Crystal
Jacoby
Ellsbury
Evan
Longoria
Jacoby
Ellsbury
Jacoby
Ellsbury
Clay
Buchholz

Random Awards

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Bz
Clapp
Poorly
Acquitted
Rad McDudeRoddick's
Knee
Yossarian
1st
Tommy John
Brett
Myers
Ben
Sheets
Mark
Prior
Kenny
Rogers
Dusty
Baker, or one of his Reds
Tommy
John
Aaron
Harang
1st
Steroid
Suspension
Albert
Pujols
Bud
Selig
David
Eckstein
No
Regulars/Starters
Ryan
Theriot
Koby
Clemens
Ryan
Theriot
1st
Player
Anna Benson Sleeps With
Kris
Benson
Antonio
Alfonseca
Jamie
Moyer
Philly
Phanatic
Ryan
Theriot
John
Kruk
Ryne
Sandberg's
Wife Or David Wells
Over/Under Nomar DL time (60 days)Over
Over
Over
Over
Over,
big toe or big nose fractures
Over
Under
Over/Under
Date Orioles Are Eliminated (8/15)
Under
Under
Under
Under
August
15th? Generous, under!
Under
Under
Biggest
Move
Before Deadline
Brian
Roberts To Cubs (oops)
Fuck
If I Know
Brian
Roberts
To Cubs
Mets
Getting Another Bat
Carl
Crawford out of TB
Kris
Benson
Joe
Crede To
Giants
Who
Will Sign
Barry Bonds
Tampa
Bay Rays
Collusion
Nobody
The
Moon
The
Law Firm of Canseco, McGuire, and Sosastein
California
Penal League
Fat
Head
Posters
Suspended
First: Elijah Dukes Or
Delmon Young
Dukes
Young
Dukes
Trick
Question. Dukes can't be suspended if he's already in jail.
Dukes
for assault
with "deadly" glove on Young
Dukes:
assault/battery on Anna
Benson.
Young
Best
Team In
Chicago
Cubs
Cubs
Cubs
Cubs
Fukudome's
Translators
Cubs
Cubs
Best
Team In
New York
Mets
Mets
Mets
Mets
No
Comment
Mets
Yankees
Best
Offseason Move
Erik
Bedard To Mariners
Miguel
Cabrera
To Tigers
Miguel
Cabrera To Tigers
Bartolo
Colon To Red Sox
Cabrera/Willis
to Tigers
Erik
Bedard To Mariners
Johan
Santana
To Mets
Worst
Offseason Move
White
Sox Keeping Juan Uribe.
Orioles
Not
Trading Brian Roberts To Cubs
Kaz
Matsui To
Astros
Tigers
essentially swapping Andrew Miller for Dontrelle Willis
Orioles
holding on
to Brian Roberts
I
Misremember
Prince
Fielder
Becoming A Vegetarian. That's A Joke.
Least Valuable Player

Cristian
Guzman

Ryan
Theriot

Cesar
Izturis

Dontrelle
Willis

Jose
Guillen

LaTroy
Hawkins

Jason
Kendall

UPDATE: ALYSSA MILANO ADVANCES TO ROUND 2!

The winner of this game will face #7 seeded Erin Andrews in the 2nd round.


Alyssa Milano
Pretty much every male in America has had a crush on Alyssa Milano. If you haven't, well, maybe you should go find a "Hot Men" tournament somewhere instead. Alyssa is a naughty girl, having shown off those amazing breasts in quite a film. She also has 8 tattoos. We also love Alyssa because she loves baseball, like every Thigh contributor does as well. Specifically, she's a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan. She did some reporting crap for TBS during the MLB playoffs last year. She also keeps a baseball blog. I'm sweating as I type all this by the way. She also has her own line of clothing called "Touch", for female baseball fans, and ladies can purchase the apparel on mlb.com.
Kari Byron
Yossarian gave Kari our first ever "Thigh Of The Week" award. Here is what he had to say about this lovely lady: "I know what some of you are thinking. 'Shouldn't Sharapova be the first lucky lady to be crowned with this prestigious award?' The answer is no, frankly her thigh speaks for itself. Kari Byron is the lovely and brilliant first lady of MythBusters. She won her colleagues and all male viewers over on the first episode she appeared on. She was asked to make a cast of her behind, which she did...which was beautiful. She has been a mainstay on the show ever since, go figure. So congratulations to Kari Byron on her 'Thigh Of The Week' award and may she continue to have incredibly sexy thighs for years to come."