Padres to open season with catcher split

SAN DIEGO — It’s been two years since the Padres landed Francisco Mejía in a midseason trade with Cleveland, sparking the most hotly debated positional battle on the team’s roster. Evidently that competition — between the bat-first Mejía and the glove-first Austin Hedges — has yet to be settled. The Padres expect to enter the season with Mejía and […]

These guys have never been to ASG? No way

If this were a normal season, we’d be at the point on the baseball calendar when players would be making their final push for an All-Star Game nod. Unfortunately, it was announced on Friday that the 2020 All-Star Game is officially canceled, and many players won’t get the opportunity to make their first Midsummer Classic appearance […]

THE HALL OF FAME INDEX: EVAN LONGORIA VS. ROBIN VENTURA AND JIMMY COLLINS

When we get to the modern third basemen we get to an interesting question as it pertains to the Hall of Fame. It is called the Baseball Hall of Fame. It isn’t called the MLB Hall of Fame or the Professional Hall of Fame. So, how much do we count accomplishments that occur outside of […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 catchers

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. We’ve looked at the infielders and the outfielders, […]

The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 right fielders

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. The last time around we took a look […]

Coronavirus pandemic slows contract talks between Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

The coronavirus pandemic has put on hold not only the 2020 major league season but also contract-extension talks between All-Star shortstop Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs. Baez, under team control through 2021, told ESPN that the Cubs and his representatives had what he characterized as multiple “really good” conversations about a long-term contract extension during the spring. Nonetheless, he […]

Todd Helton’s Mile-High Stats Were Too Damn Good To Believe

This is the Hall of Pretty Damn Good Players, our weekly opportunity to pay respect to talented athletes who deserve better legacies. So far in this space, I’ve usually highlighted players with modest conventional numbers that belied their true contributions. But this week, let’s change it up a bit. I want to talk about a player […]

Kapadia: What the Jalen Hurts pick says about how the Eagles view Carson Wentz

The dominant topic of conversation surrounding the Eagles this week has been about whether they were wise or foolish to use a second-round pick on Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Below are seven thoughts on that decision, including what Howie Roseman was thinking and what the move means for the future of the franchise. I’ve heard a […]

Ted’s Film Room: How DeAndre Hopkins will help Kyler Murray take the next step

In 2018, the Cardinals finished with a minus-40.9 percent offensive DVOA, Football Outsiders’ metric for efficiency, the third-worst rating since 1986. Last season, they made dramatic improvements and finished with an offensive DVOA of 3.8 percent, which ranked 13th. The Cardinals’ offensive renaissance was led by quarterback Kyler Murray, the rookie of the year after […]

Marlins players most impacted by latest Baseball-Reference WAR update

Every March, the invaluable research tool Baseball-Reference retroactively adjusts its Wins Above Replacement (WAR) calculations. The 2020 update is more dramatic than usual, particularly for several Marlins players past and present. Longtime Fish Stripes readers may be aware that myself and most of the staff prefer conducting our analysis using the FanGraphs version of WAR (abbreviated fWAR). […]

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