Almost All Questions Answered
Realized the other day it was time for a new discussion but didn’t want to keep the flames burning on the Hall of Fame/ARod topics and it’s still a couple of weeks early to talk about Spring Training.
Thanks to Raul, problem solved.
I’ll answer/respond to some comment questions here, and whatever comes up in the comments will keep it going.
“Ergo, you want to forget the 2009 World Championship. Can’t have one without the other.”
Are you willing to forget Braun’s MVP?
The Yankees didn’t get ARod to win MVP’s, they got him to win rings. Yes, I know the Yanks have made the postseason eight times during ARod’s ten years in New York, but who is to say they wouldn’t have without him?
“He was suspended for 162. Because, reasons.”
Read the CBA.
What’s the good word with Oscar Taveras? Is he the starting CFer by June?
He had off-season surgery to repair a high ankle sprain, initially it was rumored to be career threatening because of the possibility of fusing the tibia to the joint. I haven’t heard anything confirming that and Jim Callis of MLB.com predicts Taveras as NL ROY this year, so there’s that side too.
Taveras isn’t a centerfielder, he doesn’t run that well as it is, so more likely he’ll end up in right. There are some makeup issues with him as well, I think the Cardinals would like him to play a full season a AAA, but they have a need for outfielders and his bat, so I’d guess he’s up by June at the latest.
Over/Under 25 HR for Wil Myers in 2013?
I’ll take the under
Chuck, you know anything about this Gregory Polanco kid with the Pirates?
Yeah, he’s a 6′4′, about 210-220 ish lefty hitting and throwing outfielder. The Pirates signed him as a pitcher out of the Dominican as a 17 year old. He’s 22 now and probably will end up as the Pirates rightfielder at some point this season. He’s supposedly a better outfielder than McCutchen which I don’t believe and his stats don’t match the hype reports, so it’s up to you to interpret where he fits as a player.
How does Miguel Sano project? Somehow I think of Alfonso Soriano. Am I wrong?
I don’t see Soriano as a good comp, size, athleticism are much different. Sano was pulled from Winter Ball with a strained UCL, if he can’t throw in the spring he could have surgery. I’ve never seen him, but his defense at third isn’t good, he made 23 errors last year, most on throws. He’s a dumptruck on the bases, so he’s probably a DH long term. I’d take Kris Bryant any day over him.
Jameson Taillon has 382 minor league innings under his belt. How much longer are the Pirates going to keep him under wraps?
This is his coming out year. The way the Pirates have handled him fits right in line with their other prep players..McCutchen, Neil Walker, etc. There’s no sense rushing him, he needed to mature, he needed to improve his fastball command and develop a changeup. It’s all good. To those who automatically think Gerrit Cole is a better pitcher because he got to the majors first, you will be proven wrong very soon.
Will Shelby Miller be the Cardinals’ best pitcher in 2014?
They’re in deep shit if he is..I don’t see him even making the team out of spring training…Wainwright, Wacha, Joe Kelly, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn.
How does a healthy Michael Pineda impact the Yankees expectations for 2014, if at all?
Not at all.
It’s going to be interesting to see Mark Trumbo playing 81 games at Chase Field, at least offensively.
If I’m not mistaken, Ron Villone was listed on the Mitchell Report.
Also born today, one of the worst Hall of Famers selections ever, Dizzy Dean.
Today in history, in 1970 Curt Flood filed suit over the reserve clause. He would lose in court, but subsequent negotiations between MLB and the Players Association led to salary arbitration and eventually free agency.
In 1974, both Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were elected to the Hall of Fame.
In 1986, the New York Mets traded Billy Beane to the Minnesota Twins.