Batting ninth…not a second leadoff batter

We often hear teams explaining that they like to place a batter in the nine slot “because in essence, it gives us two leadoff batters.” Well, the truth is that you don’t really want a guy who hits .235 with an OBP of .291 as your leadoff batter, which is what the 30 batters hit […]

Video: Peter Gammons talks future of Twins and Red Sox, Blue Jays Pitching, and ‘Hitting Consultant’ Manny Ramirez

The MLB Central crew chats with Peter Gammons about Twins’ prospects, the Red Sox core of young players, rehab updates of Blue Jays pitchers Marcus Stroman and Devon Travis’, and Javier Baez benefiting from work with Manny Ramirez.

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) BRAVES 2, NATIONALS 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg resigned and bench coach Pete Mackanin was named interim manager. 2) The Nationals placed 2B Anthony Rendon on the 15 day DL, called up utilityman Emmanuel Burriss and moved OF Reed Johnson […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Cardinals activated P Jaime Garcia from the DL and sent P Sam Tuivailala to the minors. GARCIA YEAR AGE RSAA ERA G GS IP SO SO/9 WHIP W L SV NW NL TEAM 2013 26 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Giants activated RF Hunter Pence from the DL and sent C Hector Sanchez to the minors. PENCE YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 2013 30 […]

Devon Travis Crushing Inside Heat, Climbing Rookie of the Year Lists

As a five-foot-nine-on-his-tippy-toes second baseman, Devon Travis is used to getting overlooked. The Florida State product lasted until the 13th round of the 2012 draft, when the Tigers made him the 424th overall pick. He raked in the minors (.323 AVG/.388 OBP/.487 SLG), but rarely cracked top prospect lists (Baseball America rated him #84 prior […]

The ‘Who the ?’ All-25-and-Under Team

First Baseman – Andrew Susac, 25 (San Francisco Giants) Alright, so Susac isn’t a first baseman. However, he did play 9 games at first in AA ball back in 2013 (!) In 19 plate appearances this season, Susac has slashed .294/.368/.529 with one long ball and two walks. It’s certainly a small sample, but his production last season […]