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Yankee homers."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Angels PregameAngels PostgameGamethreadsHalos Heaven PodcastsShohei OhtaniMinor LeaguesInterviewsHALOLINKSHumpLinks: Ohtani DaysNew ,92commentsOhtani’s RoY honor has been the ultimate 2018 mud-in-the-face to Yankee homers.fully on either side of the pitching/hitting potentials. And I predict that this balance will require 3 to 5 years before the not-so-casual non-LAA fans figure it out. For us, with the potential to have a full starting rotation in 2020, we have to wait until we learn from Ausmus if the Halos are going to try and repeat the 6-man rotation way out then. And we will be back with my models, loaded with new names I suspect.........Mike Trout is expected to miss out on the MVP Award for 2018. This is yet another close-but-no-cigar for him in his career, but that is not unprecedented. In my mind, what is unfortunate is how the baseball world was justifying Trout’s snub in 2012 with the excuse that, well, Trout would have plenty of these in his career so one more isn’t that big of a crisis. But now it feels that Trout is being under-appreciated due to fatigue, which would be Trout is not getting MVP support because people think he gets too much adoration already. That’s fans and voters having it both ways..........Angels farm system up to 12th?..........Trout porn..........And more Trout porn.........Ken Rosenthal is throwing out flyers on LAA trade concepts, and those include Kole Calhoun, Blake Parker and Matt Shoemaker as potential departures.........Everywhere In BaseballBob Melvin of the Oakland A’s and Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves are the 2018 AL and NL Manager of the Year, respectively......Grant Brisbee ain’t happy, mostly because BBWAA writers are totally unqualified to make such an assessment (as if they are qualified to asses any of the other awards they determine).....In any case, ESPN wonders why MLB managers are so short?..........Well Anthony DeSclafani Jersey , by now you know that the Seattle Mariners are in a mess. At a minimum, it’s a PR mess. It all starts with the Mariners Front Office brass seeing fit to part ways with one of the professionals within their training team. That person, Lorena Martin, insisted on getting paid the balance of her contract. The Mariners said no. Martin is fighting back, and lawyers are getting involved. By all appearances it got ugly, quick. And now it’s getting uglier. Martin has made severe racial accusations in public against Mariners’ FO brass - including GM Jerry Dipoto and Manager Scott Servais.....The Mariners posted their own public denial.....and the MLB investigators are diving in.....So here, have some legal framework for this debacle.....I expect MLB to get in the middle here and neutralize all the bad publicity so that we can be redirected back to off-season happy talk..........We now know, this week, that 6 players refused their QO. (Hyun-Jin Ryu DID accept his offer.....And that was the right call for him.) Last year, (in my opinion) because the QO was so high versus the reality of the market, players refusing their QO merely worked to make the market appear dysfunctional since everybody pro-labor insisted that we all needed to agree with the agents of those players that those guys were obviously worth more. It was not always the case...........The owners are meeting this week. That means meddling. And that means plenty of opportunity for bad outcomes..........The real sea-change in Free Agency is that the traditional big boys are typically older than 30 years of age. And the market has taken a hard analytical look at them, and is saying thankyoubutnothankyou..........Something for LAA/Mike Trout fans to think about. The Nationals had a chance to sell off Bryce Harper for a greater return than they will get via the QO process. They could have flipped him to the Astros before the playoffs, but the Nats ownership stepped him and vetoed it (for PR purposes?)..........Dummies. Harper was never going to take any offer from his host team and forego Free Agency..........Oh, and for us signing Harper? Yeah Adam Duvall Jersey , not really..........James Paxton is the whole thing about hot stove right now...........Yeas, there are lots of options for Paxton there, especially since the Mariners are motivated sellers..........Bill James, who stepped in it big time last week, days later is still trying to climb back out of the hole he dug..........On the media front, MLB is back in battles with Regional Sports Networks for in-market streaming deals..........That whole FOX Sports RSN sale, but nobody seems to want to buy them..........And the Yankees are amiable to fair-market pricing in order to buy back their YES network..........The Duffle BagPhillies manager Gabe Kapler is among those who lost their homes in the most recent Malibu fires.........Cincinnati Reds have a job posting for a software app developer..........And the Twins are looking for a research analyst. (Notice how so many teams are hiring IT people like crazy right now??)...........Oops. Nolan Arenado’s Platinum Glove is etched wrong?.......... PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates bet on themselves a year ago when they traded away stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, believing the return they received plus the pieces already in place would help them make inroads in the hypercompetitive National League Central.The results were promising. The Pirates put together just the franchise’s fourth winning season in the last quarter century, finishing 82-79 thanks in large part to the rapid development of a young starting rotation led by Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams that quickly found its footing. While many of their rivals retooled over the winter, Pittsburgh instead doubled down on its largely homegrown approach.“I think that a seven-game improvement last year was a meaningful step forward, and we are absolutely positioned to take another meaningful step forward and get us back into that range where we have a very good shot at playoffs,” owner Bob Nutting said.To get there, the Pirates needs the core of the rotation of Taillon, Williams Michael Lorenzen Jersey , Chris Archer — acquired in an aggressive move at last summer’s trade deadline — and Joe Musgrove to build off a solid 2018 while hoping the offense can become more potent under new hitting coach Rick Eckstein. While the Pirates were a respectable 10th in batting average in 2018 (.254), they ranked in the bottom half of the majors in runs, home runs and slugging.The return of third baseman Jung Ho Kang — who hit 36 homers in 2015 and 2016 before his career was derailed after being arrested on a DUI charge in his native South Korea in late 2016 — should help. First baseman Josh Bell spent a significant portion of his offseason working on regaining the stroke that allowed him to hit 26 home runs as a rookie in 2017, a total that dipped to 12 a season ago.Pittsburgh brought in veteran Lonnie Chisenhall to help out in right field until Gregory Polanco returns from shoulder surgery and shortstop Erik Gonzalez beat out Kevin Newman for the starting shortstop gig. Otherwise Pittsburgh’s lineup will look much as it did in 2018. The Pirates hardly see that as a negative.“Everybody is committed to doing what we can to putting a World Series championship team on the field,” team President Frank Coonelly said over the winter. “And we do know that we can do it.”Some things to look for as Pittsburgh vies for a return to the postseason for the first time since 2015.FIFTH AMENDMENT: The only real question mark on the pitching staff is at the back end of the rotation, where Nick Kingham and Jordan Lyles have spent the spring trying to lock down a roster spot. Kingham endured an up-and-down rookie season in 2018 while Lyles has worked primarily out of the bullpen since 2015.GOLDEN GUN: Leftfielder Corey Dickerson put together the finest season of his career in 2018 after being acquired from Tampa Bay late in spring training. He hit .300 and was a revelation on defense, where he won his first career Gold Glove while patrolling spacious PNC Park. He earned a raise to $8.5 million in 2019, the final year of his contract. The 29-year-old Dickerson would like to stay in Pittsburgh long term but the Pirates have been hesitant to re-sign players in their 30s.FIRING FELIPE: While specific roles for the middle relievers remain in a bit of flux, the back end of the bullpen is set. Felipe Vazquez was the team’s only All-Star in 2018 while he converted 37 of 42 save opportunities. Keone Kela, brought over from Texas at the trade deadline, will work in the eighth inning with Kyle Crick getting a shot in the seventh. Their reliability will help shorten the game for Pittsburgh’s starting rotation.HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE: Pittsburgh’s improved play in 2018 didn’t exactly galvanize the fan base. The Pirates posted their lowest average attendance at PNC Park since it opened in 2001 and its lowest overall since 1996. General manager Neal Huntington has spoken at length about the need to put a compelling product on the field, but that message hasn’t quite resonated.FOR OPENERS: The Pirates begin 2019 on the road at Cincinnati on March 28. Their home opener is on April 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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