2017 MLB Season

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Leonardfan, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. Leonardfan

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    Opening day is fast approaching. I have started to do my fantasy baseball research and should have a rough positional list to post this evening when I have some time.

    For all the baseball fans out there - do you think we should do a team preview? Or just stick to this thread like we have been doing for the past few years? I am not sure when the final rosters for opening day are announced.
     
  2. Leonardfan

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    Here's the positional list of players:

    Catcher
    Blake Swihart Boston
    James McCann Detroit
    Brian McCann Houston
    Evan Gattis Houston
    Max Stassi Houston
    John Ryan Murphy Minnesota
    Stephen Vogt Oakland
    Mike Zunino Seattle
    Jonathan Lucroy Texas
    Chris Herrmann Arizona
    Jeff Mathis Arizona
    Tyler Flowers Atlanta
    Devin Mesoraco Cincinatti
    Tucker Barnhart Cincinatti
    Tom Murphy Colorado
    J.T. Realmuto Miami
    Jett Bandy Milwaukee
    Cameron Rupp Philadelphia
    Austin Hedges San Diego
    Buster Posey San Francisco
    Matt Wieters Washington

    First Base
    Paul Goldschmidt Arizona
    Freddie Freeman Atlanta
    Anthony Rizzo Chicago
    Joey Votto Cincinatti
    Mark Reynolds Colorado
    Justin Bour Miami
    Lucas Duda New York Mets
    Tommy Joseph Philadelphia
    John Jaso Pittsburgh
    Wil Myers San Diego
    Brandon Belt San Francisco
    Matt Carpenter St. Louis
    Matt Adams St. Louis
    Ryan Zimmerman Washington
    Chris Davis Baltimore
    Mitch Moreland Boston
    CJ Cron LAA
    Joe Mauer Min
    Matt Hague Min
    Greg Bird NYY
    Ryon Healy Oak
    Logan Morrison TB
    Nick Franklin TB
    Mike Napoli Tex
    Justin Smoak Tor
    Steve Pearce Tor

    Second Base
    Dustin Pedroia Bos
    Jason Kipinis Cle
    Ian Kinsler Det
    Brian Dozier Min
    Danny Espinosa LAA
    Jed Lowrie OAK
    Brad Miller TB
    Drew Robinson TEX
    Brandon Drury AZ
    Jace Peterson ATL
    Ben Zobrist CHC
    DJ LeMahieu COL
    Logan Forsythe LAD
    Derek Dietrich MIA
    Scooter Gennett MIL
    Neil Walker NYM
    Ryan Schimpf SD
    Cory Spangenberg SD
    Joe Panik SF
    Kelby Tomlinson SF

    Shortstop
    Chris Owings AZ
    Nick Ahmed AZ
    Dansby Swanson ATL
    Zack Coxart CIN
    Trevor Story COL
    Cory Seager LAD
    Jordy Mercer PIT
    Brandon Crawfod SF
    Trea Turner WAS
    JJ Hardy BAL
    Matt Duffy TB
    Troy Tulowitzki TOR

    Third Base
    Todd Frazier CWS
    Nick Castellanos DET
    Alex Bregman HOU
    Colin Moran HOU
    Mike Moustakas KC
    Chase Headley NYY
    Trevor Plouffe OAK
    Kyle Seager SEA
    Evan Longoria TB
    Josh Donaldson TOR
    Jake Lamb ARZ
    Kris Bryant CHC
    Justin Turner LAA
    Travis Shaw MIL
    David Wright NYM
    Jedd Gyorko STL

    Left Field
    Jeremy Hazelbaker ARZ
    Kyle Schwarber CHC
    Adam Duvall CIN
    David Dahl COL
    Ryan Braun MIL
    Adam Frazier PIT
    Alex Dickerson SD
    Jarret Parker SF
    Mac Williamson SF
    Randal Grichuk STL
    Jayson Werth WAS
    Joey Rickard BAL
    Andrew Bentintendi BOS
    Cody Asche CWS
    Alex Gordon KC
    Robbie Grossman MIN
    Brett Gardner NYY
    Colby Rasmus TB
    Ryan Rua TEX

    Center Field
    Charlie Tilson CWS
    Peter Bourjos CWS
    Tyler Naquin CLE
    Tyler Collins DET
    Jake Marsinick HOU
    Billy Burns KC
    Mike Trout LAA
    Kevin Kiermaier TB
    Kevin Pillar TOR
    AJ Pollock AZ
    Charlie Blackmon COL
    Joc Pederson LAD
    Christian Yelich MIA
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis MIL
    Travis Jankowski SD
    Adam Eaton WAS

    Right Field
    Nick Markakis ATL
    Matt Sczur CHC
    Scott Schebler CIN
    Jordan Patterson COL
    Jay Bruce NYM
    Michael Saunders PHI
    Hunter Renfroe SD
    Hunter Pence SF
    Stephen Piscotty STL
    Bryce Harper WAS
    Seth Smith BAL
    Lonnie Chisenhall CLE
    Josh Reddick HOU
    Kole Calhoun LAA
    Max Kepler MIN
    Matt Joyce OAK
    Mitch Haniger SEA
    Ben Gamel OAK
    Steven Souza TB
    Darrell Ceciliani TOR

    DH - AL Only
    Cory Dickerson TB
    Joey Gallo TEX
    Matt Holiday NYY
    Mark Canha OAK
    Brandon Moss KC
    Mark Trumbo BAL
    Trey Mancini BAL
     
  3. Carolina Speed

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    Yes! I would like that. I wish I could say I can help, but I just took a new position at work and between that and the wife and kids it's all I can do to post NBA stats, PGA, etc. and occasionally comment. When baseball season begins, I should post occasionally there also. I think team previews would be great if somehow it could get done. Great post on the position players, Leonardfan!
     
  4. Leonardfan

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    I will see what I can get done, it may just be a quick review of the weenieworld depth charts this week. That is where I compiled the info for the positional player list. I am glad you will be back and posting in the baseball thread though, I missed your posts last season while you were going through your health issues.
     
  5. Carolina Speed

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    Just looking at some spring training news and New York Yankee 1B Greg Bird is having a huge pre-season. He has hit 7 HR's, .444 BA, and a 1.639 OPS!
     
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    Bryce Harper went deep twice today, hitting his 7th and 8th HR of spring training! Also, Trea Turner hit 2 HR's for the Nationals today. Washington will be a good team to watch this season!
     
  7. Leonardfan

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    Had my two fantasy drafts - all white rosters for both! I love baseball! Pumped for opening day!
     
  8. Carolina Speed

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    Opening day is here! 3 games today.
    Yankees/Rays 1:00
    Giants/Diamondbacks 4:00
    Cubs/Cardinals 8:30

    The best game IMO should be Giants/Diamondbacks with Bumgarner going against Greinke. Bumgarner 27, will be going for win number 101 in his young career!
    However, all the games should be interesting.
     
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    I am curious to see how Greg Bird does for the yankees
     
  10. Carolina Speed

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    I agree, although the media/Yankees are really hyping Aaron Judge, I love to see Bird take off, LOL. Also, there's already speculation about Bryce Harper in that Washington won't be able to pay the kind of money he'll command in 2 years and that he could become a Yankee. I hope that doesn't happen, btw.
     
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    Bumgarner HR! And he looks sharp on the mound too! Giants 2 Dbacks 0! Top of the 4th.
    Season getting off to a great start!
     
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    Crap! Bumgarner had a no hitter going into the 6th, but AJ Pollock 2 run HR on Bumgarner. Game tied 3-3!
     
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    Oh my goodness! Bumgarner comes back for his 2nd HR! First pitcher in history to hit 2 HR's on opening day!
     
  14. Carolina Speed

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    Today's games starting well. Harper hits a HR; as does Rockies 1b Mark Reynolds. Red Sox youngster Benintendi with a HR as well.

    BTW, the entire Washington Nationals starting lineup is WHITE! At least for today. They won 4-2.
    Turner, SS
    Eaton, CF
    Harper, RF
    Murphy, 2B
    Zimmerman, 1B
    Werth, RF
    Drew, 3B
    Wieters, C
    Strasburg, P

    This may change if the AA/NAACP here's about it.
     
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    It just keeps getting better. LA Dodger Joc Pedersen CF, Grand Slam!!!!
     
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    Trout hits a 2 run HR!
     
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    Trump has Made Washington White Again!
     
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    Pretty good first couple of days. Here are some stats:
    Harper, HR
    Kinsler, HR
    Pederson, Grand Slam
    AJ Pollock, walk off HR
    Trout, HR, D, 2 RBI
    Trumbo, walk off HR
    Kershaw win number 128
    Porcello win number 108
    Bumgarner, 2 HR's on opening day a MLB record! Although he pitched great, he got the no decision and failed to get win number 101. I probably missed some things, but this is what I can remember.
    Bumgarner is leading the league in K's and oh yeah, HR's, BA., SLG%, TB, etc. for two days at least.
     
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    Tim Tebow homers at first at bat in minors. He plays for the Columbia Fireflies in Columbia,S.C.
     
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    I know it's early, but our men better get on it. When looking at league leaders in stats after week 1, the Dominicans are dominating. Don't be surprised if you start hearing about a 22 year old Dominican named Nomar Mazara. He's been killing it in, in the first week.
    There are some bright spots. SF first baseman, Brandon Belt leads the league in HR's, 3. Miami's JT Realmuto is batting .583 and leading in several categories. Brian Dozier, Minnesota, 2b is leading in steals. Goldschmidt leading in runs scored.
    Trout and Harper have been consistent, but not spectacular, so far, again it's early.
    Kris Bryant started out 0-14.
    Pre-Season phenom Greg Bird is 1-16.
    BTW, Philadelphia scored 12 RUNS in the first inning today!
     
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    Tebow hits his second hr today. It was a long three run shot. I know it is only single A ball,but it still amazes me.
     
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    I watched the entire one hour special on Mike Trout on the MLB network last night. I am guessing they will replay it and for you Mike Trout fans out there you should watch it. Like a lot of my all time recent favorite athletes like Roger Federer and Jordy Nelson, Trout is a very down to earth, low key regular kind of guy from a small blue collar town in New Jersey. Two names often pop up when Trout is mentioned and I have never been comfortable with either of them. Sure there are some similarities between Trout and Mickey Mantle but I thought Kirk Gibson was more like Mantle than Trout but Gibson never turned into a great like the Mick and Trout is off to having a great career. Mickey was a partier too, hanging out with Billy Martin and the gang. Derek Jeter is another name that pops up but Jeter's personal life while he was playing was not that different from Tiger Woods except Tiger got married. Jeter was humping every beautiful chick out there. Always gorgeous women. I should be so lucky but the media painted him as some vestibule of virtue and while he behaved 'properly" on the baseball diamond his personal life was the result of a shallow individual.
    Mike Trout on the other hand is set to marry his high school sweetheart and unlike the many flashy look at me athletes of today Trout is a nose to the grindstone kind of player. He has a natural affinity to kids and the baseball media to their credit loves him. Much like the tennis media loves Federer. The problem is the general sports media headed by ESPN has relegated special stars like Trout and Federer to the margins in favor of black athletes form other sports. His parents seem like cool people and what was most touching to me is the way Mike still visits his hometown and hangs out there. How can you not be moved when you see him visit his favorite diner and all the regular folk just treat him like good ole Mike as he wolves down six hamburgers. You got to love it.
     
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    San Diego 1B Wil Myers goes 4-4 and hits for the cycle! Another young white MLB star is starting well. Hopefully he can remain injury free and have a great season.
     
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    Awesome accomplishment!
     
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    My Pirates are off to a slow start but they do have some talented young starting pitchers.

    Jameson Taillon has a power arm with excellent control. Look for him to become the staff ace.

    Gerrit Cole appears healthy after an injury-plagued 2016. I expect a solid season from him.

    Chad Kuhl is the #4 starter and underrated in my opinion. He will surprise this year, I bet.

    #5 starter Tyler Glasnow has a big arm but is struggling with his FB command right now. He might need more time in the minors.

    A few other notes:

    SS Jordy Mercer will probably be the starter through next season. We don't have to worry about him being replaced by the next overhyped Latin America player, though, because the Pirates #1 pick a couple years ago, Kevin Newman, is the heir apparent.

    Newman can really pick it at SS and should have a plus bat, particularly hitting for a high average.

    Also, Andrew McCutchen continues to regress quickly, even though he just turned 30. The team has a contract option for him at $14.5 million for 2018, which I doubt they pick up.

    Top prospect Austin Meadows, a #1 pick out of HS a few years ago, should be up later this year and in the mix to start in 2018. Meadows can play all three OF spots very well and should be an excellent hitter.
     

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