WHEN WILL THE SEASON START?

The biggest news story in the world these days is the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. People are quarantining themselves, cities and countries are being practically shut down, and sports leagues around the world are postponing their seasons. Major League Baseball is of course one of those leagues. The big question on the fans’ minds when it comes to the

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FANTASY BASEBALL: FINDING VALUE

I propose a new system of finding value. Predictions can be different (though lately I prefer ATC) but while it’s impossible to predict exact player performance, we can predict their “rough numbers”. How do we know whether the player is worth his price however? I primarily deal with auctions and decided on the tier system based on standard Rotisserie leagues.

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BOSTON TRADE MOOKIE BETTS

Photo courtesy of BostonHerald.com. It finally happened, the Boston Red Sox traded RF Mookie Betts and SP David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Betts is a free agent after this upcoming season and already rejected at least one extension offer and wanted over $400 million to change his mind about testing the free agent market. Betts has shown repeatedly

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WHY 1 WAR BEING WORTH $8-9 MILLION IS A SILLY IDEA AND HOW MUCH 1 WAR IS REALLY WORTH

Over the last few years there’s been a silly idea floating around… the idea that 1 WAR is worth $8-9 million in annual salary on the open market (note: I’ll be using rWAR). Before we look at that, let’s quickly look at annual salaries and payrolls.. The best players cost $20 million+. $30 million or even higher is reserved for

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WHO IS THE GREATEST MANAGER OF ALL TIME?

This isn’t an actual list where the managers are ranked from best to worst, but rather a look at the greatest managers. 1. MILLER HUGGINS 1913-1917 St. Louis Cardinals 1918-1929 New York Yankees Pennants: 6 Championships: 3 Extra Pythagorean W-L: 37-11 Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 3-2 Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 0-1 2. JOE MCCARTHY 1926-1930

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The New York Yankees got their ace. Gerrit Cole is now a New York Yankee. The Bronx Bombers are now the favorites to at least win the pennant next year. The biggest losers are the Los Angeles Angels, who failed to get starting pitching help that they needed yet again. I’m personally glad because I’ve been predicting this signing and

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OFFSEASON ANALYSIS

I’m prioritizing the more important moves and letting MLBTR tell you the details. The Chicago White Sox got a new catcher. This is a solid move, though I think that Yasmani Grandal is overpaid. They then locked up 1B Jose Abreu in a solid but risky move. Great move by Atlanta, they’ve been the most active team so far and

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WORLD SERIES ANALYSIS

The Washington Nationals are world champions for the first time ever. During the series, Washington batted .241/.320/.419 compared to .265/.342/.454 during the season. The Houston Astros batted .272/.342/.452 during the series and .274/.352/.495 during the season. On the pitching side, Washington had a 4.29 ERA during the series and a 4.27 ERA during the season. Houston had a shockingly identical

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ANALYZING THE LCS & PREVIEWING THE WORLD SERIES

NLCS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 4 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 0 The sheer dominance by Washington was a surprise, but their win was not. They had the better record, the better Pythagorean record, better starting pitching and better hitting. They were simply the better team. ALCS HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES Another unsurprising result. Houston were the favorites going in because they had

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WHAT IF

What if teams finished according to their Pythagorean W-L records? What changes would take place? I’m only looking at the playoff years. 1969 The Chicago Cubs win the NL East instead of the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants win the NL West instead of the Atlanta Braves, one of them loses to the Baltimore Orioles in the

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LCS PREDICTIONS

ALCS NEW YORK YANKEES VS HOUSTON ASTROS Hard to say which is the better team, though most likely it’s Houston. I think that the Bronx Bombers will be more motivated due to overcoming all of their injuries and not wanting to lose to Houston in the playoffs again. They also swept Minnesota, who were better than Tampa Bay, who Houston

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ANALYZING THE LDS

ALDS NEW YORK YANKEES 3 MINNESOTA TWINS 0 New York had the better team and dominated accordingly. HOUSTON ASTROS 3 TAMPA BAY RAYS 2 Houston were the better team and should’ve won easier. NLDS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 3 ATLANTA BRAVES 2 Atlanta were the better team but it was close and luck was the deciding factor, as St. Louis won

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ALDS & NLDS PREDICTIONS

ALDS NEW YORK YANKEES VS MINNESOTA TWINS New York has beaten Minnesota every single time in the playoffs throughout history: 2003 ALDS, 2004 ALDS, 2009 ALDS, 2010 ALDS, 2017 AL Wildcard Playoff Game. The Bronx Bombers also overcame a lot of injuries to get into the playoffs. I expect them to be motivated and confident going into this series. That

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2019 CONTRACT VALUES

I didn’t include bench players or regular relievers. Abreu, Jose -$6.4 Million/+0.4 WAR Acuna Jr., Ronald +$21.4 Million/+3.5 WAR Albies, Ozzie +$18.6 Million/+2.8 WAR Altuve, Jose +$5.3 Million/+1.7 WAR Anderson, Brett +$9.3 Million/+0.7 WAR Andrus, Elvis -$7 Million Archer, Chris -$4.5 Million/-1.2 WAR Arrieta, Jake -$21.4 Million/-1.1 WAR Baez, Javier +$14 Million/+2.8 WAR Bailey, Homer -$14.95 Million/-0.1 WAR Belt, Brandon

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ANALYZING THE CINCINNATI/CLEVELAND/SAN DIEGO BLOCKBUSTER

Cincinnati, Cleveland and San Diego just pulled off a blockbuster trade. Cleveland can actually afford to take the hit to their rotation and now suddenly have a loaded lineup. Trevor Bauer wasn’t pitching particularly great this season and would be traded in the offseason anyway. Yasiel Puig is a rental, but they get a nice long-term piece in Franmil Reyes.

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CLOSERS

The trade deadline is fast approaching and it’s about time to see if you need to trade or pick up some closers to not left depleted after. ADD 1. David Robertson, PHI He’s in a good spot to be come a closer again. 2. Reyes Moronta, SFG He’s likely the closer if San Francisco sell as expected. 3. Mark Melancon,

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