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Five Smiling Breakthrough Players of the 2015-2016 Season

Outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Bryce Harper/AP

Outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Bryce Harper/AP

Pitcher Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. tokenlefty.com

Pitcher Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. James Krueger/tokenlefty.com

Second Baseman Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Second Baseman Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Pitcher Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

Pitcher Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

Pitcher Chris Archer of the Tampa Bays Rays. Cork Gaines/raysindex.com

Pitcher Chris Archer of the Tampa Bays Rays. Cork Gaines/raysindex.com

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Twenty-Two Random Player Projections for the 2015 Season

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox. Kayla Chadwick/offthemonster.blogspot.com

1. Xander Bogaerts will hit 17 HR with 68 RBI and 12 SB

2. José Abreu will hit 36 HR with 119 RBI and 4 SB

3. Carlos Gonzalez will hit 27 HR with 87 RBI and 18 SB

4. Allen Craig will hit 16 HR with 54 RBI and 2 SB

5. Joey Votto will hit 19 HR with 78 RBI and 3 SB

6. Ben Zobrist will hit 12 HR with 59 RBI and 9 SB

7. Manny Machado will hit 21 HR with 64 RBI and 11 SB

8. Yasmany Tomas will hit 29 HR with 85 RBI and 8 SB

9. Evan Longoria will hit 30 HR with 89 RBI and 6 SB

10. Robinson Cano will win the AL MVP (31 HR/97 RBI/14 SB)

11. Anthony Rendon will win the NL MVP (28 HR/86 RBI/18 SB)

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Pitcher Sonny Gray of the Oakland Athletics. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

1. Sonny Gray will go 17-9 with a 2.43 ERA

2. Jon Lester will go 18-10 with a 3.27 ERA

3. Chris Archer will go 14-11 with a 3.46 ERA

4. Wade Miley will go 12-10 with a 3.54 ERA

5. David Price will go 16-8 with a 2.79 ERA

6. Zack Greinke will go 15-9 with a 2.64 ERA

7. Yordano Ventura will go 8-10 with a 4.37 ERA

8. Matt Cain will go 15-12 with a 3.42 ERA

9. Craig Kimbrel will save 34/37 games with a 1.56 ERA

10. Chris Sale (19-8/2.27 ERA) will win the AL Cy Young

11. Jordan Zimmerman (20-7/2.21 ERA) will win the NL Cy Young

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Happy 2015!

The Manoman

Heart of the Panda

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“Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting….”

Just a quick update here, but I just wanted to talk about how remarkable Pablo Sandoval’s three homer game was in Game One of the World Series and how no one seems to be talking about it.

In a feat that has been matched only by baseball greats Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols, Sandoval blasted three shots off the tenacious Tiger pitching staff and slugged his way into the record books. His first inning shot off King Verlander was a surprise, on an 0-2 count nonetheless, and then he did it again. And again.

The Panda hit three shots into the stands on a crisp San Francisco night and yet no one seems to be talking about this performance. Could it be that its luster was diminished because Pujols hit three in a game just last year? Maybe it was because the game drew the lowest ratings of any World Series game in history? Whatever the case, Pablo deserves just a little bit more recognition than he received, but don’t worry, he’ll get it when he takes the World Series MVP trophy off of Mr. Selig’s hands next week.

It’s going to be Panda-monium.
The Manoman

Top 5 Baseball Quotes

Let’s begin shall we?

5. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”

~Ted Williams

4. “I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks in batting practice.”

~Casey Stengel

3. “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”

~Bob Feller

 2.  “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.

~Nolan Ryan

1. “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”

~Yogi Berra

This is why I love baseball.

The Manoman

Sailing Ship?

Problem: The Yankees have too many starters.

Question: How do you get rid of A.J. Burnett?

Answer: Deal him to the Pirates.

A.J. Burnett

When the Yankees signed him during their massive offseason shopping spree in 2008, it looked like a fairly good deal. Burnett was coming off of an 18-10 season with the Blue Jays, during which he posted a 4.07 E.R.A. Those were pretty appealing numbers, leading the Yankees to sign him to a 5 year, $85 million deal to fill in the vacancy left by 20 game winner, Mike Mussina. In his first year with the club, Burnett pitched decently, posting a 13-9 record with a 4.04 E.R.A., but things just went downhill from there. In his last two years with the Yankees, he has a combined 21-26 record and a 5.21 E.R.A., along with control and attitude issues. He is also being paid $17 million a year lest we forget, and has now become the New York’s biggest enigma since the Mets had Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez.  Luckily, there is a shining star in the distance, it being that there is a way to deal Burnett. The Pirates, coming off one of their most successful seasons in the past 20 years, are engaged in serious trade talks with the Yankees involving Burnett, and are even looking to take on $10 million of his salary for the next two years. However, the Yankees do not believe that this is enough, and are seeking to acquire a player such as Garrett Jones in addition to having the Pirates take on the $10 million.

I say that the Yankees deal Burnett while he still has any interested trade suitors left and still holds any trade value. With the position that the Yankees are in with their solid rotation, and their willingness to get under the luxury tax in the coming years, having a $17 million long reliever does not make any sense for the club. If the Yankees truly want a player back in the deal, they should go after a Double A prospect or something along those lines, not a potential key players for the Pirates in 2012. They should deal Burnett while they still can.

What do you guys think?

The Manoman

Darvish, Texas Ranger

Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz. That rotation (with the exception of C.J. Wilson) was the one that won the Rangers their 2nd consecutive AL Pennant. Now add Yu Darvish to that mix. Good luck Angels.

Darvish was a star in Japan, to a level that arguably eclipsed that of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He doesn’t have a “gyroball” but this was a guy who dominated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and posted a 18-6 record with a 1.44 ERA. After years of waiting and anticipation, Darvish was finally posted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters this offseason. As soon as Davish was posted, rumors began to fly, with teams from the Blue Jays to the Yankees all being interested in the stud right hander. In the end, it was the Rangers who came out on top, putting up a $51.7 million posting fee to acquire the rights to negotiate  with Darvish, and then signed him 6 year, $60 million contract to lock him up for good. Now with six talented starters,  how do the Rangers format their rotation? Here’s how I have it set up:

2012 Rangers Rotation

1. Yu Darvish (R)- 18-6, 1.44 ERA (Japan-2011)

Yu Darvish

2. Derek Holland (L)- 16-5, 3.95 ERA

Derek Holland

3. Colby Lewis (R)- 14-10, 4.40 ERA

Colby Lewis

4. Matt Harrison (L)- 14-9, 3.39 ERA

Matt Harrison

5. Neftali Feliz (R)- 32 SV, 2.74 ERA (Closer-2011)

Neftali Feliz

When it’s all said and done, the Rangers will have a fearsome rotation in 2011 and will be a force to be reckoned with in the now competitive AL West race. The addition of Darvish moves Alexi Ogando back into the Texas bullpen, which gives the team another weapon in a talented bullpen that already includes studs Matt Adams, Koji Uehara, and the newly acquired Joe Nathan, who will serve as the closer for the club. I do not believe that the Rangers should go after Roy Oswalt as there have been rumors circulating that they may make a run for him, and frankly I don’t think that they will need him with the dominant rotation that they already possess.

The 2012 AL West race will certainly be an interesting one to watch, don’t Yu worry. (I just had to throw a Yu pun in there, had to 🙂  )

The Manoman

The Ninja Nationals

In 2011, the Nationals finished in third place in the NL East with an 80-81 record, only playing in 161 games because of a game that never was made up since it had no effect on the playoffs. Over the winter, teams in the NL East have made moves to strengthen themselves, such as the Marlins completely upgrading their team with the signings of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell, and the Phillies adding Jonathan Papelbon to shore up the back end of their bullpen. However, you cannot discount the moves that the Nationals have made to keep pace with the rest of their division. Between trading for Gio Gonzalez and currently being the frontrunner for Prince Fielder, the Nationals are showing that they are not afraid of their talented rivals and that they plan to pack a punch in 2012. Coupled with the return of Stephen Strasburg and the arrivals of top prospects such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Lambardozzi, the Nationals with be fielding a strong team in 2012, and it would be wise for the other teams in the division to watch out for this team on the rise, before they sneak up and grab the NL East crown right out from under their fingers.

The Manoman

The Calm Before the Storm

Right now the MLB offseason is waiting… Just waiting for that one flame, that little spark, that will cause it to light up like a Christmas Tree and start the wheeling and dealing. It’s true, there have been some minor deals like the Iannetta for Chatwood swap and the Melky for J. Sanchez trade, but right now it’s like a standoff. Who will fire the first shot?

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Can’t wait until next week.

The Manoman

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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The Manoman

Not Just Some Mumbo-Jumbo

This post is a post to explain why I should be featured in a MLBlogs Jumbo Panel.

If you would like to read some other really cool baseball posts, please scroll down the page. 🙂

The Manoman

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 You could say that it all started in 2008, when my dad boldly predicted the Rays had a shot to make it to the playoffs, if not win it all. I was pretty young back then, but I knew my stuff, and I strongly disagreed with him on that point.

“The Rays?”, I had said. “Really, are we talking about the same baseball team?”

Little did I know about the remarkable journey that was about to unfold for a team that went from worst to first in one year, and from then on, I was hooked.

I started this blog in the December of  2008, a month after the World Series, and while at times my post frequency has been sporadic, I always ensure that when someone reads my articles, it is worth their while. I personally enjoy discussing about the “What if” in my posts, and outlining how I feel that organizations should be run to ensure success for their teams. Posting posts with simply polls and photos are also a habit of mine, as I feel that they are able to inform the reader with the big story behind it, without requiring the reader to endlessly search for the true message being delivered. I take true joy in letting my readers know what is happening throughout the baseball world, and really conveying the inner mechanisms of my die-hard baseball mind to them as well.

Mark, if you are reading this, thank you for your time, and please consider making my blog a Jumbo Panel as it would mean a lot to me.

By the way, did I mention I’m a Yankees and Rays fan? 🙂

The Manoman