This is the first entry of a 2 part series titled Manoman’s Top 20
I was thinking about doing something like:
The Top Awesome Players That Are Now Playing Today
My Grand Slam Crew of Active Baseball Players
I was even thinking of doing something like…
The 20 Most Spectacular Men That Are Playing the Game of Baseball Today
(thankfully I didn’t go there)
So with that, let’s get on with the list!!!
20. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Always flying under the radar and puts up great numbers at the massive Petco Park.
19.Dustin Pedroia 2B
The “Little Man” had great numbers in 2008 and he won the MVP Award. Even though he is a Red Sox, I like him because he shows so much determination and dediication to the game of baseball.
18. Nick Markakis RF
He is a consistent threat at the plate and makes great plays in the outfield.
17. Grady Sizemore CF
Grady is a great young hitter with 40-40 potential and he is very exciting to watch on the field.
16. David Price SP
David is an amazing young pitcher who is going to be the next Johan Santana. He has electric stuff and is the future ace of the Rays.
15. Jorge Posada C
He is a homegrown Yankee who has played with the club for more than 10 years now. He also provides great leadership and order to the pitching staff and is cool to watch in the game.
14. Ichiro Suzuki RF
I like how Ichiro plays the game and he is practically a guarantee to get on base every time he is at bat. He has gold glove caliber fielding and he is a steals machine.
13. CC Sabathia SP
CC is now in N.Y.C. and with him comes at least 15 victories and a great attitude. I feel like he is one of my “home boys”.
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12. Mark Teixeira 1B
Mark is an up-beat kind of guy that brings his best to the field every game and always has a smile on his face.
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Is it just me or are the Orioles making some decent moves to improve their team? I mean I know they are big splashes like CC, AJ, or Teix but they are making some small partially under the radar, bargain moves. From signing Uehara to trading for Pie (not real pie,it’s actually pronounced Felix Pe-a) the Orioles are making some nice moves to improve their team, similar to the Red Sox. The Orioles also signed Gregg Zaun, to have as a backup if Wieters isn’t ready, and traded for Ryan Freel which should give them some more outfield depth. Nick Markakis is also really close to agreeing to a 6 year deal worth about 65 million and with that the Orioles are locking up one of their key young players. The Orioles signed Mark Hendrickson earlier this offseason and he should fit nicely into their rotation. The Orioles have a nice little power tandem with Huff and Markakis and a proven base stealer in Roberts, but they might need at least one more pitcher to hlp this team garner some inprovement in the tough division they’re playing in known as the AL East. They could go for a bargain like Josh Fogg or Livan Hernandez, or rekindle talks with the White Sox about Gavin Floyd for Brian Roberts. Either way, it’s good to know that the Orioles are doing something to help improve their team.
Okay, I know that it’s still really early in the offseason but I feel the need to write about my super early division rankings. What that basically is, is what placements I think teams are going to receive in their divisions. Over the next 6 to 7 days I will be writting my different division rankings. First up is the AL East:
1. Yankees: They just got CC and A.J. Burnett and replaced Giambi with Swisher while also getting a great pitching prospect in the White Sox trade, Kanekoa Teixeira, in exchange for Betemit,and pitching prospects Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. Rivera’s one of the best closers ever. They have a stacked line up and a killer rotation.
2. Rays: Solid rotation with Shields, Kazmir, Garza, and Sonnastine. Don’t forget about David Price their pitching stud. They can use Grant Ballfour, Dan Wheeler, or Troy Percival, if he’s healthy, in the closer’s role. They have Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, and B.J. Upton who are players who consistently deliver and have a stacked farm system and will dominate for years to come.
3. Red Sox: Good rotation with Dice-K, Beckett, and Lester leading the way. Papelbon is dominant in the bullpen. Having Lowell out hurts them but they still have a great line up and they are a nice combination of old and new.
4. Blue Jays: Roy Halladay leads a questionable rotation now without A.J. Burnett. They have Wells, Rios, and intriguing players Travis Snider and Adam Lind. Need to at least acquire a mid- level pitching player to have a slim chance of competing in this tough division.
5. Orioles: Obtaining Mark Texeira would give them an immense boost to their offense. Their best hitter right now is Nick Markakis and he is a stud. The Orioles need more pitching for sure as their rotation headlined by Jeremy Gurthie isn’t really steady. Sherril is a decent closer and Matt Wieters will be the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year if Price doesn’t beat him out.
Look for the rankings of the AL Central in the next two days.
Bye for now!