The Pirates’ 2019 campaign was a rough one, to be sure, going 69-93, finishing last in the division, and ending with the firing of manager Clint Hurdle, general manager Neal Huntington, and beginning a possible rebuild that has, unfortunately, seemingly been a long time coming. Hiring former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and pairing him with manager Derek Shelton, the team looks to retool its major league roster while also restock the farm system to prepare for the next chance to retake the division and become competitive once more.
The 2019 season was an overall success, finishing 97-65 and winning their second straight National League East title. However, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series 3-2, their tenth straight postseason series that ended in a loss. While the team floundered yet again in the postseason, it returns this season with their young core still very much intact and with another season under their belts. While they have the talent to make a postseason run, they’ll have plenty of competition yet again, both in the division and in the National League in general, standing in their way. Continue reading →
As usual, outfield is a position that is as deep as it is varied. You’ll find many different skillsets available amongst the position. But you’ll also need at least three and maybe up to five from the position to fill out your roster. So let’s look at the position not only in rank, but also in skillset, in order to see who you should draft when.
2019 was mostly a season to forget for the Kansas City Royals, going 59-103. The season started on a sour note, seeing star catcher Salvador Perez lost for the year to Tommy John surgery after damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm was discovered. Also, longtime manager Ned Yost, the manager who took the Royals to two straight World Series appearances, retired at the end of the season. Continue reading →
I always wanted to be an athlete of some sort, but when I got into middle school and realized actual athletic performance wasn’t going to be my forte, I turned my attention to other possible ways to be involved. Ever since then, I felt like the front office called my name. I thought that if I wasn’t going to be a GM, then I should at least try to be an assistant if some sort.
The launch angle revolution has changed the way many hitters approach the game. Fly balls are more important than ever, and hitters are trying to drive those fly balls with more force. To accomplish this, many hitters are pulling the ball more than before. Because of this, I decided to peruse the pull percentage leaderboard to try to find some interesting names, and honestly, all the top names are interesting in their own right. I kept to the top three names this time around. Continue reading →
There’s nothing more elusive than an obvious fact. – Sherlock Holmes
Everyone has a movie that they love that critics despise. Some call it a guilty pleasure, while others band together over it and give it cult classic status. For me, recently, I happened upon a pair of movies that I had a similar appreciation for but had forgotten about for a time. Nearly ten years ago, Guy Ritchie’s version of Sherlock Holmes came out to much fanfare, an action variant of the classic detective story, complete with then-comeback-actor Robert Downey, Jr. as the lead and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. I had always been an ancillary fan of detective stories, Holmes stories in particular, and Downey’s involvement in the film piqued my interest, with his recent resurgent success coming off of Iron Man in full force. Unlike several critics, the action-adventure turn to the old Sherlock stories, along with Downey and Law pairing together perfectly, made both this film and its sequel (A Game of Shadows) rather enjoyable. Continue reading →