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State of Baseball: 50 Shades of Bland

Mike El-Far | August 1st, 2019

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Major League Baseball has been under the microscope over the last decade for a multitude of factors. The pace of play (or lack thereof), lacking attendance numbers in certain markets, and the lack of marketability of its star players are just some of the issues that Rob Manfred has to contend with going forward. Realistically, there is one quick fix that can easily get new viewers watching America’s pastime.

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Team Grades: American League West

Mike El-Far | July 11th, 2019

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Houston Astros 57-33

Positives

Once again, the Houston Astros are among the best teams in baseball. New signing Michael Brantley has been one of the highlights of this team, leading all qualified Astros with a .324 batting average. Not to mention Yordan Alvarez, who made his major league debut on June 9th. In 19 games, Alvarez has hit seven home runs and has an OPS of 1.141.  Their pitching has been dominant as well, as both their team ERA (3.86) and WHIP (1.14) rank fourth and second, respectively.

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What David Ortiz Means to Boston

Mike El-Far | June 12th, 2019

Sunday night was supposed to be a great night for Boston fans everywhere. The Boston Bruins were in an elimination game in the Stanley Cup Finals and had a chance to force a decisive Game 7 at the Garden on Wednesday. But by the end of the night, the concern wasn’t on what to make for the Game 7 watch party, but the health of the most impactful athlete in Boston history: David Ortiz.

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MLB Draft Preview: Seth Johnson

Mike El-Far | May 25th, 2019

Seth Johnson, RHP (Campbell)

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 196 lbs

Age: 20

2019 Stats (As of May 23rd, 2019)

59.1 IP, 3-3, 4.55 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 28 BB / 76 SO

Two years ago, Seth Johnson was a shortstop at a junior college in North Carolina. Transferring to Campbell College for the 2019 season, Johnson piqued the interest of the coaching staff at Campbell as a pitcher. He quickly won the “Friday night” starting role, and is projected by many to be selected in the first two rounds of the 2019 MLB Draft. Continue reading