Sammy Sosa wasn’t just an all-time great right-handed slugger, he was an icon. People who didn’t watch the game or know anything about baseball knew who Sosa was. From his traditional pregame sprint out to right field, to his home run hop, and post home run dugout signals to his mother, he became a household name. But time is running out for Sosa and his chances to enter Baseball’s Hall of Fame. This marks his 7th time on the ballot and if he doesn’t see a huge increase in votes soon, he will most likely not be a Hall of Famer.
In my last article, I mapped out the possibilities for where Bryce Harper will be playing next year. In that piece, I said that Harper will be a Phillie. I still think that but that could have some serious impact on Machado’s decision. I will format this the same way I did with my Harper article.
For those of you not paying attention, arguably one of the best players in baseball is an official free agent for the first time in his young career. The phenom, Mr. Eye-Black, and man with possibly the best hair in the United States, Bryce Harper.
On Friday the Milwaukee Brewers were busy ahead of the deadline to pick up players and have them available for the postseason. The Brewers acquired lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno from the White Sox, starter Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals, and Curtis Granderson from the Blue Jays. These moves improve the Brewers for the stretch run and show how they are serious about competing this season. Each player provides an upgrade to the Brewers in a major way. For Milwaukee, it will be an exciting ride down the stretch.
Every year there are teams who rise to the top because of an unsung hero, a rookie stepping in, or a triumphant return from injury by a veteran. On the flip side, there are teams who are at the bottom and underachieving or simply too young and rebuilding. Here are the bottom 10 teams in the league and some bright spots that those teams can possibly build on moving forward.
The double elimination, bracket play is underway, and, to no one’s surprise, it has been exciting so far. Saturday was the first day of the Bracket play and our first game pitted North Carolina against Oregon State.