On October 18, 2012 Jayson Nix popped up to end the Yankees 2012 season. It was a season of expectations and hopes, as every Yankees season is. The 2012-2013 offseason was a season of change, injuries and disappointments. Continue reading
The Pirates again flirted with a winning record in 2012, but came up short. The teams looks to really be pushing to make it over the hump; did they do enough this off-season?
I’ve been working to update all of the MLB team pages. In addition to listing player movement, we also including a payroll tracker; we are showing all confirmed future payroll for each team, including money owed to players no longer with the team.
Here’s the final Baseball Bloggers Alliance Award ballot – the Stan Musial Award for each league’s most valuable player. Each member of the BBA will nominate 5 players from each league for the award; the player with the most nominations wins.
The next stop on the Baseball Bloggers Alliance Award tour is the Goose Gossage Award for best relief pitcher. Again, we nominate 5 players from each league. The nominees are mixed with the nominees from the rest of the BBA, with the player with the most nominations winning the award.
Russ and I discuss the addition of the second wild card to the pennant race and the impacts it’s having this year.
Things looked bright for the Pirates a month ago. They were in the pennant race, they had 2 of the top 15 prospects in baseball, and it looked like they would have their first winning season in 20 years. Then they received a reminder of last year.
The team dropped to 4-14 in the month of September. They’ve fallen to 5.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot. John McDonald’s last win came August 28th, and has been demoted to the bullpen. Wandy Rodriguez has 4 wins since he joined the team (and one was in relief).
More eliminations from post-season contention. The Blue Jays are the lone team eliminated from the AL; they are out of the division race, after already missing out on the Wild Card. On the NL side, the Pirates and Padres have no shot at their divisions, but are still alive in the Wild Card race. The Marlins, already eliminated from the NL East, lost there shot at the Wild Card.
The Most Cost Efficient Team in the Majors
We know that some MLB owners can pinch a penny with the best of them – from low payrolls (or cutting payroll in some instances) to advertisements on any surface, teams like to maximize the amount of money they make.
The last place Phillies have a dilemma on their hands. Even with the returns of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, coupled with the upcoming return of Roy Halladay, the Phillies chances of making the playoffs are slim. On top of that, they have quite a few contracts that will make it hard for the team to improve in the off-season.
I have a few options that could help them out.