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Hitters in Major League Baseball on Record Home Run Pace

Entering Wednesday’s Major League Baseball schedule hitters had combined for 2,701 home runs through the first 2 ½ months of the 2017 regular season. That means they are on a pace to hit over 6,180 home runs for the entire 162-game schedule. Current record for combined home runs during one season was set in 2000 with 5,693. The big increase in the number of home runs started back in 2015 and through the entire regular season of 2016. In 2016, hitters combined for the second most home runs ever hit in one season with 5,610. In addition, 111 players... 
 

Red Sox – Yankees Rivalry Regaining Passion?

In most cases, when I write a baseball column, I do so as an objective professional journalist without reference to my team of choice, which is the Boston Red Sox. This column is an exception – an exuberantly striking exception. The reason? After back-to-back seasons that have seen the storied Red Sox-Yankees rivalry lose its passion, the annual clash between two of baseball’s oldest clubs regained fire when Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to a seven-year, $153 million contract with New York earlier in the week. Those of you who are not Red Sox... 
 

Is Pirates Slugger Pedro Alvarez The New Adam Dunn?

In the 2008 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a player they envisioned would lock down third base for years to come and more importantly the cleanup spot in the batting order for years to come. It has been a work in progress, as Pedro Alvarez has yet to do the latter, but in reality, Alvarez is right on schedule when compared to other power hitters and could become the new Adam Dunn. The Pirates selected Alvarez third overall in 2008, passing on other highly touted position players such as Eric Hosmer and Buster Posey. Everyone knows the success... 
 

Baseball’s Strong Connection Between Father and Son

Baseball is a tradition. It’s a religion. Baseball is history. It’s family. All of these terms get tossed around and when you’re not into the sport it gets treated like a bad love letter full of sappy romantic rhetoric and a lack of foresight. But when you are a fan? It’s life. I started following baseball at the tail end of the 1993 season. Being a Yankees’ fan was a lot different then. My Dad taught me the rules to all four major US sports around the same time, but Baseball is the one I embraced the most. He used... 
 

Mariano Rivera is a Reminder of the Greatness Behind Jackie Robinson

The number “42” has always been a weird little subtlety of the game of baseball for a Yankees’ fan. In late 1993, I started following the Yankees. The first season I can remember in any detail from start to finish was the great (and first) wildcard race of 1995. Fresh off a strike, the Major Leagues had a new realignment to divisions and allowed the first ever team to not come in first place still reach the playoffs. Of course,  it had to be the New York Yankees in the American League. Coincidentally, back then, I had yet to... 
 

Jeffrey Loria is the Worst Owner in Sports

Forget about just baseball owners. Jeffrey Loria is the worst owner in all of sports. In fact Loira is such a bad owner it seems fair to draw conclusions he’s a bad person too. How else can he be so comfortable spending everyone else’s money for nothing but his own profit? How else could he be so out of touch, not only did he take out full one page ads all around Miami, but he did it in a newspaper, which probably has as many fans as the Marlins? And the tell-tale sign of someone you can’t trust? When they apologize by blaming... 
 

San Francisco Giants: Melky Cabrera Doesn’t Deserve a World Series Ring

Baseball is a sport, and I treat it as such. I don’t get “mad” when the Giants go on a losing streak.  I don’t get “mad” when players are in slumps.  I don’t even get “mad” when the Giants drop a series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In fact, rarely do I get “mad” at a player or even the team. I am a fan of the team and will cheer for anyone on the roster.  For the past three seasons, management has put on the field a team that brought the first two World Series Championships in the San Francisco Giants era. But... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #8 – Napoli, LaRoche and Leftovers

LaRoche’s destination could be tied to Napoli’s contract situation Boston Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that appears on Baseball News Source every Friday and details free agent and trade talk at every position. Cody Ross signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks,  A.J. Pierzynski joining the Texas Rangers, and Cleveland Indians reaching an agreement with free-agent Nick Swisher over the last week are moves that have further diminished the lean pool of free agents who can... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #7 – Bourn, Swisher, LaRoche

Bourn is the premiere center fielder left on the free agent market Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that appears on Baseball News Source every Friday and details free agent and trade talk at every position. Seemingly more than ever, Major League Baseball teams are coveting their first round draft picks. The preference to keep these selections is shaping free agent transactions this offseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers surrendered their first round choice next summer when they signed Zack Greinke,... 
 

MLB Trend: The Shrinking Closer Market

The market for high salaried closers is shifting Once upon a time, closers like Rafael Soriano were in high demand. Draft picks carried less clout, the ninth inning was critical and it took a special kind of attitude to record those specific three outs. Nobody used to intentionally create a closer, so finding an already established one was especially useful for a team looking to contend. When the Red Sox lost the ALCS in 2003, a huge addition was signing Keith Foulke to sure up the bullpen in 2004. The Red Sox went on to win the World Series for... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #6 – Hamilton, Sanchez, Myers

The signing of Josh Hamilton was big news this week Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and details free agent and trade talk at every position. Even with his documented track record of substance abuse and injuries, Josh Hamilton was in demand this offseason because he is one of the most productive sluggers in Major League Baseball. That the 31-year-old outfielder agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract is not stunning. Though many teams –... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #5 – Post Winter Meetings

How long can the Rays hold onto an arm like Shields Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and details free agent and trade talk at every position. Following the annual Rule 5 Draft, the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings ended on Thursday with many teams heading home with items on their “to do” lists checked off. Though trades were conducted and free agent signings were implemented, most front offices have more tasks to complete before... 
 

All Signs Point To Yankees Selling

Causing panic among Yankees’ fans is not very difficult Unlike actual New Yorkers, overreacting is the status quo. When it comes to sports, fans can become irrational and impulsive in general. When you root for a team expected to be wildly successful every season, each move often gets scrutinized and magnified. This is why until today I had no feeling whatsoever the Steinbrenner family was planning on selling the New York Yankees. I figured this was another example of a giant fan base overreacting over something I considered logical. It... 
 

Should The Red Sox Trade Ellsbury Sooner Rather Than Later?

Trade Ellsbury ? The debate is rampant among Red Sox fans With the addition of Shane Victorino, the Boston Red Sox outfield is seemingly set for the 2013 campaign with the right-handed hitting Jonny Gomes and perhaps the left-handed hitting Ryan Kalish in left, Jacoby Ellsbury in center and Victorino in right. Or will the club make more moves? Over the last couple days, speculation has spread about Boston trading Ellsbury, playing Victorino in center field and signing someone like Nick Swisher, Cody Ross or even Josh Hamilton to fill the right... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #4 – Non -Tendered Players

Baltimore’s Mark Reynolds was among the list of non-tendered players today Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that will appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and detail free agent and trade talk at every position. This week we are adding the list of non-tendered players. Today was the day teams had to make decisions on whether to tender contracts on arbitration eligible players. All decisions must be in by 11:59 PM pm EDT, This list will be updated frequently and of course we... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #3 – Blue Jays, Dickey, Wright

Blue Jays moves are aggressive and the team will be relevant again Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that will appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and detail free agent and trade talk at every position. Championships are not won on paper. If they were, the New York Yankees would have significantly more World Series rings than the 27 they possess. Keep this in mind while processing this week’s blockbuster deal between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays. In the trade, which... 
 

Marlins Trades Reaffirm MLB’s Laissez-Faire Indifference

“The damage to the Marlins’ ‘brand’ is impossible to calculate.” Baseball, often derided for it’s uncapped, laissez-faire player market that rewards deep pockets like the Yankees and Dodgers, is home to some of the most insatiable welfare pigs in professional sports. Jeffrey Loria and David Samson, respectively the Owner and President of that fluorescent pile of rubble that used to be the Miami Marlins, are two such freeloaders. The Marlins are now infamous for having imploded their roster for a third time... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #2 – Upton, Hamilton

Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that will appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and detail free agent and trade talk at every position. Amid the annual general manager meetings this week, it was learned that the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in dealing outfielder Justin Upton for a healthy return that “makes the Diamondbacks better.” Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn and B.J. Upton are considered the premiere free agent outfielders this offseason, yet it is the younger of the... 
 

Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition

Will the Angels strike a new deal for Zack Greinke Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that will appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and detail free agent and trade talk at every position. Today is the deadline for Major League teams to decide whether or not to exercise options on players. Clubs have exclusive negotiating rights with their own potential free agents through tomorrow. With these deadlines arriving, it will undoubtedly be a busy weekend for Hot Stove League News. Here... 
 

Dodgers Target Shields – Seriously, Who Don’t the Dodgers Target ?

Dodgers target Shields among others this winter As reported by our friends at Rays Index , and Mark Saxson of ESPN , The Los Angeles Dodgers, alias “Team Money Bags” have targeted Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields for acquisition this winter. With new ownership in place, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti must feel like a holiday shopper with a no limit credit card. Who can forget acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in a nine-player deal with Boston that essentially served as a government... 
 

Demise of the Yankees Greatly Exaggerated

The formula  for the Yankees success remains intact… The New York Yankees were dominated this season one stop short of the World Series. But was it a fluke or would they benefit from going “back to the drawing board”? Luckily for New York, it doesn’t have to go back very far to figure out the last time there was a winning formula in the Bronx. In 2009, the same franchise embarrassingly swept out of the American League Championship Series, went on to win 103 regular season games and knocked off the defending champions... 
 

Yankees Go Quietly – Now The Postseason Really Begins

Yankees on the wrong side of  four-game sweep in the ALCS When Jayson Nix‘s pop up settled into Prince Fielder‘s glove and the Detroit Tigers celebrated their four-game sweep of the New York Yankees and American League pennant, the vast majority of America shared in their jubilation. There are a myriad of reasons why almost every baseball fan who does not bleed pinstripes detests the Yankees and experiences a heaping dose of schadenfreude (a German word that means pleasure derived from the misfortune of others) when that team from... 
 

Alex Rodriguez – Baseballs $30 Million Dollar Platoon “Player”

Rodriguez – I love the Yankees and…. Alex Rodriguez is again out of the Yankees’ starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS. Has Rodriguez become baseball’s $30 million platoon player?  It certainly looks that way. While Rodriguez, who is 3 for 23 in these playoffs, is out of the starting lineup for the third time, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman said before the Game 3 loss to the Detroit Tigers that Rodriguez was benched for the matchup with Justin Verlander for performance reasons only. Rodriguez... 
 

Past Franchise Experiences Can Benefit Yankees Now

Can the Yankees come back in this series? Players past their prime tend to struggle. If they’re not struggling, they tend to become unhealthy the older they get instead. Franchises generally try to keep as many players as possible on the roster in or around their prime to stay competitive. One of the few benefits of having an older team like the Yankees do (besides the fact four of their veterans are future Hall of Famers) is being able to draw upon past experiences. Since nothing in the present is a positive for a team struggling to not... 
 

What Happened to the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Pirates – There are still two games left to lose Twelve wins. For the promises of the currently expiring five-year plan and its big-money draft picks, prospect-raking trades and hopeless free agent acquisitions, the Pirates will have improved by a whopping 12 wins over the 2007 season. Perhaps. Since posting a 68-94 record in ’07 (Dave Littlefield’s final, acrimonious season as Pirates general manager), the Bucs can boast an improvement of as many as twelve wins over that campaign, one which begat the signing of rookie GM Neal... 
 

Orioles Power Takes Opener – Tie Yankees for Division Lead

Mark Reynolds Hit 2 Of Baltimore’s 6 Home Runs I was nine years old the last time the Baltimore Orioles bothered me. Let’s put it in an even stronger perspective. In 1996, when Derek Jeter‘s controversial Game One home run initiated what would be a five game ALCS victory and future World Series title for the Yankees, Reds’ third baseman, Todd Frazier, was two years away from winning the Little League World Series for Toms River, New Jersey. That’s how long it’s been since I cared whether the Yankees beat the... 
 

Pirates – Management, Players, Fans Show Inexperience with Winning

Pirates Feeling Pressure of Pennant Race After two decades of losing baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are where they want to be–directly in the middle of a serious pennant race.  Although the organization has taken large strides in the right direction over the past few seasons, no parties involved in this endeavor seem to understand how to react properly to winning baseball.  Management, players and fans included seem to be trying to figure this whole pennant-race-postseason-thingy out along the way. Management First off, management has... 
 

Skip Bayless, White Sox, Rip Yankees

Sale struck out a season high 13 hitters and yielded just three hits and a solo home run in 7.2 innings of work. For Yankees’ fans and the team itself, the last three games have been frustrating against the Chicago White Sox. New York jumped out to a lead in each of the first two games of the series, blew both of them with poor pitching performances and then were utterly dominated by White Sox ace, Chris Sale, 2-1 in the finale on Wednesday. The Yankees were swept in Chicago against the White Sox for the first time since 1991. The star of... 
 

Nationals Could Regret Shutting Stephen Strasburg Down

Fueled by the best record in the majors at 73-45 and boasting the best pitching staff is baseball statistically, the Washington Nationals are one of the game’s most compelling stories in 2012. Fan interest is high because the franchise is nearing its first post-season berth since moving to the nation’s capital, and since the roster is dotted with exciting young players. Yet, when October arrives, one of the club’s two phenoms will not be found on the diamond, at least if team officials stick to their original plan. All season long,... 
 

Red Sox Fans are Fed Up with Drama and Dysfunction

I’m fed up with almost everything about Boston Red Sox baseball in 2012. As a professional baseball writer whose passion for the game started as a 7-year-old in the mid-’70s, most of the features I author are objective, but this is not one of those columns. The Red Sox, a team I have devotedly loved year after year through all the exhilarating highs and heartwrenching lows, are in chaos. The reason for my aggravation is not solely related to the team’s 57-61 record. Covering and following a sub-.500 ballclub is not fun, but it... 
 
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