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Spring Training Home Stretch

03-23-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Some interesting questions for the new season

AL East

Alex Rodriguez returns, the Red Sox debut their new lineup, and the Rays enter the post-Joe Maddon era in a division that is completely up for grabs.

 

Moving through the remainder of Spring Training and looking towards Opening Day

03-20-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
More cuts this week as prospects have been sent down to Minor League camps and Spring Rosters have been slowly whittled down. Players have had their taste of the nectar of the Gods and are now back to the reality of small crowded lockers, tight locker rooms and longer days. Players are not sent down just because they are not ready or because they are not needed or because they are not the best player to put on the field. The reality of baseball's rules on free agency play a big role in who is on he Opening Day roster.
 

Spring Training and the new Income Inequality

03-13-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The daily routines are very different in Major League camp and Minor League camp. There is more instruction and skills evaluation at Minor League camp. Major Leaguers may get instruction but it's typically not taken unless specifically asked for. 
 

Spring Training Games under way

03-08-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Things change dramatically now that games have started for all teams in Florida and Arizona. Players are now trying to accomplish various things- hit the ground running and make an impression on coaches and front office personnel, win a job on the opening day roster, put themselves on the radar as a possible call up after the season starts, make the team as a non-roster invitee and just get in playing shape. Veterans dislike the length of Spring Training and everyone else hopes it's long enough to get enough innings to plead their case.
 

Spring Training 2015

02-23-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Tomorrow is the day when the first full squad workouts begin. Some teams start as late as Friday but most start tomorrow and Wednesday.

There are some major stories in MLB this Spring that will play out over the first half of the season. 

 

Pitchers & Catchers Report to Spring Training

02-19-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Pitchers and catchers are in camp now and the 2015 MLB season is under way. Lots of movement throughout both leagues with many teams looking to improve their staffs over the winter. This the start of a lot of extra catchers catching a lot of bullpens. Teams extend non-roster invitee invitations to most catchers on their systems since there are so many arms that need work. These catchers are going to put those knees, ankles and backs through the paces catching multiple bullpens each day. Not much fun and the pitchers are the ones getting the looks from the coaches not the backstops.
 

Pitchers and Catchers are reporting this week to their respective camps- 15 teams in Florida and 15 teams in Arizona

02-16-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Position players all report next week. However, these are mandatory reporting dates and many players are in camp early to hit the ground running when things start up. There are fewer days to get ready for Spring Training games this year than ever before so players need to be ready to avoid injuries, win a job, keep a job, work on a new position, etc. It's a time of great excitement to the young players and a chore for many of the veterans. We've heard more than one veteran say they wouldn't mind playing longer if the just didn't have to go to Spring Training every year. 
 

X Bats Spring Training

02-12-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
X Bats uses Spring Training to see players, old and new, when they are in camp trying to win a job, keep a job, get acclimated to a new team, etc. before the Spring Training games commence. It is one of the few times each year when bat companies, shoe companies, glove companies, etc. can spend some time with players helping them find the best tools to maximize their performance. 
 

Spring Training Now and Then

02-09-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

Spring Training is right around the corner. Everyone is over the Super Bowl and football season, basketball & hockey are in mid-season, people are looking forward to the end of winter, cold and snow and baseball is the harbinger of Spring. Our National Pastime is all about new beginnings. Baseball fans have followed the Hot Stove League all winter and are anxious about how their team improved in the off season and if they'll be contenders this year.

 

BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

02-05-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

1.Ty Cobb, .36636
2. Rogers Hornsby, .35850
3. Joe Jackson, .35575
4. Lefty O'Doul, .3493
5. Ed Delahanty, .34590
6. Tris Speaker, .34468
7.Ted Williams, .34441
8. Billy Hamilton, .34429
9. Dan Brouthers, .34213
10. Babe Ruth, .34207
11. Dave Orr, .3420
12. Harry Heilmann, .34159
13. Pete Browning, .3415
14. Willie Keeler, .34129
15. Bill Terry, .34116
16. George Sisler, .34015
17. Lou Gehrig, .34008
19. Jesse Burkett, .33844
20. Tony Gwynn, .33818
21. Nap Lajoie, .33810
18.Jake Stenzel, .3378
22. Riggs Stephenson, .33607
23. Al Simmons, .33417
24-Cap Anson .3341
25. John McGraw, .33359

Active Players Closing In 
x-Joe Mauer, .3230
x-Ichiro Suzuki, .3187


 

CAREER HIT LEADERS

02-02-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
1. Pete Rose Sr., 4256
2. Ty Cobb, 4191
3. Hank Aaron, 3771
4. Stan Musial, 3630
5. Tris Speaker, 3515
6. Carl Yastrzemski, 3419
7. Cap Anson, 3418
8. Honus Wagner, 3430
9. Paul Molitor, 3319
10. x-Derek Jeter, 3316

11. Eddie Collins Sr., 3313
12. Willie Mays, 3283
13. Eddie Murray, 3255
14. Nap Lajoie, 3252
15. Cal Ripken, 3184
16. George Brett, 3154
17. Paul Waner, 3152
18. Robin Yount, 3142
19. Tony Gwynn, 3141
20. Dave Winfield, 3110
21. Craig Biggio, 3060
22. Rickey Henderson, 3055
23. Rod Carew, 3053
24. Lou Brock, 3023
25. Rafael Palmeiro, 3020

Active Players Closing In x-Alex Rodriquez, 2939
 

CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS

01-26-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
1. Barry Bonds, 762
2. Hank Aaron, 755
3. Babe Ruth, 714
4. Willie Mays, 660
5. x-Alex Rodriquez, 654
6. Ken Griffey, Jr., 630
7. Jim Thome, 612
8. Sammy Sosa, 609
9. Frank Robinson, 586
10. Mark McGuire, 583
11. Harmon Killebrew, 573
12. Rafael Palmiero, 569
13. Reggie Jackson, 563
14. Manny Ramirez, 555
15. Mike Schmidt, 548
16. Mickey Mantle, 536
17. Jimmie Foxx, 534
18. Ted Williams, 521
19. Willie McCovey, 521
20. Frank Thomas, 521
21. Ernie Banks, 512
22. Eddie Mathews, 512
23. Mel Ott, 511
24. Gary Sheffield, 509
25. Eddie Murray, 504
 

World Series Champions/ MLB Final Standings

01-22-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

The World Series is played between the champion clubs of the American and the National Leagues, which collectively includes 29 clubs based in the United States and one club from Canada. The "modern" World Series has been and annual event since 1903. Baseball has employed various championship formulas since the 1860's. When the term "World Series" is used by itself, it is usually understood to refer to the "modern" World Series exclusively.

The World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff. Best-of-seven has been the format of all the modern World Series except in 1903, 1919, 1920 and 1921 when the winner was determined through a best-of-nine playoff. The Series winner is awarded the World Series Trophy, as well as individual World Series rings. The Series winner also receives a larger proportion of the gate receipts than does the Series loser.

 

Chalmers Award

01-19-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
There have been three different "most valuable player" awards in baseball since 1911. The Chalmers Award was the first of those three and it was presented by between 1911 and 1914 by Chalmers Automotive a Detroit based automobile company. By 1915 the Chalmers Award was no longer considered popular. Rumors about possible cheating and the inability for any player to win more than once were factors which led to its demise.
 

Cy Young Award Winners

01-12-2015  |  By: X Bats |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

1956-2014

The Cy Young Award was then Commissioner Ford Frick's idea to honor the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. Hard lessons were learned by the Chalmers Award (1911-1914) earlier in history so the recipients of the Cy Young Award were selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America from the inception of the award. During the first eleven years (1956 - 1966), only one winner from Major League Baseball was selected. Immediately after Commissioner Frick retired, the rules were changed to honor the best pitcher from each league.

 

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