Four weeks from right now, and it’s Opening Day. This never ending struggle to the finish line got to us a little bit this past weekend. It was one of the most boring Sunday afternoons I’ve ever had. I need to find a non-baseball and football hobby that makes good use of my time. Here are some baseball links from today to eat up some of this time that we’re all sick of killing:
*Jonathan Singleton talks about his Marijuana addiction. Is there such a thing? [Hardballtalk]
*Javier Baez went yard today. He’s going to be a good one, folks. [Chicago Tribune]
*There’s nothing better than a Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat. [FanGraphs]
*The case for trading Asdrubal Cabrera. [ESPN SweetSpot]
*Some fantasy baseball outfield rankings. [Legion Report]
*The top 25 and under talented teams in baseball. [Baseball Prospectus]
*Russell Wilson drew a crowd at Rangers camp today. [USA Today]
Part Two of the Fanduel Fantasy Baseball Preview Series deals with ‘players worth reaching for in a fantasy draft’.
If you’re getting ready for that fantasy draft (we have three next weekend), make sure you’re keeping up with the Fanduel series.
We’re a little surprised that no one considers taking Harper in round one a ‘reach’. It’s definitely classified as such. If he’s there and it’s the end of the first round and you’re deciding between him, a bat like Beltre, or an arm like Kershaw, you sir are about to reach. We say he’ll be worth it.
It’s a Spring Training Saturday, and there’s a decent little slate of action to take in if you have MLB.tv and your wife isn’t going to make you run any annoying errands or do the things that wives force you to do on a Saturday.
Three to four weeks from now there will be so much baseball we can’t even cover it all. Right now it’s still a little bit of a lull period in which we’re all chattering about who came into camp overweight and who will make the 25th spot on the roster, and all that non-important stuff.
It’s still Saturday (best day of the week) and we’re still talking about baseball (best sport on earth). That’s why we do a Saturday baseball post every week.
Here’s a look at one of the most epic games from last season if you’re bored. You can watch it in it’s entirety.
It’s Saturday, and there is actually some baseball going with real Major League players in box scores. And February is done. We’ve also had WWE Network going on our television for like four days straight. We need some real baseball here soon. Three weeks from today, the Dodgers and DBacks open real play in Australia. It cannot get here soon enough. Here’s the daily links:
*Grantland tells you why to appreciate Bryce Harper. [Grantland]
*Dave Brown is a weird dude, but he does the Answer Man thing with Harper. [Big League Stew]
*Underrated Nationals podcast, and a cool site we’ve never seen before today. [Red Porch Report]
*DBacks radio host thinks the team should have plunked Yasiel Puig. [Awful Announcing]
*Will Votto and Bruce be lifetime Reds? C.Trent weighs in. [Cincinnati.com]
*Thoughts on the Reds black Cactus League jerseys? We aren’t a fan. [Sporting News]
*Vin Scully is wonderful. So glad to hear him back and calling baseball. [Deadspin]
Today has double special meaning on this blog. Yesterday was Diamond Hoggers’ 7th birthday. In the blog world, that’s truly an eternity.
When we began the site heading into Spring Training back in 2007 we had no idea where it would lead or how it would end, we just knew we wanted to write about all-things baseball. All these years later we’re still having fun putting our thoughts, analysis, and dick jokes all in one spot. A lot of blogs have came and went or changed addresses or names in that amount of time. We’re still going strong (3,777 posts later) and plan on another seven years of baseball talk, at the least.
We’re also through the most dreadful month on the calendar, February. That in itself is reason to be just a bit happier when you wake up in the morning. Despite the brutal winter storm on it’s way here in the Midwest this weekend, it’s still March. There are spring training games being played. The NCAA Basketball conference tournaments and March Madness tournament are just around the corner. Fantasy drafts are starting soon. This is the best time of year, just by virtue of tearing out that ‘February’ page in your daily planner.
So happy seventh birthday to this site. It’s changed the way I look at baseball writing on the internet, and hopefully when you visit here you leave feeling like we’re a site that will have a worthy take on the major events in the world’s greatest sport. Baseball is the thing we love most in life. We keep this site going for people who share that sentiment.
Word out of Minnesota is unfortunate this morning. Twins mega-prospect Miguel Sano will have Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Sano apparently hurt himself in an intrasquad game last week when he rushed a throw.
We first became interested in Sano after seeing the documentary Pelotero.
Sano has been bothered by arm troubles dating back to last minor league season. He elected to rest and strengthen at that time, but now there’s no avoiding the surgery and dreaded long recovery time.
Here’s to a quick recovery for Sano. We are hopeful to someday see a lineup that contains both Byron Buxton and Sano at the same time in Minneapolis. The jury is very much out right now as to if we will ever see that – or if either guy will ever fully develop.
Officially renewed my MLB.tv premium account for 2014. Especially during the summer when I usually dump cable, being able to watch the Reds, Mariners and all the great matchups is a serious bump to the summer enjoyment level.
I’m hoping to complete the back patio so that I can come home from work, turn on the Reds game in the 3rd inning on the iPad and watch the game whilst (yes…whilst) consuming an adult beverage in the sun.
MLB.tv as a product puts every other sports package to shame. I’m assuming the others will catch up eventually but only time will tell.
Pro tip: If you don’t have cable and want to watch your home team or a national ESPN game, you can spoof your IP to make it look like you’re logging in from somewhere else. I’m sure this is breaking the terms of service so do so at your own risk.
This is probably a signal that there will be no lettting up in Mike Trout’s game this season. When you think back across time, a player like Trout comes along every 30 to 50 years. You better take a step back this year and enjoy the kid, because he’s probably the most amazing thing to enter the game of baseball since early 90′s Ken Griffey Jr. – and that Griffey was nothing short of hypnotizing. Can this season get underway already so we can just see what insane things Mike Trout has in store for fans of this great game?
Today, Mike Trout took a piece of James McDonald he can never have back. Of course it was a grand slam bomb to left field.
Click through the jump for the video.
It’s always nice to have friends in high places. One of my good buddies just saved me the trouble of my yearly tradition of dropping $8.99 on a fantasy magazine I’ll mostly only read in the bathroom and then go completely against on draft day.
Mike Rosenbaum (best known for his work at B/R’s Prospect Pipeline and The Golden Sombrero) and avid co-host of The Baseball Show Podcast with us has a feature article a few pages into this year’s edition of the Rotoworld fantasy fishwrap. Check it out:
So when you buy this year’s copy of Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball, give Mike’s Top Prospects article a read. If you’ve spent any time here listening to the podcast in the past you know Mike is good shit when it comes to talking baseball and prospects.
And thank you Mike for the free schwag!
They’re calling him “El Coffee” and he’s got the twitter handle to prove it. We’re excited about Gregory Polanco – some scouts compare his big, powerful, looping swing to Darryl Strawberry.
While everyone is talking about Ryan Braun’s home run in his first spring at-bat, the one we took note of was the one hit by the youngster who wears Bucco black. Today, Polanco broke a scoreless tie against the Yankees with his first Spring Training bomb. It’s fun to think about what happens if Polanco goes nuts all spring and somehow forces the Pirates hand in putting him on the Opening Day roster. An outfield of Marte, McCutchen, and Polanco could be so much damn fun.
Although it’s highly unlikely Polanco has that electric of a spring, it’s fun to hope and follow along. Almost as fun as it is to watch that home run swing over and over.
You want to see Polanco’s spring bomb? Go ahead, treat yourself. It’s been a long week. Click through the jump and we’ll show it to you.
If you’re wondering what kind of year it’s going to be for a team, you can take a quick look at a team’s over/under win total projection at the sportsbooks and get a decent idea at what is reality.
The Reds over/under total for this year according to Bovada is 84.5 currently. In betting, this is what you call a damn good line. I think the experts did a good job with this as they obviously do. You can disagree with it, you can be a homer, you can denounce it all you want.
I think the truth of the matter is the Reds are more likely to be under this number than they are over it. If they’re over, it will be by winning about 85. The most likely scenario – and this is my gut feeling which is all too often correct with the Reds – is that they’re right around this number. I see a season with 83, or 84, or 85ish wins for the Reds in 2014. That amount of wins isn’t going to be good enough to sneak into the playoffs. It will be a competitive season where you can’t complain about too much, but never really get excited. It might feel a lot like 2011.
When I saw this number and I examined it across my emotions through the offseason, I said to myself that it looked pretty damn accurate.
I will stop short of calling my colleague M.J. Lloyd a Nostradamus on this one, but something he has been saying for years came to fruition today.
Mike Trout signed a $1 million dollar one-year contract today, breaking the record $900,000 pre-arbitration deals earned previously by Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard.
This deal figures to be a minor-carrot in the large scheme of things, and it allows the Angels a nice bridge to begin negotiating on a much larger contract. Current talks that have been tossed around through the press discuss a six or seven year pact that settles around the $150 million mark.
And being that we all know the things Mike Trout can do and figures to do over that span, that will be a bargain.
Today, baseball returned to the field (and there was only one collegiate team in play as an opponent).
The Reds beat their friends from around the Cuyahoga 8-3. Jay Bruce was back in right field. Joey Votto manned first base. Billy Hamilton hit lead-off and played centerfield.
Even though it was a long day at work, it seemed all was once again right with the world. Spring is on it’s way. There is a new hope arriving. As the sun shined during freezing temperatures outside today, something just felt different.
That Yasiel Puig guy went 2 for 3 as well.