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It’s not every day that you get to meet a World Series champion.

But having the chance to be trained by one? That’s a rarity, although it could become reality for young baseball players in Surrey this summer.

Former Toronto Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun is hosting a baseball camp from July 2-3 at Whalley Athletic Park. He will be joined by former baseball pros, including Whalley Little League icon and former Major League Baseball player Justin Atkinson.

After being fired as an analyst from Rogers Sportsnet in November, 2017, following allegations of “inappropriate behaviour and comments” toward female employees, Zaun pursued other avenues to stay involved in baseball. He recently spoke to the Now-Leader about his new-found inspiration: training young baseball players and growing the Gregg Zaun Pro Camp.

“I was lucky,” Zaun said. “I have uncles who played professional baseball, so it was passed from one generation to another. Not every kid gets gifted that opportunity, and I feel blessed to be able to pass the game on to the next generation.”

“Lots of kids these days learn from watching videos, but when someone who’s played the game at a higher level is able to share their experiences about their techniques that made them successful, I think that’s an invaluable asset for young athletes.”

It didn’t take Zaun long to realize his passion for teaching baseball to youngsters.

“I did a 10-week catching clinic in Toronto,” he said. “Often these guys go from being terrified of the baseball to embracing it. I have a nine-year-old who catches the equivalent of a 95 mile-per-hour sinker now.”

“With hitters, I’m starting to watch kids at 10 or 11 years old hit 65 mile-per-hour curveballs. Watching these kids lose their fear or watching those lightbulb moments with guys and girls playing baseball is something else, it’s really special.”

After teaching baseball to youth in the Greater Toronto Area, Zaun decided he wanted to take the camps across Canada.

Now, the Gregg Zaun Pro Camp just recently returned from Peterborough and will make stops in Kelowna and Edmonton, following the camp in Surrey.

“I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just Canadians in the Toronto area who got the chance to see how other professional baseball players went about their business.”

The California-born Zaun, who won a World Series with Florida Marlins in 1997 before playing for the Blue Jays from 2004 to 2008, now calls Canada home.

That’s part of the reason why he’s dedicated to improving the game in Canada, although he believes baseball in this country is already in a good place.

“I think Canada is making progress in the baseball world,” he said. “There’s an untapped resource of talent, for sure.”

“My goal is to help Canadian kids compete on the world stage, and I really believe the only thing holding these kids back is the opportunity to train year-round.”

“Certainly, weather plays a role. It makes a difference when you’re able to train 11 months of the year. If you want to compete with kids from down in the Southern U.S., in Latin America and in Asia, you need to get out and just do it, train full-tilt.”

Zaun does have a long-term vision of building training facilities in Canada. He envisions facilities with retractable roofs and enough space so that budding baseball stars could train around the clock.

“You look at these kids in Canada, they’re as good as anywhere else in the world, they just need the opportunity to be coached and trained year-round. That’s what I’m trying to do, create an environment where that can happen.

“I’m passionate about the game. Anybody who loves the game like I do, you want to see these kids get an opportunity to get to the next level.”

There is a storied history of baseball in Surrey, with the Whalley Little League existing for more than 60 years. They’ve also represented Canada at the Little League World Series on five occasions, with one of those appearances coming in 2018.

Zaun is no stranger to B.C., since his wife is from Kelowna, but this will be the first true visit to Surrey.

“I know a few guys from Surrey, and they tell me about how passionate the kids are for baseball. It’s going to be a really good experience for these kids. We want kids to know about it and come on out. Opportunities like this don’t happen too often. It’s a good experience to take advantage of these professionals and their time.”

For more information on the Gregg Zaun Pro Camp, visit Registration closes on June 20, with a fee of $200 per player.

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The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler from the Seattle Mariners. The Twins are Wisler’s fourth organization in 2019.
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Matt Wisler is a 27-year-old who began the year with the Cincinnati Reds. Before the season started, he was traded to the Padres. He pitched in 21 games out of the bullpen and posted a 5.28 ERA in 29 innings. On July 4th, he was purchased by the Mariners from the Padres. He finished the season with 23 appearances for the Mariners. In 22 1/3 innings, he posted a 6.04 ERA. In 51 1/3 total innings, he walked just 16 batters while striking out 63 batters.

Wisler was the 7th round draft pick of the San Diego Padres out of high school back in 2011. He became a Top 100 prospect nationally before the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He was traded to Atlanta at the start of the 2015 season in a package that sent Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton to the Padres.

Wisler made 19 starts in 2015 and 26 starts in 2016. Since then, he’s mostly pitched out of the bullpen and struggled.

But there are reasons to like this claim. As Parker notes, he has become a slider pitcher.

Wisler is out of options, so should he remain on the Twins roster through spring training, he will need to remain on their 26-man roster or be put through waivers.

Earlier this week, the Twins announced that they had DFAd outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Ian Miller, and infielder Ronald Torreye.

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Mark Hutton is a pro baseball player who plays Pitcher. Hutton was born on February 6, 1970, in Adelaide, South Australia. This page will take a closer look at Mark Hutton’s net worth.
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Mark Hutton Career, Earnings

Hutton bats Right and throws Right. Hutton debuted in the MLB on 23 July, 1993 for the New York Yankees. In all, Hutton played for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Cincinnati Reds. Hutton’s career ended with the Cincinnati Reds in 1998.

Some of Hutton’s most prominent statistics in the MLB included a Win-loss record (pitching) stat of 9-7, a Earned run average stat of 4.75, and a Strikeouts stat of 111.
Mark Hutton Net Worth 2018

Mark Hutton was last under contract in 1998, according to USA Today, with a 1 (1998) year package worth $300,000. Over the years, Hutton earned $100,000 in 1996, $200,000 in 1997, and $300,000 in 1998.

Baseball pay can range widely. In Major League Baseball, the median pay is around $3 million annually. Top baseball players can earn $25 million or more per year, and less successful players earn $1 million or less.

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Outside the MLB, most contracts are worth less than $10,000 a year.

So what is baseball player Mark Hutton’s net worth in 2018? Our estimate for Mark Hutton’s net worth as of 2018 is: $600,000

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Eight years after a World Series title slipped away from him, Cruz remains one of the majors’ best power hitters, in a surprisingly powerful Minnesota Twins lineup.
Nelson Cruz, 39, hit 41 homers this year, to bring his career total to 401.
Nelson Cruz, 39, hit 41 homers this year, to bring his career total to 401.Credit…David Berding/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

By Tyler Kepner

Oct. 4, 2019

A ring sailed right over his head, and eight years later, Nelson Cruz is still trying to grab it.

Cruz, the slugging designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins, was the right fielder for the Texas Rangers in 2011, one out away from a championship in Game 6 of the World Series in St. Louis. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals’ David Freese tripled off the right-field wall to tie the game. Cruz raced back more than 10 strides and leapt for it, but his efforts were in vain and the Rangers went on to lose the game and the series.

Cruz is 39 now, and hit 41 home runs this season to bring his career total to 401. His efforts helped lift the Twins to the American League Central title and a meeting with the Yankees in a division series. Cruz hit another homer — his 17th career postseason home run — off James Paxton in the third inning of the Twins’ Game 1 loss on Friday.

Cruz has not returned to the World Series since 2011, and he could not forget his near miss if he tried.

“I mean, it’s there,” he said last month, before a game in Boston. “You cannot erase that from your mind. It’s something that, as a player, you know that you’re that close to winning something that important and you weren’t able to do it — and not only one time, it was two times.”
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Cruz went on to describe the excruciating details: a two-run homer by his teammate Josh Hamilton in the 10th, then another St. Louis rally, then a homer by Freese to win the game in the 11th.

“It was like, ‘Are you kidding me, what is this?’” Cruz said. “It’s a shame, you know? But you cannot be with that weight on top of your shoulders for long. You have to let it go.”

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In truth, Endy Chavez, a superior defender, probably should have been in for defense in the ninth. Cruz is a full-time D.H. now, yet that role — and his most famous chance in the field — obscures the athleticism that gave him a career in the first place.

As a boy in the Dominican Republic, Cruz starred in basketball because he could play that sport at night. During the afternoons, he worked as a mechanic at his uncle’s shop. He could play baseball only on Sundays, he said, but eventually he caught the attention of a Mets scout, Eddy Toledo.
ImageCruz could not come down with David Freese’s triple off the wall in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
Cruz could not come down with David Freese’s triple off the wall in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.Credit…Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Dominican players can sign at 16 years old, but Cruz was already 18 when Toledo signed him in 1998 for $15,000. That was at least three times the going rate for Dominican amateurs, said Omar Minaya, then the Mets’ assistant general manager in charge of international scouting. But as a project, Minaya believed, Cruz was worth it.

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“I couldn’t tell you I thought he was going to be the player he is today, but he was a raw athlete,” Minaya said. “I’m a big believer in looking for guys that have the physical profile, have strength and athleticism, and that’s what this guy had.”

But in 2000, the Mets were pushing for the playoffs and seeking an extra infielder, so on Aug. 30 they dealt Cruz to the A’s for Jorge Velandia, a smooth fielder at several infield positions. Cruz was crushed.

“I remember I didn’t tell anyone in my house for like a week,” he said. “I was like: ‘Why did they trade me? They don’t like me!’ That was my first impression. As a kid, you have no idea.”

Velandia played 15 games after the trade without a hit, and he was left off the Mets’ postseason roster. (A different backup shortstop, Kurt Abbott, dived futilely for Luis Sojo’s go-ahead single up the middle in the ninth inning of the World Series finale against the Yankees.) Cruz hit well as an Oakland prospect, but he did not stick there, either, moving on to Milwaukee in a 2004 deal for infielder Keith Ginter, and then to Texas in a six-player deal for closer Francisco Cordero two years later. Yet even the Rangers — just like the Mets, the A’s and the Brewers — did not know what they had.

“On one hand, we traded for him, we saw potential and we ultimately gave him an opportunity,” said Jon Daniels, the Rangers’ general manager. “On the other hand, in the middle of that, we passed him through outright waivers and he went unclaimed.”

That happened at the end of spring training in 2008, with every team passing on the chance to claim Cruz for $20,000 and a major league roster spot. He went back to the minors, where the Rangers’ hitting coordinator, Mike Boulanger, suggested an open stance that gave Cruz a better view of the pitcher.
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It worked: Cruz was most valuable player of the Pacific Coast League, hit .330 for Texas down the stretch and has been a mainstay in the majors ever since — except for a 50-game suspension in 2013 in connection with the Biogenesis doping scandal.

Two years later, Cruz told The Seattle Times that he was “freaked out” after losing 45 pounds because of a viral infection and “made the wrong choice” out of desperation to get better. Looking back now, he said, the suspension reinforced his passion for the game.
Celebrating after the Twins clinched the American League Central title in September.
Celebrating after the Twins clinched the American League Central title in September.Credit…Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

“Once you get separated from something that you love so much — like I love baseball a lot — you know how important it is, so you don’t want to leave that part again,” he said. “It’s something I’ve got to hold as long as I can, because I love the game so much. That’s the thing that I know how to do, all my life.”

In the six seasons since his suspension, Cruz has hit the most home runs in the majors: 243, 20 more than the next closest hitter, Mike Trout. The Twins signed him last winter for one year and $14.3 million with a team option for 2020, and watched as he led a parade of sluggers to become the first team in major league history to reach 300 homers in a season.

“He’s not just as advertised, he’s better,” Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Yeah, the at-bats are pretty impressive, but he definitely changes all the dynamics in the clubhouse, in the dugout, everywhere, just by who he is. He has a tremendous presence and charisma.”

Outfielder Max Kepler said he studies Cruz’s preparation and marvels at the way his swing never changes.

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“And his mind is always great,” Kepler said. “It seems like he’s always smiling, always in a good, positive mind-set.”

In Cruz’s mind, he said, one vision sustains him each winter.

“I train every year just thinking of that first game of the playoffs,” he said. “When everything starts right after the season, I start thinking about that moment. When that moment comes, I just have to be ready.”

The moment has arrived again for Cruz, another chance for the ring he just missed

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New Mission baseball coach Moe Gomez needed all of one practice to realize he had a gem in shortstop Alex Fernandez.

The ball sounded differently off his bat. The defensive instincts at shortstop are things he hadn’t seen in his 20 years of coaching in the Boston City League.

“He just had it all,” Gomez said. “Everything he does on the field comes naturally to him. He’s got talents and instincts you can not teach. We put him in there as a freshman and he’s started for us all four years.”

Fernandez arrived in Boston from the baseball hotbed of Santo Domingo four years ago. A fan of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano growing up, Fernandez understood the reasons for leaving his native land.

“There was more opportunities for me here,” the soft-spoken Fernandez said. “It was tough coming here and not being able to speak any English, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.”

At 6-foot-1 and a compact 230 pounds, Fernandez figures to be a third baseman at the next level (UMass-Lowell), but Gomez has no qualms about playing him at shortstop.

“For us, he has to play shortstop,” said Gomez, whose team is 10-1 on the season. “He can make all the plays there because of his natural ability.”

One area where Fernandez has improved is his power. The batting average has always been there (Fernandez is hitting .475), but now he’s hitting with power. Fernandez has belted three home runs, one of them coming last week when his blast defeated Charlestown.

“I was just trying to put the ball in play,” Fernandez said. “But as soon as I hit it, I knew it was going. It just felt good coming off the bat.”

Coaching with a heavy heart

Courtney Sigsbury has coached softball at Woburn for the past 17 seasons and enjoyed every minute of it.

That being said, Sigsbury was about to put it all aside when her father, legendary Woburn football Rocky Nelson, was first diagnosed with cancer last season. The disease took his life in December.

“I was all set to take a leave of absence to be there for him.” Sigsbury said. “But when we knew it was getting worse, he sat me down and told me that I had to coach because coaching was what I did.”

Sigsbury did follow her father’s advice, though she admitted it was very difficult heading to the softball field and not seeing her father there. Adding to the pain was the fact that she was dealing with an extremely young team, many of them she hadn’t coached before.

“It was really tough,” Sigsbury said. “But I fell head over heels in love with this group of kids, they’ve been great. All the kids have cleats with my dad’s name on them and before the first game, they came up to me and gave me flowers. Julia Taylor told me that they knew how difficult it was going to be without dad and that they would be there for me. I was blown away.”

Woburn has had its highs and lows, not surprising given the tough schedule. While the Tanners managed to get out of the first half with a 6-4 mark, Sigsbury has never judged her teams by wins and losses, something she learned from her father.

“Dad would always tell me that the wins and losses would take care of themselves,” Sigsbury said. “What I have always tried to do was treat the players like dad did. He treated every kid the same and developed so many great relationships with them and that’s something I’ve tried to emulate.”

Depth pays dividends

Dedham softball coach Mike Nosky would love to pencil in the same nine starters on a daily basis, but he has the luxury of dipping into reserves when needed. That approach has played a large part in his team’s 8-2 start to the season.

“This is the deepest team I’ve ever coached,” said Nosky, who has coached for the past nine seasons at Mount Alvernia and Dedham. “You’re going to have injuries and other things, so I have no issues about using anyone and there really isn’t much of a dropoff.”

That approach has worked well on the mound as senior Molly Egan and sophomore Kassidy Hickey have shared the pitching duties. The duo have played a key part in the team’s current six-game winning streak.

“We’ve basically rotated them by feel,” Nosky said. “We’ll look at how they pitched against a certain team last year, how they’ve pitched in practice and things like that. I think the competition has made both of them better.”

When Hickey doesn’t pitch, she plays first base and has been one of the team’s top hitters, batting .571 in the third spot in the lineup. Leadoff batter Gianna Sciarappa is hitting .517 with a pair of home runs, while Julia Salemy has rotated between the five and six spot in the lineup and crushed the ball at a .542 clip.

While Nosky is happy with his team’s progress, he knows that there is a lot of softball remaining. He points to the ever-competitive Tri-Valley League as a reason why his team can’t afford to be complacent.

“This is a really good league,” said Nosky, who came over to Dedham three years ago. “You look at this league and 10 of teams are solid, so it’s a very deep and solid league. Every game is a dogfight.”

Odds and ends

The annual High School Softball Rivalry Saturday will be contested next Saturday at UMass-Dartmouth. The doubleheader features four teams currently ranked in the Boston Herald Top 25.

The opener at 11 a.m. pits South Coast Conference rivals Fairhaven and Greater New Bedford. The second game features nonleague rivals Bridgewater-Raynham and Silver Lake, and first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Norwood baseball coach Kevin Igoe earned his 100th career win last Monday as the Mustangs defeated Medway, 4-3. Igoe, a former standout at Xaverian, has coached at Norwood since 2012 and led them to a Division 1 state title in 2015.

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From left to right: Michael Hill, president of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins, Don Mattingly, team manager, and Derek Jeter, chief executive officer, speak during a press conference at Marlins Park on Sept. 20. The Marlins would like to add at least one veteran bat this winter. MATIAS J. OCNER [email protected]

A quick six-pack of Marlins notes:

▪ The Marlins intend to sign at least one veteran bat but are disinclined to give him a longterm deal because they don’t want to block any of their top position prospects, according to a source.

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Among the realistic free agent outfield options: Avasail Garcia (.282, 20 homers, 72 RBI for Tampa Bay), Corey Dickerson (.304, 12, 59 for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia), Brett Gardner (.251, 28, 74 for the Yankees) and Adam Jones (.260, 16, 67 for Arizona). The Marlins and Jones spoke last offseason.
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And The Athletic reported that Miami has inquired about Nationals free agent infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick, who hit .344 for the Nationals, with 17 homers and 62 RBI.

Like nearly every team, the Marlins are slow-playing free agency at the moment. They might wait to sign a bat until during or after next month’s winter meetings in San Diego, though they haven’t ruled out doing something sooner.

“We need to get better [and] adding offense will be the focal point,” Marlins president/baseball operations Michael Hill said Wednesday night.

▪ The Marlins are not aggressively pursuing Cubs free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos but like the player and could enter the bidding if he’s still available in a few weeks and willing to accept a shorter deal, according to a source.

Agent Scott Boras is believed to be looking for a sizable multiyear deal.

Castellanos, a native of Davie, hit..289 with 27 homers and 73 RBI for the Cubs and Detroit last season.

The Marlins aren’t pursuing free agents that would require draft pick compensation, such as Cardinals free agent and former Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

▪ At this point, the Marlins are leaning toward tendering arbitration-eligible Jose Urena but haven’t made a final decision.

Urena was 4-7 with a 4.70 ERA in 13 appearances as a starter before a back injury last season. He returned late in the season as a reliever but struggled, going 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 appearances.

Urena being tendered doesn’t guarantee he will be on the team; the Marlins tendered Dan Straily last winter but utimately released him before the season, with Miami required to pay only a small percentage of the salary.

Even with Urena’s erratic performance last season, he still has value as an established veteran starter.

The Marlins also must make a decision on whether to tender Adam Conley by the Dec. 2 non-tender deadline.

The Marlins moved on from Wei Yin Chen on Wednesday night, designating him for assignment even though Miami owes him $22 million next season.

▪ I asked Hill on Wednesday if there are position players – besides Brian Anderson, Jorge Alfaro and Miguel Rojas – who can be projected as very likely starters next season regardless of how they play in spring training.

Hill stopped short of calling anyone else a sure-fire starter but made clear that Garrett Cooper, Isan Diaz, Harold Ramirez, Jon Berti and Lewis Brinson “will have every opportunity to compete for at bats.”

The Marlins naturally would love for Diaz to be their longterm second baseman, but he needs to at least perform decently next spring.

▪ Pitching stuff: The Marlins want to sign at least two relievers to supplement the group of Drew Steckenrider (returning from elbow surgery), Ryne Stanek, Austin Brice, Jarlin García and José Quijada…. The Marlins’ decision to omit lefty Will Stewart from their 40-man roster seems like a reasonably safe gamble because he was erratic at Class A Jupiter, going 6-12 with a 5.43 ERA. It seems unlikely – though not out of the question – that a team would take him in the Rule 5 draft. The Marlins had several top prospects who needed to be moved to the 40-man roster, so someone invariably was going to get left out. Stewart “is still a very good major league prospect,” Hill said of the third piece acquired in the J.T. Realmuto trade (with Alfaro and top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez).

▪ Quick stuff: The Marlins shifted Triple A affiliates, from the New Orleans BabyCakes to the Wichita Wind Surge…The Marlins were encouraged by Nick Neidert’s work in the Arizona Fall League; he had a 1.25 ERA in five starts. “To make up for the time he lost due to injury [last season, when he was limited to 13 starts] was incredibly important,” Hill said…Victor Victor Mesa hit .271 in the Fall League and Jerar Encarnacion .269.

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Over in Japan, NPB officials decline to give out the Sawamura Award (the league’s equivalent of the Cy Young) this season because they decided no pitcher was worthy of it. That’s pretty funny, no? It got me thinking about if this was ever an option in Major League Baseball and what seasons in which it might’ve happened. As I looked through the votes from the past four decades, I did notice that, on numerous occasions, awards went to players who didn’t really deserve them — at least compared to someone who finished behind them in the voting. With that in mind, I decided to highlight some of the worst votes for the NL/AL MVP or Cy Young winners.

Let’s go with the 20 worst MVP or Cy Young votes in the last 40 seasons. Those are nice round numbers and we aren’t getting too far back in the past. Through the years, what is valued in baseball evolves. A good way to find what we now consider bad votes is to look at divides in on-base percentage versus stuff like batting average and RBI when it comes to hitters. WAR can be handy, but it never tells the whole story. We know the W-L record can cloud things on the pitching side and through the ’80s and early ’90s there was too much of a fixation with closers. So while we now regard some of these votes as lamentable, back in the day they weren’t really thought of that way. Which is fine. Times change. We know better now, though, so it doesn’t hurt to point out the flawed votes.

We’ll go in reverse chronology. Please note that I said the 20 worst and that there are plenty of other questionable votes when viewed through the lens of how we value players these days.
2006 AL MVP

One of the few things Derek Jeter never accomplished in his storied career was winning the MVP. Was he robbed here? Justin Morneau was the winner in 2006, but he was the third most valuable player on his own team after Johan Santana and Joe Mauer. The 130 RBI seemed to do the job, but David Ortiz had 137. Going simply by WAR, Santana should have won, but Jeter’s all-around case was strong, too. Regardless, we’d like to change this one.
2005 AL Cy Young

We were still stuck in the “wins” mode. Bartolo Colon won 21 games compared to Johan Santana’s 16. Otherwise, check this out.

Colon: 3.48 ERA, 122 ERA+, 1.16 WHIP, 157 K, 43 BB, 222 2/3 IP, 2 CG, 0 SHO, 4.0 WAR
Johan: 2.87 ERA, 155 ERA+, 0.97 WHIP, 238 K, 45 BB, 231 2/3 IP, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 7.2 WAR

That’s not even close. Johan should have three Cy Youngs and possibly an MVP (see 2006).
1999 AL MVP

Ivan Rodriguez had a great season and, generally speaking, I’m in favor of position players over pitchers for MVP, but Pedro Martinez was out of his mind during one of the most offensively prolific seasons in history. To sum up how ridiculous offense was in 1999, A-Rod had 42 homers and 111 RBI and finished 15th in AL MVP voting. Sammy Sosa hit 63 homers and finished ninth in NL MVP voting. Meanwhile, here’s Pedro:

23-4, 2.07 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 313 K, 37 BB, 213 1/3 IP, 9.8 WAR (compared to 6.4 WAR from Ivan Rodriguez).

The next closest person to Pedro’s 2.07 ERA was David Cone at 3.44. Second to Pedro’s 0.92 WHIP was Eric Milton at 1.23. Second to the 9.8 WAR was Jeter at 8.0. Pitchers need to be on a completely different level for me to support them for MVP and Pedro Martinez was in 1999.
1998 AL MVP

Juan Gonzalez won rather easily in a sign of the times, as he homered 45 times and drove home a whopping 157 runs. He hit .318 with a .366 on-base percentage, too, so it looks like a monster season. It was. It’s just that offense was off the charts in this time period and Gonzalez was pretty one-dimensional. Ken Griffey Jr. hit 56 homers and drove home 146 while also stealing 20 bases and playing stellar defense in center. Nomar Garciaparra hit .323/.362/.584 with 35 homers and 122 RBI while playing shortstop. Derek Jeter hit .324 with a .384 OBP, 19 homers, 30 steals and 127 runs while playing short. Albert Belle hit .328.399/.655 with 48 doubles, 49 homers and 152 RBI, leading the league in OPS, OPS+ and total bases. A-Rod, who finished ninth in the vote, hit .310/.360/.560 with 42 homers, 124 RBI, 123 runs and 46 steals while playing short.

Here’s Gonzalez’s WAR vs. those guys:

A-Rod, 8.5
Jeter, 7.5
Garciaparra, 7.1
Belle, 7.1
Griffey, 6.6
Gonzalez, 4.9

If we had a re-vote, Gonzalez doesn’t crack the top five.
1998 NL Cy Young

Kevin Brown was often short-changed in voting and there’s plenty of speculation it had to do with his crusty personality with the media (which shouldn’t matter, by the way). Tom Glavine won the vote, but I think Brown should have. Let’s go side-by-side:

Glavine: 20-6, 2.47 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 157 K, 74 BB, 4 CG, 3 SHO, 229 1/3 IP, 6.1 WAR
Brown: 18-7, 2.38 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 257 K, 49 BB, 7 CG, 3 SHO, 257 IP, 8.6 WAR

If it matters, both players pitched for division winners. Gimme Brown.
1996 AL MVP

Uh oh, we’re gonna pick on Juan Gone again. This vote was razor thin, with Gonzalez getting 290 vote points against A-Rod’s 287. It shouldn’t have been close. Both A-Rod and Griffey were better all-around players. Take a look:

Gonzalez: .314.368/.643, 33 2B, 47 HR, 144 RBI, 89 R, 2 SB, 3.8 WAR
A-Rod: .358/.414/.631, 54 2B, 36 HR, 123 RBI, 141 R, 15 SB, 9.4 WAR
Junior: .303/.392.628, 26 2B, 49 HR, 140 RBI, 125 R, 16 SB, 9.7 WAR

The Rangers won the division while the Mariners missed the playoffs, so it’s possible that was at play here. At the time, WAR wasn’t on anyone’s radar, but do we really need that to know A-Rod and Griffey were good at defense and baserunning while Gonzalez wasn’t?
1996 NL MVP

In going through all these votes, I noticed that voter fatigue is a real thing. I already suspected it, but there were multiple cases where players like Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Albert Pujols should have won but were likely cost more hardware because voters, deep down, just didn’t feel like picking the same guy over and over. Barry Bonds was probably cost the most, which is amazing given he won seven MVPs. He should have won about 10. In 1996, Bonds led the NL in WAR while posting a .461 OBP and .615 slugging. He had 42 homers despite 151 walks (30 intentional) and also stole 40 bases. He finished fifth in the vote, though. Ken Caminiti was the winner.
1995 AL MVP

Several other players have a case over Mo Vaughn, but let’s simply compare him to Albert Belle.

Belle: .317/.401/.690, 52 2B, 50 HR, 126 RBI, 121 R, 7.0 WAR
Vaughn: .300/.388/.575, 28 2B, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 98 R, 4.3 WAR

Belle led the AL in runs, doubles, homers, RBI (tied), slugging and total bases. Vaughn tied Belle in RBI and led the AL in strikeouts.

This wasn’t a case of the team factoring in, either, as Belle’s Indians went 100-44 for the best record in baseball. Yes, look at Belle’s numbers and realize this was a strike-shortened season. He was jobbed here.
1993 AL Cy Young

Did having a cool nickname benefit “Black Jack” Jack McDowell? It couldn’t have hurt, but I’m guessing the White Sox winning the division and McDowell leading the league with 22 wins had more to do with it. It’s supposed to be an award for the best pitcher, though, and look at Kevin Appier. He had McDowell by 0.81 in ERA with more strikeouts, a better WHIP and more than doubled him in WAR (Appier 9.3 to 4.4 for McDowell).
1992 AL MVP/Cy Young

Double whammy here as A’s closer Dennis Eckersley won both awards. The Hall of Famer had an exceptional season, but he still only faced 309 batters in 80 innings of work. Compare that to players who rack up over 600 plate appearances or starting pitchers working 250 innings. He certainly had an impact, but you can’t convince me the most valuable player in the league pitched 80 innings and that was it.

On the MVP side, Kirby Puckett put up 7.1 WAR for a 90-win Twins team. Mark McGwire (from a division winner), Roberto Alomar (from a division winner) and Frank Thomas also had strong cases.

Roger Clemens (voter fatigue!) was 18-11 with a 2.41 ERA in 246 2/3 innings. Mike Mussina was 18-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 241 innings.
1991 NL MVP

Bonds won MVP the previous season while Terry Pendleton was a veteran newcomer to a Braves team that went worst-to-first. Bonds never had a shot, even though he was better.

Bonds: .292/.410/.514, 28 2B, 5 3B, 25 HR, 116 RBI, 95 R, 43 SB, 8.0 WAR
Pendleton: .319/.363/.517, 34 2B, 8 3B, 22 HR, 86 RBI, 94 R, 10 SB, 6.1 WAR

Narratives can be strong and that was certainly the case in 1991, though it was a close vote.
1990 AL Cy Young

Bob Welch over Roger Clemens was a complete debacle. Though Clemens had already won two Cy Youngs and an MVP, I suspect this was less fatigue and more wins. Welch won 27 games. We could use more context, though. Welch won 27 games for a team that won 103 while Clemens won 21 for a team that won 88. Should that alone really have swung things?

The answer should be no, and everything else is a landslide in Rocket’s corner. Clemens had a 1.93 ERA compared to Welch’s 2.95. Clemens struck out 82 more hitters in 9 2/3 fewer innings while walking 23 fewer hitters. Welch allowed 26 homers to Clemens’ seven. They didn’t have WAR then, but it’s a good illustration of how bad this vote was: Clemens wins 10.4 to 2.9.
1989 NL Cy Young

Mark Davis had an amazing season for the Padres. He worked 92 2/3 innings in relief, closing down 44 saves in 48 chances with a 1.85 ERA. I realize Orel Hershiser being 15-15 in 1989 was a non-starter when it came to people maybe throwing him a first-place vote, but W-L is a team stat. Hershiser worked 256 2/3 innings while facing nearly three times the number of hitters Davis did. Hershiser pitched to a 2.31 ERA and posted 7.0 WAR compared to Davis’ 4.4 (which, by the way, is a ridiculous WAR for a reliever).
1987 NL/AL MVP

The league exploded with home runs in 1987, so voters didn’t seem to know what to do other than throw the votes to Andre Dawson and George Bell.

The NL side of this hurts, given that I was a nine-year-old Cubs fan who decided to wear No. 8 in Little League for the foreseeable future thanks to The Hawk.

The adult in me, however, realizes narrative played a large role here, with Dawson taking a blank check to Wrigley Field and wanting to sign with the Cubs no matter what. He became a hero in Wrigley, with Andre’s Army bowing down to him in the right field bleachers.

Dawson was great with 49 homers and 137 RBI. Team that with the narrative and he won MVP from a last-place team. He also posted a below average on-base percentage (.328 vs. a .331 league average). Think about that. A player on a last-place team who was below average at not making outs won MVP.

Tony Gwynn finished eighth while hitting .370/.447/.511 with 36 doubles, 13 triples, 56 steals, 119 runs and an MLB-best 218 hits. His 8.6 WAR dwarfed Dawson’s 4.0, but he only hit seven home runs. What about Eric Davis? He slashed .293/.399/.593 with 37 homers, 100 RBI and 50 steals. The Gold Glover had 7.9 WAR. Dale Murphy had a strong season, too.

The AL side was similarly flawed with Bell’s 47 homers and 134 RBI. Alan Trammell and Wade Boggs were better all-around players, though.

Bell: .308/.352/.605, 32 2B, 4 3B, 47 HR, 134 RBI, 111 R, 5 SB, 5.0 WAR
Trammell: .343/.402/.551, 34 2B, 3 3B, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 109 R, 21 SB, 8.2 WAR
Boggs: .363/.461/.588, 40 2B, 6 3B, 24 HR, 89 RBI, 108 R, 1 SB, 8.3 WAR

Gimme Boggs, who was perpetually underrated in MVP voting throughout his career, I suspect due to the relatively low homer totals.
1984 AL MVP/Cy Young

Willie Hernandez was great, but let’s reiterate a closer shouldn’t be winning MVP. He did pitch a ton of relief innings: 140 1/3 to be exact, and faced 548 batters.

Still, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray played all 162 games and hit .306/.410/.509, leading the majors in OPS+ (157) and posting 7.1 WAR to Hernandez’s 4.8. Trammell and Dave Winfield had strong cases as well.

On the pitching side, both Bert Blyleven (19-7, 2.87 ERA, 12 CG, 4 SHO) and Dave Stieb (16-8, 2.83 ERA, 11 CG, 2 SHO) faced nearly twice as many batters as Hernandez and posted WARs above seven.
1982 AL Cy Young

Harvey’s Wallbangers carried the day in the AL, with the Brewers taking MVP (Robin Yount, a correct choice) and Cy Young. Dave Steib was robbed, though, against Pete Vuckovich, who would later go on to play Clu Haywood in “Major League.”

Vuckovich: 18-6, 3.34 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 105 K, 102 BB, 9 CG, 1 SHO, 223 2/3 IP, 2.8 WAR
Steib: 17-14, 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 141 K, 75 BB, 19 CG, 5 SHO, 288 1/3 IP, 7.6 WAR
1981 AL MVP

You knew I wasn’t gonna like a closer winning MVP, and here we go again with Rollie Fingers. What’s funny is the starting pitching selection in 1981 was mediocre enough that Fingers was justifiable to win the Cy Young. But a pitcher who faced 297 hitters in 78 innings winning the MVP? C’mon. Even in a strike-shortened season, that’s not OK. Rickey Henderson hit .319 with a 408 on-base percentage, 56 steals and 89 runs scored in 108 games. Dwight Evans posted a .415 OBP with a .522 slugging. Both players were at 6.7 WAR in 108 games played. That’s exceptional and either one would’ve been a fine choice.

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The Miami Marlins have plenty of work to do this winter and have many decisions to make about how they will tackle free agency this offseason.

The Marlins have not slowed down this offseason as they prepare to take part n free agency. Players have signed with other teams, but that does not mean the front office has taken their eyes off potential stars to add to the team’s sluggish lineup from a year ago.

As Joe Frisaro of wrote, the Marlins and other MLB teams are preparing for the MLB Owners’ Meetings which take place Dec. 9-12 in San Diego. Business should pick up then as potential deals are discussed and the Marlins front office can get a feel for what it might take to acquire a hitter or two. The team does not want to let go of controllable players if they do not have to also.

Also, the thought of sending top prospects to other organizations may not be open for discussion either. As Michael Hill, the team’s president of baseball operations said this offseason, the front office is will to explore all possibilities, but that does not mean they make that happen.

For now, the focus is on finding the right fit for the team next season and beyond. There are a few names linked to the franchise – Nicholas Castellanos, Justin Smoak, and Eric Thames – but nothing has materialized yet.
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The Marlins and the other 29 MLB teams have been working on other matters of business so be able to come to San Diego ready to make a conscious effort to address the franchise’s needs.

“All this affects how the Marlins approach free agents like Castellanos, [Yasiel] Puig and Smoak. The team has, however, already reached out to the agents of players they are interested in,” Frisaro adds.

“Also remember that clubs are monitoring which players may not be tendered on Dec. 2. So after that deadline and around the Winter Meetings, activity should pick up.”

The one name I keep going back to is Marcell Ozuna, who could still sign with another team besides the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins would have to surrender compensation for their former star to return to Miami. I believe it is worth the exploration. Ozuna would add a middle-of-the-order bat and steady defense in the outfield. He may be willing to come home at a reasonable offer. But that offer may sill be more than the team is willing to spend.

Castellanos remains the player most closely linked to the organization. He is from Davie, Florida which would be a popular choice with the fan base. He can play third base, which would keep Brian Anderson in right field, or he could move to the outfield where he can play both corner spots.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Greg Johnson was approved by the major league clubs as the new controlling owner of the San Francisco Giants.

Following the decision Thursday at the owners meetings in Arlington, Texas, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer will still represent the club at the meetings, along with Johnson and Rob Dean, who had been handling leadership duties since March.

Baer was suspended without pay from March 4 through July 1 after a video showed him in a physical altercation with his wife.

Johnson is the son of Charles Johnson, part of the group including late managing partner Peter Magowan that bought the Giants in 1993 and kept them from relocating to Florida. Greg Johnson will be chairman and Dean the vice chairman, and both will be managing members, the team said in a statement.

Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will report to Johnson and Dean.

Dean is the son-in-law of late Giants principal owners Harmon and Sue Burns. Dean had been serving as the interim control person with Major League Baseball and the team’s board of directors. The Giants planned the changes to their governance structure after Baer’s absence.

A video posted by TMZ showed Pam Baer seated in a chair when Larry Baer reached over her to grab for a cellphone in her right hand and she toppled sideways to the ground in the chair screaming, “Oh my god!” The couple later released a statement saying they were embarrassed by the situation and regretted having a heated argument in public.

Baer, long the face of the franchise, sat a few rows back rather than on the podium when San Francisco introduced new manager Gabe Kapler at Oracle Park last week.

Bruce Bochy retired after the season following a 25-year managerial career that included the past 13 seasons with the Giants after 12 years with the Padres. His teams won World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.

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Jose Quijada is not projected to be worth a roster spot. His -41.24 projected fantasy points puts him at #380 behind Juan Nicasio and ahead of Tyler Bashlor. He has averaged -0.55 fantasy points in his past 34 games, which is more than our projected per game average. He is projected to average -0.93 fantasy points. His rank based on avg proj (#356) is better than his rank based on total fantasy points. Jose Quijada is expected to come up short of last season’s #294 fantasy position rank.
#378 Bryan Shaw -39 FP, -0.59 per game -3.74 per game (#386)
#379 Juan Nicasio -40 FP, -0.57 per game -3.74 per game (#386)
#380 Jose Quijada -41 FP, -0.93 per game -3.74 per game (#386)
#381 Tyler Bashlor -43 FP, -1.03 per game -3.74 per game (#386)
#382 Josh Staumont -46 FP, -0.82 per game -3.74 per game (#386)

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The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.
2020 Projection -41.24 0.4 5.5 38 59 32
— Per Game (44 Proj) -0.93 0.01 0.12 0.86 1.3 0.72
3/19 to 3/29 (0.8 Games) -0.85 0.01 0.10 0.67 1.2 0.60
3/30 to 4/5 (1.7 Games) -1.72 0.01 0.21 1.5 2.4 1.2
2019 Season -18.80 1 4 29 44 26
— Per Game (34 GP) -0.55 0.03 0.12 0.86 1.3 0.76