Keri the 10: Pitchers Can Hit, the Red Sox Corners Stink and More MLB Observations

Published April 7, 2017

For all of the internet’s flaws, we can always rely on it to dazzle us with three favorite pastimes: Sports, lists and terrible puns.

It’s in that spirit that we introduce “Keri The 10”. Every Friday, I’ll empty my MLB notebook with 10 stories, trends and tidbits of fun and weirdness for your reading pleasure.

The Story Behind ‘The League of Leagues,’ a Fantasy League That Has Everything

Published March 31, 2017

One sunny Los Angeles afternoon way back in 2009, Dave Dameshek approached me with an idea. What if, the great broadcaster/writer/jack-of-all-trades said, we started a fantasy league? And not just any fantasy league. The League of Leagues.

Here’s the premise, Dave explained between slugs of ale. We take a fantasy baseball league, fantasy football league, and fantasy basketball league, and roll it all into one.

2017 MLB Trade Value Player Rankings, Part 2: Nos. 50-1

Published March 23, 2017

Welcome to Part 2 of the 2017 Trade Value player rankings! Breaking down multiple factors (age, performance, contract status, etc.) and using statistical analysis, I’ve ranked the top 50 players in baseball for this season by their trade value—essentially trying to answer the question, “If every team made every player available via trade, which guys would fetch the greatest return?”

Six Things from the USA vs. Puerto Rico WBC Final That Turned Me into a Believer

Published March 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES — I’ll be honest … I was a skeptic. The World Baseball Classic never resonated to me the way a big playoff game, or even a June matchup between two well-stocked teams would. These were exhibition games, with some of the best players not on the field, being played at a time of year when maybe we weren’t quite ready to dive fully back into high-level competition.

2017 MLB Trade Value Player Rankings, Part I: Introduction, Honorable Mentions, Just Missed

Published March 21, 2017

Take my hand and come with me on a mystical journey into baseball’s future. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed every single one of his ideas on the game—the good ones and the bad ones. He’s announced expansion into Montreal and Mexico City and codified pitch clocks for all pitchers.

Jonah Keri’s 2017 MLB Breakout Brigade: Six Players Who Are In Store for a Big Year

Published March 21, 2017

A new pitch. An improved batting eye. An extra 10 pounds of muscle. Every year, a small group of players will break out, smashing old performance levels and establishing themselves as young stars, thanks to … something. Figuring out which players might make the leap takes all kinds of number-crunching, and a little bit of dumb luck.

Jonah Keri’s Spring Training Tour: Yankees’ Baby Bombers Could Be All Grown Up Soon

Published March 21, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — These are not your father’s New York Yankees. Hell, they’re not even your slightly older brother’s New York Yankees.

The team that spent megabucks on Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, and Jacoby Ellsbury is no more. A-Rod, Teixeira, and McCann are done, while Sabathia and Ellsbury are nine-figure bit players.

Jonah Keri’s Spring Training Tour: Blue Jays Fighting War to Compete on Two Fronts

Published March 13, 2017

DUNEDIN, Fla. — In winning their first World Series in 108 years last fall, the Chicago Cubs made themselves the darlings of baseball. But it’s their deep stable of young, elite talent that makes them the envy of baseball. By building a team geared toward lasting success, the Cubs are living the dream that 29 other franchises are desperate to reach.

Jonah Keri’s Spring Training Tour: Projection Smashing Orioles Defying the Odds

Published March 9, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. — The Baltimore Orioles have won more games than any other American League team over the past five years. But they’ve also failed to win a single post-ALDS game in that span. The way in which Baltimore bowed out of last year’s playoffs was so painful, and so inexplicable, it became a meme.