Welcome to this week’s edition of Keri The 10! As always, we’ll go around the majors with 10 stories that caught our eye from the past seven days. There will be numbers, and occasionally, memes. As always, we will have fun.
1. In the battle against PEDs, there’s now only one logical course of action …
Another week, another 10 stories to follow in the world of baseball. Let’s go!
1. Failing with RISP means losing … but it’s also nothing to worry about.
No team in baseball has fared worse with runners in scoring position over the first week and a half than the Toronto Blue Jays have: Through their first nine games, Jays hitters are batting a miserable .143 with RISP.
SALT LAKE CITY — Everywhere you look, you see professional sports team owners grifting the public.
The grift starts subtly enough. Hey, they say, what would you think about a shiny new stadium for our local team? Problem is, it never ends there. That initial inquiry turns into demands on taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars in their pockets.
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 year was 2014, and A.J. Preller had a plan. Hired as the Padres new general manager in August of that year, Preller noticed a jarring trend within baseball: Home runs seemed to be going extinct.
The numbers bore that out. In 2014, MLB hitters combined to crack 4,186 homers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.