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Bregman: I would play shortstop at an 'All-Star level'

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is training to move like a shortstop again. "My most athletic days were in 2018 and 2019. I was basically a shortstop playing third base," Bregman told Michael Schwab of "The Schwabcast" on Monday. "Last year, I was a third baseman. … I wanna be able to move like a shortstop again, cut angles better. We are having an extreme emphasis on that in the gym this offseason."
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Baltimore Orioles: What’s on their 2022 post-lockout to-do list

The Baltimore Orioles still have plenty of work to do on the heels of their fifth consecutive losing season. In 2021, the club finished with a 52-110 record, their worst performance since the 2018 campaign. After finishing below .500 every year from 1998 to 2011, the O’s were able to...
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Blue Jays: Four feasible ways to make up for the loss of Semien

The Blue Jays lineup will feel the loss of Marcus Semien in 2022, but there are ways that they can make up for the production he provided last season. That won’t be easy after the Blue Jays hit the jackpot by signing the then 31 year old infielder to a one year, 18 million dollar pact. All they got back for that roll of the dice was the 3rd place finishing the AL MVP race, and a performance so good it also earned him Silver Slugger and Gold Glove award, and a spot on the All-MLB team. The California native ended up slashing .265/.334/.538 with most home runs ever hit in a single season by a second baseman with 45, adding 39 doubles, 102 RBI, and 15 stolen bases for a 7.3 bWAR season. It couldn’t have gone a lot better in a single season showing.

Nelson Cruz to the Padres makes sense

The San Diego Padres are in need of another power bat in the lineup. The perfect man for the job is All-Star DH Nelson Cruz. The Padres need more thump. There is no question about it. After Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, there is not much reliable pop in San Diego’s everyday lineup. To compete in the tough NL West and put the disappointing 2021 season squarely in the rearview mirror, a splash signing is needed to inject juice into the sometimes-lackluster lineup.

Will Marcus Semien Or Corey Seager Be Rangers’ Biggest Star?

The Texas Rangers are having a massive offseason. The lockout is upon us, and some teams are feeling like they didn’t do enough to improve their rosters before the lockout hit. That definitely can’t be said about the Rangers. Texas signed a handful of notable free agents before the lockout...

Analytics Love Derek Jeter, Part I: The 1999 AL MVP

Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, Derek Jeter, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, New York Yankees, Iván Rodríguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Troy Tulowitzki. I don’t care about the Hall of Fame, but sometimes, you have to pay attention to the discourse — in 2021, that meant following all the coverage as Derek Jeter was inducted. I think there’s a narrative about Jeter among certain Yankee fans, that he is the last bastion of The Eye Test, the Will to Win, the final redoubt of a pre-analytics age. We know Derek Jeter is a Hall of Famer because we saw him be one, and no reconsideration of his defense is needed or wanted.

Dick Allen wronged by Hall of Fame once again

The Hall of Fame added six new members on Sunday. Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva, Bud Fowler, and Buck O’Neil were all voted to immortality, a fitting tribute to their careers and contributions to the game. However, one deserving player, Dick Allen, was again left on the outside.
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Offseason Status Update: Buxton Locked Up, MLB Locked Out

Last week, Major League Baseball's Collective Bargain Agreement officially expired, triggering a lockout and dousing the excitement of a stunningly active early offseason. While the Twins weren't major players in that action, they were able to get in a couple of key moves before the clock struck midnight, so fans aren't left completely hanging in the wind.

Twins Greats Oliva, Kaat Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Two of the greatest Minnesota Twins, three-time American League batting champion Tony Oliva and 283-game winner Jim Kaat, one of baseball’s most durable pitchers ever, were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday by the Golden Day Veterans committee. Oliva, a Cuban, broke through for the 1964 Twins, winning...

Chicago White Sox: 2021 grade for Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu is becoming one of the greatest players in the history of the Chicago White Sox. Year after year, he proves to be one of the most consistent run producers in Major League Baseball. Now, he is seeming like a player who could have his number retired and flirt with the Hall of Fame. It was a pleasure to watch him in 2021.

Evaluating 5 former New York Yankees up for 2022 Hall of Fame election

The National Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced the names of former MLB players on the official 2022 ballot. Nominees include prominent holdovers and well-known names who are up for consideration for the first time. The final results of the voting will be released on Jan. 25, 2022. If an...

Previewing the Hall of Fame's 2022 Golden Days era ballot

On Sunday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce results from its 2022 Era Committee elections. This year, ballots for the Early Baseball (for candidates whose primary contributions came before 1950) and Golden Days (1950-69) eras are considering players, managers, executives, pioneers, and umpires for election as part of the class of 2022.

Let’s elect Tony Oliva to the Hall of Fame

Here we go again. My annual plea calling for Tony Oliva to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. At this point, it’s up to the Veterans Committee and they will voting very soon. Oliva was a .313 hitter from 1962-72 for the Twins and led the AL in hits 5 times from 1964-70. He was a 3 time AL batting champion and an eight-time All-Star, and was twice runner-up for the AL MVP Award.

With the @baseballhall Golden Era Committee meeting Sunday, it’s a great time to recognize the career of 2x AL MVP Roger Maris, still the AL’s all-time single-season HR leader w/ 61 in 1961. He played in 5 WS w/NYY, winning two, and his No. 9 was retired by NYY in 1984.

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The Coleumn: The MLB hot stove is on fire

Winter is upon us as the previous CBA deal expired yesterday and a new CBA has yet to be agreed on. In a rush to be on a team before the lockout, free agents frantically discussed new contracts and other franchise faces politely asked for extensions. While we wait for a new deal, here are some of the big moves that were made during part one of the offseason.