Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers made his MLB debut in 2013 after getting called up in June, 70 games into the Rays season. But even without a full season under his belt, Myers was able to make a big impression, winning the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.
Of course, heading into spring training this season, Myers will be one of the most closely watched players. So he decided to give fans a direct feed into his camp experience by strapping GoPro camera to his hat to create the ROYcam and giving the baseball world a unique view into the spring training experience!
Several days ago, I opened up my first pack of 2014 Topps baseball cards. I flipped over the cards to look over the stats written on the back, and next to traditional stats, such as home runs, RBIs, wins, and saves, I saw that WAR, a sabermetric, was listed for each player. I was so excited to discover that Topps has decided to include SABR on their cards.
For those of you who don't know, WAR is a statistic that stands for Wins Above Replacement. It shows the amount of wins or losses a player could bring to his team if he played instead of his backup. Last season, Mike Trout (9.23), Carlos Gomez (8.36), and Andrew McCutchen (8.19) led MLB in WAR. Clayton Kershaw (7.86) led pitchers in WAR last year, and he ranked fifth overall, behind Trout, Gomez, McCutchen, and Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (7.97).
At Yankees camp yesterday, I had the chance to speak with scout Cesar Presbott, team’s Area Scout and Supervisor, about stats and sabermetrics like WAR and how he uses them in his work.
Yesterday was my second day at Yankees Spring Training camp in Tampa, Florida. The weather was scorching hot. The pitchers went through several plays similar to the ones done on Sunday, like fielding bunts and making pick-off throws. Also, Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira took grounders at first base, then took some swings off of a tee. Later, I went down to the backfield and found CC Sabathia hitting — yes, hitting — ground balls to his son. After the practice ended, I assumed my day was over. But I had just begun my adventure.
I’m spending several days in Tampa, Florida, attending Yankees Spring Training. And over the next few days, I’ll be blogging about the team preparing for Opening Day on March 22.
On Sunday, pitchers and catchers went through their drills in Steinbrenner Field and the other fields of the Yankees training center. The pitchers went through several plays to practice fielding bunts and picking off runners at first base. They were joined by first baseman Mark Teixeira, who greeted some fans between batting, stretching, and a workout.
One of baseball's all-time greats has decided it's time to call it a career. Earlier today, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.
"From the time I was a kid, my dream was always very vivid and it never changed: I was going to be the shortstop for the NY Yankees," the 39-year-old Jeter said in an announcement posted on his Facebook page. "Now it is time for the next chapter.
At the end of January, while the sports world was focused on Super Bowl XLVIII, Major League Baseball announced that it had approved a piece of new equipment. It's not a bat or a different kind of ball — it's protective headgear for pitchers.
Believe it or not, baseball is having a problem with concussions, just like football. Over the past few seasons, numerous pitchers have been hit in the head by line drives traveling at speeds greater than 90 miles per hour — with life-threatening results.
You might not know the name Masahiro Tanaka right now, but that's about to change. According to MLB Network reporter Ken Rosenthal, the 25-year-old pitcher from Japan has just accepted a big-time deal with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees haven't officially announced anything yet, but word is that the team signed Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. It also includes an opt-out clause that will allow Tanaka to become a free agent after four seasons. He had been wooed by numerous teams this offseason, including the Angels, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and White Sox.