SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Nolan Arenado‘s stardom received a boost Thursday night when the MLB Network named him its No. 3 best player in the the majors. Arenado, who recently inked a record $26 million deal to avoid salary arbitration, is entering the final year of his contract with the Rockies. Owner Dick Monfort has expressed optimism that a long-term deal will get worked out. Arenado is not certain what the future holds, but he did want to send Rockies fans a message. “I want them to know that everything is good,” he said. “The front office has been great, super honest and really open to questions. If it doesn’t get done this spring, that’s OK. It doesn’t mean it will never happen. “It’s a long season and the focus is on the team. The front office is trying to help us win games and I’m trying to do the same thing, so that will be our No. 1 focus.” Arenado said of the recognition from MLB Network: “It’s … [Read more...] about Nolan Arenado ranked third-best player in baseball by MLB Network
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These will be the 50 best players in baseball in 2023 (maybe) by Mike Axisa @mikeaxisa moments ago • 21 min read Welcome to 2019. All the fun and excitement of 2018 is officially in the rear-view mirror and we are roughly six weeks away from beat reporters tweeting out grainy cell phone photos through fences as pitchers and catchers report to spring training to begin the new season. I can't wait. Give me all the spring cell phone photos you can find. To kick off the new year, we're going to attempt to predict the future. Not the 2019 season though. We're going to look ahead five years and try to predict the top 50 MLB players for the 2023 season. Do you know how much changes in five years? A lot. Here are the top 10 players in baseball five years ago, according to WAR: Mike Trout: 9.0 WARClayton Kershaw: 8.5 WARAndrew McCutchen: 7.9 WARCarlos Gomez: 7.8 WARRobinson Cano: 7.8 WARJosh Donaldson: 7.7 WARMiguel Cabrera: … [Read more...] about Who will be MLB’s best 50 players in five years? Trout, Vlad Jr., Harper make our projection on New Year’s 2019
We've seen lots of players have one Trout-like year. Betts could the first to have multiple by Mike Axisa @mikeaxisa 1m ago • 4 min read Thursday night MLB and the BBWAA announced Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts as the 2018 AL Most Valuable Player. It was not a surprise, of course. Betts separated himself from the pack late in the season and led all players with 10.9 WAR. He's only the 27th position player in baseball history with a 10 WAR season.Among the other 26 players with a 10 WAR season is Angels wunderkind Mike Trout, who was the 2018 AL MVP runner-up and is one of only eight players with at least three 10 WAR seasons. They're basically the eight best players ever: Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Trout. The inner circle of the inner circle of the Hall of Fame. And Trout.In his seven full big league seasons Trout now has won two MVPs, finished runner-up four times and … [Read more...] about AL MVP Mookie Betts is the first real challenger to Mike Trout’s throne as baseball’s best player
Wright has a case as the best player in Mets history by R.J. Anderson @r_j_anderson moments ago • 2 min read On Thursday, New York Mets third baseman David Wright announced he would return to the starting lineup once more before walking away from a playing career derailed by injury.Although the end of Wright's career is coming under sub-optimal circumstances -- in a perfect world, his retirement would be precipitated by his will and/or skill level -- this is a fitting moment to consider his legacy.Because Wright hasn't played in the majors in more than two years, it's easy to forget how talented he was during his heyday. He made seven All-Star Games and won a pair of Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers alike. His current career batting line is .296/.376/.491, with 242 home runs and more than 50 wins above replacement. He also hit a memorable home run in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series to give the Mets an early lead.Unfortunately, injuries cut into … [Read more...] about Where David Wright, arguably the best player in Mets history, ranks among other third basemen of his era
ST. PETERSBURG — The best baseball player in the universe (provided Mars is not holding out on us), has entered our atmosphere to play the Rays. Angels superstar centerfielder Mike Trout is in our midst, and our midst is better for it. The man should be seen.Trout went 2-for-5 Tuesday against the Rays, including his 30th home run of the season, a massive blast off the Tropicana Field C-ring catwalk. Typical of Trout, the umpires had to slow him down as he rounded second."I just thought, 'Keep running,' " Trout side with a grin.The best player in baseball, the game's five-tool wonder, signed autographs before Tuesday's game. Michael Nelson Trout remains a Jersey Boy (Millville), possessed of unflagging sincerity and unfailing humility, even though he is baseball's highest-paid player, earning, $33.25 million this season. No matter. No big head. Trout, a two-time MVP, has the same exact hat size that he did when he hit the majors in 2011.The problem — baseball's … [Read more...] about Isn’t it enough that Mike Trout is baseball’s best player today?