Bobby Underwood

The Link Between New York’s Two Newest Acquisitions

On July 31, 2003, the Yankees traded for Aaron Boone. He hit .254 with six home runs in the remaining two months of the regular season and, except for one well-timed home run, played quite poorly in the postseason. That well-timed home run came in his only at-bat of Game 7 of the ALCS, a game which he did not start. He hit it off Tim Wakefield in the bottom of the eleventh inning and it sent the Yankees to the World Series.

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Albert Pujols Should Hang ‘Em Up

Albert Pujols is probably the best pure hitter and one of the four best all-around players I’ve ever seen (I’ll get to the other three in a minute). He was either the best or second best player in the game for more than a decade and he led the Cardinals to three pennants and two World Series wins. He’s seventh all time with 614 home runs, he ranks ninth all time with 1,918 RBI, and his 99.4 career WAR is the twelfth-highest among position players since WWII.

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About That Max Scherzer

If you’re reading this blog right now, you’re probably the sort of person who reads ESPN. Which means you probably noticed David Schoenfield’s article entitled ’It’s time to start talking about Max Scherzer as an all-time great.’ In the article, Schoenfield observes that Scherzer is now the 10th pitcher with three Cy Young awards. The other nine are Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, Steve Carlton, Clayton Kershaw, Pedro Martinez, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Jim Palmer. That’s seven hall of famers, one future hall of famer, and a steroid-using seven-time Cy Young winner. It also includes a superstar underwear model. Does Scherzer belong in that class?

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2017 BBWAA Awards: Manager of the Year

When we vote for a manager of the year, what are we voting for? The guy from the best team? The guy from the team we all thought was going to suck and ended up winning the second wild card? The guy you’d like to have a beer with? How do you judge the best manager?

This award doesn’t make any sense.

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Who Will Win the National League MVP Award and Other Conundrums (Conundri?)

I’ve often talked with my cousin, who’s a huge basketball fan, about the differences between baseball and basketball. One of the most striking differences to me is the way MVP Awards are given out. In the NBA, only one player gets it and all past winners who are eligible are in the Hall of Fame. I can count on two hands the number of Hall of Famers who won an MVP in my lifetime, and at least three of them didn’t deserve their award (I’m looking at you, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, and Barry Larkin). And baseball has twice as many winners!

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Are Ten-Year Deals Ever A Good Idea?

After the 2018 season, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are both set to become free agents. They are two of baseball's best players, both are expected to sign long-term contracts for more than $200 million (I've heard as high as $400 million for ten years). It made me wonder: are ten-year deals ever a good idea?

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