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The 2019 Mets Are Becoming The 2015 Padres

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By: Noah Wright   At the beginning of the year, I stated that the 2019 Mets would not be like the 2015 Padres. They had way more talent, much more home grown pieces, and seemed to have made better moves than the Padres did that season. However now that we’re about halfway through July, I’ve been dead wrong about my prediction. If anything, this Mets team has been more of a reflection to the 2015 Padres, in multiple ways. This includes how they went about the off season, and how most of the regular season went for each team.  Well...

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Sox' Stars Show Up In 2019 All-Star Game

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By: Mark Lester   The 2019 All Star Game in Cleveland provided us with pretty much no surprises, as the AL once again beat the NL by a score of 4-3. I usually root for the NL, so it’s naturally frustrating to see the AL win every year by scores that are usually pretty close. And while it was somewhat disheartening to watch my lone hometown representative Will Smith give up a homer on his very first pitch, the performance of the three South Siders was more than satisfactory.  The first White Sox appearance of the night came from Lucas...

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A New Stat Idea

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By: Noah Wright   Recently, I have been looking into the idea of a new stat to measure usefulness a position player. More specifically their offensive capabilities. The stat I have come up with is percentage of productive plate appearances, or productivity percentage. The stat would be used as a way to see how often a player steps to the plate, and does something that positively impacts the team. What Is It?: Productivity percentage is exactly what you probably think it is. How many times a batter steps to the plate, and does something productive. The equation I have come...

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Mike Trout's Greatness Simplified Into One Article

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By: Noah Wright   Mike Trout is one of the most underappreciated players in the entire MLB. He’s just not as popular as guys such as Bryce Harper, or Aaron Judge. It kind of shows itself in jersey sales. Entering 2019, Trout wasn’t #1 (Harper), #2 (Judge) or #3 (Mookie Betts). He was ranked at #4. It was even worse after 2017 when he had the 8th highest selling jersey. But regardless, his greatness in baseball far surpases his popularity among current baseball players. Put this into perspective. Mike Trout is currently top 100 all time in bWAR with a...

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The Correlation Between Payroll And Record

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By: Noah Wright   You have probably heard the saying “so-and-so team bought their championship”. You probably heard it last year with the Red Sox, and a lot with the Yankees. Big market teams are usually the culprit of this saying, but the correlation between payroll and record isn’t really true. Big payroll doesn’t always mean good team.  Let’s look at the Red Sox payroll from last year for example. Sure they had the highest at $227 million, but the amount of retained salary was very high. They owed Hanley Ramirez $22.75 million, they owed Pablo Sandoval $14.5 million, and...

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