The Dugout's Finest

Ways Tanking Can Be Lessened In The MLB

By: Noah Wright   Right now, it seems like half the MLB is tanking. And that’s fair given the current situation of some of the teams, however it is becoming a minor problem in the MLB. We see teams trading away their best players for prospects, which is fine. Some teams need to rebuild their farm system to be competitive again in a few years (see the San Diego Padres). But the main reason for tanking is to get higher draft picks. So, brainstorming, I’ve thought of 2 ways tanking can be lessened in the MLB. 1.) Salary floor: I’ve...

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A Hall Of Fame Case: Troy Tulowitzki

By: Noah Wright   Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s career is likely in its final years. The once MVP level SS has put up some good numbers throughout his career. However, will what he has done in 5402 plate appearances be enough to make the hall? Why He Will Make The Hall: Tulowitzki has a career .856 OPS. Among all time shortstops, he would rank 6th, right below Hall Of Famer Joe Cronin (.857 OPS). Tulo’s 224 career home runs ranks 11th among shortstops all time, just ahead of Barry Larkin and Alan Trammell. Throughout the former Rockies shortstop’s career, Tulo was...

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The Near Future For The Pirates: What Does It Hold

By: Noah Wright   In the Pirates current situation, the future could be the way to go. Afterall, they have a good minor league farm system, and that means that the near future could be bright for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I want to look at this within a 3 year standpoint, so by 2021, what will the team look like? Starting behind the plate, Francisco Cervelli is on the last year of his deal. However, the veteran back-stop has seemed to really enjoy his tenure in Pittsburgh. By the end of 2019, he’ll be 33 years old. Eventually, Elias Diaz...

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Immaculate Innings

By: Daniel Wilkins   *note: when referring to stats, it is the player’s career number, not the total of that season. Nine up, nine down. Immaculacy is a synonym of perfect, and that’s exactly what immaculate innings are: perfect innings. Compared to a perfect game, where 27 consecutive outs are recorded in a row, an immaculate inning only involves one-ninth of the game’s length. In an immaculate inning, nine pitches are thrown; all of them strikes. All three batters due up that inning are struck out on the minimum three pitches. No balls, no extra pitches due to fouls, none....

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A Hall Of Fame Case: Troy Tulowitzki

By: Noah Wright   Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s career is likely in its final years. The once MVP level SS has put up some good numbers throughout his career. However, will what he has done in 5402 plate appearances be enough to make the hall? Why He Will Make The Hall: Tulowitzki has a career .856 OPS. Among all time shortstops, he would rank 6th, right below Hall Of Famer Joe Cronin (.857 OPS). Tulo’s 224 career home runs ranks 11th among shortstops all time, just ahead of Barry Larkin and Alan Trammell. Throughout the former Rockies shortstop’s career, Tulo was...

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