The right move for David Wright

The long expected news came out yesterday that David Wright will retire at the end of this season. The Mets captain has not played in the MLB since 2016 due to injuries and it seemed inevitable that his career was over. David Wright was not only a fan favorite on the Mets but a fan favorite in all of baseball. Wright came to play every day with a positive attitude and played the game the right way.

David Wright has spent 13 years with the Mets and during that time he has posted a career .296 batting average, .376 OBP, .491 SLG, .867 OPS. Furthermore, he has played the second-most games in Mets history, he has the most at bats, hits, RBI, walks, runs scored and total bases in Mets history during his 13 years in the Queens. He started in 5 All Star games which makes him tied with Darryl Strawberry for second most starts in an All-Star Game in Mets history and his career average 3.8 WAR per season is the most among any position player with at least five years in the Mets Organization. The numbers show that David Wright was not only talented but it shows that even though he has struggled with injures half of his  career, he has refused to quit and kept working to get back to playing at the high level he was capable of.  Wright earned many honors during his career, he is a 7x all-star, 2x gold glove and silver slugger winner an the 2012 NL Defensive Player of the Year.

While Wright was an all-star on the field he was just as big of an all-star off the field. I personally had the honor to meet Mr. Wright when he was inducted into the Fall League Hall of Fame in Scottsdale Arizona in 2017 and he was one of the classiest people I have met. He walked up and down the first and third base sides signing autographs for fans making sure he got pretty much everyone who wanted one. Mr. Wright loves his fans and loves the game of baseball. It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye not only to a legend of the game but one of the most real, genuine people in pro baseball.

Hard times For The Mets

The start of the 2018 season looked like the Mets were going to not only be the best team in the National League East, but they had the look of the potential best team in all of baseball. They had a great 10-1 start which was the best start in team history and everything seemed to be clicking. However, as every Mets fan knows, good things haven’t happened to the organization in many, many years and it was only a matter of time before the wheels fell off. Well, it happened, after a great start the fun loveable Mets became what every fan was used to. Today the Mets are sitting in fourth place in the NL East and are 28-36 and 9.5 games out of first place in the division.

The Mets tend to make questionable decisions. This is proved true when looking at the roster. The roster is made up of many players that are past their prime and showing age. Example such as Adrian Gonzalez, this guy has been a traveling piece these past few years with stints in LA and Boston and then an even shorter stint with the Mets. In 54 games he batted .237 with a .299 OBP his age was showing at first base and did not seem very mobile, this was reflected in a -.6 The Mets released him, but their problems remained.

The Mets signed Jose Bautista who has not been the same player after his famous bat flip in the playoffs against Texas and who can forget when he got rocked by Odor the following season. Regardless, the season started and he did not have a team. Finally, the Braves sign him, that experiment failed, he was released and who else but the Mets came swooping in to sign him. This year Bautista is batting .200 with only 2 homeruns thus far and a WAR of .1.

Matt Harvey was another one who was not only unproductive on the mound but seemed to be a toxic teammate and did not have many friends with in the clubhouse. Poor start after poor start and no sign of being the dark knight that he once was the Mets had no choice but to trade him to the Reds and move on from what at one time was their Ace of the pitching staff.

The issue is not just these guys however, the injury bug has hit the Mets, just like it has in previous years. Who knows when, if ever David Wright will come back. Noah Syndergaard is out on the DL. Yoenis Cespedes is still rehabbing an injury, Todd Frazier has spent some time this season on the DL. Guys such as Wilmer Flores, AJ Ramos, Kevin Plawecki, Juan Lagares and Jeurys Familia have all been on the DL already this season.

The bright spot for this team is their starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom. In the last 62.1 innings pitched he has only 6 earned runs and has an ERA of .87 the guy has been lights out. The down fall, the Mets have so many guys either injured or in bad slumps they cannot score runs for the poor guy. DeGrom is 2-8 in those last 10 games and it isn’t his fault he has been nearly perfect. It is safe to safe the Mets will be active before the trade deadline in July. They need younger top prospects and need to start the rebuilding process. This means they could be forced to get rid of DeGrom if the deal is sweet enough. Which is sad sight for Mets fans, the one positive thing about the team could be gone before seasons end.

Life for Mets fans is hard, but hang in their fans. If the organization can rebuild the right way the song could be different in the future. We all seen this to be true with the Cubs and even the young Yankee team right now. However, the fans have seen the choices this organization has made, so maybe the last lucky time for the Mets was in the 1986 world series.

Giants Land Longoria

The Giants traded for third baseman Evan Longoria today. This is a great thing for the Giants considering the fact that they now do not have to worry about playing Pablo Sandoval. I like this move for the Giants because this means they have a gold glove third baseman who even though his last couple years have not been as good as what we know he can do, they are still pretty good. Longoria also has a contract that would not hurt the Giants he has 5 years 81 million left on his contract so it gives the Giants a little wiggle room with keeping him or using him to trade for someone else down the line.

The biggest thing I have been hearing is why him? Why sign Longoria when there is better third basemen that teams are shopping for or are free agents. The answer to these questions in my opinion are simple it because since 2013 Longoria has played in almost every game of the year since 2013 the fewest games he has played in was 156. Longoria will be on the field almost every day making plays and getting hits. He is a consistent player for the most part and that is what the Giants need in order to be a contender in that division. He hovers around batting .270 every year which helps the Giants know what they are truly getting.

I am fine with the Giants passing on guys like Machado or a Moustakas because you get more in the sense of better contract with Longoria. Longoria is more consistent in the numbers and if you try to trade him it will not be too difficult plus Machado could only be there for one year anyway. The Giants still need a lot of help to get back to the dominating team they were but this is a step in the right direction.

Christmas came early for the Yankees this year

Yankee fans everywhere woke up to the news that their team signed Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger from the Marlins is making a new home in the Bronx and what a sight that will be. Yankee fans are acting like children on Christmas morning when they asked for a gift they thought they would never get but then get surprised with it. While the rest of MLB feels like they just got into a car wreck with a train. Stanton without a doubt will be amazing playing in Yankee Stadium with that short right field and batting along guys like Judge and Sanchez.

Not only is this good for the Yankee’s that a huge star player signed with them but who better to help Judge improve his consistency and becoming a better player than Stanton? Plus, now they have an abundance of outfielders so it is likely that they will rotate around between playing the field and batting DH. This is a plus because it will likely keep them healthier during the long season and keep them fresher for the postseason. It seemed as if the Marlins were really running out of options and Stanton had a no trade clause in his contracted which allowed him to veto the Cardinals and the Giants trade offers. Eric Hubbs from Barstool sports said it best last night, he said with Stanton giving his list of teams he would be willing to go to and with many other teams dropping out left and right, the Yankees were the only guys left at the bar to make a trade with if the Marlins wanted him gone that bad.

The trade consisted of the Yankees getting Stanton and the Marlins getting Starlin Castro as well as two minor league prospects (Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers) also the Marlins are willing to eat 30 million from the Stanton contract and that makes it so the Yankees will end up paying Stanton 265 million instead of 295 million. Basically, a steal for the Yankees  when looking at the player Stanton is as well as what they had to give up for him. The prospects they gave up was surprising especially with Miami just getting rid of Dee Gordon it seemed likely that they would take the Yankees #1 prospect Gleyber Torres instead of Castro for rebuilding purposes as well as another top prospect such as perhaps Chance Adams to improve the pitching down there in south beach. However, that is not what happened and the Yankees are sure happy about that.

This trade makes me think back to when the Yankees got Alex Rodriguez and how excited Yankee fans were then. Now obviously that ended in a bitter sweet way and the Yankees hope for a better ending with Stanton but none the less. Stanton is just as polarizing as A-Rod was and with the ability to help Judge and Sanchez makes this even bigger. Just to give you a look at the possible numbers, last year Judge hit 52 home runs last season Stanton hit 59 and Sanchez hit 33 that is a combined 144 home runs just between those three guys. Plus, they have arguably the best bullpen in baseball with Robertson, Betances and Chapman. This is going to be a very scary team to face. Ladies and Gentlemen, this could be the beginning of another Yankee dynasty and a rebirth of the evil empire.

Oh No Ohtani

One of the hottest names out there in MLB right now is Japanese player Shohei Ohtani. The “Japanese Babe Ruth” as some are calling him. This guy can pitch and he can hit and he wants to come to America and play with the best players in the world. Nothing wrong with that right? Well, here is the problem, this guy makes zero sense professionally. Athletes will tell you one of two things usually, one, they play to win championships. Ohtani will not tell you that. The other reason is to get rich, but again Ohtanti will not be telling you that either. No, Ohtanti says he wants people to like him and he wants to judge his career on the amount of applause he gets when he ends up retiring.

Who the hell does this guy think he is? You get referred to as the Japanese Babe Ruth which is arguably the greatest compliment ever and you do not care about money, championships or traditions? Now I get it, it’s a child’s game and he is playing for the love of the game but if that is the case, why not just stay in Japan? This guy passed on millions of dollars to come over here now instead of waiting 2 years. Again, I have no problem with this but what reason is behind coming here if it is all about the fans.

When Ohtani arrived the first teams he ruled out was the Yankees, Red Sox and Twins. It seemed like a very odd move but he made a statement that he wanted to play on the west coast because it was closer to Japan. I get it he wants the flight home to be shorter, no problem with that. However, like everything else this guy does he makes a statement that makes no sense he then says the Cubs and Rangers are still in the hunt. Ohtani, look at a god damn map, Chicago Illinois and Arlington Texas are not on the west coast they are both very much in the mid-west. Ohtani then said he wants to play for a small market team because he is afraid of the big cities. Odd move, like did he think that some place like Waco Texas would have a pro baseball team? But then he keeps L.A. on the list of possible teams he might sign with.

Ohtani sets off a lot of red flags for me and I would pass on him if I was a GM because another thing is his numbers are not as dominating as some think. When compared to guys like Ichiro, Tanaka, Hideki Matsui and other Japanese greats they dominated other players in Japan and was truly the best in their country. Ohtani said himself that there are so many more players that are better pitchers and hitters in Japan than him, this is what he said in an interview with Jon Morosi. The confidence is not there which is yet another red flag. Ohtani might come over and maybe he will be in the same conversation with Ichiro and Matsui but he has seemed more like a confused person rather than a legit pro athlete.

What does the 22- game win streak mean for Cleveland

On Friday, the now second longest consecutive winning streak in MLB history ended for the Cleveland Indians at 22 games. This was a remarkable thing to watch even if you are not an Indians fan. During this streak the Indians were on fire at the plate they outscored their opponents by 142-37 and they only were behind eight innings during the entire streak. They batted .306 as a team and their pitching staff was lights out with a 1.77 ERA. Corey Kluber was  pitching just like Cleveland fans are used to and Jose Ramirez was able to get out of his slump and lead the team offensively during this incredible journey and guys like Lindor and Santana were the leaders the team tended to lean on.

The question is what does this all mean for the World Series runner up? Well, to be honest other teams should worry because they did this without some of their best talent. Jason Kipnis, Andrew Miller, Michael Brantley they were all on the DL waiting to return and Bradley Zimmer broke his hand during the streak. With this being said, presuming the pitching staff continues to be consistent and the offense continues to produce runs this is a team that could make a deep run in October. But, here is the answer to the question, yes, the Indians will get major help when all their talent returns. However, as the A’s GM Billy Bean once said nothing matters unless you win the last game of the season.

This is still true today, the Dodgers have been having a historic season but if they fall short of winning it all, it does not matter, last year the Indians won 14 straight games but failed to win the last game of the World Series.  The Astros and the Diamondbacks have had the best season for their clubs as well so far this season. As a baseball fan this has been a season to remember across the board with so many teams playing great baseball and new stars emerging in to the light. However, as I can say personally there is nothing worse than having such an amazing season and thinking it was your team’s year and then fall short of the title. With this being said, keep grinding Cleveland and keep believing in Believeland because sports is all about who gets hot at the right time.

Cavs and Celtics trade part 2 (Boston side)

In part one we looked at the pros and cons of this trade from the Cleveland side. This time let’s look at it from Boston’s point of view. Boston ended up getting Kyrie which is arguably a top ten player in the league. However, Boston gave up some great talent which might hurt them down the road.

Losing Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder was really the only way they would end up with Kyrie however it might not have been worth it in the long run because we have seen Kyrie be the face of the franchise in Cleveland before Lebron came back and that was not pretty at all. Now I know that some will say “he was still a rookie and young” and other will say “he has matured since then” which is all true points but that is a big risk. Let’s remember when people play with Lebron they seem to get better we seen this with old D-Wade and even guys like JR Smith.

Kyrie has two years left on his deal which is good for Boston. If they can stay as the biggest threat to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference, then there is a better chance Kyrie will stay in Boston and they will have their man (providing he stays as good as he was with Lebron). However, Kyrie did not put Boston on his list of desirable teams he wants to play for which could be a concern because if he leaves after two seasons then Boston will have given up the farm for nothing in return. Another concern is how will he fit into Brad Stevens system in Boston, which is clearly different then whatever Coach Lebron decides to run.

The positive thing is Kyrie is an everyday player and has come up clutch in some big moments. The issue is Kyrie does not know what he wants, this is proven because otherwise he would have stayed in Cleveland for one more year and waited to see if Lebron left. If Lebron does leave Kyrie would have still had a lot of talent surrounding him and he would have been Cleveland’s guy.  If Kyrie fits in the system and plays well with Gordon Hayward, then the Cavs Celtics will be the biggest rivalry in the east for a very long time. Kyrie has shaped up to become a terrific player, and could help Boston in a huge way and may be the piece they need to become the best in the east. Especially if Lebron leaves Cleveland and goes to the Western Conference and joins the Lakers like it is rumored.