Marlins

The Marlins are on the Rise!

Everyone talks about the NY Mets as a team to be on the rise of the NL East starting next year but folks you better watch out for the Marlins. The Marlins have a lot of young talent just like the Mets and are already producing at a higher level on the major league level. Despite the fact the Marlins lost Jose Fernandez, one of the games young aces in early May to Tommy John surgery the Marlins find themselves going into Saturday’s action at 64-63 & just 4 games out of the 2nd wild card. The Fish will probably not make the playoffs but just the fact they will have meaningful games in September without Fernandez for most of the year is a big statement.

Young Arms:

The Marlins if all goes well should get Jose Fernandez back next year sometime between late May – late June. In addition the Marlins have talented young starting pitchers on the big club between H.Alvarez, Cozart, Eovaldi and Koehler. Andrew Heaney (#21 on Jonathan Mayo new Top 100 Prospects) could be ready by opening day next year. Tyler Kolek is going to need some time but this young starting pitcher has a high ceiling as he is ranked #26 on Jonathan Mayo new Top 100 Prospect list. The Marlins have a very good deep bullpen as well lead by Cishek. Continue reading

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Who is Going to Win the World Series?

That is a good question on who is going to win the World Series. Because when we look at all the teams we believe are definitely going to make the post season as well as those most likely it’s very hard question to answer. Every team has it’s strengths but also at least one glaring weakness if not two.

American League:

Anaheim: If Garrett Richards is lost for the season after last nights game in Boston that could be the difference of the Angels from just being a playoff team to a World Series contender. I like Joe Smith and Huston Street but I also have questions about the Angels getting outs late in games as well.

Baltimore: I like the lineup and I really like the bullpen although they are inexperienced in the posts season. Big difference between getting outs late in games in the regular season versus the post season. But having said that the Orioles have a strong bullpen. However the Orioles starting rotation is decent. But can a team get through 3 grueling rounds of the post season with just a decent starting rotation? Continue reading

Rob Manfred

MLB Gets a New Commissioner

Major League Baseball (MLB) has finally decided on a new Commissioner. Bud Selig, who has been the Commissioner since 1992, is retiring and Rob Manfred will take over on January 25, 2015. Manfred, who is a lawyer focuses on labor and employment law, and is also a business executive. He worked with MLB during the collective bargaining sessions and was the main spokesperson during the 1994–95 strike. He was outside counsel to the owners group before joining MLB on a full-time basis in 1998, serving as the Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs. He has served as the Chief Operating Officer of MLB since 2013.

Although baseball is strong financially right now, and growing, there are still several issues facing the new Commissioner. Let’s take a look at a few issues that need to be addressed as soon as Manfred takes office.

Currently average attendance is at about 30,500 fans per game, which is not far from the record of 32,785 set in 2007, before the recession. But, baseball will need to find ways to shorten the game to continue to increase attendance at all stadiums and even TV viewership.

Attention spans are shorter than ever these days, and that will only increase with the next generation of sports fans. Thirty years ago the average time of a game was around 2 hours and 35 minutes. This season, through last Sunday’s games, it has increased to 3 hours 2 minutes, which would be the longest season average on record. Everyone, including players, owners, and even umpires understands this problem. Continue reading