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Garrett Richards (SP) – It’s all about health with Garrett Richards. When healthy, he sports some of the highest spin rates and K/9 numbers in the business. Richards is another diamond in the rough just dangling in front of the eyes of Farhan Zaidi, a general manager who is a sucker for pitching sabermetrics.Mitch Moreland (1B) – With Daniel Murphy off the books, there is a need for a left-handed hitting first baseman in Colorado. Moreland has also shown to have the ability to handle corner outfield duties when necessary. "Mitchy Two Bags" could very well turn into "Mitchy Four Bags" with the help of that mile-high elevation.Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF) – Chase Field has a large outfield that requires a rangy centerfielder. JBJ has been very vocal about his relationship with Boston’s new front office, and a return seems unlikely. Despite the disaster that was the 2020 season, the D-Backs believe they have the talent to compete sooner rather than later. Bradley would be a solid start to regaining legitimacy.
Although his 2020 MLB debut was a bit bumpy, Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson was excellent following his September demotion to the alternate site, going 10 for 36 (.278) with four doubles and two homers in his final 12 regular season games. He then batted cleanup in the team’s three postseason games. Carlson fell 20 at-bats short of the rookie threshold and is still one of the game’s best and most talented prospects. 다파벳 The smart money is on St. Louis giving him a full-time lineup spot right from the get-go next season. Playing time shouldn’t be an issue.Fun fact: Ke’Bryan Hayes led rookie position players with 1.7 WAR this past season. He hit .376/.442/.682 in 24 games following his September call-up and also played Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner, which was his calling card coming up through the minors. It’s a small sample, but Hayes was a member of the ultra-exclusive 90/90 club this year (90 percent contact rate on pitches in the strike zone and a 90 mph average exit velocity), which portends very well going forward.
다파벳 Only a handful of guys do that each year and they tend to be stars or players on the cusp of stardom.Adam Duvall’s oblique injury pushed Cristian Pache into Atlanta’s everyday lineup in the postseason and he slugged a homer with three walks and only four strikeouts in seven games. He held his own despite limited regular season action (four at-bats) and spending most of the season playing glorified sandlot games at the alternate site. Pache is a defensive wizard in center field, legitimately one of the best defenders in the game already, and that will give him a nice WAR boost next season, assuming he displaces Ender Inciarte to get the job. The playing time is not guaranteed here but Pache is an awfully impressive player.
Co-Managers of the Year! It has only happened once before, when Johnny Oates (Rangers) and Joe Torre (Yankees) tied for the American League award in 1996. Mattingly managed a young Marlins team with a tiny payroll to the postseason, and he did it after the team had to be shut down two weeks with a COVID-19 outbreak. Roberts led the Dodgers to the best record in the sport, which usually equals Manager of the Year votes. Tingler and Ross get some Manager of the Year support in our voting after completing their first seasons as big-league skippers.
Don Mattingly of the Miami Marlins has been voted National League Manager of the Year for 2020. In his fifth season at the helm in Miami, Mattingly, 59, guided the upstart Marlins to a 31-29 record across the abbreviated 60-game regular season schedule and a second-place finish in the NL East. That was good enough for a spot in the expanded postseason. Once there, the Marlins upset the Cubs in the Wild Card Round before falling to the Braves in the NLDS.
The White Sox issued a brief statement to ESPN, acknowledging they were aware of the incident but noting that they could not "comment further at this time" because it was an active case. Oddly, La Russa’s charges were not officially filed until the day before he accepted the White Sox job. ESPN’s report suggests the delay was likely caused by the pandemic.According the police report, obtained by ESPN, La Russa tried to talk his way out of the charges, telling the arresting officer: "Do you see my ring? I’m a Hall of Famer baseball person. I’m legit. I’m a Hall of Famer, brother."David Samson discussed La Russa’s DUI on the latest episode of Nothing Personal with David Samson.