February 2016

This isn’t MurphyPlus, but….

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… he is a top ten Second Baseman.

Murphy had a career year in all fields, including defense, and even though he is a Nat now, I still want to stand by him. He never cracks the top 10 while no-names make the list.

OK, you can watch the video below, and I will think of something else to bicker about.

The Return of Cespedes

Another good Mets blog (on MLB.com), Metsin Around, reacted to the Yoenis Cespedes signing. Give them a few pageviews by reading their posts.

Metsin' Around

Cespedes for the rest of us… again.


The Mets (Alderson) waited, stuck to their guns and got their man on their terms. Cespedes made it clear he wanted to be here when he left a $100 million offer sitting on the table from the Nationals. If he was just about that money he would have jumped at that offer and been playing second fiddle in D.C. to Bryce, if he can stay on the field for a 2nd straight season.

Essentially the Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes at 1 year for $27.5 million. Don’t be fooled by the 3 year $75 million contract because, unless disaster strikes, there is no way Yo isn’t opting out at the end of the 2016 season, and I am 100% okay knowing that. Aside from the opt out clause after year 1, the biggest selling point had to be the full no trade clause included…

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David Voigt’s History of Baseball, Part 10

For the readers that want to go back to the 1969 World Championship, MetsPlus recommends the latest post from MLB Historian John Thorn’s blog, Our Game.

Our Game

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This is the tenth installment of David Voigt’s history, as fine a brief telling of the tale as I know. This series commenced at: http://goo.gl/E4adJX.

Campaigns of the ’70s: AL, 1969-1980

Upstaged by the NL in the first two expansion moves, the AL was forced to take drastic measures to gain parity with the NL in attendance and offensive performances. To this end such measures as new park construction and franchise shifts contributed, but most decisive were two bold unilateral moves whereby the AL adopted the designated hitter rule in 1973 and undertook its mini-expansion in 1977. By these strokes the AL ensured its perennial domination, both at bat and at the turnstiles.

But if AL leaders expected the new divisional format of the 1969 expansion move to produce competitive balance, they were disillusioned.

Indeed, throughout this era pennant monopoly was the rule in both AL divisions…

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