Author Archives: EJ Fagan

Instant Replay via Challenge Flags and a War Room

Last night, Al Leiter suggested that baseball bring instant replay into baseball via challenge flags. The umpires had just pretty badly blown a call on Robinson Cano at first base. Cano was easily (even to the naked eye) safe, but was called out. In a one-run game, that play could easily have made the difference.

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Tyler Austin and Minor League First Basemen

I don’t have a lot of time today, but I’d like to offer a brief thought on Tyler Austin. As you’ve probably heard by now, Austin is on fire. He is hitting .444/.487/1.028 on the season, a year after slugging .354/.418/.579 in 47 games for the GCL Yankees. He’s finally getting some attention for being...

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What are the ugliest parks in baseball?

Buzzfeed this week ranked the ugliest ballparks in the MLB. The list:

  1. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)
  2. Minute Made Park (Houston Astros)
  3. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)
  4. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  5. Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
  6. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)
  7. Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)
  8. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)

A friend made a great point about this list: MLB...

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Sometime Soon, It May Be Time To Get Excited About Bryan Mitchell

On a Charleston Riverdogs team with Dante Bichette, Cito Culver, Mason Williams, Jose Campos, Angelo Gumbs, Tyler Austin, and Gary Sanchez, its easy for a solid prospect to get lost below the headlines. But the title of best opening weekend goes to none of them. Instead, Bryan Mitchell gave Yankee fans something to get very...

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PED Users Should Not Be Denied Entry into the Hall of Fame

Last week, I wrote a post about which active players should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I didn’t expect it to be too controversial, but it generated a lot of conversation. The question: how should we treat PED users when their names come up for consideration on the Hall of Fame ballot?

My answer:...

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Would You Still Complete The Pineda Trade?

Its time to strap on your time machine. Given Michael Pineda’s spring velocity issues and shoulder tendonitis,  would you still go back and trade Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade? I’d like to keep the focus only on those two, since I see the inclusion of Jose Campos and Hector Noesi as a side issue.

Given the...

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If They Retired Today, Who Makes the Hall of Fame?

With the quiet lull in place before the burst of energy that marks opening day, its a good time to have one of my favorite baseball discussions. Who makes the Hall of Fame? Let’s supposed that these players retired today, without playing a day in the 2012 season or beyond. Who is in? Active players...

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TYA Predictions: Overall Standings

The season is about to begin. Every team is a contender, especially with two more wild card spots up for grabs. Your TYA bloggers have compiled their prediction picks for the season:

Lots of variance here. Everyone picks the Yankees to win the AL East. Eric was...

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Korean Baseball Wracked by Bribery Scandal

Professional baseball has grown rapidly in Korea over the past decade. While not on the level of the Japanese league, Korea probably has the 3rd most advanced professional baseball league outside of the United States. This is a great thing for baseball fans. Hopefully one day, Korean players will populate the ranks of MLB teams...

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