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Author: Scott Frizzell

The Top Left Fielders Long-Term

Lists have been created this offseason determining the top ten players at each position for right now. I have been writing my own series on top tens; except instead of doing them for just the here and now, mine factor in age and determine who the best players are to own for the long haul. These lists obviously differ from others, as someone in their mid-30’s isn’t nearly as valuable in the long run. So, when I put a young guy ahead of someone in their 30’s, I’m not necessarily saying I think he is going to be better this year....

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The Top Third Basemen in MLB Long-Term

There is a lot of talent at the hot corner. In fact, Mike Moustakas hit 38 home runs last season and isn’t even on a team as of this writing. He hit more home runs than any other third baseman last season. Yet, it’s debatable whether or not he is a top 10 third baseman moving forward. Weighing offense, defense, base running and age, these are my top 10 for the long haul. 1. Nolan Arenado Arenado has arguably been a top five player in all of baseball three years running. Arenado led the league in both home runs...

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The Top Shortstops Long-Term

The shortstop position has become increasingly talented in recent seasons. The position is now the best, and deepest, arguably since Nomar, A-Rod, and Jeter were reigning supreme nearly two decades ago. The top five is loaded, and the position has great depth. The shortstops near the bottom of my top ten list would have threatened the top five a few years ago. Shortstops not making the list would have been safely included. With all this competition, it was hard to leave a few guys off. 1. Carlos Correa Correa is coming off a season with an OPS 65 points...

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The Top Second Basemen in Baseball Long-Term

If you were to start a team from scratch, which second basemen would you target? You need to factor in not only play, but age and longevity as well. I don’t see any debate over the top spot, but beyond that point someone could go any number of directions. From two through ten there is a lot of jockeying. I did my best to put them in order balancing age and performance, but there are still a few very solid players not inside the top ten. 1. Jose Altuve The MVP stands head and shoulders above the rest of...

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The Top First Basemen in Baseball

First base is one of the deepest positions in the league. As such, there will be plenty of talented players left off this list. Also, whereas Joey Votto is arguably the best first baseman right now, at the age of 34 he drops a few spots for the purposes of my list. I factor in age and answer the question, who would I most want to start a team with? I could easily go 15 deep in this list, but sticking with the theme, here are my top 10. 1. Paul Goldschmidt Paul Goldschmidt is about as steady as they...

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The Best Catchers in Baseball Long-Term

Lists have been circulating for the top 10 players at each position “right now”. Personally, I like to look at things with more of a long-term view. My lists factor in age and don’t just focus on the 2018 season. I take a look at it in more of a, “who would I draft if I were starting a team from scratch”, sort of way. So someone like Yadier Molina, who is a borderline future Hall of Famer, would have a very difficult time making the list at the age of 35. I also do not factor Minor Leaguers...

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Is the Bullpen Cart Making a Comeback?

As Major League Baseball searches for ways to shorten games and attract fan attention, there has been talk of bullpen carts making a return to the game. Bullpen carts were a fixture in baseball during the 1970’s, but where did they originate? Will the return of the carts to escort relievers into the game actually speed anything up? The Origins of the Bullpen Cart According to Paul Lukas of ESPN, the first use of a “bullpen cart” came in 1950. The Indians were the first team to implement this, using something known as “the little red wagon.” Teams slowly...

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The Top Relievers in Baseball

In today’s game, relief pitchers are used so often. Starters are often relied upon to only go five to six innings, then turn it over to the pen to close things out for several innings. There are more relievers in the game, and more guys who throw in the upper 90’s. Nowadays, there are so many guys who can dominate for an inning, and oftentimes there are random guys who have one outstanding season. This can make it difficult to determine who is real and who is a pretender. In this article, I factor in age when determining my...

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The Top Starting Pitchers in Baseball

There have been some top 10’s circulating lately, with MLB Network posting their top 10 for 2018 at each position. Buster Olney also did a top 10 at each position, but his lists showed an immense New York bias and Red Sox hatred from the former Yankees reporter. Seeing his lists made me want to rectify them. Now, here’s where my list is different from MLB Network’s lists; I am not doing for just this season as they have been. Personally, I care more about who I would want on my favorite team rather than who will put up...

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The Worst Red Sox Ever

The Worst Starting Pitchers in Red Sox History The Worst Relief Pitchers in Red Sox History The Worst Catchers in Red Sox History The Worst First Basemen in Red Sox History The Worst Second Basemen in Red Sox History The Worst Third Basemen in Red Sox History The Worst Shortstops in Red Sox History The Worst Left Fielders in Red Sox History The Worst Center Fielders in Red Sox History The Worst Right Fielders in Red Sox History The Worst Designated Hitters in Red Sox History Share this: View the original article on Red Sox Extra: The Worst Red...

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The Greatest Red Sox

Best Starting Pitchers in Red Sox History- Right-Handed Edition Best Starting Pitchers In Red Sox History: Left-Handed Edition Best Relief Pitchers in Red Sox History Best Catchers in Red Sox History Red Sox Greatest First Basemen Ever Red Sox Greatest Second Basemen Red Sox Greatest Third Basemen of All-Time The Greatest Shortstops in Red Sox History The Greatest Left Fielders in Red Sox History The Greatest Center Fielders in Red Sox History The Greatest Right Fielders in Red Sox History The Greatest Designated Hitters in Red Sox History Share this: View the original article on Red Sox Extra: The...

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Red Sox Best Free Agent Signings

Free agency this winter has been colder than the temperatures outside. Those baseball fans among us are starving for action and something to talk about. Hopefully the team is drawing near, as Spring Training is just around the corner. But, with free agency currently lulling us all to sleep, I decided to take a look at some of the best free agent signings the Red Sox have ever made. David Ortiz Big Papi is in a class all by himself. The Red Sox picked up Ortiz cheap after the Twins mistakenly dumped him. I remember thinking it was odd...

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Red Sox Who Could Crack Baseball America’s Top 100 in 2019

When Baseball America released its top 100 list on Monday, the Red Sox only had two farmhands make the list. In recent years, the farm system has produced more than just two players on the list, and usually several much higher on the list. Jason Groome was the highest ranked Red Sox prospect at number 83. This was the lowest a Red Sox top prospect has shown up on this list since Dernell Stenson in 2001. This isn’t to say all hope is lost down on the farm. The other day I wrote about the two players who made the list,...

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