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2019 Baseball

Athlon Sports Preseason Sports Magazine's provide in-depth analysis of the upcoming seasons and events. Each preview includes great feature stories, team previews, depth charts, predictions, schedules and more.

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12 Números


13 min.
calendar of the weird

DECEMBER Dec. 20 – A second of the four active players who owned their franchise’s career home run record is traded in a 10-day period, as Evan Longoria follows Giancarlo Stanton in changing uniforms (leaving Ryan Braun and Ryan Zimmerman). JANUARY Jan. 25 – Christian Yelich is traded away by his boyhood idol, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter. FEBRUARY Feb. 7 – Catcher Raudy Read, who won Washington’s 2017 Bob Boone Award for “professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the ‘Washington Nationals Way’” is suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a PED. MARCH March 29 – Zach Duke’s one-inning Twins debut goes like this — strikeout (batter takes first on wild pitch), wild pitch, strikeout, intentional walk, strikeout, two-run triple, strikeout (that’s four). March 30 – After going…

6 min.
there’s a first time for everything

• Celebrated a walk-off win for a third straight Opening Day (Orioles). • Called in 18 relievers in its first three games with a new manager (Phillies). • Held a foe to as few as two runs in a season-opening four-game series (Dodgers vs. Giants). • Played error-free ball in their first 10 games of a season (Red Sox). • Paraded five players with multi-homer games in its first 14 contests (Yankees). • Posted a batting average as low as .158 through its initial 11 games (Indians). • Received a double-digit strikeout performance from a starting pitcher seven times in its first 18 games (Astros). • Had an eight-game losing streak and an eight-game winning streak prior to May 1 (Rays). • Belted eight extra-base hits, at least four of which were home runs, in three successive…

13 min.
15 things to watch in 2019

1 Strikeouts vs. Hits: The Rematch A funny thing happened in the last decade of Major League Baseball: More than 11,000 balls in play simply disappeared. It’s true — there were 131,860 balls in play in 2008, but only 120,737 last season. And what replaced all those balls in play? Mostly strikeouts. The 2018 season was the first in major league history to feature more strikeouts than hits, a trend that continued through the World Series, when the Dodgers and the Red Sox fanned 109 times while collecting just 76 hits. The ratio was much closer in the regular season — 41,207 strikeouts to 41,018 hits — but still, the K’s have it. There’s no reason to believe the trend will reverse in 2019, especially with so many teams using aggressive…

12 min.
all-21st-century team … so far

When the living members of the original All-Century Team hit the field, tears sprang to Joe Torre’s eyes. It was the night of Game 2 of the 1999 World Series and Torre was preparing to manage a huge game, but he knew what a sweet moment it was when the likes of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax were honored at Atlanta’s Turner Field. “You can’t just round those guys up and get them together,” Torre recalls. “And I still get excited about that stuff.” Here’s hoping Torre and others who nerd out on baseball history feel the same way about what we’d like to call our All-21st Century Team (So Far). We’re picking the best the 2000s have to offer in honor of the 20th anniversary this season of…

10 min.
what’s up with the stolen base?

When Whit Merrifield of the Royals chats with a speedy opponent during a light moment of pregame schmoozing, sometimes Merrifield asks, “You’re too fast. Why don’t you steal more?” The response he normally gets says a lot about the state of the stolen base in today’s Launch Angle Age. “Usually, I hear, ‘They don’t want me to run when so-and-so is hitting behind me,’” Merrifield says. “That’s the generic response. “That’s an unfortunate philosophy,” adds the man who led Major League Baseball in steals in 2018. “Maybe it will change. But it’s where we are.” More than a century ago, steals were an offensive staple in low-scoring times until the strategy took a hit from Babe Ruth and the birth of the Live Ball Era. Decades later, Rickey Henderson, Tim Raines and Vince…

2 min.
by the numbers

TOP 10 SEASONS, STOLEN BASE TOTALS 1914: 4,575 (2.43*) 1915: 4,107 (2.20) 1987: 3,585 (1.70) 1911: 3,428 (2.77) 1999: 3,421 (1.41) 1912: 3,384 (2.75) 1983: 3,325 (1.58) 1986: 3,312 (1.57) 1997: 3,308 (1.46) 1988: 3,301 (1.57) *per game STOLEN BASES, LAST FIVE SEASONS 2018: 2,474 (1.02*) 2017: 2,527 (1.04) 2016: 2,537 (1.04) 2015: 2,505 (1.03) 2014: 2,764 (1.14) *per game THE LAST TIME… Someone stole 60 bases: 2017, Dee Gordon, 60 Someone stole 70 bases: 2009, Jacoby Ellsbury, 70 Someone stole 80 bases: 1988, Rickey Henderson, 93 and Vince Coleman, 81 Someone stole 100 bases: 1987, Vince Coleman had 109. MLB TOP 10 IN STEALS IN 2018 1. Whit Merrifield, Royals: 45 2. Trea Turner, Nationals: 43 3. Mallex Smith, Rays: 40 4. Jonathan Villar, Brewers/Orioles: 35 5. Billy Hamilton, Reds: 34 5. Jose Ramirez, Indians: 34 7. Starling Marte, Pirates: 33 8. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals: 32 9. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers: 30 9. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 30 9. Dee Gordon, Mariners: 30 MLB TEAM LEADERS…