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Baseball America April 2020

Baseball America has been bringing you the best baseball information in the game for more than 30 years, a must-have resource for fans as well as people who work in the game. Every issue features coverage of the majors, minors, college and high school baseball as well as prospects, prospects and more prospects. Whether you’re looking to win your fantasy league or stay on top of the game at all levels, Baseball America puts it all in your hands.

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letter from the editor

Throughout history, sports have played an important role in our daily lives. Sports are unscripted dramas and reality shows, and sports are just about the only programming these days that are DVR-proof. From the youth level to the professional ranks, sports entertain us, inspire us and provide a necessary escape from the multitude of stresses in day-to-day life. Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in 1839, according to legend, and for nearly two centuries it has been known as America’s Pastime. Baseball is Americana. Every year the crack of the bat is a welcome rite of spring in communities across the country and minor league baseball is woven into the fabric of 160 cities. Ever since Allan Simpson started Baseball America in 1981—yes, we’re approaching our 40th anniversary—we have identified and…

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where are they now?

LaVel Freeman chased history in magical season Thirty years of employment with UPS near Sacramento has afforded LaVel Freeman plenty of reflection on his professional baseball career. Time to ponder whether he should have attempted to reach .400 on the final day of the 1987 Texas League season—and to contemplate why the Brewers farmhand never got a legitimate chance to star in the major leagues. “I have no regrets,” says Freeman, 57, who drove a truck for UPS for 23 years and has worked in the warehouse since. Freeman has two grown children who recently pulled out scrapbooks to reminisce about their father’s what-could-have-been career. Freeman appeared in two big league games for the Brewers in April 1989. He went hitless in three at-bats at Detroit as a DH one day, then pinch-ran…

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rekindling the hot stove

@JOE_SHEEHAN In the two-plus years that I’ve been writing for Baseball America, a recurring theme has been the lack of competitiveness in baseball, especially below the top of the pyramid. The 2012 change in postseason format that divided a single wild card slot into two halves and a one-game playoff made teams less interested in pushing hard to win a wild card berth. Parallel to that, league-wide revenue growth made it so teams can be in the black financially regardless of their on-field performance. The effects have been dire. Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus reported last fall that 2018 and 2019 were two of the three most unbalanced seasons in history, with 1954 being the most unbalanced. Last year, eight teams either won or lost at least 100 games, a new record. Now,…

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double threats

A productive farm system often—but not always—begets winning in the major leagues. Winning in the majors consequently leads to lower draft position and often to trades that sacrifice future value for present. For those reasons, winning major league clubs tend not to have sustained farm system success while they are winning. But there are exceptions to every rule. To find those glorious exceptions, I determined every team’s overall rank in the major league standings as well as their standing in Baseball America organization talent rankings, which since 1984 have annually assessed each organization’s farm system. Major league success and farm system standing were then evaluated in five-year intervals, beginning in 1984, to find the top combinations of the past 35 years. Each organization’s winning percentage (5YR PCT) and average standing in BA organization talent…

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park context can drive perception

Fantasy players are well attuned to differences in run environment between major league ballparks. Nowhere is that more evident than in the National League West, where Rockies hitters and Giants pitchers are targeted in fantasy leagues because of the extreme nature of those teams’ home parks. The Rockies scored and allowed 31 percent more runs at Coors Field last season than they did in road games. The home run rate and batting average on balls in play (BABIP) at Coors were roughly 20% higher. Thus Rockies hitters receive a superficial boost to their fantasy-relevant statistics. The Giants, on the other hand, scored and allowed 20% fewer runs—and hit nearly 30% fewer home runs—at Oracle Park than they did in road games. Thus Giants pitchers’ ratios tended to be shinier because all hit types…

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at a standstill

@TRACYRINGOLSBY The American sporting world came to a standstill in mid-March. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball joined with other leagues and colleges and put spring training on hold, while announcing that Opening Day would be delayed, possibly for two months or more. That marked at least the 11th time the game has been put on hold, the first time for medical reasons. Baseball was played from start to finish during World War II, president Franklin D. Roosevelt determining that it was good for the American public to have a sense of normalcy. Baseball was easily the most popular sport in the U.S. in the 1940s, and 500 major leaguers, including future Hall of Famers Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Pee Wee Reese and Hank Greenberg, along with 2,000 minor league…