With Spring Training just a few weeks away, it’s about time to start the Preseason Awards looks. The first award we’ll take a look at is the AL Rookie of the Year. In 2016, the AL had plenty of standout rookies in Michael Fulmer, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Naquin, Nomar Mazara, and Edwin Diaz just to name a few. Who could possibly succeed Michael Fulmer as the Rookie of the Year in the American League? Let’s take a look at the top 10 choices..
Next up is the American League West! Let’s take a look at each team and see their spring training stars!
With less than a week away from Opening Day of the 2016 season, it’s time to look at who’s performing in the preseason. Spring Training results aren’t entirely indicative of regular season results, but it does feel good when you know your players are producing very well as we get closer to the start of the season. The first division we’ll look at is the AL Central!
So I went to a spring training game for the first time in my life the other day. Took some great pictures, had a great experience. Even got to see Rollie Fingers in the flesh. Also learned a few things…
US President Barack Obama speaks next to Cuban President Raul Castro during a Major League baseball exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team at the Latinoamericano stadium in Havana on March 22, 2016.
For the first time in nearly 20 years, an American professional major league baseball team visited the Caribbean island of Cuba in a truly historic event yesterday. The Tampa Bay Rays were invited to play against the Cuban team, which the Rays defeated 4-1 at the end of the game. But at the end of the day, the score didn’t really matter as this was truly a step forward in politics between the United States and Cuba as well as controversial topics such as high Cuban defection to the United States to play in the MLB.
This story now gets more news than baseball itself…
I’m now on my second update, and will continue to follow this story’s progress. You can can get email updates by signing up to our email list, which you can do on the right side of our website.
So what’s in this new update?
A crazy story just got even crazier…
In case you haven’t heard about Adam LaRoche and his controversy with the Chicago White Sox, you can check out an explanation HERE. But here’s the short explanation:
The White Sox’s First Baseman and DH, Adam LaRoche, has decided to retire. But that’s not the controversial part. He is supposed to be leaving the MLB because the White Sox have asked him to reduce his son’s involvement with the clubhouse.
LaRoche’s son, 14 year-old Drake, had been participating in clubhouse activities for all of last season, and Spring Training so far this year, under the permission of the White Sox’s manager. He had his own locker, jersey, everything. He was the unofficial “26th Man”.
But LaRoche didn’t like the idea of reducing Drake’s clubhouse time, so decided to retire a little early, with one year and $13 Million left on his contract. The baseball world was stunned.
But, even with the confusing story making its way on national headlines, it got even more confusing.