Jobu introduces his new series of posts. It’s dedicated to profiling exciting rookies in Major League Baseball, and we start with Jurickson Profar.
I’ve always been a big fan of rookies. Ever since I was little, it seems that the infusion of new talent on my favorite sports teams has boosted and invigorated my fandom and passion for a team. When I was little, the Yankees went with their “Youth Movement” and, over the course of a couple of seasons, called up guys like Kevin Maas, Wade Taylor, Jeff Johnson, Jim Leyritz, and Pat Kelly. Sure, most of those guys were terrible, but i was a total mark for whatever new guy the Yankees brought up. A few years later, when the Core Four™ came up, it was even more rewarding because they ended up turning the franchise around and creating a dynasty.
As a fan, rookies become almost like your children. You will them to succeed and feel for them when they fail. If you’re lucky, you get to watch them grow up and play on your team for 15 or 20 years, and you get some World Series rings out of the deal. Anyway, the point of all this is that I am introducing our new series for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Welcome to the Jobu’s Rum 2013 Rookie Spotlight Series! In this series, we’ll be only be spotlighting new rookies that you, as a fan or as a fantasy baseball owner, should get to know. On top of that, we’ll be “adopting” four Rookie of the Year favorites and updating you on their progress throughout the season. Is there going to be another Mike Trout or Bryce Harper this season? We’re going to find out through these posts. Are you ready to meet your first potential 2013 rookie? I know I am! Continue reading →
One thing about predicting this new round of the playoffs… It’s a total crapshoot. Complete and unadulterated crap. It all depends on how the team’s pitching rotations line up as the season ends. Both of these teams were going all out to win their divisions, so they didn’t have time to set anything up properly. That, and the fact that literally anything can happen in any one game of baseball, makes it really hard to predict a winner accurately. I’ll give it my best shot, though. Continue reading →
Jobu reviews Josh Hamilton’s candidacy for the AL MVP.
I know I have previously said that the Angels’ Mike Trout might be the most all-around talented player in the league, and that Miguel Cabrera might be the best hitter, but I think Josh Hamilton takes the pole when it comes to being an intimidating presence. Is there ever a situation where you want to face this guy? I mean seriously. Hamilton’s raw power and hitting ability already won him one MVP, in 2010, but are they good enough to get him a second award for his increasingly crowding mantle? It’s possible. Continue reading →
Jobu reviews the Yankees’ big series win against the Texas Rangers.
The blogosphere was all aflutter coming into this series for a few reasons. First of all, this is being billed as the Battle for the American League’s Best Record, because you know, it’s not enough that the Yankees and Rangers have built up a pretty good rivalry over the last few years (and some in the mid-late 90s as well). Anyway this big four-gamer in the Bronx was also a big challenge for the Yankees, who have been struggling against good teams (and the Red Sox) of late. In the end The Yankees took two out of three and really made a big statement in the American League, that they are not to be taken lightly. Continue reading →
Jobu takes a look around the league to what teams are doing to spark their rotations and lineups.
Today, the Rangers announced that they had come to a contract agreement with Roy Oswalt for the rest of this season. The deal will guarantee him $5MM for the rest of the season, and gives him the opportunity to earn another $1MM in incentives. When you compare it to the deal Andy Pettitte got from the Yankees (2$MM for probably 1-2 months more major league time), it seems like a little much, but I guess he didn’t spend a year in retirement. Anyway, the Rangers aren’t the only team taking a chance on an aging veteran in the hopes of boosting their stock.
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