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Unanimous? No, but he’d get some votes. I think he’d be up there with Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak as most improved player.
Michael Thomas Authentic Jersey Schoop has, in fact, improved throughout his career, injuries in 2014 aside. He posted a 2.1 WAR in 2016 and is well on his way to doubling that mark this season (3.9 bWAR through 108 games). He has improved as a defensive second baseman the past couple years (0 defensive runs saved vs. minus-3 in 2015).
Still, it might have to be Smoak here: He’s putting together a 3.4 WAR season (his career high is 1.3) and he had his first All-Star appearance at age 30.
Both guys are deserving, I think, which means it isn’t unanimous for one or the other.
It seems like oblique strains are on the rise in the MLB. Any idea why?
This year has been all about the rookies, as 21-year-old Cody Bellinger hit his 30th home run this week, and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge is the front runner in the American League MVP race.
Albies and Devers are the youngest of the young but far from overwhelmed. The future is bright for both players but possibly even brighter for MLB.
Paul Goldschmidt is good. Everyone knows this. But Thursday, he was even better than normal, as he went 3-for-4 with three home runs and six RBIs in a 10-8 Diamondbacks win over the Cubs. And crazier than that, in a game that featured three rain delays, he hit a home run after each one. That’s not a stat many batters have achieved.
We’re placing players in peril when they have no notice or familiarity with the surface they’re playing on, he said. There may be a better solution where you have a base that has a less slick surface in response to precipitation.
Boras said he was in the stands at the Chicago Cubs-Arizona Diamondbacks game Saturday when he saw the video replay of Harper’s injury on his phone. He left the stadium and was later kept apprised of Harper’s status by another one of his clients, Washington outfielder Jayson Werth.