In March 2014, Miguel Cabrera signed a professional sports record-setting eight year, $248 million extension with the Detroit Tigers. Though there were whispers in a few corners about the potentially massive downside of this contract, the Tigers were still baseball royalty at the time and such concerns were somewhat brushed off given the team’s decade-long playoff contention. However, those whispers grew to outright conversation as we witnessed the steep decline of one of Miggy’s contemporaries, Albert Pujols.
The MLB draft is on Monday June 4 this year. As a draft junkie, it’s appointment television for me. But for the MLB draft in particular, I’ve always been fascinated by the proceedings. Teams can’t trade draft picks and many times picks are made for signability issues due to each team having a certain spending cap. So it’s just fun to watch it unfold. And, of course, there is always injury drama.
I decided to go through the top 32 players on ESPN’s Keith Law’s 2018 Big Board (as of May 24, 2018) and highlight a few prospects that have potential injury questions. As always, we’re not privy to medical information and considering these are college and high-school baseball players, have even less to go on.
Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn (Law Big Board Rank: 1)
Casey Mize. (Credit: Brandonrush).
The presumptive Number 1 overall pick of the 2018 draft brings an interesting debate to the table. One of the reasons Continue reading →
Do you remember watching Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa destroying baseballs? Maybe I was naïve then, but I thought it was “real”….hey, I was 13. But as a collective group we were all transfixed on the home runs and the possibility of record breaking greatness. Well, the Maris record was “broken”, but greatness? Debatable. Since then we have gone from the Mitchell Report to a full fledged documentary that inadvertently stumbled onto a state-sponsored doping program (not a plug).
In between we have had significant denials. Authored books by Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis (full disclosure: I bought them both, and believed them… for a time) to some ridiculously can’t-make-up stories, as one such great ball player was caught with a whizzinator. Have fun on the Google machine with that one.