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What you need to know to follow MLB

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What you need to know to follow MLB

What you need to know to follow MLB

Baseball MLB can be played anywhere a diamond can be forged from the surface of a field—from mud houses to driveways and sugarcane meadows to billion-dollar state-of-the-art stadiums. You can see it and its countless variations being played by creative kids, high school students and elite pros.

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The ultimate dream of many aspiring players is Major League Baseball (MLB). Here’s a detailed look at how MLB, the league works, and how to watch and rate games at a professional level:

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  • Major League Baseball consists of two leagues – the United States and the National. Each league has 15 teams and three divisions. Commissioners elected by the owners of 30 teams run the league.
  • Each team has a farm system—a collection of minor league teams with players at various stages of development that provide a breeding ground for major league players. Teams hire scouts to assess amateur talent, from high school and college programs in the U.S. to Latin America and Asia, which have become hotbeds of baseball.
  • The MLB regular season lasts 162 games. Most of these games are played in a specific team’s league – although there is a league period (usually during the mid-season third) (MLB has at least one league game per day.) League games include games from the American League. of teams play against teams from the National League during the regular season. (Before its launch in 1997, this only happened in the playoffs.)
  • For the first five years, teams from each division play against teams from the same division in another league (NL West vs. AL West, NL Central vs. AL Central, etc.). Beginning in 2002, Major League Baseball introduced a new format in which teams would alternate yearly league games against teams from different divisions. Hometown rivalries are excluded; for example, the New York Yankees play the New York Mets every year unless their scheduled division rivals.
  • The winner of each division, along with the wild-card team (the team with the best record among non-division winners), will advance to the playoffs for the league division championship. The winners of the two divisional series meet in the league championship series. The winner of that series in each league competes in the World Series.
  • Each team has 25 players on the active roster and is managed by an on-site manager and coaching staff. Their General Manager (GM) is responsible for the baseball and business aspects of the organization. He is responsible for team building, drafting and trading players, negotiating contracts, and many other tasks.
  • In every MLB game, the field umpires have four umpires: one who handles and shoots after the game (among other things), and one each at first, second, and third base.
  • In stadiums, the best seats in the house come down to personal preference. For example, if you want to watch a chess game between pitchers and hitters while still keeping an eye on the entire field, choose a seat behind home plate.

Players’ ratings are based on statistics – the numbers they accumulate over the course of a season. The most commonly accepted statistics are as follows:

  1. Batting Average: A measure of the percentage of times a player hits the ball.
  2. RBI (RBI): This statistic measures the total number of runs a batsman produces while hitting the ball, excluding runs scored due to fielding team errors. A batter earns an RBI when a hit (including a home run), sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, infield out or outfielder selection results in a runner scoring. In addition, a batter will earn an RBI if he walks (hit the ball), is hit by a pitch, or interferes and enters a full base, resulting in a run.
  3. Home run: When a hitter is hit home safely. Most home runs are hit on the outfield fence, but sometimes players hit home runs in the park. This happens when a batter hits the ball in the field but is able to safely get around all the bases without being marked. or when an error occurs.
  4. On Base Percentage (OBP): This statistic measures the number of times a batter reaches base. It’s roughly equal to the base divided by the number of times the disk appears.
  5. Batting Average: Total bases divided by at-bats. This statistic measures the true power of a batsman. OBP is added to the slugging average to determine the base plus slugging (OPS).

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Although no more serious negotiations have begun, the Boston Red Sox have noted the interest of other franchises in pitcher Chris Sale and have not ruled out involving him in a possible trade.

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Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that while the Red Stockings are not thinking of trading any of their starters, they may at least listen and consider offers for the members of the rotation, due to many options in the sector.

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However, if the team decides that Ace’s time in Boston is over, Sale can veto his fate and choose where he will go, since the no-trade clause in his contract gives him this possibility.

Should any team decide to take over the pitcher’s contract this offseason, they will secure his services for at least two more years, as Chris Sale becomes a free agent only in 2025.

Known for his excellent left-handedness, the athlete has a considerable history of physical problems. In addition to missing the entire already shortened 2020 season as a result of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Sale also took the field nine times the following year in uneven performances.

This season did not start in good shape for Sale either, who missed the start due to a rib injury during Spring Training. When he was healthy, he played only twice and fractured his little finger during an away game against the New York Yankees in July in his last performance. In addition, he broke his wrist riding a bicycle.

“You can’t make that up, right?” said Chaim Bloom, head of baseball operations for the Sox Kings. “We need to send some people after whoever is with Chris Sale’s voodoo doll and get it back.”

Sale was among the top six nominees for the Cy Young award between 2012 and 2018, receiving seven All-Star Game nominations, one World Series win, recording the record for unblemished innings with three (tied with Sandy Koufax and Max Scherzer) and owns a 5.33 strikeouts-to-walk average, the best mark in league history.

Taking into account his wins, but also the medical issue, Chris Sale will have to prove himself again as an elite pitcher who has made it through the injuries. If so, he is a powerful weapon on the mound, regardless of the uniform he wears.

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill finalized terms on a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday (27), reported Jeff Passan of ESPN USA.

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Hill, 42, will be entering his 19th season in the MLB. He accumulated a 4.27 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Including, his last stint in Boston was his fourth with the team.

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Since 2015, when the lefty had a “resurgence” period in his career, he has maintained an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, along with a good 2.91 ERA (140 ERA+) and a 1.06 WHIP in 87 total games.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

The Mariners acquired Kolten Wong from the Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, filling a much-needed left-handed spot in their lineup.

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DETAILS OF THE TRADE

  • 2B for the Mariners Kolten Wong
  • Brewers are awarded: LF/DH INF Jesse Winker Toro, Abraham.

The Mariners will also receive $1.75 million to help offset Wong’s $10 million salary in 2023, when he will be a free agent. Winker is due $8.25 million in his final year before free agency, effectively a money and player swap for Seattle, while Toro is in his first year of arbitration as a Super Two player and won’t be a free agent until until 2026.

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Wong has been a Mariners goal since the team came short of signing him as a free agency ahead of the 2021 season, when Seattle offered a two-year deal but Milwaukee offered a third-year club option, which was the difference at the time, according to sources. The Mariners had inquired about Wong’s availability at the Trade Deadline the previous two seasons, but the competing Brewers were uninterested in moving him.

However, with numerous arbitration-eligible players set to receive raises this offseason, many in the business anticipated that the team might be willing to move some of its higher-priced players for payroll relief, prospect capital, and/or depth. Toro, a switch-hitting infielder with glimpses of good performance, provides longevity for the Brewers’ squad, while Winker, coming off a terribly disappointing season, returns to a division where he flourished with the Reds while facing the motivation of a contract year with the Brewers.

The Brewers activated Wong’s option last month instead of paying him a $2 million buyout, opening the door for him to be traded, which sparked interest from clubs other than Seattle, according to sources.

Wong, 32, is coming off what was maybe his greatest season at the plate, hitting.251/.339/.430 (.769 OPS) with a career-high 15 homers, 24 doubles, four triples, 47 RBIs, and 116 wRC+ (league average is 100) while collecting 2.5 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Some of this was by purpose, with a more deliberate attempt to raise the ball higher. His line-drive and fly-ball rates were the best in his career the last two years (49.3% combined), but his ground-ball percentage was the lowest (43.7% for ’21-22). It’s possible that his OPS+ in each of the last two seasons – 110 in ’21 and 118 in ’22 – was the greatest of his career.

Wong is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who is coming off a defensively bad year in which he was worth minus-9 outs above average (placing in the third percentile, per Statcast) and minus-1 defensive runs saved.

Some of that could be attributed to lower-body injuries he battled throughout the year, such as a right calf strain from a hit-by-pitch in June, which led to a stint on the injured list and persisted despite treatment and footwear experimentation. A full offseason of rest and a Spring Training with infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who has helped J.P. Crawford and Ty France among others, should be beneficial.

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