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The Top Sleeper Teams In Major League Baseball For 2013

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Baseball, Baseball Power Rankings | 0 comments

It was a busy and chaotic offseason for many Major League Baseball teams. There were some unexpected signings, while other teams didn’t experience much movement at all. 2013, promises to be an exciting season. The balance of power may finally be shifting in several divisions, giving hope to fans of teams who have not tasted success in a long time. Here are some teams to keep an eye on in 2013: San Diego Padres With manager Bud Black at the helm, the Padres have a leader that is one of the most respected men in baseball. Third baseman Chase Headley could have an MVP award in his future. The team is most likely going to have one of the better bullpens in the National League. The strength of the bullpen has been a tradition ever since Kevin Towers became...

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Bargain Basement: The 5 Best Low-Payroll MLB Teams in History

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Baseball Power Rankings | 0 comments

In early 1964, The Beatles recorded the song “Can’t Buy Me Love,” in which they sung about the perks that money can and can’t buy. In Major League Baseball, money doesn’t always buy championships, either. Here are five of the lowest-payroll teams in MLB history that went on to greatness.  1. 1990 Cincinnati Reds In 1990, the Cincinnati Reds had the 21st lowest payroll among the 26 teams in MLB. Behind the bats of Barry Larkin, Eric Davis and Sabo, combined with great pitching from Jose Rijo and an outstanding bullpen, the Reds upset the heavily-favored and high-powered Oakland Athletics in the World Series to win their first championship since 1976. 2. 1987 Minnesota Twins For many years, the Minnesota Twins wallowed in mediocrity, yet worked on building a homegrown stable of talent that would come together and gel...

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Handicapping The 2012 Home Run Derby

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012 in Baseball News, Baseball Power Rankings | 1 comment

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on July 9 at 6:47 AM EST to reflect the addition of Pirates OFer Andrew McCutchen to the derby lineup as a replacement for Marlins OFer Giancarlo Stanton. The 2012 Home Run Derby has a lot of new faces, but two defending champions are stepping up to the plate for the American League with a great chance of repeating as champs in 2012. Fantasy baseball superstar Matt Kemp will captain the National League team, and 2012 winner Robinson Cano will head up the American League team. Of the eight participants in this year’s competition, only three have previously appeared in the Derby before – along with Cano, 2009 winner Prince Fielder, Kemp, and Jose Bautista are the only other two. The Full 2012 Home Run Derby Lineup, With Season HR Totals Jose Bautista,...

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Handicapping The 2011 Home Run Derby

Posted by on Jul 9, 2011 in Baseball News, Baseball Power Rankings | 1 comment

The 2011 Home Run Derby has a couple familiar faces this season, including two previous champions as “team captains.” 2010 winner David Ortiz will captain the American League, and 2009 winner Prince Fielder will head up the National League team. Of the eight 2011 participants, only four have previously appeared in the Derby before – Matt Holliday and Adrian Gonzalez are the other two. Real quick side note: Ortiz has been in the contest four times before 2011 – not surprising. But can you believe Matt Holliday has been in the Home Run Derby twice before? I was surprised by that. That means after the derby this year that he will have been in as many derby’s as Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, and Albert Pujols. No diss to Holliday, but that seems like a lot for the guy when...

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Week 3 MLB Baseball Power Rankings

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in Baseball Power Rankings | 1 comment

Welcome to the Week 3 installment of our MLB Baseball Power Rankings. We brought them back this season because we don’t get many chances to talk about the real world of baseball. See below for our power rankings for week 3 of the 2011 MLB season. When the season started, the Phour Aces and the Philadelphia Phillies led the rotation of our preseason no. 1. After three weeks, though, the defending American League Champs have found their way to the top of the list. Following the jump, check out our updated MLB rankings, listed – 1-30. Feel free to leave your disagreements in the comments at the end. Texas Rangers Colorado Rockies Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees Cleveland Indians Los Angeles Angels Kansas City Royals Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants Florida Marlins Milwaukee Brewers Washington Nationals St. Louis Cardinals...

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2011 Preseason MLB Power Rankings

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Baseball Power Rankings | 1 comment

Last season, Fantasy Baseball Dugout was honored to have one of the six voting spots in Yardbarker’s weekly MLB Power Rankings. In 2011, we weren’t invited back… in fact, I’m not even sure if YB is running a power rankings this season. No worries, it’s cool… because we’re bringing back our own rankings for 2011. See below for our preseason power rankings for the 2011 MLB season. Last season we split our time providing analysis on each AL West team and NL East team. Considering the fact that there is so little you can put on wins and losses in Spring Training, you’d think the Giants and Rangers should start 1-2… yeah, they don’t. Instead, to start the season off, the Phour Aces lead the rotation of our preseason no. 1 – the Philadelphia Phillies. After the jump, check...

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