Posted on: April 4, 2009 5:01 pm
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Meet The C List For The AA Home Run Derby!

 

You may think the C List includes players that are average Home Run hitters. That may be true, but the majority of this list includes players that had down years, have bright futures & are ready to enter their prime years in the league. The letter C on the grading scale usually indicates mediocrity, but don't for a second take these players for granted because they will prove to be invaluable to your Home Run Derby team in 2009!

A & B List players are your catalysts for racking up your home run totals, but you will find that no players will be more valuable to your Home Run Derby team than your C & D list players because they are the ones that have to meet & exceed your expectations to bring home the All American Home Run Derby title!

On that note, Ladies & Gentleman, without further adue...meet the C List Players for the 2009 All American Home Run Derby Contest! 

  

C List Player Bio's:

 

43) Edwin Incarnation, 3B Cincinnati Reds (6-2/230 Pounds): E2 had a breakout season with the “Little Red Machine” last season by hitting 26 Home Runs with the ball club. Incarnation’s bat has been known to fall asleep weeks at a time during the season, but he has a great chance of hitting 30 + home runs this season. He’s well protected in a lineup that includes Brandon Phillips, Joey Veto & Jay Bruce. Oh, I forgot to mention that he plays in the most hitter’s friendly ballpark in the National league.

2009 Home Run Projection: 32 Home Runs  

 

44) Nate McLouth, CF Pittsburgh Pirates (5-11/180 Pounds): McLouth made a name for himself early in the season for the Pirates in 2008 & ended up putting up some very respectable numbers across the board in 2008. McLouth hit 26 Home Runs in 2008, but I wouldn’t expect him to eclipse this number in 2009. He plays in a ball park that’s tough to hit home runs in and he’s too small to be a dependable home run threat all season long.

2009 Home Run Projection: 22 Home Runs  

 

45) Rick Ankiel, CF St. Louis Cardinals (6-1/210 Pounds): Look out for Ankiel to have a big season. This is a contract year for the former pitching phenom and he’ll be focused on putting together his best season in the bigs, so he can cash in on a major pay day in 2010. Ankiel busted out the whoop’n stick during his first full season as an everyday player with the Red Birds last season by hitting 25 long dongs. Ankiel has explosive power and can easily hit 35 Home Runs if he stays healthy.

2009 Home Run Projection: 34 Home Runs  

 

46) Adrian Beltre, 3B Seattle Mariners (6-0/222 Pounds): Let me ask you a question? Do you think A.B. was on steroids during the 2004 MLB season when he crushed 48 Home Runs with the Dodgers? This guy hasn’t hit more than 26 Home Runs since that season and I don’t expect him to hit much more than that in 2009.

2009 Home Run Projection: 25 Home Runs  

 

47) Mike Cameron, CF Milwaukee Brewers (6-2/205 Pounds): Cameron has averaged 23 Home Runs over his past three seasons in the league. He’s a streaky hitter that has a reputation for striking out way too much. He’s proven that he’s superman on defense by collecting three gold gloves during his career, but he’s Clark Kent with a bat in his hand.

2009 Home Run Projection: 23  Home Runs

 

48) Brad Hawpe, RF Colorado Rockies (6-3/210 Pounds): I keep waiting for Hawpe to breakout and join Major League Baseball’s fraternity of serious power threats. He’s well protected in the middle of Colorado’s lineup & plays in the thin air of Colorado’s Coors Field. He’s a very consistent and dependable hitter and I think 2009 will be Hawpe’s year that he will earn the team’s franchise players title. Hawpe has the ability to hit 30 to 35 Home Runs and that’s what I have him pegged for this season.

2009 Home Run Projection: 34 Home Runs  

 

49) Andy LaRoche, 3B Pittsburgh Pirates (6-3/205 Pounds): LaRoche is an exception hitter and has hit 20 + Home Runs 4 years in a row. The knock on LaRoche is that is usually takes him a couple of months to heat up before he starts knocking the ball around all over the diamond.   LaRoche has averaged 26 Home Runs a year over his past three seasons and possesses enough power to easily cross the 30 Home Run plateau.

2009 Home Run Projection: 32 Home Runs

 

 

50) Hunter Pence, RF Houston Astros (6-4/210 Pounds): With only 2 years of experience, Pence has exceeded all expectations that the Astros had of him. Pence hit 25 Home Runs with the Astros last season and plays in a lineup that is loaded with professional hitters that will allow him to constantly see plenty of quality pitches every time he steps in the batters box. Pence has all the makings of a future all star talent and I’m counting on H.P. to hit at least 30 Home Runs in 2009.

2009 Home Run Projection: 30 Home Runs  

 

51) Marcus Thames, LF Detroit Tigers (6-2/220 Pounds): Thames had a solid Home Run campaign with the Tigers by hitting 25 deep flies with the team in 2008. Thames will be able to get more hacks in 2009 with the recent release of Gary Sheffield this past week. Thames has explosive power, so expect his Home Run totals to increase significantly in 2009.

2009 Home Run Projection: 34 Home Runs  

 

52) J.J. Hardy, SS Milwaukee Brewers (6-2/190 Pounds): Hardy has been a monster this spring training by hitting .436 and 4 Homers on top of that. Hardy hit 24 Home Runs in 2008 and I see no reason why he can’t boost his power numbers in 2009. He shows a rare display of power at his position and there’s plenty of plate protection in the Brewers lineup that will allow Hardy’s power numbers to eclipse last season’s Home Run totals.

2009 Home Run Projection: 28 Home Runs  

 

53) Nick Swisher, CF New York Yankees (5-11/210 Pounds): Swisher signed with the Bombers this season because the White Sox released him after last year’s disappointing performance with the team. Swisher did hit a respectable 24 Home Runs with the White Sox in 2008, but his less than desired .214 batting average makes him a liability in any team’s lineup. Swisher has hit more than 24 Home Runs only once in his career and is one of the most overhyped players in the league. Consider Swisher a high risk/high reward player, but I prefer to label him more of a one hit wonder.

2009 Home Run Projection: 18 Home Runs  

 

54) Joey Votto, 1B Cincinnati Reds (6-3/235 Pounds): Votto was a nice, but much needed surprise story for the Reds last season. Votto pounded out 24 Home Runs while batting .292 in a 151 games with “The Little Red Machine” in 2008. Votto is a genetic specimen who hits lefties as good as righties & plays in one of the smallest stadiums in the league. If that isn’t a recipe for a 30 to 35 Home Run season, I don’t know what is!

2009 Home Run Projection: 32 Home Runs  

 

55) Jason Werth, RF Philadelphia Phillies (6-5/225 Pounds): Werth is the reason that Pat Burrell became expendable in Philly. Werth’s size makes him the second coming of Adam Dunn with the exception that he can actually play defense too. Werth quietly hit 24 Home Runs with the Phillies on only 134 games last season. He has 6 Home Runs this spring training and looks like he’s well on his way to being a special player. Oh, did you forget that he hits in a lineup that includes Home Run King Ryan Howard and super stud Chase Utley? Fuggedaboutit…this guy flirts with 40 Home Runs in 2009!   

2009 Home Run Projection: 37 Home Runs  

 

56) Raul Ibanez, LF Philadelphia Phillies (6-2/220 Pounds): Ibanez emerged as a solid power hitter for the Mariners in 2008. Ibanez is one of the most underrated players in the league. Ibanez has a lifetime .286 batting average & has hit 20 + Home Runs 4 years in a row. Ibanez’s contribution to the league finally went noticed when the Phillies snatched him off the free agent market this past off season. My only question is what can Ibanez do now that he’s batting in a lineup that’s loaded with professional hitters?

2009 Home Run Projection: 29 Home Runs  

 

57) Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B San Diego Padres (6-1/215 Pounds): Special K Squared would be high on my recommendations list if he didn’t play in a ballpark that rivals a black hole. Despite the difficulties of clearing the fences in Petco Field, Kouz cleared the fences 23 times in 2008 & has the potential to improve on those totals in ‘09. One thing to keep in mind before taking Kouz is that he had off season shoulder surgery and you never know if that’s going to give him problems at some point during the season.

2009 Home Run Projection: 22 Home Runs  

 

58) Brian McCann, C Atlanta Braves (6-3/230 Pounds): Normally, I would stay away from adding a catcher to my Home Run Derby team because of the abuse they sustain during a 162 game season, but B. Mac is different. He’s young, powerful and is a disciplined hitter at the plate. McCann is a great hitter for a catcher, but I’d still proceed with caution before adding him to my Home Run Derby team.

2009 Home Run Projection: 23 Home Runs  

 

59) Melvin Mora, 3B Baltimore Orioles (5-11/205 Pounds): Doesn’t it seem like Mora has been in the league for years? Well he has…10 years to be exact. Mora hit 23 Home Runs in 2008 for the black birds & has hit 20 + Home Runs 3 out of his last 5 seasons. What was impressive about Mora last season is that he was “En Fuego” the second half of 2008 and poked out 12 Home Runs to close out the ’08 season. Still, Mora isn’t getting any younger and can’t be counted on for anything more than 22 Home Runs anymore.

2009 Home Run Projection: 21 Home Runs  

 

60) Justin Morneau, 1B Minnesota Twins (6-4/235 Pounds): When is last year’s Home Run Derby champ going to live up to his expectations. Morneau only hit 23 Home Runs in 2008, but hit 30 + Home Runs the two previous seasons before that. Morneau is a sensational hitter that plays in one of the most hitter friendly ballparks on the planet. No to mention, the addition of Joe Crede should give him the protection he needs to return to the 30 Home Run club & back to his ‘06 MVP form in 2009!

2009 Home Run Projection: 35 Home Runs  

 

61) Jhonny Peralta, 3B Cleveland Indians (6-1/195 Pounds): Peralta has now hit 20 + Home Runs back to back seasons and is poised to have his coming out party in 2009. Peralta is only 27 years old and his stats gave steadily improved across the board since his inception into the league. Peralta has been tearing the cover off the ball this spring training and I’m expecting him to do much of the same once the regular season starts.

2009 Home Run Projection: 28 Home Runs  

 

62) Luke Scott, LF Baltimore Orioles (6-0/210 Pounds): Scott hit 23 Home Runs in 145 games for the Orioles in 2008. Scott has the potential to hit 25 + Home runs a year, but his platoon status with the rest of the Orioles outfielders hurts his number of plate appearances. Scott punched out 5 dingers this spring training and looks like he may be one of the leagues biggest sleepers in 2009.

2009 Home Run Projection: 29

 

 

63) Geovany Soto, C Chicago Cubs (6-1/225 Pounds): Last year’s rookie of the year has more power than the rest of his peers at the catching position in the league. Soto has more power than Brian McCann and playing in the friendly confines will always be an asset to his Home Run totals every season. Soto has emerged as one of the best catchers in baseball and has a legitimate chance to join the 30 Home Run club this season because he bats in an order that includes Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee & Milton Bradley.

2009 Home Run Projection: 27 Home Runs  

 

64) Ty Wigginton, 3B Baltimore Orioles (6-0/205 Pounds): Wigginton hit an impressive 23 Home Runs in only 385 bats during his tour with the Astros in 2008. Wigginton has a frame that’s solid as a rock and has enough power to hit 30 + Home Runs if he gets a chance to play everyday. Wigginton his 22 + Home Runs three seasons in a row, so you can depend on him to hit a minimum of 20 Home Runs in 2009 if you’re looking for a safe addition to your Home Run Derby roster that has the ability to overachieve for you this season.

2009 Home Run Derby Projection: 28 Home Runs  

 

65) Milton Bradley, RF Chicago Cubs (6-0/225 Pounds): I wrote an article this year title Ball Park Home Run Statistics – 2008 Season that I declared Milton Bradley will underachieve with his new team in 2009. I want to retract that statement after I’ve seen what “Mad” Milton Bradley has done this spring training. Bradley constantly battled injuries while he was with the Rangers in 2008, but still managed to hit 21 Home Runs with the club. Bradley is one of the fiercest competitors the game has ever seen and will do everything he can to make sure his team wins! Bradley is known as one of the toughest outs in baseball & has the potential to hit 25 to 30 Home Runs is he can stay on the field at least 152 games for the Cubs this year.

2009 Home Run Projection: 28 Home Runs  

 

66) Curtis Granderson, CF Detroit Tigers (6-1/185 Pounds): Granderson was a late arrival to the team last season because of a hand injury he sustained. He still defied all odds and batted .302 with 21 Home Runs in only 141 games. Granderson has superstar ability, so be prepared for Curtis to have a big year in 2009, now that’s he’s fully recovered from that injury.

2009 Home Run Projection: 27 Home Runs  

 

67) Chipper Jones, 3B Atlanta Braves (6-4/215): Chipper started off the season like a bat out of hell in 2008 before his bad back forced him to sit out the remainder of the season. Still, the guaranteed first ballot hall of famer posted some MVP caliber numbers in 2008. Last year’s batting champion hit 22 Home Runs in 128 games with the Braves last season. When healthy, Chipper still has poke in his bat to hit 30 Home Runs a season. The problem is that C.J. has not played more than 137 games since 2004 and that lack of playing time will always have a negative impact on his overall batting stats.

2009 Home Run Projection: 25 Home Runs  

 

68) Chris Young, LF Arizona Diamondbacks (6-2/190 Pounds): Young has the potential to be considered one of the elite outfielders in the game. The problem with Chris is that his consistently bad batting average prevents him from doing so. Young has enough strength to hit 30 Home Runs every year, but his inability to lay off bad pitches and be more selective at the plate continues to inflate his strikeout totals year after year. Now 26, Chris has been in the league for three years now and has hopefully learned from his past mistakes that will allow him to join that elite class.

2009 Home Run Projection: 26 Home Runs  

 

69) Jay Bruce, RF Cincinnati Reds (6-3/235 Pounds): Bruce came up in mid season and was given the nickname Bruce Almighty because of what he did on the field in such a short time at the big league level. Bruce hit 21 Home Runs in only 108 games during his rookie tour of duty with the Reds last season. Bruce has the size and strength to be a perennial 35 + Home Runs a year player, but he needs to improve on last year’s .254 batting average to have a shot of doing so.

2009 Home Run Projection: 34 Home Runs  

 

70) Derrek Lee, 1B Chicago Cubs (6-6/235 Pounds): Lee has fallen off a cliff every year after his 2005 season where he blasted 46 Home Runs with the club. It seems like he’s lost his power stroke and can now only be considered an elite defensive player that can only clear the bases by hitting singles & doubles these days. Lee hasn’t hit more than 22 Home Runs since 2005 and I wouldn’t expect anything more from him moving forward as he enters the twilight of his career.

2009 Home Run Projection: 22 Home Runs

 

71) Nick Markakis, RF Baltimore Orioles (6-2/215 Pounds ): “Slick Nick” Markakis started out hotter than a $2.00 pistol last season, but his power numbers slowly faded away the second half of last season. Markakis is a fantasy all star because he can hit for average, drive in runs and steal bases, but may not have enough pop to bring you the All American Home Run Derby championship. He’s only averaged 21 Home Runs the last two season and his power numbers seem to fade as the season progresses. Mar kakis plays in a hitters friendly ballpark & always has the potential to break out of his shell and rub elbows with the 30 Home Run Club. He’s had a nice spring training at the plate, so this may finally be Nick’s year to say “Good Bye Mr. Rawlings” more often than usual.

2009 Home Run Projection: 28 Home Runs

 

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Posted on: March 29, 2009 4:15 pm
 

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Posted on: March 25, 2009 1:45 pm
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Meet The A List For The 2009 AA Home Run Derby!

Meet the men amongst boys of major league baseball, the big boppers, the show stoppers, the monsters of mash, the players that carry the biggest sticks in the league and the ones that can knock the cover off the ball every time they dig into the batter box! These are the players that have the multimillion dollar contracts that are justified, the ones that can silence a crowd or initiate a deafening roar with one crack of the bat!

On this list, you'll see the greatest 1st baseman & the most feared hitter in the game. A 3rd baseman that's the only active player that has a chance to surpass both Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron as the Home Run King of Major League Baseball. A National that can hit a ball further than any human being on the planet. A Prince that's long overdue to claim his thrown and be named the king of swing; along with the most prolific Home Run hitter the game has seen in the past 5 years.

Ladies & Gentleman, without further adue, let me introduce you to the heavy hitters that made our A List for this year's 2009 All American Home Run Derby Contest!

 

A List Player Bio Preview:  

 1) Albert Pujols, 1B St. Louis Cardinals (6-3/230 Pounds): The NL’s two time MVP put up some big numbers across the board last season and did it all on a bum elbow. Pujols ended his 2008 MVP season with 37 Home Runs & a .354 batting average. Pujols has averaged 39.3 Home Runs over his last three seasons and in my opinion should be considered as the most feared hitter in baseball!

 

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Posted on: March 12, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Start Calling Josh Hamilton Chipper!

 

Start Calling Josh Hamilton Chipper!

 

Hamilton is just getting used to his star status in the league, so we’ll give him a pass on an odd injury he sustained while engaging with a fan during spring training earlier this week.

It turns out that “Big Ham” can’t handle a pop can any near as good as he can handle his bat because he chipped his tooth while signing an autograph for one of his adoring fans.

Team officials stated that it wasn’t serious and his pearly whites will be just fine after he visits with the Dentist to avoid looking like he should be on a hockey rink instead of a ball field!

It’s amazing the injuries professional athletes sustain off the field and you’d figure that playing the game would be much more hazardous to their health, but in certain cases it seems like some athletes are more of a danger to themselves off the field.

Take for instance, what happened to super diva receiver Plaxico Burress at a New York night club this past NFL season! For those of you that don’t follow football or have a T.V., “Plexi-Glass” shot himself in the leg while showing off his hand gun to another teammate! Not only did he inflict bodily damage on himself, but he damaged any chance of the Giants repeating as Super Bowl champions because he was suspended for the remainder of the season!

Another strange injury comes from one of baseball’s greatest players to ever play the game, who has built a reputation for silly injuries that have hurt both himself and teammates over his long career!

Ken Griffey Jr. broke his hand while supposedly arm wrestling with his son and missed a significant amount of time that season waiting for that hand to heal. Forget the broken hand, someone should have checked Jr’s fragile psyche to see if he felt emasculated from his kid from reenacting a scene from Sylvester Stallone’s box office crash movie Over The Top.

Legend also has it that Griffey got himself in a pinch during a game with the Reds, when he was a little too rough adjusting his cup and pinched one of his berries hard enough that he had to miss the remainder of that game! I guess a big league cup is designed to protect you from a 90 MPH fastball, but is not safe to adjust when you’re administering the manly shift!

Heading back to football, it’s hard enough for kickers to earn respect in a league that’s dominated by genetic freaks that take severe punishment from hand to hand combat during their entire careers and I’m sure their fraternity wasn’t so happy to see one of their members tarnish any progress of that respect ever happening after making a field goal.

Apparently, Bill Grammatica of the Arizona Cardinals thought football kickers celebrated scoring the same way futbol players do every time they score a goal!

Back in 2001 the annoying brother of the Saints Martin Grammatica, kicked a field goal against the Giants in a game that meant absolutely nothing for his team, but someone forgot to mention that to Martin because he reacted like he just hit a game winning Super Bowl field goal as time expired!

His celebration was very brief though because the town idiot of Phoenix managed to tear his ACL once he touched down on the ground after jumping around like a Ballerina at New York City Music Hall! I don’t know what Grammatica should be more embarrassed about...realizing he’s solely responsible for ending his career or that his vertical was no more than 4 inches!

Lastly, I bring closure to this article by throwing the Astros Hunter Pence under the bus for thinking that he was a member of the Fantastic 4 and could make himself invisible to walk through solid objects. During his rookie campaign last season, Hunter Pence must have been drinking more than Meg Ryan’s character in When A Man Loves A Woman because he walked through a glass door on his way to a hot tub during spring training. It’s been rumored that Pence will test his abilities again by trying to run through the center field wall at Astros stadium. Let’s hope Hunter doesn’t end up like Bump Wills in The Natural!

Anyway, I could dig up enough research on silly sports injuries to write my own coffee table book for your reading pleasure, but I wouldn’t want to bring bad karma on myself for poking fun at other people for being careless morons!

Ouch…I just broke my finger after hitting my exclamation key too hard…That will show me!

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Posted on: March 7, 2009 9:00 pm
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Spring Training Long Ball Update!

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 Written By: Jimmy Da Saint

Spring training is all about getting in shape, getting your timing down, establishing a rapport with your teammates, evaluating player talent & shaping your team’s identity before the regular season starts.

Most teams have only played 6 to 7 games this spring training, but I've seen enough to see which players have their stroke down and which ones that need to spend more time with their hitting coach before they start the 2009 MLB regular season!

Since The All American Home Run Derby is all about celebrating the long ball & showcasing the leagues best homerun hitters; I’m going to breakdown the players in our pool that have been desert hot & mountain cold in spring training!

 

Desert Hot:

 

Josh Hamilton: “Big Ham” has picked up right where he left off last season and has looked very good thus far. Hamilton is 5 for 11 with 2 Home Runs & is batting .500 in 7 games this spring training. Last year’s feel good story is proving last season wasn’t a fluke, so expect Hamilton to improve his numbers across the board in 2009!

 

Paul Konerko: Konerko’s lingering bad thumb injury seems to be a thing of the past because he’s having a very respectable spring training thus far. The 35 year old veteran is batting .400 and has 2 Home Runs in 6 games. Konerko has always been a very streaky hitter, but has proven that he’s one of the leagues biggest power threats when healthy.

 

Johnny Peralta: Peralta is hotter than the Arizona desert in the summer time! J.P. is batting a whopping .636 with 2 Home Runs in just 4 games! Peralta has average 22 Home Runs with 80 RBI’s over his last two seasons in the league and I’m expecting some big numbers from Cleveland’s short stop this season! He’s well protected in the lineup and Cleveland has always been kind to the long ball!

 

Corey Hart: Hart took a step back from his 2007 season in 2008 by hitting only .239 with 5 Home Runs over the second half of last season! Hart must have hit the batting cages with a vengeance this off season because he’s one of the hottest hitter in baseball this spring training. Hart’s batting average is a sick .700 and has 2 Home Runs in 5 games. Hart has the potential to join the 30/30 club this season, so keep an eye out for one of my biggest sleepers in baseball this season.

 

 

 

Joey Votto : Start calling him GE because he’s showing that his powerful bat “brings good things to life!” Votto hit his second Home Run of the spring against the Yankees and is now batting .563 in 5 games. Votto carries a big stick and will prove that he’s one of the leagues most exciting power hitters and fastest rising stars this upcoming season! I’m expecting “GE” to hit a minimum of 35 Home Runs in 2009!

 

 

 

Ryan Howard: Big Lefty is showing us nothing new during his first 5 games in spring training. Howard hit his 3<sup>rd</sup> Home Run on March 5<sup>th</sup> and continues to solidify his place amongst the most elite Home Run hitters in the game today! Howard is one of the few players that has enough pop in his bat to hit 50 + home runs every year!

 

Mountain Cold:

 

Jack Cust: Cust’s batting average is uglier than Betty right now. Cust hit his first Home Run of the season this past week and his batting average of .83 is well below the Mendoza line these days. Like Konerko, Cust has always been known as a streaky hitter, but should have no problem hitting 30+ Home Runs this season in an Oakland line up that's well stacked with plate protection.

 

Mike Jacobs: Talking about a set back…Jacobs is batting .188 with only 1 Home Run in 6 games this spring training. It’s still early, but these types of numbers don’t compare to his break out season with the Marlins last year where he hit 32 Home Runs. Don’t expect Jacobs to ever hit close to .300, but he’s got plenty of power to flirt with 30+ Home Runs this season!

 

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Posted on: March 2, 2009 6:38 pm
 

First Base Is The Place To Be In 2009!

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First base is a position that can easily be taken for granted due its abundance of power bats. Fantasy owners, however, should be cautioned not to wait too long to secure their first baseman since the elite ones offering more than just homers will be gone in an eye blink.

Those who avoid going with Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Mark Teixeira or Justin Morneau may still have fading, but productive veterans, (see Delgado, Carlos) fall to them down the line.

The other option, of course, would be to invest in a lesser-known name with skills even later in the draft. Here are some of those that people should be keeping an eye on.

Daric Barton (OAK): This classic gap hitter has regularly produced high batting averages and on-base percentages throughout his minor league career, which should give fantasy owners some hope despite his slow start last year in which he often failed to make contact.

The 23-year-old’s numbers markedly improved in the second half of 2008, as evidenced by a rising contact rate (73 percent vs. 84 percent) and a surging home run-per-fly ball percentage, which nearly doubled (4 vs. 7).

If Barton can improve last year’s putrid average against right-handers (.208), he may be on his way to becoming a deep-league fantasy option that can deliver a palatable batting average and on-base stats with about 15 or more home runs.

Travis Hafner (CLE): To say that “Pronk,” has really fallen on hard times during the past two seasons is a gross understatement. In his defense, the former 40-plus home run slugger has been fighting lingering shoulder problems and finally underwent surgery during the offseason to get him back to where he once was.

The big bopper is the ultimate risk/reward pick and at 31, Hafner is young enough to bounce back.

At his peak, 30 percent of his fly balls were clearing the fences. If he comes anywhere near that number in 2009, he could easily end up with 25 dingers and 90 plus RBI in a high-octane batting lineup.

A recent report indicates that the first baseman/designated hitter is feeling better than he has in a while.

Ryan Shealy (KC): The former Rockie is an all-or-nothing power bat with the tools to produce a 30-home run season if a team were to ever give him 500 plus at-bats.

The recent trade acquisition of Mike Jacobs has created a logjam at first base, which significantly increases the possibility of Shealy being moved.

Keep on eye on the 6’5” infielder to see if he lands with an organization that will allow him to put last season’s 48-percent fly ball rate to good use.—just don’t expect a high batting average out of him due to his meager contact levels and his inability to hit a high percentage of line drives.

Travis Ishikawa (SF): The 25-year-old lefty put on an eye-opening display of power in both in the majors and minors last season with an astounding 41-percent fly ball rate in Tripe-A Fresno.

His difficulty in making contact versus left-handed pitching, however, may stand in the way of him ever becoming a full-time player.

Kendry Morales (LAA): All eyes will be on young Kendry this season as he inherits first-base duties from Mark Teixeira.

Morales’ contact numbers are stellar to say the least with 87 and 88-percent rates over the past four seasons in that department.

In addition, the switch hitter should be well equipped to hit the ground running as a full-time starter on the major league level with 1300 minor league plate appearances and a .901 OPS to lean on.

Morales has really been turning it on in winter ball recently by going 9 for 23 and homering in four of six contests in the Dominican Republic.

In time, the 25-year-old should be at the very least be a solid .280/20 home run hitter.

Hank Blalock (TEX): It’s no revelation to say that Blalock is an extremely gifted power bat with .543 and .508 slugging percentages over the past two seasons.

If he ever manages to stay in one piece for, let’s say, 150 games one of these years, he stands a decent chance of being a 35-home-run corner infielder with good-enough speed to swipe 10 bags.

But those who’ve rostered him in the past couple of seasons are well aware of his frequent trips to the disabled list. Shoulder issues, a torn hamstring and even carpal tunnel syndrome have all forced the 28-year-old to spend 215 days on the shelf in 2007 and 2008.

A recent study indicated that players injured in two consecutive seasons are more likely to suffer another physical setback in their third year.

Billy Butler (KC): Exceptional contact percentages of 89, 90, 85 and 88 percent over the past four years along with a 71, 79 and 71-percent batting eye over the past three are strong indicators of future success for the hefty 240-pound first baseman/designated hitter.

Last season’s frustrated Butler owners have to keep in mind that the yet-to-be 23-year-old might still need more time to adjust to the big leagues.

If Butler solves his tendency to hit ground balls, he will eventually become a power-hitting force that can hit .300 as well. Whether he ends up putting it together this year is anyone’s guess, but the future here is certainly bright.

Paul Konerko (ChiSox): As a fading grizzled veteran whose halcyon days are behind him, Konerko won’t generate much interest in fantasy drafts, which makes him someone to target in rounds 12 and beyond.

Wrist, oblique and knee injuries last season all did a number on the Providence, Rhode Island native, who experienced a major dip in home runs, RBI and batting average (22/62/.236).

A closer look at his 2008 numbers reveal that 13 of his homers were hit in the last two months of season, which still makes Konerko a power hitter capable of hitting 30 or more balls out of the yard once you extrapolate the stats.

Additionally, his strong contact and eye rates (both at 80 percent or more) virtually guarantee a much-better batting average providing the avoidance of debilitating injuries.

Dmitri Young (WAS): In many ways, the 35-year-old Young is the older and larger version of Hank Blalock thanks to his remarkable skill level along with his propensity to land on the disabled list.

The Nationals sent the journeyman slugger down to Triple-A Syracuse back in November in order for him to get in shape—which is never an easy task for the 298-pound colossus—and compete for a roster spot during spring training.

When he’s on his game, Young makes contact and also hits the long ball.

Leave him in the free agent pool and be ready to pounce on him if and when he gets some playing time. The well-traveled switch hitter can provide an immediate boost to your numbers over the short term.

Ryan Garko (CLE): The 28-year-old batsman was a real disappointment in 2008 due to paltry home run total of 14 down from 20 and 21 in each of the previous two seasons.

Garko did see the ball much better in the second half of the season by posting a .319 batting average after the All-Star break.

Be ready to add him to your squad if he returns to his previous fly-ball and home-run-per-fly ball patterns of 2007. The skills are there for serviceable batting-average and power totals.

Posted on: March 2, 2009 6:37 pm
 

First Base Is The lace To Be In 2009!

Play The All American Home Run Derby This 2009 MLB Season!

 

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First base is a position that can easily be taken for granted due its abundance of power bats. Fantasy owners, however, should be cautioned not to wait too long to secure their first baseman since the elite ones offering more than just homers will be gone in an eye blink.

Those who avoid going with Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, Mark Teixeira or Justin Morneau may still have fading, but productive veterans, (see Delgado, Carlos) fall to them down the line.

The other option, of course, would be to invest in a lesser-known name with skills even later in the draft. Here are some of those that people should be keeping an eye on.

Daric Barton (OAK): This classic gap hitter has regularly produced high batting averages and on-base percentages throughout his minor league career, which should give fantasy owners some hope despite his slow start last year in which he often failed to make contact.

The 23-year-old’s numbers markedly improved in the second half of 2008, as evidenced by a rising contact rate (73 percent vs. 84 percent) and a surging home run-per-fly ball percentage, which nearly doubled (4 vs. 7).

If Barton can improve last year’s putrid average against right-handers (.208), he may be on his way to becoming a deep-league fantasy option that can deliver a palatable batting average and on-base stats with about 15 or more home runs.

Travis Hafner (CLE): To say that “Pronk,” has really fallen on hard times during the past two seasons is a gross understatement. In his defense, the former 40-plus home run slugger has been fighting lingering shoulder problems and finally underwent surgery during the offseason to get him back to where he once was.

The big bopper is the ultimate risk/reward pick and at 31, Hafner is young enough to bounce back.

At his peak, 30 percent of his fly balls were clearing the fences. If he comes anywhere near that number in 2009, he could easily end up with 25 dingers and 90 plus RBI in a high-octane batting lineup.

A recent report indicates that the first baseman/designated hitter is feeling better than he has in a while.

Ryan Shealy (KC): The former Rockie is an all-or-nothing power bat with the tools to produce a 30-home run season if a team were to ever give him 500 plus at-bats.

The recent trade acquisition of Mike Jacobs has created a logjam at first base, which significantly increases the possibility of Shealy being moved.

Keep on eye on the 6’5” infielder to see if he lands with an organization that will allow him to put last season’s 48-percent fly ball rate to good use.—just don’t expect a high batting average out of him due to his meager contact levels and his inability to hit a high percentage of line drives.

Travis Ishikawa (SF): The 25-year-old lefty put on an eye-opening display of power in both in the majors and minors last season with an astounding 41-percent fly ball rate in Tripe-A Fresno.

His difficulty in making contact versus left-handed pitching, however, may stand in the way of him ever becoming a full-time player.

Kendry Morales (LAA): All eyes will be on young Kendry this season as he inherits first-base duties from Mark Teixeira.

Morales’ contact numbers are stellar to say the least with 87 and 88-percent rates over the past four seasons in that department.

In addition, the switch hitter should be well equipped to hit the ground running as a full-time starter on the major league level with 1300 minor league plate appearances and a .901 OPS to lean on.

Morales has really been turning it on in winter ball recently by going 9 for 23 and homering in four of six contests in the Dominican Republic.

In time, the 25-year-old should be at the very least be a solid .280/20 home run hitter.

Hank Blalock (TEX): It’s no revelation to say that Blalock is an extremely gifted power bat with .543 and .508 slugging percentages over the past two seasons.

If he ever manages to stay in one piece for, let’s say, 150 games one of these years, he stands a decent chance of being a 35-home-run corner infielder with good-enough speed to swipe 10 bags.

But those who’ve rostered him in the past couple of seasons are well aware of his frequent trips to the disabled list. Shoulder issues, a torn hamstring and even carpal tunnel syndrome have all forced the 28-year-old to spend 215 days on the shelf in 2007 and 2008.

A recent study indicated that players injured in two consecutive seasons are more likely to suffer another physical setback in their third year.

Billy Butler (KC): Exceptional contact percentages of 89, 90, 85 and 88 percent over the past four years along with a 71, 79 and 71-percent batting eye over the past three are strong indicators of future success for the hefty 240-pound first baseman/designated hitter.

Last season’s frustrated Butler owners have to keep in mind that the yet-to-be 23-year-old might still need more time to adjust to the big leagues.

If Butler solves his tendency to hit ground balls, he will eventually become a power-hitting force that can hit .300 as well. Whether he ends up putting it together this year is anyone’s guess, but the future here is certainly bright.

Paul Konerko (ChiSox): As a fading grizzled veteran whose halcyon days are behind him, Konerko won’t generate much interest in fantasy drafts, which makes him someone to target in rounds 12 and beyond.

Wrist, oblique and knee injuries last season all did a number on the Providence, Rhode Island native, who experienced a major dip in home runs, RBI and batting average (22/62/.236).

A closer look at his 2008 numbers reveal that 13 of his homers were hit in the last two months of season, which still makes Konerko a power hitter capable of hitting 30 or more balls out of the yard once you extrapolate the stats.

Additionally, his strong contact and eye rates (both at 80 percent or more) virtually guarantee a much-better batting average providing the avoidance of debilitating injuries.

Dmitri Young (WAS): In many ways, the 35-year-old Young is the older and larger version of Hank Blalock thanks to his remarkable skill level along with his propensity to land on the disabled list.

The Nationals sent the journeyman slugger down to Triple-A Syracuse back in November in order for him to get in shape—which is never an easy task for the 298-pound colossus—and compete for a roster spot during spring training.

When he’s on his game, Young makes contact and also hits the long ball.

Leave him in the free agent pool and be ready to pounce on him if and when he gets some playing time. The well-traveled switch hitter can provide an immediate boost to your numbers over the short term.

Ryan Garko (CLE): The 28-year-old batsman was a real disappointment in 2008 due to paltry home run total of 14 down from 20 and 21 in each of the previous two seasons.

Garko did see the ball much better in the second half of the season by posting a .319 batting average after the All-Star break.

Be ready to add him to your squad if he returns to his previous fly-ball and home-run-per-fly ball patterns of 2007. The skills are there for serviceable batting-average and power totals.

 

 

Posted on: January 19, 2009 4:43 pm
 

Home Run Statistics For Major League Ballparks!

The 2009 Home Run Derby Starts 4/5/2009 - www.letsgodeep.com



Home Run Statistics For MLB Ballparks - 2008 Season
 

You’ve all heard the terms and know what they mean, but I’m here to show you what it means when a player calls a “pitchers park” home vs. taking most of their cuts in a “hitters park”.

Below you’ll find the rankings based on how many balls flew out of each field last year and I’ve also included the HR hit per game.

*Please note that the New York Yankees moves into their new stadium this year.

 

American League Ballparks

 

Team Name & Ballpark Name

 

1) Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field 2.76 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ The Cell In 2008: Thome, Jim 468 Ft. On 06/04/08

2) Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2.55 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Camden In 2008: Giambi, Jason 450 Ft. On 05/28/08

 

3) Texas Rangers Ameriquest Field 2.52 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Ameriquest In 2008: Hamilton, Josh 468 Ft. On 05/12/08

 

4) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angels Stadium 1.90 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Angels Stadium In 2008: Rodriguez, Alex 466 Ft. On 08/09/08

 

5) New York Yankees Yankee Stadium 1.98 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Yankees Stadium In 2008: Rodriguez, Alex 469 Ft. On 06/30/08 Note: The New York Yankees will be playing in their new stadium in 2009!

 

6) Cleveland Indians Jacobs Field 1.90 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Jacobs In 2008: Cabrera, Miguel 440 Ft. On 09/19/08

 

7) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Angels Stadium 1.90 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Angels Stadium In 2008: Rodriguez, Alex 466 Ft. On 08/09/08

 

8) Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tropicana Field 1.90 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recoded @ Tropicana In 2008: Gross, Gabe 466 Ft. On 08/06/08

 

9) Boston Red Sox Fenway Park 1.81 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Fenway In 2008: Drew, J.D. 460 Ft. On 07/26/08

 

10) Minnesota Twins Metrodome 1.70 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ The Metrodome In 2008: Thames, Marcus 454 Ft. On 09/05/08

 

11) Seattle Mariners Safeco Field 1.67 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Safeco In 2008: Napoli, Mike 441 Ft. On 09/23/08

 

12) Oakland Athletics McAfee Coliseum 1.54 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ McAfee In 2008: Pena, Carlos 451 Ft. On 08/13/08

13) Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre 1.54 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Rogers Centre In 2008: Wilkerson, Brad 447 Ft. On  05/20/08

 

14) Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium 1.52 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Kauffman In 2008: Dye, Jermaine 466 Ft. On 07/10/08

 

 

National League Ballparks

 

Team Name & Ballpark Name

 

1) Cincinnati Reds Great American Ball Park 2.64 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ The GAB: Dunn, Adam 465 Ft. On 05/05/08

 

2) Houston Astros Minute Maid Park 2.39 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Hit @ Minute Maid In 2008: Berkman, Lance 472 Ft. On 06/08/08

 

3) Philadelphia Phillies Citizens Bank Park 2.33 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Citizens In 2008: Ludwick, Ryan 449 Ft. On 07/08/08

 

4) Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field 2.30 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Wrigley In 2008: Dunn, Adam 485 Ft. On 07/10/08

 

5) Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park 2.21 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Miller In 2008: Branyan, Russell 460 Ft. On 05/31/08

 

6) Colorado Rockies Coors Field 2.15 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Coors In 2008: Hawpe, Brad 482 Ft. On 06/30/08

 

7) New York Mets Shea Stadium 2.15 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Shea In 2008: Betemit, Wilson 465 Ft. On 06/29/08

 

8) Florida Marlins Dolphins Stadium 2.10 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Dolphins In 2008: Weeks, Rickie 459 Ft. On 05/07/08

 

9) St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium 1.99 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Busch In 2008: Votto, Joey 452 Ft. On 09/28/08

 

10) Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park 1.88 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ PNC In 2008: LaRoche, Adam 440 Ft. On 09/17/08

 

11) Washington Nationals Nationals Park 1.85 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Nationals In 2008: Howard, Ryan 445 Ft. On 05/21/08

 

12) Atlanta Braves Turner Field 1.78 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Turner In 2008: Ramirez, Hanley 449 Ft. 06/04/08

 

13) San Diego Padres PETCO Park 1.68 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Petco In 2008: Morneau, Justin 444 Ft. On 06/26/08

 

14) Los Angeles Dodgers Dodger Stadium 1.48 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ Dodger In 2008: Ludwick, Ryan 441 Ft. On 05/23/08

 

15) San Francisco Giants AT&T Park 1.48 Home Runs Per Game

Longest Home Run Recorded @ AT&T In 2008: Thames, Marcus 455 Ft. On 06/17/08

 

Best Park:

U.S. Cellular Field is clearly the place that you want your players to call “home”.  Hitters from around the league can’t wait to play at “The Cell” because it's no bigger than a child's sandbox!

Worst Park:

On the opposite side of the spectrum, you can see that it’s difficult for hitters to pad their stats in San Francisco’s AT&T Park.  AT&T Park ranks dead last in Home Runs per game because weather conditions can be tough (windy) & the Giants roster has less power than "The Great Blackout" Of 1965.

Best Change Of Address: Mark “Big Tex” Teixiera

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Most people thought Big Tex’s power numbers would take a major hit when he was traded to Atlanta midway through the season in 2008, but he proved to all of us that he could hit the big fly in any stadium by pounding out 33 home runs last season. The Yankees porches in both corners of their new stadium are shorter than most high school ballparks (318 In Left Field & 314 In Right Field) and that type of distance will make it much easier for Big Tex to clear the fences in 09. Not too mention that he will be well protected in a lineup that possesses other Bronx Bombers that can hit for both power & average like superstar Alex Rodriguez & Xavier Nady. Expect Teixiera to hit anywhere from 35 to 40 home runs inhis first season with the Yankees!

Worst Change Of Address: “Mad” Milton Bradley

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The volatile veteran outfielder’s change of address from humid Texas to Chicago’s Windy City will take a big toll on his numbers. Milton was a beast in 2008 by hitting 22 home runs with a slugging percentage of .563. Milton’s a high risk/ high reward pick in this year’s Home Run Derby because there are so many challenges he’s going to have to face during his first year with the Cubbies. Expect Bradley to hit anywhere from 15 to 20 home runs at most this season!

 

April & May are notoriously cold months in Chicago, the Wrigley faithful are known to “pressure cook” anyone on the team that’s performing below expectations and the Chicago media will be all over him regarding his past instances with teammates, fans & umpires during his tenure in the league.

 

I absolutely love “Mad” Milton’s passion, his hunger to win and that he plays as hard as any player that has ever played the game. What I don’t like is that he’s playing in a hostile environment with fans that are more desperate for a championship than Bernie Madoff is for a pardon for wolfing Wall Street out of $50 billion. The Wrigley Boo Birds will be out in full force if he tanks & that type of negative response could turn this pit bull against his owners at some point in the season. In short….proceed with caution!

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