Stat of the day: Home runs in past calendar year

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Taken from FanGraphs:

Albert Pujols – 51
Ryan Howard -43
Carlos Pena – 41
Miguel Cabrera – 39
Prince Fielder – 39
Adam Dunn – 39
Adrian Gonzalez – 38
Mark Teixeira – 37
Raul Ibanez – 35
Jermaine Dye – 34
Alex Rodriguez – 34
Jason Bay – 34
Mark Reynolds – 34

By the way, if we handed out superlatives for the past year, Albert
Pujols would win the Triple Crown. He leads the National League with a
.351 batting average (only Joe Mauer’s .355 BA bests him) and the
majors with 152 RBI in that time. The next closest run producer is
Justin Morneau, who has knocked in 131 runs in the past year.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.