2010 projected leaders: Slugging percentage

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
Slugging percentage
1. Albert Pujols – .624
2. Ryan Braun – .575
3. Miguel Cabrera – .574
4. Prince Fielder – .570
5. Mark Teixeira – .570
6. Ryan Howard – .561
7. Hanley Ramirez – .549
8. Alex Rodriguez – .548
9. Evan Longoria – .544
10. Adrian Gonzalez – .542
11. Manny Ramirez – .542
12. Joe Mauer – .538
13. Pablo Sandoval – .532
14. Justin Upton – .531
15. Kendry Morales – .529
16. David Wright – .528
17. Adam Lind – .528
18. Jason Bay – .524
19. Matt Holliday – .520
20. Josh Hamilton – .517
21. Aramis Ramirez – .514
22. Justin Morneau – .514
23. Mark Reynolds – .512
24. Carlos Quentin – .512
25. Matt Kemp – .512
– While the Yankees and Red Sox occupied three spots apiece in the top 25 for OBP on Monday, Boston is left out here. The Yankees have two of the top 10, plus Robinson Cano just missing the list at .510. Boston’s highest, though, is David Ortiz at .504, followed by Kevin Youkilis at .498.
– There were three players with isolated slugging percentages (SLG – AVG) of .250 or better not to make the top 25: Adam Dunn (.245 AVG, .504 SLG), Carlos Pena (.243, .500) and Russell Branyan (.234, .493).
– Pujols tops both the OBP and slugging lists, which obviously gives him the top OPS on the board at 1067. Next are Fielder at 976, Cabrera at 965, Teixeira at 962 and Mauer at 958.

Mitt Romney’s sons are trying to buy a stake in the Yankees

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Tagg Romney son of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Mitt Romney built his professional life in Massachusetts and was once the governor of the state. As such, it is not surprising that he has long identified as a Red Sox fan. So this has to be troubling to him from a fan’s perspective. From Jon Heyman:

The Romney family is bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled. If the deal goes through, it is expected to be $25 million to $30 million per percentage point and thought to be interested in one or two percentage points. The Yankees are valued around $3 billion or more.

The effort is being led by Mitt’s son Tagg, one of his brothers and their business partners. Mitt’s spokesman tells Jon Heyman that he has nothing to do with it personally. Tagg Romney is reported to have been planning a bid for controlling interest in the Marlins, but that has fallen through.

I find this interesting insofar as the M.O. for the Steinbrenners has, for years, been to buy out minority shareholders in the Yankees, not seek more. Indeed, when George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees back in 1973 he held just a bare controlling interest and there were a ton of silent partners, most of which were back in Ohio and knew Steinbrenner from his shipping business. I’ve personally gotten to know some of them over the years as there are a handful of them in Columbus and I crossed paths with them in my legal career. They have almost all been bought out in the past couple of decades. They still get season tickets and World Series rings and stuff. You can tell them by their personalized Yankees plates and the fact that, within the first ten minutes of meeting them, they will tell you that they once owned a piece of the Yankees but got pushed out.

In light of all of that it’s interesting that the Steinbrenners are once again accepting bids for small stakes in the team. Especially from someone whose interest in controlling the Marlins suggests that they do not consider it to be a mere vanity investment. Makes me wonder what the Steinbrenners’ long term plans are.

Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can’t even throw fastballs right now.

The reason: the stress fracture he suffered last August is still causing him problems and Scherzer is unable to use his fastball grip without feeling pain in his right ring finger. He will throw a bullpen session tomorrow, but will only use his secondary stuff.

Scherzer has not been ruled out for Opening Day — the fact that he is throwing some means that his timetable isn’t totally on hold — but you have to figure, at some point, not being able to air things out and use his heater will lead to some problems in his spring training routine.