2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
1. Alex Rodriguez – 942
2. David Wright – 926
3. Evan Longoria – 913
4. Pablo Sandoval – 905
5. Chipper Jones – 897
6. Aramis Ramirez – 882
7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866
8. Mark Reynolds – 856
9. Troy Glaus – 821
10. Edwin Encarnacion – 819
– Yeah, I know Sandoval and Glaus won’t be playing third base this year. I did list Kevin Youkilis with the first basemen. He came in at 891.
(Edit – Of course, Sandoval is going to play 3B this year, I forgot the Giants signed Aubrey Huff)
– Adrian Beltre comes in at 789, but it wouldn’t surprise me much to see him come in somewhere around 820-840. Besides his 1017 mark in 2004 and an 835 in 2000, his high water point was 802 three years ago. However, he’s never played in a park like Fenway.
– Encarnacion’s presence will surprise some, but his career mark is 790 and he finished up well in his intro to the AL last year, coming in at .274/.364/.547 with seven homers in his 95 at-bats in Sept./Oct.

Zack Greinke named the Dbacks’ Opening Day starter

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 21, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Not a surprise, but a news item on a slow news day is a news item on a slow news day: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has named Zack Greinke as the club’s Opening Day starter.

Greinke’s first season with the Diamondbacks is not exactly what the club hoped for when he signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal in December of 2015. He dealt with oblique and shoulder issues while struggling to a 4.37 ERA over 26 starts. Greinke hasn’t pitched yet this spring, but will make his spring debut on Friday. He and the club are obviously hoping for a quiet March and a strong beginning to the season.

Either for its own sake or to increase the trade value of a player who was acquired by the previous front office regime.

“La Vida Baseball,” celebrating Latino baseball, launches

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A new website has launched. It’s called “La Vida Baseball,” and it’s all about celebrating the past, present and future of Latino baseball from a Latino perspective.

The site, produced in partnership with the Hall of Fame, has four general areas of focus:

  • Who’s Now: Focusing on current Latino players;
  • Who’s Next: Focusing on top prospects here, in the Caribbean and in Central and South America;
  • Our Life: Off-the-Field stuff, including player’s lives, lifestyles and hobbies; and
  • Our Legends: Focusing on Latino baseball history, Hall of Famers and overlooked players.

As the site has just launched there aren’t yet a ton of stories up there, but there is one about Roberto Clemente, another about Felix Hernandez and some other stuff.

The site is much-needed. Baseball reporters for American outlets are overwhelmingly white, non-Spanish speakers. Reporters, who, generally, gravitate to the players who are the most like they are. Which is understandable on some level. When you’re writing stories about people you need to be able to communicate with them and relate to them on more than a mere perfunctory level. As such, no matter how good the intentions of baseball media, we tend to see the clubhouse and the culture of baseball from a distinctly American perspective. And we tend to paint Latino players with a broad, broad brush.

La Vida Baseball will, hopefully, remedy all of that and will, hopefully, give us a fresh and insightful depiction Latino players and their culture.