HBT Weekend Wrapup

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Stuff you missed over the weekend while you wished the weather would make up its damn mind already between summer and fall:

  • Tyler Colvin was impaled by a bat shard. We’ll obviously have more about this and maple bats and all of that kind of thing over the next few days.
  • Whenever you have the chance to lock up a guy with no managerial experience and no real prospects for a top post elsewhere six months in advance, you can’t pass up that opportunity.
  • A.J. Burnett has a mysterious black eye. I keep going back and forth between it being the result of some ugly incident like a bar fight and some embarrassing incident like he was trying to open a wine bottle during a quiet evening at home, but the cork was stubborn so he but the bottle between his knees and pulled on it with both hands, only to have one fly off and hit himself. In the head, actually, during which he dropped and broke the bottle and got wine all over the carpet so his girlfriend punched him in the eye.
  • La Russa hasn’t decided if he’s coming back next year or not. Someone get Jack Clark’s comments on this. Not that they’d be germane, but I just can’t wait to hear him open his mouth again.
  • Nyjer Morgan gave that fan at whom he threw the ball in Philly free tickets behind the Nats dugout for a game this past weekend, plus a pregame field pass. I’m a bit sad that the fan apparently survived the game without being attacked by a folding chair or one of Morgan’s valet/managers, meaning that he’s really not owning this heel-turn.

And on with the week we go.

2017 Preview: The National League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.

The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?

Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:

Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres

2017 Preview: The American League West

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West

There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.

Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?

Our 2017 AL West Previews:

Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics