For the eighth season in a row the American League has topped the National League during interleague play, but it was a lot closer than most of those years.
With a record of 131-121 the AL had a winning percentage of .520, which is their lowest interleague mark since 2004:
Over the course of a 162-game season a .520 winning percentage is the equivalent to going 84-78. Overall the all-time interleague standings have the AL up 1,939 to 1,773, which is a .522 winning percentage and equal to an 85-77 record.
How long has it been since the NL won interleague play? That season the list of players making their MLB debuts included Miguel Cabrera, Mark Teixeira, Hideki Matsui, Chase Utley, Jason Bay, Justin Morneau, Jose Reyes, Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, and Dontrelle Willis.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!