Adam Wells is one of B/R's MLB National Writers. He graduated from Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Media & Public Communication. After growing up as a baseball fan, he has spent the last two years studying prospects and evaluating talent throughout the minor leagues.
Despite living in the heart of Cubs and Cardinals country in Indiana, Adam is an Indians fan thanks to his time spent watching "Major League" as a child. You can follow Adam on Twitter @adamwells1985.
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You know you messed up putting Hosmer over Freeman. Just admit it considering there's logical argument for Hosmer. I wont say anything about Bogaerts over Simmons because that could actually be an argument. But Hosmer over Freeman is not. Oh, and J-Hey in right and Stanton at DH would make MUCH more sense. You know, something any common baseball fan would know.
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Mr Wells . . .I posted this on my Facebook. I'll give it to you as posted . . .and perhaps, just perhaps, you will do a LITTLE more research when you write your articles;
The historical ignorance of this article is truly, deeply immense. . .this putz with a pen obviously doesn't consider ANY game not televised as being of any import or interest when, for example, considering best WS pitching performances ever. Try this one, bozo: Christy Mathewson, 1906, 3 starts, 3 wins, gave up NO runs and only 14 hits in 27 innings. Oh, and the Giants 4th win in that series was also a shutout, NY Iron Man McGinnity. THAT is a spectacular pitching performance under pressure.
Close was 1908, when Orvie Overall and Mordecai Brown won 2 games each for the Cubs (last time they won, by the way), 29 total innings, 1 run total between them.
Try opening a book and reading every once i na while . . .
People make mistake and people sometimes make a wrong prediction. Acknowleding that, this article is too much because of the word "Foolish." Baseball writers can make mistakes. I wonder Adam Wells watched Ryu's games on Youtube when he wrote this article.
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Adam, nice attempt at projecting Yasiel Puig's long-term value, but you have missed the most important element (he brought life to a moribund dugout and rescued Mattingly's job). Then, along with Hanley's return from the DL, he propelled a last-place team into the best record in MLB over the past 6-8 weeks. Second, with his aggressiveness in the field and on the bases, he has completed transformed the game for all players involved (much as Magic Johnson did when he arrived in the NBA). What you're entirely missing when simply looking at statistics are the plays he's creating by having put everyone on notice that he's coming after you on every play. Do your statistics factor in Shin Soo Choo's 2-base throwing error that occurred because Puig took a wide turn around first base and taunted Choo into trying to pick him off (much as Puig has done to a few opposing baserunners already, starting with the game-ending DP in the 9th to end his very first MLB game)? Do your stats factor in when he tags up from first on a fly ball into center field? Two weeks ago, he scored three runs that would have never been scored by any other MLB player because of his aggressiveness. Third, ranking his OF defense involves more than just measuring the catches he makes out of his zone, but the impact of those catches -- on both the outcome of the game and the force with which the catches are made (crashing into walls, the backhand diving catch, etc.).
Simply put: despite missing the first two months of the season, Yasiel Puig is the undisputed NL MVP. No player has meant more to his team than Puig. Without him, the Dodgers would still be languishing in a dysfunctional, lethargic club house and their manager would have already been fired. With him, they are running away with their division and a viable World Series contender (an unimaginable feat in most people's eyes as recently as July 7th when I got 22-to-1 odds for them to win the WS).
Besides Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, I'm not sure who else stands in his company as an aggressive, dynamic, five-tool, game-changing player. Don't get me wrong: over the course of a full season, no one can match Miggy Cabrera's bat or Clayton Kershaw's arm, but can you think of five players you'd rather have in a 1-run game -- whether to create the tying run by any means possible on offense or preserve the slim lead on defense?
P.S. Here's something else for you to explore: the impact of the Home Runs hit. Nine of Puig's 11 home runs have come in meaningful situations (a 2-run lead or less) and, I believe, more than half of them have either come when the score was tied, when the Dodgers were down by one, or after the 8th inning. Several have been dramatic game-winning or vital game-tying shots. I'd love to see you compare that blend to the home runs hit by the three power hitters you cited in your article. I don't have numbers on this, but most big power hitters collect the abundance of their stats (especially homers and RBI) in blow-out situations ("pigs at the trough"), which is also why they disappear in October (A-Rod, Bonds -- except for one post-season, etc.) and the hitters who can manufacture a run (such as Puig) end up wearing the rings.
Obviously you don't care about your comments, so I'll come here and tell you: The Astros are in the AMERICAN League. It was one of the biggest stories of the offseason.