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“Rafael Devers is young, wild, and free…and might someday be an MVP.” -William Shakespeare

When Rafael Devers was called up in 2017 to take over third base for the Boston Red Sox, it was impossible not to let your imagination get carried away with what his career could turn out to be. I can’t tell you how many times I woke from fitful sleep whispering his name on my lips, starstruck by dreams of Hall of Fame potential. The problem only worsened after Game 4 of the 2017 ALDS. The Red Sox lost to the Houston Astros, 5–4, officially ending their season, but not without a bit of excitement. Down 5–3 in the ninth…


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The Oakland Athletics have only won a single postseason series since the new millennium. This squad looks poised to add a few more. (Photo Credit: KA Sports Photos)

You’d think that Moneyball would have a happy ending. I suppose that, in a way, it does: Brad Pitt’s daughter sang him a cute metaphorical song, Billy Beane told John Henry to suck it (something Dave Dombrowski should have taken notes on), and Jonah Hill laughed at a fat catcher tripping over his shoes but managed to spin it into an inspirational lesson that acted as the thematic backbone of the film. But the Oakland A’s still lost. They always do.

Since 2000, Oakland has made the postseason nine times. Their sole ALCS appearance in 2006 resulted in a sweep…


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Photo Credit: https://tucson.com/sports/d-backs/d-backs-break-out-of-slump-by-crushing-giants/article_2ab71024-7eb2-11e9-bfc9-871678d95e49.html

While you East Coasters were sleeping, the Arizona Diamondbacks were busy crushing the San Francisco Giants’ spirit, piling on for an 18–2 win. It was one of the more lopsided victories for any team this season, and numerous Diamondbacks had outstanding nights. Here are four overreactions from the drubbing:

1. The Diamondbacks have the BEST OFFENSE IN BASEBALL HISTORY

The only offense anybody in baseball seems to care about these days is the Twins. That’s fine and all, but when you need eight home runs a game just to produce any sort of run production, you’re in trouble. It’s just…


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“I’m not in the medical field,” Dustin Pedroia told reporters from the Pawtucket Red Sox dugout on May 17. “I probably could be, but I’m not.”

It’s probably good that he isn’t a doctor. The Red Sox would likely be without World Series Championships in 2007 and 2013 if Pedroia was using his precision to operate on people rather than to rocket baseball around Fenway. His nickname “The Laser Show” might be apt for either profession, but baseball has always been Dustin Pedroia’s true calling.

It’s also probably good that he isn’t a doctor for another, more somber reason. If…


It is 12:31 in Washington, and Travis Bergen just threw a first pitch called strike to Garret Hampson, who showed bunt, but pulled back. It is the top of the eighteenth inning of a meaningless April game between two teams who likely won’t have much to play for by September; both have playoff odds less that sit at less than 5% according to FanGraphs. The score is tied at two apiece. Neither team has pushed a run across since the Giants in the sixth inning, and there have only been five hits since we entered extra innings. I love baseball…


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Mookie Betts and company have a tremendous, unprecedented hill to climb if they hope to recapture October glory. Photo credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mookie_Betts_vs_Orioles_2018.jpg

The Boston Red Sox aren’t supposed to be this bad. Not after steamrolling every team in their path last season en route to a 108 win regular season, an 11–3 postseason, and a World Series Championship, and then returning essentially the entire roster that comprised the greatest team in franchise history. And yet, eleven games into the season, the conversation around the Sox has shifted dramatically from “Can they repeat?” to “Will they get booed during Tuesday’s Home Opener and Ring Ceremony? I sure hope not, but it’s definitely a possibility!” Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

No, the Boston…


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Xander Bogaerts wears the heck out of red high socks, and now we get to see his excellent calf muscles until at least 2025. Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63704136@N00/29719925030

Nomar Garciaparra. It is, perhaps, a bold move to dedicate the first sentence (and the entire incoming first paragraph) of an article about one player to another player entirely, but you can’t begin to talk about Red Sox shortstops unless the conversation starts with the man they called Nomah. A fan favorite, perennial All-Star, and the only player with a pre-at-bat ritual to rival Ichiro’s, Garciaparra’s 40 WAR with the Red Sox is not only the highest mark ever for a shortstop in team history, but is good enough to make him a top ten position player. Nomar sprayed line…


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The Diamondbacks are in for a long, very boring season of baseball. Photo credit: Ken Lund, https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenlund/3441029894

I know not a ton of people read my work here on Medium, but recently, a cool development happened: I got hired to write about baseball at a website called https://diamond-digest.com/. I’m the Diamondbacks correspondent for the site, so I’ll be writing about the team throughout the season. In preparation, I wrote this little team preview. Please check out the rest of our awesome writers on the website, and give us a Twitter follow! With that said, let’s get started.

Preface

Earlier in this seemingly interminable offseason, I had a dream so realistic, that it has to come true: I…


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Good morning, sports fans. Today marks the 91st Academy Awards, and if there’s one thing I love almost as much as baseball, it’s the movies — or as us real fans call it, the “cinéma,” which is French for “cinema,” which is a synonym for “movies.” Through a combination of MoviePass (MoviePass is dead. Long live MoviePass), AMC Stubs A-List (Viva La A-List!), and theater hopping, I watched 41 films that were released in 2018, which was my personal record. There’s nothing quite like seeing a film on the big screen, which for me often means going alone to the…


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John Smoltz is notorious for his apparent dislike towards the game he has dedicated his life to. Don’t be like John Smoltz. Photo Credit: Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports

Recently, Jeff Passan reported that the MLB and MLBPA have discussed the possibility of major rule changes. These include a universal DH, a three-batter minimum for pitchers, and many more possibilities that would greatly alter how the game is played. While none of those rule changes are likely to be implemented within the near future, that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on some other possible changes the MLB could (and, potentially, should) make to improve the product on the field, and generate increased fan interest. This is Part 3 of my “Modest Proposal” series, where I will examine several unorthodox…

Dakota Lovins

I write about baseball. Finished in 5th out of 10 in my fantasy baseball league last year.

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