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Storylines: Power outage a problem throughout baseball

Storylines: Power outage a problem throughout baseball
Nelson Cruz enjoyed a powerful year, but most of the rest of baseball did not. (Photo: AP)
October 20, 2014
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  • Jordan Bastian of believes that power among the MLB is down significantly from how it was a few years ago. According to Bastian, only 18 players had 27 home runs and only 11 had 30 home runs or more. That is the least amount of 30 or more home run hitters since 1992. Bastian also states how most chatter among teams is to get a big bat and watch the power numbers soar, but that it is easier said than done these days as some players struggle to live up to the power expectations.

Other News

  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Kansas City Royals Gm Dayton Moore could possibly leave for the Atlanta Braves vacancy whether the Royals win the World Series or not.
  • According to Chris Cotillo of, the Atlanta Braves have signed infielder Pedro Ciriaco to a minor league deal.
  • According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets are two of the possible teams that will go after Nick Markakis.
  • According to Jun Hugo of the Wall Street Journal Japan, former Indians and NPB MVP Alex Ramirez has retired. He hit 380 home runs in his career with Yakult, Yomiuri and Yokahoma of Japan.
  • Rob Bradford of reports that Chili Davis will leave the Oakland Athletics as the hitting coach and join the Boston Red Sox for the same position.

User Comments

October 20, 2014 - 2:14 PM EDT
Not sure if anyone else saw, but Baseball America came out with their annual postseason draft analysis today. They ranked the Indians' 2014 draft class #1 in the league. Here's hoping they're right, and this class helps to make up for some of the poor drafts in the last decade.
October 20, 2014 - 6:49 AM EDT
Alton, I 100% agree. I thought Alex Ramirez could of been a productive ML hitter if he had been given a chance
October 20, 2014 - 4:37 AM EDT
I always wondered what happened to Alex Ramirez, he kinda reminded me of a poor man's Brian Giles because he used to hit whenever the Indians played but never got much of an opportunity. Glad he enjoyed a productive career. Wonder why he didn't get more tread in the majors tho.
C L Who
October 20, 2014 - 1:19 AM EDT
The "big bat" is illusory to a large extent. The big bat now is anything over 30 HR per season. The big bat can be replaced by two players hitting 15 to 20 each, and the best teams have 4 to 7 players with 15+ bombs.

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