Spare Change – Opening Day Hot Takes

Happy Opening Day!! Hard to believe that for the first time since 1909, the Cubs begin the season as the reigning World Series Champs. Will they be able to repeat or will they suffer from the dreaded World Series hangover? We’ll find out after 162 glorious games and Playoffs. Until then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride that is the Major League Baseball season.

 

The Little Things to Look Forward to in 2017

  • Clayton Kershaw’s curve
  • Maddy Bumgarner’s intensity
  • Marco Estrada’s change up
  • Noah Syndergaard’s fastball slider combo
  • Kevin Gausman’s splitter
  • Stephen Wright’s knuckler
  • Everything Yu Darvish’s throws
  • Yadier Molina’s game calling
  • Kris Bryant’s smile
  • Kevin Kiermaier’s eyes and glove
  • Manny Machado’s resemblance to Ariana Grande
  • Yoenis Cespedes’ arm
  • Andrelton Simmons’ glove
  • Everything and anything related to Mike Trout (http://bit.ly/2nP7rgJ)
  • Maddy Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta at the dish
  • A full year of Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benitendi and Hunter Renfroe
  • Anthony Rizzo navigating the walls in foul territory
  • The unintentional comedy that is the double play duo of Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve
  • Dylan Bundy becoming what we thought he’d be – *In Dennis Green voice*
  • Bartolo still doing his thing (in the NL no less – moar #bartolobombs)
  • Donno barehanding slow rollers up the line
  • Everything Adrian Beltre
  • Bonus coverage of West coast games
  • Miguel Cabrera’s oppo hits
  • Buck Martinez wheeze-laughing at his own jokes
  • Pictures of Jake Arrieta in a onesie
  • The fact that Ichiro is still playing
  • The Mets rotation
  • Increasing in-game broadcast use of StatsCast powered by Amazon
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Pink bats and accessories for Mother’s day
  • Blue bats and accessories for Father’s day

Things That Will Surely Test My Patience in 2017

  • Justin Smoak vs. A breaking pitch
  • Kevin Pillar v. Plate discipline
  • John Gibbons v. a challenge
  • Hearing about Scott Boras now that he represents Sanchez
  • Another fully year of Mike Wilner and his smarmy demeanor
  • Edwin walking the parrot at Progressive Field
  • The moniker “Believeland” *wretches*
  • Cubs fans turning from lovable losers into pretentious pricks a la Red Sox fans post 2004
  • Buck Showalter standing on the steps of the dugout and dragging out a (potential) challenge
  • Having to hear about how great the Baby Bombers are, and how rejuvenated the Yanks farm system is
  • Ditto goes for the Red Sox
  • Televised games from the Trop
  • Another year of Longo rotting in Tampa
  • Baseball in Tampa but not in Montreal
  • Rougned Odor’s face
  • The annual sewer backup at the Oakland Co.
  • No More Papi
  • No Jose or Yordano
  • No more soothing voice of Vin Scully

 

Seventh Inning Stretch – Top 7 Players at Each Position

Top 7 Catcher

Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

American League

  1. Jonathan Lucroy
  2. Gary Sanchez
  3. Sal Perez
  4. Wellington Castillo
  5. Stephen Vogt
  6. Wilson Ramos
  7. Russell Martin

 

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National League

  1. Buster Posey
  2. Yasmani Grandal
  3. Wilson Contreras
  4. Matt Wieters
  5. J.T Realmuto
  6. Yadier Molina
  7. Francisco Cervelli

 

Top 7 First Basemen

 

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

 

American League

  1. Miguel Cabrera
  2. Edwin Encarnacion
  3. Chris Davis
  4. Eric Hosmer
  5. Hanley Ramirez
  6. Jose Abreu
  7. Albert Pujols

 

Paul Goldschmidt

 

National League

  1. Paul Goldschmidt
  2. Anthony Rizzo
  3. Joey Votto
  4. Freddie Freeman
  5. Brandon Belt
  6. Matt Carpenter
  7. Adrian Gonzalez

 

Top 7 Second Basemen

 

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American League

  1. Robinson Cano
  2. Jason Kipnis
  3. Brian Dozier
  4. Ian Kinsler
  5. Dustin Pedroia
  6. Jonathan Schoop
  7. Devon Travis

 

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National League

  1. Javier Baez
  2. Daniel Murphy
  3. DJ LeMehieu
  4. Dee Gordon
  5. Logan Forsythe
  6. Jose Peraza
  7. Joe Panik

 

Top 7 Third Basemen

 

MLB: MAR 14 Spring Training - Phillies at Orioles

 

American League

  1. Manny Machado
  2. Josh Donaldson
  3. Evan Longoria
  4. Adrian Beltre
  5. Miguel Sano
  6. Todd Frazier
  7. Kyle Seager

 

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National League

  1. Nolan Arenado
  2. Kris Bryant
  3. Justin Turner
  4. Anthony Rendon
  5. Jake Lamb
  6. Maikel Franco
  7. Eduardo Nunez

 

Top 7 Shortstops

 

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American League

  1. Xander Bogaerts
  2. Francisco Lindor
  3. Troy Tulowitzki
  4. Didi Gregorious
  5. Andrelton Simmons
  6. Jean Segura
  7. Tim Anderson

 

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National League

  1. Corey Seager
  2. Trea Turner
  3. Addison Russell
  4. Brandon Crawford
  5. Dansby Swanson
  6. Aldames Diaz
  7. Jonathan Villar

 

Top 7 Left Fielders

 

 

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American League

  1. Michael Brantley
  2. Khris Davis
  3. Justin Upton
  4. Nomar Mazara
  5. Brett Gardner
  6. Alex Gordon
  7. Andrew Benitendi

 

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National League

  1. Yoenis Cespedes
  2. Gregory Polanco
  3. Kyle Schwarber
  4. Ryan Braun
  5. Marcell Ozuna
  6. David Dahl
  7. David Peralta

 

 

Top 7 Center Fielders

 

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American League

  1. Mike Trout
  2. George Springer
  3. Jackie Bradley JR.
  4. Kevin Kiermier
  5. Adam Jones
  6. Lorenzo Cain
  7. Jacoby Ellsbury

 

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National League

  1. Starling Marte
  2. Christian Yelich
  3. Dexter Fowler
  4. AJ Pollock
  5. Joc Pederson
  6. Adam Eaton
  7. Odubal Herrera

 

 

Top 7 Right Fielders

 

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

 

American League

  1. Mookie Betts
  2. Nelson Cruz
  3. JD Martinez
  4. Jose Bautista
  5. Kole Calhoun
  6. Josh Reddick
  7. Shin Soo Choo

 

Bryce Harper

 

National League

  1. Bryce Harper
  2. Giancarlo Stanton
  3. Andrew McCutcheon
  4. Carlos Gonzalez
  5. Stephen Piscotty
  6. Jason Heyward
  7. Hunter Pence

 

Top 7 Right-Handed Pitchers

 

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American League

  1. Corey Kluber
  2. Carlos Carrasco
  3. Yu Darvish
  4. Felix Hernandez
  5. Rick Porcello
  6. Aaron Sanchez
  7. Justin Verlander

 

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Washington Nationals

 

National League

  1. Max Scherzer
  2. Noah Syndergaard
  3. Johnny Cueto
  4. Stephen Strasburg
  5. Jacob deGrom
  6. Carlos Martinez
  7. Gerrit Cole

 

 

Top 7 Left-Handed Pitchers

 

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American League

  1. Chris Sale
  2. Jose Quintana
  3. David Price
  4. JA Happ
  5. Danny Duffy
  6. Drew Smyly
  7. Sean Manaea

 

kershaw

 

National League

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Madison Bumgarner
  3. Jon Lester
  4. Robbie Ray
  5. Julio Urias
  6. Stephen Matz
  7. Rich Hill

 

Top 7 Closing Pitchers

 

Britton

 

American League

  1. Zach Britton
  2. Andrew Miller
  3. Craig Kimbel
  4. Aroldis Chapman
  5. Roberto Osuna
  6. Sean Doolittle
  7. David Robertson

 

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National League

  1. Kenley Jansen
  2. Wade Davis
  3. Mark Melancon
  4. Seung-hwan Oh
  5. Jeurys Familla
  6. Fernando Rodney
  7. Tony Watson

 

KB

 

The Kris Bryant All-Stars: The All Man Pretty Team or The All Good Face Team

  • C: Buster Posey • San Francisco Giants
  • 1B: Chris Davis • Baltimore Orioles
  • 2B: Javier Baez • Chicago Cubs
  • 3B: Kris Bryant • Chicago Cubs
  • SS: Dansby Swanson • Atlanta Braves
  • OF: Kevin Kiermaier • Tampa Bay Rays
  • OF: Mike Trout • Anaheim Angels
  • OF: Giancarlo Stanton • Miami Marlins
  • RHP: Jake Arrieta • Chicago Cubs
  • LHP: Cole Hamels • Texas Rangers
  • CP: David Robertson • Chicago White Sox

 

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