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A Dinger Dilemma: Will David Ortiz’s Home Run Derby Success Lead To a Second-Half Slump?

Monday, July 12, 2010

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A Dinger Dilemma: Will David Ortiz’s Home Run Derby Success Lead To a Second-Half Slump?

Most baseball fans believe success in the Home Run Derby translates to a power outage in the second half of the season. Josh Hamilton in 2008 comes to mind, but it would be foolish to make assumptions based on that one particular instance. To answer this presumption, I tallied the first and second half home run totals of each Home Run Derby winner since 2000. The results may surprise you. The following table shows the pre and post All-Star Break at-bat per home run rate (AB/HR) of each player in the season they won the Home Run Derby. (Note: an AB/HR rate of 14.0 simply means the player hit a home run once every 14 at-bats.)...

Fantasy Baseball Insiders Buy Or Sell: Troy Glaus

Monday, June 7, 2010

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Fantasy Baseball Insiders Buy Or Sell: Troy Glaus

After nine weeks of play, Braves’ first basemen Troy Glaus is tied with Albert Pujols and Evan Longoria for fifth on the major’s RBI leader board with 44. Given his age and supposed injury propensity, most fantasy managers are looking to turn a profit on Glaus’ hot start. Instead, they should be seeking his services, as the former UCLA Bruin’s torrid start is no fluke. Prior to appearing in just 14 games last season due to shoulder surgery, Glaus averaged 502 at-bats in the previous four seasons (‘05-’08). Now that he’s played in all of Atlanta’s 57 games this season, it’s safe to say those injury concerns are behind him...

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