Daily Archives: February 21, 2014

2014 Spring Training, Day 9

Larry Andersen is a special pitching instructor this year.  I had a conversation with Larry during Phantasy week in January.  Larry presides as the commissioner during Phantasy week and spends a lot of time visiting with the people watching the games.  During one of these visits, I asked him about his upcoming stint as instructor and his future in the broadcasting booth.  Larry said that he was supposed to be a special instructor each of the past two seasons but that something came up each year that cancelled his appearance.  He said that he would love to be a pitching coach again and that he would gladly Continue reading 2014 Spring Training, Day 9

The Next Five – 2014 Rankings

So instead of me trying to write up a HILARIOUS Top 30 like I did last year, (you all remember how funny that was? No? Oh, come on!), or a serious Top 30 that will be put to shame by the depths to which Matt will go this year, (or even the depths to which he went last year), I’m going to take this chance to lobby for a couple guys who missed our Top 30, and give you all the chance to discuss. I might do it again next week as well, just to see how we might have progressed to 40. And if it’s rolling along just fine, maybe go five a week right up to opening day. I ranked 76 guys last year, and my list is around 95 right now, before I cull out a handful of NPs from last year’s draft and guys who proved themselves NPs from last year’s performances, plus whichever borderline guys get cut in the spring training numbers game.

So here’s my next five, with my personal rankings in parentheses:

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