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Archive for February, 2011

It’s appropriate to recognize Duke Snider today because he died yesterday. Snider, a center fielder, was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 by the baseball writers. Snider played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 through 1957, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1958 through 1962, the New York Mets in 1963 and the San Francisco [...]

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1. Joe Mauer, Twins: 2010 statistics: .327 batting average, 9 homers, 75 RBIs, .402 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage, .871 OPS 2010 caught stealing percentage: He threw out 26 percent of attempted base stealers. He has thrown out 36 percent of attempted base stealers during his career. Chris Smith’s 2011 projection: Expect him to hit for the same type of [...]

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Baltimore’s Matt Wieters won’t be ranked a top 10 catcher in Smitty on Baseball’s 2011 preseason catcher rankings that come out later today, but he will be a Fantasy sleeper. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Just to let you all know, I will be previewing the top 10 catchers in Major League Baseball on the blog today. [...]

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1. Evan Longoria, Rays: 2010 statistics: .294 batting average, 22 homers, 104 RBIs, .372 on-base percentage, .507 slugging percentage, .879 OPS, 15 steals Chris Smith’s 2011 projection: Expect his power numbers to increase from last year and resemble the stats he posted in 2009 when he hit 33 homers and drove in 113 runs. Longoria by the numbers: Won the 2008 [...]

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Infielder Rogers Hornsby won the National League batting title seven different times, including leading the league with a .424 batting average in 1924. He led the NL in on-base percentage nine times, including posting a .507 OBP in 1924. He led the league in RBIs four times and home runs twice. He led the league [...]

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Bob Lemon started his career as a position player, but he eventually became an extremely successful pitcher. Lemon, who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians, was an American League All-Star pitcher seven straight years (from 1948  through 1954). He won 20 or more games in a season seven different times, including winning 23 [...]

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1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins: Florida Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez will be the first shortstop taken in most every Fantasy draft. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) 2010 statistics: .300 batting average, 21 home runs, 76 RBIs, .378 on-base percentage, .475 slugging percentage, .853 OPS, 32 stolen bases Chris Smith’s 2011 projection: He’s one of the best all-around players in the game. Expect him [...]

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Don Drysdale pitched during 1956 and 1957 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, then pitched from 1958 through 1969 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 6-foot-5, 190 -pound right hander, who was an eight-time All-Star, finished his career with a 209-166 record, 2.95 earned run average, 167 complete games in 465 game starts, 49 shutouts, six saves [...]

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1. Robinson Cano, Yankees: 2010 statistics: .319 batting average, 29 homers, 109 RBIs, .381 on-base percentage, .534 slugging percentage, .914 OPS, three stolen bases Chris Smith’s 2011 projection: He will have a similar year statistically to what he had in 2010, and maybe even post better stats. Each of the past two seasons his home run and RBI production [...]

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1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals: St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols. AP Photo/Eric Risberg The 31-year-old Pujols is the best player in the game. And he will be the top Fantasy Baseball pick in most drafts. Look for him to have another big year offensively. 2010 statistics: .312 batting average, 42 home runs, 118 RBIs, .414 on-base percentage, .596 slugging percentage, 1.011 [...]

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