Why: Morris, who had 254 wins, pitched a 10-inning shutout in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series and topped out at 67.7 percent of the BBWAA vote in 2013, doesn’t need too many people to make his case at this point. He might have the best chances of anyone on the committee’s ballot this fall. He’s an underwhelming candidate by sabermetrics, but that seems unlikely to work too much against him with the committee.
Limited Mens William Jackson Jersey Barnes threw a 90-mph fastball that was headed inches behind Machado’s head. A hitter’s natural reaction is to lean back, away from a pitch.
Somehow, Machado managed to lean forward; if he’d leaned back, we wouldn’t be talking about a close miss. We would probably be wondering whether one of baseball’s brightest stars would be OK after suffering a concussion or worse. Watch it again.
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There’s not much to nick at The MIck being in this sweet spot in the order. Three MVPs, seven World Series titles and 20 All-Star game appearances will do that. He was a fixture in the ’50s, ’60s the way Jeter was in the ’90s, aughts and ’10s.
The Yankee Clipper would be ahead of Mantle if not for the latter’s longevity. DiMaggio did dominate along with rival Ted Williams in their seasons not lost to serving in World War II. In terms of always lovable celebrity status (sorry, A-Rod), nobody has been better since than Jeter.
In the desert, the Diamondbacks lineup has been spectacular, too — all eight regulars with at least 60 plate appearances have an OPS of at least .800 — and former ace Patrick Corbin looks like he’s back to his All-Star form after a couple of injury-plagued seasons. The rotation behind Corbin and Zack Greinke has been solid, but the pitching isn’t all peachy; Shelby Miller just learned he’ll need Tommy John surgery, and for-now closer Fernando Rodney has a 12.60 ERA.