MVPs of the Weekend (July 25, 26, 27, 2014): Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Santana

Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Santana are the MVPs of the weekend. A special mention should go to Puig, who had THREE TRIPLES AND A DOUBLE on Friday. That’s impressive. Amazingly, this is his first MVP of Yesterday of the season.

Standings, as always, after the jump:

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Future Possibilities for International Games

At the start of the season, regular season games were held in Sydney, Australia.* Whether you like it or not, it was not the first and won’t be the last time that MLB opened overseas. But, where will MLB go next? Here’s an overview of possibilities:

 

* This was partly written immediately following those games, but fell by the wayside until now, so here it is.

A Return to the Tokyo Dome

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Location: Tokyo, Japan

Baseball Pedigree: Has hosted baseball since it opened in 1988, home of the Yomiuri Giants, hosted WBC games in 2006, 2009 and 2013, hosted MLB season-opener games in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Japan is one of the preeminent baseball nations on Earth and host to the world’s 2nd most prominent baseball league.

Capacity: Between 42,000 and 55,000 (depending on configuration)

Pros: Japan is baseball-mad, has shown it can pack the stadium for MLB games, and the Tokyo Dome is highly-familiar to MLB officials and some players thanks to it’s many previous MLB-related events. Being a dome makes weather considerations non-existent, and Tokyo’s status as one of the world’s greatest cities allows for plenty for players to do when not playing.

Cons: It’s been done before several times, it’s a type of stadium that has been phased out of MLB, and, while this isn’t much of a factor that MLB cares about much, there is the time difference issue, with night games in Tokyo being early morning games in the Eastern USA and very, very, very early morning games in the western part of the USA.

Likelihood of return: It’s inevitable that MLB will return to Japan again sometime in the future, the question is whether the Tokyo Dome is the place it will happen. More-than-likely yes, but I’ll be looking at other possible Japanese sites later on.

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Under the new Baseball HOF eligibility rules, the following players wouldn’t have been voted in

A new set of rules at the HOF makes the 15-year eligibility period only 10 years (players who already are past the 10 years will be grandfathered in). Besides making it that much harder for Tim Raines to get to 75% in time, this also makes one wonder who in the Baseball HOF voted in by the writers would have not been voted in under the new series of rules.

I checked, and these players wouldn’t have made it (of course, many of them may have ended up getting inducted by the Veteran’s Committee):

  • Harry Heilmann
  • Bill Terry
  • Rabbit Maranville
  • Dazzy Vance
  • Gabby Hartnett
  • Red Ruffing
  • Ralph Kiner
  • Bob Lemon
  • Duke Snider
  • Bruce Sutter
  • Jim Rice
  • Bert Blyleven

And now you know…

MVP of Yesterday (7-24-2014): Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber was awesome last night. No, he wasn’t just awesome, he was spectacular, going 9 innings of 2-hit ball! He struck out 10!

And… he got the no-decision. Because THIS happened:

(Facepalm) Well, at least you won MVP of Yesterday. It’s your second of the year.

Standings after the jump:

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Over at “Hall of Very Good”: The San Diego Chicken Off the Field: A Brief Overview of Baseball’s Ambassador To The World”

I wrote a brief overview of the Famous Chicken’s exploits away from baseball over at “Hall of Very Good”, so check it out, and also check out some of the great stuff about the rest of this year’s inductees.

MVP of Yesterday (7-23-2014): Jorge De La Rosa

The MVP of Yesterday is Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies. While he did give up an earned run during his 7.1 innings pitched, he also struck out 11, and even got a hit at the plate as well.

Standings, as always, after the jump:

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