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MLB Power Rankings for June 16, 2014

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Major League Baseball Power Rankings for June 16, 2014

We’re more than two months into the season and it’s getting clearer who are the “haves” and “have nots” this year.   The biggest risers this week are the Blue Jays; biggest falls go to Colorado and Boston.

I’ve divided the rankings in to 4 tiers of teams. The “Elite” are the best of the best right now. The “Contenders” are in the thick of the pennant race. Those in the “Meh-zo-sphere” cling to dreams of playing relevant September baseball, and once mathematically eliminated are shooting for .500. The “Suh-diddly-uckleheads” are already looking forward to October golfing.

Records through June 10.

Rank Record Team Rise/Fall
The Elite
1.
44-22
San Francisco Giants +1
2.
39-25
Oakland A’s +2
3.
38-26
Milwaukee Brewers
4.
39-26
Toronto Blue Jays +14
5.
35-28
Los Angeles Angels +2
The Contenders
6.
33-27
Detroit Tigers -5
7.
33-29
Atlanta Braves -2
8.
34-31
Los Angeles Dodgers
9.
33-29
Washington Nationals
10.
32-30
Baltimore Orioles
The Meh-zo-sphere
11.
31-31
New York Yankees
12.
34-29
Seattle Mariners +4
13.
33-31
St. Louis Cardinals
14.
33-31
Cleveland Indians +6
15.
33-30
Miami Marlins
16.
31-33
Texas Rangers -2
17.
31-32
Kansas City Royals
18.
30-33
Pittsburgh Pirates +9
19.
32-33
Chicago White Sox
20.
29-33
Cincinnati Reds +3
21.
29-33
Minnesota Twins +4
22.
29-34
Colorado Rockies -16
23.
29-36
Houston Astros +7
24.
25-36
Philadelphia Phillies
25.
28-35
New York Mets -4
The Suh-diddly-uckleheads
26.
28-35
Boston Red Sox -14
27.
28-35
San Diego Padres -7
28.
28-38
Arizona Diamondbacks
29.
25-36
Chicago Cubs
30.
24-41
Tampa Bay Rays -4

MLB Power Rankings for May 19, 2014

Major League Baseball Power Rankings for May 19, 2014

We’re 7 weeks into the season and it’s getting clearer who are the “haves” and “have nots” this year.  The Brewers and Giants are off to a hot start, while disappointment reigns in Pittsburgh and Tampa.

I’ve divided the rankings in to 4 tiers of teams. The “Elite” are the best of the best right now. The “Contenders” are in the thick of the pennant race. Those in the “Meh-zo-sphere” cling to dreams of playing relevant September baseball, and once mathematically eliminated are shooting for .500. The “Suh-diddly-uckleheads” are already looking forward to October golfing.

Records through May 14.

Rank Record Team Rise/Fall
The Elite
1.
24-12
Detroit Tigers +7
2.
26-15
San Francisco Giants +21
3.
25-15
Milwaukee Brewers +23
4.
25-16
Oakland A’s
5.
22-17
Atlanta Braves +4
The Contenders
6.
23-19
Colorado Rockies +12
7.
21-18
Los Angeles Angels +7
8.
22-20
Los Angeles Dodgers -7
9.
21-19
Washington Nationals +6
10.
20-18
Baltimore Orioles
The Meh-zo-sphere
11.
20-19
New York Yankees -8
12.
20-19
Boston Red Sox -10
13.
20-20
St. Louis Cardinals -8
14.
20-20
Texas Rangers -8
15.
21-20
Miami Marlins +14
16.
20-20
Seattle Mariners +6
17.
20-19
Kansas City Royals
18.
20-21
Toronto Blue Jays +2
19.
20-22
Chicago White Sox +9
20.
19-21
San Diego Padres +4
21.
19-21
New York Mets
22.
19-21
Cleveland Indians -10
23.
17-20
Cincinnati Reds -12
24.
17-21
Philadelphia Phillies -5
25.
18-20
Minnesota Twins
The Suh-diddly-uckleheads
26.
18-23
Tampa Bay Rays -13
27.
17-22
Pittsburgh Pirates -20
28.
16-27
Arizona Diamondbacks -12
29.
13-25
Chicago Cubs -2
30.
14-27
Houston Astros

MLB Power Rankings for Opening Day 2014

Rankings for Opening Day 2014

Baseball is back following its banishment of winter back to hell for another half year. Yes, baseball did it! If some people think men rode dinosaurs, then baseball surely can defeat winter. Jack Frost has been bludgeoned to death by a Louisville Slugger. (UNSPOILER ALERT: Alternate ending to Disney’s “Frozen”)

I’ve divided the rankings in to 4 tiers of teams. The “Elite” are the best of the best right now. The “Contenders” are in the thick of the pennant race. Those in the “Meh-zo-sphere” cling to dreams of playing relevant September baseball, and once mathematically eliminated are shooting for .500. The “Suh-diddly-uckleheads” are already looking forward to October golfing.

 

Rank Record Team Rise/Fall
The Elite
1.
0-0
Los Angeles Dodgers
2.
0-0
Boston Red Sox
3.
0-0
New York Yankees
4.
0-0
Oakland A’s
5.
0-0
St. Louis Cardinals
The Contenders
6.
0-0
Texas Rangers
7.
0-0
Pittsburgh Pirates
8.
0-0
Detroit Tigers
9.
0-0
Atlanta Braves
10.
0-0
Baltimore Orioles
The Meh-zo-sphere
11.
0-0
Cincinnati Reds
12.
0-0
Cleveland Indians
13.
0-0
Tampa Bay Rays
14.
0-0
Los Angeles Angels
15.
0-0
Washington Nationals
16.
0-0
Arizona Diamondbacks
17.
0-0
Kansas City Royals
18.
0-0
Colorado Rockies
19.
0-0
Philadelphia Phillies
20.
0-0
Toronto Blue Jays
21.
0-0
New York Mets
22.
0-0
Seattle Mariners
23.
0-0
San Francisco Giants
24.
0-0
San Diego Padres
25.
0-0
Minnesota Twins
The Suh-diddly-uckleheads
26.
0-0
Milwaukee Brewers
27.
0-0
Chicago Cubs
28.
0-0
Chicago White Sox
29.
0-0
Miami Marlins
30.
0-0
Houston Astros

Unpacking the New MLB Plate Collision Rule: Some Unintended Consequenses

Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced their first attempt to protect players from collisions at home plate.

Here’s the meat of the new rule:

  • A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball).
  • Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score. If, in the judgment of the Umpire, the catcher, without possession of the ball, blocks the pathway of the runner, the Umpire shall call or signal the runner safe.

 

Home Plate Collision

via Getty Images.

How will it change the game in reality?   For the runners, “direct pathway to the plate” has to mean more than staying within the baselines.  Perhaps they mean moving your body, leading with your hand or foot, covering the shortest distance possible between where you are and the closest part of the plate.  Aiming for the catcher = bad.  Aiming for the plate = good.  However, what if you are dodging a tag and initiate more than a brushing contact with the catcher?  Under the rule you could be out, but it seems to go beyond the rule’s purpose: preventing harmful violent collisions.

For the catcher, it’s a big issue of timing.  If you block the plate when you have the ball, you’re fine and the runner’s out.  If you block the plate before you have the ball, the runner is safe.  There’s the rub.  A strategic catcher might end up causing the legal collision to be more violent.  To abide by the rule the catcher should be sure to stay clear enough behind the front of the plate before he gets the ball.  When he does get the ball, in many cases, instead of starting from a more stationary position, the catcher then would have to move/lunge to block the plate.  Someone else can check my physics, but having both players in motion at the time should create a greater force of impact.

Still, the play is still rare enough that we won’t notice the impact on the game. For a couple of years, expect the plays at the plate to be a little more awkward.

If you are looking for a more exciting change, take a look at the “Live Fly Ball” rule.