Hello, and welcome to a new series in which we grade trade rumors from around Major League Baseball. The goal isn’t to start ranking the rumormongers by their hits and misses, but to figure out if a rumor makes sense for both teams involved. The more likely a rumor is to make you turn your head like a confused labrador retriever, the more likely it is to deserve a letter grade.
First up, we have a curious one from Bob Nightengale, who comes out of nowhere from the top rope with this one:
There were no rounds, either, no tournament format. Each batter got two chances to hit as many home runs before making five “outs.” That means there were 45 swings in the entire Derby, with five of them leaving the ballpark. Giancarlo Stanton hit 61 home runs in last year’s Derby.
So while there’s a little something missing from this year’s field, it’s still going to be a much, much better Derby than the ones from the past that were besotted with Hall of Famers and members of the 500-homer club. And if this is the trend, I’m all for it. Give me the youngsters who are too young and dumb to know they should be tired. Give me stamina and adrenaline.
Give me large homer fellas with their comically disfigured home runs and general hatred of baseballs.
This field has all that, and the format will make sure they’ll get to show off a lot more than they used to. I’m in. There might not be Cheap Authentic Jerseys a Hall of Famer in the bunch when it’s all said and done, but they’re some of the brightest home run monsters in today’s game.
Ryan Zimmerman is reborn, and his OPS is pushing 1000. Anthony Rendon might be the best hitter on the team. Even Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor Cheap Barcelona Jerseys are hitting a little bit.