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September 29th, 2023 Week 22: MLB News and Rankings

WEEK 25: MLB News and Rankings

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Saying Goodbye 

In a world of constant change, baseball has remained an unwavering constant. Each year, new players and stories emerge, becoming cherished parts of our lives. However, there comes a time when we must bid farewell.

Miguel Cabrera

  • Originally a shortstop, Cabrera transitioned into a formidable third baseman.
  • At the age of 19, he made a memorable debut with a walk-off homer for the Marlins.
  • Over his illustrious career, Cabrera secured two MVP awards, four batting titles, a coveted Triple Crown, and played a pivotal role in the Marlins' 2003 World Series victory.
  • Beyond his on-field success, Cabrera's legacy extends as an ambassador for Venezuelan baseball, culminating in his participation in the World Baseball Classic this year.
  • A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Cabrera's impact on the game will resonate for generations.

Adam Wainwright

  • Wainwright arrived in St. Louis with questions surrounding him.
  • His signature curveball made him an instant sensation, clinching the 2006 World Series for the Cardinals.
  • Wainwright's career has been defined by consistency and clutch performances.

Zack Greinke

  • Zack Greinke, while not officially retired, faces rumors suggesting the end of his illustrious career.
  • Greinke's career has been nothing short of remarkable. He won a Cy Young Award with the Royals in 2009 and produced his best seasons with the Dodgers.
  • One standout year saw Greinke achieve a 19-3 record with a jaw-dropping 1.66 ERA.
  • Despite his unique character and quirks, Greinke's consistency and health allowed him to rack up an impressive 540 starts since his debut in 2004, the most by any pitcher during that time.
  • Remarkably, despite playing in the postseason for four different teams, including the Dodgers and Astros during some of their best seasons, he never secured a World Series ring. Greinke remains a captivating personality, feeling somewhat otherworldly, as if he were beamed to Earth to play baseball before returning to his home planet.

Joey Votto

  • Joey Votto, once baseball's most anonymous superstar, defied skeptics who questioned his analytics-based approach to the game.
  • His unique ability to read the game, coupled with a keen batting eye and the patience to take walks, made him a lightning rod for discussions about advanced metrics.
  • Over time, Votto's approach was vindicated as he outlasted his doubters and adapted to the evolving landscape of baseball.
  • While he has not officially retired, Votto's legacy is undeniable, and his journey from an underrated superstar to a social media savant has left an indelible mark on the sport.

These players have become part of our baseball narrative, and even as the game continues to change, their legacies remain.

Week 25 - Power Rankings

  1. Atlanta Braves (103-56) 
  2. Baltimore Orioles (100-59)
  3. LA Dodgers (98-61)
  4. TB Rays (97-62) 
  5. Texas Rangers (89-70)
  6. Houston Astros (87-72)
  7. Seattle Mariners (86-73)
  8. Philadelphia Phillies (89-70)
  9. Toronto Blue Jays (88-71)
  10. Milwaukee Brewers (90-69)
  11. Chicago Cubs (82-77) 
  12. Minnesota Twins (85-74)
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