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Michael Bradburn brought us his way too early National League Cy-Young contenders, which include a superhero from Flushing and a newcomer to the Dodgers.
How confident are our readers in their general managers? Here are the results from our poll for the AL East.
Speaking of the AL East, the Red Sox are perfectly mediocre says our own Matt Goldman.
Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus is finally realizing expectations (and helping my fantasy team out).
Now, after a long seven-year journey, it looks like what was expected of Rasmus years ago is finally coming to fruition for the soon-to-be 30-year-old outfielder. In 2009, when Rasmus was ranked the #3 prospect in baseball by Baseball America, he was known as a slow starter at the plate. In his career to that point, which was only three seasons, Rasmus was a .244 hitter in April. Even as recently as 2014, some of his early season numbers weren't fun to look at – he hit .194/.242/.387 in the first month – but this April, Rasmus is not starting slow in any way. Rasmus is batting .293/.440/.707 with seven home runs, 11 runs scored, and 18 RBI. He's walked 16 times and struck out 17 times. All that has lead to a .473 wOBA and a 222 wRC+. It's his best April start since 2011, when he finished that month with a .301/.392/.476 with three home runs and 10 RBI for the Cardinals.
Here is the latest news from around the National League West.
Take a peek at the estimated TV revenue for all 30 MLB teams.
The ownership shares are incredibly important when it comes to revenue-sharing because any money gained as an owner of a network is shielded from revenue-sharing, as are the figures that MLB has provided when calculating the players’ share of revenue. The losses are not considered as well, which likely hurts the Astros, who struggled to get paid by Comcast on their deal, which is now with DIRECTV through ROOT SPORTS. This shielding of revenue is also where the dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals is relevant. The Orioles own a much bigger share of MASN than the Nationals, so every dollar that does not go towards the Nationals’ rights fees gets paid in a disproportionate share to the Orioles.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1941, the Chicago Cubs become the first team to install an organ.