Wild Card Expansion This Season? Looks Likely

Wild Card expansion for 2012 talks ongoing

 By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward a Thursday deadline to expand the playoffs by adding two additional Wild Card teams overall, creating a one-game first-round playoff in each league, beginning with the 2012 postseason.

The new format was set late last year for a 2013 inception in the new five-year Basic Agreement between the owners and union. The two sides had a deadline of about two months to negotiate the logistics of beginning it a year early.

English: Baseball commissioner Bud Selig prese...

A report on Wednesday that the deal is nearly complete could not be confirmed. A highly placed source said negotiations between the two sides were ongoing and that work still had to be done.

The agreement expands the Wild Card by adding two additional teams, one each in the American and National Leagues. The three division winners in each league would await the survivor of the one-game Wild Card playoff, establishing the Division Series field. The subsequent DS, League Championship Series and World Series formats would remain the same.

This has been the logistical problem: The regular season ends this year on Wednesday, Oct. 3, leaving only two days for travel, weather problems, plus season-ending tiebreakers for division titles and Wild Card berths and the Wild Card play-in games prior to the start of playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 6. The World Series is slated to start on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

This year’s schedule was long set before collective bargaining ended with a new agreement on Nov. 21.

The expanded playoffs were linked this past November to the sale of the Astros by Drayton McLane to Houston businessman Jim Crane and their move from the NL to the AL, effective for the 2013 season. The Commissioner’s Office and the union collaborated on those developments during last year’s months of collective-bargaining negotiations.

The Astros’ shift from the NL Central to the AL West will give each league 15 teams and all six divisions five clubs.

MLB has been studying how to expand the playoffs for at least two years, and it became a hot topic of discussion in Commissioner Bud Selig‘s 14-man special committee that has been studying on-field improvements of the sport.

The playoff and realignment matters had to be collectively bargained because they involve scheduling, and the union made it clear that any playoff expansion would be tied to moving a team from the six-team NL Central to the four-team AL West to create better competitive balance.

Michael Weiner, the union’s executive director, ultimately said that the playoff expansion wouldn’t have happened without the Astros’ move into the AL.

The 2004 World Series Trophy in City Hall Plaz...

The current Wild Card format and three divisions in each league were adopted in 1994. From 1969-93, there were two divisions in each league and a League Championship Series between the first-place teams as a prelude to the World Series. Prior to 1969, only the pennant winners in each league met in the World Series.

The new format means that 10 of the 30 teams make the postseason. The additional Wild Cards will place a premium on winning the division title for several reasons: The division winner will get at least a couple of days to breathe before the start of each Division Series, plus it won’t have to burn up perhaps its best starting pitcher to win a play-in game.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow@boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun Wins Appeal, Not Guilty.

Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

Panel votes 2-1 to overturn NL MVP’s suspected violation

By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com

PHOENIX — The verdict is in for National League MVP Ryan Braun: Not guilty.

Ryan Braun

The Brewers outfielder on Thursday became the first Major Leaguer to successfully appeal a suspected violation of MLB’s Drug Treatment and Prevention Program. The 2-1 ruling from a three-member special panel spared Braun a suspension that might have covered as many as 50 games and positions him to man left field when the Brewers begin their defense of the NL Central crown.

Braun called it the “first step in restoring my good name and reputation,” and he will report to camp Friday and address the media at an 11 a.m. MT news conference that will air live on MLB.com, brewers.com and MLB Network. Major League Baseball was swift to respond to the ruling.

“As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute,” read part of a statement from MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred. “While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Das cast the deciding vote on a panel that also included Manfred and MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner. According to multiple reports, Braun called into question the chain of custody of the sample when it wasn’t immediately sent in via Fed Ex as required by the testing policy.

It would have been far more difficult, experts say, for Braun to fight the result based on supposedly inadvertently taking a supplement or medication that included a banned substance, even if it truly had been prescribed for a purpose not related to performance enhancement. So a challenge based on improper protocol stands to reason as Braun’s best chance to have gotten the appeal honored.

“We were able to get through this, because I am innocent and the truth is on our side,” Braun said in a statement. “We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances. I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.”

The MLBPA took the unusual step of releasing news of Braun’s successful appeal, which under normal circumstances would have remained confidential.

Given the high-profile nature of the case, which leaked in December and became national news, the MLBPA and MLB agreed to announce the result.

Ryan Braun

“Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our clubs and all of the players who take the field,” Manfred said in MLB’s statement. “It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.”

Several Brewers teammates said they were elated at the news. Left-hander Chris Narveson, the Brewers’ union representative, was playing golf with fellow starting pitchers Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf and Shaun Marcum when he got the news.

“It’s huge, getting a bat like that back in your lineup,” Narveson said. “This is what we thought we were going to get all along.”

Narveson declined to address what he knew about the specifics of Braun’s defense, but dismissed the idea that Braun’s case hinged on a technicality.

“If somebody mishandles a sample, that’s not just a technicality, that’s an error,” Narveson said. “I don’t know all of the details, so I don’t want to comment too much. But put it this way: This isn’t the first time we’ve had issues with the people [in charge of testing] in Milwaukee. There have been other issues with timing.”

General manager Doug Melvin focused on the bottom line: “I don’t know anything about it other than my job and responsibility as a general manager is to put the best team on the field, and the decision allows me to do that a little bit better.”

Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio released a statement Thursday night on behalf of the Brewers.

“Since joining our organization in 2005, Ryan Braun has been a model citizen and a person of character and integrity,” the statement read. “Knowing Ryan as I do, I always believed he would succeed in his appeal. “I also want to reiterate my support for Major League Baseball’s strict substance testing program. It is unfortunate that the confidentiality of the program was compromised, and we thank our fans and everyone who supported Ryan and did not rush to judgment. “The team is looking forward to seeing Ryan in camp tomorrow. With this now behind us, we return our focus to the ballpark and defending our NL Central Division title.”

This day had been looming since October, when Braun was required to submit a urine test during the playoffs that reportedly contained a very high level of testosterone. Typically, such findings remain secret while a player exhausts his appellate rights, but in Braun’s case the result was leaked in a Dec. 10 report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”

In the meantime, Braun had become the Brewers’ first league MVP in 22 years, edging the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and former Brewers teammate Prince Fielder in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Braun batted .332 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in a charmed 2011 season. He signed a club-record-shattering contract extension in April that made him Brewers property through at least 2020, was voted an All-Star Game starter for the fourth straight season — though he was forced to withdraw because of a leg injury — and led Milwaukee to a club-record 96 regular-season wins and its first division crown in nearly three decades. He then became the Brewers’ first league MVP since Robin Yount won the American League award for a second time in 1989, a triumph that seemed to promise a dream winter for Braun, who was sitting on the balcony of his oceanside home in Malibu, Calif., when a BBWAA official called with the news.

What no one other than Braun, his closest advisers and a handful of MLB officials knew at that time was that the specter of a suspension loomed. Two weeks later, the rest of the world knew.

Ryan Braun

The night the news broke, a Braun spokesperson released a statement citing “highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan’s complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program.” Braun replied in a text to MLB.com that night saying he was eager to state his case, but more than a month would pass before he got his chance.

An appeal began Jan. 19 before Weiner, Manfred and Das. Two days later, with the panel’s ruling pending, Braun accepted his NL MVP Award from the BBWAA at a dinner event in New York.

Now he’ll get a chance to defend it. Braun will report to camp one day before the team’s first full-squad workout on Saturday.

“This is not just about one person, but about all current and future players, and thankfully today the process worked,” Braun said in his statement. “Despite the challenges of this adversarial process, I do appreciate the professionalism demonstrated by the panel chair and the Office of the Commissioner. As I said before, I’ve always loved and had so much respect for the game of baseball. Everything I’ve done in my career has been with that respect and appreciation in mind.

“I look forward to finally being able to speak to the fans and the media on Friday and then returning the focus to baseball and working with my Brewers teammates on defending our National League Central title.”

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at@AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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TOP 25s Players WARs – Values, Teams WARs – Values

Jacoby Ellsbury at bat 09/13/2009

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE TOP 25 Batters based on WAR

 

Rk Age Tm PA RAR WAR ▾ oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary Acquired
1 Jose Bautista 30 TOR 655 89 8.5 85 8.1 0.4 $8,000,000 Traded
2 Jacoby Ellsbury* 27 BOS 732 75 7.2 71 6.8 0.4 $2,400,000 Amateur Draft
3 Miguel Cabrera 28 DET 688 73 7.1 80 7.8 -0.7 $20,000,000 Traded
4 Adrian Gonzalez* 29 BOS 715 71 6.9 57 5.5 1.4 $6,300,000 Traded
5 Dustin Pedroia 27 BOS 731 70 6.8 61 5.9 0.9 $5,750,000 Amateur Draft
6 Evan Longoria 25 TBR 574 62 6.3 51 5.2 1.1 $2,000,000 Amateur Draft
7 Alex Gordon* 27 KCR 690 60 5.9 51 5.1 0.8 $1,400,000 Amateur Draft
8 Mike Napoli 29 TEX 432 59 5.5 52 4.9 0.6 $5,800,000 Traded
9 Alex Avila* 24 DET 551 55 5.4 56 5.5 -0.1 $425,000 Amateur Draft
10 Ian Kinsler 29 TEX 723 57 5.4 47 4.4 1.0 $6,200,000 Amateur Draft
11 Adrian Beltre 32 TEX 525 55 5.2 41 3.9 1.3 $14,000,000 Free Agency
12 Curtis Granderson* 30 NYY 691 56 5.2 58 5.4 -0.2 $8,250,000 Traded
13 Ben Zobrist# 30 TBR 674 50 5.1 54 5.6 -0.5 $4,687,300 Traded
14 Peter Bourjos 24 LAA 552 48 5.0 35 3.6 1.4 $414,000 Amateur Draft
15 Erick Aybar# 27 LAA 605 46 4.7 41 4.2 0.5 $3,000,000 Amateur Free Agent
16 Robinson Cano* 28 NYY 681 49 4.6 51 4.8 -0.2 $10,000,000 Amateur Free Agent
17 Alberto Callaspo# 28 LAA 536 43 4.5 27 2.8 1.7 $2,000,000 Traded
18 Brett Gardner* 27 NYY 588 47 4.4 12 1.2 3.2 $529,500 Amateur Draft
19 Jhonny Peralta 29 DET 576 44 4.4 34 3.4 1.0 $5,250,000 Free Agency
20 Yunel Escobar 28 TOR 590 45 4.3 36 3.4 0.9 $2,900,000 Traded
21 Howie Kendrick 27 LAA 583 42 4.3 35 3.6 0.7 $3,300,000 Amateur Draft
22 Kevin Youkilis 32 BOS 517 44 4.3 37 3.6 0.7 $12,250,000 Amateur Draft
23 J.J. Hardy 28 BAL 567 41 4.1 34 3.4 0.7 $5,850,000 Traded
24 Matt Wieters# 25 BAL 551 40 4.0 30 3.0 1.0 $452,250 Amateur Draft
25 Carlos Santana# 25 CLE 658 38 3.9 42 4.2 -0.3 $416,600 Traded
26 David Ortiz* 35 BOS 605 40 3.8 40 3.8 0.0 $12,500,000 Free Agency
NATIONAL LEAGUE TOP 25 Batters based on WAR
Rk Age Tm PA RAR WAR ▾ oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary Acquired
1 Matt Kemp 26 LAD 689 97 10.0 87 9.0 1.0 $7,100,000 Amateur Draft
2 Ryan Braun 27 MIL 629 76 7.7 70 7.1 0.6 $4,287,500 Amateur Draft
3 Joey Votto* 27 CIN 719 64 6.5 57 5.8 0.7 $7,410,655 Amateur Draft
4 Pablo Sandoval# 24 SFG 466 57 6.1 43 4.6 1.5 $500,000 Amateur Free Agent
5 Jose Reyes# 28 NYM 586 56 5.8 60 6.2 -0.4 $11,000,000 Amateur Free Agent
6 Troy Tulowitzki 26 COL 606 60 5.8 47 4.5 1.3 $5,500,000 Amateur Draft
7 Mike Stanton 21 FLA 601 55 5.7 35 3.6 2.1 $416,000 Amateur Draft
8 Andrew McCutchen 24 PIT 678 53 5.5 46 4.8 0.7 $452,500 Amateur Draft
9 Albert Pujols 31 STL 651 51 5.4 43 4.5 0.9 $14,508,395 Amateur Draft
10 Lance Berkman# 35 STL 587 50 5.2 57 5.9 -0.7 $8,000,000 Free Agency
11 Prince Fielder* 27 MIL 692 52 5.2 58 5.9 -0.7 $15,500,000 Amateur Draft
12 Hunter Pence 28 2TM 668 51 5.2 51 5.3 -0.1 $6,900,000 Traded
13 Shane Victorino# 30 PHI 586 50 5.1 45 4.6 0.5 $7,500,000 Rule 5 Draft
14 Michael Bourn* 28 2TM 722 47 5.0 34 3.6 1.4 $4,400,000 Traded
15 Chris Young 27 ARI 659 47 4.8 29 3.0 1.8 $5,200,000 Traded
16 Carlos Lee 35 HOU 653 44 4.6 24 2.5 2.1 $19,000,000 Free Agency
17 Miguel Montero* 27 ARI 553 44 4.5 35 3.6 0.9 $3,200,000 Amateur Free Agent
18 Carlos Beltran# 34 2TM 598 42 4.4 48 5.0 -0.6 $19,325,436 Free Agency
19 Matt Holliday 31 STL 516 39 4.1 39 4.1 0.0 $16,317,774 Free Agency
20 Brandon Phillips 30 CIN 675 40 4.1 39 4.0 0.1 $11,437,500 Traded
21 Justin Upton 23 ARI 674 41 4.1 49 5.0 -0.9 $4,458,333 Amateur Draft
22 Corey Hart 29 MIL 551 39 4.0 29 3.0 1.0 $6,833,333 Amateur Draft
23 Yadier Molina 28 STL 518 36 3.9 30 3.2 0.7 $5,312,500 Amateur Draft
24 Jimmy Rollins# 32 PHI 631 35 3.7 30 3.0 0.7 $8,500,000 Free Agency
25 Aramis Ramirez 33 CHC 626 35 3.6 44 4.5 -0.9 $14,600,000 Free Agency
AMERICAN LEAGUE TOP 25 Pitchers based on WAR

 

Rk Age Tm IP GS R RAR WAR ▾ Salary Acquired
1 Justin Verlander 28 DET 251.0 34 73 87 8.6 $12,850,000 Amateur Draft
2 CC Sabathia* 30 NYY 237.1 33 87 75 6.9 $24,285,714 Free Agency
3 Jered Weaver 28 LAA 235.2 33 65 61 6.6 $7,365,000 Amateur Draft
4 Josh Beckett 31 BOS 193.0 30 65 64 6.2 $17,000,000 Traded
5 James Shields 29 TBR 249.1 33 83 59 6.1 $4,250,000 Amateur Draft
6 Ricky Romero* 26 TOR 225.0 32 85 61 5.9 $1,000,000 Amateur Draft
7 Doug Fister 27 2TM 216.1 31 76 55 5.7 $436,500 Amateur Draft
8 Gio Gonzalez* 25 OAK 202.0 32 81 49 5.0 $420,000 Traded
9 C.J. Wilson* 30 TEX 223.1 34 89 52 5.0 $7,000,000 Amateur Draft
10 Jon Lester* 27 BOS 191.2 31 77 50 4.8 $5,750,000 Amateur Draft
11 Felix Hernandez 25 SEA 233.2 33 99 43 4.7 $11,700,000 Amateur Free Agent
12 Jeremy Hellickson 24 TBR 189.0 29 64 43 4.2 $418,400 Amateur Draft
13 Justin Masterson 26 CLE 216.0 33 89 38 4.1 $468,400 Traded
14 Dan Haren 30 LAA 238.1 34 91 38 4.0 $12,750,000 Traded
15 Matt Harrison* 25 TEX 185.2 30 79 42 4.0 $428,830 Traded
16 David Robertson 26 NYY 66.2 0 9 31 3.9 $460,450 Amateur Draft
17 Scott Baker 29 MIN 134.2 21 50 39 3.8 $5,000,000 Amateur Draft
18 Mark Buehrle* 32 CHW 205.1 31 93 37 3.7 $14,000,000 Amateur Draft
19 Brandon McCarthy 27 OAK 170.2 25 73 37 3.7 $1,000,000 Free Agency
20 David Price* 25 TBR 224.1 34 93 37 3.7 $2,084,671 Amateur Draft
21 Ivan Nova 24 NYY 165.1 27 74 37 3.6 $432,900 Rule 5 returned
22 Trevor Cahill 23 OAK 207.2 34 102 34 3.5 $440,000 Amateur Draft
23 Alexi Ogando 27 TEX 169.0 29 73 37 3.5 $430,150 Rule 5 Draft
24 Mariano Rivera 41 NYY 61.1 0 13 24 3.5 $14,911,700 Free Agency
25 Freddy Garcia 34 NYY 146.2 25 63 38 3.4 $1,500,000 Free Agency
NATIONAL LEAGUE TOP 25 Pitchers based on WAR

 

Rk Age Tm IP GS R RAR WAR ▾ Salary Acquired
1 Roy Halladay 34 PHI 233.2 32 65 67 7.4 $20,000,000 Traded
2 Clayton Kershaw* 23 LAD 233.1 33 66 64 7.0 $500,000 Amateur Draft
3 Cliff Lee* 32 PHI 232.2 32 66 68 6.9 $11,000,000 Free Agency
4 Ian Kennedy 26 ARI 222.0 33 73 51 5.5 $423,000 Traded
5 Cole Hamels* 27 PHI 216.0 31 68 51 5.4 $9,500,000 Amateur Draft
6 R.A. Dickey 36 NYM 208.2 32 85 44 4.9 $2,750,000 Free Agency
7 Tim Lincecum 27 SFG 217.0 33 74 39 4.4 $14,000,000 Amateur Draft
8 Jhoulys Chacin 23 COL 194.0 31 87 48 4.3 $419,000 Amateur Free Agent
9 Johnny Cueto 25 CIN 156.0 24 51 39 4.3 $3,400,000 Amateur Free Agent
10 Matt Cain 26 SFG 221.2 33 82 34 3.9 $7,333,333 Amateur Draft
11 Jair Jurrjens 25 ATL 152.0 23 52 35 3.8 $3,250,000 Traded
12 Chris Carpenter 36 STL 237.1 34 98 33 3.7 $14,259,403 Free Agency
13 Tim Hudson 35 ATL 215.0 33 86 36 3.7 $9,000,000 Traded
14 Hiroki Kuroda 36 LAD 202.0 32 77 35 3.7 $11,765,724 Free Agency
15 Eric O’Flaherty* 26 ATL 73.2 0 9 27 3.7 $895,000 Waivers
16 Jonny Venters* 26 ATL 88.0 0 19 25 3.7 $429,500 Amateur Draft
17 Ryan Vogelsong 33 SFG 179.2 28 62 34 3.7 $ Free Agency
18 Tyler Clippard 26 WSN 88.1 0 18 25 3.4 $443,000 Traded
19 Anibal Sanchez 27 FLA 196.1 32 85 33 3.4 $3,700,000 Traded
20 Shaun Marcum 29 MIL 200.2 33 84 32 3.3 $3,950,000 Traded
21 Randy Wolf* 34 MIL 212.1 33 95 29 3.1 $9,500,000 Free Agency
22 Jeff Karstens 28 PIT 162.1 26 69 29 3.0 $1,100,000 Traded
23 Craig Kimbrel 23 ATL 77.0 0 19 20 3.0 $419,000 Amateur Draft
24 Matt Garza 27 CHC 198.0 31 90 28 2.9 $5,950,000 Traded
25 Joel Hanrahan 29 PIT 68.2 0 17 19 2.9 $1,400,000 Traded
Team & League Player Value–Batters

 

Tm PA Rbat Rbaser RAR WAR ▾ oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary
BOS 6414 133 -1 326 31.3 325 31.3 0.0 $148,057,142
STL 6242 110 -6 283 30.0 289 30.8 -0.8 $98,746,072
TBR 6152 50 -2 290 29.9 254 26.1 3.8 $41,053,571
TEX 6261 59 16 307 29.0 284 26.7 2.3 $81,529,294
LAA 6088 11 9 265 27.0 211 21.5 5.5 $116,796,166
MIL 6113 10 -2 236 24.3 212 21.6 2.5 $84,297,333
CIN 6329 -17 -3 235 24.1 204 20.7 3.4 $75,947,134
DET 6231 82 -12 242 23.8 263 25.8 -2.0 $103,065,231
NYY 6306 51 2 251 23.5 237 22.5 1.0 $190,004,628
PHI 6279 -43 7 216 22.2 190 19.6 2.6 $172,148,379
ARI 6096 -15 5 219 22.1 189 19.1 3.0 $53,639,833
KCR 6267 33 -3 208 20.6 229 23.1 -2.5 $29,151,000
CLE 6142 -6 -5 184 18.5 165 16.6 1.9 $48,360,966
TOR 6210 -46 7 187 18.3 170 16.1 2.2 $59,277,300
WSN 6090 -85 4 162 17.0 124 12.6 4.3 $63,442,928
NYM 6335 28 4 163 16.8 242 25.2 -8.4 $97,202,602
CHC 6130 -49 -4 160 16.4 154 15.9 0.5 $125,047,329
LAD 6094 -40 3 158 16.3 162 17.0 -0.7 $104,188,999
SFG 6091 -77 -2 150 16.1 131 13.9 2.2 $112,198,333
HOU 6150 -82 3 147 15.6 123 13.1 2.5 $69,108,000
FLA 6232 -56 -5 138 14.4 146 14.9 -0.5 $56,944,000
ATL 6169 -73 -8 130 13.3 125 12.8 0.6 $87,002,692
SDP 6074 -97 8 113 12.2 110 11.5 0.7 $45,040,240
BAL 6156 -7 9 120 11.8 174 17.3 -5.5 $83,712,038
CHW 6159 -71 -4 116 11.2 111 10.7 0.5 $126,189,000
PIT 6064 -93 -15 80 8.2 93 9.5 -1.3 $44,180,000
OAK 6104 -90 0 73 7.3 103 10.5 -3.2 $60,272,500
COL 6275 -91 -4 74 7.1 116 11.3 -4.2 $88,148,071
SEA 5972 -124 -4 59 6.2 66 7.0 -0.8 $79,948,100
MIN 6020 -120 4 40 3.9 75 7.2 -3.3 $112,318,000
185245 -714 2 5332 538.4 5277 531.9 6.3 $2,657,016,881

 

Team & League Player Value–Pitchers

 

Tm IP GS R Rrep Rdef RAR WAR ▾ Salary
PHI 1477.0 162 529 803 26 274 30.2 $94,287,333
NYY 1458.1 162 657 949 14 292 29.8 $74,940,764
OAK 1447.2 162 679 905 -30 226 24.5 $23,459,000
ATL 1479.2 162 605 804 6 199 24.0 $39,415,000
CHW 1460.0 162 706 908 4 202 21.7 $61,210,000
TEX 1441.1 162 677 894 24 217 21.3 $27,021,110
SFG 1468.0 162 578 746 19 168 20.2 $63,201,833
COL 1447.2 162 774 976 -43 202 19.2 $44,365,000
TBR 1449.0 162 614 788 36 174 18.4 $15,730,371
DET 1440.0 162 711 877 -21 166 18.3 $33,846,000
LAD 1432.0 161 612 774 -3 162 18.3 $47,877,912
MIL 1441.2 162 638 800 24 162 18.1 $41,624,000
BOS 1457.1 162 737 915 2 178 18.0 $77,255,333
SEA 1433.0 162 675 838 -8 163 17.6 $22,252,100
SDP 1449.1 162 611 746 3 135 16.0 $20,693,140
NYM 1448.0 162 742 877 -82 135 15.3 $26,166,166
TOR 1458.2 162 761 919 17 158 15.2 $25,926,500
KCR 1451.1 162 762 897 -21 135 15.1 $18,458,000
PIT 1449.1 162 712 841 -13 129 14.7 $18,226,500
LAA 1465.0 162 633 760 54 127 14.6 $64,933,000
WSN 1449.1 161 643 764 39 121 14.5 $25,575,000
FLA 1459.2 162 702 840 -7 138 14.4 $32,998,000
ARI 1443.1 162 662 782 29 120 14.1 $20,662,000
BAL 1446.2 162 860 968 -54 108 11.3 $24,526,500
STL 1462.0 162 692 782 -6 90 11.1 $47,038,903
CIN 1467.2 162 720 802 31 82 10.4 $35,204,438
MIN 1421.2 162 804 890 -35 86 9.5 $54,355,500
CLE 1453.1 162 760 832 19 72 9.4 $14,931,900
CHC 1434.1 162 756 816 6 60 7.5 $53,805,333
HOU 1435.0 162 796 785 24 -11 -0.5 $25,140,500
43527.1 4858 20808 25274 53 4466 492.2 $1,175,127,136
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Generated 2/16/2012.

 

$$$ 2012 Team Payrolls $$$ – Top WARs

2012 Payrolls & Signings

$ amounts are millions

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American Lg

Tm

#

Pyrl

Est

NYY 20 $206.2M $209.8M
TBR 17 $57.8M $68.4M
BOS 25 $164.1M $170.6M
TOR 19 $78.0M $84.1M
BAL 16 $70.0M $97.0M
Cen # Pyrl Est
DET 18 $127.5M $134.3M
CLE 14 $61.9M $74.6M
CHW 13 $96.5M $114.2M
KCR 16 $52.8M $71.4M
MIN 16 $92.3M $108.4M
Wst # Pyrl Est
TEX 16 $107.7M $119.5M
LAA 18 $146.5M $159.1M
OAK 13 $38.8M $57.1M
SEA 10 $68.3M $95.8M
National Lg

Tm

#

Pyrl

Est

PHI 20 $158.6M $168.2M
ATL 12 $83.5M $101.9M
WSN 15 $73.6M $83.8M
NYM 13 $83.7M $105.9M
FLA 16 $92.5M $112.2M
Cen # Pyrl Est
MIL 16 $96.9M $116.0M
STL 14 $106.9M $119.4M
CIN 15 $71.3M $92.7M
PIT 13 $34.5M $56.0M
CHC 15 $100.0M $111.8M
HOU 8 $50.5M $75.7M
Wst # Pyrl Est
ARI 17 $56.4M $77.9M
SFG 19 $119.8M $136.2M
LAD 17 $90.0M $103.3M
COL 13 $74.2M $98.2M
SDP 16 $47.4M $64.8M
All values are estimates and should not be used by GM’s for actual team planning.

American League

 
Full Standings

Tm

F

W

L

GB

SRS

NYY F 97 65 1.4
TBR F 91 71 6.0 0.7
BOS F 90 72 7.0 1.0
TOR F 81 81 16.0 0.2
BAL F 69 93 28.0 -0.6
Cent   W L GB SRS
DET F 95 67 0.4
CLE F 80 82 15.0 -0.3
CHW F 79 83 16.0 -0.3
KCR F 71 91 24.0 -0.2
MIN F 63 99 32.0 -1.0
West   W L GB SRS
TEX F 96 66 1.2
LAA F 86 76 10.0 0.3
OAK F 74 88 22.0 0.0
SEA F 67 95 29.0 -0.5

National League

 
Full Standings

Tm

F

W

L

GB

SRS

PHI F 102 60 1.0
ATL F 89 73 13.0 0.1
WSN F 80 81 21.5 -0.2
NYM F 77 85 25.0 -0.1
FLA F 72 90 30.0 -0.4
Cent   W L GB SRS
MIL F 96 66 0.3
STL F 90 72 6.0 0.2
CIN F 79 83 17.0 -0.1
PIT F 72 90 24.0 -0.8
CHC F 71 91 25.0 -0.7
HOU F 56 106 40.0 -1.2
West   W L GB SRS
ARI F 94 68 0.2
SFG F 86 76 8.0 -0.2
LAD F 82 79 11.5 0.0
COL F 73 89 21.0 -0.3
SDP F 71 91 23.0 -0.2

A.L. WAR Bat / Pitch

 

Tm

WAR

J.Bautista TOR 8.5
J.Verlander DET 8.5
J.Ellsbury BOS 7.2
M.Cabrera DET 7.1
A.Gonzalez BOS 6.9

N.L. WAR Bat / Pitch

 

Tm

WAR

M.Kemp LAD 10.0
R.Braun MIL 7.7
C.Kershaw LAD 7.6
C.Lee PHI 7.4
R.Halladay PHI 7.3

Guess What?

Football season is officially over.

By Bloggo Schloggo (Charles Oliver)

It was a good Super Bowl game yesterday. Not a great one but a good one. Madonna put on a great half-time show. I was glad the 53 year old showed some good taste and judgement. She wasn’t scantily clad and kept the sexual gyrations to a minimum considering Super Bowls are supposed to be family friendly extravaganzas. There were no wardrobe malfunctions.

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The Skipper (Charley Manuel) looking to the future.

Brady and Manning acquitted themselves well on the field of play I thought. Each playing well enough to win. The game could have gone either way. The clock deemed the Patriots as second best and the Giants champions in the end.

To think that during the regular season the Eagles whupped the G-men twice leaves one to wonder how the season may have played out had Vick not missed so much time due to injuries. Hell even the lowly Deadskins beat the New Yorkers.

The Giants got hot at the end of the season when it counts most. That being said I tip my hat to them achieving what a couple months ago looked unachievable <– I know that’s not a real word but it works here for these purposes.

Anyway now that football is over until next September it’s time to zone in on the national pastime. Although many would argue that the NFL has replaced the MLB with that description. For me it’s full speed ahead baseball mode. Time to focus on spring training only a month away (can you believe that?). Also it’s time to start considering fantasy baseball line-ups.

The sun gets a little higher in the sky and the hours of daylight are increasing with each passing day. Time to sharpen up the pencils and clean off the keyboard. Two months from today a voice shouts, “Play ball!”. With that we begin another journey of 162 games through spring, summer and fall. Dreams of the playoffs and world series. Will 2012 bring the Phillies back to the position of World Champions? Can they win 102 games again? With the improved Marlins and Nationals I seriously doubt they can win 102 again but, I feel they have a really good shot at going all the way. Like time decided the Super Bowl, time will tell what fortunes lie ahead for the Phils. 

GO PHILLIES!