Monday, February 25, 2013

Adam LaRoche

2012 Stats: 154 Games, .271 BA, 33 HRs, 100 RBIs & .853 OPS

The Washington Nationals re-signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two year contract with an option for a third season. LaRoche had a career year in 2012, winning a Gold Glove as well as a Silver Slugger. LaRoche will bat in the middle of a batting order that boasts players like Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper. The Nationals made the playoffs last season and there is no reason to think that they won't make it again this upcoming season.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Mike Napoli

2012 Stats: 108 Games, .227 BA, 24 HRs, 56 RBIs & .812 OPS

Mike Napoli signed with the Boston Red Sox this off-season. Napoli will spend most of his time playing 1B with the possibility of an occasional game as catcher. Napoli's deal was originally a 3 year contract worth $39 million but due to a hip injury they reworked the deal to be for only one year worth $5 million. Napoli has never hit more than 30 HRs in a season but has had great success at Fenway Park.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nick Swisher

2012 Stats: 148 Games, .272 BA, 24 HRs, 93 RBIs & .837 OPS

Nick Swisher signed with the Cleveland Indians this off-season. He's a high energy guy who will bring a good leadership quality to a rebuilt Indians team. He will play mostly at 1B where his career Fielding % is .994. Batting in the middle of the lineup Swisher should get 100 RBIs in a season for the first time in his career.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Day in Sports History - 2/7/1970

LSU Guard Pete Maravich sets an NCAA record for most points scored against a Division I opponent, but the Tigers lose 106 - 104 to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Pistol Pete pumps in 69 with 26 field goals and 17 free throws. Both Pete and his father Press, who is LSU's Head Coach, are assessed with technical fouls during the game. Pete pursues a spectator as he leaves the floor at the end of the game, and several of his teammates become involved in a fight with fans. Pete's 69-point flurry will stand as the record until Kevin Bradshaw of US International nets 72 against Loyola-Marymount in 1991.