- George Springer and Maximizing Contact
, Davis is at 30%, and Mike Napoli is also at 30%. You can succeed with weird numbers, if you're a freak. We don't know yet if George Springer is sufficiently freaky, but I think we have an inkling.
- Another Look at Tom Glavine’s Generous Strike Zone
- Gravity (Not the Movie)
- Young Power / What Could Have Been if Miguel Sano Didn’t Need Tommy John Surgery
- Peter O’Brien’s Raw Power: Estimating Batted-Ball Velocities in the Minor Leagues
- Dellin Betances's Jedi Mind Tricks
- Khris Davis Reveals His Secret
Back in March, Khris Davis described his power as his secret weapon. “Me being kind of small, no one looks at me and is like, 'He's got power,'” Davis told Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy. “I do
- Chris Davis and Normalized Home Run Rates
- Songs Not Inspired by George Brett
A story that broke today was, like so many stories during the early off-season, about a young songstress from New Zealand and George Brett. As it happens, the title of the very popular Lorde song
- George Brett Poops Himself
This past weekend at the FanGraphs gathering in Phoenix, Mr. Carson Cistulli stated that he had never seen the George Brett-poops-himself video. I couln't believe it, so I decided to hook him up
- Highlight in Reverse: George Springer
Because I've been searching for a new theme/writing crutch, I present Highlights in Reverse.
Here's George Springer doing a barrel roll, flipping the ball back the plate, and backpedaling to right
- George Plimpton Is Not Impressed by the Atari
of the second gentleman that would drive such a nice guy to such an uncharacteristic furor. That man was none other than the famous author and editor of the Paris Review, George Plimpton.
- George Steinbrenner Passes
George Steinbrenner, perhaps the most famous owner in sports, passed away today. Since I have no personal anecdotes to share, we'll simply stick to the numbers.
He was in his 37th year of owning
- Arrieta and Davis
Jacob Arrieta and Wade Davis are both aged 24, right-handed, and rookie starting pitchers cutting their teeth in the frenzied American League East. Neither is recording the kind of whiffs their stuff
- Theo Epstein Loves George Kottaras
2002: Theo Epstein works for the San Diego Padres; Kottaras is selected in the 2002 draft by the Padres.
2006: Theo Epstein, GM of the Red Sox, trades for George Kottaras.
2013: Theo Epstein
- Dodgers Acquire George Sherrill
Ned Colletti couldn’t come up with Cliff Lee so instead, today he adds a different southpaw pitcher in the form of George Sherrill; in the process giving up prospects in the form of third baseman
- Preparing for the George Springer Experiment
Among the brightest of potential stars is 24-year-old George Springer. The former first-round pick ought to debut somewhere in 2014, and Springer is nearly the perfect prospect. He has
- George Steinbrenner's Teams
As you likely have already heard, George Steinbrenner died today of a heart attack at the age of 80. Steinbrenner has been a gigantic figure in the baseball world since his purchase of the New York
- Why Not George Kottaras?
the plate over George Kottaras? Has the curmudgeonly Phillip Seymour Hoffman taken over the body of Bob Melvin and ignored the wishes of Brad Pitt Billy Beane who brought in an underrated Kottaras
- The Royals, George Kottaras, and Cash
Back in March, I wrote about the alleged spring training positional battle story for the Royals' backup catcher spot between George Kottaras. For all of Kottaras' defensive liabilities, it was pretty
- They Can't All Be George Springer
This just in -- George Springer is really good. Like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, and seemingly a bevy of other players the past few years, Springer is making it look super easy
- Chris Davis is Not on Steroids
@MichiganMagic1 No— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavis_19) June 30, 2013
When he's not quoting the Bible, Chris Davis takes time on Twitter to answer those who've been watching his incredible
- Mark DeRosa on the Late George Sauer
This past weekend the New York Times ran an obituary for a 69-year-old former football player named George Sauer. Mr. Sauer was an accomplished wide receiver who made four Pro Bowls. In 1967, he led
- Prospect Watch: George Springer Edition
of the current year); Top-15, the prospect's place on Marc Hulet's preseason organizational list; and Top-100, that same prospect's rank on Hulet's overall top-100 list.
*** George Springer, OF, Houston
- George Springer: Power and Speed Outfielder
Houston Astros outfield prospect George Springer has some of the loudest tools in the minor leagues. He’s a fantastic athlete with a combination of power and speed that’s rarely found in a player
- Assessing George Springer's Contract Situation
As many should know by now, George Springer is a highly touted and talented player, a huge part of the Houston Astros' future. He has been on the brink of 40 home runs and 40 steals in both 2012
- Chris Davis Is Hitting Everything
The Orioles scored 20 runs in their 2-1 series victory over the Rays this week. Chris Davis drove in 11 himself and scored four more. His .971 wOBA -- 7-for-11, three home runs, three doubles, a walk
- Ike Davis and the Malfunctioning Parachute
Ike Davis homered in the season's second game. He homered twice a couple weeks later, then he homered again a week after that. That makes it sound like Davis hit a flurry of home runs, which he
- Be Excited about Chris Davis
Power hitters playing in Texas are a fantasy player’s dream. Chris Davis certainly fits the bill.
Throughout his minor league career, all Davis has done is mash. Despite being young for his level
- A Fun Tidbit on Rajai Davis
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Tigers have agreed to terms on a two year contract with Rajai Davis. Davis will give the Tigers a little outfield depth and form a nifty little
- Chris Davis Scouting Report
Baltimore's Chris Davis made his major-league pitching debut against Boston on Sunday, earning the win with two innings of scoreless work while striking out two, walking one, and allowing two hits
- Valuing Chris Davis in 2010
After an outstanding half season in 2008, Texas Rangers first baseman Chris Davis generated quite a bit of buzz leading into fantasy drafts in 2009. Davis hit .285/.331/.549 with 17 homers and 55 RBI
- Wade Davis' Lack of Whiffs
Heading into the 2010 season, Wade Davis looked poised to shoulder a full season's workload and join the Tampa Bay Rays' cavalcade of impressive young starting pitchers. Selected out of a Florida
- Wade Davis Debuts
out the side to start your major league career of course.
Wade Davis did just that yesterday against the Detroit Tigers. A (somewhat) local product, Davis’ jitters were likely intensified pitching
- Rays Extend Wade Davis
Following the blueprint they used to sign a pre-arbitration eligible James Shields prior to the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Rays signed 25-year-old Wade Davis to a contract extension on the eve
- Ike Davis and the Missing HR
Anyone who regularly reads my work knows that Ike Davis has been a favorite of mine for years. More often than not, that love has proven to be misguided, leading me to spend money on a player who has
- The Tale of Tommy Davis
who chose to read on, consider Tommy Davis. He has more than a few things in common with Bay. Both are left fielders, stand around 6’2”, and weigh around 200 pounds. Davis even played with the Mets
- Wade Davis, Starting Pitcher
Davis will attempt to buck these trends and be useful next year.
C.J. Wilson lost three miles per hour off his fastball when he went to the starting rotation from the bullpen, but he had a decent
- Meet Chris Davis
Davis, newly promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma.
If there is one thing we know about Davis, it's that he can hit the baseball a long way. Between Bakersfield and Frisco last season, playing at age
- Historic Season for Rajai Davis
Rajai Davis was enjoying mixed results this season as the Blue Jays' center fielder before he endured a season-ending hamstring injury. He didn't hit for average (0.238) or hit home runs (1), but he
- A League of Chris Davis' Own
, then, one has to be careful not to be too casual about drawing comparisons. There is no more flattering offensive comp, so few will ever exceed the threshold of acceptability. But Chris Davis
- The Jays Acquire Rajai Davis
of their outfield logjam by sending Rajai Davis to the Toronto Blue Jays for a pair of arms (with bodies attached!) named Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar.
The Jays get the only player in the deal
- Wade Davis, Dominant Reliever
, and Max Scherzer near the top. All three are in the top 15, but a surprising name owns the top spot on that leaderboard - Wade Davis.
Davis leads all pitchers with a 43.8% strikeout rate as he has
- Better Arm: Bryce Harper or George Washington?
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A popular myth holds that George Washington once threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. Right-minded people everywhere know the truth, of course
- Doug Davis and the Milwaukee Rotation
on Wednesday as the Brewers picked up Doug Davis on a 1 year, 4.25M contract with a mutual option for 2011.
Davis is an underwhelming talent, but he's managed to get outs over his career. Despite
- You Decide: George Bell or Lionel Richie?
-Dot-Dot posited that the blind girl's tender ministrations led not to a loving rendering of Lionel Richie but rather to the determined visage of Blue Jays legend George Bell. I submit into evidence
- Timely GIF: George Springer's Impressive Home Run
, you have a penchant for the most American of sport, then perhaps Astros prospect George Springer can use his line-drive homer and casual bat-flip to help you out with that dust situation
- Renegades Darryl George Strong Finish At The Plate
Hudson Valley, NY -- Hudson Valley infielder Darryl George gave the team a boost at a crucial point.
In his final games, he stayed consistent, giving the playoff-hopeful Renegades a shot
- Craig and Davis: Waiver Wire
leagues as a solid OF3 or bench option.
Chris Davis (ESPN: 27 percent owned; Yahoo!: 34 percent owned)
One of the question we’ve seen in a few different iterations in the Rotographs mailbag
- Chris Davis and His Pillars
Chris Davis was the bane of my fantasy teams for a couple of years. After breaking out in 2008 with 17 home runs in 80 games, he was my ace-in-the-hole of draft/auction day. The results were horrible
- Davis & Montero: Waiver Wire
Let's take a look at a pair of two young AL East players that can provide a quick boost for your team down the stretch...
Wade Davis | SP | Rays | Ownership: 13% Yahoo!, 21.3% ESPN
- Viciedo and Davis: Waiver Wire
, but in leagues where strikeouts are a negative category or where OBP has replaced AVG, Viciedo should be rostered with care. The upside is real, but the cost to K or OBP is a virtual certainty.
- George Brett, Bo Jackson, and the Finger of Honor
the result of that cause.
What one will find in this photo, after the appropriate measures have been taken, is Hall of Famer George Brett and teammate Bo Jackson, circa 1989, presenting from the lush
- The Story Behind George Brett's Hand-Picked 5-Pack
. 20 against the Rangers.
I'm confused about this hand-picked-ness. Did they literally give George Brett the schedule and tell him to choose the 5 most awesome games of the year
- Eric Davis's Rather Large Firearm
and quite possibly in charge, that you see alongside Mr. Davis. The obvious one, I suppose, is that Mr. Davis's baseball-ing chops are so substantial, so prepossessing, so like a large gun
- Q&A: Chili Davis
Whether he's offering a strong opinion or he's waxing philosophical, Chili Davis is always engaging. The former slugger can hold court on any number of subjects -- he was born in Jamaica and coached
- Where Chris Davis is Really Struggling
It's not so bad in the bigger picture. Since the start of last season, Chris Davis has been worth more than seven wins, equal on our pages to the contribution from Jayson Werth. That's not quite
- How Tommy John Surgery Helped George Kontos
Tommy John surgery might have been the best thing that could have happened to George Kontos. In 2009, the Giants' right-hander was in Triple-A for the first time, and he had the kind of stuff
- George Kottaras and John Jaso Walk a Lot
Talk about a pair of unlikely walk champions.
George Kottaras entered the season entrenched as the Milwaukee Brewers’ backup catcher. The Brewers had signed Gregg Zaun during the off-season
- Wade Davis: The Best Case Scenario
In the wake of the Kansas City and Tampa Bay trade from Sunday night, many have speculated upon -- and Jeff Sullivan has considered with something not unlike aplomb -- how Wade Davis might perform
- George Springer: Worthy of Your Mixed-League Love
I'll cut to the chase right from the start: George Springer is worth drafting in mixed re-draft leagues in 2014. Even if he doesn't start the year on the major-league roster, he has the potential
- Still Not Buying George Springer In All Leagues?
To some extent, sure, pick up George Springer in all leagues. Dude obviously has power, and he's supposed to have speed, and he's got enough upside to be owned in all leagues. And yet, if you're
- George Springer, Archie Bradley & The Service-Time Dance
The Houston Astros added outfielder George Springer to their major league roster on Tuesday night and batted him second in the lineup in their game on Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals
- Deciding Whether or Not to Trade Ike Davis
In a piece of news that would have seemed impossible at one time, there's scuttlebutt that New York Mets might be open to trading Ike Davis this offseason. A source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNY
- A Gerry Davis Game 1 Preview
in anticipation of the start of the World Series. For tonight's Game 1, the crew chief and guy behind the plate will be Gerry Davis. You might remember Gerry Davis for drawing some strike-zone criticism
- Sleeper: Rays Pitcher Wade Davis
With the Red Sox and Yankees recently adding big names to their respective rotations other guys like Wade Davis tend to slip under the radar. Davis doesn't have the name recognition of a John Lackey
- Ike Davis Sheds the Bust Label
When the season is over and people start producing Top Prospect rankings, Ike Davis will likely be in the middle of a top 100 list. That is not surprising for someone of his pedigree, a first-round
- Don't Forget About Wade Davis... But...
Wade Davis was nabbed in the third round of the 2004 draft out of a Florida high school. The right-hander made 13 starts in his pro debut but was roughed up and had an ERA over 6.00 and allowed
- AL Sophomore Starters: Davis and Matusz
The American League Rookie of the Year award may have gone to Neftali Feliz last season, and deservedly so, but the two sophomores I'm looking most forward to following this season are Wade Davis
- B.J. Upton, Chris Davis and Breakouts
Chris Davis owners are experiencing an unexpected surprise this season. Instead of a possible corner infield or injury replacement, they have one of the top players in the league for pennies
- Ike Davis: A Tale of Two Seasons
You'd be hard-pressed to find many guys listed on more "sleeper" lists last spring than Ike Davis. The 25 year-old Mets first baseman showed signs of breaking out in 2011, putting up an impressive
- Mining the Minors: Cozart, Davis, Mathieson
" becomes too much to stomach.
Chris Davis, 1B
Current Level: Triple-A
Opportunity Rating: 3
Talent Rating: 7
Obstacle(s): Mitch Moreland; Jon Daniels
It's tough to get
- 2012 Pod Projections: Ike Davis
as their keeper league fantasy owners. Ike Davis is certainly to be one of the primary beneficiaries of the change. With Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols' departure to the other league this off-season
- George Springer Update GIF: Diving Catch That Just Happened
Generally speaking, the tastes of the vulgar crowd are precisely the sort that ought to be ignored. In the case of George Springer, however -- which Houston Astros prospect is distinctly
- FG on Fox: Crash Davis Was Wrong
"Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic." -- Crash Davis, in 1988's classic baseball
- A GIF and a Tune: Chris Davis and Lionel Richie
Jeff Sullivan over at the mother site took some time recently to examine the effortless home run swings of Chris Davis. Davis was at it again today, with such a breezy dong-piece, it deserves some
- Q&A: Chris Davis, Quotable Quotes
I like to go outside the box from time to time, and that includes asking my interview subjects to give their interpretations of quotable quotes. I did so last year with Chris Davis -- then a Ranger
- Braves Provide Preview of How to Approach Ike Davis
This past Tuesday on MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential, I predicted that Mets first basemen Ike Davis would be the breakout player in MLB this coming season. Yes, it was a bit of a homer pick
- Wade Davis: Starting to Relieving to Starting Again
of thought on the deal, though, there's one thing all opinions have in common: Wade Davis is kind of the forgotten guy. James Shields is the rotation ace the Royals were after. Wil Myers is maybe the top
- Ike Davis Can't Do Any Worse
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis, who recently claimed he "can't do any worse," did worse last night, as he went 0-6 with 9 strikeouts and 21 strikeout-assists, where he ran up to the plate and literally
- Chris Davis: Fantasy Value After Trade to Orioles
If you haven't seen new Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' stats at Triple-A this season, you might want to put down your morning coffee to avoid spillage before you read on.
But before we get
- Ike Davis Is the Punchline to a Steven Wright Joke
Step One: Regard the following, embiggenable image of Mets first baseman and noted Member of the Tribe Ike Davis dressed a cowboy.
Step Two: Regard the following animated video of a Steven
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball MVP: Chris Davis
points in ESPN leagues. Chris Davis was the best, according to Zach Sanders' rankings from earlier today.
So, the notion of best isn't relevant when it comes to the Fantasy Baseball MVP. It truly
- Chris Davis Had a Hard Time Making Contact
On Sunday the Rangers sent Chris Davis down to AAA. After a good rookie season last year Davis' performance took a step back this year. His power is still there (23% HR/FB), but his already poor
- Where Might Chris Davis End Up?
With Opening Day nearing, Chris Davis is staring at the prospect of a fourth stint in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Mitch Moreland is the favorite to win the Rangers' first base job. Mike Napoli
- Waiting for the Wheels to Fall Off Wade Davis
Until last night, Wade Davis hadn't recorded an out in the eighth inning this season. In a few games he's gone seven strong and probably could have come out for the eighth, but he's always been
- A GIF and a Tune: Rajai Davis and Chet Baker
In the second installment of A GIF and a Tune, we watch Rajai Davis float along to the smoother-than-velvet-underpants stylings of Chet Baker.
- Rajai Davis & 80 Steals: Part Two
Part one dissected the claim and found that Davis attempting enough steals to successfully swipe 80 was improbable due to a number of factors. In part two, let’s focus more on the analytical side. I
- Chris Davis's Oddly Historic Season So Far
A lot of ink (and pixels) have been spilled about Chris Davis' great season. It's hard to overstate just how great a .337/.432/.721 start through roughly one-third of the season is, especially
- What Is Up (Besides Your Frustration) With Ike Davis?
While Ike Davis may not have been the super-trendy sleeper this year like he was going into 2012, he was still marketed as a nice buy-low candidate after a rough opening two months last year masked
- Rajai Davis & 80 Steals: Part One
Rickey Henderson is not one for conservative claims. Not during his playing career and certainly not now. Henderson, working as Oakland’s baserunning instructor, recently said that Rajai Davis could
- Could Ike Davis Be Better than We Think?
Let's get all the Ike Davis caveats out of the way first.
He owes much of his .338/.421/.600 start to a blistering .397 batting average on balls in play. It's not reasonable to assume
- Could Chris Davis Match Roger Maris?
Chris Davis, with 37 home runs so far this season, has been generating a lot of buzz lately — both on the field and more recently with some comments he made during the All-Star break. When he
- Rajai Davis and Juan Pierre: Waiver Wire Speed
or not. Just as long as when they are on base, they've got a perpetual green light. That's all you need. Here are two that fit the bill.
Rajai Davis, TOR |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 42.8% Yahoo - 21.0
- Khris Davis Is A Sneaky Risk-Reward Option In 2014
Gennett showed flashes late in the season. Often overlooked, though, is the fact that Khris Davis established himself as a sleeper candidate, and even displayed some skills that could make him an impact
- Easily Consumed Nerd Data from George Springer's Debut
celebrated Houston prospect George Springer's debut, all of them (i.e. all the facts) of the sort which might appeal to those with a soft spot for the scientific method.
1. Over six plate
- Chris Davis: Legitimate Late Round Sleeper?
and given the fact that we're so far into the draft, the risk is minimal with a potentially enormous upside. Laugh if you will, but Baltimore's Chris Davis can make for an outstanding late round sleeper pick
- Rajai Davis & Quintin Berry: Cheap Speed on Wire
. Nothing left to see here. But if you're in an AL-only or mixed league, then these guys just might be able to help you out.
Rajai Davis, TOR |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 2.8% Yahoo - 4.0
- Davis Chasing Consecutive-Game Home Run History
On Tuesday evening, Orioles' first baseman Chris Davis launched a 445-foot home run to center field off Tampa Bay's James Shields to place himself in elite company. It marked his sixth-consecutive
- Breaking: Rajai Davis May Read NotGraphs
of actual Major League Baseball player Rajai Davis reading a post that your's truly made for the very site you are viewing at this moment. No more will NotGraphs be known as a holding cell for mediocrity
- Davis, Smoak, Drew, Garcia, Carrasco: DL Returnees
As usual on Mondays, I will look at a few players coming off the DL that are owned in less than 50% of ESPN's leagues.
Rajai Davis (hamstring, 37% owned): In Toronto, center fielders Colby Rasmus
- Rajai Davis & Chipper Jones: Waiver Wire
Let's kick off the week with an outfielder and an infielder...
Rajai Davis | OF | Blue Jays | Owned: 13% Yahoo! and 16.0% ESPN
This probably isn't the best time to suggest grabbing Davis
- Chris Davis and David Murphy, in the [Pitching] Zone
For Chris Davis and David Murphy, “in the zone” doesn’t extend to the mound. Each has a successful pitching performance on his resume, but in neither case was there a feeling of being in command
- Ike Davis & Trevor Bauer: Waiver Wire
Two youngsters this week, one a corner bat off to a dreadful start and another a starting pitcher yet to throw a big league inning...
Ike Davis | 1B | Mets | Owned: 38% Yahoo! and 27.0% ESPN
- Brewers Outfield: Do You Believe In Khrush Davis?
Norichika Aoki to Kansas City to clear room for 26-year-old Khris Davis, who took the NL Central by storm with a .406 wOBA in his brief major-league debut last season.
Braun and Davis will anchor
- Ike Davis & the Culpability of the Mets Medical Staff
Nothing is set in stone, but Ike Davis has some torn cartilage and a bone bruise in his ankle that is not healing. He'll face some more tests and try to run in three weeks, but if he can't, he'll
- Potential ottoneu Value in Minors: Davis, Ackley, Chisenhall
them back for more seasoning in the minors. I expected Ike Davis, Dustin Ackley and Lonnie Chisenhall to play key roles on teams for me, and all have been major disappointments. But the season isn't
- Emilio Bonifacio and Khris Davis: Waiver Wire
is fairly moveable, as most are, then adding Bonifacio for the final month or so could be worth a few points.
Khris Davis, MIL |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 18.2% Yahoo - 7.0%
While he's certainly
- Waiver Wire Spot Starts: Ellis, Denorfia, Davis
of that is held up by BABIP which may mellow over the coming weeks -- but look for a good lefty match-up and run him out there with confidence.
Ike Davis might not be widely available in your
- Rick Reilly on Chris Davis: An Entomologist Responds
Chris Davis's recent feats of strength haven't been achieved by the fairest of play.
Regarding Reilly's rhetorical liberties, the present author has little to say -- first of all, because
- Early Prospect Sleepers: Austin, Davis, Herrera, Lino
professional debut. Glynn Davis, an outfielder who signed as a free agent for $100,000 displayed tools worthy of a prospect with an additional zero at the end of his check stub. In fact, his tools rival
- Prospect Watch: The Mets' Return for Ike Davis
in the National League's toughest division, six games behind the surging Brewers. While it's too early to be concerned, the Pirates acquired Ike Davis from the Mets to platoon with Gaby Sanchez. After years
- Wade Davis Might Want To Ditch His New Approach
As the 2011 season got under way, Tampa Bay locked up Wade Davis with long-term deal that could potentially keep him in a Rays uniform through 2017 while putting a total of over $36 million
- Chris Davis' Five Most Effortless Dinger Swings of the Season
Chris Davis has had power for as long as he's been a professional, and probably longer. His first year, in Low-A, he slugged .534. The next year he slugged .598. In Triple-A he slugged over .600
- On Chris Davis and How He Isn't Hitting Very Well
A fair amount has been written about both Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and his season. Put simply, Davis has been a train wreck combined with a tire fire. He was the third-best hitter in all
- Joe West Ejected the UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop
By now the reader is likely to have seen photos or video of this riot cop who last week attempted to disperse a group of #Occupy protesters at the University of California, Davis by nonchalantly
- Chris Davis and Justin Turner: Deep League Waiver Wire
Chris Davis 1B | 5% Owned
Who else remembers Bill James' outrageous 2009 projection for Davis? While he showed good power with a .205 ISO and 19.6% HR/FB ratio, it is difficult
- Chris Davis: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?
According to our end of season valuations, Chris Davis was not only the most valuable first baseman but also the most valuable player in the game. And that's just based on production. When you