July 25, 2021

Friday Rockpile: Arenado, Story make the first All-MLB list (Purple Row)


ESPN’s 2019 All-MLB Team: A panel of voters selects the squad | ESPN.com

Citing the lack of an NBA- or NFL-style player ranking vote in baseball, ESPN started their own. Two Rockies made the first All-MLB team. Unsurprisingly, both Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story earned the made-up recognition. What is surprising, perhaps, is that both players just made the cut onto the third team. Arenado took a backseat to Alex Bregman and Anthony Rendon, while Story fell behind Marcus Semien and Xander Bogaerts.

I’m in favor of such an arbitrary ranking for several reasons:

1. Ranking things is fun.

2. MLB’s All-Star Game is a worse recognition of regular-season accomplishments than any other sport because it leaves out 70-something games where a lot happens.

3. Ranking things is fun.

4. Anything that incites endless subjective debates is always welcomed into my life.

JAWS and the 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot: Larry Walker | FanGraphs

A comprehensive analysis of the stories career of Rockies’ favorite Larry Walker. Jay Jaffe, for his part, would put Walker in the HOF. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get an official vote until 2021, a year too late. It will be a tall order for Walker to…

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