Week 8 Avocado Fantasy League Results
• Know the name Carter Stewart yet? You might be hearing it a lot coming soon. He’s a 19 year old that was looked at as probably an early second round pick in the upcoming draft. He was injured last season but was still drafted at #8 overall by the Atlanta Braves. He was offered below slot bonus to sign with the team but turned it down with assumed designs on reentering the draft pool this season. Instead though, Stewart has signed a 6 year/$7 million dollar contract (with escalators that could increase its value) with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan’s Pacific League. Jeff Passan has put together an early analysis about what this could mean for the future of the MLB draft.
• The Baltimore Orioles are suffering through a rough season and now have a rather infamous record to go with it after their pitching staff surrendered their 100th home run in only 48 games. The previous record was held by the 2000 Kansas City Royals (57 games). At the current rate, Orioles pitchers will surrender more home runs then any team in MLB history.
• Hall of Fame bloodlines had a good weekend. Cavan Biggio was called up by the Blue Jays (the latest of the major league offspring their minor league system has produced) and made his debut this weekend. And he was able to get his first hit, his first home run, and an RBI single with a very emotional Craig in the attendance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLh8RZTNwL8
While not considered a top prospect, the San Francisco Giants brought up another notable player with bloodlines to Cooperstown. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl, got his own first taste of major league action this weekend. He’s been bouncing around the minors for close to 7 seasons, originally having signed with the Orioles after the 2013 draft. He’s got little left to prove in AAA and has hit well there the last couple seasons.
• It came out earlier today that Bill Buckner has passed away after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 69 years old. Buckner played 22 years in the majors with the Dodgers, Angels, Royals, Cubs and Red Sox and was one of the most accomplished hitters of his era. Among players who played in the 1970s and 1980s, only Pete Rose had more hits (shockingly, Buckner only ever made a single All-Star team, in 1981). Buckner’s accomplishments at the plate were long overshadowed by the infamously missed ground ball in the 1986 World Series Game 6 (an infamy that ignored much else about that series but, another time). Time healed that wound and recognition of Buckner’s skill at the plate would again move to the forefront of conversation about him….though that wouldn’t stop him from lampooning himself in a 2011 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
RIP Bill Buckner.
What’s on your minds this week?