Giancarlo Stanton just signed the largest contract in the history of sports. Let’s break down the numbers so we can all feel worse about ourselves. The overall contract is 13 years for……wait for it……$325 million. Let’s break that down further.
$325,000,000/13 seasons = $25 million per season
Let’s assume he plays all 162 games for 13 straight years (he won’t).
$325,000,000/2106 games played = $154,320 per game played
Now, let’s assume he has 4 AB’s per game (again, he won’t).
$325,000,000/8424 AB’s = $38,580 every time he steps to the plate
And how about HR’s?
$325,000,000/455 HR’s (35/year) = $714,285 per HR hit (it’s an estimate, but still…)
Now a live look in to us at our desks writing this…
There seems to be a trend occurring on the corner of Ontario and Carnegie streets in Cleveland– the continued downward spiral of the attendance at Progressive Field for Indians games. The rock and roll capital of the world certainly isn’t rockin’ or rollin’ in attendance when it comes to their baseball team. The games look more like a scene straight out of the movie Major League than they do an actual Major League Baseball game.
Typically, when a team struggles in attendance, it’s a result of the product on the field. However, product on the field isn’t the issue in Cleveland. Sure, they didn’t make the playoffs this year, but they have put together back to back respectable seasons with even a Cy Young contender in Cory Kluber. So then, why aren’t fans showing up?
In the 2014 season, the Indians were 29th in the league in attendance, averaging 18,640 fans per game at home. That is an abysmal 42.4% of occupancy within the confines of Progressive field – that means more than half of their stadium isn’t full each game, representing the worst attendance in the league.
This year, the Indians announced plans to renovate Progressive Field to keep it up to date with the changing times. Part of their planned renovation is to take out over 5,000 seats, reducing capacity from 43,000 to 38,000 – probably a smart move by the front office. Each year, people assume the attendance will rise back to a respectable amount, but it doesn’t. What do you think is going on with the Cleveland Indians?
For Kansas City Royals fans, it’s been years since their last post season birth – 29 years to be exact. That’s right, 29 years of never seeing October baseball. That is the longest postseason drought in all of Major League Baseball; right behind the Royals are the Blue Jays with 20 years of not seeing the postseason, followed by the Mariners who are stuck at 12 years.
The Royals did win the World Series in 1985, a feat some franchises haven’t accomplished in years or even ever. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 105 years, the Indians in 65 years. Some notable teams that haven’t ever won a World Series title include the Rangers, Astros, Brewers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Rockies.
Though the Royals haven’t seen the postseason for 29 years until now, at least they’ve hoisted the most coveted trophy in all of baseball.
Easton’s 2015 baseball bats are now available to ship and they really outdid themselves this year! Between the revolutionary Easton Mako Torq, the brand new Z-Core bats and Easton’s trusted Speed Series and Power Series bats, there is something for all levels of ball players and all types of hitters. Easton’s Thermo Composite technology has allowed them to lengthen barrels and widen the sweet spot, while decreasing swing weight and improving overall performance.
The 2015 Easton Mako Disruptors video below takes you behind the scenes at Easton, how their engineers developed the Mako Torq over the past two years and why the 360 Torq handle will improve your game. The Easton Mako Torq helps you reach more inside pitches and delays wrist-roll so you stay in the zone longer while delivering more power on contact. See for yourself:
Featuring longer barrels and Mako-like speed in an aluminum bat, the brand new 2015 Easton S3Z and Easton S2Z were created to be the best performing aluminum bats on the market!
A huge Congrats is due to the Vanderbilt Baseball team on clinching the first NCAA title in the Commodores history! Did you know DeMarini makes the new College World Series champions bat of choice? Shop DeMarini now for some of the most technologically advanced bats on the market today that will help your team come out on top. Baseball Rampage carries a full selection of DeMarini products including the Voodoo Overlord, Pro Maple bats, the CF6 and many more!
As most of you probably already know, this MLB season marks the first year of the new instant replay system. Previously, the umpire crew chief could initiate a review, which would occur at the stadium and that crew would render a decision on the call. Only boundary home run calls were eligible for review.
The current system, however, allots each manager one challenge per game, and a second (and final) challenge if the first results in an overturned call. If neither team has any challenges remaining, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate an instant replay review from the seventh inning on. If the play in question is a boundary home run call, the umpire crew chief may initiate a review at any time. All instant replay reviews are examined by an umpire at the Replay Command Center in New York City who may uphold or overturn the initial call.
The use of instant replay in MLB has been up for a lot of debate. Proponents of the use of instant replay feel that it improves the accuracy of play calling and adds a new layer of strategy to the game. A team is allowed only one challenge per game that they are forced to use judiciously. If correct, they get a second challenge but that’s it. Critics of instant replay feel that it takes away from the human element of the game and that errors are a part of the game. They also feel instant replays take away from umpires’ role and slow the game down.
What do you think about the use of instant replay in Major League Baseball?
Easton is attempting to revolutionize the bat world with the introduction of the 2015 Easton Mako Torq Baseball Bat. They will have a limited production run of these bats and the BBCOR will run $550, but the imagination on their R&D team is shining through. In a world where BBCOR has sort of leveled the playing field, Easton took to other means to enhance performance of their already top-of-the-line bats.
So, how does it feel? My impression when being told about this bat was that there was no way this would work. Then I put the Mako Torq in my hands. The natural movement of my hands when swinging a bat was made easier by the rotating Torq handle. The Torq handle rotates 360 degrees, but only about a quarter turn was necessary with my swing. My reservations of the bat rolling over or slipping out of my hand were gone. The slight rotation made the swing feel natural and the hand turn effortless.
I can’t wait to get the Mako Torq in our customer’s hands to hear their reviews. We have the 2015 Easton Mako Torq on the site now, with a first ship date of September 5th. Only a limited number of these innovated bats are being made, so pre-order yours today before they’re all gone! Baseball Rampage proudly carries the entire 2015 Easton bat lineup.
Every once in a while sports steps beyond game winning shots, homeruns and touchdowns. Today is one of those days. Right in our own back yard (Columbus, OH) is a heart-warming story of the special bond that can be created when a team is formed.
Zach Farmer, a left-handed pitcher at The Ohio State University, was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia two weeks ago. Upon learning this, senior Tim Wetzel organized the recruitment of his team to join the bone-marrow transplant list. Something he had done a year and a half prior. Thirty-seven team members spent their day off getting swabbed for DNA testing to see if they were a match. According to Tim Wetzel’s interview on ESPN’s Sportscenter they should have results in two months. Zach Farmer has started chemotherapy and will be eligible for a transplant if he goes into remission.
We, here at Baseball Rampage, would like to tip our hat to the Ohio State Baseball team and wish all the best to Zach Farmer in his fight to remission.
This week in Columbus, Ohio, we say farewell to a stadium that stood the test of time for so many years. This stadium has seen the likes of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Darryl Strawberry, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Opening in 1932, originally called Red Bird Stadium, now known as “The Coop” or Cooper Stadium was home to 6 tenants over its 67 year history. The Columbus Red Birds, Blue Birds, Bullies, Jets, Magic and Clippers all called the historical stadium their home. Cooper Stadium hosted Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Garth Brooks as well as evangelist Billy Graham during it’s time.
On September 1, 2008, Clippers fans rang their bells one last time. The gates have been shut for over 5 years and this week the walls are coming down. No longer will you see the structure that is The Coop on Mound Street in Columbus, Ohio.
Check out a video our friends at All-Star Sports released on the All-Star CM100TM 27 Inch Undersized Catcher’s Training Mitt. This All-Star catcher’s mitt is guaranteed to improve your hand-eye coordination and the precise technique it takes to play catcher.