Giancarlo Stanton

Making Baseball Fun: Spicing Up the All-Star Game

The Mid-Summer Classic is in need of a facelift — even if it's just for fun
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Making Baseball Fun: Spicing Up the All-Star Game

This past spring training, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper unabashedly donned his “Make Baseball Fun Again” hat in an effort to shed light on baseball’s lack of individuality.

 

Miami Marlins Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Faces of the Marlins' mountain shouldn't be carved in stone just yet.
<p> With spotty attendance and no baseball-only stadium, the Marlins have been unable to retain or sign high-priced players. So there are no long-tenured stars in Florida history. This Mt. Rushmore will change dramatically over the next 10 years or so.</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.
 

Miami Marlins Mt. Rushmore

7 Players Who Could Replace Derek Jeter as the Face of Baseball

No Shortage of Candidates to Fill the Captain's Shoes

Derek Jeter was the perfect player at the perfect time. Jeter emerged as the Yankee captain at the end of the Steroid Era and perfectly played the role of the “Face of Baseball” ever since.

Miami Marlins 2014 Preview

A roster shake-up helps, but doesn't make Fish contenders
Taking a wrecking ball to last year’s lineup was a start, but don’t look for the Marlins to contend just yet.

Asked about his offseason priorities, new Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill didn’t have trouble prioritizing. “Offense, offense, offense,” he said. Formerly the club’s general manager under long-time president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, Hill and his revamped front office went free-agent shopping.

25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg lead the list of MLB’s youngest stars
<p> 25 Best Baseball Players 25 and Under</p>

Youth is being served in MLB. Don't believe me? Look at last year’s awards voting. Besides running away with the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year award, 21-year-old Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout finished second to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP voting.

25 Best Baseball Players Under 25

Baseball's top young stars age 25 and under.
<p> Baseball's top young stars age 25 and under.</p>

If you were trying to win a championship this season, would you rather have youthful talent? Or seasoned experience? Consider a roster of players age 25 and younger vs. a roster of veterans age 35 and older. Here’s my 25-man roster of players who were age 25 or younger on Opening Day (April 4). Next week, I’ll showcase the veterans.

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Fantasy Baseball Weekend Rundown: April 19

Injured or ineffective outfielders are piling up around baseball.
<p> Fantasy Baseball Weekend Rundown: April 19</p>

Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2012 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire every Monday and the Weekend Rundown every Thursday.

Miami Marlins Mt. Rushmore

Faces of the Marlins' mountain shouldn't be carved in stone just yet.
<p> With spotty attendance and no baseball-only stadium, the Marlins have been unable to retain or sign high-priced players. So there are no long-tenured stars in Florida history. This Mt. Rushmore will change dramatically over the next 10 years or so.</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.