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ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, via ESPN Insider.
If you’re a fan of the Chicago Cubs, you’re familiar with the phrase “Wait ‘til next year!” But what about the year after, and the year after that? That’s where ESPN Insider comes in.
While the baseball world gears up for spring training, we’ve decided to take the long view and asked our three top baseball analysts — Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney — to rank all 30 teams in five different categories (see table) in an attempt to measure how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years.
The better your rank in a given category, the more points you get, and the average point scores from the three voters are available in the bar graphs accompanying each team’s section, rounded to the nearest integer. We weighted the categories and then gave each team a score on a scale of 1 to 100, with the score representing a team’s percentage of total possible points.
Here’s ESPN’s Top 10:
- Texas Rangers (91.1);
- New York Yankees (83.4);
- Tampa Bay Rays (74.1);
- St. Louis Cardinals (72.0);
- Boston Red Sox (71.4);
- Toronto Blue Jays (69.3);
- Los Angeles Angels (68.3);
- Arizona Diamondbacks (65.1);
- Atlanta Braves (61.4); and
- Philadelphia Phillies (57.6).
On Tuesday’s Scott Van Pelt Show, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria stated that his hands would be bare/un-gloved* tonight when the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cincinnati Reds. Despite an 0-for on Monday, Longoria reaffirmed on the show his confidence in going gloveless, which was a slump-buster on Sunday when he went 8-for-14 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in his first three game bare-handed. It seems simple enough, but then I saw the clip embedded above and questions arose. Foremost among them: Why is Longoria wearing batting gloves when he hits the game winning home run?!
For context, it may be important to note that Longoria was 0-for-3 at this point in the game, with a strike out, a ground out, and a fly out.
Still, other questions:
- Did he actually go gloveless at some point in the game?
- Is Longoria a waffler? A forgetful flake? A damn, dirty liar?
- Is Longoria so superstitious that he is now alternating between gloves and no gloves each at bat?
Whatever the case, I’ll bet Longoria wearing batting gloves during his first at bat tomorrow. After that, it’s anybody’s guess.
*Obviously, I mean at the plate. I think gloves are required in the field at this point.