February 11, 2015

James Shields



2015 age | 33
2015 salary | $10 million
Contract status | Shields signed a four-year, $75 million contract, including a team option for 2019, with the Padres on Feb. 11, 2015.

Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Teams | Rays (2006-12), Royals (13-14), Padres (15-present)

How he was acquired | The Padres signed Shields to a four-year contract on Feb. 11, 2015.

Career year (2007) 16-12 2.82 ERA, 225 strikeouts and 65 walks in 249.1 innings, 11 complete games, four shutouts.

RESUME
• Top three in Cy Young Award voting (2011)
• All-Star (2011)

LEAGUE LEADER
• innings pitched (2013)
• complete games (2011)
• shutouts twice (2008, 2011)

December 19, 2014

Justin Upton



2015 age | 27
2015 salary | $14.5 million
Contract status | Upton is signed through 2015.

Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Teams | Diamondbacks (2007-12), Atlanta (13-14), Padres (2015-present)

How he was acquired | The Padres traded Jace Peterson, Max Fried, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith to Atlanta for Upton and Aaron Northcraft on Dec. 19, 2105.

Player most similar to | Ruben Sierra
Career year (2011) 31 home runs, 88 RBIs, .289 batting average, .369 on-base percentage, .529 slugging percentage, 105 runs, 39 doubles, 19 HBPs.

RESUME
• Top 10 in MVP voting twice (2011)
• Two-time All-Star (2009, 2011)

LEAGUE LEADER
• HBPs (2011)

December 18, 2014

Derek Norris



2015 age | 26
2015 salary | about $500,000
Contract status | Norris signed a one-year contract on March 10, 2015.

Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Teams | Athletics (2012-14), Padres (2015-present)

How he was acquired | The Padres traded R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn to the Athletics for Norris and Seth Streich on Dec. 18, 2014.

RESUME
• All-Star (2014)

Matt Kemp



2015 age | 30
2015 salary | $21.25 million
Contract status | Kemp is signed through 2019.

Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Teams | Dodgers (2006-14), Padres (2015-present)

How he was acquired | The Padres traded Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin to the Dodgers for Kemp, Tim Federowicz and cash on Dec. 18, 2014.

Player most similar to | Adam Jones
Career year (2011) 39 home runs, 126 RBIs, .324 batting average, .399 on-base percentage, .586 slugging percentage, 115 runs, 40 stolen bases.

RESUME
• Top 10 in MVP voting twice (2009, 2011)
• Two-time All-Star (2011-12)
• Two Gold Glove awards (2009, 2011)

LEAGUE LEADER
• Home runs (2011)
• RBIs (2011)
• Runs (2011)

October 30, 2014

Bruce Bochy updates his resume

Bruce Bochy looks like the neighborhood bartender, the kind of stand-up guy who would drive his last customer home after a long night. His voice and stubble belong in a 1950s western. Smart money says he is great poker player. He knows what he knows, but he doesn’t let the manager in the other dugout know it.

Bochy isn’t a mastermind like Tony La Russa. Or a master motivator like Tommy Lasorda. Bochy isn’t Columbo. He’s Andy Taylor. It is an over-simplification, but — Bochy gets good ballplayers, treats them well and they win.

The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series championship in five seasons last night with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, cementing Bochy as the most successful manager in baseball.



He is one of 10 managers who have won three championships. The other nine are in the Hall of Fame. Stengel, McCarthy, Mack, Alston, Torre, McGraw, La Russa, Huggins, Sparky … Bochy.

Bochy knows how to manage a bullpen. In his 12 seasons with the Padres, Bochy’s closer was Trevor Hoffman, who retired as the all-time saves leader. With the Giants, Bochy has deployed a different closer during each World Series run — Brian Wilson in 2010, Sergio Romo in 2012 and Santiago Casilla for most of this October. But Jeremy Affeldt may be the team’s best reliever. The 35-year-old entered last night’s game in the second inning and pitched 2.1 shutout innings, his longest outing in two years. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11.2 innings during this postseason. He has pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings in the playoffs.

Bochy gets the most out of veteran hitters, too. Phil Nevin, Ryan Klesko and Mark Loretta all had career years with the Padres. Tony Gwynn was a better hitter in his 30s than his 20s. Rickey Henderson scored 110 runs in 1996, when he was 37 years old. In 2010, Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell, both 33, each had impressive seasons.

Bochy made a gutsy call in last night’s Game 7, bringing Madison Bumgarner out of the bullpen on two days’ rest. Bumgarner threw 68 pitches in five shutout innings to save the game and the series. He shut out the Royals in Game 5 on 117 pitches. He gave up one run in seven innings in Game 1. That’s one run in 21 innings for the series. Mathewson, Hubbell, Koufax … Bumgarner.



The Cubs have reportedly hired Joe Maddon as their next manager. Maddon, who opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays last week, was a coveted free agent. He accepts advanced metrics as fact and maintains a loose clubhouse. He would have been an upgrade for every team in baseball — except for the Giants.

This is Bochy’s updated resume:

Teams | Padres [1995-2006] Giants [2007-present]

Record | 1,618-1,604 [.502]

Winning seasons | 10

Playoff appearances | 7

Division titles | 6

90-win seasons | 4

100-win seasons | 0

Pennants | 4 [1998, 2010, 2012, 2014]

World Series titles | 3 [2010, 2012, 2014]

ALL-STAR TEAM

Bochy’s All-Stars include 10 players from his Padres teams — three from the 1998 pennant winners — and five from the Giants. Buster Posey and Ken Caminiti were both league MVPs.



Catcher | Buster Posey [2012] 24 home runs, 103 RBIs, .336 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, .549 slugging percentage, 109 runs.

First base | Ryan Klesko [2001] 30 home runs, 113 RBIs, .286 batting average, .384 on-base percentage, .539 slugging percentage, 105 runs.

Second base | Mark Loretta [2004] 16 home runs, 76 RBIs, .335 batting average, .391 on-base percentage, .495 slugging percentage, 108 runs, 208 hits, 47 doubles.

Third base | Ken Caminiti [1996] 40 home runs, 130 RBIs, .326 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, .621 slugging percentage, 109 runs.

2. Phil Nevin [2001]
3. Pablo Sandoval [2009]

Shortstop | Khalil Greene [2004] 15 home runs, 65 RBIs, .273 batting average, .349 on-base percentage, .446 slugging percentage.

2. Brandon Crawford [2014]

Left field | Greg Vaughn [1998] 50 home runs, 119 RBIs, .272 batting average, .363 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage, 112 runs.

Center field | Steve Finley [1996] 30 home runs, 95 RBIs, .298 batting average, .354 on-base percentage, .531 slugging percentage, 126 runs, 45 doubles.

Right field | Tony Gwynn [1997] 17 home runs, 119 RBIs, .372 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .547 slugging percentage, 220 hits, 49 doubles.

2. Brian Giles [2005]

Utilityman | Aubrey Huff [2010] 26 home runs, 86 RBIs, .290 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, .506 slugging percentage, 100 runs.



Starting rotation

1. Kevin Brown [1998]
18-7, 2.38 ERA, 257 strikeouts and 49 walks in 257 innings, 10 HBPs, 10 wild pitches.

2. Tim Lincecum [2008] 18-5, 2.62 ERA, 265 strikeouts and 84 walks in 227 innings, 17 wild pitches.

3. Matt Cain [2009] 14-8, 2.89 ERA, 171 strikeouts and 73 walks in 217.2 innings.

4. Jake Peavy [2004] 15-6, 2.27 ERA, 173 strikeouts and 53 walks in 166.1 innings, 11 HBPs.

5. Madison Bumgarner [2014] 18-10, 2.98 ERA, 219 strikeouts and 43 walks in 217.1 innings. Four home runs, 15 RBIs in 66 at-bats.

Closer | Trevor Hoffman [1998] 4-2, 1.48 ERA, 53 saves in 54 save opportunities, 86 strikeouts and 21 walks in 73 innings.
— Kevin Brewer

This story originally appeared on Raleigh & Company.

October 11, 2014

National League awards [2014]



Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw beat the Diamondbacks on Opening Day in Australia, threw a no-hitter against the Rockies and pitched 41 consecutive scoreless innings. Josh Beckett, Tim Lincecum and Jordan Zimmermann also threw no-hitters.

Babe Ruth Award | Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. 21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings.

2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
4. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
5. Buster Posey, Giants

Walter Johnson Award | Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. 21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings.

Jackie Robinson Award | Jacob deGrom, Mets. 9-6, 2.69 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 43 walks in 140.1 innings.

Connie Mack Award | Matt Williams, Nationals. 96-66 [.593]

2. Don Mattingly, Dodgers
3. Bruce Bochy, Giants



Catcher | Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers. 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, .301 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, .465 slugging percentage, 53 doubles. Best hitter | Buster Posey, Giants. Best fielder | Yadier Molina, Cardinals.

2. Buster Posey, Giants
3. Devin Mesoraco, Reds

First base | Anthony Rizzo, Cubs. 32 home runs, 78 RBIs, .286 batting average, .386 on-base percentage, .527 slugging percentage, 15 HBPs. Best fielder | Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers.

Second base | Chase Utley, Phillies. 11 home runs, 78 RBIs, .270 batting average, .339 on-base percentage, .407 slugging percentage, 13 HBPs. Best fielder | DJ LeMahieu, Rockies.

Third base | Anthony Rendon, Nationals. 21 home runs, 83 RBIs, .287 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, .473 slugging percentage, 111 runs. Best fielder | Rendon.

Shortstop | Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals. 21 home runs, 75 RBIs, .263 batting average, .336 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage. Best hitter | Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies. Best fielder | Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta.

Left field | Matt Holliday, Cardinals. 20 home runs, 90 RBIs, .272 batting average, .370 on-base percentage, .441 slugging percentage, 17 HBPs.

Center field | Andrew McCutchen, Pirates. 25 home runs, 83 RBIs, .314 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .542 slugging percentage, 10 HBPs. Best fielder | Juan Lagares, Mets.

2. Carlos Gomez, Brewers

Right field | Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins. 37 home runs, 105 RBIs, .288 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .555 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Jason Heyward, Atlanta.

2. Jason Heyward, Atlanta



Starting rotation |

1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers.
21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings.

2. Johnny Cueto, Reds. 20-9, 2.25 ERA, 242 strikeouts and 65 walks in 243.2 innings, 15 HBPs.

3. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals. 20-9, 2.38 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 50 walks in 227 innings.

4. Cole Hamels, Phillies. 9-9, 2.46 ERA, 198 strikeouts and 59 walks in 204.2 innings.

5. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals. 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 182 strikeouts and 29 walks in 199.2 innings.

6. Tanner Roark, Nationals
7. Madison Bumgarner, Giants

Closer | Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta. 0-3, 1.61 ERA, 47 saves, 95 strikeouts and 26 walks in 61.2 innings.

2. Mark Melancon, Pirates
3. Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies

Goodbye | The Greatest Hitter of All Time [1960-2014]



— Kevin Brewer

October 10, 2014

American League awards [2014]



Albert Pujols hit his 500th home run against the Nationals. Edwin Encarnacion hit 16 home runs in May. Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned. Derek Jeter had a walk-off single in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium.

Babe Ruth Award | Mike Trout, Angels. 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, .287 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .561 slugging percentage, 115 runs.

2. Robinson Cano, Mariners
3. Michael Brantley, Cleveland
4. Josh Donaldson, Athletics
5. Jose Altuve, Astros

Walter Johnson Award | Corey Kluber, Cleveland. 18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 strikeouts and 51 walks in 235.21 innings.

Jackie Robinson Award | Jose Abreu, White Sox. 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, .317 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage.

Connie Mack Award | Mike Scioscia, Angels. 98-64 [.605]

2. Buck Showalter, Orioles
3. Lloyd McClendon, Mariners



Catcher | Yan Gomes, Cleveland. 21 home runs, 74 RBIs, .278 batting average, .313 on-base percentage, .472 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Salvador Perez, Royals.

First base | Jose Abreu, White Sox. 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, .317 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Chris Davis, Orioles.

2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers.

Second base | Robinson Cano, Mariners. 14 home runs, 82 RBIs, .314 batting average, .382 on-base percentage, .454 slugging percentage. Best hitter | Jose Altuve, Astros. Best fielder | Ian Kinsler, Tigers.

2. Jose Altuve, Astros
3. Howie Kendrick, Angels
4. Ian Kinsler, Tigers

Third base | Josh Donaldson, Athletics. 29 home runs, 98 RBIs, .255 batting average, .342 on-base percentage, .456 slugging percentage. Best hitter | Adrian Beltre, Rangers. Best fielder | Donaldson.

2. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
3. Kyle Seager, Mariners

Shortstop | Erick Aybar, Angels. 7 home runs, 68 RBIs, .278 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .379 slugging percentage. Best fielder | J.J. Hardy, Orioles.

Left field | Michael Brantley, Cleveland. 20 home runs, 97 RBIs, .327 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, .506 slugging percentage, 200 hits, 45 doubles. Best fielder | Alex Gordon, Royals.

2. Alex Gordon, Royals

Center field | Mike Trout, Angels. 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, .287 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .561 slugging percentage, 115 runs. Best fielder | Lorenzo Cain, Royals.

2. Adam Jones, Orioles

Right field | Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. 35 home runs, 103 RBIs, .286 batting average, .403 on-base percentage, .524 slugging percentage, 101 runs, 104 walks. Best fielder | Josh Reddick, Athletics.

Designated hitter | Victor Martinez, Tigers. 32 home runs, 103 RBIs, .335 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .565 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Corey Kluber, Cleveland.
18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 strikeouts and 51 walks in 235.21 innings.

2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners. 15-6, 2.14 ERA, 248 strikeouts and 46 walks in 236 innings, 18 wild pitches.

3. Chris Sale, White Sox. 12-4, 2.17 ERA, 208 strikeouts and 39 walks in 174 innings, 11 HBPs.

4. Max Scherzer, Tigers. 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 252 strikeouts and 63 walks in 220.1 innings, 10 wild pitches.

5. Jon Lester, Red Sox-Athletics. 16-11, 2.46 ERA, 220 strikeouts and 48 walks in 219.2 innings.

6. David Price, Rays-Tigers
7. Dallas Keuchel, Astros

Setup man | Wade Davis, Royals. 9-2, 1.00 ERA, 3 saves, 109 strikeouts and 23 walks in 72.0 innings.

2. Dellin Betances, Yankees.

Closer | Zach Britton, Orioles. 3-2, 1.65 ERA, 37 saves, 62 strikeouts and 23 walks in 76.1 innings.

2. Greg Holland, Royals.

Best Picture | The Battered Bastards of Baseball



— Kevin Brewer