Wil Myers

position | outfield  bats | right  throws | right

2019 age | 28
2019 salary | $5.5 million
2020 salary | $22.5 million
2021 salary | $22.5 million
2022 salary | $22.5 million

Contract status | Myers signed a six-year, $83 million contract extension, the most lucrative in Padres history, on Jan. 17, 2017.

Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Teams | Rays (2013-14), Padres (2015-present)
Acquired | Traded as part of a three-team trade by the Rays with Jose Castillo, Gerardo Reyes and Ryan Hanigan to the Padres on Dec. 19, 2014. The Padres sent Jake Bauers, Rene Rivera and Burch Smith to the Rays and Joe Ross and Trea Turner to the Nationals. The Nationals sent Travis Ott and Steven Souza to the Rays.

• NL All-Star (2016)
• AL Rookie of the Year (2013)

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.
— Kevin Brewer

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)


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 HRs, 103 RBIs, .336/.408/.549, 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.

This story originally appeared on Raleigh & Company on Oct. 30, 2014.

2014 National League awards

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 Ks, BBs

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 Ks, BBs

Jackie Robinson Award | Jacob deGrom, Mets. 9-6, 2.69 ERA, 144 Ks, 43 BBs

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

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

Catcher | Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers. 13 HRs, 69 RBIs, .301 batting, .373 on-base, .465 slugging, 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 HRs, 78 RBIs, .286 batting, .386 on-base, .527 slugging, 15 HBPs. Best fielder | Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers.

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

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

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

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

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

2. Carlos Gomez, Brewers

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

2. Jason Heyward, Atlanta

Starting rotation

1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers.
21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 Ks, 31 BBs

2. Johnny Cueto, Reds. 20-9, 2.25 ERA, 242 Ks, 65 BBs

3. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals. 20-9, 2.38 ERA, 179 Ks, 50 BBs

4. Cole Hamels, Phillies. 9-9, 2.46 ERA, 198 Ks, 59 BBs

5. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals. 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 182 Ks, 29 BBs

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

Closer | Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta. 0-3, 1.61 ERA, 47 saves, 95 Ks

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

Goodbye | The Greatest Hitter of All Time, 1960-2014

— Kevin Brewer

2014 American League awards

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 HRs, 111 RBIs, .287/.377/.561, 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 Ks, 51 BBs

Jackie Robinson Award | Jose Abreu, White Sox. 36 HRs, 107 RBIs, .317/.383/.581

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

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

Catcher | Yan Gomes, Cleveland. 21 HRs, 74 RBIs, .278/.313/.472. Best fielder | Salvador Perez, Royals.

First base | Jose Abreu, White Sox. 36 HRs, 107 RBIs, .317/.383/.581. Best fielder | Chris Davis, Orioles.

2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers.

Second base | Robinson Cano, Mariners. 14 HRs, 82 RBIs, .314/.382/.454. 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 HRs, 98 RBIs, .255/.342/.456. Best hitter | Adrian Beltre, Rangers. Best fielder | Donaldson

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

Shortstop | Erick Aybar, Angels. 7 HRs, 68 RBIs, .278/.321/.379/. Best fielder | J.J. Hardy, Orioles.

Left field | Michael Brantley, Cleveland. 20 HRs, 97 RBIs, .327/.385/.506, 200 hits, 45 doubles. Best fielder | Alex Gordon, Royals.

2. Alex Gordon, Royals

Center field | Mike Trout, Angels. 36 HRs, 111 RBIs, .287/.377/.561, 115 runs. Best fielder | Lorenzo Cain, Royals.

2. Adam Jones, Orioles

Right field | Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. 35 HRs, 103 RBIs, .286/.403/.524, 101 runs, 104 walks. Best fielder | Josh Reddick, Athletics.

Designated hitter | Victor Martinez, Tigers. 32 HRs, 103 RBIs, .335/.409/.565

Starting rotation

1. Corey Kluber, Cleveland.
18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 Ks, 51 BBs

2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners. 15-6, 2.14 ERA, 248 Ks, 46 BBs

3. Chris Sale, White Sox. 12-4, 2.17 ERA, 208 Ks, 39 BBs

4. Max Scherzer, Tigers. 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 252 Ks, 63 BBs

5. Jon Lester, Red Sox-Athletics. 16-11, 2.46 ERA, 220 Ks, 48 BBs

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

Setup man | Wade Davis, Royals. 9-2, 1.00 ERA, 3 saves, 109 Ks

2. Dellin Betances, Yankees.

Closer | Zach Britton, Orioles. 3-2, 1.65 ERA, 37 saves, 62 Ks

2. Greg Holland, Royals.
— Kevin Brewer

The long, overrated goodbye

These are the last days and rites of Derek Jeter. The sainted captain enters his final weekend with a career-worst .253 batting average, .301 on-base percentage and .309 slugging percentage. He is hitting .205/.259/.295 in September, including a 0-for-28 stretch in the middle of the month, during what used to be a pennant race. The Yankees will miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993. The team has worn Jeter’s No. 2 on its uniforms and caps since Sept. 7, yielding speculation that he had died along with his strike zone judgment.

Jeter’s final season has been a cloying farewell tour, with gifts and applause in nearly every opposing ballpark. Fortune magazine ranked him 11th on its list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders — two spots behind the Dalai Lama. At the All-Star Game, he received a 63-second standing ovation before leading off for the American League. He doubled on what looked like a batting practice pitch from Adam Wainwright. “I was going to give him a couple pipe shots just to — he deserved it,” he said. On Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium, Cal Ripken said: “It is hard to measure and define all the magic that Derek brings to the table.”

It is easier to measure Jeter the ballplayer. But it is a divisive exercise, an example of the holy war between advanced metrics and traditional statistics, often muddied by the unreliable eye test.

He was a severely overrated defensive shortstop. Jeter has a career defensive WAR of minus-9.4 — the worst among all shortstops since 1900, worse than Ricky Gutierrez, worse than Hanley Ramirez and worse than Jose Offerman. In The Fielding Bible (2006), Bill James said: “I have to say that the case for Jeter as a Gold Glove quality shortstop is a dead argument in my mind. … He is not a Gold Glove quality shortstop. He isn’t an average defensive shortstop. Giving him every possible break on the unknowns, he is still going to emerge as a below average defensive shortstop.”

After the 2007 season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Jeter that his defense was hurting the team, which was something he had never heard from anyone inside the organization. That winter, Jeter worked on his lateral movement with a new fitness trainer. He improved in 2008 and was slightly above average in 2009. The following season, he was 36 years old and in decline.

The counter argument is subjective nonsense and anecdotal highlights — his five Gold Glove awards, his odd jump throw, “the flip” assist against the Athletics in the 2001 ALDS and “the dive” into the stands against the Red Sox in 2004.

But Jeter could play. He was the best position player in the league in 1999, when he hit .349/.438/.552 with 24 home runs, 102 RBIs and 134 runs, although most analysts said Pedro Martinez should have won the MVP award. Jeter should have won the award in 2006, when he hit .343/.417/.483 with 14 home runs, 97 RBIs, 118 runs and 34 stolen bases. He was among the top 10 players in the league four other times. He is sixth all-time with 3,461 hits and 10th all-time with 1,922 runs. He was an excellent base runner, with 358 stolen bases in 455 attempts (78.6 percent).

Jeter played during the Golden Age of shortstops, when the position was dominated by big, athletic hitters like himself, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, Miguel Tejada, Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki — all the descendants of Cal Ripken.

Jeter and Rodriguez are forever linked — both played their first full season in 1996, and they were teammates from 2004 until last season. A-Rod is better. He was the best player in the league seven times and among the top 10 in three other seasons. He is fifth all-time with 654 home runs, sixth all-time with 1,969 RBIs and 11th all-time with 1,919 runs. He had 322 stolen bases in 398 attempts (80.9 percent).

Rodriguez was also the better fielder. But when the Yankees acquired him, they moved him to third base. Jeter didn’t volunteer to change positions. Often, the sainted captain and sainted manager Joe Torre didn’t speak to Rodriguez.

Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in 2009, and he is currently serving a one-year suspension by Major League Baseball for his involvement in last year’s Biogenesis scandal. Tejada admitted to lying about his age in 2009, when he was also charged with lying to Congress about PEDs. He was suspended for 105 games last year for testing positive for amphetamines. Garciaparra played just eight full seasons because of injuries.

Jeter endured. He played shortstop for the New York Yankees for 20 seasons. He remained mostly healthy, playing in 148 or more games in 14 seasons. He helped lead the Yankees to five World Series championships and seven pennants. He played in 158 postseason games, hitting .308/.374/.465 with 20 home runs, 111 runs and 200 hits.

Jeter is a public relations superstar. He has never said anything controversial nor interesting. He has never consumed PEDs, been arrested or even thrown out of a game. He created his own charity organization. He makes syrupy ads for Nike and Gatorade. When he was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 2009, Tom Verducci wrote: “Every sunrise is a fresh shot at victory for Derek Jeter. Every day is an invitation to compete with the same smile and delight of that boy in the mirror who looked back at him on the eve of Little League opening day in Kalamazoo, Mich.”

Oh, and the women. Jeter has dated, in chronological order, Mariah Carey, 2000 Miss Universe Lara Dutta, Joy Enriquez, Jordana Brewster, Vanessa Minnillo, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson (unconfirmed), Vida Guerra, Adriana Lima, Jessica Biel, former fiancé Minka Kelly and Hannah Davis. He has denied reports that he sends his one-night stands home with gift baskets of autographed memorabilia and that he sent one woman home with a repeat gift, because he had forgotten their first time together.

This season has been one gift basket full of hagiography for Jeter. The truth is that he is a great player, just not a GREAT player. The Yankees pantheon begins with Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, then Jeter and the next group — Whitey Ford, Mariano Rivera, Don Mattingly, Bill Dickey and Thurman Munson. The best shortstops of all-time are Honus Wagner, Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken, Arky Vaughn and Luke Appling. Jeter is somewhere in the mix with Ernie Banks and Robin Yount, who played more games at other positions. Then Ozzie Smith, Barry Larkin and Lou Boudreau.

It’s not Derek Jeter’s fault that he is overrated. It’s not Jeter’s fault that Cashman didn’t tell him about his poor defense until he was 33 years old. It’s not his fault that Yankees fans don’t remember Ruth, Mantle or even Munson. But that overwrought Nike commercial with everyone, including Red Sox fans, tipping their cap and that saccharine Gatorade commercial backed by Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” Jeter has to be held accountable for those.
— Kevin Brewer

This story originally appeared on Raleigh & Company.

The greatest hitter of all time

In Baseball’s All-Time Best Hitters, biostatistics professor Michael J. Schell makes adjustments for eras, leagues, ballparks and everything else to determine the greatest hitter of all time. The answer was Tony Gwynn. Not Ty Cobb. Not Rogers Hornsby. Not Ted Williams.

The greatest hitter of all time died Monday. He was 54.

Gwynn singled against the Phillies for his first hit on July 19, 1982. When he reached first base, Pete Rose shook Gwynn’s hand and said: “Don’t try and catch me all in one night, kid.”

The greatest hitter of all time had 3,141 hits, 19th all time. He hit .338 for his career, 20th all time. He hit .300 for 19 straight seasons. Only Ty Cobb was better. He won eight batting titles. Only Cobb had more. He won his first batting title when he was 24 years old. He won his last when he was 37. He hit .394 in 1994, when a players strike ended the season on Aug. 12. He hit .368 over a five-year period. Ted Williams never had a stretch that good.

Gwynn isn’t just the best player in Padres history. He is San Diego. He played left field and point guard at San Diego State. He was drafted by the Padres and the San Diego Clippers on the same day. After he retired, Gwynn coached San Diego State’s baseball team, which plays at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

The greatest hitter of all time played all 20 seasons, all 2,440 games for the Padres. Only 10 other players who played their entire career since free agency played at least 2,000 games for only one team — Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin and Edgar Martinez.

Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, winning election with 97.6 percent of the vote. Only six other players received a higher percentage — Ripken, Cobb, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Hank Aaron.

The greatest hitter of all time faced Greg Maddux 107 times, more than any other pitcher. He hit .415 with no strikeouts. Against John Smoltz, he hit .444 with one strikeout. He hit .321 against Orel Hershiser, .321 against Fernando Valenzuela, .318 against Mike Scott, .303 against Tom Glavine and .302 against Nolan Ryan.

Gwynn struck out just 434 times in 20 seasons. Mark Reynolds equaled that in two seasons. He had more doubles than strikeouts in 11 seasons.

The greatest hitter of all time could run and field, too. He had 56 stolen bases in 1987, second in the league. He averaged 40 stolen bases over one four-year stretch in 1980s. He won five Gold Glove awards in right field.

Gwynn had 13 operations in 20 seasons, eight of them on his knees. He played with a sprained thumb in 1988 and was hitting .246 on July 1. But he hit .406 in July, .370 in August and .291 in September. He hit .313 to win his third batting title.

He was the greatest hitter of all time.
— Kevin Brewer

This story originally appeared on Raleigh & Company.

Jerry Coleman, 1924-2014

Jerry Coleman, the only major league player to see combat in two wars, was also an All-Star second baseman for the Yankees, the World Series MVP in 1950 and an iconic Padres broadcaster for 41 years, becoming famous for his numerous malaprops.

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