Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Aug. 25, 2014Posted on August 25, 2014 by Stan 'The Fan' Charles
Around the Horn
Here are some observations gleaned from watching a lot of baseball:
The Boston Red Sox made two big deals at the July 31 trade deadline. They picked up starting pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allan Craig from the St. Louis Cardinals for starter John Lackey. They also traded starting pitcher Jon Lester in a monster trade with the Oakland Athletics to acquire Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Prior to those deals, the Red Sox outfield -- consisting of Grady Sizemore, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes -- had collectively hit 13 home runs. So with Cespedes and Craig, they have two outfielders who can make amends for the severe power shortage in the outfield. But could the mega-acquisition of Cespedes been the planned precursor to their latest free-agent pick-up of the uber-talented, 27-year-old Cuban free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo?
Of all the stadiums in MLB, one stadium above all the others strikes me as the most fun place to be a fan: O.co Stadium in Oakland. The fans that come to games -- at what used to be a wonderful ballpark before the Raiders moved back to Oakland -- seem to be out of some parallel universe that existed before cell phones, quiche and other supposed societal advancements.
Actually, ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" telecaster Dan Shulman may have hit the nail on the head when he said they have a large dosage of a European soccer crowd.
If you don't know what I am talking about, go to Google and type in "A's Fans, I Trust Stephen Vogt" and watch whatever video pops up.
Here are this week's rankings:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-58, overall record, No. 1 ranking last week)
2. Washington Nationals (75-54, No. 3)
3. Baltimore Orioles (73-55, No. 4)
4. Oakland A's (76-53, No. 5)
5. Los Angles Angels (77-52, No. 2)
6. Seattle Mariners (71-58, No. 7)
7. Kansas City Royals (72-57, No. 9)
8. Detroit Tigers (70-59, No. 6)
9. St. Louis Cardinals (70-59, No. 11)
10. New York Yankees (67-41, No. 12)
11. Milwaukee Brewers (72-58, No. 8)
12. Atlanta Braves (68-63, No. 15)
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-63, No. 13)
14. Miami Marlins (64-65, No. 14)
15. Tampa Bay Rays (64-66, No. 10)
16. Cleveland Indians (66-63, No. 16)
17. San Francisco Giants (68-61, No. 18)
18. Toronto Blue Jays (66-64, No. 17)
19. San Diego Padres (60-69, No. 20)
20. Cincinnati Reds (63-68, No. 19)
21. New York Mets (61-70, No. 22)
22. Boston Red Sox (56-74, No. 21)
23. Philadelphia Phillies (58-72, No. 25)
24. Chicago Cubs (58-72, 26)
25. Chicago White Sox (59-71, No. 23)
26. Minnesota Twins (58-72, No. 24)
27. Houston Astros (55-76, No. 28)
28. Colorado Rockies (52-77, No. 30)
29. Arizona Diamondbacks (55-76, No. 27)
30. Texas Rangers (50-79, No. 29)
With the Summer Olympics in Rio less than two years away, gymnast Lexie Priessman continues to fight to fulfill her dream of making Team USA.