Category Archives: Announcements

A Focus on the Big Picture

Sometimes in life, you do not feel that you have been dealt a fair hand. No matter who you are, no matter how much you realize that your situation isn’t all that bad, you cannot help but feel sorry for yourself. There are people starving, people suffering, and people dying all over the place. Human nature is selfish; even when there are people out there worse off than we are, we often times fail to see beyond ourselves. It is selfish, but it is natural and it happens to the best of us. What do you find yourself complaining about?

For example…

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The True Value of Dexter Fowler to the St. Louis Cardinals

Last Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a 5-year, $82.5 million with former Cubs center-fielder Dexter Fowler. As has been explained in the media, the Fowler addition was meant to add more athleticism both on defense and atop the Cardinals’ lineup. At face value, this seems to make sense; Fowler’s skills are indicative of a lead-off hitting center fielder. In theory, inserting Fowler in center in place of incumbent Randal Grichuk should improve the outfield defense. In researching this theory; however, I have found that the ‘Fowler Effect’, while certainly providing plus-value, is not as straightforward as it may seem.

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MLB Sweet Spot Announcement 8/28/2016

As people have probably realized, my posting frequency has declined noticeably over the past few weeks. This, as I explained back in July, is largely due to a new job that I started almost two months ago. Because I need to focus not only on this job, but on my final year of school as well as my career after graduation, my blogging frequency will remain significantly lower than it has in the past.

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Name Change Survey!

AV Blogs is looking for a newer, more catchy name to attract even more visitors! Once a name has been chosen, I will also be buying my own URL to further increase traffic to this site as well as linked sites. While I will have the final say in which name is chosen, I would very much appreciate any feedback I can get through this survey. After all, a blog isn’t worth much without readers!


Courtesy of SurveyMonkey.

Latest AV Blog News

In the coming days, my next article for Off The Bench will be published, and a teaser will be added to this site (like what was done with my article on Corey Seager). My latest article is a brief exploration of some position prospects around the league who have been performing at high levels but who have not been getting the recognition that other high level prospects tend to get. This will be followed by a similar article about pitchers later in the week.

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Introducing Dynamic Power Rankings

Back at the season’s quarter mark, I provided my in-depth Power Rankings for all 30 MLB teams. While I will continue with those (likely posting again at the All-Star break), I wanted to also try to include a rankings that could be updated more frequently. Therefore, I am introducing my new Dynamic Power Rankings.

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Exciting News, and an Article on Corey Seager

Recently I was asked if I would be able to help provide content to publish on Off The Bench Baseball. Being a great opportunity to get my name out there and to publish on a much more viewed site, I had to accept. Thank you to all of those at Off The Bench who have given me this opportunity!

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