Matt Yallof is an MLB Network studio host who hosts the regular season studio show The Rundown and regularly appears on MLB Tonight, Quick Pitch and the offseason studio show Hot Stove.
|It is the midway point of the regular season and currently 12 of the 30 teams are either in first place or within five games of first place. While forecasting postseason teams is fruitless at this point, it may be worthwhile to hand out some awards for the first half in each league.
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|Padres pitcher Jesse Hahn's brief Major League career has produced four starts, a 3-1 record and a 2.38 ERA.
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|We know where Jeter will be on induction weekend 2020. But when and if these other stars eventually arrive in Cooperstown is something we won't know for a very long time. In the meantime, enjoy them while you can.
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|Tony Gwynn's statistics are so good they don't seem real -- numbers you'd see in a video game or a stickball game. Perhaps we need to stop throwing around the word "star" so liberally. Gwynn's passing should help us rediscover the true meaning of the word.
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|Despite the lack of national media attention surrounding La Stella's arrival, the 25-year-old New Jersey native may have a severe impact on Atlanta's playoff chances.
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|A funny thing happened during a recent early afternoon visit to Turner Field in Atlanta. I've converted to the school of Carlos Gomez and all it entails. Try it for yourself. See how it feels.
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|Meet Brian Dozier. A fundamentally sound, humble and hard working baseball player you'd like your kid to emulate. The Twins second baseman is a power hitter, elite defender and, oh, by the way, a musician.
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|There are a lot great pitchers in the game today, but fewer who qualify as "SAW" guys -- those you have to Stop and Watch. The pitchers who make your jaw drop, who demand that you put down your sandwich until the inning ends.
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|Don't deny it. You know you've been waiting anxiously. Pacing the floors and chomping on your fingernails. Checking the website regularly, perhaps hourly, for this year's edition of the "SAW" list -- players you need to Stop and Watch.
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|Baseball is not professional wrestling. Baseball must be held to a higher standard and must maintain it's standing as a thinking person's sport.
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|Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn is a former first-round Draft pick. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, his size doesn't match his demeanor. He's understated and under the radar.
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|As a junior in high school, Nathan Eovaldi underwent Tommy John surgery. It was a turning point in his life. It wasn't until he rehabbed from the procedure that he realized the potential of his physical gifts.
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|It is time to put winter behind us and get set for the start of the regular season. MLB Network's Matt Yallof gives his predictions of who will win the six divisions and the World Series championship this season.
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|If there was a way to truly measure chemistry and its correlation to winning games, The Indians would be on the short list of the best in baseball.
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|He finished his rookie season in 2013 with more home runs that Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips and Dan Uggla. He had more doubles than Chase Utley, Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick. And he posted a higher slugging percentage than Dustin Pedroia, Ben Zobrist and Jose Altuve. Meet Jedd Gyorko -- the best offensive second baseman who doesn't get nearly enough attention outside of San Diego.
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|The Tampa Bay Rays will be a factor in October as long as Ryan Hanigan's hard work with his starters pays off.
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|When it comes to experience and wisdom, Eric Chavez has plenty, and it figures to rub off on the D-backs no matter if the 36-year-old veteran third baseman is in or out of the lineup.
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|There are many questions yet to be answered this spring. One that is certainly flying under the radar has to do with one of the most likable, approachable and longest-tenured players in the game.
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|For two decades, an entire generation of baseball fans have known nothing else but Yankees baseball with Derek Jeter leading the charge. Or, to put it another way, you'd have to be at least 27 or 28 years old to have any recollection of life for the Bronx Bombers without No. 2 wearing pinstripes.
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|No comment on contract negotiations; no problem. There's more than enough to talk about with Mike Trout. Welcome to life as a face of Major League Baseball. Everybody wants to know your every move, and Trout seems to be just fine with it and appears to have the proper perspective.
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