That Ryan Howard contract will slowly murder Philly over time. I can't remember a single reasonable person (excludes anyone who used RBIs as an argument) that thought it was anything but awful when Philly gave it to him.
We might be saying the same things about the Angels, Reds and Tigers in a few years.
Every year that Kentucky has won the National Championship in men's basketball, the New York Yankees have won the World Series in the same year ('48, '49, '51, '58, '78, '96, '98). Time for that trend to break this year!
and to think, all this was started by J.P. Ricciadi by signing BJ Ryan and AJ Burnett to those ridiculous 5 year deals back then. Funny how everyone said we overpaid Burnett (and we did), but he opted out after year 3 to get even more money...
The Marlins have this once every 10-15 years type power hitter on their roster and they open up a new stadium that's 416 to center and 390ish to the power alleys. Terrible timing on their part, and I know it wasn't something they could avoid.
Seriously, this new ballpark is definitely built to be a pitcher's best friend.
Left-Center Power Alley: 384 feet
Right-Center Power Alley: 392 feet
Center Field: 416 feet
"Bermuda Triangle (in Left-Center): 420 feet
The ballpark is definitely a pitchers park, bigger everywhere than Sun Life except for down the right field line. It probably will affect some balls that otherwise would have been HRs, but Stanton was 2nd in the league last year in "no doubters" (Bautista first) so I think it will be a very small difference.