Catcher | First base No owner in a standard-size league should feel left out at second base. That isn't to say every player in the top 12 is entirely risk-free, but the drop-off thereafter is gradual, extending beyond even the 20 shown here. You'll have someone to fall back on, in all likelihood, so you shouldn't worry too much about messing it up. But you can gain a real advantage at the position. While second base offers a surplus of alike options, it's lacking in true standouts, featuring four if you count Brian Dozier and three if you don't. And that number has risen from a year ago. Note: These rankings are intended to be just a first glimpse and aren't tailored for any specific format.
The 2017 MLB playoffs are here, with 10 teams providing us several storylines to watch this October, from the wild card games all the way through the World Series. We had three 100-win teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and Houston Astros — for just the sixth time in major league history and the first time since 2003. There were a trio of great turnaround stories as well. The Minnesota Twins had the worst record in baseball in 2016 with 103 losses, but this year they’re in the postseason as the second American League Wild Card, the first team ever to make the playoffs one year after losing 100 games. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks rebounded from a 93-loss campaign
Editor's note: In this offseason series, we're ranking the best players to wear each number in Rangers history from SportsDay Insider Gerry Fraley. New installments will come each weekday through mid-November. #21 Ruben Sierra (1987-92, 2000-01, '03) Sierra wore two other numbers before getting what he wanted: the number that Puerto Rican Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente made famous. Sierra liked the number so much that he wore it during his three stays with the club. In his first six seasons with No. 21, Sierra made two All-Star teams and twice finished among the top nine in Most Valuable Player voting. Also: Mike Hargrove (1974-78) hit .323 to win the Rookie of the Year award and made the All-Star
Astros bench coach and former major-league infielder Alex Cora, age 41, is a hot managerial prospect these days. Already, he's reportedly interviewed for the Red Sox's dugout vacancy, and now another notable East Coast club apparently has him in mind. The details from Ken Rosenthal: The Mets are of course coming off a disappointing 2017 season in which they lost 92 games. That resulted in Terry Collins' being kicked upstairs after seven seasons as manager and a pennant in 2015. The Mets have some upside in 2018 and beyond if they can stay healthier. However, from Cora's perspective the Boston job figures to be the more attractive one. They have some impressive young talent in place in tandem