now that Baseball Tonight's Top 100 list is complete, it's time for them to name their annual Top 10 players at each position going into the 2016 season. once again, the way in which this was revealed differs from last year.
today, on March 25, ESPN's Baseball Tonight unveiled all of their Top 10s in one day and at the same time online. the panel of MLB writers, analysts, and contributors who ranked the Top 100 also ranked the Top 10s, and some players who didn't make the Top 100 list did make it onto their respective position lists. my blog, however, is solely going to focus on the Top 10 Left Fielders.
this year, BBTN ranked Michael as the 4th best left fielder going into 2016. last year, he was ranked as the best left fielder going into 2015. so clearly their opinion of Michael has gone down, most likely due to the shoulder injury he suffered towards the end of the season. (although, if you've been keeping up with all my Brantley update blogs, then you already know there's now a chance that Michael could open the season with the Tribe.) whatever the reason, i disagree immensely.
here is BBTN's entire Top 10 LF list, featuring both American and National League players:
1. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
2. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
4. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
5. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
6. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins
8. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
9. David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks
10. Michael Conforto, New York Mets
Michael was recently ranked #1 in MLB Network's Top 10 Left Fielders on January 28. so yeah, let's go with that.
this year's MLB Network list included nine of the 10 players on Baseball Tonight's list, but in a completely different order. i'm gonna piss off Royals fans when i say this but Gordon is not the best all-around LF player. i'll give him credit for his dazzling defense, but his bat leaves something to be desired. and if they're going to penalize Michael for being hurt, then how can Gordon rank ahead of him here when he, too, missed time (much more time actually) last year and had overall lower stats than Michael? i don't understand how he's their #1. then again, this is an ESPN list so i should have expected some tomfoolery.
congratulations Michael for making this list i guess. and remember, MLB Network loves ya! lol keep working on your rehab games and we will see you on the baseball field soon!
who are your Top 10 Left Fielders? let me know in a comment below!