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Jeff Kent won the 2000 NL MVP solely because he hit behind Barry Bonds.
Jeff Kent was not better than Barry Bonds, however, he got plenty of opportunities to drive in runners as Barry Bonds got the intentional free pass 688 times in his career, including 120 times in 2004. Now, Kent was in Houston at this time, but between 1997 until 2002, Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 197 times, which was a big win for Kent batting behind him. 

What am I getting at here you may be asking yourself? It’s quite simple, Vladimir Guererro Jr. should not be pitched to. Vlad Jr. isn’t Barry Bonds, but, in this article, I will try to convince you that he is such.
A third of the way into the season, Vlad leads the MLB in a plethora of stats, including homers, RBI, OBP, Slugging, OPS and WAR for position players. Not just that, but he also leads the AL in batting average with a mind-blowing .344 average. Vlad is insane.
Another stat that proves he’s a good hitter is that he’s walked 40 times while striking out 41 times. In percentages, he walks 15.2% while only striking out 15.5% of the time. This is to say that Guerrero has …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

AHL announces cancellation of Calder Cup Playoffs, 2021-22 schedule plans

The AHL has announced that because of COVID-19 protocols, there will be no Calder Cup Playoffs for the 2021 season. In a statement from the league, it states:
“While we are disappointed that we will not be able to award the Calder Cup this spring, we are grateful to have been able to provide a safe and competitive environment for more than 1,000 players to play AHL hockey and continue their development,” said AHL President and CEO, Scott Howson. “We’re especially thankful for the work done by our athletic trainers, COVID-19 officers and other front-line workers to ensure the health and safety of all of our players and staff throughout the league.”
The Toronto Marlies’ Canadian Division will crown a winner once the season ends, ranking each team by points percentage. First place will receive the Frank S. Mathers Trophy, which has been given out each year to an AHL division or conference champion winner since 1996.
With the Marlies new schedule this season, they will play their remaining 13 games in 20 days starting on May 1st, and ending on May 20th. Toronto sits third in the division with a 10-11-0-1 record.
2021 AHL schedule
The AHL also announced that the Board …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Jets Claim Nick Shore. We’re not entirely sure why

I hope Nick Shore isn’t a fan of airports, because it’s going to be a long time before he sees one again.

WIN claims Shore
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 4, 2019
The Winnipeg Jets (named after the gang from West Side Story, not a plane because no one in Winnipeg has seen one) have claimed Nick Shore off of waivers today at noon.
The decision is likely based on the injuries to Bryan Little and Mark Letestu, and the fact that the Jets really like making waivers claims this year.
Nick Shore is from Winnipeg, which might make you think he’s excited about heading there, but as someone who has moved out of Winnipeg, I can assure you that Nick Shore is not happy about having to return. It may or may not beat playing in the KHL again, but it’s what he signed up for by returning to the NHL, so off he goes…
The numbers on Nick Shore this year aren’t impressive…
NICK SHORE
GP
21
TOI
174
CF%
44.79
XGF%
34.31
HDCF%
27.59
G
2
A
1
P
3
…and it seems the only real reason to be upset about this claim is the minor hit the Leafs will be taking to …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #21: 5 things to watch for against Boston

We’re going to start off with a positive because what we all need now more than ever is to hear something positive about the Leafs. The positive is that after tonight the Leafs don’t play Boston again until March and that will be last time the two teams face each other until the first round of the playoffs*
(*assuming the Leafs get in)
The rest of the preview is probably going to get a lot darker, so if you want to tap out now, I don’t blame you. The game starts at 7PM and is on TSN 4. Godspeed.
If you want to read the rest, you were warned.

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.9#44 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 80.1#7 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 73.5#44 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.83#17 FL1

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.6#61 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.7#11 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.8#54 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.05#6 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.4#34 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.7#92 C

TREVOR MOORE
Rating: 70.9#110 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.66#13 FL3

NIC PETAN
Rating: 72.0#113 LW

NICK SHORE
Rating: 70.8#138 C

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 68.8#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.50#24 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.8#8 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.7#83 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.24#18 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.2#18 LD

TYSON BARRIE


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Listen to That’s A Rap #24: Post-Game 6 vs. Sixers Reaction

Shift all your Mother’s Day plans because we’ve got a Game 7 on Sunday evening! Listen as we skim through last night’s game and look forward to a promising Game 7. Destiny.
The Raptors and 76ers split Games 1 and 2, then split Games 3 and 4, followed by home blowouts in Game 5 and 6. We’re talking about 2001, of course, and that series ended with a missed buzzer-beater by Vince Carter. Come Sunday, we’ll find out if the symmetry to the ‘01 series will come full circle.
For now, we’ve got three agonizingly long days to lament over a missed opportunity to eliminate a pesky foe. To tide you over, have a listen to the latest episode of That’s A Rap.

On The Latest Episode:
Ben Simmons finally showed up! The All-Star’s aggression was akin to Kyle Lowry’s transformation in Game 4, and adds an extra wrinkle to how Nick Nurse strategizes for Sunday.
Raptors did not close quarters well, getting outscored 16-6, 9-2, and 18-6, in each of the first three quarters, respectively. On the bright side, the Raptors are destined to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

FYI: for series tied 2-2, the winner of game 5, by at …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ