Ryan Nakada
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Ryan Nakada

Yankees fan for most of my life. Has always had a love for baseball, whether it be playing it, watching it, reading about it, or writing about it. Tweet me: @adakannayr



Latest by Ryan Nakada

  • MLB Power Rankings – Week 2 (4/6 – 4/12)

    (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, it is already evident that the baseball season will have its share of hot and cold streaks. Only two of last week’s Top 10 Power Rankings make their mark on the top 10 a second consecutive week.

    1. Milwaukee Brewers (6-0) (Last week: –)

    Ending last week, the Milwaukee Brewers were on a two-game winning streak against the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The Brewers would keep up these winning ways with a sweep of the Red Sox in Boston. They would continue to Philadelphia …


  • 2014 MLB Power Rankings – Week 1 (3/22-3/23, 3/31-4/5)

    (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the first of the regular season, one team stands atop the league as the lone undefeated team and more importantly, they did it against a contending American League East team and a contender to their grasp over their own division.

    1. Detroit Tigers (4-0)

    The American League Central champion Detroit Tigers stand a step above the rest of the league as the lone undefeated team. They had one game against the Kansas City Royals postponed due to poor weather but they had two walk-off wins against their …


  • 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Candidates

    Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig was an electrifying spark plug in the Dodgers run towards the NL West division title. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best rookie in the National League. This award has been given to position players and given to pitchers. This is just for the rookie that had the best season among others getting their first taste of the majors.

    These are the rookies I think are candidates from the National League:

    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (.319 batting average, 19 home runs, 42 runs batted in, .925 OPS)

    The size, power and speed of Yasiel Puig are hard to miss. The impact he has made upon his arrival is also hard to miss.

    The 19 home runs is third amongst all rookies and his batting average is best amongst rookies. He has had 11 stolen …


  • 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Candidates

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is a defensive wizard with the best batting average among American League rookies. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best rookie in the American League. This award has been given to position players and given to pitchers. This is just for the rookie that had the best season among others getting their first taste of the majors.

    These are the rookies I think are candidates from the American League:

    Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays (.293 batting average, 13 home runs, 53 runs batted in.831 WHIP)

    Acquired from the Kansas City Royals for James Shields, Wil Myers proved to be the potent offensive threat that the league expected he would be. He made his debut on June 18 as a part of a doubleheader. He would get his first hit in the second game …


  • 2013 National League Cy Young Candidates

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a historically good season atop the pitching staff. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best pitcher in the National League. Rarely does a relief pitcher win this award but it isn’t uncommon. Winning doesn’t always translate into being the best pitcher. Some pitchers are recognized for their talents beyond their team’s talents. Striking out the most doesn’t always mean you’re the best either. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it isn’t. There are aspects beyond the statistics that get factored into who is deserving of being considered the best pitcher in baseball.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for this award in the National League:

    Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (16-9 record, 1.83 ERA, 232 strikeouts, 0.92 WHIP)

    The highest that Clayton Kershaw’s ERA reached is 2.14 …


  • 2013 American League Cy Young Candidates

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a great sophomore season, striking out a major-league best 277. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best pitcher in the American League. Rarely does a relief pitcher win this award but it isn’t uncommon. Winning doesn’t always translate into being the best pitcher. Ask Felix Hernandez, he was the best pitcher to not get wins in 2010 but was recognized for his talents beyond his team’s talents. Striking out the most doesn’t always mean you’re the best either. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it isn’t. There are aspects beyond the statistics that get factored into who is deserving of being considered the best pitcher in baseball.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for this award in the American League:

    Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers (21-3 record, 2.90 ERA, 240 …


  • 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Candidates

    Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continues to have an impressive start to his career, earning MVP considerations. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the most outstanding player in the National League. Some take into account the team around them and if the team would have been as successful without the individual. Others will take into account the impact the individual has on the various aspects of the game like hitting, stealing and defense. Once in a while, a pitcher reflects the domination that is leaps and bounds above the rest that he is in a class of his own in which he is deserving of both the Most Valuable Player award and the Cy Young award.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for the MVP award in the National League:

    Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks (.302 batting …


  • 2013 American League Most Valuable Player Candidates

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera battled injuries in a great season following his Triple Crown year. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the most outstanding player in the American League. Some take into account the team around them and if the team would have been as successful without the individual. Others will take into account the impact the individual has on the various aspects of the game like hitting, stealing and defense. Once in a while, a pitcher reflects the domination that is leaps and bounds above the rest that he is in a class of his own in which he is deserving of both the Most Valuable Player award and the Cy Young award.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for the MVP award in the American League:

    Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers (.348 batting …


  • New York Yankees Core Four

    Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte together at the last game in the old Yankee Stadium in 2008. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Never before in baseball have there been four players that spent nearly their entire career together on one team. They were drafted and progressed through the organization at the same time as well.

    Jorge Posada (1995-2011, 17-year career, all with the Yankees)
    Andy Pettitte (1995-2003, 2007-2010, 2012-13, 18-year career, 15 spent with the Yankees, 3 with the Astros)
    Mariano Rivera (1995-2013, 19-year career, all with the Yankees)
    Derek Jeter (1995-present, 19-year career, and counting, all with the Yankees)

    As a group, they were a part of the New York Yankees’ dynasty of the late 1990’s. Before 1995, the last time the Yankees made the postseason was 1981.…

    12 Postseason Appearances.
    Eight Division Championships
    Five World Series Championships (1996, 1998-2000, 2009)


  • Blink & You’ll Miss Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton has just gotten a small taste of the majors and could continue being a star with his sparkling speed. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

    Centerfielder Billy Hamilton may be the fastest player in baseball.

    In 2012, Billy Hamilton set the Minor League Baseball single-season stolen base record with 155. The previous record was held by Vince Coleman with 145 and it is also 25 more than Rickey Henderson’s Major League record of 130. The stolen base record was achieved while Hamilton was a member of the Bakersfield Blaze (A+ level affiliation) and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA level affiliation).

    On September 2, the 23-year-old Billy Hamilton got the call-up. He made it; he was on the Cincinnati Reds roster. On September 3, outfielder Ryan Ludwick got on base with a single in the seventh inning and Billy Hamilton would make his major league debut …


  • The Good and Bad of the NL Central

    Known for his defense, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has become an offensive threat too. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    In 162 games, all baseball teams will identify the things that are going right and the things that are going wrong. Some teams have few to celebrate and some have few to complain about. The St. Louis Cardinals have had success with their offense and their pitching but they could even be better. They may need to step up their game as the Pittsburgh Pirates finally look like they have found the missing pieces they needed to make a serious run for a winning season or, dare I say it, a postseason appearance. But the Cincinnati Reds can’t be counted out with their two best players getting on base whenever they step to the plate. The Chicago Cubs are attempting …


  • The Good and Bad of the NL East

    With a NL-best 147 strikeouts, New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey is the most talked about pitcher in baseball. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    In 162 games, all baseball teams will identify the things that are going right and the things that are going wrong. Some teams have few to celebrate and some have few to complain about. The Atlanta Braves have put some distance in the division but the Washington Nationals have a trio of pitchers that can’t be overlooked. Despite some struggling pitchers, the Philadelphia Phillies are right on the tails of the Nationals. The New York Mets are closer to last than first but an ace-caliber pitcher is certainly putting eyes on them. The rebuilding Miami Marlins are seeing the fruits of their farm and some other farms, develop, as they give their fans a preview of what their future looks …


  • The Good and Bad of the AL West

    In 162 games, all baseball teams will identify the things that are going right and the things that are going wrong. Some teams have few to celebrate and some have few to complain about. The Oakland Athletics put themselves on the map last year and are looking to stay as the top dog that can’t be forgotten. The Texas Rangers are looking to move on from the departure of some important bats to their offense and the Los Angeles Angels are hoping the money spent to take Josh Hamilton from the Rangers will pay off soon. Lastly, the newcomers to the AL West are the Houston Astros. They will do their best to determine who is a future project and …


  • Biogenesis Suspensions Handed Out

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will make his 2013 season debut on Monday. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    The Biogenesis news has been one of the biggest subjects in baseball and sports in general. Simply put, the hammer has been dropped on the individuals that have done the crime, intentionally or not.

    The following major leaguers received suspensions:

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (65 games, the remainder of the 2013 season)

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (2013 All-Star) (50-game suspension, served immediately)

    Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz (2013 All-Star) (50-game suspension, served immediately)

    Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero (50-game suspension, served immediately)

    San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (2013 All-Star) (50-game suspension, served immediately)

    New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli (50-game suspension, served immediately)

    Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo (50-game suspension, served immediately)

    New York Mets utility player …


  • Hideki Matsui Retires a Yankee

    Former teammate Derek Jeter (right) presents Hideki Matsui with a framed jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    Hideki Matsui, a fan favorite and respected veteran, officially retires as a New York Yankee on Sunday with a simple ceremony. Hideki Matsui was a simple person and player with simple aspirations, win with the best franchise in sports history. He signed a one-day contract with the Yankees and would sign his retirement papers behind home plate of Yankee Stadium.

    In 2003, Hideki Matsui made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees after nine years with the Yomiuri Giants.

    On March 31, Matsui had his first at-bat visiting the Toronto Blue Jays. He would get his first major league hit in the first inning. It would also be his first major league RBI. On April 8, he made his …


  • The Good and Bad of the AL Central

    With some run support, White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale's 6-8 record would look better. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

    In 162 games, all baseball teams will identify the things that are going right and the things that are going wrong. Some teams have few to celebrate and some have few to complain about. The Detroit Tigers have shown that they are capable of making the World Series but in their division, there is at least one team giving them a reason to sweat. The Cleveland Indians are not far from taking the AL Central title from the favored Tigers. The Kansas City Royals are on a middle ground trying to make their offseason acquisition of James Shields work out. Meanwhile, the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are marketing their players, looking to see what they can get to …


  • The Good and Bad of the AL East

    With a league-leading 37 home runs, Chris Davis has taken the AL East and MLB by storm. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    In 162 games, all baseball teams will identify the things that are going right and the things that are going wrong. Some teams have few to celebrate and some have few to complain about. Even with the Boston Red Sox leading the American League, they have problems that hold them back from being even greater. The Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees all have problems too, some bigger than others. Many of these problems are going to keep them from the division title. Then there is the Toronto Blue Jays. Down but far from out, they have problems that, when solved, will make this the most competitive American League East division in years. Here is the good …


  • What Could Jay-Z Mean For The Yankees?

    Robinson Cano recently fired super agent Scott Boras in favor of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation partnership.

    The 30-year-old second baseman of the New York Yankees is expected to become a free agent following this season. With Scott Boras, it was almost certain that Cano would test free agency. In free agency, the Yankees would have had to compete with numerous suitors, like the Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Despite the new representation, there are still some doubts about what the Yankees will do. The Yankees are still dealing with the 10-year, $275 million contract that Alex Rodriguez received. This commitment has seemed to come back to haunt …



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