Detroit Tigers : You have to be great to be taken highly at first base, and there are quite a few players who fit into that category. Over the last decade, Miguel Cabrera has been one of them, hitting the ball as well as anyone in that span, so it's understandable why he had a ADP in ESPN drafts this season. Big changes are in store going forward, however, as the Tigers are now rebuilding and Cabrera -- who turns 35 next April -- is having far and away the worst season of his 15-year career. This has an Albert Pujols -type of feel to it.
The Astros left fielder often stands at the edge of the Crawford Boxes, on the center-field side, because the Astros believe if a ball is hit in the air to the left, it’s either going to be a home run or bang off the fence, or have enough loft that the left fielder will have the time to run it down. And by playing at the corner of the Crawford Boxes on the center-field side, the left fielder is assured of direct access to the drives that are hit into the area of the cutout. If the left fielder is positioned in the typical spot in Minute Maid and a ball is hit into that recessed section, then the left fielder has to turn the corner of the Crawford Boxes in pursuit. More and more, visiting teams have mimicked the way the Astros position their left fielders -- an alignment that paid off when Gonzalez threw out Bird, after having a better angle to close on the hit and make a throw home.
Despite hitting a career-high 46 home runs in 1998, Canseco drew minimal attention in the free agent market. In 1999, he signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays . The contract included a clause stating that if Canseco were to be elected to the Hall of Fame he would be depicted as a member of the Devil Rays. That year he took the American League by storm, hitting 10 home runs in April, and leading the AL with 31 by the All-Star break (including number 400 for his career against Toronto's Kelvim Escobar). On pace for 60+ homers for the season, he was voted to the AL All-Star team as the DH, making his first All Star selection in 7 years. However, he injured his back days before the mid-summer classic and missed the game, as well as the Home Run Derby in Fenway Park. He finished the season with 34 home runs for the 1999 season.