Matt Yallof is an MLB Network studio host who hosts the regular season studio show The Rundown and regularly appears on MLB Tonight, Quick Pitch and the offseason studio show Hot Stove.
|In this age of limited character space, limited attention spans (equivalent to that of a gerbil) and self promotion that makes P.T. Barnum look tame, it's easy to forget about one the best hitters in the world. And because it's the offseason, that is perfectly fine with the Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
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|"The view" is back after weeks of watching in awe as the regular season turned into a captivating postseason. The playoffs have been so thrilling to this point that lifelong baseball folks are throwing around terms like "best ever" and "historic."
|This week it's the Orioles, or maybe the Angels. No, scratch that, it's the Nationals. Hold on, stop the music, it's still the A's. Unless it's the Brewers. Ask 10 different people to name the best team in baseball and you'll get 10 different answers.
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|He plays the game the way you and I would play it if we were given the chance. All out. Hard-nosed. The kind of guy who looks like he'd eat glass slivers if it meant coming away with a win.
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|Derek Jeter's career is winding down. It will end in either September or October. Let's hope it's October.
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|It is the midway point of the regular season and currently 12 of the 30 teams are either in first place or within five games of first place. While forecasting postseason teams is fruitless at this point, it may be worthwhile to hand out some awards for the first half in each league.
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|Padres pitcher Jesse Hahn's brief Major League career has produced four starts, a 3-1 record and a 2.38 ERA.
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|We know where Jeter will be on induction weekend 2020. But when and if these other stars eventually arrive in Cooperstown is something we won't know for a very long time. In the meantime, enjoy them while you can.
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|Tony Gwynn's statistics are so good they don't seem real -- numbers you'd see in a video game or a stickball game. Perhaps we need to stop throwing around the word "star" so liberally. Gwynn's passing should help us rediscover the true meaning of the word.
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|Despite the lack of national media attention surrounding La Stella's arrival, the 25-year-old New Jersey native may have a severe impact on Atlanta's playoff chances.
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|A funny thing happened during a recent early afternoon visit to Turner Field in Atlanta. I've converted to the school of Carlos Gomez and all it entails. Try it for yourself. See how it feels.
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|Meet Brian Dozier. A fundamentally sound, humble and hard working baseball player you'd like your kid to emulate. The Twins second baseman is a power hitter, elite defender and, oh, by the way, a musician.
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|There are a lot great pitchers in the game today, but fewer who qualify as "SAW" guys -- those you have to Stop and Watch. The pitchers who make your jaw drop, who demand that you put down your sandwich until the inning ends.
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|Don't deny it. You know you've been waiting anxiously. Pacing the floors and chomping on your fingernails. Checking the website regularly, perhaps hourly, for this year's edition of the "SAW" list -- players you need to Stop and Watch.
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|Baseball is not professional wrestling. Baseball must be held to a higher standard and must maintain it's standing as a thinking person's sport.
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|Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn is a former first-round Draft pick. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, his size doesn't match his demeanor. He's understated and under the radar.
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|As a junior in high school, Nathan Eovaldi underwent Tommy John surgery. It was a turning point in his life. It wasn't until he rehabbed from the procedure that he realized the potential of his physical gifts.
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|It is time to put winter behind us and get set for the start of the regular season. MLB Network's Matt Yallof gives his predictions of who will win the six divisions and the World Series championship this season.
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|If there was a way to truly measure chemistry and its correlation to winning games, The Indians would be on the short list of the best in baseball.
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|He finished his rookie season in 2013 with more home runs that Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips and Dan Uggla. He had more doubles than Chase Utley, Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick. And he posted a higher slugging percentage than Dustin Pedroia, Ben Zobrist and Jose Altuve. Meet Jedd Gyorko -- the best offensive second baseman who doesn't get nearly enough attention outside of San Diego.
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