Michael Brantley & the Indians Ranked in MLBRank’s Top 100
let me start this off by saying i am shocked that a list of this nature is coming out now when we are approaching the midway point of baseball season. i waited for Baseball Tonight’s Top 100 to be released during spring training for weeks, to no avail. apparently, MLBRank’s list is the replacement and i was not expecting it. out with the old, in with the new, i guess. in any case, i apologize for the lateness of this post.
MLBRank’s Top 100 countdown commenced on June 26 and will run through June 30. each morning, 20 players will be posted on ESPN.com, starting with #100-81 and going all the way down to #20-1. (previously, players were revealed in increments of 10 over 10 days on the BBTN list, with the Top 10 being announced on a TV special.)
MLBRank was formed as a result of ESPN collaborating with Microsoft Research and The Wharton School. a panel containing 65 ESPN experts (down from 70 last year) was polled over seven days in June based on a list of 167 Major League players (down from 350). these experts–comprised of MLB writers, analysts, contributors, and Insiders–considered both the quality and quantity of a player’s contributions to his team’s ability to win games as they voted in thousands of head-to-head matchups.