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    2009 Outfielder Projections

    Grady Sizemore is capable of a 40-40 season.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While most infield positions struggle to find many multi-talented fantasy players, the outfield position is always loaded with these kind of players. This year is no different. In fact, any of the top-three on the list could be 40-40 players if they wanted to put personal goals above team goals. And there is power everywhere you look.

    That is also the reason you DON'T pick an outfielder with the first overall picks - there are too many talented players available which lessens everyone's values.

    Grady Sizemore, Cleveland - As I said above, Sizemore is capable of a 40-40 season. His only downside is leading off places an upper limit on the RBI total and the fact that he will have 750 plate appearance makes it difficult to bat over .300.

    Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs - In the perfect world, Soriano would stay healthy and post a 46-41 season like he did in 2006 for the Washington Nationals. Alas, we live in the real world and Soriano played in just 109 games last year after 135 the previous season. He's still got the speed and power, but has been hampered by leg and hand injuries. If you draft him where his talent would place him, you better bring your "lucky charm" with you all season long to keep him healthy.

    Carlos Beltran, New York Mets - Beltran puts up solid numbers every year, but whether it is the big contract or unreasonably high expectations, he doesn't get the fantasy respect that he deserves. Since coming to New York in 2005, Beltran has averaged 104 runs, 29 HR, 104 RBI, 20 SB and hit a solid .275.

    Ryan Braun, Milwaukee - I wrote a piece last summer, demonstrating that Braun's first 212 major league games were better than Albert Pujols' first 212 games. Pujols led in runs (154-148), hits (294-269) and average (.327-.313), but Braun led in HR (60-50), RBI (171-159), SB (24-6) and OPS (.923-.906). Braun struggled in his first pennant race (he also hurt his back) and hit just .208 in September, but he ended up the season with 92 runs, 37 HR, 106 RBI, 14 SB and batted .285. He's only 25-years-old so his peak years are still in front of him.

    Matt Holliday, Oakland - Holliday has put up very good numbers as a member of the Colorado Rockies, but now he has moved on to the Oakland Athletics where the batting order is not as powerful and the ballpark is less "hitter- friendly." Holliday still hit over .300 on the road last year, but the power numbers showed a big difference in home versus road (15 HR, 59 RBI in 286 AB in Colorado vs. 10 HR, 29 RBI is 253 AB on the road). On the other hand he might steal even more bases than the 28 he swiped last season.

    Manny Ramirez, Free Agent - Though still a "man without a country", Ramirez will eventually find a home before the first ball is thrown out and will hit like he always does - spectacularly. After he and the Dodgers get done playing a game of chicken, he'll be smacking the long ball in LA and turning the Dodgers lineup into a dangerous team. In 229 AB for the Dodgers, Manny hit 17 HR, knocked in 53 runs and hit a stunning .396. He was even better in the playoffs which is why if LA wants to make any noise this season they'll have to work something out. From a hitting standpoint, which is to say a fantasy standpoint as well, there isn't a fantasy roster out there that wouldn't be better off with Manny in the lineup.

    Josh Hamilton, Texas - Hamilton was good for a half-a-season in 2007 with Cincinnati, but he really came into his own last year in Texas scoring 98 runs, hitting 32 HRs, knocking in 130 runs and hitting .304. I don't want to bring up the Home Run Contest jinx, but he only hit 11 homers the rest of the way after hitting 21 long balls in the first half. Will his power go the way of Bobby Abreu, or will he be one of the ones to buck the trend? I'm betting on a big season.

    Carlos Lee, Houston - Since 2000, Lee had played in less than 150 games in a season one time, so it was just bad luck when a Bronson Arroyo shattered his finger in six places requiring season-ending surgery. "El Caballo" was on a monster pace, having already posted 61 runs, 28 HRs and 100 RBIs in 115 games. If you extrapolate that to his normal 154-game season that would have been equal to 82 runs, 37 HR, 134 RBI while hitting .314. I'll happily take those numbers.

    Nick Markakis, Baltimore - In the off-season the team signed Markakis to a six- year extension showing just how much confidence they have in their 25-year-old rising star. His runs scored, doubles, batting average and slugging percentage all increased for the second consecutive year. With three full seasons under his belt and the ability to both hit with some power and steal some bases, Markakis has the potential to reward a fantasy owner with a big season. Of course, potential is what gets coaches fired when it doesn't pan out as expected.

    Jason Bay, Boston - It's hard to imagine how good it must have felt to be traded from a perennial also ran to a World Series contender, but Bay's statistics might give us a clue. His batting average increased as did his slugging percentage. His runs scored and RBI pace were also better than when he played his home games in the Steel City. With a full season in the heart of the Red Sox lineup, I'm expecting big things from Bay in 2009.

    Vladimir Guerrero, Los Angeles Angels - Guerrero smacked 27 homers and drove in 91 runs while batting .302 or better for the 12th straight season. Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Stop expecting Guerrero's hitting ability to suddenly drop off! This year will be more of the same.

    Alex Rios, Toronto - Rios dramatically increased his stolen base totals (32-17) which made up for the fact that his home run totals was significantly down (24-15). It could have been because the team surrounding Rios didn't exactly strike fear into the opposing pitcher. If Vernon Wells and Scott Rolen could stay healthy it would certainly help. On the other hand Toronto faces some pretty good pitching staffs over the course of the 162-game schedule. If he can just get back to the 24 HR pace of 2007 he'll be a very good value.

    Top 24 Outfielder Projections
    Player Team AB H R HR RBI SB K AVE SLG
    Grady Sizemore CLE 650 184 117 31 99 40 123 0.282 0.499
    Alfonso Soriano CHC 545 153 100 37 108 21 130 0.284 0.530
    Carlos Beltran NYM 575 159 109 28 115 20 100 0.277 0.505
    Ryan Braun MIL 600 189 105 40 100 9 130 0.315 0.565
    Matt Holliday OAK 580 177 98 26 97 40 99 0.305 0.489
    Manny Ramirez FA 560 178 95 33 120 1 115 0.318 0.555
    Josh Hamilton TEX 590 171 95 30 115 7 131 0.290 0.500
    Carlos Lee HOU 540 167 88 35 109 5 120 0.310 0.545
    Nick Markakis BAL 580 179 100 25 89 12 115 0.308 0.480
    Jason Bay BOS 600 177 101 31 100 3 140 0.295 0.529
    Vladimir Guerrero LAA 520 159 89 26 94 4 80 0.305 0.500
    Alex Rios TOR 610 173 97 22 87 31 105 0.284 0.460
    Nate McLouth PIT 550 154 100 19 79 25 95 0.280 0.490
    Curtis Granderson DET 600 164 101 19 75 15 120 0.274 0.470
    Matt Kemp LAD 530 156 85 18 88 29 148 0.295 0.465
    Carlos Quentin CWS 525 151 88 29 86 6 96 0.287 0.505
    Shane Victorino PHI 580 168 90 13 61 33 59 0.290 0.435
    BJ Upton TB 550 148 93 19 81 39 145 0.269 0.460
    Carl Crawford TB 515 142 80 10 60 28 85 0.275 0.399
    Bobby Abreu LAA 560 165 79 12 66 9 100 0.294 0.450
    Magglio Ordonez DET 500 155 70 18 84 1 69 0.310 0.480
    Ryan Ludwick STL 540 154 69 26 90 3 150 0.286 0.550
    Corey Hart MIL 590 160 88 24 89 6 115 0.272 0.470
    Chris B Young AZ 550 147 80 28 82 20 166 0.267 0.480


    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

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      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

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      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

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      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

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      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

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      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

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      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

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      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Cooler and breezy in Tampa Bay

        Cooler and breezy in Tampa Bay

        Thursday, February 26 2015 2:42 PM EST2015-02-26 19:42:08 GMT
        Cool winds continue behind a cold front this evening. Lingering clouds and small rain chances though the weekend as a front stalls across the Tampa Bay area.
        Cool winds continue behind a cold front this evening. Lingering clouds and small rain chances though the weekend as a front stalls across the Tampa Bay area.
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