Nassau Sharks Team Review

2019 Version:  Last place in the League with a 59-103 record

Shhhh – Don’t tell owner Bryn MacPhail but the Sharks aren’t favoured to be a .500 team – he won’t believe you though.  Like Harold Ballard of the late Toronto Maple Leafs … MacPhail believes that every player is a star on the team, and every rookie is a future Hall of Famer which can only guarantees success.

However, night after night, the game in the Tropics are an event unto themselves, and the fans continue to love their Sharks.  In fact, they even came up with a Song of their own – called, “The Shark Song”.  Enjoy.

The Sharks Have “their” Song.

Last season – there’s not much to share.  They were last.  Sadly, to make things worse for themselves, they traded away their first-round pick, so they didn’t get to really “profit” from their failure during the year.  Truth be told, does MacPhail care?  Nah, he might wince here and there, but secretly he will check the profit he makes on all things Shark related in the Bahamas and knows that his team will always be in the hearts of his countrymen forever.

DHAnderson .313-16-56
Bumgarner6-15 5.93
DeScafalini5-17 6.27
Means8-11 5.21
Chirinos8-10 4.80
Price3-9 7.31
Not a lot to brag about for this last place team…
Baez – Seems to come with a Lot of Fizzle with the pizzazz

2020 Version:  78-84 (3rd in Division by a Game over Fort Worth)

Heading into this season, the Sharks will be overshadowed by the two powerhouses in their division.  Rather than being “Sharks”, they will be more like guppies.  

The Sharks added some much-needed help to their rotation with Zach Davies and Lance McCullers, but they are no shut down pitchers.  The offense will see some solid support from Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Tim Anderson, Salvador Perez and Jesse Winker.  In any other year, they would be more hope, but two 90-win teams in a division, is a problem too big to overcome.  If future success is to happen, it will need to take place on smart deals at the draft deadline.  With a good number of aging hitters on this team, the Sharks should take away some youth and draft picks going forward.

Rendon – seen here with BDB Championship Trophy as a member of the Trappers … hopes to bring success to Nassau
Zach Davies3.8
Lance McCullers Jr.3
Masahiro Tanaka2.2
Griffin Canning2.2
Blake Snell1.6
Taijuan Walker0.6
Anthony Rendon7.3
Marcell Ozuna6.8
Tim Anderson5.7
Salvador Perez5.1
Jesse Winker4.1
Whit Merrifield3.5
Eric Hosmer2.4
Jared Walsh2.4
Raimel Tapia1.9
Luis Guillorme1.6
Tommy Edman1.1
Martin Maldonado0.8

2021 Version:  70-92 (Last in Division)

2021 should see the return of Chris Sale, which is enough to get most fans excited, but how good will he be?  ZIPS thinks he will anchor the rotation but be a shadow of his former self.  If Snell manages to return to his Cy Young winning form, and McCullers and Davies keep things up, their pitching will have greatly improved.

Offense wise, there is a lot of dependence on older players playing beyond their age, which is not a healthy place to be.  Here’s hoping for consistent performance from Ozuna and Rendon, and the comeback of Giancarlo Stanton to 50 HR status.

Chris Sale3.4
Blake Snell3.2
Lance McCullers Jr.3
Zach Davies2
John Means2
Griffin Canning1.7
Anthony Rendon4.2
Marcell Ozuna3.3
Tim Anderson2.7
Javier Baez2.7
Whit Merrifield2.6
Salvador Perez2.3
Tommy Edman1.7
Jesse Winker1.4
Jared Walsh1.1
Luis Guillorme0.8
Raimel Tapia0.2
Jason Kipnis0.1

2022 Version:  75-87 (fighting for bottom spot with Fort Worth)

Older teams do not get better with age… 

Stanton rejects the term “Chicken Legs” after hitting the 300LB club…
Blake Snell2.8
Chris Sale2.8
Zach Davies2.3
Lance McCullers Jr.2.2
Griffin Canning2.2
Freddy Peralta1.7
Anthony Rendon4.2
Marcell Ozuna3.3
Tim Anderson2.7
Javier Baez2.7
Whit Merrifield2.6
Salvador Perez2.3
Giancarlo Stanton2.2
Tommy Edman1.7
Nick Solak1.4
Jesse Winker1.4
Jared Walsh1.1
Tyler Stephenson0.9

Hope for the Future:  Nick Solak, Jared Walsh and Tyler Stephenson are some good young players to hope for, however it will be dependent going forward if they will be able to add more young players to the stable of “potential”.