Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, 80, hospitalized in Bay Area

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was rushed to a Bay Area hospital on Monday night, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

A San Francisco Giants spokeswoman who confirmed Cepeda’s hospitalization to the Chronicle said she had no further information on his condition or the nature of his illness, the newspaper reported.

Cepeda, 80, was an 11-time All-Star first baseman who played 17 seasons for six MLB teams, including the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves.

As for the Player Rater, Ohtani will become the first player to receive credit for his contributions both as hitter and pitcher. He’ll receive the traditional Player Rater valuation for his pitching statistics — the Rater normalizes stats against what you could reasonably expect from a replacement level player in your league — but because any hitting contributions he provides you would be considered bonus contributions, each of those numbers would be rewarded incrementally.

But now 2017-18 looks like a transition year more than anything, with the bright spots coming from young players such as Nick Schmaltz, Alex DeBrincat, and Vinnie Hinostroza. Here’s a look at some of the factors that have contributed to the Blackhawks’ downfall.

There’s been a lot of debate about the value of Crawford over the years, but the past few months should’ve laid to rest any question about his importance to the Blackhawks. The goaltender has been their best player for the past several seasons, papering over the team’s decline across the rest of its roster.

The same goes for earlier this season, when the Hawks were already displaying many of their flaws, but Crawford was good enough to keep the team in the playoff mix. There’s a real chance that he would’ve been a contender to win the Vezina Trophy had he stayed healthy.

So here’s your answer to the winter’s most pressing question: In ESPN leagues, Ohtani will serve as one player — just as he will be for his Angels — with the ability to be started as either a hitter or pitcher.

In the big picture, plan on Arizona batters losing hits and homers, piggybacked by a drop in runs and RBIs. The change won’t be felt equally but no one is immune; they’ll all suffer. Even Chuck Norris’ exit velocity would drop with the humidor. The silver lining could be an increase in steals, as lower scoring is usually a harbinger for increased running. Even in a still run-friendly Coors Field, pilfers increased after the installation of the humidor.

Given ERA is highly variable, Greinke lines up as a top-15 starter to as high as sixth, depending how you rank the highly skilled but injury risk options like Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg.

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