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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Barry Zito reveals why he rooted against Giants in 2010 World Series

Imagine rooting against your employer after they paid you $18.5 million.

That’s the story Barry Zito is telling.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Zito revealed in a new memoir that he rooted against the Giants in the 2010 World Series because they left him off the playoff roster.

“It was really hard to admit,” Zito told The Chronicle’s Ann Killion.

“Yes, my regular-season record was below-average, but what’s that got to do with anything?”

 

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, giants, world series

New bowl game at Fenway Park to match teams from ACC, AAC

BOSTON (AP) — Add another bowl game to the mix, this one at Fenway Park.

The century-old baseball park will host a matchup between teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference, starting in 2020. The date for the Fenway Bowl is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

It will be the first college bowl game at the home of the Boston Red Sox. The ballpark has hosted other football dating back to 1912, including the American Football League’s Boston Patriots in the 1960s and The Game last year between Harvard and Yale.

Ah, something for which the lousy seats at Fenway will actually be appropriate!

 

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, football

100 losses no novelty this year; same with 100 wins

The Baltimore Orioles might lose 110 games and still not end up with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

That race, so to speak, is pretty unforgiving this year.

The Orioles (49-101) split a four-game series at Detroit (45-104) that matched the teams with the two worst records in baseball, and as far as those two teams have sunk, they figure to have company in the triple-digit-losses club. Miami and Kansas City are on pace to reach 100 defeats, and Toronto could end up there, too.

After an age of relative parity, the gap between baseball’s top and its bottom has widened.

Mind you, this hasn’t been a good era for moderation in any regard- could we expect baseball to be immune?

 

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: going to extremes, polarization, winners and losers

Carl Yastrzemski’s Grandson Mike to Make Fenway Park Debut

Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will play on the same field his grandfather played on during his 23-year career when the Giants face the Red Sox this week at Fenway Park.

Yastrzemski, who is the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer and 1967 AL MVP Carl, got his first Big League action in late May. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Mike will play all three games of the series that starts Tuesday, according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle.

He is batting .265 for the season with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs.

A little squib, for those of us interested in family lineages…..

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carl yastrzemski, family, fenway park, giants, mike yastrzemski

The Yankees Will Play by Their Own Pitching Rules in October

Are you old enough to remember when the Yankees invited criticism for not trading for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline? Oh, right. That was only two months ago. Since then the Yankees are 30-14, and are going full steam into the postseason with a pitching script that fits the modern game, not your fossilized narrative of what wins in October.

“We’re going to be a little untraditional,” manager Aaron Boone said. “The only one we might use as a traditional starter is [James] Paxton.”

By traditional, Boone means a starting pitcher who goes as deep as he can into a game. Otherwise, New York is prepared to script each game with piggyback starters and six key relievers. That doesn’t make the Yankees vulnerable. It makes ...

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QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, yankees

Two injured MVPs is a major bummer for baseball

Last week Christian Yelich‘s season ended with a fractured kneecap. At the time he went down he was neck-and-neck with Cody Bellinger — I think a tad behind, though people may reasonably differ — and, at least by my reckoning, a hair or three above Anthony Rendon, Ketel Marte and Pete Alonso in the race for the NL MVP Award. As I wrote last week, I think that means Bellinger is going to walk away with the hardware when the winner is announced in November. Yelich’s injury will prevent him from making a late season surge to surpass Bellinger, but I think it would’ve taken a surge for him to do it.

Over the weekend we learned that Mike Trout’s season is over as well. He’ll be having foot surgery to deal with a nerve issue ...

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QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, injuries, mike trout

There was one heck of a brawl in the stands in Cleveland on Saturday

This past weekend the Indians dropped two of three to the Twins in a series they had to have. They still have a couple of weeks to make up the four and a half games by which they trail Minnesota — and they still have a shot at passing either the Rays and/or the A’s and snagging the Wild Card — but they have an uphill climb compared to their competitors.

Perhaps that stressful state of affairs explains what happened in the stands during the second game of Saturday night’s doubleheader. Perhaps that is why the gentlemen in question engaged in fisticuffs, with one man literally dropping the damn People’s Elbow from one row down onto his opponent in the row below. Perhaps that is why the same man, moments later, made the ill-advised ...

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QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, cleveland, fans

MLB Power Rankings: Just how good are the Twins?

We know a few things for sure. The Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are the three best teams in baseball this season. The Atlanta Braves are a rung below, but still very much a challenger to L.A. in the National League.

What we didn’t completely know, but do now, is just what the Minnesota Twins were made of. The Twins, the most surprising of this season’s division leaders, were in a position over the weekend to almost let go of an AL Central lead they’d held since April.

The Cleveland Indians, the team most people figured would win the AL Central, were hosting the Twins for three games and trying to make a 3.5 game lead disappear. If the Indians got hot and swept the Twins? Yikes. It was lining up like one ...

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QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: power rankings, twins

Nationals’ Dave Martinez Underwent Heart Procedure After Having Chest Pains

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez reportedly underwent a cardiac catheterization after experiencing chest pains during Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Braves.

Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reported the news, noting Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo deemed it a “little minor procedure” while revealing Martinez seemed “upbeat.” According to Zuckerman, Martinez will remain in the nation’s capital as the Nationals prepare for a three-game series in St. Louis that begins Monday.

Bench coach Chip Hale took over the managing duties when Martinez left Sunday’s contest in the sixth inning and will do so again during Monday’s game, per the team.

Best wishes for him and those who know him well.

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QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave martinez, heart, surgery

Monday, September 16, 2019

Mariano Rivera gets nation’s highest civilian honor |  NJ.com

WASHINGTON — As he had done so many times as the closer for the New York Yankees, Mariano Rivera entered to the music of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

This time, though, he was in a suit, not a baseball uniform, and he was accompanied by the president of the United States, Donald Trump, who said Rivera “put the batter to sleep.”

And instead of notching another save, Rivera walked away with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which Trump put around his neck during a ceremony at the White House.

This is big news pertaining to a big baseball name. Let’s not turn the comment section into a garbage fire.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 16, 2019 at 08:23 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mariano rivera, yuge award


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-16-2019

Pittsburgh Press, September 16, 1919:

John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, has conceded the National league pennant to the Cincinnati club, according to a message received last night by club officials here. The message stated that McGraw was returning here and had appointed Coach Christy Mathewson temporary manager.

The Reds can clinch first place by defeating the Giants today. As New York is assured of second place, McGraw intends to go to Texas from New York, to look after business interests.

“Screw you guys, I’m goin’ home.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 16, 2019 at 10:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Hail and farewell to football games played on baseball dirt

Sunday will close the book on a small but significant era of NFL football: the early-season days when NFL games would take place on the infield dirt of dual-use stadiums.

Oakland’s home stadium — it’s now called RingCentral Coliseum, but you wouldn’t have guessed that if I’d given you a hundred chances — will see its last Raiders game Sunday with the infield dirt from the A’s still in place. Oakland’s next “home” game is in London, and between byes and road trips, the Raiders won’t return to Oakland until after the baseball season’s over. And Oakland is the final dual-use baseball-football stadium still hosting games in the NFL ... for a few more weeks, at least.

That’s a tiny tragedy, if only because it means ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:53 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: concrete ashtrays, multi-purpose stadiums, oakland coliseum

MLB: “Regret” over replay miscommunication in White Sox loss

SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has expressed “regret” over a miscommunication that resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Chicago White Sox against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Seattle’s Omar Narvaez hit a ball off the top of the wall in the bottom of the 10th inning that was ruled a home run by umpires. The ball did not clear the fence, and had a replay review been conducted, Narvaez would have been awarded a double and the game would have continued tied at 1.

“In last night’s game there was conversation between the umpires and the White Sox as to the procedure for potentially reviewing two different aspects of the game-ending play,” MLB said in a statement Sunday. “There was then a misinterpretation regarding ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, white sox

Tigers lose 104th game, move closer to first overall pick

DETROIT (AP) — In the big picture, the Detroit Tigers are helping themselves with a bad finish to a terrible season.

Edwin Jackson allowed five runs in five innings, and the Tigers took control of the race for the top pick in next June’s amateur draft with an 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire isn’t looking at the grand scheme,

“This is a young, tired baseball team that has played a lot of games without much time off, and we’ve got a few more days before we get a day off,” Gardenhire said. “That’s not an excuse, though. We didn’t play well today. We need to be better tomorrow.”

Mind you, many are the #1 draft picks to have marginal value at best, so it isn’t really something ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: draft picks, the agony of defeat, tigers

LEADING OFF: Cubs’ Rizzo to get MRI, Suárez slugs away

BIG TEST

The Cubs are sending star slugger Anthony Rizzo for an MRI after he sprained his right ankle Sunday, hoping the first baseman can still help with their postseason push. Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning during a 16-6 win over Pittsburgh. He had to be helped off the field and could not put pressure on the leg. X-rays taken at Wrigley Field showed no fractures, but Chicago will get a clearer prognosis from the MRI. Chicago’s postseason pursuit has already been hindered by an injury to shortstop Javier Báez, who is out for the rest of the regular season with a hairline fracture of his left thumb.

SEEING RED

Eugenio Suárez takes aim at the major league home run lead as the Reds open a series at ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, athletics, eugenio suarez, ryan braun

Yoan Moncada has gone from ‘strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven’

Yoan Moncada is finishing off a breakout season and he has gotten there with a different approach at the plate.

When Moncada came up through the minors and even in his first two years in the majors, he was known for drawing plenty of walks. At every stop of the minors and in each of his first two seasons with the White Sox, Moncada walked in well north of 10 percent of his plate appearances.

This season, which is inarguably his best in the majors, he has 39 walks in 510 plate appearances. After Moncada added three hits in Sunday’s 11-10 loss to the Mariners, he is now hitting .308/363/.537 with 23 home runs, 72 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

Sunday’s 3-for-5 game added to his red-hot September. Moncada is hitting .436/.492/.636 in 14 games ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: impactful bat heaven, strikeouts, yoan moncada

Citi Field duel shows why the NL Cy Young is a two-horse race

NEW YORK—As the baseball season draws to a close, awards debates tend to draw life from the players that can perform their best in a stretch run.

A crowd of nearly 40,000 was treated to just that Saturday night at Citi Field.

“That’s kind of what I was hoping for,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team fell to the New York Mets, 3-0.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jacob deGrom worked in lockstep throughout the evening. Whether they care to admit it, Ryu and deGrom were bidding against each other for the National League Cy Young Award.

Max Scherzer, meanwhile, wonders if it was that he was entered into a competing race and couldn’t make this one, or that no one remembered to pay the fee to enter him into the race.

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, hyun-jin ryu, jacob degrom

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ichiro wins Seattle’s heart again with moving speech ahead of walk-off win

The Seattle Mariners are spending their penultimate weekend at home this season honoring future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki’s career with “Ichiro Weekend,” which kicked off Friday night in Seattle.

The 45-year-old retired from playing after the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Oakland Athletics in his native Japan. Ichiro has been serving as a special adviser to the team since early in the 2018 season, but came back to take the field for a final time in Tokyo.

After playing the first of three games against the White Sox on Friday, the Mariners hosted Ichiro Fireworks Night. Then Saturday night, in addition to giving out Ichiro bobbleheads, the team staged a pregame ceremony in his honor — before the team walked off ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 11:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, ichiro suzuki, mariners


Why the waterfront site is ideal for new Oakland A’s ballpark - SFChronicle.com

What does this leave out?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 05:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

Mike Trout will undergo season-ending foot surgery this week | LA Times

Mike Trout’s stellar 2019 season is officially over.

The Angels center fielder will undergo season-ending surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot, the team announced Sunday. Manager Brad Ausmus says Trout will not play again this season. Morton’s neuroma is a condition that causes pain in the the ball of the foot.


Athletics’ Mike Fiers, now clean shaven, reveals story behind bizarre beard | Sporting News

Fiers said the creation of the beard was something fun that he and his teammates came up with and it was mainly sported to create fun morale in the clubhouse.

“We were just looking up fun things to do because I was thinking about shaving my beard and starting fresh,” Fiers said. “But we were thinking about something funny to do and we were searching on Google for funny beards and that was one of them that came up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mike fiers

Diamondbacks, Las Vegas had secret talks about relocation | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed a nondisclosure agreement with the city of Las Vegas more than a year ago, suggesting that Nevada’s largest city might have followed the city of Henderson in discussing the Major League Baseball team’s potential relocation from Phoenix.

It is unclear exactly how far discussions have advanced between Las Vegas and the Diamondbacks or whether those talks are ongoing. The nondisclosure agreement indicated both parties were evaluating or pursuing “certain mutually beneficial opportunities.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Here are baseball’s top 20 free agents to be

If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively.

But it won’t be very long until we fire up free agency yet again, and, despite some rumors to the contrary, there’s a ton of talent on the table after the 2019 World Series wraps.

Here, we’ll take a look at some early free-agent power rankings (20 players for 2020). But like so much of life, it gets complicated. The market will be drastically affected by what happens with various opt-outs and option clauses. For this list, we’re going to leave off guys whose options are likely to be exercised or whose ...

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Red Sox on track for $13M luxury tax despite mediocre record

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs.

The World Series champions’ payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on opening day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. That is well over the $206 million threshold where the tax begins.

As of opening day, the Red Sox were projected for an $11.76 million tax.

Boston entered Saturday with a 77-70 record, 8½ games out for the second AL wild card with 15 games remaining. The Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski last weekend.

Sometimes, it’s nice to have a ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: luxury tax, red sox

David Glass reflects on 20 years as Royals owner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass leaned on the Royals dugout rail, talking earnestly with third-base coach Mike Jirschele and clutching a baseball in his hand. It was mid-afternoon, 88 degrees and humid.

“But I’m here because where else would you want to be on a Saturday evening but the ballpark?” Glass said with a smile. “I’m not going to stop enjoying baseball. I went to my first game in 1946 and I’ve been a baseball junkie ever since.”

The current Kansas City franchise owner was in his element. Ahead was the impending sale of the Royals to a group headed by Kansas City businessman John Sherman, but Glass was savoring a day in the dugout and on the field.

With the front-running Houston Astros in town, Glass watched ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david glass, royals

Braves clinch playoff spot behind Acuña Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves celebrated another playoff berth with heavy hearts.

Ronald Acuña Jr. ignited the decisive four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, as the NL East leading Braves wrapped up a playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The victory also eliminated the Phillies from winning the NL East.

But there was no celebrating in the postgame clubhouse, as the team remained concerned about utility man Charlie Culberson, who was struck directly on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball in the seventh on the first pitch by Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney.

“He was good when he went to the hospital. I mean, he was alert and all of that stuff,” ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, charlie culberson, pennant race

Mets vs. Noah Syndergaard: The disagreement that could cost them a playoff spot

NEW YORK – Noah Syndergaard and Mickey Callaway aren’t on the same page regarding the value of pairing Syndergaard with his preferred catcher, Tomas Nido.

And it was made clear again Friday.

Syndergaard would rather throw to Nido than the Mets’ starting catcher, Wilson Ramos. There’s a certain comfort level with Nido. Syndergaard also benefits from Nido’s ability to better frame the low ball.

The Mets’ dilemma is that to appease Syndergaard and start Nido, it would leave Ramos, the NL’s hottest second-half hitter entering Friday, on the bench.

So, is this Peak Metsness, or can this be topped?

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, noah syndergaard, tomas nido, wilson ramos

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Is Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen the latest star sent packing by Derek Jeter’s Marlins?

NEW YORK — Zac Gallen had just moved into his Miami apartment.

Two weeks later, he needed to move out.

A day after making his seventh career start with the Marlins and lowering his ERA to 2.72 with seven innings of two-run, eight-strikeout ball, the rookie right-hander was summoned to manager Don Mattingly’s office.

Gallen, who was just beginning to get acclimated to his new surroundings, initially assumed the coaching staff wanted to go over his last outing. But the Marlins had other plans on July 31 — and they weren’t sending Gallen back down to the minors.

Question- what do we do when Betteridge’s Law points to one answer to a question and what we’ve seen of the Marlins in action points to another?

 


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