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Friday, April 12, 2019

Where would the Red Sox be without Mitch Moreland? You *really* don’t want to know

Without Mitch Moreland, we might be trying to ring members of the 1988 Orioles to reminisce about historic baseball futility.

Those O’s started 0-21, and a legitimate case can be made that Moreland is all that stands between the defending World Series champion Red Sox being 0-13 instead of 4-9.

On Thursday night, Moreland maintained his torrid start by slamming a pair of game-tying hits: a solo homer in the seventh and a booming double in the ninth before the Red Sox walked off the Blue Jays for a much-needed 7-6 victory.

Buffalo? East Palo Alto? The vacant lot where Tiger Stadium used to be? A crater on the dark side of the moon?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, red sox

MLB roundup: Cards crush Dodgers for four-game sweep

Jose Martinez had four hits and Matt Wieters drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers with an 11-7 victory Thursday afternoon.

It was the Cardinals’ first four-game sweep of the Dodgers in St. Louis since July 15-18, 2010.

Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in the game as the Cardinals reached their season high in runs scored without hitting a home run. It was just the fourth time since 1974 that a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in a game.

Enrique Hernandez hit a home run for the Dodgers, as did former Cardinal David Freese and starting pitcher Walker Buehler, but Los Angeles twice gave up three-run leads. It was a ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, sweep

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Sanderson dies at 62

CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Sanderson, the right-hander who helped the Chicago Cubs make two playoff appearances and was a member of four postseason teams during a 19-year career, died Thursday. He was 62.

An official with Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, where Sanderson was a member, told The Associated Press on Thursday the family confirmed the death to the club. The cause of death wasn’t provided.

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, scott sanderson

Report: 2026 All-Star Game to be held in Philadelphia

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that Major League Baseball will play the 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia. The reason: to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Which, hey, that’s a good enough reason.

Can’t they have a World’s Fair instead, like they did in 1926?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: 2026, all-star game, philadephia

What is going on with Major League Baseball’s video highlights?

Let’s talk about video clips. As in video clips of baseball highlights the sort of which you are used to sites like this and others embedding in posts or sharing on social media. The sort of clips that have been part of the online baseball media and baseball fan landscape for several years now.

Until this year there had been a pattern of increasing availability and sharability of such clips. MLB.com and its various social media arms had, over the years, gotten better and better at putting such clips up quickly and effectively. A couple of years ago they created a dedicated, searchable video page at MLB.com that could get anyone clips of almost any notable highlight going back years. Last year they even added a searchable GIF database to ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: highlights, mlb, video

The IRS gives baseball teams a break

April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017.

The relevant provision related to how businesses are taxed on swapped assets, which included swaps of player contracts by professional sports teams. Under the old law, a swap of stuff of unequal value did not create a taxable event. So, if I traded a $50 piece of equipment for a $100 piece of equipment, I realized a $50 gain, but I was not taxed. Same went for me trading a contract worth $5 million for one worth $10 million. A trade of players did not create a taxable event for the Mudville Nine.

The 2017 law ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: irs, taxes, trades

Report: Umpire Angel Hernandez Worries About Relation if He Speaks Out in Discrimination Case

Umpire Angel Hernandez plans to speak publicly on his allegations of racial discrimination in Major League Baseball nearly two years after filing a racial discrimination suit against the league, reports USA Today.

According to USA Today, Hernandez is seeking permission from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of New York to speak on a previously sealed list of 27 items. The list was submitted in March but unsealed this week. Hernandez’s allegations include that the “MLB has made professional life even harder for minorities in baseball” since Joe Torre was hired as an executive vice president in 2010.

Hernandez’s attorney Kevin Murphy alleges in the filing that: “MLB treats African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos and other ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, joe torre, lawsuits, umpire

Dee Gordon blast gives Mariners an MLB record with 15 straight games with home run to open season

KANSAS CITY — It wasn’t Edwin Encarnacion or Jay Bruce, nor was it Daniel Vogelbach or Ryon Healy or any of the expected home run bashers.

So it had to be Mitch Haniger, the team’s best overall hitter, right?

Wrong.

The Mariners went into Major League Baseball’s record books thanks to the home-run power of Dee Gordon.

Some additional data points in the analysis of the rise in home runs in recent years.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, home runs, mariners

Adam Jones: Manny Machado would “one hundred percent” be treated differently if he were white

Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones is well aware of the way race affects how players are treated. In 2017, when Jones was with the Orioles, fans at Fenway Park spat racist epithets and taunts, and threw peanuts at him. Major League Baseball and the Red Sox apologized to Jones, but his account of the incident was widely disputed by the usual suspects.

Last week in Arizona, Padres third baseman Manny Machado was called for interference after hitting a pop-up. Machado put his head down and very gently lobbed his bat like so many hitters do after making contact. Machado never touched catcher John Ryan Murphy as he attempted to catch the pop-up, but was called for interference nevertheless. The Diamondbacks broadcasters, Steve Berthiaume and ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, manny machado

Get used to it, baseball: NBA teams pass MLB in average value for first time ever

It’s been a long time coming, but it might be time to finally make it official: The NBA has surpassed MLB as America’s second-biggest sports league.

That’s the conclusion that rang out with Forbes’ annual team valuations, which attempts to put a number on the dollar value of each team in the four major North American sports leagues. For the first time ever, the average NBA team’s value came in above the average MLB team.

As usual, the NFL reigned supreme while the NHL represented a somewhat distant fourth place.

Isn’t team value a pretty lousy way to measure the popularity of a sport, compared to metrics that actually analyze the audience of a sport?

 

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, nba, popularity, the sky is falling

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Braves Extend Ozzie Albies | MLBTR

It’s a seven-year deal that’ll promise Albies $35MM, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (Twitter links). The contract begins in 2019 and contains a pair of club options valued at $7MM, and each comes with a $4MM buyout. Technically speaking, Albies is promised six years and $34.425MM in new money, as he’d already been signed for a $575K salary this season. If the Braves pick up both options, they’ll owe Albies a total of 45MM over the next nine seasons — including what would have been four free-agent seasons.



The Cardinals Really Like Matt Carpenter | FanGraphs Baseball

As for free agency generally, it would be fair to say that the Cardinals haven’t been particularly good at it in the last half-decade. Deals for Mike Leake, Dexter Fowler, and a parade of relievers haven’t worked out as planned while the team has missed on their larger targets. Since watching Albert Pujols leave, the Cardinals have avoided free agency with Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina (twice), and recently with Miles Mikolas and Paul Goldschmidt while signing Matt Carpenter, Carlos Martinez, Paul DeJong, and Kolten Wong to extensions long before they reached free agency. The Cardinals can attribute a lot of their success and sustained contention to the work they’ve done to avoid free agency, while their failures to reach 90 wins ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 11, 1919:

It isn’t often that the Old Guard will confess to latter-day greatness. But Joe Kelley was asked whether or not Babe Ruth could hit a baseball as hard as Ed Delahanty. The old Oriole star responded promptly, “Ruth can hit a ball as hard as any man that ever lived.” That includes Delahanty, the mightiest swatter of the old regime.

Joe Kelley was no dummy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reportedly called up to Triple-A

The top prospect in baseball just took another step closer to seeing a major-league field, according to a report from MLB Pipeline.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his spring training cut short this March after an oblique strain forced him to miss more than half the month’s worth of games. He spent the rest of the spring in minor-league camp rehabbing the injury, and made a short four-game appearance with the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays once the season started.

Guerrero went 4-for-15 in his quick time with Dunedin, and apparently looked healthy enough to now head north and join the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, according to Jesse Sanchez.

I’m trying to remember- how much longer do they keep him in Buffalo before the service time game pays off?

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo, triple a, vladimir guerrero jr.

Braves and Rockies snowed out in Colorado

Today’s scheduled game between the Braves and Rockies at Coors Field has been postponed due to a blizzard warning in Denver. It will be made up on August 26 when, presumably, there will be less of a chance of snow.

What, no moving the game to a neutral site?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, rockies, snow

Report: Athletics, Edwin Jackson close to agreement on minor league contract

The Athletic’s Julian McWilliams reports that the Athletics and pitcher Edwin Jackson are nearing an agreement on a minor league contract.

And the world’s longest hot stove season marches on!

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, edwin jackson

CC Sabathia to make 2019 debut on Saturday

James Wagner of The New York Times reports that lefty CC Sabathia will start on Saturday for the Yankees. Sabathia underwent angioplasty in December and had been working his way back since.

Not the best picture with this article, I should say.

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia

MLB notebook: Kershaw set for return to Dodgers

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw came out of Tuesday’s rehab start healthy and his next appearance will be with the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.

Kershaw will start either Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers or on Monday against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers ace, working his way back after dealing with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, threw six innings on Tuesday night for Double-A Tulsa. He gave up five hits and two runs — both on home runs — in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Altuve Homers Twice as Astros Sweep Yankees for First Time

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night.

His second shot was a no-doubter — just like the Houston Astros’ status as a team to beat in the American League.

Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Astros completed their first ever sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday night.

Well, there’s always a first for everything….

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve, sweep, yankees

Despite slow start, the Cubs aren’t panicking ... yet

CHICAGO — The chatter in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse centered around three things: The weather, how Yu Darvish would pitch in it and how the team would adjust to losing ace Jon Lester for at least one start due to a hamstring injury. All ordinary topics for a professional baseball team.

There was even laughter. Upon being asked how Darvish would perform in the coldest start of his career, outfielder Kyle Schwarber briefly paused, considering the question before simply saying, “I don’t know. He never pitched [in weather this cold].” The response drew laughter, and a sly smile from Schwarber.

The only indication things were amiss came from starter Kyle Hendricks, who admitted, “Every day we come in here, there’s a sense of ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Eric Thames is trying to get back on top once again

ANAHEIM, Calif. — What you learn about the game is there is nothing you can teach it. That it saw you coming. That it will treat you like the rest, given the time and at-bats. That today’s revelation, as often as not, is tomorrow’s fourth outfielder/backup first baseman/pinch-hitter.

“I saw a really cool quote from Joe Rogan last night,” Eric Thames says, “and it was like, ‘Everybody loves the success story. But what I really love is somebody who messes up and gets back on top.’”

Not that Thames messed up. That’d be too strong. He did tear up a thumb, though. He did hit .219. He did lose his job to Jesús Aguilar. And he did not ever again hit 11 home runs across 22 games, as he did to start 2017, when he’d returned ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eric thames

Noah Syndergaard gave Mets’ bullpen much-needed relief in seven-inning performance

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing.

From the start of Syndergaard’s night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where “Thor” could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised.

“Mechanically, I felt probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. “So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball.”

Remember when a starting pitcher lasting for seven innings ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

MLB roundup: Angels stay hot even without Trout

Mike Trout got the day off to recover from a strained right groin, and the Los Angeles Angels made the most of their five hits in a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

It also was the Angels’ sixth win in a row, putting Los Angeles (7-6) above .500 for the first time this season.

Three of the Angels’ hits came in the third inning, when they scored all four of their runs. The big blow was Justin Bour’s two-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie. Brian Goodwin started in center field in place of Trout, who is day-to-day, and made a Trout-like catch, robbing Yasmani Grandal of a potential home run in the second inning.

Angels starter Felix Pena gave up only an unearned ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, groin, mike trout

5 guns, $20K stolen from Braves outfielder Nick Markakis’ Atlanta home

Police are searching for the suspect who broke into veteran Braves right fielder Nick Markakis’ Buckhead home and stole five firearms and $20,000 in cash.

On March 29 just after 11 p.m., officers responded to Markakis’ house off Wieuca Road after receiving a call that someone was in the home, according to an Atlanta police report obtained by AJC.com.

A front window had been broken into and the front door was open when officers arrived, the report said. A neighbor had called Markakis and then handed the cellphone to officers so he could speak to them.

Round up the usual suspects!

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: burglary, guns and money, but no lawyers, nick markakis

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Baseball Team Values 2019: Yankees Lead League At $4.6 Billion

Although the new media deals with the three networks will not double in value over their previous deals like the existing agreements did, the increase from $1.55 billion in media revenue per year to, say, $2.2 billion would be huge. MLB has also been adding streaming deals. For example, beginning this season, DAZN will deliver a live MLB show each weeknight to subscribers of DAZN’s digital sports streaming platform that will feature live look-ins to the best MLB action as it’s happening. The three-year deal—worth $100 million per season—will also provide on-demand MLB content and live weekend wrap shows to DAZN subscribers.

As for baseball’s P&L statement, by our count, the 30 MLB teams generated record average operating income ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2019 at 03:46 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: finance


Ozuna climbs wall too early trying to make catch | MLB.com

Not a good catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2019 at 11:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna

Ramon Laureano throws out runner at the plate | MLB.com

Another great throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ramon laureano

A’s Stephen Piscotty, Giants’ Buster Posey nominated for Hutch Award

When you think of a fiery competitor, who comes to mind? Well, there’s a Major League Baseball honor dedicated to just that: The Hutch Award.

The Hutch Award, named after the late Fred “Hutch” Hutchinson. is given annually to an active MLB player who “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire.” Much like Hutch himself, who died from cancer in 1964.

Two Bay Area ballplayers have been nominated for the award: A’s Stephen Piscotty and Giants’ Buster Posey

There isn’t a rule in the books that says we can’t discuss awards this early in the season!

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, buster posey, hutch award, stephen piscotty

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