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Thursday, September 19, 2019

MLB, players’ union donate to Bahamas relief on Clemente Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ union have made a joint donation of $210,000 to help with relief and recovery in the Bahamas after the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.

The donation was made Wednesday, recognized as Roberto Clemente Day in the majors. The late Pittsburgh Hall of Fame wore No. 21 and was known for his humanitarian efforts.

The money will divided into $70,000 donations to Project Hope, Water Mission and SBP.

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, roberto clemente day

The 8 best prospects to watch at the Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League season kicks off Wednesday night with some of baseball’s best prospects ready to capitalize on their summers, make up for lost time or gain traction in the professional ranks.

The AFL is an interesting place where future rivals play as teammates, and where it’s not an open secret that development is the main goal.

The Triple-A championship, the official close of the minor league season, ended the night before AFL opening day, which was moved up from its usually October start date for its 28th installment.

Each MLB team sends about six prospects to make up the rosters for the six AFL teams. As games begin Wednesday night, here’s a look at some of the prospects to follow, which might be particularly alluring ...

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Where have all the captains gone?

These days, it’s easier to find a pair of high-cut stirrup socks than a major league baseball team that has a captain.

Like the four-pitch intentional walk, the sub-2:00 game and the level swing, the position of team captain has vanished, possibly never to return.

As we head into October and playoff season, not one of the 30 big-league teams has a designated captain, nor have any had one all season. The last two, David Wright of the Mets and Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers, retired at the end of the 2018 season. They have not been replaced. Nor has any other team named a player its captain in the interim.

Not the Boston Red Sox, who have had the most captains, 20, starting with third baseman Jimmy Collins of the then-named Boston ...

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:55 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: captains

Who has the worst team in Miami? It’s a close call

MIAMI (AP) — The Dolphins look like the worst team in the NFL, perhaps ever, and might even be the worst team in Miami.

On the other hand, a comparison with the Marlins is one matchup the Dolphins could win.

A consideration of various aspects of ineptness.

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: football, marlins baseball – helping other teams get better since 1998

Should the Red Sox Trade Mookie Betts?

With Dave Dombrowski out and a new baseball operations guru presumably on the way in, the Red Sox are approaching a critical juncture. Chief among the priorities of Boston’s revamped front office will be dealing with 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts, which could mean dealing Mookie Betts ahead of his contract year or trying to build one last team around him before he becomes a coveted free agent.

The question is simple, the answer is not: Should the Red Sox trade Mookie Betts this winter?

It strikes me as a lousy idea, but, if they’re being serious, the Giants have a player that (if the the Red Sox fan base offers the sort of pressure I expect) could result in the steal of the century…..

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, mookie betts, trade talk

Reversal of Fortune: Rusney Castillo’s Megadeal With Red Sox Traps Him in Minors

Seven miles north of Fenway Park, Rusney Castillo slides into the driver’s seat of his rented black Maserati Ghibli. It’s 7 1/2 hours before first pitch, but Castillo has learned the rhythms of game days in the U.S. after the Red Sox signed him to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal in 2014. Playing for his hometown Ciego de Ávila Tigres of the Cuban league, the outfielder would show up an hour before the game. Now he tries to beat his teammates to the park.

Dressed head to toe in Nike gear and wearing a gold chain with his diamond-encrusted initials, he wheels from the garage of his apartment building onto Route 1 toward Boston. Then, 10 minutes later, he drives past the exit for Fenway Park.

If he made less money, perhaps Castillo would ...

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, luxury tax, red sox, rusney castillo

Cole reaches 300-strikeout milestone

HOUSTON—An amazing season by right-hander Gerrit Cole has been punctuated by something no other Astros pitcher has done in more than 30 years.

By striking out Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth inning Wednesday night against the Rangers, Cole became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues this season, and the first Astros pitcher since Mike Scott in 1986, to strike out 300 batters in a season. Scott, who struck out 306 in his National League Cy Young season, and J.R. Richard (1978-79) are the only Astros pitchers to reach 300 in a season.

Cole is the 18th pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to strike out 300 in a season, and there have been 37 individual 300-K seasons in that span. Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan each totaled six 300-strikeout ...

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, strikeouts

Video: Dexter Fowler robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of three-run homer

Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.

Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.

There’s something to be said about plays like this, as someone who witnessed one like it the other week…..

 

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, dexter fowler, fielding

Bruce Bochy wins his 2,000th game

A great weight has been lifted as the Giants’ gave Bruce Bochy the 2,000th win of his career. It’s just now starting to sink in that next season, Bruce Bochy won’t be in the Giants’ dugout nor anyone else’s. For the first time since I’ve been old enough to even know what a manager is, a baseball season will be played without Bruce Bochy, and I’m suddenly unprepared for that.

As soon as he’s eligible, Bruce Bochy will enter the Hall of Fame. He captained the Giants through their most prosperous decade (bookended by some less prosperous years). With Bochy at the helm, the Giants won three World Championships and their players won two Cy Youngs, a Rookie of the Year, an MVP, and three different pitchers started three ...

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy

Sources: Skaggs’ death subject of DEA probe

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating where Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system at the time of his July 1 death in Southlake, Texas, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told Outside the Lines on Wednesday.

An autopsy released Aug. 30 found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol in Skaggs’ system. The fentanyl drew the attention of federal investigators, the sources said. One senior DEA official said the agency typically gets involved in fentanyl cases in an effort to track down the source of the drug.

Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, has been linked to a number of high-profile drug-related deaths, including musicians Prince, Tom Petty and Mac ...

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, tyler skaggs

MLB Postseason Picture: Astros clinch playoff berth with 100th win of season

The Houston Astros checked off two boxes with one win on Wednesday.

By defeating the Texas Rangers, 3-2, the Astros became the first team to reach 100 wins in MLB this season. More importantly, they guaranteed themselves a spot in the postseason.

It’s the third straight season Houston has reached the century mark in victories. It will also be their straight postseason appearance. Houston is the first American League team to wrap up a playoff spot and the third team overall, joining the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves from the National League.

Now the Astros will aim to make it back-to-back-to-back AL West titles. They will enter a weekend matchup with the Los Angeles Angels with a magic number of two to clinch the division.

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QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al west, astros, pennant race, wins

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-18-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 18, 1919:

Gamblers Hurting Big Leagues

The alleged scandals involving certain baseball players and probably engendered by the vicious gambling which has been allowed in big league ball parks this year, took a wild and ridiculous trend yesterday when some person, probably a gambler, brought Al Mamaux’ name into the discussion.

Mamaux was primed to work against [Pittsburgh] yesterday, but Manager Robinson decided to switch to a lefthander…Somebody voiced the silly remark that Mamaux was to “throw” the game in the sixth inning, if he had worked. If the “tip” were not an injustice to the pitcher’s name it would be funny. In the first place Mamaux would not attempt such an action for financial remuneration ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 18, 2019 at 10:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Twins set MLB record as 5th player reaches 30-home run mark

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have set another major league home run record, becoming the first team in history to have five players go deep 30 or more times in one season.

Miguel Sanó gave the Twins the all-time mark with his 30th homer, a three-run shot to the third deck in left field off Chicago White Sox left-hander Ross Detwiler on Tuesday night. Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) all made it before Sanó.

Something to add to our collection of notes on the effects of the rabbit ball this season.

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, twins

37 MLB Players Destined to Become ‘Guys’ Who Will Be Remembered

Over the weekend, I went and visited my parents in the D.C. suburbs, ostensibly to help them move some things ahead of retirement but mostly to go through a bevy of things from my childhood that they needed either to toss or put in storage. That’s how I chanced upon the three binders of baseball cards I’d collected as a kid from around the age of eight to about 12 or 13, and while that means I didn’t get a start until the mid-1990s, I was still pulling cards from the hobby’s heyday of the 80s, particularly the end of the decade, which produced enough cards to build a bridge to the moon. But digging through baseball cards from 20–30 years ago is an exercise not so much in nostalgia as in sudden reminders of players who briefly ...

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QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:42 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: players

Even Gary Thorne is getting frustrated with the Orioles

With a loss to the Tigers on Saturday, the Orioles lost their 100th game of the season. It’s their second consecutive season with triple-digit losses, and their third straight losing season. The Orioles are frustrating to watch if you’re a fan, but even broadcaster Gary Thorne sounds fed up with the lack of quality baseball.

In the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a foul pop-up. Catcher Chance Sisco and third baseman Rio Ruiz converged on the ball. Ruiz did not call off Cisco. As a result, Cisco continued to pursue the pop-up but both players tried not to collide into each other and the ball dropped onto the ground, giving Gurriel new life.

Following the play, a frustrated Thorne ...

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QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, gary thorne, orioles

From 319 transactions to No. 1 overall: Sacramento River Cats win third Triple-A championship

The first game was on April 4, in West Sacramento, under a cloudy sky with a first-pitch temperature of 63 degrees.

The final game arrived after marathon of season: 146 games, 319 player transactions, road trips near and far and a fair share of seasonal twists and turns.

It was Tuesday night in Memphis, game-time temperature a sticky and humid 96 degrees.

This is Minor League Baseball, where series survival is equally as vital as attrition, with followers needing updated rosters to keep track of it all.

The story of a championship season- of interest for those interested in the minor leagues.

 

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: champions, minor leagues, sacramento, triple a

Craig, Cavan Biggio become second father-son duo to hit for the cycle in MLB

BALTIMORE – Rookie Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Tuesday night.

Biggio homered in the third, singled in the sixth, doubled in the eighth and tripled in the ninth. He drove in four runs and scored three times.

Biggio and his father, Craig, a Hall of Famer with the Houston Astros, are the second father-son duo in major league history to hit for the cycle, joining Daryle and Gary Ward.

Something to add to the notes on baseball families we’ve been compiling in another thread.

 

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cavan biggio, craig biggio, family, hitting for the cycle

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


The bizarre brilliance of Derek Dietrich’s 2019 season

To date, Dietrich has been hit by an astonishing 25 pitches, the second most in all baseball. He’s also the owner of 28 walks on the season, as well as a career-best 19 dingers. None of those, in a vacuum, jump off the page in any sort of way, really, aside from the HBP numbers that were largely fueled by a fit of Clint Hurdle rage months back.

What’s astonishing in context, however, is that he only has 18 singles this entire season. Right now, with the season nearing its completion, Dietrich has more HBP, walks, and homers than he has singles. That’s simply unheard of.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 17, 2019 at 02:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: derek dietrich, hit by pitch, homers, walks

Felipe Vazquez Arrested

This doesn’t sound good.

In a stunning and deeply troubling turn of events, Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with a series of crimes in the state of Florida, according to James Santelli of CBS Pittsburgh. Vazquez, a resident of Florida, is in custody after being arrested today in Pennsylvania.

The underlying behavior alleged is exceedingly disturbing. Allegations involve an online relationship with a child, with charges including computer pornography, solicitation, and providing obscene materials to a minor. From other publicly released materials, it appears that other charges relating to the unlawful relationship with a child could also be filed.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2019 at 02:35 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: felipe vazquez, pirates

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-17-2019

Essex County [Vermont] Herald, September 17, 1919:

Way back in ‘89 Cincinnati was playing one afternoon with Chris Von Der Ahe’s St. Louis aggregation on the St. Louis grounds.
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Cliff Carroll was playing center field for the St. Louis nine. The Cincinnati batter hit a slow grounder to center, and Carroll ran up to gather it in…Just before it reached him the ball hit a clump of dirt and bounded high. Carroll grabbed for it with both hands, just as it hit him in the chest. Somehow in the struggle the ball was wedged into the pocket of Carroll’s uniform shirt. It got in there, and Cliff had a terrible time trying to get it out.
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The result was that the [batter] got home safely and Cincinnati won the game. Von Der Ahe almost had a fit. He ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 17, 2019 at 10:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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 | 63 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 | 20 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 | 4 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 | 27 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 | 17 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 | 3 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 | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: power rankings, twins

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