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Monday, August 12, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2019

Toledo News-Bee, August 12, 1919:

Senator [James D.] Phelan of California is no baseball fan, as this will show.

Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson, recent visitors at the Capitol, nearly broke a quorum of the Senate while the Senate fans shook their hands. Senator Phelan couldn’t understand the unusual interest of the senators in crowding about their favorites.

Taking a member aside, Senator Phelan whispered cautiously in his ear: “Tell me, who is this man Ty Cobb whom they are making such a fuss over?”

Seems like Phelan and Cobb would have been fast friends.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants reveal they’ll retire Will Clark’s No. 22 jersey next season

SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants have kept some numbers on the “unofficially retired” list over the years and have tried to quietly nudge players away from wearing certain ones, but on Sunday they made it official for one of the most important players in franchise history.

Beginning next season, no Giants player will ever wear Will Clark’s No. 22 again.

The announcement was made Sunday as the Giants honored the 1989 team that went to the World Series in large part because of Clark’s contributions. A Giant for eight years, Clark was a five-time All-Star and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

He was the star of the late 80’s clubs and a player who helped a new generation fall in love with the Giants. In recent years, Clark has ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, retired numbers, will clark

A look at fan rage from 1994 MLB strike, and those who never really came back

I don’t remember the year that there was no World Series. At age 4, I was old enough to profess that I loved baseball but young enough to not actually notice when it went away. I probably didn’t know what the postseason was and you couldn’t have explained labor strife to me if you tried.

The whole thing entered my consciousness as a fully contextualized historical anecdote sometime later. In retrospect, the story is complex. On the 25th anniversary, we look back at it with renewed resonance and wary relevance. None of which can quite capture what it feels like for there to suddenly be no baseball where baseball had just been, where you expect it to be. Even if the looming work stoppage that threatens from beyond the end of the ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: 1994 strike, fans

Joe Maddon believes he will be with Cubs ‘for a couple more years at least’

Joe Maddon’s contract is up at the end of the year and his future has been an underlying storyline all Cubs season.

Before Sunday’s game at the Reds, Maddon addressed questions from reporters on the topic. He seems to think he will be back, saying optimism is very high on his end.

“I believe we’ll be together for a couple more years at least,” Maddon said in an article in the Chicago Tribune.

The Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central, but the playoff race is very tight. The Brewers and Cardinals are within striking distance and the NL Wild Card race is littered with several teams.

Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not he stays on Theo Epstein’s good side, as the man he beat to win the World Series ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, manager

Fire extinguisher set off by Newcomb’s meltdown

MIAMI—The mess in the Atlanta Braves’ clubhouse made by a punctured fire extinguisher has been cleaned up before Sunday’s series finale at Miami.

The damage occurred when Braves reliever Sean Newcomb kicked a garbage can in anger after giving up the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s ugly 7-6 loss to the Marlins.

To make matters worse, now they’ll be utterly unprepared if there actually is a fire….

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, clubhouse, fire extinguisher, sean newcomb

Reds release David Hernández

Right-handed reliever David Hernández has been released by the Reds, the team confirmed Sunday. Hernández was designated for assignment on Friday and cleared waivers shortly thereafter.

For they don’t love him anymore….

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david hernandez, reds, releases

Carlos Santana’s grand slam puts Indians back in tie for first place

With less than two months left in the regular season, playoff races are starting to heat up. While most of the division races aren’t terribly interesting, the AL Central has become a tight battle between the Twins and Indians. The Twins have held onto first place since mid-April, but the Indians have been surging since June and recently claimed a share of first place after defeating the Twins on Friday.

Sunday marked the series finale in Minnesota. Appropriately, the game went to extra innings thanks, in part, to a tremendous relay from left fielder Tyler Naquin to shortstop Francisco Lindor to cut down Luis Arraez at the plate, representing the winning run.

It seems that the Indians have just remembered that they are supposed to win ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, carlos santana, indians

The Orioles pulled off an astronomical upset over the Astros

The Houston Astros are a very good baseball team. The Baltimore Orioles are ... not a very good baseball team.

Still, over the course of a 162-game season, every blind squirrel finds an acorn. And even the Orioles (39-78) can beat the Astros (77-41). Sunday’s comeback win by the Orioles marked one of the biggest upsets in MLB history

According to ESPN, the Orioles were listed as +420 underdogs by some sportsbooks. Some of it might have had to do with Houston’s 23-3 rout on Saturday and the fact that ace Justin Verlander was starting for the Astros.

The next sound you hear is that of a group of bookies trying to welsh on their debts.

 

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds, orioles

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Boston’s Price: Wrist better after cortisone shot

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander David Price says he’s feeling better, just days after getting a cortisone shot to treat a cyst in his left wrist.

“First time I’ve had an injection like that, so it made it sore the first 48 hours,” the 33-year-old said Saturday before Boston’s game with the Los Angeles Angels. “But yesterday it started feeling a lot better.”

Price was placed on the injured list on Thursday after an MRI revealed the cyst. Price is 7-5 with a 4.36 ERA over 21 starts this season.

He said the discomfort in his wrist started “about three or four starts ago” and was affecting his hand strength and ability to execute his pitches — particularly his cutter and change-up. It caused pitches to come out of ...

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QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 05:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cortisone, david price, wrist

Giants’ Jeff Samardzija has ‘evolved’ in midst of dominant stretch

Jeff Samardzija has been on a roll ever since the calendar flipped from June to July, and the Giants right-hander kept that momentum going in his second start of August.

In the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday, Samardzija matched a season high by completing eight innings. He also allowed just two hits and one earned run, didn’t walk any batters and struck out five along the way at Oracle Park.

With Samardzija at 103 pitches, Giants manager Bruce Bochy went to closer Will Smith to record the final three outs, preventing his starter from picking up his first complete game of the season.

“No, we had Smitty ready,” Bochy told reporters when asked if he thought about letting Samardzija have the ninth inning. “It was a pretty ...

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QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija

Benches clear after Diamondbacks beat Dodgers in 11 innings following controversial call

The story of Friday night’s Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game is not that it ended in a 3-2 victory for Arizona. It’s that the benches clear after all was said and done, and the D-backs had secured the win.

It all started with a controversial call in the 11th inning with the Dodgers up at bat and trailing 3-2. A.J. Pollock thought he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Archie Bradley, but the ball—which looked like it may have hit the bottom of the bat—flew up in the air and the catcher gloved it for an out. The Dodgers challenged the call, but it was not overturned.

With no previous outs and a runner on first, a walk would have put Los Angeles in a very different position, but the call stood, and the Dodgers had an out on the board.

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QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: benches clearing, diamondbacks, dodgers

Astros, Reds rookie sluggers rewrite baseball history with three-homer games

The rookies are taking over Major League Baseball.

We’ve heard all the buzz surrounding Pete Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., just to name a few.

On Saturday, it was Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros and Aristides Aquino of the Cincinnati Reds who rewrote the history books by becoming the first pair of rookie sluggers to each hit three home runs on the same day.

And that tidbit was just the tip of the iceberg.

So, are the rookies actually taking over, and, if so, why?

QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:46 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, astros, home runs, reds, rookies, yordan alvarez

Tim Tebow’s baseball season is over due to July hand injury

Tim Tebow will not make his MLB debut this season, and it’s not because the suddenly hot New York Mets don’t have room for him on the major league roster.

Newsday’s Tim Healey first reported that the former college football standout will miss the remainder of the season as he continues healing from a hand injury suffered in July.

Yahoo Sports’ Matt Ehalt has since confirmed the news.

Tebow suffered a cut that required eight stitches in his left hand. He was injured while fielding a ball in the outfield, Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told reporters on July 23.

Does this mean our great national nightmare is over?

 

 


Tim Tebow ends 2019 run with finger injury

For the second year in a row, Tim Tebow’s minor league campaign with the Mets will end due to injury. In 2018, Tebow left Triple-A Syracuse with a broken right hand in late July. Now, he’s wrapping his campaign due to a deep laceration in his left pinky.

Hank Gillette Posted: August 11, 2019 at 01:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tim tebow

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Column: ‘Field of Dreams’ and more bad baseball on film

Major League Baseball is heading to the “Field of Dreams” next season to pay homage to a terrible flick.

Yep, the Chicago White Sox will face the New York Yankees in a temporary stadium, to be constructed among the Iowa cornfields where that corn pile of a movie was filmed.

Given my contempt for “Field of Dreams,” many have asked for my reaction.

I say: Don’t stop there.

So, what thoughts do all of you have concerning how baseball has been portrayed in film, either in the movies listed in the article or elsewhere?

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: film

MLB unveils ‘Cubbies’ and ‘The Burgh’ uniforms for 2019 Little League Classic

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates are getting a one day makeover at the end of August. On Friday, MLB unveiled new “Cubbies” and “The Burgh” uniforms that both teams will wear during the 2019 Little League Classic.

The jerseys will feature a color stripe across the chest with the team’s nickname for that day. The Cubs’ jerseys feature a blue stripe with lettering that reads “Cubbies.” The Pirates jerseys have a yellow stripe with lettering that reads “The Burgh.”

This is a departure from how Major League Baseball has handled the game in the past. In previous seasons, teams participating in the Little League Classic wore their colorful Players’ Weekend uniforms during the game.

This year, MLB decided to go ...

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QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, little league, pirates, uniforms

Twins reach new single-season record with 226th home run

It’s been quite the year for the Twins, who are currently positioned to upstage the 2018 Yankees for most home runs hit in a single MLB season. In the sixth inning of Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Indians, they reached a collective 226 home runs with Eddie Rosario‘s leadoff home run off of right-hander Shane Bieber, shattering the standing franchise record set for single-season homers in 1963.

What was that about the baseballs not being juiced, Manfred?

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, twins

Oakland Raiders owner rips Athletics over their stadium situation

In an interview with The Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis ripped the Oakland Athletics, calling them “pricks” and “f***ing dysfunctional” with respect to their stadium situation and how he believes they’ve treated the Raiders since the football team broke its lease and made plans to move to Las Vegas.

“Unfortunately, there’s a problem there. As far as the players and everybody, we love the A’s. We seriously do. But the front office has been real pricks. They’ve been really f****** around with us up there, taking advantage of the situation. Which, it is their right to do it, but it makes it hard. Again though, we love the players, we love the A’s.”

His beef is primarily about how the ...

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QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, oakland coliseum

Yasiel Puig shows he’s still Yasiel Puig with a wave and a kiss on the basepaths

Yasiel Puig might be on his third team in the last calendar year, but he’s still Yasiel Puig. That identity was in full view as the Cleveland Indians outfielder ran the bases on Friday in an American League Central showdown.

After singling to lead off the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins, Puig ran all the way to third on a throwing error from Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak. For those not paying close attention, it was a standard advancement off an error.

Those focusing on the runner, however, got a pair of those quintessential Puig moments. As he ran past second, the Wild Horse waved goodbye to the Twins defenders in right field.

After he slid safely into third, Puig only got up after blowing a kiss to the home crowd.

Do you ...

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QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, twins, yasiel puig

Sparks fly in Toronto after Gardner ejected

TORONTO—The last time Brett Gardner slammed his bat into a dugout roof, it spawned countless T-shirts playing off the phrase “Savages in the Box.” This latest installment—let’s call it “I Didn’t Say One Word”—probably will not have the same marketing potential.

Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Segal in the top of the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-2 loss at Rogers Centre, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection came after Gardner banged his bat in response to a pair of questionable calls against Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman.

“I didn’t even open my mouth, which is unusual for me,” Gardner said. “He was looking in the left-center-field bullpen and threw me out. He wanted to assume or wanted to take a guess, ...

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QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, ejections, mistaken identity, yankees

Cashman mistaken for thief, stopped at gunpoint

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he was stopped in Connecticut and forced from his vehicle at gunpoint by as many as nine police officers as he was leaving a gas station Friday.

Cashman, 52, said in an interview with the New York Post that his white Jeep Wrangler had been stolen and returned to him but that the New York City police had not cleared the vehicle from its stolen-car database.

“I had a welcoming committee descend upon me as I pulled out of that gas station,” Cashman said.

Given how this season has gone, are we sure that this is an erroneous guess?

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman

Khris Davis Isn’t Batting .247 ????

A fun piece about a fun thing in baseball that is probably going to end.


Friday, August 09, 2019


The Pursuit of the Elusive Umpire Perfect Game - The Ringer

This is good stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2019 at 11:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

Mark Shapiro Discusses Blue Jays’ Rebuild, Spending, - MLB Trade Rumors

The Jays have just under $30.93MM in committed payroll next season, with almost half of those funds dedicated to retired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.  While there’s plenty of room to spend, major splashes don’t seem to be in the offing until the Blue Jays have proven themselves to be a bit closer to contending in the AL East.  Past comments from Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins indicated that 2021 could be the target year for when the Jays turn from retooling to pushing for a postseason berth, though Shapiro hesitated to put any type of “limits on the pace or deadlines” of the process.

“So a player who’s a three-win player who takes you from 82 to 85 wins probably doesn’t move that needle. But if you’re at 87 wins and it takes you ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2019 at 11:44 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-9-2019

Vernon Parish [Louisiana] Democrat, August 9, 1919:

Chattanooga and Atlanta went 23 innings to a tie in the Southern. It took a Merkle play to make the game go the long distance, as the needed wallop arrived in the nineneenth with two down. The sacks were full and Griffith of Chattanooga singled, but Marshall, who was on first, repeated Merkle’s famous play and omitted to touch second, making the final out.

Chattanooga finished a half-game behind Memphis for fifth place in the 1919 Southern League. It’s hardly a big deal, but that brainfade did change the final standings. Atlanta won the league by seven games, so it didn’t matter to them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 09, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

How Good Was Shoeless Joe?

Joe Jackson has been in the news since 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Black Sox scandal season. Even more so today because it was announced that the White Sox will meet the Yankees on August 13, 2020 in the “MLB at Field of Dreams” game to be held in Dyersville, Iowa, the site of the popular 1989 baseball film.

Field of Dreams helped pull Joe Jackson from the dustbin of history, and all of a sudden, most baseball fans today know who he was. But how good was he?

Shoeless Joe Jackson is a player often distorted by myth and legend, but is best appreciated by simply examining the facts.

Joe could never exist today.  Perhaps this is why he remains one of the more intriguing figures in baseball history.  Can you imagine a guy ...

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QLE Posted: August 09, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: shoeless joe jackson

August 11, 1994: Scenes from a lost MLB season

One day there was baseball.

The next there wasn’t.

This is the story of the day with baseball. The final day of games in 1994 was an odd day, one Major League Baseball had rarely seen before and one it hasn’t seen since. While a damaging strike looked unavoidable, no one still knew for sure if it was the last day of the season and so uncertainty ruled the day.

In many ways, it was a normal day of baseball on the field. Shutouts were thrown and home runs were hit. Teams moved up and down in the standings.

A consideration of the 1994 strike, from the perspective of the last day of games- very much worth a read.

 

QLE Posted: August 09, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: 1994 strike

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