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Friday, September 12, 2014

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamine Use

Wow, really committing to this “Maris has the real record” bit.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis‘ season is over as he has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun… The suspension will cover eight postseason games, should Baltimore advance that far, as the team has 17 regular season contests remaining.

The District Attorney Posted: September 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, orioles, ped, suspensions

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-12-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel (page four), September 12, 1914:

PITCHER BURNS ARRESTED AND LOUISVILLE LOSES

...In the fifth inning Umpire Johnstone called Metz safe at the plate on a close play. Louisville players protested and it is said, witnesses say [sic], Burns threw a handful of dirt in Johnstone’s face and then hit the umpire in the nose. Players held Burns and Johnstone until the police arrived. Burns was taken to jail charged with assault and battery.

More from the Milwaukee Journal:

This makes the ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 12, 2014 at 08:16 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, sleepy bill burns

OMNICHATTER 9-12-2014

17 game days remain (including today). Let’s hope Stanton ends up okay, too.

Gamingboy Posted: September 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang to be posted; should the Yankees pursue him?

However, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, there might be a new name to enter the ring: 27-year-old Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang (or Jeong-ho Kang). Don’t let his age deceive you—Kang appears to be someone who could start playing in the majors leagues as soon as he’s signed, without needing time in the minors. Cafardo says that Kang’s team, the Nexen Heroes, plan to post him this off-season:

   Kang is going to get posted for a major league job. The righthanded power ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jung-ho kang, korean baseball, yankees

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch

Stanton immediately fell to the ground in the batter’s box at Milwaukee’s Miller Park and never stood back up as medical personnel tended to him and ultimately placed him into an ambulance while on a stretcher.

Scary stuff in Milwaukee. Also:

Umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch as his body spun in an attempt to get out the way of the ball. Reed Johnson then took Stanton’s at-bat over, and Fiers then hit Johnson in the hand with a pitch high and inside.

Hopefully, this will ...

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Johnny Cueto shuts down the Cardinals, lowers ERA to 2.15

Cincinnati is out of contention, but that didn’t stop Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman from combining on a three-hit shutout of St. Louis as the Reds took three of four games from the Cardinals.

Cueto did the heavy lifting with eight shutout innings and then Chapman did his usual thing in the ninth inning, striking out two batters for his 33rd save.

Cueto’s excellence has gotten somewhat overlooked just because Clayton Kershaw has been so ridiculously amazing for the Dodgers, but the Reds ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:54 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Yo Joe! Unanimity, Stadium Names, Field Goals

From Brilliant Reader Melody:

Yo Joe! I’m assuming you’re not a fan of teams selling their stadium names to large corporations. It’s sad for many reasons, including a disconnect between the stadium name and the local area, as stadiums were often named for physical features of the area or important local individuals.
I know you’ve been to far more ballparks than I have– if you could re-name each one that’s sold its name, what would you choose?

Joe:

All right, Melody, I’ll bite. ...

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Baldrick Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:01 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general, joe posnanski, stadiums

Ron Washington Departed Over Legal Issues

Did Roger Goodell cover this up too?

I have learned this evening through a source with knowledge of the situation that long-time Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington’s sudden departure from the club was due to impending legal issues stemming from an alleged sexual assault of a reporter. I have cross-checked this information and feel confident in going forward with what I know, and am currently reaching out to obtain more details of the situation. Please follow our official Twitter account at ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 02:52 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, ron washington

Sternberg: Rays’ payroll likely to go down

They can’t afford big stars like Grant Balfour anymore.

Stu Sternberg spoke to reporters prior to Wednesday night’s game at Yankee Stadium, and the Rays’ principal owner made it clear that he expects a payroll reduction for 2015.

“It’s clearly going to be lower,” Sternberg said. “This year was an enormous aberration. Look, having said that, if the greatest thing since sliced bread shows up, and it costs us money, anything is possible. We never say no to anything, but the default ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: payrolls, rays, stuart sternberg

Cuban Pitcher Jorge Despaigne Declared Free Agent

The rain on Despaigne falls mainly on the plain.

Righthander Jorge Despaigne, the next Cuban pitcher who’s expected to draw interest from major league teams, has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

Despaigne, a 23-year-old cousin of Padres righthander Odrisamer Despaigne, is now listed at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and was one of the more intriguing up-and-coming pitchers in Cuba before he left the island, though he was more notable for his arm strength than his polish. Despaigne ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jorge despaigne

James Shields is the perfect pitcher at the perfect time

The trade has been everything the Royals could have wanted and Moore.

This is who and what the Royals wanted when they gave up Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, two pieces of their future, because they wanted to succeed in the present. They didn’t go far enough in 2013 to justify the move, because they left the back-end of their rotation a Bruce Chen-like mess, and Wade Davis, who came over with Shields, was expected to fix that even though he had been spending his time in Tampa Bay proving he ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 01:28 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jake odorizzi, james shields, rays, royals, trades, wade davis, wil myers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-11-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 11, 1914:

Taking two games from Philadelphia yesterday while New York and Brooklyn were breaking even gives the Braves a lead of two and a half games. The pennant is not cinched by any means. The season does not end until October 7 and indications are that the fight may continue up to the last day. Chicago and St. Louis are still factors.

Washington Times, September 11, 1914:

[Boston] Manager Stallings says that in ten days more the gap will be so wide that New ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

South Side Salute:  For White Sox’ Paul Konerko, 16 Years of Earning His Keep Is an Ample Farewell

...the White Sox are not an ivy-covered afternoon party, the way it is at Wrigley Field for the hapless Chicago Cubs. The White Sox work harder for the hearts of fans, and they never doubt the sincerity of those who support them.

Konerko, a serious slugger who never left the South Side, has been their perfect representative. The farewell of the Yankees’ captain, Derek Jeter, has been a backdrop to the entire major league season. Konerko, the White Sox’ captain, has been honored at just two ...

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Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 11, 2014 at 08:43 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: general, white sox

Time has come for Dodgers to sit Yasiel Puig and play Andre Ethier

Now I know what many of you are going to say. You watch Ethier play this year? Looked at his numbers?

And, sure, he has career-lows going in almost every offensive category. But at least he has a history. He’s been through the playoff wars. He’s responded under pressure.

Puig .293/.381/.476 141 OPS+
Ethier .248/.319/.368 94 OPS+

oh but wait!

But the Dodgers just can’t keep waiting and hoping for Puig to get it going. He’s batting .151 (10 for 66) in his last 18 games.

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One day in, the new “clarification” on the collision rule seems to have already been messed up

How that isn’t a plate block I have no idea. This was not one of those “the runner is out by 20 feet” plays the clarification is aimed at changing. This was going to be a close play if Drew had a chance to slide into the plate. But where was Stephen Drew supposed to go?

After the game, Joe Girardi said that, if the calls are going to be like that, his instructions to his base runners would be “Run him over. Bottom line: Run him over.”

I watched this a few times, I have no idea what ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: clusterf, rules

Skunked Brew: The Bizarre Implosion of Milwaukee’s Playoff Hopes

That is what the Brewers looked like over the weekend, and what they’ve looked like over the past month. They look as though they are outside themselves, watching their play deteriorate and feeling that they are somehow responsible, but not able to quite figure out why and how. “We’re not doing good,” said Milwaukee All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez, who on Sunday got his first at-bat in a week after injuring his wrist. “That’s no excuse, you know. We’re not playing like a team. We ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

OMNICHATTER (9-11-2014)

18 game days remain (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ex-top Mets Executive Sues Team Over Firing

so the wilpons cannot manage a competitive team, finances nor people.  it’s the trifecta!

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:27 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: discrimination, mets, wilpon

The Brewers as an Inning

an interesting view of the brewers last several weeks.  two games stick out.  the 3-2 loss in san diego where the brewers were looking squeak one out only to have the bullpen throw it away.  and then the 9-1 blowout against the cards where the crew looked like they were in a daze the entire game.

i know most figure milwaukee are just finding their ‘true talent level’.  that is one possibly true

but if you actually watched the games you didn’t see anything but a group of players who not only ...

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Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee, ron roenicke

MLB.com - DiComo: Mets considering changes to Citi Field’s dimensions

The team is in internal discussions to move in portions of the outfield wall in right- and right-center field, after three full seasons of Citi’s current dimensions. Though the Mets have internally calculated that such a move would have added seven home runs to Curtis Granderson’s total this year, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that, “it’s not about tailoring the ballpark to a particular player or a particular composition of team.”

Since Citi Field opened in 2009, the Mets have ...

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Lassus Posted: September 10, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets

Giancarlo Stanton awaits MVP fate, huge offer from Marlins

The Marlins plan to offer MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton the most lucrative contract in franchise history. Even if they can’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension this winter, the Marlins insist they will keep Stanton through at least the 2015 season, vowing to build a championship club around him.

They have control of Stanton through the 2016 season. After that, free agency could make him could make him baseball’s first $300 million player.

The Marlins hope to strike before ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-10-2014

Harrisburg Telegraph, September 10, 1914:

Pitcher Herbert, of the St. Louis Federal League team, was knocked unconscious during batting practice yesterday. He was pitching to his teammates when a hard hit ball struck him on the head. Doctors worked him over for ten minutes before the pitcher recovered consciousness. They found that he had concussion of the brain and ordered him removed to a hospital at once.

As you might expect, that was a season-ending injury. Could have been much, much worse ...

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The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: September 10, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, ernie herbert, history

Max Scherzer, Tigers close gap between Royals

Joe Nathan worked out of another jam in the ninth to earn his 30th save in 36 chances. He allowed two infield singles to start the inning before closing out the game with two strikeouts sandwiched around a picked-off runner.

Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was the man who was picked off second.

First, what Joe Nathan does when he enters the game is pretty much the opposite of ‘saving’ it.  He jeopardizes games.  He takes games that are 99% won and puts them back in play.  I can’t imagine ...

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Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tigers

(David) Wright to sit rest of season due to balky shoulder

NEW YORK—Back when David Wright initially jammed his left shoulder in June, sliding to second base on a routine play, he never could have envisioned the injury consuming his summer. He never could have imagined sitting at a late-night press conference in the bowels of Citi Field, as he did Tuesday, announcing that he will miss the rest of the season due to “persistent inflammation” in the joint.

“This season,” Wright said, “has left a sour taste in my mouth.”

With it now ...

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Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

OMNICHATTER 9-10-2014

19 Game-Days remaining (including today).

Gamingboy Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sports on Earth:Delessio:Picking Up the Pace

In other news, Sports on Earth is still alive.

The Atlantic League is experimenting with rules to improve the pace of play:

In the eighth inning of a game against the York Revolution on the first weekend in August, Brendan Harris, an infielder for the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks, was intentionally walked. The free pass got an ovation from Ducks fans at Bethpage Ballpark, but the cheers weren’t for the baserunner as much as for the method used to put him there.

Rather than having ...

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puck Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: length of games, mlb, rules of play

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Nationals down Braves to stretch division lead to 9, largest in DC franchise history

WASHINGTON—Mathematicians will say the Washington Nationals can’t clinch the NL East until next week. Practicality says they essentially wrapped it up Tuesday night when they sent nine hitters to the plate against Ervin Santana in the first inning of another win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Nationals beat their division nemesis for the second time in two nights, winning 6-4 to push their lead to nine games with 19 to play. Atlanta had been a thorn in Washington’s plans for about a year ...

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Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: September 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM | 132 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, nationals

Scouting Report by the Fans

Tango’s annual scouting report by the fans is now live for fan contributions.

Paul d mobile Posted: September 09, 2014 at 04:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting reports, tangotiger

GIF: Dodgers make three throwing errors on one play

The Dodgers jumped all over the Padres early in Monday night’s game (GameTracker), but Los Angeles gave two runs back in the sixth inning thanks to a trio of throwing errors. On one play.

Even the final throw back to home - though not an error technically - was screwed up.  Quite a display.  The Dodgers still won despite all this nonsense.


VIDEO: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 15, is huge, destroys baseballs

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a familiar name, and the body/swing combination in the video below are pretty familiar as well. Check it out, keeping in mind that he’s only 15 years old—and if you want to zero in on just one swing to save time, I recommend jumping to the 1:25 mark:

Man, I hope he’s got the goods.  Who was more fun to have around than Vlad Guerrero?


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