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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nats ride Soto’s historic 2-HR game to split in NY

NEW YORK—The first game Juan Soto played in this season came at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the Braves’ Class A Rome affiliate, which seats a little more than 5,000 people. Soto offered a glimpse of his enormous potential in that game, when he homered for Hagerstown, but even then it would have been difficult to imagine how different his stage would be just two months later. And how well he would handle it.

On Wednesday night, Soto played for the first time in his career at Yankee ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2018 at 01:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, yankees

Dodgers, Rangers Brawl After Matt Kemp Runs Over Robinson Chirinos

The scuffle began when Kike Hernandez hit a base hit to the opposite field in the bottom of the third, sending Matt Kemp home for the Dodgers. But Kemp ran over Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. 

The two nudged each other as they got up and soon Kemp pushed Chirinos who then tried throwing a punch back. The benches cleared as players tried to hold the two apart from each other.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sandy Alderson takes responsibility for Mets’ woes

His team spiraling and questions about its short-term ceiling and big-picture path increasingly relevant, general manager Sandy Alderson took the blame Tuesday for the state of the Mets.

“We’re not satisfied and to date, the work that we’ve done hasn’t been successful,” Alderson said during a conference call. “I take full responsibility for where we are. I’m not happy about it. But at the same time, the job now is to figure out how to fix it and improve that. That’s what ...

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Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera done for 2018 season with ruptured biceps tendon

Former two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera is done for the season.

During Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Twins (MIN 6, DET 4), Cabrera suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon while taking a swing in the third inning. He will undergo season-ending surgery, the Detroit Tigers announced.

The contract is a big deal. Here’s one opinion on the issue:
Tigers still owe Miguel Cabrera a ton of money, but even with
the injury his contract isn’t as awful as you think

The beginning of the end came ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 13, 2018 at 02:10 PM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, miguel cabrera, tigers


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-13-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, June 13, 1918:

Babe Ruth Looks Like Cobb’s Successor

...to return to King Tyrus and his most logical successor, George Sisler, although a wonderful player, will not do, because of that same colorless stuff and lack of personality which characterizes the standing of Eddie Collins…The slugger always is popular with the masses, and the boy who can slam the pellet out of the lot or knock down a couple of infielders in every combat will get the big majority in the ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 13, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2018

Washington Times, June 12, 1918:

Friend Wife will have to have the feed bag ready early today, for Mr. A. Fan will be rushing off to Oriole Park to see the Dunnmen get down to work at 6 o’clock. Today 6 o’clock starts will be inaugurated by Manager Dunn as an experiment.

The wording leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s cool that the Orioles were experimenting with night baseball as early as 1918. It couldn’t have come any earlier that 1918 - these 6:00 starts were made possible by Daylight ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 12, 2018 at 10:39 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Unwritten Rules Lead To Nine Unanswered Runs

Rather than wait for a relatively safe moment to retaliate—with two outs, or, like, tomorrow—and rather than retaliate by, uh, winning the game—Joe Musgrove plunked Chris Owings to lead off the bottom half.

mathesond Posted: June 12, 2018 at 09:34 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pirates, unwritten rules

Engel: From the cheap seats

A man after my heart, Mac Engel:

Other than bullying, intimidation or lying, I have no idea how the Rangers actually sell a single ticket to one of these afternoon games.

No explanation is acceptable why a game is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. first pitch in June in Texas at Global Meltdown Ballpark. Per the Farmer’s Almanac, the average temperature for June 10 in Arlington is, “You Don’t Want To Know.”

By the seventh inning, most of my face had melted into the plastic seat. Death was near, and ...

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BDC Posted: June 12, 2018 at 08:56 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: air conditioning, espn, heat exhaustion, rangers, schedule

Orioles Activate Zach Britton

Britton will make his long-awaited season debut as soon as this evening. The southpaw reliever was sidelined to open the year after suffering an Achilles tear in offseason workouts. He’s playing on a $12MM salary in his final season of arbitration eligibility.

With the O’s limping out to the worst record in baseball to this point of the season, the hope will be that Britton can pitch his way into a useful trade chip this summer. Certainly, he has established a ceiling that few others have ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 12, 2018 at 02:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trade audition, zach britton

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mensa Dork Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball

“For years, batters have sought to work deep counts – and rightly so for a number of reasons. All the while, the length of games has increased and the percentage of balls in play has decreased (due to the associated increase in strikeouts and walks). By introducing the concept of an expanding strike zone – where the strike zone starts small for every at-bat, then expands slightly after Strike 1, then expands slightly again after Strike 2 – batters would change their approach, knowing ...

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PreservedFish Posted: June 11, 2018 at 09:22 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes


Angels GM disputes Ohtani surgery report | MLB.com

Not so fast.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Monday spoke to Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who said, “There have been no changes in [Shohei] Ohtani’s diagnosis and neither our physicians nor medical staff have recommended [Tommy John surgery] or said it’s likely.”

On Sunday night, ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on SportsCenter that Ohtani will “probably” need elbow surgery, which would force Ohtani to miss the rest of the season and likely keep him off the mound for all of 2019, though ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

The Updated Top 131 Prospect Rankings | FanGraphs Baseball

Ronald Acuna is number 1.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Mets Release Adrian Gonzalez

The New York Mets have released first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the team said.

Chris Fluit Posted: June 11, 2018 at 03:33 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, new york mets, what took so long

SABR 48 – PITTSBURGH

This is the catch-all thread for SABR 48 in Pittsburgh, June 21-24. You can find the relevant information by clicking the link in the thread title.

Recap of SABR 47 in NYC by Jeff Kindig

Hope to see you all there!

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 11, 2018 at 12:54 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, pittsburgh, sabr

Report: Shohei Ohtani likely to have Tommy John surgery, will be out until 2020

The Angels were going to reevaluate him in three weeks. At this point, waiting the three weeks before surgery would likely not harm his timetable should surgery then be decided, so it’s possible that the Angels will still wait and see.

If Ohtani does go under the knife, however, it would be sad, sad ending to his breakout rookie season. Ohtani has wowed baseball by being its first effective two-way player in nearly a century, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 61/20 in 49.1 ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-11-2018

Washington Herald, June 11, 1918:

An extraordinary baseball catching feat was accomplished when Corp. Michael Bessolo, a soldier on [Kelly] field, established a new world record by catching a baseball dropped from an airplane, 700 feet in the air.
...
It was the first time a successful attempt ever has been made to catch a baseball from an airplane. The fact that the baseball cas caught with an infielder’s glove, instead of the heavier catcher’s mitt, makes it all the more remarkable.

Back in ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 11, 2018 at 09:04 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

OTP 2018 June 11: Sports, politics conflicted 50 years ago with mourning of RFK’s death

If you think the intersection – and conflict – of sports and politics is something new, well, you haven’t been paying close enough attention to either for a very long time.

Don’t think so? Check out President Trump’s pardon of the controversial African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who held the title more than 100 years ago. His reign was consumed by the politics of the day. So it is no surprise that the debate over NFL players and the national anthem remains a divisive ...

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Sunday Baseball Notes: Clay Buchholz, staff savior? The Diamondbacks think so

This week’s edition.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2018 at 05:56 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Edwin Jackson signed with the A’s and could tie Octavio Dotel’s 13-team record

As of the end of the 2017 season, he’d played for 12 in 15 years—one off Octavio Dotel’s record of 13. And finally, on Wednesday, we learned that Jackson had signed with his 13th organization:

It’s only a minor-league deal, but if things go well Jackson could play for an AL West team for the first time. He is 34, and had been starting games for the Syracue Chiefs until opting out of his deal a week ago.

Nasty Nate Posted: June 10, 2018 at 09:58 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin jackson

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Mariners get 40th win—their 20th by 1 run

Pitching has been the name of the game for the Mariners, who improved to 40-23 and maintained their one-game lead over Houston in the AL West. Seattle has gone 16-4 since May 18, the best 20-game stretch for the franchise since 2003. The Mariners improved to an MLB-best 20-9 in one-run games.

“This is an amazing clubhouse,” Gonzales said. “It’s one of the [most fun] teams I’ve played on, for sure. We love playing for each other. We have faith. We don’t panic. Even in all these one-run ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:49 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners


Joe Kelly Has the Best Draft Day Story Ever

“I turned 21 the day of the Draft. So double-whammy,” the Red Sox reliever said. “I knew I was getting drafted, obviously, and I turned 21 that day. So obviously that doesn’t mix too well. Let’s just say I was really, really, really belligerently drunk before the draft even started.”

 

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:14 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, draft, red sox

Friday, June 08, 2018

Padres reliever Jose Torres suspended rest of season for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy

San Diego Padres reliever Jose Torres has been suspended for the rest of the 2018 season for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday.

The suspension is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. Torres will not appeal and enter a treatment program.

“We fully support the decision by the commissioner’s office to suspend Jose Torres for violating the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy,” the Padres said in a statement. “We will ...

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Shohei Ohtani to the DL for NOT blister issues

Obviously, I’ve gone into mourning.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 08, 2018 at 03:17 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani, ucl

Fernando Abad Serving Retroactive 80-Game Suspension

FanRag’s Jon Heyman reports that Abad’s minor league deal with the Mets in late March was indeed axed when the Mets learned of his failed PED test shortly before the deal became official. Importantly, he notes that Abad went through a lengthy appeal process that was ultimately unsuccessful. However, the beginning of his suspension is retroactive to the filing of the appeal, meaning his suspension will actually finish being served later this month.

Heyman also relays a statement from Abad ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-8-2018

Washington Herald, June 8, 1918:

Mike Donlin was up in the press box at the Polo Grounds, New York City, [two days ago], and during a fanfest said:

“I see where the boys claim Babe Ruth established a record by making four home runs in four successive days. Well, Babe only tied the record.

Bill Bradley, the old third baseman of the Cleveland team, playing against the Phillies in Philadelphia, back in 1901 did the same stunt. Four days running he slammed out a circuit clout.”

Donlin’s right, ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 08, 2018 at 10:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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