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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Andre Dawson embraces death in new life running funeral home: ‘It’s not for the weak’

The call was urgent, and the emotions raw, when three businessmen pulled into the Little Havana neighborhood in the early afternoon, rang the doorbell, and solemnly walked into the home to get the dead body.

A man directed them to the bedroom where his father had just passed away. He looked up twice and stared intently through his glassy, reddened eyes, as his face contorted in an odd mixture of grief, confusion and thrill.

“The Hawk?’’ he blurted out.

“Yes,’’ Andre Dawson said, ...

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Lineup snafu highlights Mickey Callaway’s inexperience

Is this rock bottom? It can always get worse, I guess.



Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-9-2018

Beaver [Oklahoma] Herald, May 9, 1918:

Harry Heilman [sic], Tiger outfielder, had an experience recently which will stick with him for a while and which will keep him glued to his seat in the Pullman when traveling about the country…The train hesitated at New London, Conn., and Heilman jumped off to get some sandwiches, running out of the Pullman car without coat and hat. While he was purchasing the grub the whistle blew and off went the rattler minus Heilman.

Harry had the change from a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

James Paxton’s No-Hitter Is a Clear Product of Baseball’s All-or-Nothing Era

The third no-hitter of the 2018 MLB season and the 299th in professional baseball history belongs to James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners. Over nine innings in Toronto, the big Canadian lefty struck out seven Blue Jays and needed just 99 pitches to finish the job, throwing as hard as 100 mph in his final frame. While it wasn’t as dominant an effort as his 16-strikeout outing last week, Paxton’s no-no perhaps best represents this current era of baseball—an all-or-nothing affair in which ...

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna charged with assault by Toronto police

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested early Tuesday and charged with assaulting a woman, according to Toronto police.

Details of the alleged incident weren’t immediately known.
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The Blue Jays didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.



Yanks, Red Sox will take rivalry to London in ‘19

NEW YORK—The most historic rivalry in baseball will break new ground in June 2019, with the Red Sox and Yankees scheduled to meet in London for the first Major League games played in Europe.

The MLB London Series will be played June 29-30, 2019, at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take on a baseball configuration for the event. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. The Red Sox will be the home team for both games, marking the first ...

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manchestermets Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: london, overseas series, red sox, yankees

A Corn Island tale: The Royals’ Cheslor Cuthbert had to leave home and learn Spanish before he could make the major leagues

Long, excellent piece by Rustin Dodd in The Athletic.

Cuthbert isn’t the first major leaguer from the English-speaking Caribbean part of Nicaragua, but he’s the first one from Corn Island.

Luis put his son at shortstop because he “liked the spot,” he says. He would not let him pitch because he feared an arm injury. He steered Cheslor away from other sports, such as basketball, because he worried he’d injure his hands. And when his son fell in love with raising chickens on the land near ...

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Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cheslor cuthbert, nicaragua, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-8-2018

Bridgeport Times, May 8, 2018:

Hugh Duffy, holder of the batting average ever recorded in either of the major leagues, says that Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hits a ball harder than any other player in fast company. A part of Ruth’s success is due to confidence in himself. He firmly believes that he can hit all kinds of pitching.

Tough to argue with either of them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 08, 2018 at 09:50 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Monday, May 07, 2018


Poll of 70 big leaguers reveals what they value to gauge performance

When you look at your stats at the end of a given year to evaluate yourself, what number do you gravitate toward and why?

We didn’t get any Wins Above Replacement votes (“I still wish I understood WAR,” Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said.), but we did get a handful of “team wins” votes, which we will strike from the record because they run counter to the emphasis here on the individual.

In some cases, we didn’t get a vote at all.

“I hate ‘em all,” Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson said, ...

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Johnny Cueto won’t have elbow surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks | ESPN

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto does not have a torn ligament in his injured elbow but is expected to miss at least six weeks, according to multiple reports.

Cueto met recently with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who reportedly told the right-hander that surgery was not necessary and recommended that he rest for six to eight weeks.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 07, 2018 at 02:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injury, james andrews, johnny cueto

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-7-2018

El Paso Herald, May 7, 1918:

Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago American league baseball club, today followed the example of president Wilson in pasturing sheep on the white house lawn, and purchased ten of the animals as assistants to his groundkeeper [sic]. It is expected the sheep will help in keeping the grass short and the example, if generally followed, may help in relieving the wool shortage.

This seems like it would be a great idea until someone makes a diving, sliding catch into ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 07, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Yankees’ new Death Star is fully operational | Yahoo Sports

The latest to play hero in The Bronx is none other than new second baseman Gleyber Torres — who for all intents and purposes was the final piece separating the lovable ‘Baby Bombers’ from returning to full on ‘Evil Empire’ status.

Torres became the youngest player in Yankees history to launch a walk-off home run as New York emerged with a 7-4 victory over the Indians for its 15th win in 16 games. It was Torres second homer in as many days.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

OTP 2018 May 7: George F. Will Is the Umpire on Politics and Baseball

I sat down Washington Post columnist and author George F. Will in Austin, Texas, in late March to chat about the current administration and America’s favorite pastime — baseball. We discuss politics in the age of polarization and the future of America.

Baseball is the sport of America’s future, Will argues, as parents stop letting their children play football because of the dangers of lifelong head and body injuries.

 


Jacob deGrom goes on DL with hyperextended elbow

The Mets changed course Sunday and placed staff ace Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow.

DeGrom was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds and is scheduled to come off the DL and rejoin the rotation next Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Manager Mickey Callaway said the team decided to shut down deGrom as a precautionary measure. On Saturday, the Mets had said deGrom would take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation.

Yeah, sure ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:15 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on disabled list

A hellish road trip for the Dodgers turned even darker Sunday morning, when the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Kershaw was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache, a Dodgers official said.

Terrible season for the defending NL champs gets worse. How much worse remains to be seen.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:11 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Yadier Molina Undergoes Surgery After Taking Fastball To The Dick And Balls

On the list of worst-case scenarios for baseball catchers, this sequence has got to rank somewhere near the top: getting nailed in the junk by a deflected 102-mph fastball

spanx for the memories Posted: May 06, 2018 at 12:16 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: st louis cardinals

Olney: Have big swings, big flies and big whiffs broken baseball?

This will be the 11th consecutive year that the league-wide K/9 record will be broken and likely will be the first season ever to have more strikeouts than hits.

The sport-wide batting average is dropping, diminishing the number of sustained rallies and perhaps feeding into the hitters’ collective effort to hit homers—and the strikeouts.

“It seems like every night this season, you get a notification on your phone that somebody is taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning,” one staffer ...

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Bored Posted: May 06, 2018 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buster olney, strikeouts

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Astros’ Gerrit Cole Strikes Out 16 in One-Hit Shutout of Diamondbacks

Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 8–0 Friday night.

Cole (3–1) topped the strikeout mark of 14 he set three weeks ago against Texas and allowed only a one-out double to Chris Owings in the fifth inning of his second career complete game. The only other baserunner against the dominant right-hander was David Peralta, who walked to lead off the fourth.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, diamondbacks, gerrit cole

Dodgers shut out Padres in first combined no-hitter in franchise history

As the Dodgers celebrated a 4-0 victory over San Diego, Buehler sought out the others who contributed to a unique milestone: The first combined no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history, and only the 12th in the history of the sport.

Buehler did the lion’s share of the work, logging six innings of no-hit baseball in the third start of his big-league career. After Buehler left the mound, Tony Cingrani handled the seventh. He walked a pair but did not give up a hit. Yimi Garcia blitzed through the ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:30 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, no-hitter, padres

Albert Pujols joins 3,000 hit club, adding to latest chapter of Hall of Fame career

The hit wasn’t his most majestic, more well placed than well struck.

But there was no questioning the significance of the single, this accomplishment about an accumulation of moments rather than one crowning instant.

In his 18th season and 17 years, one month and four days after his first career hit, Albert Pujols collected No. 3,000 on Friday, overshadowing a 5-0 Angels victory and everything the game included.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 01:10 PM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: 3000 hits, albert pujols, angels


Friday, May 04, 2018

20 years later, Wood and Astros hitters recall 20-strikeout game

Wood’s fifth career start put him on the Major League map and flummoxed a Houston lineup that consisted of multiple All-Stars and two future Hall of Famers, all of whom later lifted the Astros to a club-record 102 wins while leading the NL with 874 runs scored.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest performances in Major League history, here’s a look back, as told by those who lived it….

An oral history of the 20-K game.


Johnny Cueto to see Dr. James Andrews about elbow

Though the Giants were not prepared to share their findings from Johnny Cueto’s elbow MRI exam Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Cueto is expected to see Andrews during their visit to Atlanta this weekend, which speaks to the severity of the injury.

Pitchers do not visit Dr. Andrews to discuss inflammation.

Before the Giants pummeled the Padres 9-4 to end a 7-3 homestand, Bochy said Cueto will get “two or three” opinions. Asked if the Giants had ruled out a torn ...

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Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 04, 2018 at 05:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, james andrews, johnny cueto

Mets to designate former All-Star Matt Harvey for assignment

“My guess,” Alderson said, “is that there are people out there who are willing to take a shot on Matt Harvey.

“It’s the end of an era. And I use that term in the broad sense. Matt has been a cornerstone certainly of my tenure here. A tremendous prospect at the time I arrived, tremendous accomplishments during the course of my tenure here, and it’s a very unfortunate, difficult conclusion.”



The history of MLB rocking the blues

Powder blues picked up steam throughout the rest of the 1970s and hit their high-water mark in 1980 and ‘81, when there were 11 blue-clad teams. Two of them—the Phillies and the Royals—faced each other in the 1980 World Series, marking the first time powder blues had appeared in the Fall Classic.


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