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Monday, July 31, 2017

Jeremy Guthrie Heading Home

Another Players’ Tribune autobiography.

One night, after another miserable start, a teammate of mine — a close friend who shall remain nameless — sat me down and just put it out there.

“Hey, man,” he said, looking me in the eye, “I hate to say it, but maybe it’s time for you to take it to the house. This just isn’t for you anymore.”

I didn’t really know what to say, so I just kind of looked at him.

He continued, “Maybe you should just retire and pursue something else ...

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Bote Man Posted: July 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy guthrie, players tribune, players' tribune, retirement


Court document alleges that Pete Rose committed statutory rape in the 1970s

sworn statement by an unidentified woman, contained in a motion filed Monday in John Dowd’s defense against Pete Rose’s defamation lawsuit, alleges that Rose had a sexual relationship with the woman for several years in the 1970s, beginning before she turned 16.

In the majority of states, including Ohio—where both the woman and Rose lived at the time—the age of legal consent is 16, so her allegation amounts to statutory rape….

Rose acknowledged he had a sexual relationship with the woman in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 12:14 PM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: criminal, legal, pete rose

Ex-Marlins prospect Luis Castillo dominates Miami in Reds’ win Sunday - Sun Sentinel

He was throwing some serious gas.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis castillo, reds

Tim Brown on Twitter: “Starting to appear Red Sox will get Addison Reed. Three prospects in return. Medicals, details await.”

UPDATE 2: BA breaks down the prospects.

UPDATE: According to this report

Long the topic of discussions with multiple teams, Reed is heading to Boston in exchange for three right-handed pitchers: Stephen Nogosek, Jamie Callahan and Gerson Bautista, Boston’s 18th-, 23rd- and 28th-ranked prospects, respectively, according to MLBPipeline.com. Reed can be a free agent after the season, making him expendable for a Mets team well out of the playoff race.
The Red Sox will assume the remainder of Reed’s ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox

Renegades’ McKay showcases arm | MiLB.com News

McKay gets some time on the mound.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Heyman | Dodgers And Rangers At An Impasse In Darvish Talks

The Dodgers, to this point, have been steadfast in their resolve to keep their top two prospects — pitcher Walker Buehler and outfielder Alex Verdugo — and the offers to the Rangers haven’t come close to enticing them, according to sources. The Dodgers in the past always declined to trade Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias, and it seems the same is holding true now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rangers, trade rumors, yu darvish

MLB commish casts doubt on David Ortiz’ ‘positive’ test | Boston Herald

“There were double digits of names — more than 10 — on that list, where we (MLB and the Players Association) knew that there were legitimate scientific questions about whether or not those were truly positives.”

Per the Mitchell Report, 13 of the positives were disputed by the Players Association.

“If in fact there were test results like that today on a player, and we tried to discipline them, there’d be a grievance over it (filed by the union),” Manfred said. “It would be ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:14 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: peds, red sox

OTP 31 July 2017: Here’s What Christie Said to Heckler

No, not Margaret Heckler.

Brad Joseph told a Milwaukee TV station he was at the game rooting for the visiting Chicago Cubs when a nachos-toting Christie “got in my face” after he heckled the governor.

“I called him a hypocrite,“Joseph said. “I thought it needed to be said. He then turned around and got in my face for what seemed like a long time but was probably only 30 seconds or a minute.”

Joseph said Christie initially said, “‘Why don’t you have another beer?’ which I thought was a ...

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BDC Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 2052 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, nachos, new jersey, politics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-31-2017

Washington Times, July 31, 1917:

The Detroit ball cub [sic] came within a short distance of being obliged to pay over $1,000 to the Washington club for failure to arrive on time for a schedule [sic] game.

Like most big leaguers resting in Philadelphia, the Tigers all flocked to Atlantic City. There they enjoyed the crowds and the ocean breezes until far into the night. Little they recked of baseball as she is played in the major leagues. Little they cared for anything but mere summer breezes by ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Taking Back the Ballparks - Giants voting thread

We have selected four potential names as a replacement for the replacement for the replacement for PacBell Park, which, as corporate names go, wasn’t half-bad. They are listed below.

Choose one of the four choices, then add in the full name you prefer. If you like Pacific, but think it should be Pacific Grounds, choose C, then write in the preferred full name.

If you’d like to continue to debate the merits of the four choices, please do so at the nominating thread. Leave this thread just ...

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SoSH U at work Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, stadium names

Cards stuck between a trade and a hard place

Mike Matheny, whose club has also struggled in the field, continues to give the optics of optimism. That’s part of his job. Part of his aura, too. In an interesting chat with writers before Sunday’s game, the manager got animated when talking about certain fans.

“Just the general baseball fans, it’s a shame when they make up their mind and make strong statements about where our club’s going to go,” he said, “because they don’t get to be really an active part of when something ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Reports: Tigers acquire Cubs’ Candelario | MiLB.com News

According to numerous reports, Detroit acquired top Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario in a package for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila. Infielder Isaac Paredes, Chicago’s 10th-ranked prospect, also will head to the Motor City.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trades

Tim Raines thanks Jonah Keri during HOF speech.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 31, 2017 at 12:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bromance, jonah keri, montreal expos, tim raines

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rockies trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy | MLB.com

Looking for an experienced catcher to help a young staff, the Rockies acquired two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers for a player to be named, the teams announced on Sunday night.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:42 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, rockies, trades

Adrian Beltre joins the 3,000 hit club

Not all in one game.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre became the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club on Sunday while facing the Orioles. With his team trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, he hit a 3-0 fastball off of Wade Miley for a double, putting runners on second and third with one out. He’s the first Dominican-born player to reach 3,000 career hits.

The game halted for a few minutes following Beltre’s double. A banner unfurled in center field and a graphic was revealed in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 04:54 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Former MLB All-Star Lee May dies at 74

Lee May, a three-time All-Star with 354 career home runs, passed away on July 29 at the age of 74.

Details of his passing are not known.

May, known as the Big Bopper, was a fierce hitter who hit 20 or more home runs and 80 or more RBI in 11 consecutive seasons. In 1976, he led the American League in RBI (109).

The slugging first baseman and designated hitter played 18-seasons for the Cincinnati Reds (1965–71), Houston Astros (1972–74), Baltimore Orioles (1975–80) and Kansas City ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 01:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, lee may, obituaries, orioles, reds, royals

Royals get Melky Cabrera from White Sox for two prospects

The Chicago White Sox traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for two prospects.

Chicago received right-hander A.J. Puckett and left-hander Andre Davis from Kansas City.

The Royals also received cash considerations in the deal. Cabrera is making $15 million this season and will become a free agent after this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 01:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: melky cabrera, royals, white sox

CBA targets international signing violations

Per the CBA’s International Amateur Talent System regulations, under a heading labeled “Circumvention,” no team or player may enter into any understanding, agreement, or transaction, or make any representation, whether implied or explicit, that is designed to defeat or circumvent the provisions of the International Amateur Talent System.”

The CBA then lists “a non-exclusive list of conduct that will subject Clubs (and Club personnel) to sanctions.” Some of the examples:

• Teams ...

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MLB planning to play games in Asia, England

Major League Baseball plans to start the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia and play regular-season games in England in June of both years.

The collective bargaining agreement reached in November was finalized and sent to the clubs Friday, and it contains a schedule for international play through 2021 along with how much extra money each player will receive for making the trips.

“Playing major league games abroad is critically important to growing the game internationally, and we are very pleased ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international games, japan, korea, london

It’s the 20th anniversary of one of the worst trades in baseball history

Two decades ago, the Mariners needed relievers. They traded for relievers. It didn’t work out.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to point and laugh at the Heathcliff Slocumb trade because it didn’t work out. The Mariners got an erratic reliever for a season and a half, and the Red Sox got Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and two World Series championships. But that’s not entirely fair. There’s some context to explore. While it seems devastating in retrospect that the Mariners traded ...

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Who Gets to Call the Game? - The New York Times

Two criteria for being a color person in the booth: 1) share interesting insights; and 2) make the broadcast of the game entertaining. If you can do that, great; if you can’t get out of the booth. For me right now, she’s kind of a mixed bag. She can be entertaining and insightful at times but she’s inconsistent. She still needs to find her niche, her lane, so to speak, in the booth. Hopefully she’ll find it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasters

A Brief Hall Tour | Joe Posnanski

A look behind the curtain.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Bud Selig proud of legacy as he enters HOF | MLB.com

Bud Selig’s mixed legacy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, hall of fame

Rockies Make Statement About Intent to Win – Inside the Seams

If the team is truly committed to winning this year, it will be interesting to watch the playing time of Carlos Gonzalez.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

2 From Baseball’s Front Offices, Not Its Fields, Get a Cooperstown Moment - The New York Times

Article includes a discussion of which current GMs might join the Hall some day.


Ken Rosenthal - On Sonny Gray

Need?

The Yankees view Gray as a No. 3 starter, maybe a No. 2 on certain days, but not a No. 1. Fair enough — Darvish probably is the guy you’d pick if you had one game to win. But again, the contractual situations are entirely different. Darvish is a rental. Gray, Severino, Montgomery and Tanaka (if he stays) could form the nucleus of the Yankees’ rotation through at least 2019.

The staredown continues, but perhaps not for much longer. The Yankees need Sonny Gray. The Athletics need to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors, yankees

Spending a day in a baseball beat writer’s shoes | Tampa Bay Times

No, Marc does not get free tickets. No, the food in the press box isn’t free (and it isn’t always that tasty). No, he’s not buddies with the players. In fact, like any good journalist, Marc does not care about the outcome. He’s there as an extension of the readers, explaining what is happening and why, even if it means he occasionally gets the stink eye from players, the front office and even fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, rays

Olney: Madison Bumgarner might not rediscover his velocity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Bumgarner’s velocity has also been down to some of the lowest readings of his career. In his final outing before the accident, he averaged 92.1 mph with his fastball (April 19 vs. Royals). Here are his average readings in the three starts since he returned, per FanGraphs:
July 15: 89.7 mph
July 20: 90.4 mph
July 25: 90.4 mph

It’s too early to interpret the diminishment in velocity. It could be that, much like a pitcher working his way through spring training, Bumgarner is still in the ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, notes, orioles, pace of play

Mariners’ Mitch Haniger hit in face by pitch | MLB.com

Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger suffered a lacerated lip after being hit in the face by a 95-mph fastball from Jacob deGrom in the second inning of Seattle’s 3-2 win over the Mets on Saturday and will be headed to the 10-day disabled list, according to manager Scott Servais.

“Obviously anytime something like that happens, it’s a little bit scary,” Servais said. “He’s got no fractures, his teeth are OK. He’s got a pretty severe laceration on his upper lip, and he’s getting some work on ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mitch haniger

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