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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Only 20 Years Old, Soto ‘Way Above His Years’

• Soto is one of only three players with two 20-homer seasons before his 21st birthday. The others were Tony Conigliaro (1964-65) and former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (2012-13).

• Only two players have hit more home runs than Soto (50, entering Thursday) before their 21st birthday—Mel Ott (61) and Conigliaro (56). Soto has a chance to pass both with a strong finish to the season.

• Soto is the only player in MLB history with multiple seasons of 20 homers and 70 RBIs before turning 21.

• Ott, Ken Griffey Jr. and Soto are the lone MLB players to have an RBI streak of seven games at 20 years or younger.

• Ott is the only player with five multihomer games before turning 21. Soto, Conigliaro and Harper each have four.

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: great baseball players, juan soto, washington nationals

OT - 2019 NFL thread

In a shocking development, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night, saying constant injuries have taken away his love for the game.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 25, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, off-topic

Saturday, August 24, 2019


Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Baltimore Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is dedicated to altering the direction of the organization and that was reciprocated Friday with the firing of 11 members of the scouting and front office departments. 

“We’re in a period of change right now with the industry and we’re in a period of change right now with the Orioles,” Elias said. “Sometimes to make changes you’ve got to make changes.”

Among those relieved were baseball operations director Tripp Norton, scouts Dean Albany, Jim Howard, John Gillette, Nathan Showalter, and Buck Showalter.

Elias acknowledged the uphill battle ahead of filling numerous voids but insists it’s just a part of the job

And, if you believe those claims, Mike Elias would ...

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QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 04:07 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, orioles, scouts

Tom Brady’s bid to trademark ‘Tom Terrific’ rejected

Remember back in June when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attempted to trademark “Tom Terrific?” And how everyone laughed at him because anyone who knows the first thing about sports knows that Tom Seaver, not Brady, was the first — and, frankly, only — “Tom Terrific?”

Well, our laughing was validated because his application was rejected by the Patent and Trademark Office because of a “false connection” with Tom Seaver. That’s the report from trademark lawyer Josh Gerben, who analyzes Brady’s failed bid here

For those who want yet another good reason to loathe football and all it stands for…..

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: douchebag, tom brady, tom seaver

Adeiny Hechavarria gives Mets a million reasons to remember game-changing double

NEW YORK – The day before Adeiny Hechavarria would collect a million bucks, the Mets sent him to the unemployment line, designating him for assignment.

While the team played the move off as one it made due to roster construction with Joe Panik being added, the timing certainly caught Hechavarria’s attention.

“It can’t be a coincidence the day before I was due a bonus it obviously went down. I think the same thing happened with (Carlos) Gomez as well,” Hechavarria said via Braves interpreter Franco Garcia. “It’s hard to believe and hard-pressed to say it’s a coincidence. That’s baseball and the business of the game.”

Hechavarria later landed with the Braves, who are without Dansby Swanson, and he got his first crack ...

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Can Ronald Acuña Jr. join 40-40 club after becoming second youngest to 30-30?

Major League Baseball won’t have the spotlight to itself for much longer. The NFL and college football seasons are upon us, meaning fans attention will be divided in the weeks and months ahead.

Some of the league’s brightest superstars did their part to keep that spotlight on Friday. That includes Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. In Friday’s thrilling 2-1, 14-inning win against the New York Mets, Acuña became the newest member of MLB’s 30-30.

Now his sights are set an even more exclusive club: 40-40.

That was just one notable moment in a night filled with milestones, comebacks and records that highlight how fun and unpredictable baseball can be.

A collection of assorted trivia- as for the question in the title, the ...

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QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: 40-40 club, aristides aquino, gary sanchez, marlins, ronald acuna

Baseball fans trashed the MLB Players’ Weekend black-and-white jerseys

MLB Players’ Weekend returned for its third year on Friday, and fans are roasting the league’s decision to introduce solid black and white Players’ Weekend jerseys for every team in 2019.

In the past, teams wore special edition jerseys for Players’ Weekend, but still retained their usual team colors. This weekend, every baseball game on television will be almost indistinguishable, and you might forget which teams are playing if you aren’t paying attention to the scoreboard.

The Chicago Cubs, thankfully, wore their usual blue caps on Friday to add a splash of color to their game against the Washington Nationals. For teams wearing solid white, however, it’s nearly impossible to read the logos and nicknames on each jersey. If you’re ...

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QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, players weekend, uniforms

Friday, August 23, 2019


Should We Always Deride the Concrete Donut?

Engaging in nostalgic practices for the concrete donut, of course, is to engage in the same sort of practices that eventually gave rise to the neo-retro park, of which many—Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, San Francisco’s Oracle Park and certainly, Camden, for starters—remain magisterial. And of the extant midcentury ballparks, the Emil Praeger-designed Dodger Stadium, always considered a tier or two above the stadiums of the time, is endlessly lauded—and nightly packed. Across the freeway in Anaheim, over 37,000 show up nightly to see the always-maybe-next-year-in-Los-Angeles Angels.

Casting blame or praise solely on design typologies limits and lessens the agency of those responsible for shaping—and challenging—the ways in which our ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 05:40 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: stadiums

OMNICHATTER 8-23-19

OMNICHATTER loves deadlines.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 23, 2019 at 02:32 PM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: gamingboy memorial formatting, omnichatter

How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB’s unwritten rules

Nontraditional numbers have become the norm in New York, where all but one single-digit jersey is retired by the Yankees. Aaron Judge’s 52-homer, Rookie of the Year run in 2017 helped make his rare No. 99 the best-selling jersey in the country—and on baseball’s most iconic uniform, to boot. Judge was simply handed the number in spring training in 2016—and he has stuck with it ever since. “He’s a create-a-player, like someone that you max out all the stats on and then they’re just wearing No. 99,” said outfielder Clint Frazier, who himself wears No. 77, making him just the second Yankee to do so.

“Numbers that used to be regarded as spring training numbers, numbers in the 70s, 80s and 90s, while they’re not common, they’re no longer ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 01:50 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: uniform numbers

The reason Reymin Guduan was suspended

Dean Deetz is a little bit of a character, and talks a lot of smack. He was giving Reymin Guduan The Bidness about not being able to throw a strike. Guduan responded by throwing a shoe at Deetz and missed (badly, apparently), to which Deetz responded “See?” That is legitimately funny. What happened next is not. Guduan picked up a bat, swung it, and hit Deetz in the head. Guduan apparently didn’t get a great swing on it, but “it definitely dazed” Deetz.

Guduan was removed from the clubhouse, but came back later, this time with a knife. “He didn’t do anything with it, but he stood at his locker and glared at Deetz.” No one called the police, but the Astros did suspend Guduan. That, by any standard of the law, is assault. You’ll notice on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 01:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-23-2019

A masterclass in insensitivity towards people suffering from mental illness in the Chattanooga News, August 23, 1919:

They’ve gone baseball crazy at the Elgin [Illinois] State Hospital for the Insane. But Supt. Ralph Hinton, says baseball dementia is preferable to being just plain crazy and the patients are being cured and improved steadily.
...
I saw Arnold Hauser, former star shortstop with the St. Louis Cards and later a Federal leaguer, make brilliant stops and one-handed catches, bang out a single, triple and home run. Yet he pulled nothing clever in the “inside game.”

Hauser is the star of the team and his mind is improving. He at first was a bad player on the hospital team. He would make a brilliant catch in the field and then just ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB bans playing in Venezuela amid Trump order

Major League Baseball has banned all affiliated players from participating in the Venezuela winter league this season, a response intended to comply with President Donald Trump’s embargo against the country’s Nicolas Maduro-led government.

“MLB has been in contact with the relevant government agencies regarding the Executive Order issued by President Trump on Venezuela,” the league said in a statement. “MLB will fully adhere to the policies implemented by our government. With respect to the Venezuela Winter League, MLB will suspend its involvement in that league until it receives direction from the relevant agencies that participation by affiliated players is consistent with the Executive Order.”

The potential repercussions of the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: winter ball

Is Mike Trout really better than Derek Jeter?

Fools. WAR is famously context neutral but context matters. Any fan of baseball from 1995-2014 (the best era for watching baseball) should know who the Captain is. To see who wins the Jeter-Trout debate, let’s go to the tale of the tape….

Did Mike Trout break Byung-Hyun Kim’s spirit on a chilly autumn night to earn the iconic Mr. November title?

Did Trout partner with a 12-year-old boy, psychically guiding young Jeffrey Maier to stick his glove in the perfect position to stop Tony Tarasco from catching his game-tying home run? Maier was a kid; Jeter and Rich Garcia let the kid play. That’s MLB’s new marketing mantra, and commissioner Rob Manfred has complained about Trout not participating in baseball’s ad campaigns. Advantage, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2019 at 06:06 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout

Carl Yastrzemski knows it’ll be ‘emotional’ to see Mike play at Fenway

It took some time—longer than he would have liked—but Mike Yastrzemski finally is making a name for himself at the big league level.

Yastrzemski spent six seasons in the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system before the Giants traded for him in March. Since donning the SF orange and black, he has helped transform the Giants’ outfield from one of the worst in baseball into one of the team’s strengths.

In 74 games for the Giants, Yastrzemski is hitting .259 with 17 home runs, 47 RBI and an .890 OPS. His emergence with the Giants has made one person, in particular, very proud: His grandfather, Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski.

“You know, the main thing is, he’s a great kid,” Carl Yastrzemski told The Athletic’s Steve Buckley. ...

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QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: carl yastrzemski, grandfathers and grandsons, mike yastrzemski

MLB Power Rankings: How Close Have Teams Performed to Their Preseason Projections?

A sample of what is found inside:

11. Mets (67–60; Last Week: 14)

For all the sturm und drang that surrounds the Mets (both this season and literally forever), and despite a dismal June that led into a brilliant second half, New York is on pace to finish 85–77. FanGraphs’ preseason prediction: 84–78. Accurately guessing the final stop for the runaway train that is the Mets might be both the most impressive bit of prognostication possible and the most perfect example of how water inevitably finds its level.

So, how many of these standings are legitimate surprises, and how many could be anticipated by other methods?

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: power rankings, projections

LEADING OFF: Players get creative, Yanks at Dodger Stadium

NAME THAT NICKNAME

Jerseys will take on a different look during Players’ Weekend, when big leaguers are encouraged to be creative with what goes on the back of their uniforms.

Cleveland outfielder Yasiel Puig will have Wild Horse, for the way he charges around the bases. Rays pitcher Charlie Morton will use Ground Chuck, for how he induces grounders. Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go with Who — for the “Abbott and Costello” comedy routine of “Who’s on First?”

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is skipping letters and going with an emoji — of lettuce, to rhyme with his last name.

Yes, folks, it’s time for this again…..

 

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, francisco cervelli, nicknames, players weekend

Ballplayers never know what day it is

Once, in spring training a few years ago, I was talking to a ballplayer — I think it was Jake Lamb, but it might’ve been another Diamondback — and I mentioned something happening “on Wednesday.” The player nodded and said, “wait, what’s today?” I chuckled, he chuckled and said something about how every day in spring training is the same and it’s hard to keep track.

I suspect this connects with our arguments elsewhere involving clutch….

 

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: days, players

VIDEO: When the Astros lose, Las Vegas wins

For those who need a reason why to be wary about MLB’s decision to get so close to bookies….

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, bookies, dollah dollah bills, y'all, las vegas

Alex Rodriguez shares painful details of MLB suspension on Danica Patrick’s podcast

Alex Rodriguez has been open about his season-long MLB suspension five years ago and his personal growth and path to redemption, particularly this summer with his popularity and success reaching new levels. The former New York Yankees slugger has taken responsibility for his actions, including violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, which led to his 162-game suspension in 2014.

And as the first guest on retired race car driver Danica Patrick’s new podcast, Pretty Intense, A-Rod explained that he thought his baseball career was over with the suspension.

“I made mistakes, I doubled down and as a result of that, I served the longest suspension in Major League Baseball history for PED use,” Rodriguez told Patrick. “That ...

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QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:05 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: arod, podcast, suspension

If you want to try the best food from all 30 MLB ballparks, this event is for you

Major League Baseball is giving you another opportunity to taste the most unique ballpark foods from all 30 stadiums in one place. Yep, MLB FoodFest is back and this time it’s returning to New York City.

First launched last year, MLB FoodFest is built for the Instagram generation and is meant to capitalize on all the mouth-watering (but sometimes wacky) foods that are available in modern MLB stadiums.

That means everything from Toasted Grasshoppers (that’s the Mariners’ entry) and Rocky Mountain Oysters (Thanks, Rockies) to more common fare like the Boston Red Sox’s Hot Lobster Roll or the Marlins’ Chicken & Bubble Waffle.

It’s happening Sept. 21 and 22 on Fifth Avenue near Bryant Park. Last year, the NYC event sold out in ...

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QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 03:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: food, foodfest

Orioles break MLB record for most home runs allowed in a single season

Just one day after tying the MLB record for most home runs allowed in a season, the Orioles have broken the tie with the 2016 Cincinnati Reds for the most homers allowed by a team in a single season.

On Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles gave up their 259th and 260th home run of 2019. Right fielder Austin Meadows took one long off Orioles starter Asher Wojciechowski in the third inning during the four-game series opener. In the fifth inning, shortstop Willy Adames hit a solo homer, also off Wojciechowski.

So, what other disasters could hit the Orioles, at the rate things are going for them?

 

QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 02:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, orioles, records

Judge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owed Nationals $296.8 million in MASN TV rights dispute

The Orioles lost the latest round in the long-running MASN television rights dispute Thursday when a New York judge upheld a second arbitration ruling ordering the network to pay the Washington Nationals $296.8 million in additional rights fees for the 2012 to 2016 seasons.

The Associated Press reported that judge Joel M. Cohen refused an Orioles request to reject the award based on a similar conflict-of-interest basis that led to the original award being overturned.

The new arbitration award is almost identical to the one that was thrown out and sent back to a new Major League Baseball arbitration panel, but the gross number is believed to include the reported $197.5 million the network already has paid the Nats for the five seasons ...

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QLE Posted: August 23, 2019 at 02:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: masn, nationals, orioles

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I was a bird-flipping Little League menace—and it’s time to come clean

Fun story about a guy wanting to apologize to an umpire decades later for his behavior as a little league player

Master of the Horse Posted: August 22, 2019 at 05:09 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: little league, umpires

Revisiting whether clutch is a skill

Now that we’ve assessed most of the baselines, we can now get to examining perhaps the biggest question. Is being clutch a repeatable skill? To help eliminate actual hitting skills, we’ll be examining the difference in offensive production between low and high leverage situations and how that difference correlates year-to-year….

Some single examples that can illustrate include 2014-2015 Josh Harrison (207 wRC+ year one, 28 wRC+ year two), 2014-2015 David Ortiz (201 wRC+ year one, 60 wRC+ year two), 2017-2018 Cody Bellinger (187 wRC+ year one, 46 wRC+ year two), and 2018-2019 J.D. Martinez (231 wRC+ year one, 19 wRC+ year two). There is zero consistency in high leverage performance. Considering high leverage situations make up such a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:48 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: clutch

Justin Verlander responds after Astros block Free Press from media session

The Houston Astros blocked a Detroit Free Press reporter from attending Justin Verlander’s postgame media session on Wednesday night, violating Baseball Writers’ Association of America protocol and possibly the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

The Astros blocked Free Press writer Anthony Fenech at Verlander’s request, according to Gene Dias, Astros vice president of communications. Dias said Verlander was “adamant” that he would not speak to any credentialed media while Fenech was present.

Fenech has been the Tigers beat writer for the Free Press since 2015.

On Thursday, Verlander tweeted that the block stemmed from “his unethical behavior in the past.”  Verlander did not mention Fenech by name. It wasn’t immediately ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2019 at 01:46 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2019

New York Tribune, August 22, 1919:

“Who has the hardest wallop,” queries a reader, “Babe Ruth or Jack Dempsey?” It depends on whether they are hitting a baseball or Jess Willard.

Either way, the thing getting hit is knocked into next week.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


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