“I feel like you have [to take] time and an umpire is more worried about pace of game and the players are more worried about trying to win a game. I’m trying to try to calm down and I needed to step out of the box because I thought the ball was low and he’s trying to rush me back in the box and I just didn’t appreciate that.”
Those factors pretty much make this analysis useless.
Obviously, factors such as contract length, pending free agency status, team record and payroll availability all play a role in such trades. But from a pure, on-the-field baseball standpoint, it’s clear getting an equal return back for an ace in a deadline deal is a tricky proposition based on our findings.
We’re seemingly in every game that Rick starts for us,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s reflective in his record. It’s reflective in the record we have as a team when he’s on the mound. He’s been outstanding this year. He’s been our stopper.”
In other words, Porcello has been everything Cherington imagined when he traded for the right-hander and signed him to a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension before he threw a single pitch for the Red Sox last season. Cherington made Porcello the first $20 million-per-year pitcher in club history because he believed the now-27-year-old was about to enter his prime. It was a risk worth taking, Cherington said, based on Porcello’s career trajectory with the Detroit Tigers.
Puig has worn cleats with American and Cuban flag themes earlier this season as well, but apparently Scully’s face is where MLB draws the line. MLB has threatened Puig with a $5,000 fine if he wears them again. From Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
But after he wore cleats during a game in Arizona eight days ago that had Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully’s face painted on them Puig received a letter from Major League Baseball warning him that he would be subject to a $5,000 fine if he wore them again.
The letter from Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB’s senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, advised Puig that the cleats did not conform to MLB’s uniform rules.
Well that’s no fun. It’s not like the cleats are offensive or anything. Oh well. I guess MLB has uniform codes and sponsors to satisfy and whatnot.
Was there anything that bothered you about coverage when you passed Pete Rose?
I was actually happy to see the Hit King get defensive. I kind of felt I was accepted. I heard that about five years ago Pete Rose did an interview, and he said that he wished that I could break that record. Obviously, this time around it was a different vibe. In the 16 years that I have been here, what I’ve noticed is that in America, when people feel like a person is below them, not just in numbers but in general, they will kind of talk you up. But then when you get up to the same level or maybe even higher, they get in attack mode; they are maybe not as supportive. I kind of felt that this time.
Just before the 2015 season, new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred added new rules designed to speed up the game. And they worked: after the average game took an all-time high of 3 hours and 2 minutes the previous year, it fell by 6 minutes in 2015. Manfred’s tweaks had the desired effect, and his attention moved to other problems in the game, like the lack of offense.
But unlike offense, which continues to spike, Manfred’s pace-of-play fixes didn’t last long. The average game has nearly reverted to its 2014 high this year, at an even 3 hours. Part of that increase is due to the surge in offense — it takes longer to get 27 outs when outs are happening less frequently — but some of it comes from a decrease in pace, or the time between successive pitches. On average, the time between pitches has increased by 0.07 seconds per pitch compared to last season, which explains about 9 percent of MLB’s overall 4-minute increase in average game time.1
I can’t imagine how much the Phillies would want for him right now. The only plausible scenario is the Phillies don’t think he’ll physically hold up.
It would take top talent to get Velasquez, a 24-year-old right-hander with a power arm. The Phillies acquired him over the winter from Houston as the centerpiece in the deal that sent Ken Giles to the Astros.
The Rangers had several scouts at the game, including Scott Littlefield, one of their top talent evaluators.
The Braves have no intention to trade Francoeur unless they are presented with an offer they can’t refuse. Ditto for Inciarte. Olivera has limited trade value because of his domestic violence suspension, which expires Tuesday, but Atlanta could try to package him in a deal with an attractive trade piece.
The Nationals were in a jam, so Dusty Baker inserted his Triple Play Defense:
The San Francisco Giants had loaded the bases with no outs against two Nationals relievers — Oliver Perez and Blake Treinen — and Baker was back out seeking a remedy. First, he replaced the right-handed Treinen with the left-handed Sammy Solis to face left-handed hitting Brandon Crawford. His next move was to double switch Ryan Zimmerman into the game by replacing Clint Robinson at first base and batting Zimmerman ninth. Baker’s last change was replacing Wilmer Difo with Danny Espinosa at shortstop.
Two pitches later, Crawford hit a soft line drive to Zimmerman, who calmly stepped on first base for the second out. Zimmerman then looked up, saw Denard Span had vacated third base for home unaware that he had caught the line drive, and coolly tossed the ball across the diamond to Anthony Rendon. Just like that, the Nationals had completed the first triple play in team history and the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history.
I attended my first ballgame at Fenway on my eighth birthday. Since my father hadn’t been to the park since he was a little kid, we left for the park extremely early. With a lot of time to kill we sat outside the park where we met two teenage girls who regularly hung out to get autographs. We were very lucky. As each person walked by the girls would tell us if the guy was a player. One of the first players to walk by (and yes players would just walk up to the park in those days) was Bill Lee with Sparky Lyle. Although we got a lot of autographs that day, Bill and Sparky were the nicest players to us which, as you can tell, I never forgot.
Here are the autographs:
Brian was wrong about a lot of stuff including, in later years, stabbing someone in a bar fight, which landed him in prison.
The Rhode Island State Police and the state attorney general said they would report the findings of the criminal investigation into 38 Studios at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
They declined to release any details of the years-long investigation beforehand.
EDIT: The linked article’s headline has been updated to reflect the reported findings: State police, attorney general: No charges in 38 Studios case.
“A bad deal doesn’t always equate to an indictment,” state police Col. Steven O’Donnell said.
We’re talking about the bleak, no-offense days when it was clear the club needed a jolt. Any kind of jolt. Just about a year ago, no one was convinced the Mets were headed anywhere, certainly not toward a thunderbolt second half and a roaring ride through the National League playoffs to the club’s first World Series berth in 15 years.
That was great, of course. But now it’s starting to feel like the bad old times again, especially when the Mets blow winnable games to inferior opponents, like the 2-1 loss to the Rockies in front of 38,292 at Citi Field. The Mets lost for lots of reasons — you name it, apart from Jacob deGrom, who was sensational with seven shutout innings.
Cruddy offense. The wrong choice on a key defensive play. Another blown save by the closer. Terry Collins even opened himself up to second-guessing on several fronts — whether he should’ve used Jeurys Familia for a third straight day after saying he probably would not pitch the closer in this game and his timing on pinch-hitting Yoenis Cespedes.
This is exactly the kind of trade an organization like the Minnesota Twins has to make: Cash in on a veteran player having a career year and obtain a prospect who should be able to help in the future.
Eduardo Nunez, a career utility guy who had become the Twins’ starting shortstop this season as much by default as anything, is hitting .296/.325/.439 with an AL-leading 27 steals and represented the Twins in the All-Star Game. He’s under team control through 2017, but the Twins traded him to the San Francisco Giants for left-handed pitcher Adalberto Mejia, who has reached Triple-A and is No. 91 on Baseball America’s midseason top 100 prospect list.
The Marlins and Padres continue to be a match when it comes to trades. The clubs are on the verge of swinging another major deal that will have right-handers Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea heading to Miami for first baseman Josh Naylor—ranked as Miami’s No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline—a source told MLB.com on Friday, and right-hander Luis Castillo—who is the team’s No. 6 prospect—according to Yahoo! Sports.
Neither team has commented on nor confirmed the deal.
Bands must cease playing in American League ball parks while games are in progress, according to a ruling made today by President Johnson. His decision was the result of a protest made by the Cleveland club because Umpire O’Loughlin stopped a band in the Indians’ park.
“People come to ball games to see baseball,” said Mr. Johnson. “Music is all right between innings, but not while the game is on. I shall instruct all umpires to follow O’Loughlin’s example.”
This is a follow up to yesterday’s link, in which O’Loughlin threatened to forfeit a game to Boston if the drummer in a band didn’t stop playing during the game.
I don’t buy into the classifications but an interesting look at today’s GMs.
Farhan Zaidi, Dodgers
Zaidi holds the title of GM, but this front office also features Alex Anthopoulos, Josh Byrnes, Gerry Hunsicker and Ned Colletti, all of whom are former GMs with varying degrees of influence. Stan Kasten is the club president, but it appears that all baseball decisions run through president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, a former small-market guru who now runs the team with baseball’s highest payroll. All insist their deals are collaborative, but there are a lot of moving pieces here.
“I defy you to find a tougher front office to explain,” said one longtime observer of the franchise.
“By now, we had begun working with a company called Stay Fit Housing, which handles all the little things about getting moved to a new town and set up again, and gives players flexible leasing options that are easy to terminate if you’ve got to move again fast, as we had to this year,” he said. “We weren’t set up this way at all in Denver—we were looking at the long-term there—but this time we were ready.”
Erica Ruiz, Latin American client coordinator for the full-service player representation agency Octagon Baseball, emphasized that the process can be particularly difficult for ballplayers who speak English as a second language or come from other countries.
“It’s a very confusing time for these guys, and obviously players who are new to the country are at a higher risk for either being taken advantage of by landlords or simply not doing all the things they need to do when they have to move,” she said. “As a result, what we do at Octagon is to hurry to resolve all these matters for the players that we represent, which can be especially challenging for players entering expensive rental markets like New York and Chicago.”
Ump Silk O’Loughlin stopped the fracas between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians three times [yesterday] and threatened at one time to forfeit the game to Boston—all on account of a band, the feature of which was a bass drum soloist. The band, and particularly the drummer, got on the nerves of the Red Sox especially when the Indians started batting rallies.
The drummer soloist shut his eyes and whanged away in such fashion that the Boston pitchers—there were two of ‘em—wobbled. O’Loughlin ordered the band to stop playing, something never done before in Cleveland in the history of the game.
I knew John Adams and his drum had been showing up at the ballpark in Cleveland for a long time, but 100 years? Must’ve been John Adams Senior Senior Senior.