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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Angels’ Shonei Ohtani has no regrets hitting through year, delaying surgery

TEMPE, Ariz.—Shohei Ohtani tossed his water bottle toward a clubhouse garbage can and missed, instead landing it in a laundry bin. He laughed out loud, smiled big as he so often does, then retrieved the trash and put it in the proper place.

That’s about as close to throwing as the Japanese two-way star is right now.

Ohtani wouldn’t change how he handled his elbow injury late last year, continuing to hit for the Angels until season’s end even if it meant delaying reconstructive surgery and his ability to pitch again until 2020.

Can’t say that I blame him at all, though I suspect that may be contested logic around these parts.

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: shohei ohtani, two-way players

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

James Loney signs to be a two-way player for an independent league team

When last we heard from James Loney he was being released by the Atlanta Braves in May of 2017. That release came, like, five days after they signed him to maybe cover for the then-injured Freddie Freeman. He became expendable when the Braves brain trust decided that Matt Adams would be better at that. He probably was.

Finally, some action on the free agent market!

QLE Posted: February 06, 2019 at 04:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, independent leagues, james loney, two-way players

Saturday, February 02, 2019

The Rangers are trying to turn this free agent into their own version of Shohei Ohtani

Last offseason, the Texas Rangers were among the seven finalists for Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. But despite having the most money to offer, Ohtani chose to sign with their division rival Los Angeles Angels.

One year later, the Rangers are trying again to add another two-way player, although this one comes with much less upside: former Chicago White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson, who they reportedly signed to a minor league deal Friday.

Davidson may not be a household name since being a first-round pick in 2009, but he’s shown flashes of potential. Although he crossed the 20-homer mark each of the last two seasons, his lack of defense and high strikeout rate have led to him producing -0.1 WAR.

Something to follow in the years to come- it will be rather interesting to see how many experiments of this nature that we get.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:09 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt davidson, rangers, two-way players

Monday, October 22, 2018

Davidson Aiming To Be Legitimate Bullpen Option

White Sox infielder/designated hitter Matt Davidson has added serious pitching work to his training this winter, with the goal of becoming the next two-way player in baseball. The White Sox have given Davidson the freedom to embark on this endeavor and plan to assess the situation throughout the offseason, as Davidson is headquartered near their complex in Arizona.


“I grew up as a pitcher,” Davidson said. “I didn’t really play a position full time until my junior year. I was a pitcher/DH mostly before that.”

Not as cool as Ohtani since Davidson says he just wants to help the bullpen out when needed. He pitched three scoreless innings this year.

Greg Pope Posted: October 22, 2018 at 01:43 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: two-way players, white sox

Friday, September 21, 2018

Shohei Ohtani may prove to be baseball’s future, and what a future it could be

ANAHEIM, Calif. – While everyone else was rethinking the game, he was rethinking the player.

Shohei Ohtani’s season will end on an operating table. His team, the Los Angeles Angels, are, again, in October’s waiting room. They have over the past decade had enough bad coffee to have sated Manifest Destiny’s every wagon train, paced from here to there and back.

So, it all concludes in its usual mess: a few key players being swabbed in Betadine, Mike Trout brilliant and unrewarded, the starting rotation so thin you could see through it, ownership again seeking solutions. And this year, it would appear, there’ll be a change at manager, accounting for the last cockeyed deck chair.

So, whose ghost is happier at the rise of this kind of player- Wes Ferrell, or Chuck Bednarik?

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, future, shohei ohtani, two-way players

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Angels 2-way star Shohei Ohtani scheduled to return to mound Sunday vs. Astros

Let the games begin again!

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Thursday that two-way star Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Houston Astros.

It will be his first start since June 6 after it was revealed that he had suffered a UCL sprain.

Through nine starts of his debut MLB season, the 23-year-old has posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.135 WHIP while striking out 61 and walking 20 through 49.1 innings.

QLE Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, plasma, shohei ohtani, stem cell, two-way players, ucl

 

 

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