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Saturday, April 13, 2019

LEADING OFF: Cards-Reds in Mexico, suspended Archer starts

MEXICAN MATCHUP

Major League Baseball returns to Estadio de Béisbol de Monterrey when the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a two-game series. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against Tanner Roark.

The Astros and Angels play a two-game series at the same park in early May.

MLB began holding regular season games in Mexico in 1996, and the 1999 season opened with a matchup in Monterrey between the Padres and Colorado. Last May, the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers played a three-game series at the stadium — Walker Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen combined for a no-hitter.

Ahh, the joys of neutral-site games….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mexico, neutral site games, reds

MLB roundup: Astros continue power surge

Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit grand slams as the Houston Astros defeated the host Seattle Mariners 10-6 Friday night.

It was the fourth consecutive game in which Altuve has gone deep, and he has five home runs over that span.

George Springer also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak to seven games. The Mariners had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Tom Murphy hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to extend the Mariners’ major league record of consecutive games with a home run to start a season to 16.

I hope the Astros’ electronic equipment can survive this.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, grand slam

Giants slide past Rockies in 18th inning

Brandon Belt opened the 18th inning with a double, and he slid home on Erik Kratz’s bases-loaded ground ball one out later, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in a game that started on Friday night and ended on Saturday morning.

The win was the Giants’ second in two games in the four-game series and gave them their first winning streak of the season.

Colorado, which led 2-0 but did not score in the final 14 innings, dropped its seventh straight.

The sort of thing that makes you wish the Croix de Candlestick could have survived Candlestick Park somehow.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, giants, rockies

Unauthorized drone flies over Fenway Park

A drone — an unauthorized one; not one owned by a TV network or anything — made at least two passes over Fenway Park last night. It was first spotted around 9:30 pm and was last seen around 10:20 pm. The Red Sox said they reported it to the Boston Police and the FAA.

According to FAA regulations, flying drones within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium is prohibited from one hour before a game to one hour after. Which is a thing I had not considered until just this very moment but I suppose makes sense.

Are we sure it wasn’t Amazon, trying to deliver better starting pitching?

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: drones, fenway park

Not again: Yankees lose yet another player to injury as Gary Sánchez hits IL

The New York Yankees might want to consider taking the field wearing bubble wrap moving forward. The team was hit by yet another injury Friday, as catcher Gary Sánchez was placed on the injured list.

The 26-year-old Sánchez will miss at least the next 10 days due to a left calf strain. He was hitting .268/.333/.732 with six home runs to open the season.

The move leaves the Yankees with quite a few big names on the IL.

The New York Yankees: Making A Mockery Of Pierre Etaix Since 2019

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, injuries, yankees

Royals’ Alex Gordon wanted to honor a kid battling cancer. Then he hit a home run

As he touched the plate to conclude his home-run trot, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon tapped his right elbow. Hours earlier, he had scripted seven letters onto a yellow band and wrapped it around his arm.

CHARLIE.

Charlie is a teenager battling pediatric cancer. He had been in remission, but needed a brain operation on Friday, according to a team official. He is part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research.

On a night in which he wanted to remember Charlie as he played, Gordon offered the kid something he likely will not forget.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon

BtBS: Pitching to contact in a strikeout market

Why contact pitchers will continue to wait for MLB jobs [...] If MLB wants to speed up the game, why are they putting a premium on strikeouts which create more inactivity? This is a question that Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Jackson and James Shields are asking themselves each passing day.

bobm Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: contact, free agents

Petriello:Dealt for Sale, Phenom [Moncada] now Emerging

Mike Petriello takes a stat-casty look at Yoan Moncada’s good start:

Given the prospect pedigree, the hot start, the youth and just how good he’s looked this week, it’s time to play our favorite early-April game: Is it real or a small-sample fluke?

...Remember, Moncada led the Majors in called strikeouts last year with 85, but that actually undersells it, because it wasn’t just the largest number in 2018. It was the largest number in the pitch-tracking era, which goes back to 2008. No one had ever even hit 80 called strikeouts before, with the second-highest number being Davis’ 79 in 2016.

...what’s fascinating so far is that Moncada has struck out 13 times in 2019 ... and not one has been a called strike…

A swinging strikeout isn’t ...

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puck Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, chicago white sox, statcast, yoan moncada

Red Sox Extend Xander Bogaerts (6/$120m)

Just a week after locking up free-agent-to-be Chris Sale with a five-year extension, the Red Sox secured long-term control over another member of their core Monday when they announced a six-year extension with shortstop Xander Bogaerts.  The deal reportedly guarantees Bogaerts $120MM from 2020-25 and contains a vesting option for the 2026 season.  The vesting option is reportedly worth another $20MM and would kick in if Bogaerts made 535 plate appearances in 2025.  Bogaerts, a client of the Boras Corporation, is also said to have received an opt-out provision after the 2022 season.

As Dan Szymborski points out Bogaerts probably left a lot of money on the table. ZiPS has Bogaerts being worth ~200m over the seven years the contract might ...

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Baseball Is Stuffed to Its Seams

With better development and technology at every level of the game, teams can draw from a player pool that is bigger — and cheaper — than ever.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2019 preview, general

Edwin Jackson agrees to deal with Oakland A’s, his 13th team

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Edwin Jackson has agreed to a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics, which last year became his record-matching 13th big league team.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Friday that the 35-year-old right-hander will go to the club’s spring training facility in Arizona before pitching in some games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

It’s a shame good baseball nicknames seem to be gone- in an earlier day, he would have become known as Peripatetic Jackson, and would have gained some notoriety as a result.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, edwin jackson


Friday, April 12, 2019


WATCH: Mets’ Noah Syndergaard not fazed by Braves’ mascot Blooper

As Mets fans know, starter Noah Syndergaard likes to have his fun with some mascots. Whether it’s his feud with Mr. Met or stealing the Philly Phanatic’s ATV, mascots always need to stay on their toes when it comes to “Thor.”

But the Atlanta Braves’ “Blooper” took initiative tonight by going up to Syndergaard himself to poke some fun. Well, Syndergaard—shades on and all—didn’t budge to any of Blooper’s antics.

They call him “blooper”, because that’s what leaving downtown Atlanta for the boondocks was….

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, noah syndergaard

Where would the Red Sox be without Mitch Moreland? You *really* don’t want to know

Without Mitch Moreland, we might be trying to ring members of the 1988 Orioles to reminisce about historic baseball futility.

Those O’s started 0-21, and a legitimate case can be made that Moreland is all that stands between the defending World Series champion Red Sox being 0-13 instead of 4-9.

On Thursday night, Moreland maintained his torrid start by slamming a pair of game-tying hits: a solo homer in the seventh and a booming double in the ninth before the Red Sox walked off the Blue Jays for a much-needed 7-6 victory.

Buffalo? East Palo Alto? The vacant lot where Tiger Stadium used to be? A crater on the dark side of the moon?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, red sox

MLB roundup: Cards crush Dodgers for four-game sweep

Jose Martinez had four hits and Matt Wieters drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers with an 11-7 victory Thursday afternoon.

It was the Cardinals’ first four-game sweep of the Dodgers in St. Louis since July 15-18, 2010.

Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in the game as the Cardinals reached their season high in runs scored without hitting a home run. It was just the fourth time since 1974 that a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in a game.

Enrique Hernandez hit a home run for the Dodgers, as did former Cardinal David Freese and starting pitcher Walker Buehler, but Los Angeles twice gave up three-run leads. It was a ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, sweep

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Sanderson dies at 62

CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Sanderson, the right-hander who helped the Chicago Cubs make two playoff appearances and was a member of four postseason teams during a 19-year career, died Thursday. He was 62.

An official with Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, where Sanderson was a member, told The Associated Press on Thursday the family confirmed the death to the club. The cause of death wasn’t provided.

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rip, scott sanderson

Report: 2026 All-Star Game to be held in Philadelphia

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that Major League Baseball will play the 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia. The reason: to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Which, hey, that’s a good enough reason.

Can’t they have a World’s Fair instead, like they did in 1926?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: 2026, all-star game, philadephia

What is going on with Major League Baseball’s video highlights?

Let’s talk about video clips. As in video clips of baseball highlights the sort of which you are used to sites like this and others embedding in posts or sharing on social media. The sort of clips that have been part of the online baseball media and baseball fan landscape for several years now.

Until this year there had been a pattern of increasing availability and sharability of such clips. MLB.com and its various social media arms had, over the years, gotten better and better at putting such clips up quickly and effectively. A couple of years ago they created a dedicated, searchable video page at MLB.com that could get anyone clips of almost any notable highlight going back years. Last year they even added a searchable GIF database to ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: highlights, mlb, video

The IRS gives baseball teams a break

April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017.

The relevant provision related to how businesses are taxed on swapped assets, which included swaps of player contracts by professional sports teams. Under the old law, a swap of stuff of unequal value did not create a taxable event. So, if I traded a $50 piece of equipment for a $100 piece of equipment, I realized a $50 gain, but I was not taxed. Same went for me trading a contract worth $5 million for one worth $10 million. A trade of players did not create a taxable event for the Mudville Nine.

The 2017 law ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: irs, taxes, trades

Report: Umpire Angel Hernandez Worries About Relation if He Speaks Out in Discrimination Case

Umpire Angel Hernandez plans to speak publicly on his allegations of racial discrimination in Major League Baseball nearly two years after filing a racial discrimination suit against the league, reports USA Today.

According to USA Today, Hernandez is seeking permission from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of New York to speak on a previously sealed list of 27 items. The list was submitted in March but unsealed this week. Hernandez’s allegations include that the “MLB has made professional life even harder for minorities in baseball” since Joe Torre was hired as an executive vice president in 2010.

Hernandez’s attorney Kevin Murphy alleges in the filing that: “MLB treats African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos and other ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angel hernandez, joe torre, lawsuits, umpire

Dee Gordon blast gives Mariners an MLB record with 15 straight games with home run to open season

KANSAS CITY — It wasn’t Edwin Encarnacion or Jay Bruce, nor was it Daniel Vogelbach or Ryon Healy or any of the expected home run bashers.

So it had to be Mitch Haniger, the team’s best overall hitter, right?

Wrong.

The Mariners went into Major League Baseball’s record books thanks to the home-run power of Dee Gordon.

Some additional data points in the analysis of the rise in home runs in recent years.

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, home runs, mariners

Adam Jones: Manny Machado would “one hundred percent” be treated differently if he were white

Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones is well aware of the way race affects how players are treated. In 2017, when Jones was with the Orioles, fans at Fenway Park spat racist epithets and taunts, and threw peanuts at him. Major League Baseball and the Red Sox apologized to Jones, but his account of the incident was widely disputed by the usual suspects.

Last week in Arizona, Padres third baseman Manny Machado was called for interference after hitting a pop-up. Machado put his head down and very gently lobbed his bat like so many hitters do after making contact. Machado never touched catcher John Ryan Murphy as he attempted to catch the pop-up, but was called for interference nevertheless. The Diamondbacks broadcasters, Steve Berthiaume and ...

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QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, manny machado

Get used to it, baseball: NBA teams pass MLB in average value for first time ever

It’s been a long time coming, but it might be time to finally make it official: The NBA has surpassed MLB as America’s second-biggest sports league.

That’s the conclusion that rang out with Forbes’ annual team valuations, which attempts to put a number on the dollar value of each team in the four major North American sports leagues. For the first time ever, the average NBA team’s value came in above the average MLB team.

As usual, the NFL reigned supreme while the NHL represented a somewhat distant fourth place.

Isn’t team value a pretty lousy way to measure the popularity of a sport, compared to metrics that actually analyze the audience of a sport?

 

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, nba, popularity, the sky is falling

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Braves Extend Ozzie Albies | MLBTR

It’s a seven-year deal that’ll promise Albies $35MM, per the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (Twitter links). The contract begins in 2019 and contains a pair of club options valued at $7MM, and each comes with a $4MM buyout. Technically speaking, Albies is promised six years and $34.425MM in new money, as he’d already been signed for a $575K salary this season. If the Braves pick up both options, they’ll owe Albies a total of 45MM over the next nine seasons — including what would have been four free-agent seasons.



The Cardinals Really Like Matt Carpenter | FanGraphs Baseball

As for free agency generally, it would be fair to say that the Cardinals haven’t been particularly good at it in the last half-decade. Deals for Mike Leake, Dexter Fowler, and a parade of relievers haven’t worked out as planned while the team has missed on their larger targets. Since watching Albert Pujols leave, the Cardinals have avoided free agency with Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina (twice), and recently with Miles Mikolas and Paul Goldschmidt while signing Matt Carpenter, Carlos Martinez, Paul DeJong, and Kolten Wong to extensions long before they reached free agency. The Cardinals can attribute a lot of their success and sustained contention to the work they’ve done to avoid free agency, while their failures to reach 90 wins ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt carpenter

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 11, 1919:

It isn’t often that the Old Guard will confess to latter-day greatness. But Joe Kelley was asked whether or not Babe Ruth could hit a baseball as hard as Ed Delahanty. The old Oriole star responded promptly, “Ruth can hit a ball as hard as any man that ever lived.” That includes Delahanty, the mightiest swatter of the old regime.

Joe Kelley was no dummy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reportedly called up to Triple-A

The top prospect in baseball just took another step closer to seeing a major-league field, according to a report from MLB Pipeline.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his spring training cut short this March after an oblique strain forced him to miss more than half the month’s worth of games. He spent the rest of the spring in minor-league camp rehabbing the injury, and made a short four-game appearance with the high-A Dunedin Blue Jays once the season started.

Guerrero went 4-for-15 in his quick time with Dunedin, and apparently looked healthy enough to now head north and join the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, according to Jesse Sanchez.

I’m trying to remember- how much longer do they keep him in Buffalo before the service time game pays off?

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo, triple a, vladimir guerrero jr.

Braves and Rockies snowed out in Colorado

Today’s scheduled game between the Braves and Rockies at Coors Field has been postponed due to a blizzard warning in Denver. It will be made up on August 26 when, presumably, there will be less of a chance of snow.

What, no moving the game to a neutral site?

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, rockies, snow

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