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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Red Sox lefty Chris Sale becomes fastest pitcher to 2,000 strikeouts in MLB history

Via Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, here are the six fastest in terms of innings needed to get to 2,000:

Sale, 1626 innings
Pedro Martinez, 1711 1/3
Randy Johnson, 1733 1/3
Max Scherzer, 1784
Clayton Kershaw, 1837 2/3
Nolan Ryan, 1865 2/3

While Sale, Scherzer and Kershaw are (or have been) excellent pitchers, it would be nice if articles like this would point out how much strike outs have increased in the game, for context—and the same holds for articles about home runs

Srul Itza Posted: August 13, 2019 at 10:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: history


A-Rod’s valuables taken from car after S.F. game

“ESPN baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez was among a group of people who had valuables stolen from an SUV Sunday night in San Francisco.”

Shame. 

But ...

$500,000 worth of jewelry and other items?  Who keeps those kind of goodies in their vehicle? 

Still, a shame.

Lest we forget Posted: August 13, 2019 at 12:14 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, espn

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-13-2019

Bridgeport Times, August 13, 1919:

Organized baseball is about to receive a thorough housecleaning. Sick and tired of the manner in which the present National Commission has governed the game, the clubowners of both the American and National Leagues, at a recent meeting decided to make a drastic change.

The change will be the appointment of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, of Chicago, as supreme head of organized baseball.

They weren’t wrong. It just took about 15 months to happen.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 13, 2019 at 10:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into ...

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QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Lenny Dykstra to fight ‘Bagel Boss’ Chris Morgan in Atlantic City boxing match

The winding post-baseball tale of Lenny Dykstra has another strange new chapter.

The three-time All-Star and World Series champion is slated to fight “Bagel Boss” Chris Morgan in Atlantic City. The two will square off in a boxing ring at the Showboat Hotel on Sept. 7 in a deal announced Monday.

At the rate it’s going, within the next five years Lenny Dykstra will be fighting his fellow hobos for a can of baked beans under the pier.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:10 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: fights, lenny dykstra

Even-keeled Twins trying to stay that way in tight race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The home clubhouse in Minnesota was silent after the final game of the series was lost to Cleveland in distressing fashion, a fifth defeat in the last seven contests for the Twins that let the surging Indians create another tie for the division lead.

As players packed for a road trip, minus the usual upbeat music blaring in the background, the mood in the room was hardly somber or tense. Even having the would-be winning run get thrown out at the plate in the ninth inning and the team’s top relief pitcher give up a grand slam in the 10th did not qualify as a devastating development amid the 162-game grind of baseball.

Particularly not under the supervision of rookie manager Rocco Baldelli, whose perpetually relaxed ...

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QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, rocco baldelli, twins

A retrospective on the lost 1994 season

Twenty-five years ago today, the baseball season abruptly ended as the players went on strike, protesting a major overreach by ownership which attempted to consolidate too much power in the hands of the commissioner. Ownership really wanted to implement a salary cap, which then-union executive director Donald Fehr correctly said would come with no benefit to the players. It wasn’t just about that, though. Ownership had been deceitful many times in years past, so the union was distrustful and resentment festered.

There were no playoffs, no World Series in 1994. Awards were given out, but it was little solace for some of the players and teams in the midst of outstanding, potentially career- or franchise-altering seasons. Let’s take a ...

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The players who crossed the picket line in 1995

When I was a kid (I’m 31 now), the term “replacement player” had a totally different meaning than it does now. To me, back then, it meant a fill-in player in a video game meant to represent somebody else. There were a handful of stand-ins in video games because certain players crossed the picket line in spring training 1995 after the work stoppage. Because the strikebreakers were rightfully not welcome in the union, their names and likenesses could not be used in MLBPA licensed products, including video games. As a result, game developers used fake names and likenesses for those players.

As Craig pointed out to me in a brief chat we had while brainstorming our strike anniversary ideas, in High Heat Major League Baseball 1999, Braves ...

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QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 04:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: 1994 strike, replacement players, scabs

2020 regular-season schedules revealed

MLB has released the 2020 regular-season schedule. There are a lot of dates you’ll want to circle on your calendars—starting with Opening Day on March 26, when all 30 teams play.

The 2020 season will have it all: rare Interleague matchups, the annual renewal of rivalries, superstars squaring off, games played abroad, special events like the Little League Classic and Field of Dreams game and more.

Here are the highlights for every team, plus its full season schedule.

See what tomfoolery your team will be up to next season!

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 04:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: schedule

Monday, August 12, 2019

Half-million in loot stolen from A-Rod’s car in San Francisco, sources say

A thief smashed into baseball legend Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez’s rental car Sunday night in San Francisco, making off with an estimated half-million dollars worth of jewelry and electronics, sources familiar with the investigation told The Chronicle.

Rodriguez was in town broadcasting the Giants and Philadelphia Phillies game for ESPN and he left his car on the 400 block of Brannan Street, about three blocks from Oracle Park, sources said.

Sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., someone broke into a car in that location and stole a camera, a laptop, miscellaneous jewelry and a bag, said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a San Francisco police spokesman. Lobsinger said the burglary involved a private citizen and it’s against department policy to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 06:12 PM | 197 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez

Your 2019 local MLB announcer rankings

30. Washington Nationals: 1.53…

Analysis: It should be no surprise that the Nationals crew ranks dead last, after ranking second to last in each of the last three years of voting we’re done. SEE! YOU! LATER!, Hawk Harrelson – we’ve got a new low standard across baseball….

1. San Diego Padres: 2.99.

Long live the king! The San Diego Padres have creeped up the rankings every year we’ve done them, and despite their overall grade slipping this year, they did just enough to get over the line and finish in first.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 06:08 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers

Nashville Orioles? Baltimore needs a local buyer to step up to the plate

If the family were to sell, that means another complication: Would they sell to local investors, or to out-of-town owners who might move the team? The lease on Oriole Park, which helps tie the team to Baltimore, ends in 2021.

One rumor has the family retaining ownership but the club moving to Nashville, where John Angelos and his wife have one of their homes. That rumor takes on legitimacy mainly because of sinking attendance at Oriole Park.

But knowledgeable sources say the family would much rather sell – and keep the club in Baltimore, if a local buyer can be found.

Among potential Baltimore buyers whose names have surfaced: David Smith, executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group; Raymond “Chip” Mason, founder and former ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 03:30 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-12-2019

Toledo News-Bee, August 12, 1919:

Senator [James D.] Phelan of California is no baseball fan, as this will show.

Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson, recent visitors at the Capitol, nearly broke a quorum of the Senate while the Senate fans shook their hands. Senator Phelan couldn’t understand the unusual interest of the senators in crowding about their favorites.

Taking a member aside, Senator Phelan whispered cautiously in his ear: “Tell me, who is this man Ty Cobb whom they are making such a fuss over?”

Seems like Phelan and Cobb would have been fast friends.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: August 12, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Giants reveal they’ll retire Will Clark’s No. 22 jersey next season

SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants have kept some numbers on the “unofficially retired” list over the years and have tried to quietly nudge players away from wearing certain ones, but on Sunday they made it official for one of the most important players in franchise history.

Beginning next season, no Giants player will ever wear Will Clark’s No. 22 again.

The announcement was made Sunday as the Giants honored the 1989 team that went to the World Series in large part because of Clark’s contributions. A Giant for eight years, Clark was a five-time All-Star and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

He was the star of the late 80’s clubs and a player who helped a new generation fall in love with the Giants. In recent years, Clark has ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, retired numbers, will clark

A look at fan rage from 1994 MLB strike, and those who never really came back

I don’t remember the year that there was no World Series. At age 4, I was old enough to profess that I loved baseball but young enough to not actually notice when it went away. I probably didn’t know what the postseason was and you couldn’t have explained labor strife to me if you tried.

The whole thing entered my consciousness as a fully contextualized historical anecdote sometime later. In retrospect, the story is complex. On the 25th anniversary, we look back at it with renewed resonance and wary relevance. None of which can quite capture what it feels like for there to suddenly be no baseball where baseball had just been, where you expect it to be. Even if the looming work stoppage that threatens from beyond the end of the ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: 1994 strike, fans

Joe Maddon believes he will be with Cubs ‘for a couple more years at least’

Joe Maddon’s contract is up at the end of the year and his future has been an underlying storyline all Cubs season.

Before Sunday’s game at the Reds, Maddon addressed questions from reporters on the topic. He seems to think he will be back, saying optimism is very high on his end.

“I believe we’ll be together for a couple more years at least,” Maddon said in an article in the Chicago Tribune.

The Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central, but the playoff race is very tight. The Brewers and Cardinals are within striking distance and the NL Wild Card race is littered with several teams.

Of course, this is all dependent on whether or not he stays on Theo Epstein’s good side, as the man he beat to win the World Series ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, manager

Fire extinguisher set off by Newcomb’s meltdown

MIAMI—The mess in the Atlanta Braves’ clubhouse made by a punctured fire extinguisher has been cleaned up before Sunday’s series finale at Miami.

The damage occurred when Braves reliever Sean Newcomb kicked a garbage can in anger after giving up the winning run in the 10th inning of Saturday night’s ugly 7-6 loss to the Marlins.

To make matters worse, now they’ll be utterly unprepared if there actually is a fire….

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, clubhouse, fire extinguisher, sean newcomb

Reds release David Hernández

Right-handed reliever David Hernández has been released by the Reds, the team confirmed Sunday. Hernández was designated for assignment on Friday and cleared waivers shortly thereafter.

For they don’t love him anymore….

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david hernandez, reds, releases

Carlos Santana’s grand slam puts Indians back in tie for first place

With less than two months left in the regular season, playoff races are starting to heat up. While most of the division races aren’t terribly interesting, the AL Central has become a tight battle between the Twins and Indians. The Twins have held onto first place since mid-April, but the Indians have been surging since June and recently claimed a share of first place after defeating the Twins on Friday.

Sunday marked the series finale in Minnesota. Appropriately, the game went to extra innings thanks, in part, to a tremendous relay from left fielder Tyler Naquin to shortstop Francisco Lindor to cut down Luis Arraez at the plate, representing the winning run.

It seems that the Indians have just remembered that they are supposed to win ...

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QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, carlos santana, indians

The Orioles pulled off an astronomical upset over the Astros

The Houston Astros are a very good baseball team. The Baltimore Orioles are ... not a very good baseball team.

Still, over the course of a 162-game season, every blind squirrel finds an acorn. And even the Orioles (39-78) can beat the Astros (77-41). Sunday’s comeback win by the Orioles marked one of the biggest upsets in MLB history

According to ESPN, the Orioles were listed as +420 underdogs by some sportsbooks. Some of it might have had to do with Houston’s 23-3 rout on Saturday and the fact that ace Justin Verlander was starting for the Astros.

The next sound you hear is that of a group of bookies trying to welsh on their debts.

 

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, gambling, odds, orioles

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Boston’s Price: Wrist better after cortisone shot

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander David Price says he’s feeling better, just days after getting a cortisone shot to treat a cyst in his left wrist.

“First time I’ve had an injection like that, so it made it sore the first 48 hours,” the 33-year-old said Saturday before Boston’s game with the Los Angeles Angels. “But yesterday it started feeling a lot better.”

Price was placed on the injured list on Thursday after an MRI revealed the cyst. Price is 7-5 with a 4.36 ERA over 21 starts this season.

He said the discomfort in his wrist started “about three or four starts ago” and was affecting his hand strength and ability to execute his pitches — particularly his cutter and change-up. It caused pitches to come out of ...

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QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 05:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cortisone, david price, wrist

Giants’ Jeff Samardzija has ‘evolved’ in midst of dominant stretch

Jeff Samardzija has been on a roll ever since the calendar flipped from June to July, and the Giants right-hander kept that momentum going in his second start of August.

In the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday, Samardzija matched a season high by completing eight innings. He also allowed just two hits and one earned run, didn’t walk any batters and struck out five along the way at Oracle Park.

With Samardzija at 103 pitches, Giants manager Bruce Bochy went to closer Will Smith to record the final three outs, preventing his starter from picking up his first complete game of the season.

“No, we had Smitty ready,” Bochy told reporters when asked if he thought about letting Samardzija have the ninth inning. “It was a pretty ...

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QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija

Benches clear after Diamondbacks beat Dodgers in 11 innings following controversial call

The story of Friday night’s Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game is not that it ended in a 3-2 victory for Arizona. It’s that the benches clear after all was said and done, and the D-backs had secured the win.

It all started with a controversial call in the 11th inning with the Dodgers up at bat and trailing 3-2. A.J. Pollock thought he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Archie Bradley, but the ball—which looked like it may have hit the bottom of the bat—flew up in the air and the catcher gloved it for an out. The Dodgers challenged the call, but it was not overturned.

With no previous outs and a runner on first, a walk would have put Los Angeles in a very different position, but the call stood, and the Dodgers had an out on the board.

If ...

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QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: benches clearing, diamondbacks, dodgers

Astros, Reds rookie sluggers rewrite baseball history with three-homer games

The rookies are taking over Major League Baseball.

We’ve heard all the buzz surrounding Pete Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr., just to name a few.

On Saturday, it was Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros and Aristides Aquino of the Cincinnati Reds who rewrote the history books by becoming the first pair of rookie sluggers to each hit three home runs on the same day.

And that tidbit was just the tip of the iceberg.

So, are the rookies actually taking over, and, if so, why?

QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 04:46 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, astros, home runs, reds, rookies, yordan alvarez

Tim Tebow’s baseball season is over due to July hand injury

Tim Tebow will not make his MLB debut this season, and it’s not because the suddenly hot New York Mets don’t have room for him on the major league roster.

Newsday’s Tim Healey first reported that the former college football standout will miss the remainder of the season as he continues healing from a hand injury suffered in July.

Yahoo Sports’ Matt Ehalt has since confirmed the news.

Tebow suffered a cut that required eight stitches in his left hand. He was injured while fielding a ball in the outfield, Syracuse Mets manager Tony DeFrancesco told reporters on July 23.

Does this mean our great national nightmare is over?

 

 


Tim Tebow ends 2019 run with finger injury

For the second year in a row, Tim Tebow’s minor league campaign with the Mets will end due to injury. In 2018, Tebow left Triple-A Syracuse with a broken right hand in late July. Now, he’s wrapping his campaign due to a deep laceration in his left pinky.

Hank Gillette Posted: August 11, 2019 at 01:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tim tebow

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Column: ‘Field of Dreams’ and more bad baseball on film

Major League Baseball is heading to the “Field of Dreams” next season to pay homage to a terrible flick.

Yep, the Chicago White Sox will face the New York Yankees in a temporary stadium, to be constructed among the Iowa cornfields where that corn pile of a movie was filmed.

Given my contempt for “Field of Dreams,” many have asked for my reaction.

I say: Don’t stop there.

So, what thoughts do all of you have concerning how baseball has been portrayed in film, either in the movies listed in the article or elsewhere?

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: film

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