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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Report: Athletics, Edwin Jackson close to agreement on minor league contract

The Athletic’s Julian McWilliams reports that the Athletics and pitcher Edwin Jackson are nearing an agreement on a minor league contract.

And the world’s longest hot stove season marches on!

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, edwin jackson

CC Sabathia to make 2019 debut on Saturday

James Wagner of The New York Times reports that lefty CC Sabathia will start on Saturday for the Yankees. Sabathia underwent angioplasty in December and had been working his way back since.

Not the best picture with this article, I should say.

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia

MLB notebook: Kershaw set for return to Dodgers

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw came out of Tuesday’s rehab start healthy and his next appearance will be with the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday.

Kershaw will start either Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers or on Monday against the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers ace, working his way back after dealing with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, threw six innings on Tuesday night for Double-A Tulsa. He gave up five hits and two runs — both on home runs — in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Altuve Homers Twice as Astros Sweep Yankees for First Time

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night.

His second shot was a no-doubter — just like the Houston Astros’ status as a team to beat in the American League.

Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Astros completed their first ever sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday night.

Well, there’s always a first for everything….

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve, sweep, yankees

Despite slow start, the Cubs aren’t panicking ... yet

CHICAGO — The chatter in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse centered around three things: The weather, how Yu Darvish would pitch in it and how the team would adjust to losing ace Jon Lester for at least one start due to a hamstring injury. All ordinary topics for a professional baseball team.

There was even laughter. Upon being asked how Darvish would perform in the coldest start of his career, outfielder Kyle Schwarber briefly paused, considering the question before simply saying, “I don’t know. He never pitched [in weather this cold].” The response drew laughter, and a sly smile from Schwarber.

The only indication things were amiss came from starter Kyle Hendricks, who admitted, “Every day we come in here, there’s a sense of ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Eric Thames is trying to get back on top once again

ANAHEIM, Calif. — What you learn about the game is there is nothing you can teach it. That it saw you coming. That it will treat you like the rest, given the time and at-bats. That today’s revelation, as often as not, is tomorrow’s fourth outfielder/backup first baseman/pinch-hitter.

“I saw a really cool quote from Joe Rogan last night,” Eric Thames says, “and it was like, ‘Everybody loves the success story. But what I really love is somebody who messes up and gets back on top.’”

Not that Thames messed up. That’d be too strong. He did tear up a thumb, though. He did hit .219. He did lose his job to Jesús Aguilar. And he did not ever again hit 11 home runs across 22 games, as he did to start 2017, when he’d returned ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eric thames

Noah Syndergaard gave Mets’ bullpen much-needed relief in seven-inning performance

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing.

From the start of Syndergaard’s night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where “Thor” could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised.

“Mechanically, I felt probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. “So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball.”

Remember when a starting pitcher lasting for seven innings ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

MLB roundup: Angels stay hot even without Trout

Mike Trout got the day off to recover from a strained right groin, and the Los Angeles Angels made the most of their five hits in a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

It also was the Angels’ sixth win in a row, putting Los Angeles (7-6) above .500 for the first time this season.

Three of the Angels’ hits came in the third inning, when they scored all four of their runs. The big blow was Justin Bour’s two-run single that snapped a 1-1 tie. Brian Goodwin started in center field in place of Trout, who is day-to-day, and made a Trout-like catch, robbing Yasmani Grandal of a potential home run in the second inning.

Angels starter Felix Pena gave up only an unearned ...

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QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, groin, mike trout

5 guns, $20K stolen from Braves outfielder Nick Markakis’ Atlanta home

Police are searching for the suspect who broke into veteran Braves right fielder Nick Markakis’ Buckhead home and stole five firearms and $20,000 in cash.

On March 29 just after 11 p.m., officers responded to Markakis’ house off Wieuca Road after receiving a call that someone was in the home, according to an Atlanta police report obtained by AJC.com.

A front window had been broken into and the front door was open when officers arrived, the report said. A neighbor had called Markakis and then handed the cellphone to officers so he could speak to them.

Round up the usual suspects!

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: burglary, guns and money, but no lawyers, nick markakis

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Baseball Team Values 2019: Yankees Lead League At $4.6 Billion

Although the new media deals with the three networks will not double in value over their previous deals like the existing agreements did, the increase from $1.55 billion in media revenue per year to, say, $2.2 billion would be huge. MLB has also been adding streaming deals. For example, beginning this season, DAZN will deliver a live MLB show each weeknight to subscribers of DAZN’s digital sports streaming platform that will feature live look-ins to the best MLB action as it’s happening. The three-year deal—worth $100 million per season—will also provide on-demand MLB content and live weekend wrap shows to DAZN subscribers.

As for baseball’s P&L statement, by our count, the 30 MLB teams generated record average operating income ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2019 at 03:46 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: finance


Ozuna climbs wall too early trying to make catch | MLB.com

Not a good catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2019 at 11:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, marcell ozuna

Ramon Laureano throws out runner at the plate | MLB.com

Another great throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ramon laureano

A’s Stephen Piscotty, Giants’ Buster Posey nominated for Hutch Award

When you think of a fiery competitor, who comes to mind? Well, there’s a Major League Baseball honor dedicated to just that: The Hutch Award.

The Hutch Award, named after the late Fred “Hutch” Hutchinson. is given annually to an active MLB player who “best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire.” Much like Hutch himself, who died from cancer in 1964.

Two Bay Area ballplayers have been nominated for the award: A’s Stephen Piscotty and Giants’ Buster Posey

There isn’t a rule in the books that says we can’t discuss awards this early in the season!

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, buster posey, hutch award, stephen piscotty

Dustin Pedroia activated, in lineup for Red Sox home opener

After nearly a year in the wilderness, Dustin Pedroia is back. The Red Sox have activated their second baseman. He is hitting seventh and playing second base in today’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays

Something for those of us interested in comebacks to watch.

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, dustin pedroia

Bud Norris to sign with the Nationals

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Washington Nationals are in agreement with reliever Bud Norris. The deal is pending a physical.

Norris, 34, posted 3.59 ERA with 28 saves and a 67/21 K/BB ratio over 57.3 innings with the Cardinals. He started spring training with the Blue Jays, injured his forearm and was released.

And now, the snapping-up of players in response to injuries begins….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: bud norris, nationals, relievers

Billy Hamilton scored from second base on a sacrifice fly

We all know Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton is fast. As a member of the Reds, he stole 277 bases across parts of six seasons and regularly made spectacular catches. Now a Royal, Hamilton continues to show off his speed. On Tuesday against the Mariners, he scored from second base on a sacrifice fly.

The sort of thing that got Cool Papa Bell his reputation, happening before our very eyes.

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, speed

Reds Joey Votto gets beaned, chooses fun over fighting against Marlins

Just days after brawling against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds were ready to thrown down once more. Until they weren’t.

Squaring off against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen nailed Reds first baseman Joey Votto in the back in the sixth inning.

Votto promptly charged the mound, but instead of throwing fists, he threw back the ball to Chen.

One wouldn’t think that the OBP king would object to something getting him on base….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: beaning, joey votto, reds

Reds break losing streak, Harper cannot stop Nationals

It’s not often a two-win team is one of the highlights of Major League Baseball action but, on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds pulled off an impressive victory using a seven-run sixth inning to top the Miami Marlins, 14-0.

Cincinnati was already up 4-0 before a Jesse Winker single to right field led to a Miami error, which plated two runs. Next came the home runs.

First, Matt Kemp. Then, Eugenio Suárez. Finally, Scott Schebler, who extended the lead to 11-0.

Kyle Farmer added a three-run homer in the seventh. All in all, it was a very good night for the previously struggling Reds.

Pondering what it means when the Reds are able to beat up the Marlins so….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: losing streak, marlins, reds

Now that Jacob deGrom’s historic streak is over, where does it rank among MLB’s best?

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is human after all.

After allowing six runs over four innings in Tuesday’s 14-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins, his historic streak of quality starts came to an abrupt and unceremonious end.

A quality start requires a pitcher to throw at least six innings, while allowing no more than three runs. There’s no wiggle room there either. Four runs, regardless of the innings pitched, or less than six innings, regardless of the run total allowed, does not qualify as a quality start.

With that in mind, deGrom’s streak was a run of consistent brilliance matched by few in MLB history. DeGrom’s streak ends at 26, which equaled the all-time record set by St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson between the 1967 ...

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QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, pitching, quality starts, streaks

Moonshot: The Baseball Is Juiced (Again)

Before home run explosion over the last few years, no one worried too much about the baseball’s air resistance. While MLB and Rawlings (the company that manufactures the official baseballs) kept track of dozens of metrics to make sure that the ball was consistent from month to month, they didn’t measure drag.

But drag is incredibly important in determining how likely a hitter is to knock one out of the park. As baseballs become more aerodynamic, they travel further given a certain initial velocity.

Hank Gillette Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: juiced baseballs

MLB umpires missed 34,294 ball-strike calls in 2018, study shows

“”(T)hroughout its history, MLB has protected its error-prone umpires, resisted adopting strong performance measurements, and not taken advantage of available technology that could better the game. At a time of autonomous cars and machine learning, MLB needs to embrace useful change. … Given how MLB is heavily dependent on performance statistics when evaluating players, it is surprising the league has been sluggish to apply similar rigor to umpire hiring, promotion, and retention.”

Hank Gillette Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 199 comment(s)
  Beats: strike zone, umpires

Remembering Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, 10 years after his death

Hard to believe it’s been a decade. Ten years have gone by in a flash.

Jim Adenhart was among the crowd of 43,283 who saw Nick dominate the Athletics, striking out five. Adenhart left with a 3-0 lead that was coughed up by the bullpen and the Angels lost, 6-4.

“I was the last guy to leave the clubhouse, and he was icing his shoulder,” former Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said of Adenhart. “I told him, ‘Congrats, it’s the first one of many, enjoy this small victory and have a good time with your friends and family tonight.’

“We were excited for him one night, and the next morning he’s gone. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years, man, 10 years since I got that call at 7:15 a.m. I will never forget that phone call.

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ajnrules Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nick adenhart

Tuesday, April 09, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-9-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 9, 1919:

“ANOTHER SISLER” IS GLEASON’S DISCOVERY

“Kid” Gleason is highly interested in the George Sisler of southwestern intercollegiate circles, a Texas “U” sophomore named “Bib” Falk, who is said to be able to do anything George can do and do it equally well.

“Bib” is 20 years old and a husky specimen, built like Joe Jackson, but owning more speed than the slugger. He throws and bats left-handed and plays the outfield, first base or pitches with consummate skill.

“Bib” is cleanup hitter for the “longhorns” and bats like a fellow in that position ought to.

A lot of times, these reports of a “new Sisler” or a “new Walter Johnson” are badly wrong, but I’ll give Kid Gleason credit here. Bibb Falk was a heck of a ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 09, 2019 at 10:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Are Baseball Umpires Wrong As Often As Fans Think They Are? Yes, One Study Says

Baseball is back, and fans can anticipate another season of amazing catches, overpowering pitching, tape-measure home runs – and, yes, controversial calls that lead to blow-ups between umpires and players.

Home plate umpires are at the heart of baseball; every single pitch can require a judgment call. Yet ask any fan or player, and they’ll tell you that many of these calls are incorrect – errors that can affect strategy, statistics and even game outcomes.

Just how many mistakes are made?

Comprehensive umpire performance statistics are not readily known, tracked or made available. Major League Baseball doesn’t seem interested in sharing the historical data.

A consideration of how well umpires actually call balls and strikes- ...

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QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: balls and strikes, data, statistics, umpires

Top Red Sox prospect Darwinzon Hernandez makes tremendous first impression

The Red Sox let Darwinzon Hernandez know how they felt about his future by pairing him with the five members of the starting rotation for one of his first official side sessions of spring training.

With Pedro Martinez in attendance, Hernandez threw immediately after Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi, and Eduardo Rodriguez in Fort Myers. Afterwards, manager Alex Cora noted that, “it takes more than 25 guys to win a World Series.”

The presumption on that day and throughout camp was that perhaps Hernandez could help this season in the bullpen. But here’s another thought. What if he’s meant to jolt life into the rotation?

Something to add to our list of great names.

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 04:14 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: darwinzon hernandez, prospects, red sox

Giants acquire outfielder, first baseman Austin from Twins

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin has been traded to the San Francisco Giants from the Minnesota Twins for minor league outfielder Malique Ziegler.

Presumably for use as an outfielder- if there’s any position where the Giants have depth, it’s first base…..

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, trades, tyler austin

LEADING OFF: Red Sox get rings, Puig gets new nickname

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

BOSTON BASH

The Red Sox are set to receive their 2018 World Series rings ahead of their home opener at Fenway Park. Boston plans to unveil a championship banner, and ceremonies will include a flyover by four F-16 jets prior to the first pitch. The club will sport gold-trimmed hats and jerseys, as well. One member of last year’s team who won’t attend is Craig Kimbrel. The All-Star closer and current free agent declined an invitation.

The 2019 season hasn’t been quite so sparkling. Boston returns from a season-opening West Coast swing 3-8, and the starting pitching has been especially suspect. Chris Sale (0-2, 8.00 ERA) faces Toronto in the home opener. His fastball has averaged 90.7 mph ...

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QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 04:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: count da ringz, ervin santana, jacob degrom, luis severino, tigers, yasiel puig

MLB roundup: Encarnacion homers twice in same inning

Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of home runs in the sixth inning, and the visiting Seattle Mariners scored eight times in the frame to earn a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

The Mariners have scored five or more runs in 11 of their first 12 games and became the first team in the major leagues to win 10 games.

Encarnacion became the first major-leaguer to hit two home runs in an inning in almost three years. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels did in on April 15, 2016, at Texas. Seattle also got homers from Daniel Vogelbach, Dylan Moore and Jay Bruce.

Roenis Elias (1-0) picked up the win, pitching three scoreless, hitless innings of relief. Royals starter Homer Bailey (0-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits, including ...

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QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 03:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, home runs, mariners

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