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Friday, May 17, 2019

Fan runs onto field in Atlanta and gets destroyed

This has turned into a lively little discussion on Twitter, so let’s share it here. Bonus: it involves one of what I am well aware is one of my more unpopular opinions, so it gives a good many of you a chance to yell at me about it. Yell all ya want.

Last night, at the Cardinals-Braves game in Atlanta a fan who, I’m gonna guess anyway, was either over-served or under-brained, decided to run out onto the field like a moron. It happens.

As also happens, especially these days, he was utterly creamed by the SunTrust Park security team. Watch as he’s slammed into the wall and then dog-piled. Bonus: I am about 85% sure that the guard who did the slamming is the one who fell down just before, which shows that he has some serious recovery ...

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QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, fans, pitch invasions

Jon Sciambi tells the hilarious story of the time he gave Chipper Jones hitting advice, and Jones stared up at the booth after it failed

Before Jon “Boog” Sciambi was a baseball play-by-play announcer for ESPN, he was the play-by-play voice of the Atlanta Braves on SportSouth and FSN South (from 2007-09).

And before a Braves-Padres game in San Diego in 2009, Sciambi spoke with Chipper Jones, Atlanta’s third baseman at the time. Jones was going through a bit of a slump at the plate, and Sciambi noticed that the star was swinging at the first pitch frequently, while not seeing many strikes while doing so. So, Sciambi pointed this tendency out to Jones, and asked Jones why he’s doing this. Jones explained that he thought it may be the only time he’d see a fastball in the at-bat, so he liked attacking the first pitch.

Strange- I assumed all Boogs would have good ...

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QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, bad advice, chipper jones, jon "boog" sciambi

Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez to Reunite at Mets’ ‘Seinfeld Night’

Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez are taking a new step in their friendship.

The two will reunite at Citi Field on July 5 for the Mets’ “Seinfeld Night,” according to Newsday’s Tim Healey. The Mets promotion will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the comedy show’s July 5, 1989, premiere. The first 25,000 fans in attendance will get a Seinfeld bobblehead, and everyone is encouraged to watch every episode of the show before attending the special game.

Hernandez played for the Mets for seven years during his 17-year career and won the 1986 World Series with New York over the Red Sox.

Somehow, the Mets and Seinfeld seem perfect together- but I’m not sure which fanbase will get more offended if I explain my reasoning….

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QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, promotions, seinfeld

Padres set MLB record as no-hitter drought reaches 8,020 games

When the San Diego Padres took the field for the first time on April 8, 1969, no one could have imagined this moment would come.

Yet here we are, 50 years, one month and eight days later, still waiting on the franchise’s first no-hitter.

It wasn’t to be again on Thursday.

Left-hander Eric Lauer couldn’t get anywhere near the elusive finish line. When he allowed a third-inning single to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Adam Frazier, the Padres’ streak without a no-hitter reached 8,020 games.

Somewhere, one can hear Mets fans popping corks- they might not have a better excuse anytime soon….

 

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: no-hitters, padres, streaks

Will there be a worse MLB play this season than this Orioles blunder?

It doesn’t get much more O’s than this.

The American League’s worst team put on a clinic in defensive incompetence Thursday in a 14-7 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Trailing 9-7 in the seventh inning, Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier took the mound with the bases loaded and one out.

He induced a ground ball from Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis that bounced directly to Orioles second baseman Hanser Alberto, a perfect situation for an inning-ending double play.

I’m trying to remember- headlines that seem designed to get you to say no are an exception to Betteridge’s Law, aren’t they?

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: errors, orioles

Thursday, May 16, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2019

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, May 16, 1919:

Scoreless for twenty-seven innings and averaging exactly five hits to the last four games, the A’s now are experiencing one of the worst slumps the Shibe firm has suffered since Mack tore down his championship ball club after the world’s series of 1914. That is saying considerinable, for the Mackmen have had some SLUMPS in the three years.
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“The proper spirit is lacking,” said Mack. “They don’t have the necessary fight, the get-up-and-go that makes the ball club battle from the drop of the hat. I don’t mean to say that they aren’t taking the game seriously, but conditions have been against them.

Namely that they’ve been facing Major League ballclubs, a situation for with they were ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2019 at 10:18 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bad teams, dugout, history

Rosenthal: The lack of movement on Kimbrel and Keuchel; a Cubs revival; the Reds’ dangerous spot; more notes – The Athletic

I can’t see why any team would sign them this close to the draft. Later, maybe, but not before.

The Phillies, in theory, should be all over free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel. Four of their relievers — Victor Arano, Tommy Hunter, Edubray Ramos and David Robertson — are on the injured list. And Robertson, who is not a lockdown closer even when healthy, will be shut down at least three more weeks with a right flexor strain.

On a one-year deal in particular, finances should not be an issue for Team Stupid Money, even after its commitment of $403 million to Robertson and outfielders Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen in free agency. The sacrifice of a draft pick should not be an issue, either — the signing of Kimbrel would cost them only ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2019 at 06:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, pay site

Sarris: MLB moving from Trackman to Hawk-Eye tracking system – The Athletic

Maybe now we’ll be able to get some infield defensive metrics.

Five years after it was installed in an effort to measure the previously unmeasurable, radar-based player- and ball-tracking system Trackman looks like it’s on its way out as the technology of choice for Major League Baseball. Multiple sources inside front offices across the league confirm that Hawk-Eye’s optical technology — known to tennis fans as the basis of the automated serve tracking system — is currently being installed in baseball stadiums across the country for a two-month run-up that should end in a full change in technology for the 2020 season.

MLB offered no comment on the scope of the upcoming deal with Hawk-Eye. Hawk-Eye and Trackman representatives had ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, technology

Angels call up two-way player Jared Walsh

The Los Angeles Angels have purchased the contract of an interesting player from their Triple-A affiliate. His name is Jared Walsh and he’s both a first baseman and a lefty reliever.

Walsh, 25, was batting .302/.398/.604 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI over 37 games for the Salt Lake Bees. He also had a 3.60 ERA in five relief appearances. The pitching has been a bit more of an experiment for Walsh over the years — he’s made only 15 appearances on the mound in three seasons while taking 1,472 trips to the plate — but it’s a fun little wrinkle in his game.

And the parade of relievers to and from the minors gets even stranger….

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jared walsh, two-way players

Let’s check in with that scout who trashed Josh Bell

A couple months ago, as various publications were putting out their season previews, Sports Illustrated briefly captured our collective attention when it quoted an anonymous scout who seemed to really have it in for Pirates first baseman Josh Bell. The scout said, “Josh Bell can’t play. He’s not a good defender. He’s a big lump. He has bad agility, bad footwork. He can’t run. Supposedly he’s a big power threat, but he hit 12 home runs at first base. This is not a kid! This is his third year in the big leagues! I don’t think he’s got the ability to get better.”

By the way, the scout railed against Bell when asked other questions that weren’t even about the first baseman. He said Bell was the Pirates’ biggest bust ...

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QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: josh bell, pirates, scouting reports

Beltré missing baseball less than he thought after 21 years

DALLAS (AP) — Adrián Beltré was afraid of how he was going to feel after announcing his retirement last November, a decision the former third baseman had pretty much reached privately a few months earlier during the season.

While at peace after 21 MLB seasons and 3,166 hits, Beltré still wasn’t sure what to expect when the Texas Rangers went to spring training, or when they opened this season without him.

“I thought I was going to miss it more, but I’m good,” Beltre said Wednesday. “So far it’s been good, so hopefully stays that way.”

Beltre’s appearance at the SMU Athletic Forum came about 3½ weeks before he will be back in Texas when the Rangers retire his No. 29 jersey on June 8.

There’s something to be said ...

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QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, retirement

Did Twins infielder trick his own teammates into committing a ridiculous error?

The Minnesota Twins committed one of the silliest errors you’ll ever see in a Major League Baseball game on Wednesday, and visual evidence suggests it was caused by an infielder who wasn’t even involved in the play.

It happened in the third inning of Minnesota’s 8-7 win against the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei Ohtani hit a sharp comebacker that Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi did well to field cleanly. But that’s precisely where the good defense on this play ended.

As Odorizzi gathered and flipped to first base, everyone in the ballpark was stunned when C.J. Cron whiffed on making the catch.

How could that happen?

So, is it just dumb luck that the Twins are dominating their competition, or just the natural result when half the ...

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QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:50 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: errors, twins

Maeda strikes out 12, drives in 2 as Dodgers top Padres 2-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kenta Maeda dominated on the mound and helped himself at the plate.

The right-hander struck out 12 batters and drove in both runs in leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

“It’s hard to imagine him being any better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It was really, really fun to watch. He was great all night long.”

We were discussing a week or so ago pitchers driving in their run support- here’s another one for that list.

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: kenta maeda, pitchers hitting

MLB roundup: 7 Rays pitchers shut out Marlins 1-0

Anthony Bemboom, a 29-year-old rookie catcher, recorded his first major league hit and RBI on the same play, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 win over the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Bemboom drove a run-scoring double to right field in the second inning, and the Rays used seven pitchers to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard. Reliever Jalen Beeks (3-0) earned the win, pitching three innings. Diego Castillo worked the ninth for his fifth save.

The Rays swept the two-game series against their in-state rival. Miami has lost seven games in a row and scored just eight runs during that stretch. The Marlins have not scored since the third inning Saturday — a drought of 24 innings.

Jose Urena (1-6) took the hard-luck loss ...

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Lawmaker calls on MLB to change rain delay rules

Brooklyn councilman Justin Brannan wrote to Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, lobbying for a new policy that would make baseball rain delays more fair to fans.

Brannan proposed that “all MLB games should start within an hour of the scheduled start time and no games should be postponed for more than one hour. Otherwise, umpires should call the game and prevent loyal fans from lingering endlessly,” according to Tuesday’s letter provided by the councilman’s office to USA TODAY Sports.

New York has been hit hard by rain in recent days, with the Mets being postponed on Sunday and the Yankees rained out both Monday and Tuesday.

Brannan also suggested a change in policy that would entitle fans to a “rain check” for a future game ...

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QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: legislation, rain delays

Bruce Willis did not live up to his die-hard fans’ expectations in his Phillies first pitch

The Phillies had quite the guest star on the field with them at Citizens Bank Park prior to their Wednesday night game against the Brewers: Bruce Willis. The movie star spent a lot of time growing up in southern New Jersey in the shadow of Philadelphia, so it was familiar territory.

Willis got to meet with some of the Phillies and Brewers ...

... and even take some batting practice.

You know, it isn’t often that Phillies fans boo someone who feels like he very much deserves it….

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, first pitch, phillies

K-Pop band NCT 127 combine for impossibly bad first pitch ceremony at Dodgers game

Imagine every worst ceremonial first pitch candidate you’ve seen rolled into one highlight. That’s the only way to describe what happened at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night.

Four members of the K-Pop band NCT 127 were invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers hosted the San Diego Padres.

Only one of them managed to not miss the intended target by a significant margin.

Much about our contemporary culture feels like it is designed as some sort of “big house” prank- this is an example of this in action.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, k-pop

How a retired major leaguer and ex-ESPN reporter transformed a DII baseball program

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The Frank Catalanotto era of NYIT baseball started with a Twitter DM.

But first we have to go back to 2010. Catalanotto, who was drafted out of Smithtown High School on Long Island and played 14 years in the majors, spent the last few months of his career with his hometown New York Mets. There, he met ESPN beat reporter Adam Rubin and followed him on Twitter. By the All-Star break, Catalanotto was out of baseball, retiring with a .291/.357/.445 slash line and $22 million in career earnings. Rubin, meanwhile, was amassing one of the largest followings in sports media with his thorough coverage of Mets minutiae.

It was a relentless job, and after 15 years on the beat, Rubin was already burned out and looking for ...

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QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam rubin, college baseball, frank catalanotto, nyit

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WSJ:  There Is a Hit-by-Pitch Epidemic in Baseball (Reg Req’d)

But all this talk about pitchers hitting batters on purpose has distracted from a more puzzling question: Why are pitchers hitting so many batters by accident?

One out of every 96 plate appearances across the major leagues in 2018 ended with a batter being drilled. That was most often since 1900, a time when the National League consisted of teams called the Chicago Orphans, the Boston Beaneaters and the Brooklyn Superbas. This year is on track to leave even more bruises, with a batter being hit every 94 plate appearances.

With pitchers throwing harder than at any other point in history, it’s fair to say there has never been a more painful time to be a hitter.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 12:46 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, pitching


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-15-2019

Columbus Dispatch, May 15, 1919:

Walter Rehg, former St. Paul outfielder, who was recently turned over to Indianapolis by Cincinnati, is the player who, at the time he went “up” was said to be the freshest kid that ever broke into the big league.

It is said of him that when he joined the Pirates he was sent in to bat for Outfielder Booe. The umpire was not familiar with either Rehg or Booe. The umpire was not familiar with either Rehg or Booe. “Who are you hitting for?” said the ump.

“Booe!” said Walter. “Cut your kidding,” replied the arbiter. “Booe! you big stiff” was Rehg’s retort.

Then the umpire turned to the stand and bawled out “Rehg batting for exercise!” After that the game proceeded.

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Josh Bell show continues as Pirates defeat Diamondbacks, 6-2 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It’s incredible. Hitting’s not that easy,” said starter Joe Musgrove, who allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings. “He’s not just going up there and getting lucky, or getting cookies. You see the difference he’s made this year in his commitment and dedication, his routine throughout the day. He’s prepared better than anybody in this clubhouse and anybody in the league right now. It’s really fun to watch and I’m really glad he’s on our team.”

Bell’s 12 home runs in 167 plate appearances this year equaled the 12 he hit in 583 plate appearances last season. He has a .401 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging percentage, behind only Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in all of baseball, to go with his .329 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: josh bell, pirates

Forget last year’s collapse and their slow start—the real Cubs are back

They are real and they are spectacular.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Rays Journal: Prospect Brent Honeywell set back again with nerve issue

Brent Honeywell’s comeback from spring 2018 Tommy John surgery is stalled again.

A Monday visit to Dr. James Andrews confirmed a nerve irritation in his upper arm, and he will remain shut down from throwing for another week and then re-evaluated.

Honeywell, 24, was initially sidelined in mid-April due to right elbow discomfort, checked out and allowed to resume playing catch, but then developed the latest issue.

The Rays do not appear overly concerned, and note the issue is not structural or connected to the elbow ligament surgery, though could be related.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Brewers calling up top prospect Keston Hiura

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are calling up top prospect Keston Hiura. He’s a second baseman.

Milwaukee started the season with Mike Moustakas playing second and Travis Shaw at third, but Shaw’s struggles — he’s hitting .163/.266/.281 (46 OPS+) and that just can’t happen to a team defending a division crown. With Hiura in Milwaukee, Moustakas should switch back to third more regularly while the kid gets a chance. Ken Rosenthal reports that Shaw will either go on the injured list or be sent down to Triple-A.

So, where does this rank in terms of great baseball names?

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, keston hiura, prospects

Oakland Athletics now play in Ring Central Coliseum

The ballpark in which the Athletics play in Oakland, California will now have a new name. The San Francisco Chronicle reports it will become the Ring Central Coliseum, named after the cloud based communications company for the low, low price of $1 million.

Odd that the authorities in Oakland would dedicate their stadium in honor of Wagerian opera, but who are we to tell them otherwise?

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, naming rights, oakland coliseum

VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. BESTS CELTICS GM WITH FIRST HR

Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first MLB home run on Tuesday. In doing so, he bested a record previously held by…Danny Ainge.

With his home run, Guerrero became the youngest player in franchise history to hit a round tripper. The record was previously held by Ainge (H/T Sarah Langs, MLB).

IT’S ENTERTAINING WHEN SOMETHING IN BASEBALL LINKS WITH THE MOST POPULAR THREAD HERE, MISTER PRESIDENT.

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, danny ainge, vladimir guerrero jr.

Chris Sale is first pitcher to record 17 strikeouts in seven innings or fewer

Chris Sale is really good at pitching.

The Red Sox pitcher was dealing on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, recording a career-high 17 strikeouts in seven innings and making MLB history in the process.

Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs on a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the seventh. But other than that, the Rockies didn’t make much contact. Sale struck out his first six batters, one shy of an American League record. He wound up getting eight of the first nine hitters he faced to whiff.

This feels telling about our current moment in baseball, in several different regards.

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, milestones, strikeouts

Gearrin, Servais mystified by umpire rules check

Mariners reliever Cory Gearrin remains confused as to why his delivery was questioned by the umpire crew before he even threw a pitch in Seattle’s 6-5, 10-inning win over the A’s on Monday, but he’s not alone in that regard.

The game was stopped after Gearrin threw his warmup pitches upon being summoned with no outs in the top of the sixth, after starter Yusei Kikuchi gave up a solo home run to Matt Olson that pushed the A’s to a 2-1 lead.

Home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn went to the mound to tell the eight-year Major League veteran that the “toe tap” in his delivery, part of the timing mechanism he uses in his motion, was illegal.

That brought Mariners manager Scott Servais out of the dugout for an animated conversation with ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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