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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.

If this happened, it wasn’t in an official ...

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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).

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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

Oakland port OKs tentative agreement for new A’s stadium; team has four years to do EIR

The Oakland Port Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve a tentative exclusive negotiation agreement for the A’s waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal that gives the baseball team four years to conclude an environmental impact report.

It was the first round in a somewhat lengthy approval process for the team’s plan to build a 35,000-seat stadium, along with nearby housing and commercial developments, on the Oakland Estuary near Jack London Square.

The commissioners approved the agreement, called a “term sheet,” with a 7-0 vote after hearing hundreds of impassioned speakers weigh in, calling the project either a boon to the community or a detriment to the waterfront job scene.

The project, if eventually approved, would ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

L.A. Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias arrested for domestic violence

L.A. Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias—a rising star in the organization—was arrested for domestic violence Monday night ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The 22-year-old was arrested at 9:30 PM in Los Angeles after an incident at the Beverly Center, an upscale shopping area.

We’re told a witness called cops claiming Urias was in the parking lot arguing with a female companion and shoved her to the ground.

Cops responded and spoke with the woman, who denied anything physical took place ... and insisted it was nothing more than a heated verbal argument. 

However, sources connected to the situation tell us ... witnesses were adamant they saw Urias push the woman and video from the scene appeared to back up the witness accounts.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence

Cleveland Indians expected to activate Oscar Mercado for Tuesday’s game

The Indians acquired Mercado on July 31st from St. Louis. He came to spring training in February and became to talk of camp. The right-handed hitting center fielder batted .400 (16-for-40) with three homers and nine RBI. He posted a 1.165 OPS and was one of the last players sent down.

Maybe he can help the woeful Indians outfield.

(Also, I wish baseballreference would list transactions for minor-leaguers)

Nasty Nate Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-14-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 14, 1919:

Charles Dooin, playing manager of the Reading International League baseball club, accused of playing ball on Sunday, May 4, was discharged by a [Reading] court [yesterday] because of insufficient evidence. The prosecution had been brought at the instance of the Reading Ministerial Association. The prosecution will make further efforts to stop baseball [in Reading] on Sundays.

As far as I can tell, Red Dooin didn’t play baseball on May 4, 1919. His team did, but he didn’t.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 14, 2019 at 10:07 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Nick Vincent to be used by Giants as opener vs. Blue Jays on Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO—Farhan Zaidi made waves at the Winter Meetings in December when he told a group of beat writers that the Giants could use an opener during the upcoming season. Just 41 games into the Zaidi era, the Giants will actually try it.

Nick Vincent will start Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Monday. Vincent has served as the bullpen’s de facto long reliever this season, but he has not recorded more than nine outs in an appearance. Vincent has made 366 appearances in his career but started just once, going two innings last season as the Seattle Mariners tried the opener.

The Giants originally had slated Tyler Beede to start Tuesday’s game, but they now are listing Vincent and leaving Wednesday open. ...

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QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nick vincent, opener

Athletics designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

The Oakland Athletics designated Kendrys Morales for assignment this morning.

Morales, 35, was batting just .204/.310/.259 with one home run through 126 plate appearances this season. He’ll now go on waivers and, in all likelihood, will clear them, be released, and become a free agent. There could be a team or two interested in a look as he hit.249/.331/.438 with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 471 plate appearances last season, but this could be the end of the line for him.

Today’s entry in “Players You Weren’t Sure Were Still Playing, But Aren’t At All Surprised By What Team They’re Members Of”.

 

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:54 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, designated for assignment, kendrys morales

Yankees-Orioles postponed after rain, grounds-crew fumble

The game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles scheduled for Monday was postponed after a rain delay, with an apparent botched removal of the tarp by the grounds crew leaving Yankee Stadium with unplayable field conditions.

The game will be made up as the first game of a single-game admission doubleheader Wednesday. The opener will begin at 3:05 p.m. ET. Game 2 will begin no earlier than 6:35 p.m.

The Monday game was originally slated to start at 6:35 p.m., but because of rain, the Yankees bumped the start back to 7:45 p.m. The grounds crew began removing the tarp a few minutes before the new start time, but the water on the tarp wound up getting dumped in left field.

In other words, it isn’t just the Yankees’ medical ...

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QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rain, tarp, yankee stadium

MLB roundup: Mariners overtake A’s in 10th

Omar Narvaez drilled the game-winning single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host Seattle Mariners scored twice in the frame to rally to a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Seattle was one strike away from losing when Domingo Santana tied it up by lacing a 2-2 fastball from Oakland right-hander Joakim Soria (1-3) down the left field line for a double. The ball landed about one foot fair, and pinch runner Dee Gordon easily scored the tying run from second base.

Narvaez followed with the winning hit, and Santana easily scored as the throw from Athletics left fielder Robbie Grossman was off the mark. The Mariners halted a four-game losing streak and won for just the third time in 15 ...

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QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, extra innings, mariners

Justin Verlander has an interesting theory on why his Tigers teams never won a World Series

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has one World Series ring, but he believes he could have more. Verlander made the World Series twice as a member of the Detroit Tigers, but the team came up short both times.

Verlander thinks he knows why the team couldn’t get the job done. He told WXYZ-TV Detroit the time off between the Championship Series and the World Series played a big role in that.

As Verlander explains, the time off between those games cooled the Tigers down. He believes that winning it all “comes down to the hottest team at the right time. And we were the hottest team twice. And we got cooled off by the week layoff for the World Series both times. Sucks.”

We can’t definitively prove the “hottest team” wins ...

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QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander, tigers

Ohtani hits 1st HR of season for Angels in 5-4 win vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One week into Shohei Ohtani’s return to the Los Angeles Angels, the lineup is looking sharp.

Minnesota ace Jose Berrios bore the brunt of their batting success on Monday night.

Ohtani hit his first home run of the season, a towering two-run shot in the third inning against Berrios, and Tommy La Stella hit the go-ahead homer in the sixth to give the Angels a 5-4 victory over the Twins.

“I’ve been hitting the ball in the air recently,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I think it showed today that I’m improving.”

For those of you curious as for how Ohtani is doing, now that he’s playing again….

 

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

Monday, May 13, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-13-2019

Chattanooga News, May 13, 1919:

Pitcher Urban Shocker, of the St. Louis Browns, late yesterday, filed suit for divorce against his wife, Minerva. He charges she tried to ruin his professional career by telling false stories about him to managers of baseball clubs.

That’s just weird. There’s gotta be more to that story, but I can’t find much about it.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 13, 2019 at 10:49 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

MLB rumors: Red Sox hoping for All-Star Game return to Fenway Park in this year

The 1999 MLB All-Star Game at Fenway Park was an iconic event.

Not only did Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez dazzle fans with an MVP performance, Major League Baseball honored its All-Century Team before the game, including a special moment featuring Boston legend Ted Williams.

Red Sox fans have been wanting another All-Star Game at Fenway Park for some time, and according to The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham, the club is hoping to get one by the end of the next decade.

“The Sox are hoping to host the game in 2029 to mark the 30th anniversary of the last time,” Abraham writes. “But they’re flexible on the year.”

It’s rare that an article this short can hit on seemingly every reason why the sports fans of a certain city are so ...

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QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, fenway park, red sox

Triple-A batters smashing it since MLB ball is put into play

Balls are flying out of Triple-A ballparks like never before, coinciding with a switch in baseballs to the major league model.

The El Paso Chihuahuas have hit 89 home runs in their first 37 games — the most in professional baseball and more than half the 142 they slugged in 139 games last season. The Rochester Red Wings and Lehigh Valley IronPigs combined for 15 homers in a game last month. Overall, 26 of the 30 teams in the Pacific Coast League and International League are on pace to exceed their 2018 totals, most by a wide margin.

Not coincidentally, this is the first year Triple-A has played with the same ball used in the majors. The big league ball is said to be harder, more tightly wound at its core and with slightly lower seams, ...

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QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: home run spike, juiced baseballs, triple a

George Springer hits 29th career leadoff homer

Astros outfielder George Springer is on absolute fire. Since April 30 and prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers, Springer was batting .381 with five homers and 11 RBI in 51 plate appearances. Of those five homers, two led off the Astros’ half of the first inning.

Springer kept it going on Sunday, belting a leadoff home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning off of Adrian Sampson. That marked Springer’s 29th career leadoff home run and his third in just the last week. In just his sixth season, he is more than halfway to Craig Biggio’s Astros record of 53 leadoff dingers. Springer would hit successfully in his next three trips to the plate as well, adding an RBI single in the second, and two more singles ...

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QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: george springer, home runs, leadoff

Report: Rays are still interested in Craig Kimbrel

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are still in communication with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel, for whatever that’s worth at this point in the season. Topkin doesn’t reveal exactly how far along any potential discussions between the two sides might be, but it’s probably safe to say the Rays aren’t close to offering a formal deal just yet.

The bigger question: Is he still interested in them?

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cold stove, craig kimbrel, rays

Padres temporarily lost Twitter handle after changing it to ‘Madres’ for Mother’s Day

If you’re running a major brand account, it’s never a good idea to temporarily change your Twitter handle - even if there is coordination with Twitter itself. The San Diego Padres learned that the hard way on Sunday.

The Padres’ social team had an interesting idea in celebration of Mother’s Day. They opted to do away with their “@Padres” Twitter handle for a day in favor of “@Madres.” That made sense, I guess. It’s Mother’s Day - let’s give the moms a shoutout across the #brands for #engagement.

But the Padres didn’t change their display name - they changed their actual handle. And, evidently, someone forgot to lock down the handle on a separate account. This was what their Twitter page looked like on Sunday.

That presented an ...

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QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mother's day, padres, social media, twitter

Stephen Strasburg gets thrown out from right field while attempting to break up no-hitter

No-hit bids usually end when a batter makes contact like Stephen Strasburg did in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

With Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu mowing down the Nationals lineup, Strasburg stepped into the box hoping to get his team’s first hit of the day. That seemed to have happened when Strasburg poked a low line drive down the right-field line that bounced in the outfield.

And then Dodgers right-fielder Cody Bellinger did this.

Question, for those viewing the play:

Does this reflect positively on Bellinger, or negatively on Strasburg?

 

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, outs, pitchers hitting, stephen strasburg

Madison Bumgarner And Yasiel Puig Are Making Their Long-Distance Hatred For One Another Still Work

It hasn’t been easy for Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig to continue hating each other as fiercely as they once did now that Puig has moved away to the Midwest. The former in-state proximity between the two players allowed them to share an angry bond built on bat-flipping and batter-beaning. With Puig in Cincinnati, it wasn’t clear if they were going to be able to keep that intensity going. But on Sunday, the two showed that there were still was some sparks left in their feuding relationship.

It started on Puig’s end in the top of the sixth inning. With nobody on and nobody out, Puig smoked a 92-mph fastball from Bumgarner into the left-field seats. Knowing what he had just done, the Red decided to take some time to admire that ...

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QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, feud, madison bumgarner, yasiel puig

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