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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dodgers, MLB honor Jackie Robinson’s centennial year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully joined the widow of Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier during Robinson’s centennial birthday celebration Monday night.

Scully greeted 96-year-old Rachel Robinson with a kiss after being introduced to the crowd, with Scully drawing the loudest cheers in a rare public appearance.

He stood behind Rachel with his hands holding her arms during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium. They were joined by Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, and son, David, who linked arms with their mother as they walked on the field.

An account concerning events of the day.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jackie robinson day, vin scully

Luis Castillo forgets to run, thrown out at first

Always keep your eyes on the ball.

Reds pitcher Luis Castillo learned that lesson on Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Leading off the third inning against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, Castillo punched what looked like an opposite-field single into right field. But Castillo didn’t run out of the box. Instead, he stared at his bat, which he appeared to chip.

Is this what defenders of the designated hitter see every time a pitcher has an at-bat?

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: luis castillo, pitchers hitting

Yasiel Puig’s ‘complicated legacy’ in Los Angeles

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times has written the story I think everyone knew was going to come out sooner or later: the “now that Yasiel Puig is gone, what did the Dodgers really think of him?” story. And you know what? It’s a good, even-handed story and not the hit job that other, say, more senior columnist types at the Times might have done if they were given the assignment. Thank goodness.

Unlike a lot of past coverage which has sought to cast Puig as some malevolent force in the Dodgers clubhouse, the picture that comes away from this story is that Puig was more of a frustration than a team cancer. Indeed, Dodgers people — players, coaches and managers — generally liked Puig and still like him. They knew and accepted ...

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QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, legacy, yasiel puig

ESPN confuses Hank Aaron, Sam Jethroe last night

ESPN had Hank Aaron in the booth last night during the Mets-Braves game. That’s cool. Hank Aaron is a legend, so any time you can talk to him you should do it.

It’s also cool that, on the day before Jackie Robinson Day they talked some about Jackie and his impact with Aaron, who himself played in the Negro Leagues for a spell before joining the Braves.

There was a bit of confusion on ESPN’s part, however, during this portion of the discussion. Note the photo they ran during the segment

The Network Which Mistook Sam Jethroe For An All-Time Great.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hank aaron, sam jethroe

Orioles’ Chris Davis hits home run vs. Red Sox

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis finally ended his hitless streak over the weekend, hitting an RBI single on Saturday for his first base hit in 55 at bats. Today he did one better: he hit a homer. It was his first round-tripper since August 24 of last season.

[Insert jokes concerning state of Red Sox pitching here.]

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, home runs, orioles

Hernandez’s late bomb makes up for base-running gaffe in Jays’ win over Twins

Teoscar Hernandez had quite the blooper for Toronto on the basepath, a lapse in focus that could have proved costly.

Two innings later, he more than made up for the mistake.

Hernandez hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth, giving the Blue Jays a badly needed offensive boost with three hits in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Or, a reminder as for why one must pay close attention to balls and strikes.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, blue jays, teoscar hernandez

Rob Whalen’s retirement an example of how some MLB teams are failing to address mental health issues

Rob Whalen was ready to go to spring training.

Ready in the sense that he had a flight booked and his bags packed. Lately his bullpen sessions had been going well, and he was feeling healthier than he had in a long time. Plus, he had a new plan: The 25-year-old pitcher in the Seattle Mariners’ system was hoping to remake himself into a reliever after a couple successful major league relief stints.

But Whalen was not ready to go to spring training because whenever friends and family asked if he was excited — excited for the start of the season, excited to put the new plan into practice — it felt like a lie to tell them that he was.

“I couldn’t look them in the eye, and I felt like I was just telling them what they wanted to ...

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QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, rob whalen

Mookie Betts after another Red Sox loss: ‘What I’m doing is unacceptable’

Reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts is taking full responsibility for the Boston Red Sox’s rough start. After yet another loss Monday, Betts said his performance at the plate has been “unacceptable.”

The 26-year-old Betts went 0-for-3 with a walk in the team’s 8-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. After the game, Betts told Ian Browne of MLB.com he had to figure out a way to “help the team.”

“Basically, what I’m doing is unacceptable,” Betts said. “I have to figure out a way to get something done and help the team.”

On the bright side, this isn’t the first time that Red Sox fans have been disappointed due to the actions of a guy named Mookie.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Monday, April 15, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-15-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, April 15, 1919:

In a statement issued by the national baseball commission [in Cincinnati] yesterday, the supreme court of baseball announces that the decision of Judge Stafford…in the suit of the Baltimore Federal league club necessitates no modification of the system under which organized baseball is operating…

The statement follows:
“The decision made by Justice Stafford that organized baseball violated the prohibitions of the Sherman act was not rendered in a suit by the United States to dissolve the combination. The decision, therefore, necessitates no modification of the system under which organized baseball is operating.

Well, they weren’t wrong. They didn’t have to change anything.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:24 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Breakfast in Boston OMNICHATTER (April 15, 2019)

Red Sox-Orioles 11:05 first pitch.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:17 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Drillers spin 10-inning no-hitter, lose

Double-A Tulsa pitched its first no-hitter since 2001 but lost a 1-0 decision to Arkansas on Sunday when Joseph Odom drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Four pitchers combined on the milestone, but it was the first time a Texas League team spun a no-hitter and lost since July 22, 1939.

The new designated runner rule makes it a lot easier to lose a no hitter. In this case a HBP and two walks did the trick, but a couple of choppers to first would’ve worked just as well.

Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: designated runner, minors, no hitters

Triple-A Game between Lehigh Valley, Rochester features 15 homers

Saturday afternoon’s Triple-A game between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) and Rochester Red Wings (Twins) set or matched all kinds of franchise records. The two squads combined to score 38 runs, racking up 43 hits and eight walks. 15 of those 43 hits were home runs. The IronPigs outlasted the Red Wings 20-18 in 10 innings.

And there are people who think power hasn’t been cheapened in the contemporary game!

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, lehigh valley, rochester, triple a

Brad Miller: ‘Obviously, [the Indians] don’t want the best guys up here’

Following Sunday’s 9-8 walk-off loss to the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the Indians designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment, MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reported. The move presumably clears a roster spot for Jason Kipnis, who will likely come off of the 10-day injured list.

Miller went 1-for-4 with an RBI single on Sunday. He’s one of the few members of the Indians who is swinging the bat at even an average clip. Only four players have an OPS above .700: Tyler Naquin (.700), Miller (.742), Leonys Martín (.928), and Carlos Santana (1.040).

Miller wasn’t happy about being DFA’d. Per Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, Miller said, “It’s a tough trend. They acknolwedge that it wasn’t fair. But I’m just a player. I go out ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, indians

From malcontent to masterful: How David Price became indispensable to the Red Sox

Somebody should rummage through the discarded laundry of the 2014 Red Sox and find a t-shirt that’s only to be worn on the days David Price pitches.

“He’s the Ace.”

Three years after signing a record $217 million contract and two years after watching it nearly all burn, Price has claimed his place atop the Red Sox rotation in a comeback that might not reach Tiger Woods levels, but certainly deserves its own extended golf clap.

A one-time candidate for highest-paid malcontent in sports, Price has emerged from his darkest days in Boston to stabilize the defending World Series champions.

Mind you, with the Red Sox’s starting pitching in the position that they are in, that’s not hard to do at all….

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

LEADING OFF: MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

JACKIE ROBINSON DAY

Major League Baseball observes Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks all over the country. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. All players, managers, coaches, umpires and other on-field personnel will wear Robinson’s retired No. 42. Members of Robinson’s family are expected to be at Dodger Stadium for the opener of a three-game series between the Reds and Dodgers.

Will we all wear #42 today as well?

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie robinson day, mlb

Victor Arano finds his slider as Phillies come home from Miami with a series win

MIAMI — The last time Victor Arano was in Florida, he couldn’t get anybody out.

This time …

Different story.

Arano was one of many pitching stars in the Phillies’ marathon win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. The Phils prevailed, 3-1, on the strength of Jean Segura’s two-run home run in the top of the 14th inning (see observations). They are 9-5.

So, was it delicious?

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, slider, victor arano

Red Sox heating up ahead of Patriots’ Day game vs. O’s

Like the 26.2-mile course that runs through the suburbs to Boylston Street in Boston, the Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

The Red Sox are trying to pick up the pace, though.

Boston seeks its first series victory of the year when it hosts the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game set Monday in the annual Patriots’ Day morning game.

My cousin is running in the Boston Marathon- wish her the best of luck….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, red sox

MLB roundup: Astros sweep Mariners, run win streak to 9

Aledmys Diaz led off the seventh inning with a home run to break a tie as the Houston Astros rallied to defeat the host Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, extending their winning streak to nine games.

Jose Altuve’s homer streak ended at five consecutive games, but the Astros swept the three-game series at T-Mobile Park to pull within a game of the first-place Mariners in the American League West.

Right-hander Gerrit Cole (1-2) pitched six strong innings for his first victory of the season. He gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Seattle’s Mitch Haniger led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Cole, hitting a 1-2 pitch into the bullpen in left field. That gave the Mariners homers in each of ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, sweep

After snow-out, Cubs head to balmy Miami

After having their home game postponed on Sunday due to snow, the Chicago Cubs are surely thrilled to travel to Miami for Monday night’s game at the Marlins.

The Cubs will be greeted by sunshine—likely—and a retractable roof in case of showers. There will also be, in all likelihood, a strong number of Cubs fans at Marlins Park, where small crowds are the norm.

Chicago should also benefit from a day of rest for its pitching arms, as the Cubs used six relievers in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

With regards to the second paragraph: I’ve seen the claim made that Broward County, in the 1960s and early 1970s, was heavily populated with migrants from the Chicago area (in contrast with the New York origins of migrants to ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, miami, snow

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Tampa Bay’s Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows are on a must-see tear

The Tampa Bay Rays are so fascinating at this point you could look up and down their roster and struggle to find a player who isn’t intriguing in some way, shape or form.

From the reigning Cy Young winner in Blake Snell to Jose Alvarado’s otherworldly fastball movement to Tommy Pham’s penchant for speaking his mind, the American League East leaders have no shortage of storylines. But you don’t just get off to an 12-4 start on narratives alone. That’s where the duo of outfielder Austin Meadows and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow come in.

Once the top prospects in the Pirates’ pipeline, the 24-year-old Meadows and 25-year-old Glasnow are showing flashes of true stardom in Tampa Bay after being acquired in a deal that sent ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: austin meadows, rays, tyler glasnow

Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel reportedly are lowering their free agent asking prices

Work can be hard to find for All-Stars these days. Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel can attest to that.

The pair of free-agent pitchers have not yet found a home two weeks into the regular season because teams haven’t been willing to meet their asking prices. However, that may change soon as the pair reportedly are willing to accept smaller deals.

On Saturday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Kimbrel is now seeking a three-year deal at a lower annual average value than he originally demanded. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that Keuchel could be open to a one-year deal.

How much longer these players’ absences will continue is a tough questions. Some teams may prefer to wait until June when the ...

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QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, dallas keuchel, free agency

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Cubs give Kris Bryant a day off but maintain he’s in a ‘good place’

No, Kris Bryant is not hurt. His absence from the lineup Saturday afternoon has nothing to do with his left shoulder.

“This was part of the three-day in advance lineups and today was his day,” Joe Maddon said. “That’s it.”

OK, so…story over?

Not quite. Bryant isn’t hurt, but he is slumping and it’s understandable fans go straight to freaking out after the way 2018 went, when the former NL MVP battled the shoulder injury all season that kept him out of the lineup and made him look off at the plate even when he was on the field.

So, he’s at The Newberry, in other words?

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, shoulder

MLB Rumors: Here are Craig Kimbrel’s latest contract demands

The 2019 MLB season is in full swing, and Craig Kimbrel still doesn’t have a team.

It’s bizarre seeing one of the best closers of all time still on the market, especially when you consider the number of teams in need of bullpen help. But according to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, Kimbrel’s asking price remains far too high. As recently as late March, the 2018 World Series Champion has asked for a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million.

Bowden writes:

“When the market didn’t develop for Kimbrel like [Kimbrel’s agent David Meter] thought it would, he stuck to his guns and, even as late as March, was still seeking a five-year pact in the $100 million range.  It was a clear miscalculation of Kimbrel’s true market value, and not ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, craig kimbrel, hot stove

Rangers send Rougned Odor to the injured list with knee sprain

Second baseman Rougned Odor has been placed on the 10-day injured list, the Rangers revealed Saturday. Odor was removed from the lineup on Friday with right knee soreness, which was then characterized as a knee sprain upon further evaluation. Per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he’s expected to miss at least two weeks in recovery.

Does this mean that Jose Bautista won after all?

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: knee, rangers, rougned odor

Dietrich, Reds beat Wainwright, Cardinals 5-2 in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — There were fireworks this time, too, after Derek Dietrich homered.

Fortunately for Dietrich and the Cincinnati Reds, it was all in good fun.

Dietrich hit a tiebreaking homer off Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning and added a two-run triple as the Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Saturday night.

The start of the two-game series marked the first time either team had played in the regular season in Mexico. A raucous crowd of 16,886 fans gathered at Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey and turned the game into a fiesta that lasted for more than three hours and ended with fireworks.

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: derek dietrich, mexico, neutral site games

Toussaint shines in relief as Braves hold off Mets

Touki Toussaint earned the win by tossing six solid innings of one-run relief in his season debut Saturday night as the host Atlanta Braves scored four runs apiece in the first and second innings of an 11-7 victory over the New York Mets.

The Braves, who lost the first two games of the four-game series, have won four of six. The Mets had a three-game winning streak snapped despite scoring at least six runs for a team-record seventh straight game.

Both starters were chased early Saturday. Mets left-hander Jason Vargas recorded just one out in the first inning and Braves southpaw Sean Newcomb exited after 1 1/3 innings.

Wondering what it says that hearing “six innings of relief” makes one think “the team uses an opener”, rather than ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, relief pitching, touki toussaint

This Angels baserunning blunder will make your head spin

There are some moments in baseball that require no description.

Then there are moments in baseball where no description or explanation will begin to help us understand what we’ve witnessed.

One such moment occurred during Saturday’s Los Angeles Angels-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

That’s where Angels first baseman Justin Bour turned a routine single into a baserunning adventure that defied logic and resulted in one of the wildest and most bizarre series of events you’ll ever see in a baseball game.

Oh, I hope Mike Trout doesn’t mind spending his Octobers on the sofa at home….

 

QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, baserunning

O’ Yeah! Chris Davis Ends Record Hitless Streak, Smacks First Hit Of Season

BOSTON (WJZ) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ historic streak is finally behind him.  The struggling slugger smacked a two-RBI single off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game at Fenway Park,  ending a brutal string of 54 hitless at-bats that stretched back to September 14th of last season.

Players in the Orioles dugout gave Davis a rousing ovation after the hit as he stood smiling on first base, and the Boston crowd also gave him a warm reception. To celebrate the moment himself, he even asked to keep the baseball.

Davis had surpassed the record held by former Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Eugenio Velez (46 ABs) set back in 2011.

It isn’t all sunshine for Davis quite ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, hits, orioles, streaks

Cubs and Rockies stars let out frustrations with ump-charging meltdowns

After meeting in the National League wild-card game last season, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies have both gotten off to disappointing starts in 2019.

On Saturday, the frustrations of both teams seemingly boiled over as Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado got into heated confrontations with umpires over perceived missed calls.

Schwarber was the decisive batter during Saturday’s Angels-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. With the bases loaded, two outs and the Cubs down by one run, Schwarber stepped to the plate against Angels closer Cody Allen in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Schwarber worked the count full, then attempted to check his swing on a pitch in the dirt. The struggling Cubs ...

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QLE Posted: April 14, 2019 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charging, kyle schwarber, nolan arenado, umpires

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