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Monday, June 24, 2019

Newsday’s Tim Healey explains incident with Mets manager Mickey Callaway | Newsday

Mets bedlam. I don’t see how Callaway survives much longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jason vargas, mets, mickey callaway

Will Smith makes it 3 rookies in a row to walk it off

The Rockies came to LA 10 games back, a sizable deficit, but one we’ve seen overcome plenty of times. Here is how the three games ended:
Matt Beaty walk-off home run
Alex Verdugo walk-off home run
Will Smith walk-off home run
Three rookies, three home runs, three walk-offs, 13 game lead. This was only Will Smith’s 7th major league game and he already has two walk-off home runs.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 24, 2019 at 05:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, home runs, rookies, walkoff wins

Dietrich hit record-breaking 6th time in series

Dietrich didn’t budge, and the pitch hit him on the right arm. It was the sixth time he was hit by a pitch in the series, which set a new Major League record.

During Friday’s 11-7 win over Milwaukee, Dietrich was hit by pitches three times, and it happened twice more on Thursday during a 7-1 victory. According to Elias, he became the first player to be hit by pitches five times in a series of any length since Washington’s Jake Stahl in 1904.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell argued Friday that Dietrich was leaning into the pitches rather than trying to avoid them.

The left-handed Claudio was brought in specifically to face the lefty-hitting Dietrich and threw only two pitches. Brewers fans booed upon the record-breaker. Meanwhile, ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 24, 2019 at 05:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: hit by pitch

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mets coach Chili Davis getting it done, sticking it to Cubs

There were many happy Mets, but the happiest may have been hitting coach Chili Davis, who was fired by the Cubs after last season and subsequently hired by the Mets.

The Cubs are still paying him so this is a win-win for the Mets.

“It is nice, I won’t lie about it,’’ Davis told The Post of bludgeoning the Cubs. “It’s nice to come in here and win a couple games and we got one more to go. Try to come in here with the same focus and intensity on Sunday.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, mets

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas suspended 80 games for positive PED test

Oakland Athletics starter Frankie Montas was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He can return in late September but is ineligible to pitch in the postseason.

The suspension comes on the heels of Thursday’s dramatic 5-4 win in which Matt Chapman hit a two-out, three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch Oakland’s fourth straight win. Montas started the game, allowing just one run on four hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts.

“I am deeply saddened to confirm that MLB recently notified me I have tested positive for Ostarine, a prohibited substance under MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement,” Montas ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2019 at 12:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: frankie montas, peds

Clayton Kershaw Isn’t His Old Self ... but Hyun-Jin Ryu Is Clayton Kershaw’s Old Self.

Ryu is a prolific commercial pitchman, and this noodles spot is his masterpiece, notable for two reasons. First is the hysterically ersatz Kershaw cheering Ryu on in the dugout, with a fake beard so outrageous there’s about a 6 percent chance it’s not a caricature of Kershaw at all, but instead an homage to Jan Rubes in Witness. Second, when Ryu takes an overhand scoop into the pot of noodles, he does it with his right hand, not his left. That’s because Ryu, like Billy Wagner, Michael Vick, and Rich Hill before him, throws with his left hand but does everything else—including eating—with his right. Ryu is putting on a historically great command pitching performance, and he’s doing it with his nondominant hand.

It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 22, 2019 at 12:38 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

The balls aren’t juiced: MLB explains rise in home runs

Manfred cited last year’s report, written by a committee of scientists and data specialists, which identified the pill at the center of the ball playing a factor. If the pill is not perfectly centered, the ball wobbles when hit and creates more drag.

“We think one of the things that may be happening is they’re getting better at centering the pill, [which] creates less drag,” Manfred said. “In addition to that, there’s all these man-made issues: hand-stitched, where it’s stored after it’s made, where it’s stored at the ballpark, who puts the mud on the ball, how much mud they put on the ball. It’s really difficult to isolate any single cause. But we do think it’s a drag issue.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2019 at 12:38 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: juiced baseballs


Friday, June 21, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to Participate in Home Run Derby

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will follow in his father’s footsteps and participate in the Home Run Derby next month in Cleveland, MLB Network’s Hazel Mae reports.

The Blue Jays’ rookie third baseman is the son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vlad Sr., who played for the Montreal Expos for the first eight years of his 16-year MLB career. The senior Guerrero won the 2007 Derby at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Guerrero Jr. has hit seven homers since the 20-year-old made his highly-anticipated MLB debut in April. He is batting .249 with 17 runs. He was ranked the No. 1 prospect in Major League Baseball before his debut and has been a spectacle all season since his first at-bat.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2019 at 09:44 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Phillies’ Maikel Franco has fallen out of Gabe Kapler’s favor for second straight year

“I think when he is performing like Maikel Franco is capable of performing, he’s a lot better than that. And right now he is still trying to find his way and we’ll look for opportunities to give him an opportunity to get going. Right now we have other guys we are going to see ahead of him,” Kapler said. “The value is directly related to his performance. Maikel Franco has a tremendous amount of value playing to his potential. Right now he’s struggling to reach that potential.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2019 at 09:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: maikel franco, phillies

Blue Jays want ‘strong foundation’ for Bichette before promotion - Sportsnet.ca

“We’d really like to see some time in triple-A and have him get his legs under him and have a good strong foundation before we have that discussion,” Atkins said. “But his spring training was extremely impressive and what he’s done in the minor leagues thus far, the teammate that he is, the effort that he has, it’s really a lot to get excited about.”

Because he missed six weeks with a fractured bone in his left hand, Bichette has played just 21 games at triple-A. Through 89 plate appearances, he’s batting a respectable .250/.307/.450 with three home runs.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2019 at 08:26 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bo bichette


Thursday, June 20, 2019

John Sickels’ Top 100 prospects (UPDATED) – The Athletic

Sickel’s latest.

Here’s the current Top 100, with updated ranking and grade. Note that this does NOT include 2019 draftees.

1) Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade A: Previously number 4; hitting .326/.396/.514 in Low-A; best position player long-term still in the minor leagues.

2) Mackenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres, Grade A: Previously number 8; completely dominant in High-A with 1.21 ERA in 60 innings, spectacular 83/14 K/BB.

3) Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros, Grade A-: Previously number 11, got off to a slow start in AAA but has been on a tear recently, now up to .282/.356/.633 with 23 homers, 17 steals in 66 games.

4) Casey Mize, RHP, Detroit Tigers, Grade A-: Previously number 9; insane 0.92 ERA in 78 innings, 75/12 ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2019 at 03:48 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, prospects

Dave Eiland dismissed by Mets | MLB.com

The Mets are a trainwreck. Again.

The Mets have dismissed pitching coach Dave Eiland, a source told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez was also let go, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. The club has not confirmed.

Entering Thursday, the Mets had a 4.67 ERA, which ranked 20th in the Majors. The team has finished a season with a higher mark just twice in its history: in 1962, in the team’s inaugural season, and in 2017.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2019 at 03:42 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitching coach

Mad Max dominates with broken nose, black eye

“He’s probably the best pitcher in our generation ... “, said second baseman Brian Dozier.

Lest we forget Posted: June 20, 2019 at 03:25 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: generational best, kershaw, mythical, scherzer

Sources: Rays to explore playing in Montreal

The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball’s executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

While the plan is in its nascent stages, the Rays have embraced the two-city solution as the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area after years of failed attempts to build a new stadium in the region, according to sources.



Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-20-2019

Broadus [Montana] Independent, June 20, 1919:

“The amount of money that is wagered on baseball,” says Arnold Rothstein, “is grossly exaggerated…There is little or no money bet on the American league race. A few small bets have been made that the Yankees will finish higher than the White Sox. Baseball is not a good betting proposition, which may be just as well for the game.”

“...so don’t worry about me. I’ll just be over here not gambling on baseball. And I super won’t put money on someone beating the White Sox. There’s nothing to see here.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 20, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


David Ortiz shooting motive: Big Papi was not intended target, Dominican attorney general says - masslive.com

Red Sox legend David Ortiz was not the target of the attack that left him with a gunshot wound to the lower back last Sunday, Dominican attorney general Jean Alain Rodriguez told reporters (including ESPN’s Marly Rivera). Rodriguez said the target was Ortiz’s friend, Sixto David Fernandez, who was sitting at the same table at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2019 at 05:40 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Carig: In lashing out at Manny Machado, umpires’ union reveals itself to be tone deaf – The Athletic

More stuff.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 09:35 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, umpires

Schoenfeld: Ketel Marte All-Stars

As is often the case, the real mystery is ... hitting coach Darnell Coles?

Walt Davis Posted: June 19, 2019 at 09:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: ketel marte, wascally wabbit balls


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-19-2019

Perth Amboy Evening News, June 19, 1919:

News has been flashed from France that Joe Harris, first baseman of the Cleveland club, was seriously injured in a motortruck crash recently. According to this report Joe suffered from a fractured skull and had his two legs and several ribs broken.

Harris must have made a miraculous recovery. He made his 1919 debut on June 30 and hit .375/.472/.489 as a more-or-less every day first baseman the rest of the season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 19, 2019 at 10:03 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


Jordan Yamamoto dominates Cardinals | MLB.com

Two starts into his MLB career, and Jordan Yamamoto already is making history.

The 23-year-old from Kailua, Hawaii, turned in his second consecutive outing of seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in the Marlins’ 6-0 victory on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Yamamoto is the first pitcher since at least 1908 to begin his career with consecutive outings of seven-plus innings pitched, no runs and three or fewer hits. Yamamoto’s 14 consecutive scoreless innings are also a record for a Marlins starter to open his career. Josh Beckett held the previous record of 10 innings in 2001.

“I definitely didn’t imagine this,” Yamamoto ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jordan yamamoto, marlins

Five years later, a different Kershaw still shuts down the opposition

The power of the bobblehead.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Freeman heading to Carolina League | MiLB.com News

Lindor’s replacement.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Padres’ Logan Allen savors the moment in impressive debut - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Some interesting side stories make for an interesting first game for Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: logan allen, padres

Alexander: Which Cal League All-Stars will become big league stars? – Press Enterprise

Consider: From that 2015 Cal League-Carolina League game, 10 players out of the 42 who played in it were in the big leagues at last look. Bellinger, of course, but also pitchers Ryan McMahon (Rockies), Zack Godley (Diamondbacks), Paul Fry (Orioles), Tyler Beede (Giants) and Nick Pivetta (Phillies), catchers Kyle Farmer (Reds, also part of the Puig trade) and Omar Narvaez (Mariners) and infielders Jack Mayfield (Astros) and Johan Camargo (Braves). Twelve others have had one or several cups of coffee in the big leagues.
And the crazy thing about that game, a 9-2 California victory? Bellinger was 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Quakes teammate Brandon Trinkwon was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and was named the game’s MVP.

Two years ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 05:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

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