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Monday, September 16, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-16-2019

Pittsburgh Press, September 16, 1919:

John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, has conceded the National league pennant to the Cincinnati club, according to a message received last night by club officials here. The message stated that McGraw was returning here and had appointed Coach Christy Mathewson temporary manager.

The Reds can clinch first place by defeating the Giants today. As New York is assured of second place, McGraw intends to go to Texas from New York, to look after business interests.

“Screw you guys, I’m goin’ home.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 16, 2019 at 10:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Hail and farewell to football games played on baseball dirt

Sunday will close the book on a small but significant era of NFL football: the early-season days when NFL games would take place on the infield dirt of dual-use stadiums.

Oakland’s home stadium — it’s now called RingCentral Coliseum, but you wouldn’t have guessed that if I’d given you a hundred chances — will see its last Raiders game Sunday with the infield dirt from the A’s still in place. Oakland’s next “home” game is in London, and between byes and road trips, the Raiders won’t return to Oakland until after the baseball season’s over. And Oakland is the final dual-use baseball-football stadium still hosting games in the NFL ... for a few more weeks, at least.

That’s a tiny tragedy, if only because it means ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:53 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: concrete ashtrays, multi-purpose stadiums, oakland coliseum

MLB: “Regret” over replay miscommunication in White Sox loss

SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has expressed “regret” over a miscommunication that resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Chicago White Sox against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Seattle’s Omar Narvaez hit a ball off the top of the wall in the bottom of the 10th inning that was ruled a home run by umpires. The ball did not clear the fence, and had a replay review been conducted, Narvaez would have been awarded a double and the game would have continued tied at 1.

“In last night’s game there was conversation between the umpires and the White Sox as to the procedure for potentially reviewing two different aspects of the game-ending play,” MLB said in a statement Sunday. “There was then a misinterpretation regarding ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: replay, white sox

Tigers lose 104th game, move closer to first overall pick

DETROIT (AP) — In the big picture, the Detroit Tigers are helping themselves with a bad finish to a terrible season.

Edwin Jackson allowed five runs in five innings, and the Tigers took control of the race for the top pick in next June’s amateur draft with an 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire isn’t looking at the grand scheme,

“This is a young, tired baseball team that has played a lot of games without much time off, and we’ve got a few more days before we get a day off,” Gardenhire said. “That’s not an excuse, though. We didn’t play well today. We need to be better tomorrow.”

Mind you, many are the #1 draft picks to have marginal value at best, so it isn’t really something ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: draft picks, the agony of defeat, tigers

LEADING OFF: Cubs’ Rizzo to get MRI, Suárez slugs away

BIG TEST

The Cubs are sending star slugger Anthony Rizzo for an MRI after he sprained his right ankle Sunday, hoping the first baseman can still help with their postseason push. Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning during a 16-6 win over Pittsburgh. He had to be helped off the field and could not put pressure on the leg. X-rays taken at Wrigley Field showed no fractures, but Chicago will get a clearer prognosis from the MRI. Chicago’s postseason pursuit has already been hindered by an injury to shortstop Javier Báez, who is out for the rest of the regular season with a hairline fracture of his left thumb.

SEEING RED

Eugenio Suárez takes aim at the major league home run lead as the Reds open a series at ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, athletics, eugenio suarez, ryan braun

Yoan Moncada has gone from ‘strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven’

Yoan Moncada is finishing off a breakout season and he has gotten there with a different approach at the plate.

When Moncada came up through the minors and even in his first two years in the majors, he was known for drawing plenty of walks. At every stop of the minors and in each of his first two seasons with the White Sox, Moncada walked in well north of 10 percent of his plate appearances.

This season, which is inarguably his best in the majors, he has 39 walks in 510 plate appearances. After Moncada added three hits in Sunday’s 11-10 loss to the Mariners, he is now hitting .308/363/.537 with 23 home runs, 72 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

Sunday’s 3-for-5 game added to his red-hot September. Moncada is hitting .436/.492/.636 in 14 games ...

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: impactful bat heaven, strikeouts, yoan moncada

Citi Field duel shows why the NL Cy Young is a two-horse race

NEW YORK—As the baseball season draws to a close, awards debates tend to draw life from the players that can perform their best in a stretch run.

A crowd of nearly 40,000 was treated to just that Saturday night at Citi Field.

“That’s kind of what I was hoping for,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team fell to the New York Mets, 3-0.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jacob deGrom worked in lockstep throughout the evening. Whether they care to admit it, Ryu and deGrom were bidding against each other for the National League Cy Young Award.

Max Scherzer, meanwhile, wonders if it was that he was entered into a competing race and couldn’t make this one, or that no one remembered to pay the fee to enter him into the race.

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QLE Posted: September 16, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cy young award, hyun-jin ryu, jacob degrom

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ichiro wins Seattle’s heart again with moving speech ahead of walk-off win

The Seattle Mariners are spending their penultimate weekend at home this season honoring future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki’s career with “Ichiro Weekend,” which kicked off Friday night in Seattle.

The 45-year-old retired from playing after the Mariners’ season-opening series against the Oakland Athletics in his native Japan. Ichiro has been serving as a special adviser to the team since early in the 2018 season, but came back to take the field for a final time in Tokyo.

After playing the first of three games against the White Sox on Friday, the Mariners hosted Ichiro Fireworks Night. Then Saturday night, in addition to giving out Ichiro bobbleheads, the team staged a pregame ceremony in his honor — before the team walked off ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 11:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: farewell, ichiro suzuki, mariners


Why the waterfront site is ideal for new Oakland A’s ballpark - SFChronicle.com

What does this leave out?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 05:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

Mike Trout will undergo season-ending foot surgery this week | LA Times

Mike Trout’s stellar 2019 season is officially over.

The Angels center fielder will undergo season-ending surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot, the team announced Sunday. Manager Brad Ausmus says Trout will not play again this season. Morton’s neuroma is a condition that causes pain in the the ball of the foot.


Athletics’ Mike Fiers, now clean shaven, reveals story behind bizarre beard | Sporting News

Fiers said the creation of the beard was something fun that he and his teammates came up with and it was mainly sported to create fun morale in the clubhouse.

“We were just looking up fun things to do because I was thinking about shaving my beard and starting fresh,” Fiers said. “But we were thinking about something funny to do and we were searching on Google for funny beards and that was one of them that came up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mike fiers

Diamondbacks, Las Vegas had secret talks about relocation | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed a nondisclosure agreement with the city of Las Vegas more than a year ago, suggesting that Nevada’s largest city might have followed the city of Henderson in discussing the Major League Baseball team’s potential relocation from Phoenix.

It is unclear exactly how far discussions have advanced between Las Vegas and the Diamondbacks or whether those talks are ongoing. The nondisclosure agreement indicated both parties were evaluating or pursuing “certain mutually beneficial opportunities.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2019 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Here are baseball’s top 20 free agents to be

If it feels like last year’s free agency just ended, that’s because it did. The “winter” technically stretched into early June, when Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel finally signed with the Braves and Cubs, respectively.

But it won’t be very long until we fire up free agency yet again, and, despite some rumors to the contrary, there’s a ton of talent on the table after the 2019 World Series wraps.

Here, we’ll take a look at some early free-agent power rankings (20 players for 2020). But like so much of life, it gets complicated. The market will be drastically affected by what happens with various opt-outs and option clauses. For this list, we’re going to leave off guys whose options are likely to be exercised or whose ...

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Red Sox on track for $13M luxury tax despite mediocre record

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs.

The World Series champions’ payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on opening day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. That is well over the $206 million threshold where the tax begins.

As of opening day, the Red Sox were projected for an $11.76 million tax.

Boston entered Saturday with a 77-70 record, 8½ games out for the second AL wild card with 15 games remaining. The Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski last weekend.

Sometimes, it’s nice to have a ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: luxury tax, red sox

David Glass reflects on 20 years as Royals owner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass leaned on the Royals dugout rail, talking earnestly with third-base coach Mike Jirschele and clutching a baseball in his hand. It was mid-afternoon, 88 degrees and humid.

“But I’m here because where else would you want to be on a Saturday evening but the ballpark?” Glass said with a smile. “I’m not going to stop enjoying baseball. I went to my first game in 1946 and I’ve been a baseball junkie ever since.”

The current Kansas City franchise owner was in his element. Ahead was the impending sale of the Royals to a group headed by Kansas City businessman John Sherman, but Glass was savoring a day in the dugout and on the field.

With the front-running Houston Astros in town, Glass watched ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david glass, royals

Braves clinch playoff spot behind Acuña Jr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves celebrated another playoff berth with heavy hearts.

Ronald Acuña Jr. ignited the decisive four-run rally with the go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, as the NL East leading Braves wrapped up a playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The victory also eliminated the Phillies from winning the NL East.

But there was no celebrating in the postgame clubhouse, as the team remained concerned about utility man Charlie Culberson, who was struck directly on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball in the seventh on the first pitch by Nationals reliever Fernando Rodney.

“He was good when he went to the hospital. I mean, he was alert and all of that stuff,” ...

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QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, charlie culberson, pennant race

Mets vs. Noah Syndergaard: The disagreement that could cost them a playoff spot

NEW YORK – Noah Syndergaard and Mickey Callaway aren’t on the same page regarding the value of pairing Syndergaard with his preferred catcher, Tomas Nido.

And it was made clear again Friday.

Syndergaard would rather throw to Nido than the Mets’ starting catcher, Wilson Ramos. There’s a certain comfort level with Nido. Syndergaard also benefits from Nido’s ability to better frame the low ball.

The Mets’ dilemma is that to appease Syndergaard and start Nido, it would leave Ramos, the NL’s hottest second-half hitter entering Friday, on the bench.

So, is this Peak Metsness, or can this be topped?

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2019 at 12:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mickey callaway, noah syndergaard, tomas nido, wilson ramos

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Is Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen the latest star sent packing by Derek Jeter’s Marlins?

NEW YORK — Zac Gallen had just moved into his Miami apartment.

Two weeks later, he needed to move out.

A day after making his seventh career start with the Marlins and lowering his ERA to 2.72 with seven innings of two-run, eight-strikeout ball, the rookie right-hander was summoned to manager Don Mattingly’s office.

Gallen, who was just beginning to get acclimated to his new surroundings, initially assumed the coaching staff wanted to go over his last outing. But the Marlins had other plans on July 31 — and they weren’t sending Gallen back down to the minors.

Question- what do we do when Betteridge’s Law points to one answer to a question and what we’ve seen of the Marlins in action points to another?

 


DOES DAVE STIEB DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE AT THE HALL OF FAME?

Stieb appeared on one BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) ballot, in 2004. A total of 506 ballots were cast. Stieb received a measly 7 votes. With a 1.4% tally, Stieb was wiped away from future BBWAA ballots, having failed to meet the minimum threshold of 5%. Did Stieb get a raw deal? Did he deserve a longer look? And, does he deserve another look this fall by the “Modern Baseball” Eras Committee, the second chance balloting process that used to be called the Veterans Committee?

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: September 14, 2019 at 07:07 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dave stieb, hall of fame, veterans committee

Justin Upton Done For Season | MLBT

Already eliminated from American League playoff contention, the Angels don’t have much left to play for this season. They’ll go through their final meaningless couple weeks of the year without left fielder Justin Upton, who’s dealing with patella tendinitis in his right knee

No Trout, no Ohtani, no Upton.

Anyone want my tickets to tonight’s game?

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 14, 2019 at 03:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin upton


What really goes into a mound visit with Max Scherzer?

WASHINGTON—Max Scherzer provided the unforgettable visual on June 2, camera squared on his face and a single effective word launched from his mouth. “No!”

Davey Martinez was approaching from the dugout. Scherzer had struck out a batter for the 14th time before Martinez began his advance. It took nine pitches, including a final slider. His pitch count hit 117. Joey Votto was coming up. Martinez stepped on to the dirt of the mound while greeted by a sneer.

This scenario is one for lore. Angry, ornery ace refuses to leave his mound. Manager absorbs kickback. It fits Scherzer’s personality and the narrative developed by it. In fact, he was doing this as far back as college at Missouri. Top of the ninth, Tigers lead 2-1, two outs, ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, mound visits

As Giants say bye to Bruce Bochy, uncertainty surrounds coaching staff

SAN FRANCISCO—The Madison Bumgarner sign outside the Second Street entrance at Oracle Park has been replaced by an even bigger one honoring his longtime manager. On the left field wall, there’s a picture of Bochy tipping his cap with a message—“Thank you Boch!”—that’s popping up all around the ballpark.

The next two homestands for the Giants largely will be about honoring Bochy, and for good reason. But there are others who are possibly coming to the end of the line, too.

The Giants on Tuesday let go of eight pro scouts, including a few men who had been with the organization for a long time. Farhan Zaidi is assessing the amateur scouting staff and the front office he inherited, and when the season ends, he will sit down with members of ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, coaching staffs

Report: Las Vegas also inquired about Arizona Diamondbacks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A report says Las Vegas followed neighboring Henderson in talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, possibly about moving the Major League Baseball team from Phoenix to southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports it obtained documents showing the team and Las Vegas signed a nondisclosure agreement in August 2018, two weeks after signing a similar pact with Henderson.

The Review-Journal reported the Henderson contact last month, but said discussions stalled.

My apologies for this being the link- the Review-Journal article is pay-walled for me.

Turning to the actual content- is it just me, or is the moving of a MLB team to Las Vegas a bit alarming, given how close MLB has gotten with gambling interests ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, las vegas, relocations

At 43, Lew Ford’s Never-Ending Career Keeps Rolling as Player-Coach

The first time Lew Ford thought his professional baseball career had reached its end came 1,911 games, 11 teams, five leagues, three countries and 18 years ago. Back then, he was a 24-year-old outfielder buried in the Minnesota Twins’ farm system, frustrated that his first taste of Double A had gone so poorly in 2001. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science and living in Austin, Tx., he figured he could get a good-paying job with one of the local tech companies—one that would allow him to settle down and raise a family instead of playing for pennies. But before he gave up on the big leagues, he talked to his wife, Corri, about what the future might hold. They agreed that he’d give baseball one more shot.

“I ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: independent leagues, lew ford, long island ducks

Reports: Diamondbacks agree to extension with GM Mike Hazen

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports the extension had been discussed for the past 10 days. The length of the extension has not been reported.

The timing of the extension is notable given the potential threat of Hazen being swooped away by his former employer, the Boston Red Sox.

The D-backs’ GM for the past three seasons, Hazen had previously spent time in the Red Sox organization, who fired their president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Monday. While no interest or meetings had been reported, Hazen was naturally being linked to the position.

Mind you, given recent practices in Boston, I’d rather ...

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QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, general managers, mike hazen

Friday, September 13, 2019

How many bad teams would it take to beat the Astros, Dodgers or Yankees?

A more complicated way is to ask this: How many of these bad teams would it take to make up one of these great teams? Would a playoff superteam of the Royals, Orioles, Tigers and Marlins be able to hang with the super playoff teams in Houston, New York and Los Angeles? In an era of total teardowns on the bleak side of the standings and insatiable depth hoarding on the bright side of them, is there room for any good players on a last-place roster?

To answer this question took 17 tabs in a spreadsheet.

Here were the rules: We built 25-man rosters for the Astros, Yankees, Dodgers and Tigeroyiolins—on second thought, that’s the only time we’ll attempt to call them that. Henceforth, they will be the Superteam—based entirely on 2019 stats: a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2019 at 06:34 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Zack Greinke’s 8 pitch types keeps ‘em guessing

Greinke is a weird duck.  He throws a ton of different pitches (four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker, split finger, cutter, and eephus), and he throws them really slowly.  No kidding on the slow thing, some of his curve balls come in below 70mph.  It’s legal to drive as fast as some of his pitches.  But he’s really good.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: September 13, 2019 at 02:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, eephus, pitches, zack greinke

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