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Friday, April 19, 2019

Man Sues L.A. Dodgers for More Than $2 Million, Alleges Security Guards Attacked Him ‘Unprovoked’

A man filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, alleging he broke his ankle after he was attacked by security guards during a game last year.

Daniel Antunez is seeking more than $2 million in damages, according to court documents obtained by KTLA.

The man was at a game with friends celebrating his birthday on April 24 last year when one of his friends spilled her beer on another fan seated below them. The fan called security guards who came over and asked Antunez and his friend to leave with them, according to the complaint filed Tuesday.

While standing with about 10 security guards, Antunez told them he needed to use a nearby restroom and proceeded to walk towards it. Three security guards then grabbed the plaintiff ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, security

Frustration with MLB umpires growing again after series of heated confrontations

It seems every season there’s a point where frustration with umpires starts to boil over.

We might have already reached that point this season following a series of heated confrontations that culminated with members of the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants calling out the umpiring crew from their series.

Specifically, Nationals manager Davey Martinez said he felt disrespected by Wednesday’s home plate umpire Tony Randazzo after disagreeing with his strike zone.

So, how long before the managers end up screaming at robots?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:06 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: umpires

The Mariners are fighting to be more than just average

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dee Gordon crooked his finger, raised his eyebrows and said, “Y’all wanna story?”

He started across the visitor’s clubhouse at Angel Stadium and with his baseball bat motioned to follow.

“C’mon,” he said.

When average wasn’t good enough for the Seattle Mariners, who actually were a lot better than average but refused to believe it, they chose to be something other than average, because there is no glory in average. Given their options, then, they opted for less than average, which seemed a bit of a cop-out, right up until they won 13 of their first 15 games this season. And if Mariners management was not going to fall for 89 wins in 162 games, imagine the shrapnel when trying to wrap its head around ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Yankees sign Logan Morrison, who once beefed with Gary Sanchez and called their fans ‘stupid’

The New York Yankees have signed veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor-league deal, the team announced on Friday. He will go to extended spring training before he ends up with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Morrison has an opt-out date of July 1 and will make $1 million if he’s added to the major league roster, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Morrison will have to prove himself before getting the call-up to the big-league lineup, but it’s going to be very interesting if he does end up in the New York clubhouse. When Morrison didn’t get an invite to the 2017 Home Run Derby, he took out his frustration on Gary Sanchez.

“Gary shouldn’t be here,” Morrison said. “Gary’s a great player, but he ...

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:00 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, logan morrison, yankees

MLB hands out suspensions after White Sox-Royals fight

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller was handed a five-game suspension Friday for intentionally throwing at Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson – an act that sparked a benches-clearing fracas at Guaranteed Rate Field earlier this week.

Anderson and White Sox manager Rick Renteria were also suspended one game apiece for their roles in the kerfuffle, which came after Anderson flipped his bat following a home run off Keller in the fourth inning of the Royals’ 4-3 win on Wednesday.

Sadly, I don’t think suspensions this short will do the slightest in discouraging this behavior….

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brawl, royals, suspensions, white sox

With elbow ‘barking,’ Mets’ Jacob deGrom sent back to New York for MRI

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is having his Saturday start pushed back because his elbow has been “barking” and will undergo an MRI, manager Mickey Callaway said before Friday’s game.

“DeGrom is going to be pushed back tomorrow, he’s not gonna pitch,” Callaway said. “He’s been under the weather, his elbow is a little barky. We’re gonna get him back to New York. Get him checked out, have an MRI, and go from there at this point.”

DeGrom had initially been pushed back from Friday to Saturday due to strep throat. As far as the elbow issue, Callaway said he first started feeling it Friday.

If enough of the Mets and Yankees get injured, while the teams have to merge for the rest of the season, and, if so, what name do they call themselves? ...Read More...

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow, jacob degrom, mets being mets, mri

Warriors get trolled by Athletics after Khris Davis extension

The Oakland Athletics are keeping slugger Khris Davis around for at least two more seasons. The team agreed to a two-year, $33.5 million extension with Davis on Thursday.

Locking players up is something that deserves to be celebrated, so it’s no surprise the A’s took out a full-page newspaper ad announcing the signing. The team’s decision to poke fun at the Golden State Warriors in that ad, however, was a bit unexpected.

The ad read, “KD commits to Oakland.” The team used the same phrase in the press release announcing Davis’ extension, so they were obviously referring to Khris Davis and not the other KD in town.

Remember when it felt like abuse to take cheap shots at the Warriors, instead of the exact opposite?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, basketball, kevin durant, khris davis

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Counterfeit Bryce Harper Jerseys

PHILADELPHIA – Well that didn’t take long. Transnational criminal organizations are quick to counterfeit any popular consumer merchandise and Bryce Harper’s Philadelphia Phillies jerseys are no exception.

Since Major League Baseball’s opening day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia have seized 314 counterfeit Harper jerseys and detained many more. If authentic, the jerseys would fetch a cool $44,040.

The seized jerseys arrived in six express delivery shipments. The largest shipment contained 204 Harper jerseys, the remaining parcels contained between 18 and 25 jerseys. All parcels arrived from Honk Kong and were destined to addresses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, jerseys, the long arm of the law


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-19-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 19, 1919:

Not only did the South treat the Pirates harshly in the matter [of weather], but it chilled the bank rolls of two Pirate athletes. Earl Hamilton and Erskine Mayer both reported losses [yesterday]...Mayer lost $60 and a lot of personal papers. Hamilton lost a few dollars less, but several notes and all told the loot amounted to a considerable amount.
...
Investigation revealed that the money had not been left loose in their room but that the rooms had been entered during the night and cash and other valuables stolen. Neither one of them lost any jewelry, the thief taking only the wallets.

Stealing from Pirates is a good way to end up walking the plank. Speaking of which, it really bums me out that ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 19, 2019 at 10:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ Out At Yankee Stadium Over Racist Songs

The Yankees have decided to no longer run Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during their seventh-inning stretch because of Smith’s affiliation with songs that carried racist lyrics.

But don’t getcher hopes up too much.

Bote Man Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: god bless america, music, yankee stadium

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Brewers’ Jeremy Jeffress talks about epilepsy, rehab realizations and his dog

SN: Was there a specific moment that you’re like, OK, I’ve gotta fix this? Or was it a gradual maturation process?

JEFFRESS: I think it was gradual. But there have been times you just open your eyes. Open your eyes, for real. People are trying to help you and you’re just steady going backwards. Sooner or later they’re going to stop. Coming up through the minor leagues, I’ve been to two rehabs. When I went over to Texas, I went through one rehab, and those moments … I was there with lawyers, judges in one rehab. I’m talking about professional people, you know? They had money, had their lives taken care of, but they’re still dealing with depression or pills or crazy drugs. They’re way older than me? You know, I could still be a successful ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 04:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jeremy jeffress

Major League Baseball abandons plans for $10 million academy at Birmingham’s George Ward Park

Major League Baseball no longer wants to build a $10 million baseball and softball academy at Birmingham’s George Ward Park and has instead turned its attention to a baseball complex in Vero Beach, Florida.

In an email obtained by AL.com, MLB representative Tony Reagins wrote: “We believe the youth of Birmingham would benefit from our programs, however the timing is not right and quite frankly may never be.”...

“I’ve spoken with Tony Reagins a large number of times. He said he was appalled at Birmingham politics and some of the comments made during the process. No one proposed an alternative. So, it seems to me Birmingham’s not interested as it may have seemed,” Abbott added.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 04:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: youth


From ‘blimp folder’ to Foot Locker: Fake jobs MLB players use to fool fans

Zack Britton, New York Yankees: I was out with my cousin one time and got to talking to some people, and inevitably someone asked what we do. We just didn’t feel like bringing up the whole baseball thing, so my cousin told him that we were football pylon manufacturers. First, he was like, “What’s that?” There happened to be a football game on, so we’re like, “See the thing at the goal line? Those are pylons.” He was like, “What? That’s a business?” There can’t be that much to know about manufacturing football pylons, right? We kind of just rolled with it, and the guy lost interest immediately. It’s not a conversation starter—it’s a conversation ender. And that’s kind of the whole point.

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 02:31 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: players


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-18-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 18, 1919:

Reports from the Redsox are that [Ray] Caldwell, the former Yankee pitcher, is acting up again. Further it is reported that Ed Barrow has asked for waivers on the big pitcher and is prepared to turn him adrift. Caldwell has long been his worst enemy.
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[Several years ago] Caldwell disappeared [after being suspended] and finally was located pitching for a team in Panama under an assumed name. Evidently Ed Barrow refuses to be bothered with Caldwell.

Barrow put up with Caldwell for a few months, having just acquired the flaky pitcher in an offseason trade. The Sox released Caldwell in August, he signed with the Indians later that month, and five days later got struck by lightning while he was on the mound. ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2019 at 10:40 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Vizcaino undergoes surgery, expected to miss rest of season

Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery Wednesday in New York. Altchek cleaned up Vizcaíno’s labrum, while also removing scar tissue from the right shoulder joint, the team said in a release.“He was in pain and tried to pitch through it,” Anthopoulos said. “He, with the club, his agent as well, decided this was the best course of action for him, short-term and long-term.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: arody vizcaino, braves

White Sox-Royals benches clear, managers go after each other | The Kansas City Star

Why can’t we all just get along?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tim anderson

Red Sox injury: Where things stand with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s knee | WEEI

If the Red Sox really want to get Chavis acclimated at 2B maybe they should play him there more than half the time.

The likely short-term solution is Tzu-Wei Lin, who impressed in spring training and has gotten off to a solid start with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-for-9 in his last two games. Top prospect Michael Chavis has shown good power (4 homers .250 batting average, .954 OPS), but is still acclimating himself to playing the second base position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox


Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2019

Pittsburgh Press, April 17, 1919:

Five members of the regular pitching staff of the St. Louis Nationals were injured [in St. Louis] yesterday when an automobile in which they were riding collided with a street car. The injured were William Doak, Leon Ames, Oscar Horstman, William Sherdel and Lee Meadows. The car was driven by Meadows.

That could have been very bad. Those five pitchers combined for 60 starts and 517 innings in 1919. That’s roughly 43 percent of their pitching staff.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

The Cardinals keep pitching to Christian Yelich, and he keeps making them pay for it

A quirk of Yelich’s season so far…all his homers have been hit at home.

Yelich’s splits.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, christian yelich

Steven Matz fiasco just latest dud from Mets rotation

“One of those nights,” Callaway said, more than once.

“That,” Matz said glumly, “was just a poor effort tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steven matz

Brian Cashman defends Yankees medical staff after Greg Bird injury

Is it time for the Yankees to just move on from Greg Bird?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

This pitcher went full ‘Matrix’ to avoid line drive

 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, collin mchugh

Exclusive: Giants acknowledge it’s finally time to explore moving in the fences at Oracle Park – The Athletic

The problem isn’t the park; it’s the players the Giants are playing. .

One of the owners, making casual conversation, asked whether the time has come for the Giants to reconfigure their beauty of a ballpark on the shores of McCovey Cove. Should they remove the hazard of bullpens in foul territory? And if so, should they seize that moment as an opportunity to reassess whether their pitcher-friendly ballpark has shifted from charming and idiosyncratic to disadvantageous and extreme?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pay site

Contract Extension Fever Isn’t Just About Economics | FanGraphs Baseball

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. The MLBPA needs to greatly raise minimum salaries. They should also push for added money for players based on playing time.

The table is sortable, so you can play around with it as you would like, but I’ll admit that I find it difficult to draw any general conclusions by examining each deal in its particulars. It does seem to be true, broadly speaking, that the deals involving several free agent seasons have been signed mostly by established players (Trout, Arenado,  Hicks, Bogaerts, and Goldschmidt) while those deals locking in cost certainty for years already under team control are mostly the province of younger, less-experienced players (Bote, Jiménez, Acuña, Albies, etc.). The young stars ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:17 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

Sale: ‘This is flat-out embarrassing’

Leon didn’t bring his magic pitch calling to the game yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

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