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Friday, May 03, 2019

Sinclair buys all 21 former Fox sports networks from Disney

Nearly one year after the U.S. Department of Justice ordered Disney to sell off 22 Fox regional sports networks as a provision to its Fox deal, Disney has successfully unloaded the full package, and the winner is Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney and Sinclair have reached a deal for all 21 channels, with a price tag of $10 billion. That’s far cheaper than the $15 billion to $25 billion range most analysts had predicted Disney could get; Guggenheim Partners had valued the portfolio at $25 billion.

This deal, when official, will be the third sports TV move Sinclair has made in a short time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2019 at 10:11 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: television

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-3-2019

Washington Times, May 3, 1919:

The six American League players that engaged in all games their clubs played last year, have played in every game to date this season. One of them, Everett Scott, has not missed a single contest of the last 391 consecutive games played by the Red Sox.

Everett Scott: “Hold my beer and watch this.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 03, 2019 at 10:07 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Smash Mouth calls Phillies’ Bryce Harper a ‘jackass’ for spurning Giants

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a money-hungry “jackass” who deserves the boos he received at Citizens Bank Park the other night, according to 90s rock band Smash Mouth.

The Giants’ offer was shunned. Bryce might as well be walkin’ on the sun.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, phillies, smash mouth

Why Jesse Winker has been waving at Met fans after Reds’ victories

Could it be because he’s a preening, posing, lunkheaded jackwagon?  Naaaah….

Tim Anderson, Cody Bellinger win Player of the Month honors for April

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and Dodgers 1B/OF Cody Bellinger have earned Player of the Month honors for April, Major League Baseball just announced.

Anderson, 25, ended April batting .375/.394/.615 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 99 plate appearances. He was involved in a benches-clearing altercation with the Royals in mid-April after Brad Keller threw a fastball behind his back. Anderson apparently used some language that MLB didn’t like and received a one-game suspension.

Bellinger, 23, put together one of the best opening months in baseball history. He hit .431/.508/.890 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI in 132 plate appearances. Bellinger, Christian Yelich (2019), Álex Rodríguez (2007), and Albert Pujols (2006) are the only ...

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cody bellinger, player of the month, tim anderson

Chicago Cubs scout refurbishes Hyde Park elementary school baseball field with $200K grant

CHICAGO (WLS)—Cubs Scout Kerron Walker has a great vision for the baseball field he grew up on at Ray Elementary School.

“The kids need it. They are in need of something to do constructive,” Walker said. “Get together where they can have some fun. Where all the community can come together and play. And what greater thing than baseball and fields to do that on.”

The vision is now possible thanks to a $200,000 refurbishment grant from Scotts and Major League Baseball, who selected Ray’s field from 350 applications nationwide.



QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 04:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kerron walker, scout

MLB roundup: Syndergaard homers in 1-0 shutout

Noah Syndergaard did it all for the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon, as the right-hander tossed a four-hitter and produced the game’s only run with a third-inning homer in a 1-0 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Syndergaard’s second career shutout — and his second homer of the season and the sixth of his career — gave the Mets a split of the four-game series. He walked one and struck out 10.

The 1-0 win Thursday was the first in the Mets’ 58-year history in which the starting pitcher accounted for the run with a homer. Syndergaard (2-3) is the first pitcher to homer for the only run in his shutout since Bob Welch did it for the Dodgers on June 17, 1983, also against the Reds.

The opposite-field homer by Syndergaard ...

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:59 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: home run, noah syndergaard

David Price has become Boston Red Sox’s most outspoken man, doesn’t care if he’s criticized for it; ‘I don’t give a (expletive)’

BOSTON — David Price has been the Boston Red Sox’s best starting pitcher so far in 2019 with a 3.60 ERA, 3.19 FIP and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his five starts. He has also been Boston’s most outspoken player.

On a Red Sox team where many players are guarded around the media, Price, who will start for the Red Sox on Thursday in Chicago vs. the White Sox, is speaking his mind. He’s not holding back. He’s unaware of how his opinions have been received by the Boston media, and he’s not concerned about it, he said.

“I don’t know. One, I don’t care. Two, I don’t look for it. Three, I don’t give a (expletive). Period. Period,” Price said at Fenway Park earlier this week.

Price first spoke out about how Major ...

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Pat Connaughton’s First Pitch Attempt Proves He Was Right to Give Up Baseball

In 2014, Pat Conaughton faced a very difficult decision. He had been picked in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Orioles as a pitcher and had to decide whether he should quit playing basketball at Notre Dame and commit fully to baseball or hold out hope he could make it in the NBA. He ultimately decided on basketball and is now a key bench contributor for the Bucks.

Judging by Connaughton’s performance at Wednesday night’s Brewers game, he made the right decision.

Mind you, he still did far better than I would if placed in the same position….


QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: draft picks, first pitch, pat connaughton

The curious case of the retired MLB player who got suspended for PEDs

Baseball is a sport where there’s an inherent interest in seeing things we’ve never seen before. Whether it’s a home run landing somewhere we never imagined or an outfielder making a throw we can’t even comprehend. Baseball is at its best when it surprises us.

So how about this?

A former Seattle Mariners catcher who retired last year was suspended by Major League Baseball on Thursday for using performance enhancing drugs.

If you’re confused, that’s OK. We were too.

Something for all the fans of soft-boiled mysteries among us.


QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike marjama, peds, retired

Cleveland’s disastrous offseason will haunt them now that Corey Kluber is hurt

The Cleveland Indians are going to pay for not spending money in the offseason. After losing ace Corey Kluber to an arm fracture Wednesday, the preseason division favorites look vulnerable. They have no one to blame but themselves for that.

Cleveland entered the offseason with endless possibilities. While the club didn’t look as strong on paper as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or Houston Astros, it could have remedied that issue with an aggressive offseason approach.

The bullpen — which posted a poor 4.60 ERA in 2018 — was a major area of need. So was the outfield after Michael Brantley hit the market.

Cleveland responded to those concerns by ... trying to shed payroll. The team shipped out Yan Gomes after the catcher put ...

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:36 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians, offseason

Washington Nationals: Pitching Coach Derek Lilliquist Fired

Just a few moments ago Mike Rizzo met with the media and announced the Washington Nationals have parted ways with pitching coach Derek Lilliquist. Paul Menhart, who currently is the Nationals minor league pitching coach, will replace Lilliquist.

In his press conference, Rizzo stated that there were “preparation issues” that could have led to this decision to let go of Lilliquist.

Lilliquist took over as the Nationals pitching coach in 2018 after Mike Maddux was let go when Washington parted ways with Dusty Baker. In 2016 and 2017 under Maddux Washington was top three in the National League in team E.R.A. In 2018, Lilliquist’s first year, Washington finished ninth in the National League with a 4.04 team E.R.A.

The producers of ...

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: derek lilliquist, fired, nationals, pitching coach

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-2-2019

Columbus Dispatch, May 2, 1919:

One of the annual sports in the spring time is to watch the Cincinnati Reds get their big getaway. The Reds have won more first month pennants than most of their rivals in the National league put together, but they always fade when other pitchers begin to settle and the race squares away for a hard grind.

At this point, the Reds were 7-0. They lost 16 of their next 29 games, but things worked out okay in the end for the 1919 Reds.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 02, 2019 at 10:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Are Any Of MLB’s Breakout Teams For Real?

Statheads know that it usually takes roughly 70 games for baseball results to really start meaning something. On the first day of May a year ago, the New York Mets were 17-9 and the Los Angeles Dodgers were 12-16. Needless to say, both these teams’ fortunes would change: The Mets immediately collapsed into oblivion; the Dodgers went 80-55 the rest of the way and made the World Series. So the sensible move would be to sit tight and ignore the standings for a few more weeks.

But we obviously aren’t going to do that — it’s too much fun to speculate about which hot starts are for real. And MLB’s first full month had plenty of interesting results: As some favorites’ playoff chances have receded, other teams have put themselves in ...

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, statistics, teams

Top Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb suspended 80 games for PEDs

Logan Webb, one of the San Francisco Giants’ top pitching prospects has been suspended 80 games for PEDs. The substance: Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Which I dare you to say three times super fast.


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: logan webb, peds, prospects

Red Sox reportedly banned Fortnite from clubhouse

Fortnite is among the most popular video games now. As of this writing, over 148,000 people are watching people play the game on, a popular streaming website. That ranks third behind Grand Theft Auto V and League of Legends. Fortnite is popular among people in general, but also among Major League Baseball players. Trevor May, for example, pitches for the Twins, but when he’s not doing that, he streams as part of the esports team Luminosity Gaming. The Phillies had a clubhouse issue last season as players were reportedly playing Fortnite in the clubhouse during games, which resulted in Carlos Santana smashing a TV with a bat.

Some members of the Red Sox are big fans of Fortnite, including David Price, Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez, ...

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: banned in boston, red sox, video games

Shohei Ohtani says he’s ready to play when Angels allow it

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is disappointed he won’t return to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup this week.

The AL Rookie of the Year said Wednesday he’s ready to play whenever the team allows it.

Ohtani had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1, and he is currently taking the final rehab steps for his return. Although he won’t travel with the Angels for their series in Monterrey, Mexico, this weekend, he could be ready to play when the Angels visit Detroit on Tuesday.

In other words, he’ll play- when they want him to….


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

911 Call Data Confirms Wrigleyville Is A Terrible Place To Be During Cubs Games

The internet is full of anecdotal evidence that a professional sporting event is a great place to witness reckless, rowdy, and even violent behavior. But do they really present more dangers than can be found in any major American city on any given night? That’s what we aim to find out.

Because YouTube videos showing inebriated fans punching each other are no substitute for hard data, we had to come up with another way to discover if and which major sporting events tend to bring an uptick in requests for emergency services. To start with, we gathered public data on the number of 911 calls made in 11 of the biggest U.S. cities over the last few years. This includes incidents that might never prompt a police report, like car accidents or ...

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 911, wrigley field, wrigleyville

Babe Ruth rookie card sells for $130K after being discovered in an old piano

After being discovered along with more than 100 other vintage trading cards inside an old piano, a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie card sold for more than $130,000 this week.

For many years, Ruth’s rookie card wasn’t nearly as valuable as other items from fellow MLB legends such as Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb and “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, according to the card’s auction website. In fact, Beckett Goodwin, the card’s auction house, estimated it would sell for half the price it eventually went for, per the New York Post’s Jordi Lippe-McGraw. The same Ruth card—in better condition—went for $38,837 in 2009.

The Ruth rookie card depicts the longtime New York Yankees slugger during his days as a Boston Red Sox pitcher.

For those curious, it’s an M101-4, often ...

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, baseball cards, piano

‘Jeopardy!’ champ eyeing MLB GM position?

As a kid growing up outside of Chicago, James Holzhauer came home from school, turned on the TV and indulged in his two great loves: Cubs baseball games and “Jeopardy!” episodes, both of which aired in the afternoon.

“My dad would come home from work and turn the TV off,” Holzhauer said, smiling at the memory. “But I had already had my fun.”

Most kids are asked at least once in their childhood that standard question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Holzhauer had two items on his list: be a contestant on “Jeopardy!” and work in a Major League Baseball front office.

Needless to say, one-half of that to-do list has been checked off. Could the second be lurking around the corner?

On the one hand, one would like to ...

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, james holzhauer, jeopardy

MLB attendance is down again, and rebuilding teams are getting hit hard

If two rebuilding teams play a baseball game and no one was there to watch, did the game actually happen?

The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles put that to the test with a doubleheader Wednesday. If Game 1 was any indication, fans didn’t seem interested to watch two noncompetitive clubs go at it.

A similar thing could be said about the Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays. While the Rays actually have the best record in the American League, they typically don’t draw large crowds. Put them on the road against a struggling Royals roster, and you get a lot of empty seats.

Attendance has been an issue for Major League Baseball once again in 2019. After watching attendance drop by four percent in 2018, the early returns don’t ...

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, rebuilding

Cops Got Chased Out of Yankees Locker Room by Security for Trying to Get Autographs

​Last night was a memorable ​Yankee moment, as left-handed stalwart CC Sabathia ​notched his 3,000th career strikeout on the road against the Diamondbacks. I’m sure there were a lot of fans before and after the game trying to get an autograph from the big man, but two police officers went too far in their chase.

On Wednesday, while Sabathia was chilling in the visitors’ clubhouse, he was approached by two uniformed officers from the local sheriff’s department’s K-9 unit who asked for an autograph. CC, being the good guy he is, obliged and signed the baseball. But there’s more to the story.

Wonder how the Yankees would have responded if it were a home game for them….


QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: autographs, c.c. sabathia, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Report: George Springer received unspecified punishment for use of homophobic slur

During a seven-game homestand that included a three-game set versus the Twins, Astros outfielder George Springer was seen shouting a homophobic slur at umpire Ángel Hernández. Dawn Ennis of Outsports reports that Major League Baseball punished Springer in an as yet unknown way for his outburst.

On April 23, in the bottom of the eighth inning facing Tyler Duffey, Springer took a called strike three that he thought was ball four. Unhappy with Hernández’s call, Springer tossed his bat and argued with the umpire, appearing to say, “Ángel! That’s the same pitch you just called a ball.” Once he returned to the dugout, TV cameras happened to be on Springer when he clearly yelled, “F–king c–ksucker!” at Hernández.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: george springer

Good seats available: MLB’s early-season attendance issue continues

MLB’s overall attendance numbers are slightly down from last April, when they dropped precipitously, a dip the league attributed to poor weather. By the end of the season, league-wide attendance was down more than 3 million, dropping to 69,671,272, the lowest figure since 2003 and down nearly 10 million from its 2007 peak. Regional sports network ratings and digital streaming numbers are up year-over-year, according to a source familiar with the numbers.

April 2019 attendance was salvaged by the Philadelphia Phillies, whose year-over-year attendance gain of 11,660 fans per game nearly matches the combined jump of the 12 other teams posting better attendance in 2019.

Coming into Wednesday, MLB was averaging 193 fewer fans per game through ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance

Rich Hill: “I Want To Talk About My Son Brooks” (Player’s Tribune)

Don’t read this piece anywhere where you’re unwilling to be seen crying. It’s absolutely devastating. But you must read it.

In the final moments with our son, we sang our little guy a song that’s near and dear to our hearts. It was quiet. Almost like a whisper. But I’m positive that he heard us as we sung.

Take me out to the ball game

Take me out with the crowd

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

I don’t care if I never get back…

And when I held him in my arms and sang that song to him, I truly believe that Baby Brooks felt the boundless, never-ending love I have for him in my heart.

Esoteric Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox

Alex Cora explains why teams don’t treat rookies like crap anymore

Prior to the Red Sox’ game against the A’s the Red Sox manager reflected on just how differently first-year players are treated from when Cora broke into the big leagues 21 years ago.

“You have to include them,” the manager said. “They’re a part of it, and you’ve got to teach him the right way. I was taught a different way. You look back and sometimes it wasn’t fun. You’re part of the team. You come here to contribute and they treat you this way? I think they’re in a better place right now.

Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hazing, red sox, rookies

Indians lose Corey Kluber to broken forearm | CBS Sports

During Wednesday night’s loss to the Marlins (MIA 4, CLE 2), Corey Kluber suffered a broken right forearm when he was hit by a comeback line drive. The ball came off Brian Anderson’s bat at 102 mph, according to Statcast.
The Indians are already without righty Mike Clevinger, who is down with a back injury and is expected to be out until June. Cleveland has used off days to skip their fifth starter when possible the last few weeks, with righty Jefry Rodriguez filling in when necessary. He’s likely to fill Kluber’s spot full-time now.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 02, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, corey kluber, injury

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-1-2019

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 1, 1919:

Philadelphia and Brooklyn battled twenty innings to a nine-run tie score in the final game of their present series [in Philadelphia yesterday]. It was one of the most sensational contests ever played on the [Philadelphia] National League field. Both Joe Oeschger and Burleigh Grimes performed in the box throughout the four hours required to play the game.

So many crazy things in those three sentences. A 20-inning tie, 20 innings in four hours, both pitchers throwing complete games despite giving up nine runs, two 20-inning complete games, and Joe Oeschger’s first 20+ inning complete game coming almost exactly one year to the day before his second.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 01, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

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