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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Angels and Trout agree (Report)

Seems like Trout will spend his whole career in LA. Money seems reasonable, but I’m curious if this supersedes the last two years of his current deal, or is an add-on starting in 2021.

Awaiting confirmation from the team…

JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: March 19, 2019 at 10:35 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, mike trout, money

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-19-2019

Memphis News Scimitar, March 19, 1919:

Charles W. Murphy, former president of the Chicago club of the National league, who recently purchased five shares of stock in the organization, has filed a petition in the circuit court for a writ of mandamus to compel officials of the club to allow him to examine its books and records.

The action is directed against Fred L. Mitchell, president, and John O. Seyes, secretary, who, Murphy alleges, refused his request that he and his attorney be permitted to examine the club’s records.

Seems like a reasonable enough request, but makes me wonder what in the world he was doing buying a chunk of a business without seeing the books first.

Speaking of reasonable requests, Babe Ruth’s holdout continues. He’s ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 19, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks to miss opening day with back injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. — New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks had a second cortisone shot for his ailing back and will not be ready for opening day.

Hicks was hurt while taking batting practice March 1.

New York manager Aaron Boone didn’t rule out Hicks returning during the second week of the season.

Depending, of course, on what’s actually in those shots….

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron hicks, back, injury, opening day

With Marlins lacking power, Mattingly preaching small ball

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — At a time when home runs dominate baseball’s offensive strategy, the Miami Marlins are zigging to the long ball’s zag.

Manager Don Mattingly realizes that if his Marlins are going to score runs, most often they’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way — one at a time rather than in bunches.

“We’ll have to be a little more creative and a little more traditional,” Mattingly said. “Anytime we have a chance to score a run I think we’ve got to look at trying to score a run. I think the trend in the game is, don’t give up outs, don’t give up big innings. That may work for some clubs, not sure that it works for us.”

In case anyone was still wondering why “small ball” has such a terrible ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, marlins, small ball

Dodgers promote Brandon Gomes to VP and assistant GM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant general manager, continuing the former major leaguer’s climb up the front-office ranks.

The 34-year-old former pitcher had been serving as director of player development since 2016. He joined the Dodgers’ front office after a five-year career with Tampa Bay Rays.

Gomes began with the Dodgers as their minor league pitching coordinator under then-director of player development Gabe Kapler, who now manages the Philadelphia Phillies.

Having middle relievers become front-office figures would appear to be the new market inefficiency….

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon gomes, dodgers, front office

MLB’s Leroy Stanton, traded with Nolan Ryan, dies in crash

Stanton hailed from Latta, South Carolina, and spent nine years in the MLB, appearing in more than 800 games as an outfielder. He started with the New York Mets in 1970, and was part of the later-infamous 1971 trade that sent Nolan Ryan, Stanton and two other Mets to the then-California Angels.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: leroy stanton, rip

MLB players revel in Japan’s ‘carnival’ stadium atmosphere

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball aren’t really so different on the field. Everyone is playing the same game and the rules are more or less the same, with some exceptions.

But as the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics found out during their exhibitions against the Yomiuri Giants and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, respectively, the leagues are worlds apart in the stands, where Japanese fans take an active role in creating an atmosphere that’s a lot different than in MLB.

“That was awesome,” Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon said after facing the Giants. “It was awesome. They care about baseball. It’s an exhibition game, 46,000 people here (actual attendance: 46,315). That’s awesome. You don’t see ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, neutral site games, stadium

Cubs’ Baez has new magic tricks ready for this season

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It does not take Javier Baez long to show off his magic tricks, even in a spring training game.

The Chicago Cubs star singled in the first inning on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies and stole second, escaping a tag by shortstop Garrett Hampson with a deft swim move.

“I wasn’t planning on doing it — I just reacted to it,” Baez said. “I got a good jump but I took forever to be full speed and the ball beat me. I saw it and just reacted to it. That’s my first attempt to steal a bag in spring training. I just did it. We’ll see how it goes.”

Last year, as we all remember, Javier Baez successfully caused the Cubs’ offense to disappear.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, magic

Opening day intrigue: Ichiro keeps ‘em guessing about future

TOKYO — This is the Ichiro effect.

Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the Japanese-American to travel here from his home in Hayward, California, was Ichiro Suzuki; not family ties, not pure wanderlust, but a chance to see a player he called “simply the best.”

And get this. He’s not even a Mariners fan, which he’s advertised by wearing his A’s jersey around the Tokyo Dome.

He’ll be there Wednesday when Major League Baseball opens the 2019 season with Seattle facing Oakland to start a two-game series. The 45-year-old Ichiro is expected to play in both. What happens next? Ichiro isn’t saying.

Ichiro, of course, will keep them guessing, because he wants to.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: future, ichiro suzuki

Dane Dunning undergoes Tommy John surgery as another White Sox prospect goes on the shelf

Another highly rated White Sox prospect will spend much of the next year in recovery mode.

Dane Dunning underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, the team told reporters in Arizona, pairing him with Michael Kopech as pitching prospects in recovery mode.

Dunning was shut down last June because of a forearm issue, the White Sox hoping to avoid Tommy John at that time. He wasn’t invited to big league camp this spring, with general manager Rick Hahn explaining that decision away as a way to ease Dunning into the 2019 campaign. But Dunning again experienced forearm discomfort during camp, and Hahn said last week that all options were on the table, including the Tommy John surgery that came Monday.

Think they regret not going for it vis a vis ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dane dunning, tommy john surgery, white sox

The openers experiment isn’t really an experiment anymore for Tampa Bay

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — They weren’t trying to change the whole game, just their own. They were secure enough to try, humble enough to allow that the whole thing could be very, very flammable. They let everyone laugh or grouse or turn away, whatever. In the end, as it happened, most were also taking notes.

So the Tampa Bay Rays won 90 games and had sparked, if not a movement exactly, certainly an inclination to reconsider the best way — or still another way — to 27 outs. That it didn’t look quite right, they’d leave others to judge, many of whom won fewer than 90 games. So.

What might’ve appeared to be some newfangled funk was, actually, the oldest of old school, which is trying to win a baseball game. That means standing ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:13 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: opener, rays

Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues—including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation—during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar with the meeting told ESPN.

After years of weathering criticism and lawsuits regarding minor league pay, MLB appears ready to remedy what long has been considered substandard treatment of its future players. The meeting took place within the last month, around the same time the Toronto Blue Jays were finalizing a new wage scale for their minor league players, which was first reported by The Athletic. The working agreement between MLB and the National ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, wages

Lowriders, piñatas, margaritas and the best new Minor League Baseball alter egos

Last year, Minor League Baseball introduced a new idea that turned a league that already loved its alter egos into a league where it was impossible to own all the cool hats.

The Copa de la Diversión series — which translates to “The Fun Cup” — was a way for baseball to pay homage to the game’s Latino influence and fans, as dozens of teams developed fun and colorful alter egos. We saw teams centered around Mariachis, Cucuys and Flying Chanclas, who would play a handful of games each year.

The whole thing was so cool that it deserved a sequel. MILB on Monday announced a total of 72 teams that were getting Copa de la Diversión alter egos for 2019, some old favorites, like those flying flip-flops and other new ones that seem ripe ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, promotions

MLB notebook: Kershaw will miss Opening Day start

For the first time since 2010, Clayton Kershaw won’t be the Opening Day starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The left-hander, who has started a club-record eight straight openers, was ruled out of the March 28 start against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to the persistent shoulder inflammation he has dealt with all spring. He has yet to pitch in a spring training game.

“When he’s ready to pitch for us is when he’s going to pitch for us,” said manager Dave Roberts, adding that it was unlikely Kershaw will begin the season on the active roster.

Roberts didn’t announce an Opening Day starter on Monday, but right-hander Walker Buehler is definitely in the mix. The last Opening Day starter for the Dodgers not named Kershaw was ...

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QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, opening day

Monday, March 18, 2019

Brewers make ‘Mean Girls’ parody vid

Craig Counsell seems like a good boss. And Brent Suter looks to be on track for being nominated for a short film Oscar in 15 years

Master of the Horse Posted: March 18, 2019 at 08:42 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

MLB Tries iPitch Watch In Spring Training Games

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse
2019.03.18 10:37

MLB is at Nationals’ camp today workshopping a new communication device for pitchers and catchers. It would allow catchers to type a pitch call (with location) into a watch that is connected to a watch the pitcher is wearing on the mound. An effort to eliminate sign-stealing.

* Computers do not always work as expected.
* The r.f. spectrum at ballparks is congested already.
* Catcher’s wrist movements could tell via high-resolution camera.
* Other unintended consequences.

 

Bote Man Posted: March 18, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rules, sign stealing, technology

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-18-2019

Red Sox owner Harry Frazee gives an update on his contract negotiations with Babe Ruth, Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1919:

“As far as Ruth is concerned, I have done everything possible to talk him into a reasonable frame of mind. Yet he remains obdurate and demands a contract that is absolutely out of the question. If I cannot come to terms with Ruth then I will get ready and see what other clubs will offer in the way of a trade…If Ruth doesn’t want to work for the Redsox at the handsome salary offered him, maybe we can make an advantageous trade for him with some other club.

Narrator: “They couldn’t.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 18, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, dugout, history

Passan: How Phillies’ 2018 clubhouse issues caused by Fortnite led to a smashed TV

When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates who he said spent portions of the game against the Atlanta Braves playing video games in the clubhouse. Santana grabbed a bat, retreated to the room at Citizens Bank Park where the gaming took place and smashed the TV to ensure there would be no more “Fortnite” the final two days of the season.

“I see a couple players—I don’t want to say names—they play video games during the game,” Santana told ESPN. “We come and lose too many games, and I feel like they weren’t worried about it. Weren’t respecting their teammates or coaches or the staff or the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Sunday, March 17, 2019

CarGo, Tribe reach minor league deal

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, confirming multiple reports.

If he’s added to the 40-man roster, Gonzalez will get a $2 million contract in the major leagues. He can also earn $1 million in performance bonuses.

Gonzalez—the Rockies’ longtime charismatic outfielder, emotional leader and three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner—left the team as a free agent after the 2017 season, then returned to Colorado last March with a $5 million, one-year contract—a huge cut from his previous deal for $80 million over seven years.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 17, 2019 at 10:31 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gonzalez

Blue Jays ready to embrace change, finalizing minor-league pay increase of more than 50 percent – The Athletic

This is long overdue. Hopefully, the Blue Jays will gain a competitive advantage from the change which will further incentivize other teams to do the same.

A year later, the team is in the process of finalizing a pay increase of more than 50 percent for any player who is on a roster of an affiliated minor-league club, from the lowest rung in the Dominican Summer League to the highest level at Triple A, club officials told The Athletic.

“It puts us right now up at the top of the scale in the industry,” Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington said on Saturday. “My hope is it doesn’t stay that way. My hope is other teams eventually do the same.

“We hope that it allows our players to have the freedom and comfort ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2019 at 12:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, minor league pay

‘Rookie’ Kikuchi in spotlight in major league debut in Japan

TOKYO -Talk about a pressure situation.

Just as he was adjusting to life in the United States, Yusei Kikuchi is back in Japan getting ready to make his major league pitching debut in front of a sellout crowd at Tokyo Dome.

From his new teammates, to his Japanese fans to his family and friends, everyone will be expecting Kikuchi to come up with a dominant performance when he takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in Game 2 of the season-opening series against the Oakland A’s.

So, how well do you suppose that you’d do, under these circumstances?

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, mariners, yusei kikuchi

San Francisco Giants host game between Paradise High, Corning Union High to lift spirits of those affected by devastating Camp Fire

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO)—It was no ordinary day. And it was no ordinary baseball game. The Paradise High School Bobcats played Corning Union High School at the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park on Saturday.

The deadly and devastating Camp Fire took Paradise High’s field, many homes of the players and much of their town.

That’s what made this day so special.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: camp fire, china basin, giants, high school baseball, paradise

The Legend of Pedey appears to be back for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sometimes it seems The Legend of Pedey is greater than the man himself, which is saying something and, also, how legends—and love affairs—work, except that Pedey himself is still, you know, right here.

Dustin Pedroia is 35, has played in three baseball games since the fall of ‘17, stood with his chin on the rail as the Boston Red Sox put another championship on the wall, and otherwise, until lately, has dragged his bum left knee to and from the ballpark. As it is undeniably hard for him to watch a baseball game, it is perhaps harder still to watch him watch a baseball game, like watching a greyhound shiver in a starting gate. That never opens.

Having the Red Sox win with Pedroia in a hoodie, and with them barely ...

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QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, nicknames, red sox, spring training

Phillies fans threaten Trent Thornton on Twitter after he hits Bryce Harper with pitch

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton is the newly crowned least popular man in Philadelphia after he plunked Bryce Harper in the ankle with a 96 mph heater in Friday’s spring training game.

The pitch was seemingly not intentional, and Harper is only day-to-day after undergoing X-rays, but that hasn’t stopped bringing the worst out of Philadelphia Phillies fans.

From a video of a fan confusing Javy Guerra for Thornton and calling him a coward as he walked toward the team bus to fans threatening Thornton on Twitter, it was not the best day for the many good fans of Philadelphia.

The sporting fans of Philadelphia get angry when people comment on their general reputation- then they act like this….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, phillies, trent thornton, twitter

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ichiro arrives in Tokyo, a sure sign baseball only days away

Ichiro Suzuki has arrived in Tokyo, a sure sign the Major League Baseball season is only days away from starting.

Wearing a gray and black hat pulled down to cover most of his head, the 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star slipped quickly through the arrival gate on Friday at Haneda Airport with hundreds of reporters and fans getting only a quick glimpse.

The Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics arrived within hours of each other on Friday on charter flights from the United States. They play on Wednesday and Thursday at the Tokyo Dome in the first two games of the 2019 season.

Ichiro could have ended winter six weeks sooner, if he wanted to….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japan, neutral site games, opening day

Brothers, friends and teammates: After 50 years, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva still going strong

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Every morning here Rod Carew pulls away from the hotel the Minnesota Twins put him up in, leaves wife Rhonda and cat Taz, bound for work. He drives the same route, the one that takes him by Tony Oliva’s place, timing it up so Tony is getting to the curb just as Rod eases to a stop. Every morning Tony waves, just in case, and smiles, of course.

Together, they cover the final few miles to the Twins spring training camp, park near the front door, say hello to the security guard, then walk to the clubhouse, where they will have their first meaningful conversation of the day.

Eat breakfast first? Or change into their uniforms first?

After the last couple of years, one is quite glad to hear that Carew is keeping on.

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QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rod carew, teammates, tony oliva, twins

Baker Mayfield visits Christian Yelich at Brewers camp and calls baseball his first love

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is closing his momentous week by visiting Milwaukee Brewers spring training camp in Arizona to meet up with his best bud, Christian Yelich.

Mayfield is friends with the Brewers outfielder and reigning MVP, and had plenty of quips to reporters about his intentions with the team, though his pure love of America’s Pastime wasn’t one of them.

The two stars became friends in early 2018 while training at the same facility in California, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That winter Yelich was traded to the Brewers by the Miami Marlins, so the Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Oklahoma ordered custom gear.

Show of hands- how many of you would have assumed that “Baker ...

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QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich

Lenny Dykstra cleared of charge he threatened to kill N.J. Uber driver, admits to minor offense

Charges that Lenny Dykstra threatened to kill an Uber driver in a wild, late-night ride that ended at a police headquarters in New Jersey last year were dropped Friday after the former baseball great agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Miralles Walsh reduced a charge of third-degree terroristic threats to a petty disorderly persons offense and dropped drug possession charges during a hearing in Union County.

Dykstra ‘s attorney, David Bahuriak, had argued a Linden police search of Dykstra’s belongings was improper and that there were no witnesses who could say Dykstra threatened the driver.

No matter how bad things get for Lenny, at least he can always look back to a decade ago, when he proved ...

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QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, uber

Angel Hernandez seriously ejected Astros manager A.J. Hinch in a spring training game

The baseball season hasn’t even started yet, and Angel Hernandez is already trending for the wrong reasons.

Hernandez, the home plate umpire during a spring training game on Friday between the Astros and Cardinals, tossed Astros manager A.J. Hinch one pitch into the bottom of the first inning.

Hinch grew irritated after a 1-2 pitch by Astros starter Forrest Whitley to the Cardinals’ Harrison Bader in the top of the first was called a ball. Bader later reached on an error.

So, how long before one or the other starts beating up marshmallow salesmen in their spare time?

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. hinch, angel hernandez, ejection, spring training

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija wants ties in MLB

Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija has an idea and he knows some people are going to find it weird.

He wants MLB games to end in ties.

“I don’t think we need to play extra-inning games,” he said, via the Mercury News. “End them in a tie, everyone gets one point like the Premier League. A win gets three points. Just end it at nine. We’re playing 162 games. Over that course of games, you should be able to tell who the best team is.”

If we’re going to be inundated with bad ideas as for rule changes, why not bad ideas from the players?

 

QLE Posted: March 16, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, jeff samardzija, manfred is thinking about it, rule changes, ties

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