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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Matt Harvey suspended 60 games by MLB for distributing oxycodone

Right-hander Matt Harvey has been suspended 60 games for distributing a drug of abuse under Major League Baseball’s drug program.

Harvey, who is currently with the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate, said he provided oxycodone to late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Harvey’s admission in federal court came during the trial of Eric Kay, who was convicted on two felony counts of distributing the deadly drug fentanyl that ultimately lead to Skaggs’ death. During the trial, Harvey said he used cocaine and that he both gave and received oxycodone from Skaggs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 04:39 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, matt harvey

Why aren’t the Oakland A’s trying harder to fill their stadium?

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If you really take a look at what’s different for the A’s right now compared to other low points in their history, what’s curious is what the team is not doing to try and get butts in the seats. It’s that lack of action that inspires some to wonder if this isn’t the plot of a popular baseball movie, where the team wants it to look like baseball can never work in Oakland, so that they can leave Oakland and get a new park elsewhere.

“I know some people think it’s ‘Major League,’ but it’s not,” A’s president Dave Kaval said. “We wouldn’t be spending $2 million a month trying to get our waterfront ballpark approved if we weren’t serious about staying in Oakland.”

The question is whether the way ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 01:41 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

OMNICHATTER for Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Hombre Brotani Posted: May 17, 2022 at 01:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

FBI Corruption Probe Into Anaheim Mayor Sidhu Stalls the Angel Stadium Sale

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is calling for a 60-day pause on the Angel Stadium land sale –  as the FBI is taking a hard look at Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu for public corruption allegations.

The “FBI learned that the City of Anaheim was tightly controlled by a small cadre of individuals, including SIDHU, a particular member of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and others,” reads a Thursday affidavit from FBI agent Brian Adkins in Bonta’s court filing.

Sidhu’s attorney, Paul Meyer, declined to comment, saying it would “premature” at this stage to do so, in a Monday text message.

According to the affidavit, Adkins apparently wiretapped the cell phones of people close to Sidhu, capturing conversations and messages ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Adam Jones: My Next Chapter

Adam Jones is retiring.

As an older guy, I honestly wasn’t ready for the level that teams practice at in Japan. In America, we work our tails off during spring training, and then when the season gets rolling, it’s basically all about the games. But in Japan, every day, every practice, is like the most focused spring training practice of the year.

There’s no fooling around. It’s all about getting better. Pitchers are doing fielding practice three or four times a week … in July. Infielders are taking thousands of ground balls even during the later part of the season. It’s baserunning drills, bunting practice, and on and on. Everything is all about trying to reach perfection when it comes to every element of the game.

So what ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones

Monday, May 16, 2022

OMNICHATTER for Monday, May 16, 2022

Hombre Brotani Posted: May 16, 2022 at 05:27 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Struggling Kansas City Royals fire hitting coach Terry Bradshaw, promote Alec Zumwalt to role

The Royals fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw and promoted Alec Zumwalt to fill his role Monday in a shakeup of the coaching staff that they hope will wake up one of the worst offenses in the majors this season.

The Royals have scored 118 runs through their first 32 games, better only than the Tigers, Orioles and White Sox, and their 21 home runs trail only the Tigers and Red Sox for the worst total in the big leagues.

The Royals began the day 12-20 and 6½ games behind the Twins in the AL Central.

“Baseball is constantly shifting and we have to continue to self-evaluate and make sure we’re giving our players everything they need to be successful at the highest levels,” Royals general manager J.J. Picollo said in a statement. “Our ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2022 at 03:41 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: royals

Why the Rockies hired Sterling Monfort as one of the majors’ youngest pro scouting directors

“It’s not like he was given this opportunity because of who he was (in relation to Dick) — it’s because he was the right person to get the opportunity, period,” Rosenthal said. “Like the old saying in baseball goes, ‘You can’t trick scouts.’ He did it the right way, in their eyes.

“He cut his teeth, he worked his butt off, he scouted across the country, he came early and he stayed late. Schmidt and our guys truly believe in him as an evaluator.”

A graduate of Eaton High School, where he won two Class 3A state titles, and Arizona State University, where he played club ball, Monfort worked on the Coors Field grounds crew while in college. He began his baseball career as a coaching intern with the rookie-league Grand ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2022 at 03:25 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Now pitching for the Cardinals ... Albert Pujols?

In a 22-year career, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols has done just about everything on the baseball field. That is, until he took the mound at Busch Stadium on Sunday night.

That’s right: In the Cardinals’ 15-6 win over the Giants, the veteran slugger pitched an inning—something he’d never done in 2,987 career games.

With the Cardinals leading, 15-2, entering the ninth, manager Oliver Marmol handed the ball to Pujols to close out the game. Which he did ... but not before allowing four runs on three hits, giving him a career 36.00 ERA. The man with 681 career homers gave up two long balls—hey, now he knows how it feels.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 10:47 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols

Reds don’t allow a Bucs hit—but lose

Rookie Hunter Greene carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning but still ended up being on the wrong end of a 1-0 Reds loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

While throwing 118 pitches—the most in the Majors this season—Greene worked 7 1/3 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts. With one out in the eighth inning, the 22-year-old issued back-to-back walks as he showed signs of fatigue. Reliever Art Warren took over and after walking his first batter, Ben Gamel, induced what should have been an inning-ending double play.

On Ke’Bryan Hayes’ ground ball to second base, Alejo Lopez bobbled the ball in his glove and could only notch one out on the play as Rodolfo Castro scored the game’s lone run.

Greene was the first Reds rookie to take a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 04:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter greene, no-hitter, pirates, reds

Ex-Mets and Phillies pitcher dies at 57, joining 5 other ex-Phillies to die of brain cancer recently

Former Mets prospect and pitcher David West, who also pitched for the Phillies, has died of brain cancer at 57 , the Phillies announced on Saturday.

West was a fourth-round pick of the Mets in the 1983 MLB Draft, and he pitched two seasons for them, before spending four seasons with the Minnesota Twins, including 1991, when they won the World Series.

West was traded to the Phillies on Dec. 5, 1992, spent four seasons in Philadelphia, then finished his career with the Boston Red Sox in 1998. He pitched in 1997 with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan.

With the Phillies in 1993-96, West, a member of the 1993 National League championship team, made 122 appearances, mostly out of the bullpen. He had a 15-18 record and a 3.50 earned run ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 02:36 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brain cancer, david west, obituaries, phillies

Houston Astros acquire utilityman Mauricio Dubón from San Francisco Giants

The Houston Astros acquired utilityman Mauricio Dubón in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Dubón is batting .239 with two homers and eight RBIs in 21 games this season. He has big league experience at second base, third base, shortstop and center field.

“He really came together as a man, as a teammate, and as a baseball player,’’ Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “This is a great opportunity for him.’‘

The Giants received minor league catcher Michael Papierski in the deal. Papierski was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 01:38 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, giants, mauricio dubon

Saturday, May 14, 2022

What’s New to Eat at Dodger Stadium, 2022 Edition (Eater LA)

From cocktails to desserts to chicken taquitos, these new dishes have something for everyone…

Dodger Stadium boasts plenty of fan food favorites to choose from, like the beloved traditional or plant-based Dodger Dog, garlic fries, the $21 michelada, or nachos in a mini baseball hat. Fans (who follow a few key rules) can even bring in outside food, either packed at home or picked up from local restaurants nearby. During the 2022 season — depending on the section — some new items are available for fans sporting Dodger blue or any team gear; let’s dig in.

I do have to give the Dodgers credit for revamping their food options in recent seasons. What once was just peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and soggy Dodger Dogs, now stadium concessions has ...


Braves to sell $151 burger at Truist park

Ah well, it’s a better use of money than signing Hector Olivera.

Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 14, 2022 at 08:46 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: food

CC Sabathia is Jacked

After retirement, he started golfing and replaced much of his fat with muscle.

eric Posted: May 14, 2022 at 04:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: best shape of his life, fatass, yankees

King of Throws: Tom House has reinvented himself (again)

It almost defies belief, but five of the Rangers’ nine primary pitchers during Ryan’s first two seasons with the club — the other four being Hough, Rogers, Kevin Brown and Jamie Moyer — played into their 40s. Ryan, Hough and Moyer make the list of the eight oldest players of the modern era. They were righties and lefties, control artists and fireballers and each was looking for ways to extend their careers. No matter their demographic, they had one thing in common: They all learned how to maintain their pitching arms from Tom House. ...

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 14, 2022 at 11:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching coaches, pitching mechanics

For first time in 3 years, MASN’s Kevin Brown calls an Orioles road game in person: ‘Overwhelmed with gratitude’

It hadn’t been so easy in past years, when Brown called games off television monitors at Camden Yards even with the team on the road. And entering 2022, the Orioles and Nationals — which both air on the Orioles-owned MASN — were the lone sets of commentators still doing virtual broadcasts.

But at 8:30 Monday night, Brown received a call from Adam Martiyan, a coordinating producer at MASN, telling him to pack a bag. It was an unexpected turn of events. For Brown, though, in his first year as the Orioles’ lead play-by-play broadcaster, the prospect of calling his first in-person road game in three years was made more special by the location of that road game, where the Long Island native used to come to games with his father.

NattyBoh Posted: May 14, 2022 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore orioles, broadcasters, covid, masn

Back-to-back perfect games? Almost

One week after throwing Nippon Professional Baseball’s first perfect game in 28 years, Roki Sasaki nearly did it again.

The Chiba Lotte right-hander struck out 14 over eight perfect innings against Nippon before being pulled. The 20-year-old struck out the side in the eighth inning while reaching 101 mph, but was lifted with the score tied 0-0 after throwing 102 pitches. Chiba Lotte would go on to lose the game, 1-0, in 10 innings.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 14, 2022 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, perfect games

Major League Baseball has a lightning problem, study shows

During a night when every Major League Baseball team is in action, odds are that lightning activity is unsafely close to at least one of its stadiums, a recent study found.

Talk about a wide strike zone.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Trevor Bauer’s Dodgers days likely numbered if he wins appeal

The Dodgers are seen as likely to cut embattled pitcher Trevor Bauer and take the financial hit — almost exactly $60 million is left on his then-record $102 million deal — should he win a big enough reduction in his two-year ban that time still remains on his contract.

Though the Dodgers are consistently not commenting on the Bauer situation, they remain PR- and fan-conscious, and key decision-makers are apparently as turned off as MLB by the allegations against Bauer, who drew a record 324-game ban (on top of the 99 games he’d already missed) in his domestic abuse case. That they may not need him – they lead MLB with a 1.78 rotation ERA – is almost beside the point.

There is believed to be little support inside the Dodgers ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 05:04 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: trevor bauer

When A-Rod, Jeter and more posed shirtless

But at some point, the shirts came off, and multiple photos were taken at different angles. How, or why? There are varying opinions on it.

“I’m pretty sure it was nothing scripted,” Verducci said. “It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s think about pictures we’d like to get and, hey, why don’t we get a picture of all these guys shirtless?’ I was definitely not aware of that. I think it was an impromptu shot.”

Iooss wasn’t sure if he asked the group to remove the shirts or someone just went ahead and did it. Either way, he seemed to hint at one particular person to de-shirt first.

“I’m sure A-Rod was the first to take it off,” he said. “Oh yeah, he was like Ronaldo or something.”

And then the rest of the four players followed suit.

“I worked out ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 04:20 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, derek jeter

Ted Leitner, Larry Lucchino to join Padres Hall of Fame

Together, Ted Leitner and Larry Lucchino will enter the Padres Hall of Fame.

The team announced Friday that Leitner, the longtime radio (and sometimes TV) broadcaster for the Padres from 1980 through 2020, and Lucchino, the club’s president and CEO from 1995 to 2001, will be inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame before the July 7 game against the San Francisco Giants.

The ceremony, fittingly, will be at Petco Park, which likely would not exist without Lucchino, hired by John Moores two years after spearheading efforts to build Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

“We knew right from the outset that this was all about a ballpark play to stabilize the team,” Lucchino said by phone Friday afternoon. “But I had been warned by various people ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 03:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: padres

Kumar Rocker, New York Mets’ 2021 first-round pick who didn’t sign, joins independent Tri-City

Right-hander Kumar Rocker agreed Friday to a contract with the independent Tri-City ValleyCats after failing to sign with the New York Mets last summer.

A 22-year-old right-hander who was a junior at Vanderbilt, Rocker was selected by the Mets with the 10th overall pick in last year’s amateur draft. Rocker was the only player among the first 29 picks who failed to sign, and the Mets lost the $4,739,900 slot value available for draft signings that was assigned to Rocker’s pick.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 03:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kumar rocker

Padres nearing deal with Robinson Canó

After being released by the Mets, Robinson Canó appears to have found a new home. The Padres are closing in on a Major League deal with the eight-time All-Star, sources told on Thursday.

The move, which was first reported by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, is not yet final, and the team has not announced the details.

The 39-year-old Canó was designated for assignment by the Mets on May 2 despite still having two years and $37.6 million left on his contract. He batted .195 with one home run and three RBIs in 12 games with New York in 2022. After being DFAed, Canó would make the veteran minimum in San Diego.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 01:21 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, robinson cano

The Reds are on a historically putrid 125-loss pace; here’s why things may not get better anytime soon

Not surprisingly, the Reds are doing nothing particularly well so far in 2022. They rank a middling 15th in MLB in runs scored and 24th in OPS. They’re 29th in Defensive Efficiency, which is the percentage of balls in play that a team converts into outs. Cincy pitching, though, has been on a plane all its own. Right now, Reds moundsmen are lugging around an ERA of 6.61 on the season. That’s the worst in MLB by a cavernous margin—the Pirates and Nationals are tied for 29th with an ERA of 4.81. To pitch to a 6.61 ERA as a collective during a season in which run-scoring has been down markedly is a feat. If that holds up, then it’ll be the second highest team ERA since 1900. Only the 1930 Philadelphia Athletics fared worse with a 6.71 ERA. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 13, 2022 at 01:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Thursday, May 12, 2022

OMNICHATTER for Thursday, May12, 2022

Hombre Brotani Posted: May 12, 2022 at 02:41 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Why Daulton Varsho is the next baseball unicorn you need to know

When Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly landed on the injured list with a strained oblique last week, it made news for the top prospect summoned to take his place — outfielder Alek Thomas. But beyond the hype of an exciting young player, there was also something noteworthy in Arizona’s decision to call up an outfielder to replace a catcher.

That left the Diamondbacks with just one backstop on the roster, or so it seemed. But in reality, Kelly’s replacement was already on the team — playing center field.

Daulton Varsho started 22 of the D-backs’ first 27 games in center field, but originally rose to the majors as a catcher. With Kelly on the IL, he has pivoted back behind the plate.

Batting leadoff most days, the stocky ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2022 at 11:47 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: daulton varsho

Astros owner Jim Crane on Yankees’ Brian Cashman: ‘What are you talking about?’

In the story, published Tuesday, Crane had a particularly fiery line for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who previously said that his 2017 team didn’t win the World Series because of the Astros doing “something that was so illegal and horrific.” Last month, the Yankees Letter revealed Cashman’s team also was illegally stealing signs – although not to the level of the Astros – during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

“I found his comments to be extremely strange,’’ Crane says in the USA Today story. “There’s the letter, and you were doing it, too. You were there, dude. What are you talking about?

“If I was one of the teams, and I knew our team was doing it, I’d keep my mouth shut and just go about our business. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2022 at 06:05 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing, yankees

Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich becomes sixth player in MLB history to hit for three cycles in career

The Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich joined an exclusive club Wednesday, hitting for the third cycle of his career during a 14-11 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Yelich’s three career cycles tie him with five other players for the MLB lead. Trea Turner was the most recent player to accomplish the feat, doing so on his birthday last season when he was with the Washington Nationals.

All three of Yelich’s cycles have come against the Reds, who have allowed 20 cycles in their history, second most to the St. Louis Cardinals (24) all time. Yelich, 30, is the first player to hit three cycles against a single team.

Yelich, who was the Brewers’ designated hitter on Wednesday, tripled in the top of the ninth inning to complete his latest cycle ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2022 at 05:56 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, christian yelich, cycle

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