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Friday, May 20, 2022

Chris Paddack’s medical red flag killed Mets-Padres deal

Now it can be told. The Mets-Padres deal was canceled after Mets doctors raised a red flag over right-hander Chris Paddack’s medicals. They look correct now, as Paddack had Tommy John surgery Wednesday and will be out for the Twins until next year.

The original proposed deal had Paddack, Eric Hosmer and reliever Emilio Pagan going to the Mets for Dom Smith, and enough money going to the Mets where it was a $25 million hit for them to cover the four years remaining on Hosmer’s deal. Mets people decided that if Paddack had to miss more than a year, it wasn’t worth it. Though Hosmer is killing it for the Padres (.336), the Mets’ plan was to deal Hosmer in a second trade that was being discussed simultaneously, anyway.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2022 at 10:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: chris paddack, mets, padres


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Former Giants fan-favorite infielder Joe Panik retires from MLB

Joe Panik, who joined Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt to form one of baseball’s best infields in the middle of the last decade, confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area that his playing days are over. Panik said he’s loving spending time with his wife, Brittany, and his seventh-month old daughter Mikayla, the couple’s first child.

“I feel very blessed for the career I have had and what I was able to accomplish,” Panik said via text. “Was literally a dream come true.”

Panik noted how many great people he met during his decade in professional baseball and said he was “truly blessed for being able to be raised a Giant.” The news of his retirement was first reported by Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

The Giants surprised some in the industry ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 11:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: joe panik

Cardinals To Promote Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore; Tyler O’Neill to IL

The Cardinals are set to promote top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore heading into this weekend’s series against the Pirates, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter links).

According to Goold, Gorman will be in tomorrow’s starting lineup at second base. That figures to be his primary role moving forward, with Gold Glove second baseman Tommy Edman kicked to the other side of the bag. Edman has been excellent this season, but the Cards haven’t gotten much production out of their shortstops. Paul DeJong struggled enough the team optioned him to Triple-A Memphis last week, seemingly setting the stage for a forthcoming Gorman promotion.

That’s not to say the Cardinals hastily promoted Gorman to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 06:41 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matthew liberatore, nolan gorman

New York Mets’ Max Scherzer out 6-8 weeks with oblique strain

New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer is expected to miss six to eight weeks after suffering a “moderate to high grade” oblique strain during Wednesday night’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced Thursday.

Scherzer removed himself from the game with two outs in the sixth inning after feeling soreness on his left side with the hope of preventing a more serious injury.

“Just felt a zing on my left side and just knew I was done,” Scherzer said Wednesday. “When I felt it, I just knew there’s no way you can throw another pitch, so just get out of there.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 04:20 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, mets

Zach Davies’ estranged wife says MLB pitcher ghosted her for a year

The estranged wife of pitcher Zach Davies detailed the apparent dissolution of their marriage in a raw Instagram post, alleging the Arizona Diamondbacks starter has not spoken to her in over a year.

In the message shared Monday, Megan explained how their marriage began to crumble, stating her husband “cut off all communication” and later “blocked” her.

“In 2021 my world as I knew it completely fell apart,” she began. “My husband cut off all communication from me while I was back home in Arizona and he was in another state. He sent a text message at 6am in the morning and then blocked me.”

Megan then alleges that she had to “file for divorce without even having a single conversation with the person [she] built a life ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 11:01 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: zach davies

OMNICHATTER for Thursday, May 19, 2022

Hombre Brotani Posted: May 19, 2022 at 07:11 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Yankees Cut Prospect Accused of Stealing From Teammates, per Report

Yankees prospect Jake Sanford was cut from the organization last Thursday after it was revealed the former third round pick was allegedly stealing equipment from his teammates in order to sell it.

NJ.com reported that Sanford “repeatedly hounded” his teammates to give him their bats, gloves and other equipment. Sometimes, he just took it from their lockers without their consent.

On top of stealing from his teammates, Sanford also was accused of scamming fans online by selling autographed equipment but then never actually sending it….

Sanford was picked in the third round of the 2019 MLB draft out of Western Kentucky by New York, and he was given a $597,500 signing bonus. He played for three minor league teams in 2019 and ’21. He ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2022 at 06:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLB, Not the NBA, Needs Its Own Separate In-Season Tournament

I’m surprised the powers that be haven’t kicked the tires on this yet (though I’m far from the first person to pitch it). You would think Rob Manfred would take an easy win anywhere he could get one right now. And it really is just that, at least from the fan’s perspective.

Implementing a cup competition would open up the possibility of seeing the game’s prospects in MLB parks, playing against MLB players, and help start their hype train when they’re usually out of sight and out of mind for the casual fan. Conversely, it would bring MLB teams to iconic minor league parks. Imagine, say, a matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Durham Bulls at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home of the Blue Monster. The novelty factor of seeing the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2022 at 05:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: tournament

Juan Soto trade rumors: Nationals may be ‘motivated’ to trade outfielder

Would trading Juan Soto be the start of a long National nightmare?

Even though the 23-year-old Soto is under team control for two more seasons, the outfielder’s time in a Nationals uniform may be coming to an end sooner than you’d think.

ESPN’s Buster Olney, citing rival MLB executives, reports that the “Nationals might well be compelled — and motivated — to move Soto this summer.”


Likely fueling the Soto trade speculation is the offseason rumor that he turned down a $350 million contract extension with the team. Soto is represented by super agent Scott Boras, and Boras clients routinely opt for free agency rather than signing extensions.

The Blue Jays and the Padres were named as two potential suitors for Soto’s talents, though ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2022 at 03:41 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals

Which Young Players Should Be Next To Sign Long-Term Deals?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays: Eight years, $174 million
Vladito is making nearly $8 million this year and not in a family hurting for financial resources, so he has a reasonable risk profile to try to wait out free agency and grab a monster deal then. But that doesn’t mean the Blue Jays shouldn’t at least try; it will be a shame if his stay in Toronto is already half over.

While Guerrero’s offensive numbers have come back down since last year’s Triple Crown run, the disappearance of run scoring around the league makes the drop look far more significant than it actually is. In rest-of-career value, ZiPS has him fourth in baseball among hitters, and none of the top three are gettable….

Julio Rodríguez, Seattle ...

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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 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 01:41 PM | 28 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 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Adam Jones: My Next Chapter

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 I’d been watching ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2022 at 09:13 AM | 9 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 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 16, 2022 at 03:41 PM | 54 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 ...

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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.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 10:47 PM | 42 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 ...

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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 ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2022 at 02:36 PM | 28 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 ...

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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 | 14 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

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