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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Some players say Los Angeles Angels failing in treatment at minor league level, as GM vows to address it

Kieran Lovegrove, an active pitcher for the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas, said he is living with six other teammates in a three-bedroom apartment, sleeping on a twin mattress, with one person sleeping in the kitchen and two others in the living room. Others like Shane Kelso—who spent part of the 2021 season with the low-A Inland Empire 66ers, another Angels affiliate, before retiring due to the living conditions for players—said four teammates bunked in a camper van in a trailer park while others lived out of cars.

“It’s gotten to the point now where there are guys who are in a serious mental health crisis because of how stressful money is here,” Lovegrove told ESPN. “I really do think it affects not only their play on the field, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 11:45 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, minor leaguers

The inside story of how Cleveland Indians became Cleveland Guardians

As they talked to fans and civic leaders about a possible new name, they first asked what people think when they hear the word “Cleveland.”

“We heard things like loyalty, pride and resiliency in being from Cleveland,” said Barren. “They’re protective of our city. They’re protective of the land and everything about it. Those all became part of what Guardians really started to evoke from an emotional standpoint.”

They wrote down these words: Pride. Resiliency. Loyalty. Protective.

“We asked which of these potential brands reflect those attributes to what the fans (say) are important,” said Barren.

That knocked out animals and colors. It left objects/characters.

THE BRANDING ISSUES

There were some people pushing for ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 11:41 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, indians

Twins, Byron Buxton Unable To Reach Extension

The Twins and franchise cornerstone Byron Buxton have been unable to come to terms on a contract extension, increasing the likelihood of a full-scale sell-off before Friday’s trade deadline. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes report that the Twins’ initial offer was for $73MM over seven years with an unspecified number of incentives. The Twins “increased the guarantee slightly,” but not enough to come to a long-term agreement. The final guarantee increased to $80MM, tweets The Athletic.

The end result here is not surprising, given the muddled valuation process for a talent like Buxton. When he’s at his best, he’s one of the best players in the game, a five-tool player capable of anchoring a first-division lineup on ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 10:55 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton

Boston Red Sox end Domingo German’s no-hit bid in 8th inning, storm back to beat New York Yankees

Domingo German was simply dominating the Boston Red Sox. Never more so than in the seventh inning, when the New York Yankees right-hander struck out stars J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and rookie Jarren Duran.

As German walked off the mound then with a no-hitter intact and a solid lead, there was no way to envision what was on deck.

Held hitless into the eighth by German and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs to shake Fenway Park and storm past New York 5-4 on Sunday.

The old ballpark was almost silent all afternoon, until Verdugo opened the eighth with a long double for Boston’s first hit, and he raised his arms in celebration at second base.

By the time Kike Hernandez slid home ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 10:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

San Diego Padres acquire All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from Pittsburgh Pirates, sources say

The San Diego Padres are acquiring second baseman Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources told ESPN.

Frazier, 29, who leads baseball in hits this year, is not a free agent until after the 2022 season.

In exchange, the Pirates are acquiring right-hander Michell Miliano, shortstop Tucupita Marcano and outfielder Jack Suwinski, a source told ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.

Frazier entered Sunday hitting .327—the second-best average in Major League Baseball—with four home runs and 32 RBIs.

A 2020 Gold Glove finalist and an All-Star this season, Frazier was the Pirates’ second-longest tenured player, behind right fielder Gregory Polanco.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 08:16 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: adam frazier, padres

Saturday, July 24, 2021


Friday, July 23, 2021


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Rays Acquire Nelson Cruz From Twins

Tampa Bay hopes Cruz, the 41-year-old slugger and seven-time All-Star, will fortify the club’s lineup and make it a more formidable group down the stretch, especially against left-handed pitchers.

Rays get: DH Nelson Cruz, RHP Calvin Faucher

Twins get: RHP Joe Ryan (Rays’ No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline) and RHP Drew Strotman (No. 17)



Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-22-2021

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 22, 1921:

The first story of the actual placing of bets during the 1919 World’s Series by men charged with the alleged conspiracy of White Sox players to throw the games as told from the witness stand in the baseball trial today by John O. Seys, secretary of the Chicago National League club.

Mr. Seys identified Louis Levi, of Kokomo, Ind., and Des Moines, Ia., a defendant, as one of the bettors. Seys said he and Clark Griffith, manager of the Washington baseball team, held stakes for bets made by Abe Attell and Levi.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen any allegations that Griffith was involved, even unwittingly.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 22, 2021 at 08:14 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

White Sox C Yermín Mercedes Announces Abrupt Retirement From Baseball

In a shocking development, Chicago White Sox catcher Yermín Mercedes has announced that he is stepping away from the game of baseball.

Mercedes, who took the baseball world by storm with his early season heroics for the White Sox, cooled off considerably after that red-hot start, and was ultimately sent down to Triple-A Charlotte in early July.

Bizarre.

Voodoo Posted: July 21, 2021 at 10:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: white sox

Ruckus erupts at NJ Jackals game after fans throw beer at Sussex County Miners players

A fracas erupted between players and fans at a New Jersey Jackals game Thursday night, according to a statement from Montclair State University, where the independent league baseball team plays, and video footage posted to Twitter.

At some time around 10 p.m., attendees threw beer on players from the Sussex County Miners as they sat in the dugout, wrote Andrew Mees, spokesperson for Montclair State, in an email.

“The players then began going into the stands to stop them,” he stated.

NattyBoh Posted: July 21, 2021 at 09:28 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: beer, minor leagues, promotions, riots

Shohei Ohtani’s double-duty feats are a reminder: The Negro Leagues are still overlooked

In the Linden Hill section of Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago rests a headstone etched with the figure of a pitcher throwing a baseball to the figure of a catcher. The honored deceased is Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe: born July 7, 1902, died Aug. 11, 2005.

His parents didn’t nickname him Double Duty. New York baseball columnist Damon Runyon did. Why?

During a 1932 doubleheader that pitted Radcliffe’s Pittsburgh Crawfords against the New York Black Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Runyon witnessed Radcliffe hit a grand slam and catch Satchel Paige’s shutout in the twi-night opener, only to turn around and throw a shutout of his own in the second game. ...

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 21, 2021 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: negro leagues

Former New York Yankees star Joe Pepitone sues Hall of Fame to get valued bat teammate Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run with

Mantle was nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career when he smacked a pitch from Stu Miller of the Baltimore Orioles into the right-field bleachers at old Yankee Stadium in May 1967. The lawsuit says Mantle wanted to use a lighter bat than his signature model in order to generate bat speed, and Pepitone obliged after hitting a home run the previous inning.

MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: July 21, 2021 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Oakland City Council approves terms for Howard Terminal ballpark against A’s wishes, but team undecided on next steps

The Oakland City Council approved a proposed term sheet Tuesday for the A’s $12 billion plan to build a waterfront ballpark and development against the team’s wishes, but the A’s remained undecided on whether to continue negotiating or walk away from the project.

Six council members voted in favor of the proposed term sheet for the Howard Terminal project that included amendments requiring affordable housing, tenant and anti-displacement protections and environmental protection measures. Councilwoman Carroll Fife abstained and Councilman Noel Gallo voted against the project.

Dave Kaval, the president of the A’s, said he was disappointed the council didn’t vote on the term sheet the team released in April. But team officials are ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 20, 2021 at 06:59 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics


Monday, July 19, 2021

In divorce documents, Ben Zobrist says Julianna ‘coaxed’ him into returning to the Chicago Cubs

Ben Zobrist’s estranged wife, Julianna Zobrist, says the former Chicago Cubs utility man was “guilty of failing to preserve marital assets” when he took a leave of absence from the team in May 2019, so she will ask a judge to award her an additional $4 million when those assets are divided during next month’s divorce trial, according to pretrial documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

“In 2019, he had a contract with the Chicago Cubs for ($12 million), but since he only played for 2 months, his salary was prorated and he only earned ($4.5 million) of the ($12 million) he could have earned,” according to the memorandum filed July 14 in Williamson County, Tenn., by Julianna Zobrist’s attorney, Marlene Eskind Moses of ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2021 at 01:31 PM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist

Chicago White Sox, Lance Lynn agree to 2-year, $38M extension

For Lance Lynn, it was pretty simple.

“There’s no point in going into free agency if you know where you want to be,” he said.

Lynn is enjoying his first season on the South Side of Chicago, and the White Sox feel the same way. So they solidified their relationship Saturday, announcing a two-year, $38 million contract extension for the All-Star right-hander.

The 34-year-old Lynn is 9-3 with an American League-best 1.99 ERA in 16 starts. He was acquired in a December trade with the Texas Rangers for right-hander Dane Dunning and lefty Avery Weems.

With Lynn helping anchor the rotation, the White Sox had an eight-game lead in the American League Central heading into Saturday’s game against the Houston Astros.

“They’ve put together a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2021 at 12:32 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: lance lynn, white sox


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Yankees, MLB ban fan for life after throwing baseball at Red Sox’s Alex Verdugo

The New York Yankees have banned the fan who threw a baseball and hit Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo from Yankee Stadium for life, a team spokesman said Sunday afternoon.

Major League Baseball has also banned the fan from its other 29 ballparks, the spokesman added.

“While the Yankees appreciate the spirit and passion of our fans in our various rivalries—especially with the Red Sox – reckless, disorderly and dangerous behavior that puts the safety of players, field staff or fellow fans in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” the Yankees said in a statement. “There is absolutely no place for it at Yankee Stadium. The safety of everyone at Yankee Stadium, including guests in the stands and players on the field, will always be the ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2021 at 05:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Police say 3 people were wounded in a shooting outside Nationals Park that sent players and fans scrambling during a game

Three people were injured in a shooting Saturday night outside Nationals Park in Washington, DC, sending baseball fans and players scrambling during a game, police said.

A fan outside of the stadium was one of three people wounded, according to Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department.
The fan who was shot, a woman, is expected to recover, Benedict said. Police initially said in statements posted on Twitter that four people were shot.
The two other people wounded in the shooting were associated with a recovered vehicle and are now in the hospital being questioned by police, according to Benedict. It’s unclear what their exact involvement was in the incident. Benedict also said those ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2021 at 05:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals

Friday, July 16, 2021

Stephen A. Smith opens Tuesday’s ‘First Take’ with apology for Shohei Ohtani comments

A day after his comments about Los Angeles Angels and MLB All-Star Shohei Ohtani sparked outrage, Stephen A. Smith opened “First Take” on ESPN Tuesday with an apology.

“Let me be the first to stand up and say that I want to express my sincere apologies to the Asian community and the Asian-American community,” Smith said. “I am a Black man. I religiously go off about minorities being marginalized in this nation.”

Smith said MLB could not properly market Ohtani because he chooses to do the majority of English interviews through an interpreter.

“The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn’t speak English, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that’s your box office appeal,” Smith said ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 07:10 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: shoehi ohtani

David Cone is ‘the best’ in broadcasting — and that might not be enough

Cone combines the old-school mentality of baseball with the new-school knowledge of analytics. He can be smart and funny. He has mastered what he once did on the mound, changing speeds. YES’s head of production and programming John Filippelli describes him as “unpredictable.”

“He’s as good as there has ever been, in my mind,” Filippelli says.

Cone’s angst has faded, but there is a lingering question: Is there more for him to do in the game?

Two years ago, he interviewed for a job as Yankees pitching coach, and while general manager Brian Cashman told him he didn’t have the necessary technological experience, it is hard to believe — considering Cone’s Cy Young awards, his five All-Star appearances, his five World ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 07:03 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, david cone

Toronto Blue Jays get approval from Canada health officials; July 30 return reportedly likely

The Blue Jays have received approval from top Canadian health officials with one last sign-off required by the country’s immigration minister for an exemption on border restrictions that would allow them to play in Canada later this month, an official familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Friday.

The Blue Jays asked the federal government to allow them to play at Rogers Centre starting July 30 and wanted a response by Friday.

An official confirmed the minister of immigration has the file and planned to make an announcement soon. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The Blue Jays were expecting to get an answer on Friday.

The Blue Jays played home games ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 06:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays

MLB places Starlin Castro on leave due to alleged domestic violence incident


Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro was placed on administrative leave by the league Friday. Castro was reportedly placed on the list due to an alleged domestic violence incident, according to Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic.

The incident reportedly took place earlier in the summer. Castro is expected to be placed on paid leave for seven days, though MLB can extend that depending on the nature of the allegations and the league’s investigation. That’s what the league did with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, who is currently suspended as MLB looks into allegations of sexual assault.

In a statement, the league confirmed Castro was placed on the list, but did not provide details regarding the move. It noted Castro’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 06:01 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic incident, starlin castro

Twins to Byron Buxton: Sign $70 million extension or we will trade you

You’re either with them or against them.

The Minnesota Twins offered outfield Byron Buxton a long-term extension that is above $70 million, according to The Athletic. The deal also includes escalators and incentives that would increase the value of the contract. However, if he declines the offer, the Twins will send him away before the July 30, trade deadline.

The Twins are currently 39-50 and sit in fourth place in the American League Central. They have decisions to make on several players including Nelson Cruz, Andrelton Simmons, and Jose Berrios – who has been linked to the Mets. Buxton is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2022 season, and Minnesota needs to gauge if Buxton would stick around past that.

The 27-year-old is ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 05:58 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Historic all-female broadcast crew will call Orioles vs. Rays game

According to a report by the New York Times, five women will serve as the on-air broadcast team a game between the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays on July 20, marking the first time an all-women team has handled the entire broadcast for a Major League game.

Orioles radio play-by-play announcer Melanie Newman will be on the call for the game, with MLB.com writer Sarah Langs serving as the color analyst. Alana Rizzo will be the on-field reporter, with Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner anchoring both pre and post-game coverage.


The all-female commentary team will be serving on a prominent matchup, as the Orioles and the Rays will be playing in the MLB Game of the Week on YouTube. While female commentators have become commonplace at both ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 05:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, women in baseball

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2021

Indiana Daily Times, July 16, 1921:

Arthur Irwin, old-time big league baseball player, vanished from the steamship Calvin Austin, New York to Boston, early today. It is believed he either jumped or fell overboard and was drowned.

Irwin was last seen shortly before midnight when he was talking with an old frield aboard the steamer, to whom he admitted despondency because of ill health. Irwin told his friend that he had been in a hospital and was coming home to his brother John’s to die.

Irwin was a strange guy; he had a wife and son in Boston and a different wife and son in New York. The two sons found out about each other shortly before Irwin’s death when they both visited him in the hospital.

There were theories about Irwin faking his ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2021 at 08:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history


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