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Monday, June 20, 2022

Amy’s story: After escaping domestic violence, sportswriter’s ex-wife speaks out to help others

In text messages from that period, Keri’s emotions shifted so unpredictably that Kaufman said the texts left her “completely destabilized.” In one text string, Keri wrote the word “sorry” 17 consecutive times.

In another message, he wrote: “I’m an abuser. If I’m nice for 3 weeks or 3 years you will always jump on me the second I’m not syrupy sweet to you. It’s too much pressure. Find someone else. I wish you all the happiness in the world.”

In a separate message, he wrote: “F— you for making me feel like garbage every day. F— you for ruining me.”

All the while, Keri kept up with his work, at times walking down the hall and into a room, literally flipping a switch and cheerily welcoming listeners to his ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2022 at 01:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jonah keri

Batter Up: Sinclair’s Bally Sports Plus Streaming App To Launch June 23

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s long-awaited direct-to-consumer regional sports streaming service will emerge from the dugout on June 23.

Bally Sports Plus will initially be available in five markets where the company’s Diamond Sports Group’s regional Bally Sports networks carry Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays.

The app will cost $19.99 a month, or $189.99 a year, and enable fans to watch games without subscribing to a multichannel pay TV cable, satellite or streaming service.

Rob Weisbord, Sinclair’s COO and president of broadcast, told Broadcasting+Cable that Bally Sports Plus would have a soft roll out at first, with additional marketing support ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2022 at 12:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jack Suwinski becomes 1st rookie in MLB history with 3-homer game that includes walk-off blast

Jack Suwinski hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3, walk-off victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

The rookie drove a slider from sidearming Tyler Rogers (0-3) to right for his second game-ending home run of the season after connecting for one June 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Suwinski became the first rookie in major league history to have a three-homer game that included a walk-off home run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also became the first Pirates player with multiple walk-off home runs in a single month since Wally Westlake in September of 1947, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“I was just like, ‘No way, ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2022 at 09:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jack suwinski, pirates

OMNICHATTER, for Monday, June 20, 2021

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 20, 2022 at 04:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Manny Machado leaves loss with left ankle sprain | ESPN

DENVER—San Diego Padres star third baseman Manny Machado left Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies after injuring his left ankle while taking a tumble at first base trying to beat out an infield grounder.

Machado’s leg appeared to turn awkwardly while he was running to first base in the top of the first inning. He struggled to put weight on the ankle as he was helped off the field. Machado was later diagnosed with an ankle sprain after X-rays came back negative.

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 19, 2022 at 10:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, manny machado, padres

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Milwaukee Brewers designate outfielder Lorenzo Cain, 36, for assignment after ‘a great career’

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain was designated for assignment on Saturday, the team announced before its game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Cain, 36, was hitting .179 in 145 at-bats while the Brewers’ offense struggled throughout June. The veteran was 4-for-26 this month with no walks and seven strikeouts. As a team, the Brewers rank 14th in OPS in the National League in June while falling out of first place after a strong start.

Cain broke in with the Brewers in 2010, then spent the next seven seasons in Kansas City before returning to Milwaukee as a free agent in 2018. He’s in the final season of a five-year, $80 million deal. The move comes on the same date that Cain reached 10 years of major league service.

“It just got to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 18, 2022 at 06:56 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, lorenzo cain

Friday, June 17, 2022

Anthony Rendon is done for the season | Twitter

Last night:

Today:

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 17, 2022 at 05:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, anthony rendon


From Tommy John to Cy Young form at 39? Inside Justin Verlander’s unprecedented return to dominance [$]

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His return in 2021 a nonstarter, Verlander began watching games again during the playoffs and lived vicariously through the Astros’ run to the World Series, which they lost to Atlanta. The day after the season ended, Verlander hit free agency for the first time in his career. Houston tagged him with the qualifying offer, and he decided to sign within the next 10 days.

“Houston was at the top of the list,” Verlander said. “As negotiations started going, they kind of fell off. Some other teams really started to show a lot of interest. I would say that the leader was probably Toronto. They were great. And I talked to George (Springer, his former Astros teammate now with the Blue Jays) a bunch. They were very ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2022 at 11:39 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: justin verlander

An Historically Bad Offense Is Just One of the Tigers’ Problems

Collectively, these Tigers are hitting .221/.278/.318. Their slugging percentage is the majors’ worst by 18 points, and their 70 wRC+ the majors’ worst by nine points, while their batting average and on-base percentage are merely the AL’s second-worst behind Oakland. Their 31 homers is 15 fewer than any other team, and meanwhile, they’re in a virtual tie for the majors’ lowest walk rate (6.6%) and own the AL’s second-highest strikeout rate (24.3%)....

Some of what the Tigers have dealt with may be bad luck, sheer randomness, or a product of the deadened baseball. By Statcast, they own the majors’ largest gap between wOBA and xwOBA (-34 points), the fourth-largest gap between actual and expected batting average (-23 points), ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

After a minor league announcer reported an assault, the team posted her job for the next season without talking to her

This January, Maura Sheridan found out that the play-by-play job she’d held since February 2020 with the Lynchburg (VA) Hillcats (the Cleveland Guardians’ single-A affiliate) had been publicly posted without any discussion with her on if she wanted to return. As Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic writes in a detailed feature, Sheridan only learned of that posting from friends. That came after Sheridan reported an assault by Hillcats’ player Daritzon Feliz in August 2021; she then finished out the season (through September 13) with the Hillcats, and was planning to return with them the next year before she learned of this posting. The whole feature is well worth reading, but the discussion of the job posting from Sheridan and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2022 at 10:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: women in baseball

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Minority stake in Cleveland Guardians goes to David Blitzer with future option for controlling interest, per reports

Major League Baseball has approved the sale of a minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians to David Blitzer, who also has ownership shares in the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, according to multiple reports.

Blitzer initially will have 25-30% ownership and will have the right to increase his stake to a controlling interest in several years, according to the reports.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced approval of the sale at the conclusion of a three-day owners meeting in New York.

“We did approve a sale of a minority interest in the Guardians, pending the closing,” Manfred said. “Really excited about the change there.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 10:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland guardians

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A’s need new ballpark deals soon

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics need to reach new ballpark deals soon and left open the possibility of considering relocation if agreements are not struck.

“There is urgency with respect to Tampa,” Manfred said Thursday during a news conference following an owners meeting. “There needs to be a resolution in the Tampa Bay region for the Rays.”

Tampa Bay’s lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the team has played since its inaugural season in 1998, expires after the 2027 season. The Rays said in January that MLB had rejected the team’s plan to split its season between Florida and Montreal.

“Obviously, the end of that lease is a hard deadline, but you need to take into ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 09:57 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rays, rob manfred

Visitors paying less, businesses more for Cobb stadium bonds

Visitors to Cobb County in 2021 again contributed less than expected to pay off the public’s share of the Truist Park construction bonds, shifting more of the costs onto local taxpayers, county financial documents show.

Still, county finance officials characterized the update released on Tuesday as great news for county residents, because the pandemic-fueled dip in hotel taxes was more than offset by a rise in property taxes paid by businesses in the surrounding Cumberland area….

Also on Tuesday, the Braves released a report on the fiscal impact to Cobb County, adding another voice to the debate over whether the stadium was worth the cost to taxpayers.

Most economists are skeptical of such subsidies, because fiscal impact studies ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 11:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, truist park

MLB’s 2022 All-Fun Team: Jazz Chisholm, Aaron Judge, José Ramírez among most enjoyable players to watch

Jazz Chisholm, Marlins - If there’s a team captain here, it’s Jazz. He’s taken over the mantle from the mightily struggling Javier Báez. Chisholm checks so many boxes. He’s an extra-base machine of all varieties (seven doubles, four triples, 13 homers). He’s a power-speed combo when you look at just the home runs and steals. He’ll make things happen on the bases other than steals, including how good he is at bunting for a hit. He’ll make exciting defensive plays. He’s always outwardly amped up and his home run trots are something to behold. The different colors in his hair are just a bonus. All hail our captain.

Jose Altuve, Astros - He’s forever negatively branded in many circles of baseball fans. For me, he’s still the 5-foot-6 dude ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 10:59 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: fun, jazz chisholm

Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson loses no-hit bid with one out in ninth inning against Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Tyler Anderson left a cutter out over the plate and knew he had surrendered his first hit as soon as it left Shohei Ohtani’s bat. The resulting line drive traveled at 98.2 mph down the right-field line with one out in Wednesday’s ninth inning. Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts dove full extension, but to no avail. Ohtani had notched a triple, and Anderson’s impressive—somewhat improbable—no-hit bid had ended after a career-high 123 pitches.

“A nice gesture,” Anderson, speaking after the Dodgers’ 4-1 victory, said of Betts’ diving attempt. “But so far away.”

Anderson, the 32-year-old left-hander signed to a one-year, $8 million contract shortly after the lockout ended, reverted to an old changeup grip that makes the pitch ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 10:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, no-hitter, tyler anderson

OMNICHATTER for Thursday, June 16, 2022

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 16, 2022 at 06:16 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

ONNICHATTER for Wednesday, June 15, 2023

Hombre Brotani Posted: June 15, 2022 at 03:34 PM | 52 comment(s)
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Cardinals absolutely confused the Pirates into allowing a run with a brilliant baserunning trick

Well, one thing is for certain: The St. Louis Cardinals paid attention to all the baserunning drills in spring training.

It was amazing to watch that play out in real time. The Pirates simply had no clue how to handle it.

With Paul Goldschmidt at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s game, he hit a sharp grounder to short — which should have ended the inning. But keep an eye on what Nolan Gorman did on the base path. Instead of slowing down to slide, Gorman kept running through the bag at full speed. This led to both a safe call at second base, and it amazingly distracted Pirates second baseman Yu Chang.

Again, the bases were loaded with two outs. So while Gorman’s effort allowed him to ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 09:37 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Blue Jays lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu out for remainder of 2022 season, will need elbow surgery

Blue Jays left-handed starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will have surgery on his throwing elbow and is out for the season, the Blue Jays told reporters Tuesday (via TSN). The extent of the surgery isn’t yet known, as it could be a revision to his previous Tommy John surgery—which came all the way back in 2004—or full-on Tommy John surgery.

Regardless, Ryu’s 2022 season is over and he’ll have a long road back, especially if the full procedure ends up being the route taken with his elbow.

Ryu, 35, will be in the final season of a four-year, $80 million deal in 2023. While battling injuries pretty much from the start of this season, he posted a 5.67 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in six starts with 16 strikeouts against four walks in 27 innings.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 08:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, hyun-jin ryu

How the pitch clock can revive the stolen base

When we talk about speed with regard to the pitch clock, we are typically talking about the pace of game. In this first season of use throughout the Minors, the pitch clock—a 14-second timer with no runners on base, 18 seconds (or 19 in Triple-A) with runners on—has cut the average game time by 25 minutes, from an even three hours in 2021 to 2:35 at last check.

But the pickoff/step-off rule paired with the pitch clock has injected speed of a different sort into MiLB. Last season, an experimentation with pickoff and step-off limits at the A-ball level and larger bases at the Triple-A level contributed to a rise in both stolen-base attempts and the stolen-base success rate.

This year, with the mound disengagement limits, pitch clock and ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 08:27 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: pitch clock

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas falls strike shy of no-hitter, says ‘it kinda stinks to not finish’

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas fell one strike short of a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates when Cal Mitchell doubled with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night.

Mitchell drove a 2-2 curveball just over the head of Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Bader. The ball bounced on the warning track 383 feet from home plate and over the wall in straightaway center for a ground-rule double.

“The curveball had been pretty good all day, and maybe I tried to overthrow it just a little bit,” Mikolas said of the hit during his postgame, on-field interview. “I left it a little bit up. The guy put a really good swing on it. That one just kept going.”

The hit came on the 129th pitch from Mikolas—most in the majors this ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: miles mikolas, no-hitter

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The long, steep hill to overcoming the yips

Matzek’s not alone in making such a comeback after working with Kuhn.

Since the lefty’s success story, a number of players have reached out to Kuhn; even a professional coach struggling with tossing batting practice sought his help.

Kuhn’s working with 11 players today, ranging from minor leaguers to SEC players to lower-level guys. One of those college arms is Robert Synodi, a pitcher at Eastern Connecticut State, a Division III school.

Kuhn shared with him the same program he employed with Matzek, including a focus on feeling the seams at release. Synodi also began taking medication to address what he learned was significant anxiety.

Also helping Synodi: coming to peace with the idea he may never pitch again.

A common thread through ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: tyler matzek, yips

Heyman: Tony La Russa’s shoddy managing hurting more than current White Sox

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf always told folks his greatest regret was firing Tony La Russa back in the ’80s, understandable since La Russa wound up winning three World Series, getting to six, and carving out a Hall of Fame managing career in Oakland and St. Louis.

But the way things are going on Chicago’s South Side, Reinsdorf’s second greatest regret may become not firing La Russa a second time.

(Reinsdorf said through a spokesman he isn’t planning on commenting on La Russa or the team at this time.)

The White Sox owner remains the most famously loyal team owner in sports, and the suspicion for now is he will stick with La Russa. Normal circumstances dictate some breaking point, but this is about two lifelong friends who ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:28 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: tony larussa, white sox

Skin in the (Ball) Game: Do Teams Underperform When They’re Out of the Race?

The end takeaway of all this? I think you can say with some certainty that teams that are out of the playoffs play worse than their projected talent level down the stretch. Maybe that’s because they’re coasting, maybe that’s because their managers use lower-leverage relievers and generally protect their best arms, maybe it’s because they’re more likely to go out the night before and eat some fried food. I couldn’t hope to figure out why from this study. But the effect does feel real to me, even if it’s not a complete no-doubt lock.

There are a few other interesting effects – for example, this down-and-out penalty seems to apply more in road games than in home games, though the sample size is necessarily smaller there. ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: out fo the race

How one pitching prospect could change the MLB draft forever—by not pitching

On April 12, six days after the outing in which Lesko was hurt, Barriera notified scouts that he would be making two more starts, then shutting down for the remainder of the season to prepare for July’s MLB draft. (He is committed to play at Vanderbilt if he ends up not signing.) Barriera would still be a part of all team activities, he said, but was effectively skipping one regular-season start and the postseason (which could mean as many as five additional starts). No amateur pitcher had ever made this specific decision.

“I’m doing what’s best for myself,” Barriera said in an interview with ESPN last month. “You see all the Tommy Johns this year, even for college guys, they were so close. You have to ask yourself if it’s worth it.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:25 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Albies fractures foot: ‘Big part of our club’

Not much has gone wrong for the Braves during their 12-game win streak. But injury struck Monday night at Nationals Park. And now they’ll be without their All-Star second baseman for the foreseeable future.

Ozzie Albies suffered a fractured left foot during the club’s 9-5 win over the Nationals, an injury that will sideline Atlanta’s stalwart second baseman for a good chunk of the summer. Jammed by a 3-2 Steve Cishek fastball in the fifth, Albies tripped attempting to leave the batter’s box after an awkward swing resulted in a ground ball to short. He was unable to run to first base on the groundout, then limped gingerly back to the dugout and was replaced by Orlando Arcia to begin the next half-inning.

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozzie albies

WCL’s Lefties Sign Ex-NFL Wide Receiver Golden Tate

Today the West Coast League’s Port Angeles Lefties announced that ex-NFL wide receiver Golden Tate has signed as a Lefties player for the remainder of the 2022 season. While Jake Locker and Jordan Poyer both played for WCL teams before their NFL careers, Tate will become the first former NFL player in the league.

“I am extremely thankful,” Tate said, “to the West Coast League and the Port Angeles Lefties for allowing me to join their league. As some might know, I was drafted twice in baseball. As a child, my first love was baseball, so I’m excited about the opportunity to compete against some of the best young players in the league. I look forward to having a lot of fun and exploring baseball more.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:22 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: football, independent leagues

Rosenthal: What to do about Shohei Ohtani long-term: A complicated equation for the Angels [$]

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Ohtani’s current two-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels expires at the end of the season. After that, he will be eligible for a final year of salary arbitration, effectively entering the process as two players, a pitcher and hitter. And after that, he will be eligible for free agency, again qualifying — assuming he stays healthy — as an unprecedented entry in the market, the equivalent of a rock star who simultaneously plays both lead guitar and drums.

The Angels, according to sources, had informal discussions regarding an extension for Ohtani late in spring training with his agent, Nez Balelo of CAA. Club officials expressed an understanding that to sign Ohtani, they would need to award him a record average ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 14, 2022 at 01:21 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, shohei ohtani

OMNICHATTER for Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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