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Friday, April 30, 2021

Yusei Kikuchi takes no-hit bid into 7th inning in Seattle Mariners’ 1-0 win over Houston Astros

Yusei Kikuchi took a no-hit bid into the the seventh inning, and Taylor Trammell homered and made a sliding game-ending catch, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 1-0 on Thursday to avoid a four-game series sweep.

Kikuchi (1-1) did not allow a hit until Carlos Correa doubled to deep right-center field with one out in the seventh.

“It was a full count so I decided to go and try to challenge him there,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “I thought a walk would be about the worst thing I could do there so I wanted to be aggressive.’‘

Correa was stranded when Yuli Gurriel grounded out to Kikuchi and Aledmys Diaz grounded out to shortstop.

“I go into every start with the mentality of trying not to allow the opposing team ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2021 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yusei kikuchi

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Jacob deGrom’s Run Support Is As Lacking as You Think

There are many ways to measure poor luck, so let’s look at another: win-loss record vs. expected record, based on runs allowed and team run support. Basically, using the “Pythagorean” theorem — air quotes here because no triangles — I re-estimated every pitcher’s expected win total if their teams had scored their average number of runs per game rather than the team’s actual performance. We have this data going back to 2002, which seemed a logical cutoff mark and should capture every active pitcher. As I’m ranking pitchers by most missing wins per 30 games started, I’ve limited it to pitchers with 100 total starts.

By this estimate, if the Mets just scored runs the way they do for their other pitchers, it would add ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-29-2021

Pueblo Chieftain, April 29, 1921:


Philadelphia Got Eleven Runs—Brooklyn Got But Four Hits

Three home runs, two by Ralph Miller and Pitcher Meadows, with the bases filled, gave Philadelphia victory and an even break in the four-game series with Boston.

I spent a good five minutes searching to see if this was a record for most grand slams in a game by one team before I realized it’s impossible to score 11 runs if you hit three grand slams.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 10:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Anibal Sanchez Expected To Sign This Week

April 28: Sanchez is planning to sign this week and could settle on a team as early as tomorrow, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link).

April 23: The Yankees, Phillies, Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays were among the teams at Sanchez’s showcase this morning, Heyman tweets.

April 21: Sanchez will throw yet another bullpen session for teams this Friday, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. He worked out for clubs in the offseason and reportedly turned down a couple offers, opting instead to see how health-and-safety protocols played out. He then worked out for teams early in the season but suffered the aforementioned finger laceration midway through his bullpen.

Sanchez and presumably Jon Lester are the last ...

Nasty Nate Posted: April 29, 2021 at 09:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez

MLB umpire Marty Foster stands by ‘terrible’ obstruction call in Brewers-Marlins game

The Milwaukee Brewers hosted the Miami Marlins on Wednesday (MIA-MIL GameTracker), and it didn’t take for controversy to descend upon the baseball festivities. Take a look at first base umpire Marty Foster making a call against the Brewers that may charitably be described as “baffling”:

So Isan Diaz grounded a Zack Godley sinker to the right side, and Godley was able to make the play and toss to Daniel Vogelbach for the apparent second out of the inning. However, Foster apparently ruled that Godley obstructed Diaz’s path to the bag even though it wasn’t a close play. Godley was charged with an error on the play because the rules say that’s how obstruction calls are to be scored.

Speaking of which, obstruction is the call when, in the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 08:44 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: umpiring

Tony La Russa’s bad night a mere part of a rocky start

Tuesday night’s game was La Russa’s 5,115th as a manager, but only the 22nd as the manager of a White Sox team this century. Everybody in his position, whether an icon or a total greenhorn, has some awkward moments in April as he makes playing time for the entire roster, tests skill sets and judges the likelihood of regression in either direction. To that end, part of the reason La Russa stayed with Giolito is because the bullpen has failed La Russa plenty this season, even when La Russa couldn’t have timed his pitching changes any better.

The raging against La Russa’s decisions on Tuesday was exacerbated by bigger issues. The offense couldn’t capitalize on five Detroit errors, going 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 08:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: tony larussa

Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper exits after taking 96.9 mph pitch to his face against St. Louis Cardinals

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper said he was “all good” after leaving Wednesday night’s win against the St. Louis Cardinals because he was hit in the face by a 96.9 mph fastball from reliever Genesis Cabrera.

Harper walked off the field in St. Louis on his own accord in the sixth inning with the game tied 3-3, displaying some blood on the left side of his nose.

In a video he posted to social media after Philadelphia’s 5-3 victory, Harper said his scans “came back good.”

“Everything feels good,” he said. “Everything came back good—CT, all that kind of stuff. So, face is still there. We’re all good. See you guys soon.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Sinclair Owes $1.82 Billion in RSN Fees Amid Tough Ad Market

If getting dumped by the virtual MVPDs has taken a bite out of Bally Sports’ reach, the ongoing Dish stalemate is costlier still. The satellite TV service closed out 2020 with 8.82 million video subscribers, and its Sling TV added another 2.47 million households to the pile. On Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season, some 11.3 million U.S. homes were unable to access the Sinclair RSNs. (Not that Bally Sports is alone in feeling the chill from Dish, as the operator has also failed to reach a carriage deal with the NBC Sports RSNs and MASN, the home network of the Orioles and Nationals.)

Even some elite, team-owned RSNs are now struggling to keep the faith. “I used to say that the RSN model is good for five to 10 years, but I have to modify ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2021 at 04:36 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: regional sports networks, sinclair, television

Beginning May 7, Atlanta Braves to expand capacity to 100 percent

With vaccinations across the Southeast increasing and health and safety protocols still in place, the Atlanta Braves are set to resume normal Truist Park seating capacity beginning Friday, May 7 as the team begins their third homestand of the season with a series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“We have had great success welcoming our fans back safely to Truist Park,” said Derek Schiller, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves. “Our outdoor environment, the demand from our season ticket holders and fans to watch us play in person plus safety measures which are in place make it feel that now is the right time to get back to full capacity at Truist Park.”

All modified health and safety measures at Truist Park will remain in ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2021 at 01:24 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

White Sox lose a head-scratcher to Tigers

This was a game with blowout written all over it, but the Sox were unable to cash in on the Tigers’ atrocious defense. Manager Tony La Russa opted to leave Giolito in the game in the seventh inning when Detroit tagged him for 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.

Add it all up, and it was a tumultuous 5-2 loss for the White Sox.

“I didn’t have much left in the tank,” Giolito said of the disastrous seventh.

La Russa said he didn’t realize Giolito was out of gas.

“That’s my fault for not recognizing it,” he said. “If you remember, I think I relieved him in the sixth inning early in the season. He’s several starts into it, he’s stronger, but if he felt like he didn’t have much left, that’s something I should have recognized.”

Giolito blamed ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2021 at 12:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: lucas giolito, tony larussa, white sox

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Covid hit prompts Japan to rethink rules on sports gambling

Japan’s government has begun internal discussions to legalise gambling on football and baseball in a move that would create a combined sports betting market estimated at more than $65bn a year.

The secret discussions, which were described to the Financial Times by two people with direct knowledge of the situation, means that betting on Nippon Professional League baseball could be deregulated as soon as 2024.

Fuller deregulation of betting on football’s top-tier J-League, which is already partially legalised through a pools-style lottery system, could come in the same year.

The discussions break a longstanding taboo against opening up opportunities for the Japanese public to bet freely on the nation’s two most popular sports.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 11:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, japanese baseball

3-HR night for Vlad Jr? Even dad never did it!

The first act of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s breakout season officially has its trademark moment.

Guerrero launched three home runs against the Nationals on Tuesday night in Dunedin, Fla., single-handedly carrying the Blue Jays to a 9-5 win with the biggest night of his Major League career. The young star got it started in the third inning when he stepped in with the bases loaded against Max Scherzer for a battle of best on best.

Down three, a steep hill to climb against Scherzer, Guerrero launched the go-ahead grand slam deep over the left-field wall, turning on a hanging slider before holding his finish for a moment to admire his work.

Guerrero was tending to some family business, too. Last season, Scherzer struck out Guerrero just over ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 10:56 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: vladimir guerrero jr.

Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins retires after 13 seasons in bigs

It was only a few years ago that Jerry Blevins was a staple of the Mets bullpen. Though, when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 29, 2018 at Citi Field, he didn’t think that would be the last time he would appear in a game for the Mets. On Tuesday, 30 months after the final time he retired the side for the Amazin’s, the left-handed specialist told the Daily News he was retiring from baseball.

“It’s just time,” Blevins told the Daily News on what led to his decision. “Many factors involved. But it’s just the right time.”

Blevins returned to Queens and signed a minor-league deal with the Mets this past December. After seven spring training games, he hoped to contribute to the club in some ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 09:18 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry blevins

Nick Madrigal Is Good. Can He Be Great?

Let me get this out of the way: Nick Madrigal is really good at baseball. Or at least, he’s really good at one aspect of it, and that aspect is one of the most important ones. Madrigal’s bat control is borderline otherworldly. Per FanGraphs’ measurements, Madrigal entered Sunday’s contest with a 100% in-zone contact rate. 100%! That’s zero swings and misses in the zone. Nearly 20 games into the season, that’s a remarkable achievement. Arguably more impressive is his 90.2% contact rate out of the zone. When he chases, he still hits the ball. Currently, only 31 qualified hitters have a higher in-zone contact rate than Madrigal has when leaving it. In terms of putting the bat on the baseball, Madrigal is a pure 80. It’s an ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 09:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nick madrigal

Boone: Higgy has ‘earned more playing time’

Gary Sánchez appears to have lost his grasp on the starting catcher job, as Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated on Tuesday that backup Kyle Higashioka will receive more opportunities behind the plate in the near term.

The 31-year-old Higashioka got the nod at catcher on Tuesday at Camden Yards, having played well on both sides of the ball this season. Sánchez’s 2020 offensive woes have carried over into the new year, seeing the 28-year-old go 10-for-55 (.182) with two homers and four RBIs in 17 games.

“He’s just earned more playing time—simple as that,” Boone said of Higashioka. “He’s done a great job. His improvements over the last couple of years on both sides of the ball have been strong. I think the way he’s played ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 09:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, kyle higashioka

Expansion fees for Major League Baseball teams could rise to $2.2 billion range

Major League Baseball would consider expansion fees in the range of $2.2 billion for new franchises, though there are no current plans to add teams.

Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke Tuesday during SporticoLive’s online discussion of its estimates to baseball franchise valuations. The company estimated the average MLB franchise value is $2.2 billion, led the New York Yankees at $6.75 billion.

Colorado and Miami paid $95 million each to join in 1993, and Arizona and Tampa Bay paid $130 million to join in 1998.

Manfred has said repeatedly that MLB will not consider expansion until the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays get new ballparks. The Athletics have proposed a stadium in the Howard Terminal area of downtown Oakland, and the Rays ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 09:15 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion

San Francisco Giants acquire OF Mike Tauchman in trade with New York Yankees

The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Mike Tauchman from the New York Yankees on Tuesday for left-handed reliever Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later.

The 30-year-old Tauchman, a veteran of five major league seasons, had a breakout year for the Yankees in 2019 when he set career bests with a .277 average, 13 home runs and 47 RBIs. But he hasn’t been able to replicate those stats since, slashing .242/.342/.305 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and .214/.267/.286 in 16 plate appearances this season. He hasn’t hit a home run since the 2019 season.

With Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner splitting time in left field, there was little opportunity for Tauchman to find a spot in the Yankees’ lineup.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 09:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, mike tauchman, yankees

Pioneer League installs new rules for 2021

· To avoid the excessive strain on our pitching staffs, the Pioneer Baseball League will not have extra innings, but rather will employ a first-of-its-kind “Knock Out” rule that resolves tied games with a head-to-head, “sudden death” home run duel. Under the rule, each team designates a hitter who receives 5 pitches, with the game determined by the most home runs hit. If still tied after the first “Knock Out” round, another hitter is selected for a sudden-death home run face-off until a winner is declared

· The Designated Pinch Hitter rule permits a player not having previously entered into the game to pinch hit for an eligible roster player who may then return to his defensive position for the remainder of the game, until ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 11:42 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rule changes

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2021

Richmond [Kentucky] Daily Register, April 27, 1921:

George Smith, centerfielder of the Knoxville team of the Appalachian League, earned a place in baseball’s hall of fame Monday when he made an unassisted triple play against Jellico. With a man on first and second, a drive that had the earmarks of a sure hit was laced over second. Smiley came in fast, caught the drive, stepped on second bag and touched out the runner from first. This is believed here to be the first unassisted play which an outfielder ever made.

It wasn’t the first unassisted triple play by an outfielder - Walter Carlisle did it in the Pacific Coast League in 1911 - but it is a super-rare feat. It’s still never been done in the major leagues.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 11:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Ohtani wins for Angels in 2-way start like none since Ruth

After giving up four runs while throwing 28 pitches in the first inning — when he walked two, hit another batter and threw a wild pitch — Ohtani got the Angels even at 4-4 in the top of the second when he had a two-run double and then scored on a single by Mike Trout, who had four hits in his return to the lineup.
The Japanese right-hander retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced in five innings, with all of his strikeouts in that span. It was his first big league win since 2018, before Tommy John surgery that kept him off the mound for all of 2019 and most of last season.

Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 05:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, babe ruth, shohei ohtani

Monday, April 26, 2021

Are Pitchers Being More Aggressive With the New Ball?

This is not solely an investigation into deGrom; he is just emblematic of what might be a league-wide trend. Through games played on April 24, 55% of four-seam fastballs were in the strike zone — a figure that, if it holds, would mark the highest four-seam Zone% of the pitch tracking era. Though more four-seam fastballs have been thrown in the strike zone in recent years, 2021 represents a statistically significant tick up, with a p-value of practically zero.

League-wide four-seam fastball Zone% had been extraordinarily stable over the last eight years: From 2013 through ’20, it never rose above 53.7% and never fell below 53.1%. Even looking at this rate on a month-to-month basis, it did not vary significantly: Since 2018, the highest ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2021 at 05:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: juiced ball

Rox GM Bridich steps down; Feasel named president

The Colorado Rockies announced on Monday that the club and executive vice president/general manager Jeff Bridich have mutually agreed that Bridich will step down from his role, effective immediately.

Greg Feasel, the club’s executive vice president/chief operating officer since 2010 and in his 26th season with the organization, has been named president/chief operating officer. He will now oversee baseball operations in addition to his current responsibilities leading all facets of the club’s business operations, including spearheading the organization’s role as host of the 2021 MLB All-Star Game festivities this July.

In the midst of his seventh season as general manager, Bridich now brings to a close 17 years with the Rockies ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2021 at 02:08 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff bridich, rockies

Plaschke: Dodgers get cheated again, this time by sign-stealing Fernando Tatis Jr. of Padres

The home nine arrived at Chavez Ravine on Sunday afternoon as victims of a theft so blatant it should have rattled them to their blue bones.

In a video that surfaced after the Dodgers’ Saturday night victory here over San Diego, it was clear that the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. had sneaked a peek at catcher Will Smith’s positioning just before hitting his second home run of the game.

Yeah, the organization that was cheated out of the 2017 World Series championship by the Houston Astros once again had been robbed, embarrassed and played for fools.

What to do, then, on Sunday?

Do they pitch Tatis inside? Do they back him off the plate? Short of intentionally hitting him, do they do anything else to make him, you know … ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2021 at 01:14 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis, jr., padres

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Madison Bumgarner throws seven-inning ‘no-hitter’ vs. Braves; here’s why it won’t count as official no-no

Arizona Diamondbacks veteran left-hander Madison Bumgarner twirled seven hitless innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. However, because the game was part of a doubleheader and thus spanned just seven innings, Bumgarner’s effort does not officially count as a no-hitter.

Here’s how’s Matt Kelly not so long ago explained the rules clarification:

“According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Major League Baseball’s official statistician, neither a team nor an individual pitcher will be credited with a no-no in a scheduled seven-inning game of a doubleheader—unless that game goes to extras. If the contest extends to at least nine innings and that pitcher (or a team’s group of pitchers) has still not allowed a hit, then it goes down ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 06:57 PM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: madison bumgarner

A Jim Morris sequel? Not quite. But Louis Head is a good story, too

The Rays first were interested in signing him before 2020 spring training after pro scouting/personnel director Kevin Ibach was impressed by a Twitter video of Head throwing at a performance center in Houston.

“We were looking to add a few bodies, a few arms, to camp,” Ibach said Friday night. “And, lo and behold, we came across Louis Head.”

The Rays analytics team had some interesting data from Head’s time in the minors with the Indians and Dodgers, specifically the way he spun his slider.

They reached out, but were about a week late as Head had signed with the Mariners. That didn’t work out, with Head released by Seattle after the spring shutdown.

With no interest from any big-league teams (and needing to make more money ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 03:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays

Former Cubs player, White Sox minor-league manager Adrian Garrett dies at 78

Adrian Garrett, who spent eight seasons in the major leagues and then went on to a coaching career, has died. He was 78.

Garrett died Thursday of pneumonia at Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle, Texas, New York Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Friday. Adrian Garrett’s younger brother, Wayne, was the third baseman on the 1969 World Series champion Mets.

A catcher and an outfielder, Adrian Garrett was born in Brooksville, Florida, and is a graduate of Sarasota High School. He signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1961 and made his debut with the Atlanta Braves on April 13, 1966.

He was 0 for 3 in four games for the Braves that year and did not return to the big leagues until 1970 with the Cubs. He played for the Cubs through 1973 and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 12:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian garrett, obituaries

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