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Monday, August 15, 2022

Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward in midst of fourth straight losing season

The Rangers fired Woodward two games shy of his 500th with the club and with a season remaining on his contract, two people with direct knowledge of the team’s decision told The Dallas Morning News. The Rangers’ interim manager is unclear.

The Rangers, on their way to their sixth consecutive losing season, are 211-287 in Woodward’s three-plus seasons. The .424 win percentage is the sixth worst in MLB in that time. Ironically, the firing came a day after perhaps the best series win of the season, in which the Rangers rallied on back-to-back days to win two of three from Seattle.

Ultimately, neither the first three seasons nor the weekend mattered much. Woodward and the Rangers overachieved to win 78 games in 2019, had their 2020 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 01:53 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers

The AL MVP race is closer than you think

Mike Petriello, analyst, stats and research: It’s very fair to penalize Aaron Judge because he doesn’t pitch. Pitching is hard! Ohtani is very good at it! And he’s also an elite hitter. I feel like maybe we’re bored by that now, but we shouldn’t be? It is still wildly insane.

Footer: Right, but can we really just give Ohtani the MVP every year of his career just because he does two things well?

Sarah Langs, analyst/researcher: If Ohtani weren’t still doing both at an elite level, this is a different discussion.

Petriello: Well. Yes. The lukewarm answer here is it’s perfectly reasonable to say either of these two could or should be MVP. I won’t exclude Ohtani because his team is bad. I won’t exclude Judge because he doesn’t pitch. I ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 11:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, mvp, shohei ohtani

Yankees in desperate need of jolt as feeble slide continues to grow concern

Anyway, if the Yankees don’t snap out of it, instead of making history, they may be history. They are 20-25 in their last 45, inconceivable the way they started.

At this point, it may be time for a shake-up, at least a small one. Teams that are 29 games over .500 normally don’t require change, but this one might.

How about a call to the minors? At this point, what could it hurt?

Oswald Peraza, who was held out of just about every trade talk at the deadline (except if the Yankees actually had a chance for Juan Soto or Shohei Ohtani, of course; they did not). It feels like they could use a spark. Perhaps he’d provide it.

Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres aren’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball. Is anyone else tiring of ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 10:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

MLB Errors on Twitter: Tough Break

jimfurtado Posted: August 15, 2022 at 07:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: videos

Twitter: Wynton Bernard makes the major leagues [video]

Wynton Bernard calls his mom after making it to the majors for the Colorado Rockies.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

GM Mike Elias: Orioles Will “Significantly Escalate The Payroll” During Offseason

“Our plan for this offseason has always been to significantly escalate the payroll,” GM Mike Elias said in an appearance on The Front Office Show on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.  “I think a lot of that’s going to come through our own guys going into arbitration, but also we plan to explore free agency much more aggressively.  We plan to maybe make some buy trades for some guys that are either on contracts or kind of in the tail-end of their arbitration.”

“The success…has only cemented those plans.  I’m really looking forward to the offseason and kind of a winter meetings environment where we’re buying.  I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for our group and for the organization.”

In a sense, there was nowhere to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:54 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Drew Rasmussen takes perfect game into ninth inning in Tampa Bay Rays’ victory over Baltimore Orioles

- Drew Rasmussen took a perfect game into the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays expanded their lead over Baltimore for the final AL wild card to 1½ games with a 4-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Rasmussen allowed his first baserunner when Jorge Mateo doubled down the left-field line on the first pitch of the ninth. Mateo, who went 5-for-5 on Friday night, later scored on a Rasmussen wild pitch.

The right-hander struck out seven over 8⅓ innings, the longest outing of his career. He threw 62 of 87 pitches for strikes.

“I’ll take it,” Rasmussen said. “It helps our team’s chance of winning. When our team has a chance to win a game, that’s first and foremost, the most important thing.’

...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: drew rasmussen, rays

Japanese baseball, a 150-year journey of transformation

That mentality came to baseball accidentally, stemming partly from the success made by Japan’s first national baseball heroes, 24 years after Wilson introduced the game.

The team from “Ichiko,” the academically elite First Higher School of Tokyo, was an organic grass-roots endeavor that adopted some Western ideas that came with the new sport and wed them to the ethos of Japan’s feudal era warrior code.

The treaty port of Yokohama hosted Japan’s first games at least as early as 1871 between American merchants and U.S. Navy sailors. The first Japanese team, the Shimbashi Athletic Club, was formed by American-trained engineer Hiroshi Hiraoka in 1878, among employees of Japan’s first railroad, between Yokohama and Tokyo’s Shimbashi.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Journeyman Wynton Bernard keys Colorado Rockies win after 10 seasons in minors

Wynton Bernard finally got his chance to play in the major leagues a decade after he was drafted by the San Diego Padres, and he made it count.

Bernard, batting eighth and playing center field, singled, stole a base and scored in his major league debut, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Friday night.

The 31-year-old Bernard toiled in the minors for more than 10 years and 863 games before having his contract from Triple-A Albuquerque selected by Colorado on Friday. He made it a memorable debut when he helped spark a seventh-inning rally that put the Rockies in front for good.

Bernard received a loud ovation when he stepped to the plate for the first time in the bottom of the third. He grounded out to ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Kinsler takes winning swagger into Rangers HOF

Kinsler—who was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame on Saturday along with John Blake, the club’s executive vice president of public affairs—believed he could win. He believed Texas could win. That mindset, along with a roster full of talent, helped the Rangers secure their first American League pennant in 2010 and another in ‘11.

Fans tuning in from home might remember hearing fellow Rangers Hall of Famer Eric Nadel make the call in the 2010 AL Championship Series when Neftalí Feliz froze Alex Rodriguez with an 83 mph breaking ball to capture the pennant.

“Strike three called—the Rangers are going to the World Series!”

“The whole place was—it just felt like it was gonna come down,” Kinsler said. “With the fireworks ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 11:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kinsler, rangers

Tommy Pham continues hot start to Boston Red Sox career with dramatic walk-off: ‘We don’t get paid for overtime,’ he says

As Tommy Pham stepped to the plate in the 10th inning against reliever Lou Trivino, his mindset was simple. He had enjoyed his first taste of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry but wanted the game to be over.

So Pham, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before the 10th, laced a hard grounder down the third-base line, plating automatic runner Christian Arroyo and giving the Red Sox a 3-2 walk-off win over their first-place rivals. Mission accomplished.

“End it. We don’t get paid for overtime,” Pham told NESN’s Jahmai Webster when asked about his mindset in the 10th. “End it.”

Pham’s third career walk-off hit capped off a dramatic victory for the Red Sox, who trailed all game until Yankees closer Clay Holmes walked two batters ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 14, 2022 at 12:27 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tommy pham

Forecasting The 2022-23 Qualifying Offers: Position Players - MLB Trade Rumors

I really hoped an agreement on the International Draft would happen and the qualifying offers system would end.

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 10:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: qualifying offers

Jasson Domínguez updates

Aug. 13: Swipes two bases, drives in run
While he went hitless for High-A Hudson Valley, Jasson Domínguez still made a big impact in the Renegades’ win over Aberdeen. Domínguez swiped two bases, bringing him to 29 on the year, and drove in a run on a sac fly. His bid for three steals went awry, though, as he was thrown out trying to take third in the sixth inning. Gameday »

Aug. 12: Reaches three times
Jasson Domínguez was the lone bright spot for High-A Hudson Valley on Friday, which lost 10-0 to Aberdeen. Domínguez went 1-for-2 with a single and two walks. Domínguez is now hitting .279/.410/.441 for Hudson Valley. Gameday »

Aug. 11: Swipes two bags in loss
Jasson Domínguez continued his hot play on Thursday, swiping two bases ...

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jasson dominguez, prospects, yankees

Twitter: Edwin Diaz entrance

I’m not a Mets fan but I just love this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the entrance videos.

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin diaz, mets

Jacob deGrom 6 scoreless innings 10 strikeouts in Mets win

Do they really want to push him before the playoffs?

Jacob deGrom doesn’t argue. He doesn’t attempt to negotiate. When pitching coach Jeremy Hefner delivers the news of how many pitches the Mets will allow deGrom to throw in a start, deGrom simply accepts it. He understands what it would look like if he successfully lobbied for more and then hurt himself again. So for now, deGrom keeps quiet.

On Saturday, that meant pitching only six innings in a 1-0 win over the Phillies at Citi Field, despite featuring near-unhittable stuff for the third time in three outings since returning from the injured list. It meant throwing only 76 pitches—the same amount he did six days earlier against the Braves—and then watching from afar as relievers ...

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Hochman: Ozzie Smith, ‘82 Cardinals celebrate 40 years since World Series title | Benjamin Hochman |

That was definitely a fun team to watch.

“It was most of my most exciting and rewarding season,” said Kaat, 83, who was finally inducted into Cooperstown this summer. “I didn’t find this out until my career was over, but 17 years between World Series appearances is the longest period of time any player ever had to wait. And then, no player in any professional sport has had to play 24 years before getting a championship ring. Ray Bourque, the hockey player, was 22. But those aren’t records of accomplishment by me — they’re just an example of how honored I was to be a part of that team. And the fact that we were such an exciting team.”

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jim kaat, ozzie smith

Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter: “Oh my, Oneil! ????  / Twitter

He’s a freak!

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, oneil cruz, pirates

More on Hall’s role, Santander’s hot stretch, Rutschman’s usage, numbers game and Means’ recovery - Blog

I’ve watched a few of his minor league starts online. His stuff was not at its best yesterday. Still, I’m not convinced he’ll end up being a long-term starter because of his poor command. He will definitely be a HUGE weapon out of the pen, though.

The elevation of DL Hall to the majors yesterday isn’t as interesting as his immediate demotion after the game.

Hall made a spot start for the Orioles in an 8-2 loss to the Rays. The exact definition of the term. But he didn’t plug a temporary hole in the rotation, which is the usual excuse.

The Orioles had that spot covered with veteran Jordan Lyles, who’s pushed back to today. Spenser Watkins would have started the series finale, but he worked in relief yesterday and is expected to be on ...

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dl hall, orioles

Fernando Tatis Jr. offers ridiculous lie as excuse for cheating

Where is Tatis’ agent?

Not so long ago the brightest star in baseball, Fernando Tatis Jr. has turned out to be a fool who thinks everyone else is just as big a fool. Tatis was busted by MLB on Friday for taking an anabolic steroid, and reacted by issuing a statement that would only fly if the country had 100 percent illiteracy or everyone’s internet were permanently down.

Tatis said he “inadvertently” took the performance enhancing drug Clostebol to treat ringworm, and apparently either he, his agent or his marketing guy thought the world would mistake Clostebol, the synthetic anabolic steroid he was caught with, for Clobetasol, a common drug used to treat skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis that also requires a prescription. ...

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 08:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, steroids

Twitter: Andres Gimenez makes a great, heads-up play

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andres gimenez, guardians

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Fernando Tatis Jr. suspended, tests positive for banned substance

This is a real shocker. You can read his full statement by clicking the link.

“I have been informed by Major League Baseball that a test sample I submitted returned a positive result for Clostebol, a banned substance,” Tatis said in a statement. “It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol. I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so.

jimfurtado Posted: August 13, 2022 at 04:07 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mets Announce Old Timers’ Day Roster

The New York Mets today announced that 65 former players and managers will be in attendance for Old Timers’ Day Presented by Citi on August 27 prior to the 7:10 p.m. game vs. Colorado.

Eleven members of the Mets Hall of Fame (Ed Kranepool, Cleon Jones, Mookie Wilson, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, John Franco, Mike Piazza, Jon Matlack, Ron Darling and Edgardo Alfonzo) and three members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Piazza, Pedro Martínez and Joe Torre) will all be at Citi Field on August 27.

The introductions for the Old Timers’ Day Game Presented by Citi will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the game. Fans will be able to watch select Mets Alumni as they walk into the ballpark with a red-carpet entrance starting ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 04:01 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

How Government Devastated Minor League Baseball

The whole thing is a mess.

There is something both unseemly and unsurprising about a modern politician using legislation as a tool to punish the political behavior of a corporate entity. Nevertheless, the generally more serious Sen. Mike Lee (R–Utah), another co-sponsor of the bill, was on firmer footing when he asserted at the same press conference that MLB “has used its judicially fabricated antitrust immunity to suppress wages and divide up markets for decades—conduct that is plainly illegal, and sometimes criminal, in any other industry.”

jimfurtado Posted: August 11, 2022 at 02:26 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium financing

Francisco Lindor is now underrated

May I be so underrated.

jimfurtado Posted: August 11, 2022 at 02:21 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, mets

SI:Is Nationals Starter Patrick Corbin Having the Worst Pitching Season Ever?

Let’s start with the most obvious statistic—not the most illuminating, or the most informative, but the most straightforward. And it has good news for Corbin! He is not particularly likely to finish with the worst ERA ever in MLB. That dubious honor has long belonged to Les Sweetland and his 7.71 ERA for the 1930 Phillies…

Which is very bad for Corbin. Adjusted for his time and place, no one has been worse: His 56 ERA+ is tied for the lowest of all time. (He shares the title with Rube Bressler of the 1915 Philadelphia A’s, who later stopped pitching and enjoyed a career of more than a decade as a first baseman and left fielder.)

the conclusion seems to be, maybe not the worst, but it’s down there

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 02:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: corbin, nats

OT Soccer Thread - European Leages Return

The new season kicks off in Europe without a peep from the BBTF cognoscenti. Are the fans turned off by the stratospheric player salaries? Dismayed at increasing stratification in domestic leagues? Bored with the prospect of more meaningless Champions League group games? Gearing up for a World Cup boycott? Or, you know, just kind of tired in general. Whatever the reason, we can’t go without a soccer thread, surely!

The Marksist Posted: August 11, 2022 at 02:20 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: off-topic, soccer

The Orioles’ advantage is hiding in plain sight

Last year, the Orioles only produced 122 homers of their own, scoring just 176 runs, at Camden Yards. Opponents plated 263 on their 155 blasts. That’s a minus-87 run differential.

This year? The Orioles outhomered the opposition 52-49 entering play Wednesday. Opponents have plated six more runs on their home runs than Baltimore, but that’s still an 81-run swing compared to 2021.

Last season, opposing teams hit .275 and slugged .495 at Camden. This year? .249 and .381.

Mancini noted that the park remains favorable to left-handed hitters. The club’s top four position prospects - Rutschman, Colton Cowser, Gunnar Henderson, and 2022 first-round pick Jackson Holliday - are all left-handed batters. The advantage might have staying power.

“I ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 11:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

2022 MLB Field of Dreams Game: Four things to know with Cubs, Reds set to meet in Iowa

How to watch the Field of Dreams Game
Where: Dyersville, Iowa | When: 7:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 11
TV channel: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: TBD

Now for a few things to know about the 2022 edition….

2. Joey Votto and Ian Happ will be mic’d up
MLB has leaned into having mic’d-up conversations with players in the dugout and even on the field while the game is ongoing, and not surprisingly that’s going to be the case on Thursday night. The lucky/afflicted players for this game will be Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Cubs outfielder Ian Happ. They’ll be rocking the two-way mic at some point during the game. Given Votto’s engaging presence and sense of humor, he could be an ideal fit for this sort of thing.

...
RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 10:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, field of dreams, reds

Vaughn Grissom makes history with HR, steal in debut

Starting at second and batting ninth, Grissom went 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base in his debut, securing his first career hit and homer in one at-bat and helping to turn two double plays in the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Red Sox.

Grissom reached base in his first at-bat after grounding into a forceout in the third. His next time up, he struck out on four pitches to open the fifth. When he stepped up to the plate for his third at-bat, Grissom hammered a first-pitch fastball out of the ballpark.

“The competitive nature kicked in,” Grissom said. “I had a couple of at-bats, and I failed a couple of times. So it was just like, ‘All right, like you’re down.’ I’m not gonna say I expected it, but like, I need to do ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2022 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, vaughn grissom

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