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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

José Altuve loudly booed in his first spring training at bat

The Astros and sign-stealing has, quite obviously, been the story of the offseason. The basic news of the scandal has, quite understandably, led the headlines, but the response to the news on the part of Astros players and officials has managed to perpetuate it. What I originally figured would last only a few weeks before dying down has not, by any stretch of the imagination, died down.

In related news, the Houston Astros made the trip to Lakeland today to take on the Detroit Tigers in a spring training game. You’ll not be surprised that José Altuve, making his first trip to the plate this spring training, was given a less-than-warm greeting by Tigers fans

And so it begins…..

 

QLE Posted: February 25, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: boos, dirty rotten cheaters, hit by pitch, jose altuve

Monday, February 17, 2020

Sunday Notes: Twins Prospect Royce Lewis Has a Cacophonous Swing and a Sky-High Ceiling

The swing is noisy and needs refining, but Lewis has the physical ability for superstardom.

That line, written by Eric Longenhagen, led Royce Lewis’s writeup in our 2020 Top 100 Prospects rankings, which were published earlier this week. Both halves of the sentence are intriguing. While the first is potentially a red flag, the second is indicative of a blue-chip up-and-comer with a sky-high ceiling. Selected first overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 draft out of a San Juan Capistrano high school, Lewis holds down the No. 13 slot on Longenhagen’s list.

Alex Hassan isn’t all that concerned with the 20-year-old shortstop’s swing. According to the Minnesota farm director, the underlying characteristics are what really matter. Lewis possesses plus bat speed, a good bat path, and “when he makes contact, he does a lot of damage.”

While nothing is actually broken, Lewis isn’t exactly quiet in the box.

An open thread, for any points of importance we’ve missed.

 


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Dodgers pitcher says he would ‘probably’ throw at Astros hitters if he faced them

It was already clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as the L.A. area in general, are going to harbor some major bad blood against the Houston Astros for cheating in and winning the 2017 World Series.

“They cheated and they got away with it.” “Asterisk.” “What a f—-ing joke.” “Everybody knows they stole the ring.”

It’s understandable. Losing out on baseball’s ultimate accomplishment in a seven-game series only to find out the other team was cheating will create some anger.

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, who is likely staying with the team after a trade to the Los Angeles Angels fell through, took things a step further on Friday when asked about what he might have done had the Astros become a division rival in the AL West.

And all those teams put up more netting to prevent people from getting hit by the ball…..

 

QLE Posted: February 15, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, hit by pitch, ross stripling

Friday, October 18, 2019

The hit-by-pitch god

In the latest edition of SB Nation’s “Dorktown,” Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein statistically rhapsodize on the career of “an otherwise normal-seeming person, who, to an extent baseball has never before seen, willingly uses his own body as a human baseball bat”—Brandon Guyer. Don’t miss the graphic around 8:30 and stay for the end, with bonus videos of players failing at sliding and at running into Albert Belle.

sotapop Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon guyer, hbpgod, hit by pitch, ouch, the fourth true outcome

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The bizarre brilliance of Derek Dietrich’s 2019 season

To date, Dietrich has been hit by an astonishing 25 pitches, the second most in all baseball. He’s also the owner of 28 walks on the season, as well as a career-best 19 dingers. None of those, in a vacuum, jump off the page in any sort of way, really, aside from the HBP numbers that were largely fueled by a fit of Clint Hurdle rage months back.

What’s astonishing in context, however, is that he only has 18 singles this entire season. Right now, with the season nearing its completion, Dietrich has more HBP, walks, and homers than he has singles. That’s simply unheard of.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 17, 2019 at 02:36 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: derek dietrich, hit by pitch, homers, walks

 

 

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