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Sunday, March 01, 2020

Cubs’ Darvish yields HR to 1st batter of spring, settles in

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish’s spring training debut began exactly the way he predicted.

First pitch, home run.

Orlando Arcia connected right away, launching a drive over the fence in left center field, prompting the Chicago Cubs right-hander to rapidly snap his glove open and closed, imploring the plate umpire to give him another ball.

“I knew that he was going to swing, and also this is first game, so I want to throw a fastball, a get-me-over fastball for a strike,” Darvish said. “So I was thinking last night if Arcia is the leading (off), he’s going to hit the homer. So it happened.’’

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2020 at 01:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training, yu darvish

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Yu Darvish comment fuels Brewers’ sign-stealing speculation, Christian Yelich fires back

Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing saga may have added a new layer on Friday.

While the league’s focus remains on the Houston Astros following allegations of sign stealing during the 2017 season, the Milwaukee Brewers methods came into question after comments by Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish led to speculation that Milwaukee’s bullpen was relaying signs to Christian Yelich during a game in 2019.

In a Los Angeles Times story centered around Darvish’s feelings on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing allegations, the Cubs right-hander referenced a concerning incident from this season.

“Darvish recalled a game this season in which he stepped off the mound multiple times because he noticed something unusual. Batters typically have their eyes set on the pitcher. In this particular game, he observed they were looking into left-center field.”

And now things begin to escalate….

 

QLE Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, sign-stealing, yu darvish

Friday, November 01, 2019

Cubs Rumors: Yu Darvish Won’t Opt out of Contract, Avoids Free Agency

The Chicago Cubs no longer have to worry that Yu Darvish will explore the free-agent market after the four-time All-Star declined to use his opt-out clause.

Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Darvish will remain with the Cubs.

When the Cubs signed Darvish to a six-year, $126 million deal in February 2018, it came with an opt-out after the second season that would allow him to explore free agency for the second time in his career.

There were legitimate reasons to assume the Japanese star might walk away and try to secure a new long-term deal. He finished 2019 on a high note with a 2.76 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 81.2 innings after the All-Star break.

Mind you, given both the last couple of years of the free-agent market and his past record, there are reasons why many other commentators aren’t surprised….

 

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, opt-outs, yu darvish

Friday, October 25, 2019

Yu Darvish waits over a year to taunt Justin Verlander

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Social media revenge is not so serious a thing — and probably shouldn’t be called “revenge,” really — but it too is probably best served cold. Let’s call it “clapback ceviche.” Whatever you call it, Yu Darvish served up a fresh dish of it to Justin Verlander last night.

It was nearly a year and a half ago when Darvish hit a ball into the right field corner in a game against the Brewers. As he rounded second base he looked over his shoulder to see where the ball was. As he did so, he slipped and fell on his butt and then had to crawl back to second base. Verlander, taking in the game with his iPhone at the ready, had some fun with that

So, how far out do you suppose the two of them could extend this?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: grudge match, justin verlander, revenge, yu darvish

 

 

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