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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

Monday, September 02, 2019

LEADING OFF: Cole follows Verlander’s gem, Darvish scratched

TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW

One day after Houston teammate Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter, Gerrit Cole looks to stay on a roll of his own when the Astros visit Milwaukee on Labor Day. Cole (15-5, 2.85 ERA) is 11-0 with a 2.06 ERA in his last 16 starts and needs six strikeouts to regain the major league lead from Verlander, who whiffed 14 batters Sunday during his third career no-hitter — second in Toronto.

With four weeks to go, Verlander and Cole appear to be running 1-2 in the AL Cy Young Award race.

At least it isn’t an animal act that he has to follow.

QLE Posted: September 02, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin may, gerrit cole, keston hiura, mark trumbo, yu darvish

Sunday, September 01, 2019

LEADING OFF: Carrasco, Frazier, Zobrist up as rosters expand

SPECIAL RETURN

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since late May when he was diagnosed with leukemia, will be reinstated from the 60-day injured list for a game at Tampa Bay. Carrasco made four rehab appearances with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, permitting one run while striking out eight in five innings. He’ll start up in Cleveland’s bullpen as he continues to build endurance in his arm.

“Great feeling, back to the baseball field,” Carrasco said on Instagram.

This will be an interesting day to watch in one regard- assuming there are no changes, this will be the last year of 40-man call-ups, and it will be interesting to see how the teams respond to this being the case.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2019 at 04:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, clint frazier, sean manaea, september roster expansions, yu darvish

 

 

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