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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Braves’ 29 runs against Marlins second most in MLB since 1900

The Atlanta Braves scored 29 runs against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, falling one short of tying the major league record for most runs in a game.

Adam Duvall’s seventh-inning grand slam gave host Atlanta a 29-9 lead, which ended up being the final score.

The 29 runs are tied for the second most in a game in the modern era (since 1900), just shy of the Texas Rangers’ 30 against the Baltimore Orioles in 2007. The 1950 Red Sox and 1955 White Sox also scored 29 runs in a game.

“Pretty amazing,” said Freddie Freeman, who drove in six runs with three hits, including a two-run homer. “Hard to put into words, really, when you look up and see 29 runs on the board.”

A day after being shut out by the Marlins on four hits, the Braves ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2020 at 09:18 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Ex-MLB commissioner Fay Vincent won’t watch baseball in 2020, says game has to change

“Baseball has to change. I like the idea of seven-inning games. Shorter is better. Given the pace of the game these days, I think starting a game at 7 or 9 and have it go until 11 p.m. is ridiculous. I also am concerned that young people are less engaged in large part because of the pace. I would take the union and some owners and go to MIT or Cal Tech and come up with a game that young people are going to be excited about. Who could be played at the same time the old fashioned game is being played. Kids could be at home and play against the real game and perhaps interact with the manager in the dugout. The future of baseball cannot be the technology of wooden bats, baseballs and leather gloves that came together in the 1900s. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2020 at 11:58 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: fay vincent

How a Baseball Summer Turned Into ‘Groundhog Day’

That dissonance is just a sliver of this strange summer for the Spitters, whose season, like that of every other sports team in the country, has been defined by the coronavirus pandemic. For the Spitters, defending Northwoods League champions, that means a shortened schedule with no travel and, crucially, games against the Resorters, and only the Resorters, all summer long.

In MLB history, the longest streak of consecutive games between two teams is 12, between the Boston Beaneaters and Philadelphia Phillies in September 1903, after the deadly bleacher collapse at the Baker Bowl a month prior had scattered the Phillies’ schedule. (In the short-lived Federal League, the Buffalo Buffeds and Baltimore Terrapins played 13 consecutive games ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2020 at 11:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: northwoods league

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Merrill Kelly to undergo thoracic outlet surgery

Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly will undergo surgery on Wednesday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The procedure involves the removal of a rib in order to alleviate pressure on the nerves in the shoulder area.

General Manager Mike Hazen said Kelly could begin playing catch eight weeks after surgery, putting him in position to have a relatively normal offseason and report to spring training in good health.

Hazen said the team’s medical staff is hopeful Kelly will make a full recovery, and Hazen did not make it sound like the procedure will adversely affect the Diamondbacks’ forthcoming decision on the $4.25 million club option in Kelly’s contract for 2021.

“We haven’t had any formal discussions on ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2020 at 11:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: merrill kelly, thoracic outlet syndrome surgery

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The next great pitching star is in Miami

Sixto Sánchez has the “It” factor—when you watch him on the mound, you can’t help but get the feeling this kid is going to be the face of baseball in Miami for seasons to come.

With his stuff and his flair, Sánchez is the most electric pitcher the Marlins have had since the irreplaceable José Fernández. Fernández took baseball by storm as a 20-year-old; Sánchez is doing it at 22. The rookie right-hander has a 2.37 ERA and 19 strikeouts, and even three starts into his big league career, he has all the makings of the franchise’s next great pitching star.

Just to give you a taste of how overpowering Sánchez has been so far, here’s where he places on Statcast’s expected ERA leaderboard. xERA tells you what a pitcher’s ERA should look ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 09:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sixto sanchez

Unpacking the Yankees’ Three Week Nosedive

The Yankees are in a terrible stretch of baseball, and having such a stretch in a season that’s only 60 games long has probably cost them the division. It probably won’t keep costing them in terms of a playoff berth, but this bad stretch has been a total team effort. Their ace isn’t pitching like one. The team’s three best hitters are missing from the lineup, while others have struggled to step up. The best arms in their bullpen aren’t getting results commensurate with their talent or careers to date. All of that has come together for a very bad three weeks. The team can’t afford to have another three weeks like their last three, but we can probably expect the performance to tick up, particularly in the lineup and the bullpen. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 03:18 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Red Sox don’t deserve No. 1 pick in draft, and here’s hoping Rob Manfred doesn’t give it to them

Considering the owners barely wanted to play this 60-game lice infestation of a season to begin with, it hardly seems fair to award the top pick based solely on 2020. That’s especially true of the Red Sox, who have reached deep into the recesses of baseball-reference for pitchers like Mike Kickham, Robinson Leyer, Mitchell Godfrey, Andrew Triggs, and James Conyers, and yes, I made two of those names up, and no, I don’t expect you to know which.

Even accepting that no one anticipated Eduardo Rodriguez missing the season to a COVID-related heart condition, the Red Sox never approached this season with anything resembling a will to win. Ownership tied the hands of chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom all winter, which is how Martin Perez and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 02:17 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, draft, red sox

MLB rolls out expanded digital video archive

Major League Baseball this week is widely debuting the MLB Film Room, a new digital video archive product aimed at enabling far greater user customization and distribution of the the league’s extensive film library.

Powered by Google Cloud and a specific outgrowth of a large-scale deal struck earlier this year between MLB and the technology giant, the MLB Film Room will feature a publicly accessible library with more than 3.5m baseball highlights and nearly three dozen filters to locate specific plays.

The Google deal in part seeks to leverage the company’s machine-earning technology, and some of the specific filters include specific player, team, defensive position, whether they bat right-handed or left-handed, and where a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 01:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: video

Former American League president Gene Budig dies at age 81

Gene Budig, the last president of the American League, has died. He was 81.
The Charleston RiverDogs’ minor-league baseball team, which Budig co-owned, announced his death on Tuesday. The team did not release a cause of Budig’s death.

Budig spent much of career as a leader in academics, heading several universities including time as president of West Virginia and chancellor of Kansas.

He was named AL president in 1994 and served in the position for six seasons until Major League Baseball eliminated those leadership roles in both the American and National leagues.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 12:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gene budig, obituatries

Cubs reunite with Pedro Strop, add speedster Billy Hamilton for postseason run

On Monday, the Chicago Cubs made two roster additions in preparation for a potential postseason run. The Cubs announced they have reunited with veteran righty reliever Pedro Strop, signing him to a minor-league contract. They also claimed speedster Billy Hamilton off waivers from the New York Mets.

Strop, 35, signed a one-year deal with the NL Central rival Reds this past offseason, but was released late last month after allowing three runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Strop has missed most of the season with a groin strain and the Cubs say he has been assigned to their alternate site, where he’ll work to get game ready….

Hamilton, 29, was designated for assignment by the Mets last week, following a base-running blunder against the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 11:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, cubs, pedro strop

Chicago Cubs Payroll Decisions Could Cause Their Window To Close

The Cubs roster includes players deep in their careers and at the upper end of MLB salaries. For many of them, unrestricted free agency lies ahead. Beginning this offsesaon, the Cubs have serious payroll obligations and decisions that could impact their future for years.

For example, outfielder Jason Hayward’s salary has an average annual value (AAV) of $23M until he reaches free agency in 2024.

Pitcher Yu Darvish will take home an average of $21M until 2024.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo signed an eight-year contract that offers a club option for $16.M in 2021, the same salary he was paid this year.

Money was an issue for the future of the Chicago Cubs before COVID-19 sent the world into shock waves. Now it is of paramount ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Taylor Trammell: Baseball Is Not Black Enough

When I was in training camp with the Padres, there were about 50 people included at our alternate site. And including the trainers, and everybody that’s there, you know how many were Black?


Two coaches and three players. So we were tight. We were all very close, having conversations about everything going on in the world like every single day. They had my back, and I had (and still have) their backs through anything and everything.

But we had to have each other’s backs like that. Because you know what? I’m gonna be honest with you, I can’t speak for what happened in the major clubhouse, but we had our normal meeting at nine o’clock at the alternate site after the boycotts in sports started, and nothing was said.

I ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:33 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, taylor trammell

Struggling Javy Baez sounds off on inability to watch video of previous at-bats during games

“To be honest, it sucks because I make my adjustments during the game,” Baez said after collecting three hits in Chicago’s 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. “I watch my swing. I watch where the ball went, where the contact was. I’m mad. I’m really mad about that we don’t have it.”

Baez is hitting .205 and has struggled for much of the shortened season. Like many players, the 27-year-old normally heads to the replay room to watch his at-bats and make adjustments for his next trip to the plate. But Major League Baseball cracked down on video, and protocols put in place during the coronavirus pandemic all but assured that there would be no way to monitor usage properly. Now players can’t watch their at-bats until after games.

“We ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:29 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: javier baez, sign-stealing

Padres’ Eric Hosmer fractures index finger while bunting, could be out 2-6 weeks

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer broke his left index finger while attempting to bunt in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Manager Jayce Tingler said Hosmer could be out two to six weeks.

“Knowing Hos, he’s a tough guy, and knowing his pain tolerance ... with some good luck and some good fortune, it heals up, and at that point, it’ll be up to pain tolerance,” Tingler said. “If we can get it to that point, I feel very confident betting on the man.’‘

The Padres have options at first base. Rookie Jake Cronenworth played well at first base when Hosmer missed several games early in the season because of a stomach ailment, and the Padres obtained Mitch Moreland during a flurry of trades in the days before last ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-8-2020

Washington Evening Star, September 8, 1920:

Babe Ruth Gets $5,000 For Talk to Phonograph

...yesterday a talking machine concern got hold of [Babe Ruth], coaxed him down town, got him to make a base ball talk to one of their records and for that little favor wrote him out a check for $5,000.

You can hear that record here. There’s some disagreement as to whether it’s actually Ruth speaking. The person who posted the video on YouTube says it’s Russell Hunting speaking, while this person insists it’s Ruth. I don’t have an opinion on the matter.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, dugout, history

Monday, September 07, 2020

Cal Ripken looks back on 25th anniversary of breaking Lou Gehrig’s record

The streak nearly ended in 1993, when Ripken sprained his knee during a benches-clearing brawl against the Seattle Mariners. The next morning, his knee had swollen so badly, it hurt to put any weight on it at all.

“I remember calling my mom that morning,” Ripken says. “I said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to play.’”

Ripken also had a lunchtime interview scheduled with Verducci that day – something he didn’t remember when Verducci brought it up. Instead, Ripken was getting treatment and testing his knee in the indoor batting cage.

The streak continued.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2020 at 01:41 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: cal ripken jr

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo ejected from upper deck of stadium by Joe West’s crew in bizarre moment

During the seventh inning, while Rizzo was watching from the upper deck of the stadium, umpire Hunter Wendelstedt suddenly could be heard on the broadcast saying, “you’re out,” while pointing up toward the stands.

He then asked for security to be called before cameras turned to Rizzo — who was seen standing alone and not wearing a mask in a section of the stadium.

Rizzo, West said, had been yelling at umpires from his suite, saying things like “you’re brutal.” Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of fans in the stadium, everything can be heard down on the field.

“I wouldn’t take that from a player. I wouldn’t take that from a manager,” West said, via the Associated Press. “If it was Donald Trump, I’d ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2020 at 01:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: joe west

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Cardinals legend Lou Brock dies Sunday afternoon at 81

St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who had fought through a number of medical conditions in recent years, died Sunday afternoon. He was 81.

Brock will be remembered for many accomplishments. He was the National League’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He had 3,023 hits. He was a first-ballot electee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

But he may be known mostly as the centerpiece of what was perceived as the greatest trade in Cardinals history. Or just greatest baseball trade ever. On June 15, 1964, the Cardinals acquired Brock, a raw, 24-year-old outfielder from the Chicago Cubs in a trade that cost them popular righthander Ernie Broglio, who had been an 18-game winner for them the prior season ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2020 at 06:51 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: lou brock, obituatries

What’s Behind MLB’s Fake Crowd Noise? A Conductor With an iPad

“You’re a conductor of sorts,” says Oakland A’s executive producer for ballpark entertainment Amelia Schimmel. “You’re controlling a symphony.”

The crowd noise is crucial to producing an environment that seems, if not normal, then at least normal-ish. It’s important for the players, who aren’t used to performing in dead silence. It’s important for the managers, who don’t want their conversations overheard in the opposing dugout. And it’s important for the broadcasters, who want to create a familiar experience for those watching at home. But normal-ish crowd noise is difficult to approximate—a sea of sound that changes with each pitch.

Think about all the sounds you hear at the ballpark, says Seattle Mariners ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2020 at 12:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo gets 3-year extension

The Washington Nationals have given a three-year contract extension to president and general manager Mike Rizzo, the team announced Saturday.

Rizzo’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season.

“We are thrilled that Mike will continue to lead our club,” Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said in a statement. “He guided us through the early years of building this franchise into what it is today—a perennial contender that brought a World Series championship home to Washington, D.C., last season.

“I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship for years to come.”

In addition to the 2019 World Series championship, the Nationals, under Rizzo’s watch, have also won four National League East titles and had one ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2020 at 12:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mike rizzo, nationals

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Friday, September 04, 2020

Anaheim’s cash from Angel Stadium sale? $150 million, not $325 million

In December, the Anaheim City Council agreed to sell Angel Stadium and the surrounding parking lots for $325 million. The deal was done, but the city said the value was subject to change.

On Friday, the final sale price was announced: $150 million.

In order to entice Angels owner Arte Moreno and his development company to include close to 500 units of affordable housing and a seven-acre park within the small city to rise on the 150-acres stadium property, the city essentially marked down the sale price by more than half. The city said it valued the housing and parkland at $170 million and described the amount as a development credit, not a discount.

The development agreement that includes the discount requires the approval of the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 02:00 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2020

Rock Island Argus, September 4, 1920:

Betting Scandal on Cubs

President William Veeck of the Chicago National League baseball team, began investigation of charges made [in Chicago] today that the Cubs had deliberately lost last Tuesday’s game, which Philadelphia won, 3 to 0, and that professional gamblers “cleaned up” in a batting coup as a result. Mr. Veeck said he had no evidence to either prove or disprove the charges, but would make every effort to sift the matter.
The basis of the charged made in connection with Tuesday’s game is that Detroit, Boston, Cincinnati and Chicago gamblers are said to have placed $50,000 on Philadelphia, forcing the odds on Tuesday’s game from 2 to 1 on the Cubs to 6 to 5 on the Phillies. A few minutes ...

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 10:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, gambling, history

Alex Rodriguez fuming over ‘fixed’ sale of Mets to Steve Cohen, sources say

Alex Rodriguez is fuming over losing the Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen and griping that the process was rigged, multiple sources tell The Post.

Sources close to the former Yankees slugger say they lost the Queens team on Friday, Aug. 28, after the Mets’ banker — Steve Greenberg of Allen & Co. — reached out to ask for a sneak peek at what was being offered. The request came days ahead of the official Aug. 31 bidding deadline.

A-Rod — who has been vying for The Amazins with his superstar fiancee, Jennifer Lopez — reluctantly complied with the request only to learn later that same day that the Mets were in exclusive deal talks with Cohen.

The founder of Point72 Asset Management had offered $2.35 billion for the team — or just ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 09:43 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Dee Gordon Changes Last Name to Honor His Mom, DeVona Strange, Who Was Killed

Seattle Mariners infielder and outfielder Dee Gordon told the team he wants to go by Dee Strange-Gordon going forward, per Greg Johns of, in honor of his late mother DeVona Strange, who was killed when he was seven.

Strange was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Lynford Schultz, who served five years in prison for manslaughter.

Strange-Gordon told B/R’s Scott Miller in 2019 that Devaris Strange-Gordon is his legal name, but after a public address announcer in rookie ball badly mispronounced his full name, he asked to just be called Dee Gordon.

“She had this beautiful smile, man,” Strange-Gordon told Miller of his mom. “I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was so sweet.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2020 at 10:43 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon

Cubs announce plans for sportsbook at Wrigley Field

A retail sportsbook, complete with betting windows and self-serve kiosks, is in the works at one of baseball’s most iconic venues, Wrigley Field.

On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs announced a multiyear partnership with DraftKings that includes plans for putting a sportsbook at Wrigley Field or in the Wrigleyville area outside of the park.

The Cubs are the first Major League Baseball franchise to commit to opening a retail sportsbook on their stadium premises.

“An increasing number of sports fans want to integrate sports betting into their game experience, and we’re excited to be one of the first to engage in developing a retail sportsbook at a professional sports venue,” Crane Kenney, president of business operations for the Cubs, said in a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2020 at 01:47 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling

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