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Weekend OMNICHATTER for July 31 - August 1, 2021

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Hombre Brotani Posted: July 31, 2021 at 02:32 PM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: July 31, 2021 at 03:25 PM (#6031925)
   2. Walt Davis Posted: July 31, 2021 at 07:06 PM (#6031947)
SUBSCRIBER ALERT: It's the monthly Akil Baddoo newsletter!!

Let's recap our story:

In April, our hero hit an unlikely 222/242/571. He had 3 singles, 4 doubles, 3 triples and 4 HR. Alas he also had just 2 BB and 29 Ks in 66 PA. He was the oafiest oaf in oafball and surely out of the majors in a couple of weeks.

A bit bored, Baddoo decided to use his transformative superpower. Nobody's sure where it came fron -- there are rumors he was once sneezed on by Ichiro when he was only 6. So in May, Baddoo hit 256/431/419 with just 1 HR but, what the heck, 14 BB in 58 PA. And he tossed in 4 for 4 in SB too. Who doesn't go from 2 BB in 66 PA to 14 BB in 58. Happens all the time. The K-rate also dropped to 30%.

But you can only be Tony Phillips for so long, thought Baddoo. Let's try Wade Boggs for a while. In June, he hit 348/434/455 with 0 HR but a tidy 7 doubles, 10 BB and just 13 K in 66 PA. We've gone from 4 HR in 66 PA in April to just 1 HR in 124 PA in May/June.

So what did he decide to be in July??? Enquiring minds such as your want to know!!

Perhaps it was just the slow summer doldrums or maybe his super-power is cyclical in nature, but he seems to have suffered a bit of lack of imagination. He was a less oafy oaf. A line of 253/290/474 with just 5 BB but also 5 HR and just 19 K in 100 PA. Or perhaps he has chosen to focus his transformative superpower on the team itself as the Tigers went 13-9 in July.

Be sure to come back in about a month to find out what The Great Baddoo has in store for us in August. Sosa's monthly HR record? 30 steals? A line of 100/600/100 or 500/500/500?
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2021 at 07:39 PM (#6031953)
Mets-Reds game start delayed as team Hall of Fame inductions ran a bit long.

Jon Matlack looks good, Ron Darling - well, we know - and Edgardo Alfonzo gave the most memorable/longest speech.

Ed Kranepool introduced Matlack, and Kranepool - two years in on a kidney transplant at age 76 - could be the organ donor poster child. He had his lefty first basemen's mitt on to catch a ceremonial pitch from Matlack, and he beamed like a little boy.

Alfonzo had his buddy Rey Ordonez and manager Bobby Valentine in tow, along with Mike Piazza - who is a favorite of new owner Steve Cohen and who of course still looks like he could play. (spoiler alert: the Piazza speech coming up on 9-11 before a Mets-Yankees game will be one for the ages. the impact of that game-winning HR he hit when MLB returned to play 20 years ago cannot be explained to many, perhaps, who are not from the metro area. maybe you had to be there.)

The late Al Jackson, one of the cannon fodder arms for the original 1962-65 Mets (he went 40-73 in those four years, losing 20 twice) and a coach and organizational figure for many decades, got some sort of lifetime achievement award. his family seemed pretty excited, so that was nice. Darling said he'd never have made it to the big leagues without Jackson's pitching advice.
   4. Voodoo Posted: July 31, 2021 at 08:53 PM (#6031959)
Rizzo has now homered in each of his first two games as a Yankee...
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 31, 2021 at 08:57 PM (#6031960)
   6. Walt Davis Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:15 PM (#6031961)
Marquee is eulogizing Hendricks today as if he just announced his retirement. (I don't think I missed any news but who could blame him?) I assume it's "remember, all the experts said that one was a nothing trade too, the FO does know what it's doing, please keep watching!" Maybe teams that own a sizable chunk of their own RSN need to start taking that into consideration before deciding to tear down and suck.

Now something I'm not sure I've ever seen before -- two diving INfielders colliding on a ground ball. An unforeseen consequence of an extreme shift.

   7. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:18 PM (#6031962)
Baez HRs in first game as a Met to get them to within 4-3 in the 6th.

Citi Field crowd demands a curtain call and he obliges, raising both arms above his head in triumph.

his BFF Lindor can advise him, well, there IS another extreme in this town, lol

   8. Voodoo Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:39 PM (#6031967)
The Cubs have some guy named Johneshwy Fargas playing today (and over-sliding second base on a steal attempt). Not the best timeline for my Cubbies.

Kyle Hendricks has been great, though. He's always a joy to watch pitch. I think I heard that he leads the majors in quality starts.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:54 PM (#6031971)
Fargas has some silly minor league SB numbers. had a cup of coffee with the Mets when most of their team was on the IL earlier this year.

meanwhile Votto misses an 8th-inning homer by INCHES - would have tied the record with HR in 8 consecutive games. there's a narrow orange band at the very top of the RF blue wall at Citi Field, and Votto somehow hit it.

   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 31, 2021 at 10:31 PM (#6031975)
Rockies All-star pitcher German Marquez homers to dead center off Padres All-star pitcher Yu Darvish.
   11. JJ1986 Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:02 PM (#6031979)
Brandon Drury is a clutch god.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:08 PM (#6031982)
Drury 11 for 15 this month, and mostly in the biggest spots.

the post-game on-field interview is with Baez, and the crowd just went apeshit for this guy.

one game, and he already has the keys to the city. tells the fans, "I love you guys!"

Puerto Rican flags in the stands, Edwin Diaz also with the win - Viva Los Mets
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:19 PM (#6031984)
Got to go to the game today, great seats, Ted Simmons bobblehead and retiring of his uniform and unveiling of his statue, excellent weather as it looked like it was going to rain but cleared up and maintained a consistent 70-75 degrees all game long with a light breeze. Only thing that could ruin it, would be if the the team #### the bed and lost like something 8-1.
   14. JJ1986 Posted: August 01, 2021 at 12:20 PM (#6032001)
Jeff Passan:
Barring a drastic change between now and the 5 p.m. signing deadline, the New York Mets do not plan to sign first-round pick Kumar Rocker, sources tell me and @kileymcd.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 01, 2021 at 01:14 PM (#6032005)
New York Mets do not plan to sign first-round pick Kumar Rocker …
Must have been a problem in his termite inspection, eh?
   16. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 01, 2021 at 01:55 PM (#6032008)
So what did he decide to be in July??? Enquiring minds such as your want to know!!
This was very exciting.
   17. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: August 01, 2021 at 01:55 PM (#6032009)

#### off with this bullshit
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 01, 2021 at 02:01 PM (#6032013)
Ted Simmons bobblehead and retiring of his uniform

What took them so long?
   19. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 02:30 PM (#6032016)
What took them so long?

His hof induction hasn't happened yet, they generally try to do these things at roughly the same time as the induction ceremony. This was probably originally planned for last year. He was inducted into the Cardinals HOF in 2015 (it started in 2014 so one year after the inaugural list)

   20. salvomania Posted: August 01, 2021 at 02:31 PM (#6032017)
Cardinals lineup (OPS rank)
1. 5th
2. 4th
3. 3rd
4. 2nd
5. 7th
6. 1st
7. 6th
8. 8th
9. 9th

The fifth-place hitter has a .582 OPS since the end of April, is slow as f*ck and is a GIDP machine.
The sixth-place hitter leads the team in both OBP and slugging, and is one of the fastest players on the team.

It shouldn't be this hard.
   21. salvomania Posted: August 01, 2021 at 02:34 PM (#6032019)
Just did a double-take when the stats just showed Dylan Carlson with his 1st SB of the season---and his first attempt.

This is the same guy that stole 20 bases in his last full season, in the minors in 2019.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 02:38 PM (#6032021)
I just looked it up, apparently the Cardinals now have the second most retired uniforms with 14/15, 1 ahead of the Giants, and 7 behind the Yankees (with 21/23 numbers retired) (both teams have retired 42 twice, Jackie Robinson and Bruce Sutter or Mariano Rivera--and Yankees also with 8 with Yogi/Dickey)

Have to assume that Yadier's number will also be retired going forward. (not sure if Waino will or not, if McGee isn't retired, it appears the standard is a bit higher for retiring of a uniform number)
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 02:40 PM (#6032022)
The fifth-place hitter has a .582 OPS since the end of April, is slow as f*ck and is a GIDP machine.
The sixth-place hitter leads the team in both OBP and slugging, and is one of the fastest players on the team.

It shouldn't be this hard.

I do not get why there hasn't been more of a backlash against the continuation of batting Yadier this high in the lineup. He actually does seem to get a hit in almost every game, but it's a single (He hit the ball against the wall yesterday and still couldn't get a double out of it)
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:04 PM (#6032027)
I love Edmonds comment about Ted Simmons, he didn't articulate it well, but did show the feeling. Roughly he said "if you meet Ted Simmons, you would think he was a nobody, but then when you look at his accomplishments and you would think he should have his chest puffed out. "

He was more or less trying to say that Simmons doesn't put on airs (and him and McLaughlin were talking about how he wasn't bitter about how long it took for him to get into the hof, and of course Simmons being Simmons, credited the analytics for getting him in)

As I have said numerous times, Ted Simmons is my favorite player of all time (honestly if you are roughly 50 years old and grew up as a Cardinal fan, he's definitely on the short list of favorite players) So I'm happy for him, and am glad to see him get his accolades, and I'm glad to see that he has rejoined the Cardinal community. With the loss of Brock and Gibson, we needed to add more greats to our living legends.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:05 PM (#6032028)
Great baserunning by Sosa. Twins outfield is playing ridiculously deep for every batter.
   26. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:07 PM (#6032029)
Tied game, with a man on second a single that two bounced to the centerfielder and still no play at the plate... seriously the Twins outfield is about 15 feet away from the warning track for every batter.
   27. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:29 PM (#6032031)
Cardinal announcers cannot get past the fact that the Twins outfield is playing so incredibly deep for every freaking hitter.
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:37 PM (#6032032)
Waino with a ten pitch at bat and then reaches on an error scoring the runner from second. (110 mph off the bat from Waino, the third baseman made a good play, then screwed up the throw)
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 03:46 PM (#6032033)
Are the Twins a fundamentally poor team?
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:01 PM (#6032036)
we bag on Yadier batting where he shouldn't but damn does he pretty consistently deliver.
   31. salvomania Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:02 PM (#6032037)
He actually does seem to get a hit in almost every game,

Since May, Molina has hits in 22 of his 42 games started (including now, today).

He was better in April-May when he got hits in 27/36 starts.

And as I was writing this Molina got a hit to drive in a run and move into 4th place on the Cardinals' all-time hits leaderboard (2,074), moving past Albert Pujols. Next up is Rogers Hornsby (2,110).
   32. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#6032038)
Cardinal announcers are bragging on Yadier, but not sure this is anything I care about. (Yadier has the second most hits among Cardinals who have never gotten a hit with another team)

Let's just stick with the fact that he's fourth all time in hits among Cardinals and don't stretch for accolades, 2074 hits for a primary catcher is impressive enough.
   33. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:11 PM (#6032039)
Note.. I said seem... I get the numbers aren't really going to back it up, but it really does seem that in every game that the Cardinals are "in the game", he shows up with a hit.

It's not reality, but it's just the 'emotion' he gives off because often times it feels like his hits are important.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:12 PM (#6032040)
I love having speed on weak ass hits... Edman with a 120 foot double.
   35. salvomania Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:15 PM (#6032042)
Just noticed that Tommy Edman is in the NL's top 7 in singles, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and AB/K.
   36. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:17 PM (#6032043)
Just noticed that Tommy Edman is in the NL's top 7 in singles, doubles, triples, stolen bases, and AB/K.

Really, with his 26th double, I thought he would be on that list, and steals also, but the rest, never really noticed.
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:28 PM (#6032044)
Waino is pitching into the 7th inning, again, this is what's nice about veteran pitchers, you have no reason to save their arm.
   38. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:30 PM (#6032045)
Wainwright with just 80 pitches in the top of the 7th inning.
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:36 PM (#6032046)
Wainwright after 7 innings is at 86 pitches.... 3 runs allowed, Cardinals up currently 5-3...

I get why people might pull him since there is a day off tomorrow and the best relievers haven't really been used by the Cardinals in a couple of days, but right now it just feels like one of those games you let your star go until he hits trouble.
   40. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 04:38 PM (#6032047)
(stat 11 starts of 7 innings or more, second most in mlb. The Cardinal announcers said among 39 years old it's the most since the 50's but I don't believe that, I think they focused on just 39 year olds, not 39 and older, because I have to believe that Randy Johnson, Maddux or even Nolan Ryan did that)

Edit: quick check and the first name I grabbed was Maddux and he clearly did better so I think there is a failure in the translation of their specific stat.
   41. Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2021 at 05:28 PM (#6032054)
Yeah ... if I did stathead right ... if we look 39+ then Niekro leads the way with 36 starts of 7+ and you're still at 20 down to 45th place.

And then ... no offense Sean, b-r is still the greatest thing in the history of the internet ... you won't believe how dump stathead is. For the game finder it allows you to enter age as years.days ... clever right? Except now you can't search easily for, say, 39-yo pitchers because "age =39" is age=39.000 ... so you have to click some more to ask for age >=39 and <=40 (or 39.365 maybe). The search for age=39 gives you the 6 pitchers who pitched 7+ on their 39th birthday it seems.

Does my second attempt work? No because for some reason it translated 40 to 40.366 so I pick up Niekro's age 40 season, the one with 36 starts.

So naturally I have to search for age>=39 and age <= 39 and it translates the 2nd one to 39.366.

I think you owe me at least a coke at this stage cfb. Anyway, the answer for age=39 seems to be Niekro 1978 at 35. Now his birthday is April 1 so his 39th year and the 1978 season probably perfectly overlap. If I ask for a _season_ total for "age 39" for somebody with a mid-season birthday, do I get just the 2nd half total? I have no idea. But on the list I was able to generate, Pete Alexander is only 12th with 20 such starts. So I tried the expansion era and apparently Wainwright's start today moved him into sole possession of 20th place for age 39. If we look 2000 or later, he's now in sole possession of 9th. Next up RA Dickey, David Wells and Chuck Finley. (easy to forget how long Finley lasted) He's got a long way to go to catch Moyer at 23 but has a reasonable chance at passing Schilling/Smoltz at 17 for 2nd place.

So Wainwright is among the most durable age-39 starters of the 2000s. If that doesn't deserve a number retirement, I don't know what does.
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: August 01, 2021 at 05:38 PM (#6032055)
I think you owe me at least a coke at this stage cfb.

it's yours, come to St Louis and you have it, whether you want Jack with it or not is up to you.
   43. AndrewJ Posted: August 01, 2021 at 06:39 PM (#6032062)
New Mets HOFer Jon Matlack now lives in my old hometown in central NY.

That's all I've got.
   44. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: August 01, 2021 at 07:19 PM (#6032068)
I thought the Rocker news would get more attention. Some talk about being able to cash in on NIL rights, but how much is that going to snag for a baseball player? $12 maybe?
   45. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 01, 2021 at 07:56 PM (#6032076)
If a team doesn’t offer at least the draftee’s slot value, he should be a free agent, rather than being forced to put his career on hold until next year’s draft. Fundamental fairness.
   46. Howie Menckel Posted: August 01, 2021 at 09:02 PM (#6032081)
Rocker announced that he is not returning to Vanderbilt. apparently he'll play in an independent league or something.

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