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Thursday, August 18, 2022

He got a job via LinkedIn—Major League player

Having long been interested in the real estate business, Garrett had gotten his real estate license in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020 began what he thought would be his new career.

“I was doing well,” Garrett said. “I had sold several houses, some to buddies, some to investors. I was doing pretty well.”

Still, Garrett couldn’t help but think he still had something to offer the game of baseball.

So he signed with an independent league for the next year. He had joined LinkedIn when he first got his real estate license because he heard it could be important for business.

“I was about to delete LinkedIn, two weeks before I got [a] message,” Garrett said. “There was an old video coordinator from the Gulf Coast League, my first year of pro ball. ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:44 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, linkedin, stone garrett

D.J. Peterson is a baseball survivor

In Peterson’s first at-bat, the right-handed López had thrown him all four-seamers and sliders. Anticipating another slider on the 0-1 pitch, Peterson leaned over the plate. When López surprisingly threw him a two-seamer, Peterson was caught completely off guard.

“I froze,” he says.

The pitch smacked him square in the left side of his jaw.

Peterson spit his tooth out on home plate. Clinton’s athletic trainer rushed to the scene. Peterson could not talk, could not move his mouth. Fortunately, in a crowd of very few people, there was a dentist on-hand. He, too, rushed to home plate, briefly examined Peterson and announced, “He needs to go to the hospital!”

So they put Peterson on a cart and then in an ambulance, which took ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. peterson

The Six-Man Rotation May Be Baseball’s Next Evolutionary Step

None have executed the strategy as consistently and as well as the 2022 Astros, though. Houston had every reason to commit to the new-age way, as Justin Verlander was somewhat similar to Ohtani as a veteran returning from Tommy John surgery whom his team wanted to protect. And like the Padres, the reigning American League champions had enough quality starters to render the six-man an advantage rather than a necessity. Even after trading veteran hurler Jake Odorizzi to Atlanta at the deadline, Lance McCullers Jr. slid into the vacated slot this week after his recovery from Tommy John surgery was complete. The results speak for themselves. Houston leads all teams in rotation fWAR (12.9) and innings (684 ⅓), ranks second in ERA (3.10) and ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: six-man rotation

Josh Donaldson delivers for New York Yankees with grand slam walk-off in 10th inning

Josh Donaldson knew the ball left the park the second it left his bat. And the New York Yankees needed this one.

Down 7-4 going into the bottom of the 10th inning, they were facing a sweep by the Tampa Bay Rays and their fourth straight loss when Donaldson came to the plate. But as his line-drive grand slam exited the park, Donaldson knew the victory meant more to the Yankees in the bigger picture amid their roughest stretch this season. The 8-7 walk-off win marked only their third win this month, as they have dropped 11 games since the start of August.

“The guys were pumped, and I think as we talked about how the game progressed and how the back-and-forth battle happened there, we came back with our backs against the wall,” Donaldson ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 10:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: josh donaldson, yankees

Yankees four-time All-Star Dellin Betances retires

Dellin Betances is calling it a career.

The hard-throwing reliever, who played for the Yankees and Mets, retired on Wednesday night, according to The Post’s Jon Heyman.

The 34-year-old Betances, who had been in the Dodgers’ organization, was released earlier in the day.

Betances, who was drafted by the Yankees in 2006 and began his minor league career as a starter, made it to the majors in 2011. He found his niche as a back-end force in the Yankees’ bullpen from 2014-18.

During that time, Betances appeared in 349 games for the Yankees, recording 607 strikeouts with a 2.22 ERA, including five-straight seasons with at least 100 strikeouts and four straight All-Star selections, all as a reliever.

After 2018, Betances’ career was ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 10:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances

Top 100 prospects updated 2022 midseason rankings

Top 100 and all team Top 30s were updated.

Amid the madness, let’s check in on that latter group with an updated version of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Mets catcher Francisco Álvarez—a 20-year-old with plus-plus power who has already reached Triple-A—sits atop our ranking as the top prospect in the game. He’s just the third catcher to hold the crown as baseball’s No. 1 overall prospect, joining Joe Mauer (preseason 2004) and Adley Rutschman (midseason 2021).

Tucking in behind Álvarez at No. 2 is Orioles infielder Gunnar Henderson. D-backs outfielder Corbin Carroll rounds out the top three.

jimfurtado Posted: August 18, 2022 at 06:51 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

YouTube Game of the Week Aug. 17 Alternate Broadcast

I’ll answer, things nobody asked for, Bob!

Did anyone watch this? Did anyone enjoy it?

jimfurtado Posted: August 18, 2022 at 06:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: abominations, television

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Former SF Giants player turned internet troll Aubrey Huff running for local office, will probably lose badly

In what can best be described as an immense display of hubris, former San Francisco Giants star Aubrey Huff is running for a school board position in the Southern California city of Solana Beach.

It’s clear Huff is relying on star power to win the seat (he wrote “Retired Professional Athlete” on his filing paperwork), but there’s a problem with that strategy: Since retiring in 2014, Huff has become more well known for his right-wing politics than for his prowess on the baseball diamond.

Huff’s ardent support for former President Donald Trump likely won’t sit well with voters in Solana Beach, the San Diego County city in which Huff is running. A San Diego Union-Tribune analysis of this year’s June primary election shows that there isn’t ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 10:59 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aubrey huff

OT - August/September 2022 College Football thread

I’m sure the Germans have a word for an utter loss of enthusiasm brought about by conference realignment.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: August 17, 2022 at 06:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: college football, off-topic

Red-hot Oswaldo Cabrera joining Estevan Florial as call-up to reeling Yankees

Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial are expected to be called up from Triple-A on Wednesday, ahead of the series finale against the Rays. The Yankees, who have lost 11 of their last 13 games, had not announced any roster moves as of Wednesday morning. But The Post’s Jon Heyman confirmed Florial’s promotion, and Cabrera appeared to confirm his own call-up (which was first reported by El Extra Base) in an Instagram post late Tuesday night.

While Florial fills a need in center field in the midst of Aaron Hicks’ extended struggles, Cabrera can provide defensive versatility and a hot bat. It’s possible he could be a roster replacement for DJ LeMahieu, who has missed the last three games with inflammation in his toe and could need a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 03:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Joey Votto to have season-ending shoulder surgery on torn rotator cuff

The news somehow managed to get worse on Wednesday, however. After a thrilling walk-off win over the Philadelphia Phillies, it was revealed that Joey Votto would be having season-ending shoulder surgery on a torn rotator cuff on Friday, taking one of the very few watchable aspects of this club away until next March.

The Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale relayed the news as Votto held a presser after the game.

Considering he’d gone just 2 for his last 39 and was hitting .174/.281/.322 since July 1st, it had become pretty clear that something bad was wrong with him. This, it would appear, has a lot to do with that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 03:32 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto

Jon Daniels dismissed by Rangers; Chris Young to run baseball ops

The Rangers on Wednesday announced that Jon Daniels has been relieved of his duties as president of baseball operations, effective immediately. Executive vice president and general manager Chris Young will assume oversight of all aspects of the Rangers’ baseball operations department.

Young was hired in December 2020 to work with Daniels and has been involved in all areas of the department since that time….

Daniels joined the Texas baseball operations department in 2002 and was appointed as the Rangers’ eighth General Manager on October 4, 2005. He was promoted to President of Baseball Operations in March 2013.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 12:44 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

When does a rebuild fail? Inside the Detroit Tigers’ disaster—and what it means for your team

Let’s put some numbers to all of this. We looked at the period from 1998 to 2022, though of course we don’t know how this season is going to shake out quite yet.

For each team during that period, we created a “rebuild index.” We looked at things like year-over-year winning percentage and run differential, along with changes in team age and payroll. Because changes in on-field success don’t always dovetail exactly with the offloading of payroll and the process of getting younger, we calculated the indexes based on three-year rolling averages. An average index is 100; anything above that is considered a rebuild; anything below it means a team is either building up or trying to maintain a desirable status quo.

A rebuilding index between 100 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 12:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Athletics release Andrus in final year of $120M deal

The Oakland Athletics continued to reshape their roster amidst a dismal season, as they released veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus, the team announced.

Andrus, who turns 34 next week, is earning $14 million this year, the final guaranteed season of his $120-million contract originally signed in 2015.

Infielder Sheldon Neuse was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding roster move.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 12:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, elvis andrus

Sources: New York Mets to call up touted 3B prospect Brett Baty

The New York Mets are calling up third baseman Brett Baty, one of the top prospects in baseball, to help stem the tide of injuries to their infield in recent days, sources familiar with the move told ESPN.

Baty, 22, is expected to fly to Atlanta, where the Mets played the second game of a four-game series Tuesday night, losing 5-0. They placed infielder Luis Guillorme on the injured list Monday with a groin strain that will sideline him for more than a month, and Eduardo Escobar could join him on the injured list with a strained oblique.

Ranked the 37th-best prospect in baseball by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel, Baty is a left-handed-hitting slugger who went 12th overall in the 2019 draft to the Mets. While some teams dinged Baty for being an ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2022 at 11:10 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brett baty, mets

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Atlanta Braves, Michael Harris II agree to 8-year, $72 million extension

The Atlanta Braves made another move Tuesday night to lock up their young core long term, agreeing to an eight-year, $72 million extension with outfielder Michael Harris II.

The deal for 21-year-old Harris runs through the 2030 season and includes team options for 2031 ($15 million) and 2032 ($20M).

Harris was the team’s top prospect entering the season, leading to a major league call-up in late May. The youngest player in the majors hasn’t missed a beat since, hitting .287 with 12 home runs, 13 steals and 39 RBI in 71 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 11:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, michael harris

How Dylan Cease became an ace

This isn’t entirely out of nowhere, as we’ll soon detail. The power of Cease’s raw stuff has been apparent for some time, and it wasn’t an accident that the White Sox had him included along with Eloy Jiménez and two others when they traded José Quintana to the Cubs back in 2017.

“I know his stuff is tremendous,” Verlander said on Monday regarding Cease. “It seems like he’s put it all together this year.”

He sure has, because, over his first three-and-a-half seasons, he wasn’t doing this. Somewhat like teammate Lucas Giolito’s path, Cease’s journey started with struggle and reinvention. In the first 67 starts of Cease’s career, beginning with his 2019 debut through a disastrous 7 R, 3 IP outing against Boston on May ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 12:03 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dylan cease

Video shows Tony La Russa may have listened to fan in stands before putting pinch runner in

And now … did he listen to a fan in the stands to tell him to put in a pinch runner in the eighth inning on Monday night?

Here’s the situation: With the White Sox and Houston Astros tied 2-2 after a Eloy Jimenez double, video shows a fan in the stands near the Chicago dugout yelling at La Russa to put in Adam Engel as a pinch-runner, which would make sense given Engel’s speed.

Suddenly, there’s La Russa making THAT EXACT MOVE.

Now: This could be coincidence. Maybe La Russa was considering that very move.

Or … WHOA.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 11:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: tony larussa

A’s Promote Shea Langeliers, Release Stephen Piscotty

The A’s announced they’ve selected the contract of top catching prospect Shea Langeliers. The club also recalled infielder David MacKinnon from Triple-A Las Vegas, placed center fielder Ramón Laureano on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 15, with a left oblique strain and released right fielder Stephen Piscotty.

It’s a notable shakeup for the A’s, who’ll get their first look at a player they hope to be a key piece of the future. Langeliers was one of four players Oakland received from the Braves in the Matt Olson trade this spring. Arguably the headliner of the deal, the righty-hitting backstop is regarded by most prospect evaluators as a potential above-average regular behind the dish.

The ninth overall pick in ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 11:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stephen piscotty

Talking Friars on Twitter: List of Tatis Events

The Padres are locked into his contract for a very long time. Could they really have missed his immaturity before getting him locked up? Hopefully, he will learn from all of this.

jimfurtado Posted: August 16, 2022 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr.

Eric Hosmer: Fantasy football league back on the rails

Quality reporting by WEEI.

The drama seems to be dwindling as the season draws closer.

Two of the newest members of the Red Sox - Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham - were both part of the well-publicized fantasy football league involving major league players. It was Pham, of course, who most identified with the league considering his dispute with Joc Pederson that led to a physical confrontation.

But, as it turned out, Hosmer left the biggest mark on the league, making it to the championship matchup against Houston’s Alex Bregman. He lost by “20 or 30 points ... It was a tough one” but certainly proved his fantasy football acumen in his first year in the high-stakes league.

jimfurtado Posted: August 16, 2022 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, fantasy football

Steep drop, but still season-high, for “Field of Dreams” sequel

I watched some of the game last year. I didn’t watch it at all this year. The gimmick has already worn out for me.

MLB’s “Field of Dreams” II simply could not live up to the original in the box office.

Thursday’s Cubs-Reds Major League Baseball “Field of Dreams” game from Dyersville, Iowa, averaged a 1.7 rating and 3.10 million viewers on FOX Thursday night — down nearly half from last year’s Yankees-White Sox game from the same site (3.2, 5.9M*). Viewership peaked at 3.46 million viewers from 8:15-8:30 PM ET.

Despite the sharp decline in ratings and viewership, the Cubs’ win still delivered the largest audience of the MLB regular season. The previous high was 2.64 million for a FOX regional window featuring Yankees-Red ...

jimfurtado Posted: August 16, 2022 at 09:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: television ratings

Héctor Gómez on Twitter: “The testing on Fernando Tatis Jr. was carried out at the end of March…

jimfurtado Posted: August 16, 2022 at 09:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., padres, steroids

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery next week

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ faint hopes of having Walker Buehler in their postseason rotation ended Monday, when it was announced that their ace pitcher would require season-ending elbow surgery.

The Dodgers were vague in their description of Buehler’s injury because an initial MRI did not provide enough clarity, a source with knowledge of the situation said. The Dodgers won’t learn the specifics until Dr. Neal ElAttrache conducts the procedure on Aug. 23.

What they do know, however, is that they will be without their most talented pitcher while in pursuit of a World Series title.

The Dodgers boast the highest winning percentage and the lowest ERA in the major leagues despite navigating an assortment of injuries to their staff, with 11 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 08:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

Nightmarish 9th inning costs Angels in loss to Mariners

Julio Rodriguez hit a line drive right to second baseman Luis Rengifo. The ball popped out of his glove, but he threw home in time to get Haggerty. The Angels got Haggerty in a rundown, but after Stassi threw the ball to third baseman Jose Rojas, no one had gone to cover home in time to take a throw, and Haggerty scored the tie-breaking run. Loup was supposed to cover the plate, but he stumbled in front of the mound.

Ty France then hit a routine bouncer to shortstop Andrew Velazquez, who could have gone to second to start an inning-ending double play. Instead, he threw home. It was in time to get pinch-runner Dylan Moore, but the ball popped out of Stassi’s glove as he was applying the tag.

Jesse Winker then hit a grounder to Rojas, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 08:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mariners

Monday, August 15, 2022

Major League Baseball’s postseason schedule could feature latest calendar date in World Series history

MLB released its preliminary postseason schedule on Monday and the slate could feature a game played at the latest calendar date in World Series history.

If the Fall Classic extends to a seventh game, that contest would be played on Saturday, Nov. 5. The 2001 and 2009 World Series both ended on Nov. 4 of those respective seasons, the current record for the latest date that a game was played in a postseason.

The 2001 and 2009 seasons both featured three World Series games played on Nov. 1 or later, which is the current record. The fourth game of this year’s Series is slated for Nov. 1, so as many as four contests could be played after the end October, the traditional month for the Fall Classic, which could be more autumnal than ever this ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 03:34 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: postseason

Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward in midst of fourth straight losing season

The Rangers fired Woodward two games shy of his 500th with the club and with a season remaining on his contract, two people with direct knowledge of the team’s decision told The Dallas Morning News. The Rangers’ interim manager is unclear.

The Rangers, on their way to their sixth consecutive losing season, are 211-287 in Woodward’s three-plus seasons. The .424 win percentage is the sixth worst in MLB in that time. Ironically, the firing came a day after perhaps the best series win of the season, in which the Rangers rallied on back-to-back days to win two of three from Seattle.

Ultimately, neither the first three seasons nor the weekend mattered much. Woodward and the Rangers overachieved to win 78 games in 2019, had their 2020 ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 01:53 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: chris woodward, rangers

The AL MVP race is closer than you think

Mike Petriello, analyst, stats and research: It’s very fair to penalize Aaron Judge because he doesn’t pitch. Pitching is hard! Ohtani is very good at it! And he’s also an elite hitter. I feel like maybe we’re bored by that now, but we shouldn’t be? It is still wildly insane.

Footer: Right, but can we really just give Ohtani the MVP every year of his career just because he does two things well?

Sarah Langs, analyst/researcher: If Ohtani weren’t still doing both at an elite level, this is a different discussion.

Petriello: Well. Yes. The lukewarm answer here is it’s perfectly reasonable to say either of these two could or should be MVP. I won’t exclude Ohtani because his team is bad. I won’t exclude Judge because he doesn’t pitch. I ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2022 at 11:26 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, mvp, shohei ohtani

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