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Friday, June 04, 2021

SI:  ‘This Should Be the Biggest Scandal in Sports’

From the dugout, players and coaches shake their heads as they listen to pitchers’ deliveries. “You can hear the friction,” says an American League manager. The recently retired pitcher likens it to the sound of ripping off a Band-Aid. A major league team executive says his players have examined foul balls and found the MLB logo torn straight off the leather.

In many clubhouses across the sport, the training room has become the scene of the crime: Pitchers head in there before games to swipe tongue depressors, which they use to apply their sticky stuff to wherever they choose to hide it, then return afterward to grab rubbing alcohol to dissolve the residue. Even that is not always sufficient. One National League journeyman reliever, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2021 at 10:58 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: foreign substances

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Examining Home Run Rates by Ballpark

What’s interesting to note here is that 25 of the 28 parks listed experienced some level of decrease in home run rate, which aligns with the broader trend that I broke down about last month. It is also interesting that Oracle Park in San Francisco has seen a 15.5-point bump in home run rate, likely due to the Giants moving their fences in for the 2020 season. If we’re comparing 2019 to ’21 data, that change would explain the large positive difference in home run rate there.

On the other end of the spectrum, look at Oakland, which saw a drop of almost 32 points in home run rate on these “wall-scrapers.”...

Ultimately, the answer to why certain parks might have been more impacted by the new run environment than others is ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2021 at 05:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: park factors

MLB owners emerge from meeting with plan to combat cheating epidemic

Major league owners concluded two days of meetings Thursday with a plan to increase enforcement against pitchers using illegal sticky substances in the game.

The league would not comment on the context of the meetings, but sources involved said the current strategy is three-pronged:

Place a greater responsibility on teams to enforce rules against doctoring the ball within their own clubs.
Empowering umpires to check, especially caps, gloves and uniforms, if there are clear signs of illegal substances on a pitcher. The hope is to throw out a piece of equipment/uniform rather than the player as a way to avoid suspensions and confrontations with players and the union.
Stepping up enforcement in the minor leagues as a way to address a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2021 at 05:00 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: foreign substances

Breaking down the 2021 All-Star Ballot

Nolan Arenado has started at third base for the NL in each of the past three All-Star Games, all in a Rockies uniform. Now playing for the Cardinals, Arenado is seeking a fourth career start as the game returns to Coors Field for the first time since 1998. Evan Longoria is among those trying to unseat Arenado, and should Longoria—the AL starter in 2010—be elected, he would join an exclusive list of players to earn starting selections in both leagues. Kris Bryant—whose sole All-Star start came in 2016—should also garner some votes.

At second base, 10 different players have started for the NL over the past 10 All-Star Games, and thanks to some positional and league switches, this year is guaranteed to produce an 11th. No second baseman on ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2021 at 01:37 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star ballot

MLB doesn’t need a ‘face of baseball,’ and the proof is in the playoffs

Among active players, the career leaders in postseason games played are as follows, with their ranking among their contemporaries in Baseball-Reference’s wins above replacement in parentheses.

Yadier Molina (16) - 100

Albert Pujols (1) - 77

Josh Reddick (47) - 73

Justin Turner (34) - 72

Jose Altuve (20) - 63

Carlos Correa (37) - 63

George Springer (39) - 63

Joc Pederson (143) - 61

Alex Bregman (50) - 57

Yuli Gurriel (131) - 57

That’s only one of the top 15 active position players in WAR. It’s not just Trout whom you don’t see regularly in the playoffs. Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, Evan Longoria, Mookie Betts, Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Brett Gardner, Nolan Arenado, Josh Donaldson, ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2021 at 01:35 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: face of baseball, mike trout

A’s promise changes for minor leaguers after sandwich snafu

Reacting to their latest public relations stumble, the A’s said they fired a third-party food vendor that provided “completely unacceptable” meals to players in its minor-league system, photos of which went viral over social media Tuesday.

Advocates for Minor Leaguers, a group that pushes for better conditions for minor-league baseball players, posted photos of the food - a barely filled sandwich and tortilla - writing:

“Players in the Oakland A’s organization shared these photos of their recent post-game meals. No employer would serve these meals to employees they care about. Why are the A’s serving them to their future Major Leaguers?”

The tweet had nearly 4,000 retweets as of Wednesday afternoon. The A’s provide a ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 03, 2021 at 09:32 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, minor leagues

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Will the New “Year of the Pitcher” Crown a New ERA Champion?

To get an idea of deGrom’s probability of finishing with an ERA of 1.12 or better, I worked with a technique I’ve used in the past, which “simulates” a season using Monte Carlo algorithms and a smoothed model of a pitcher’s starts based on their projections and historical usage. At 189.2 innings (what he has in the bag, plus the 22 starts of 6.3 innings per start in his depth chart projections), he needs to allow 23 or fewer runs or a 1.23 ERA for the rest of the season. At 162 total innings, he’d have to maintain a 1.30 ERA the rest of the way.

deGrom’s no slam-dunk to catch Gibson, but he’s got a fighting chance, with my model estimating a 3.1% chance to beat a 1.12 ERA, or more precisely, Gibson’s 1.122538 (no ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 10:52 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom

Marcus Stroman fires back after announcer disses his doo rag: ‘Racist undertones’

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman responded on social media late Tuesday night after an Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster mocked him for wearing a doo rag under his cap.

Stroman fired off a series of tweets critical of former D-backs manager turned analyst Bob Brenly, after Brenly dissed Stroman’s patented doo rag, which he has taken to wearing in recent years to hold back his long hair.

Brenly, who won a World Series as Arizona’s manager back in 2001, bizarrely brought up Mets legend Tom Seaver, to contrast his style with Stroman’s.

“I’m sure that’s the same doo rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly said during the home half of the fourth inning.

The remark was picked up on Mets Twitter, where not only ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 12:22 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: marcus stroman

4 minor league pitchers suspended for foreign substances

Four minor league pitchers have been suspended this season by Major League Baseball after being caught using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs, signaling a stronger crackdown in the game’s feeder system than in the big leagues during a historically dominant stretch by pitchers.

The use of homebrewed tacky substances — mixtures often involve sunscreen and rosin — is suspected to have spiked in recent seasons as pitchers have learned the extent to which illicit sticky stuff can increase the spin rates on their fastballs, making the pitches more effective….

White Sox right-hander Marcus Evey of Low-A Kannapolis was the first, receiving a 10-game ban from MLB after he was ejected from a May 13 game when umpires discovered ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 11:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: foreign substances

Nashville, home for Tampa Bay Rays? Tampa official says club thinking about it

Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda said Friday that Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld told him this week that relocating to Nashville might be in the cards.

The revelation comes amid discord between the team and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, who has cut off negotiations with team owner Stu Sternberg as a lawsuit involving minority investors continues.

Miranda said Rays President Brian Auld brought up Nashville as a possible destination for the team if the solution for a new Rays ballpark doesn’t materialize in Tampa.

“They mentioned Nashville. They said Nashville wants to do it,” Miranda said, recounting what he was told by Auld and Rays vice president for public affairs and corporate communications Rafaela Amador. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 09:21 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nashville, rays

Pro-business group files lawsuit against MLB for pulling All-Star Game from Atlanta

A pro-business group filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Major League Baseball, claiming it had no right to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s restrictive voting law.

An Addison, Texas-based organization called Job Creators Network said “thousands of hard-working ordinary men and women in the Atlanta area” had been banking on proceeds from this year’s All-Star Game before: “Defendants took this all away in the blink of an eye.”...

The lawsuit even went as far as to invoke the Ku Klux Klan.

By moving the All-Star Game, defendants are violating the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 by hindering “Georgia’s duly elected government from ensuring equal protection of the laws,” according to the lawsuit.

The ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Second only to Connie Mack, A’s Bob Melvin notches historic win and inspires comeback in Seattle

Bob Melvin is a low-key guy, or at least that’s how some A’s players have described him. So a celebration for his record-breaking 799th managerial win, one that pushed him beyond Tony La Russa for most managerial wins in Oakland history and second-most wins as an Athletics manager behind Connie Mack, wasn’t too wild.

At the same ballpark where Melvin’s managerial career began in 2003, the team popped some champagne in the visiting clubhouse following a comeback 12-6 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

“It just means I’ve been around a long time,” Melvin said of the accomplishment. “I told these guys that it’s just about the players. I’ve just been lucky enough to be around for a long time.”

Even if the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2021 at 09:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bob melvin

OT Soccer Thread - In Which Euro 2020 Is Played in 2021

With the club season done it’s on to what is going to be a more normal summer than last year.  Bunch of stuff that was supposed to get played last year, bunch of stuff that was supposed to be played this year moves to next year.

Euro 2020 - June 11 - July 11
Gold Cup - July 10 - August 1
Copa America 2020 - June 13 - July 10 - due to COVID issues in host Argentina the tournament has been moved to a safer location…Brazil.  Presumably the next option is an infectious disease ward of a hospital.
2020 Olympics Men - July 22 - August 7
2020 Olympics Women - July 21 - August 6
CONCACAF Nations League Semi-Final and Final - June 3 and June 6
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying - June 12 and June 15 - Winners advance to the Octagon, the Hexagon is ...

Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: June 02, 2021 at 08:55 AM | 204 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

‘Iron Mike’ Marshall, first reliever to win Cy Young Award, dies at 78

Mike Marshall, who became the first reliever to win the Cy Young Award when he set a major league record by pitching 106 games in a season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died. He was 78.

Marshall died Monday night at home in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he had been receiving hospice care, according to the Dodgers, who spoke Tuesday to his daughter Rebekah. She did not give a cause of death.

The team planned a moment of silence for Marshall before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Marshall pitched in the majors from 1967 to 1981 for nine teams, compiling a record of 97-112 and 3.14 ERA. He recorded 880 strikeouts and 188 saves.

Marshall won the National League Cy Young Award in 1974, going 15-12 with a 2.42 ERA and 21 saves. The ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 11:33 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mike marshall, obituaries

Tropicana Field site redevelopment narrowed to two proposals

At the end of January 2021, the city of St. Petersburg released seven of nine proposals received to redevelop the land under Tropicana Field, 86 acres of downtown property controlled by the city and largely used as a parking lot. You can read our summary on the RFP process and the ruled out proposals at this link. The submissions by the remaining bids are hyperlinked below, and can also be found at the city’s website.

The narrowing of the field comes at an interesting time, as the Mayor Rick Kriseman is reaching the final seven months of his term and may see this proposal as the way to leave his mark on the city. Kriseman has attempted to make this decision without the direct oversight of the St. Petersburg City Council (who control the ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 11:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: new stadiums, rays

The Mets’ Francisco Lindor isn’t in a slump. He’s in a three-year slide

It is indisputable that Lindor is in a slump. The big concern for the Mets organization is that he’s been on this slide for three seasons now, which bodes poorly for their long-term investment.

Strikeouts aren’t to blame for the slide. His 16-percent strikeout rate has remained flat for the last four years, including 2021, and he is chasing fewer pitches out of the strike zone than ever before. Pitchers also haven’t changed their approach against him. Lindor is still seeing mostly fastballs with the same ratio of sliders, curveballs and change-ups as he did in previous years. We can also rule out the shift. Lindor sees a shift on 24 percent of his plate appearances as a left-handed hitter this season, more than half what it was in ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 11:15 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor

MLB entering NFT world with iconic Lou Gehrig moment

To lead off Major League Baseball’s official foray into the world.

“When you think about NFTs, there is this concept of it being a fad,” Kenny Gersh, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of business development, said in a telephone interview. “What we’re looking to do, with the Candy [Digital] people, is to build a long-term sustainable business. What better person to symbolize durability and long-term success than Lou Gehrig?”

The auction for the one-of-one NFT of the iconic Yankee Gehrig making his legendary “Luckiest Man” speech will occur around July 4, the anniversary of his 1939 farewell to the baseball world upon learning of his ALS diagnosis. The announcement of MLB’s entrance into this world — ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2021 at 09:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: lou gehrig, nfts

Monday, May 31, 2021

MLB reaches 2 million total runs when Minnesota Twins’ Josh Donaldson crosses plate

And you thought it was the year of the pitcher.

Josh Donaldson of the Minnesota Twins scored the 2 millionth run in major league history Saturday, trotting home in the first inning on a ground-rule double by Nelson Cruz against the Kansas City Royals.

The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed Donaldson touched the plate for the milestone mark. The former American League MVP has scored 685 of those runs.

“I don’t know what to think. I’ll be honest with you,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But I know J.D. only does big things, so I’m not surprised to hear that he scored the 2 millionth run of all time.’‘

The buildup to No. 2,000,000 certainly didn’t equal the anticipation for the 1 millionth run. Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 11:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: josh donaldson

2021 NCAA baseball tournament bracket, regional matchups: SEC lands nine bids, three of top four overall seeds

The field this year includes 30 automatic bids via conference championships and 34 at-large entrants. The first round of play is known as the regional, and it’s a round-robin, double-elimination format. Each of the 16 No. 1 seeds hosts its respective regional, when possible. Each of the 16 regionals are seeded one through four. In each region, No. 1 faces No. 4, and No. 2 faces No. 3 on the first day of action. The winners of those two games then play each other, while the losers play an elimination game.

The winner of each regional advances to the super regional. The super regional is a best-of-three series format.

The winners of the super regionals—eight teams in all—advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

The College World ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 11:25 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball

Baltimore Orioles ‘trying to keep our head up’ as losing skid hits 14 in loss to Minnesota Twins

Rob Refsnyder bounced back from a run-in with the center-field fence to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a wild pitch and the Minnesota Twins handed the Baltimore Orioles their 14th straight loss, 3-2 on Monday.

The Orioles’ skid ties for second-longest in team history - they also dropped 14 in a row in 1954, the season the club moved from St. Louis to Baltimore. The Orioles’ worst losing streak came in 1988 when they lost their first 21 games of the year.

It’s the longest losing drought in the majors since the Astros lost 15 in a row in 2013.

“It’s been tough last couple weeks, but we’re trying to keep our head up and trying to keep playing hard,” said Ryan Mountcastle, who homered for Baltimore’s run. “We’ve been in a lot ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 11:20 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Cuban baseball player César Prieto defects from national team during trip to Florida

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced Wednesday that infielder César Prieto had defected from the team. According to a report by Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, Prieto, 22, allegedly fled Cuba’s national baseball team shortly after their arrival in Florida to take part in a qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics. The team confirmed Prieto’s defection in a statement.

“His decision, which is contrary to the commitment he made with both his country and team, has generated repudiation among his colleagues and other members of the delegation, who are willing to overcome foreign interests to be faithful to our homeland and the mission with which we traveled to the tournament,” read a statement issued by the Federación Cubana de Béisbol. ...Read More...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 11:14 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban players

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-31-2021

Great Falls Tribune, May 31, 1921:

Baseball men of the entire country paused Monday in honor of the memory of Captain Edwin R. Grant, former National league infielder, the only major baseball player killed in the world war.

A bronze tablet on a marble shaft was unveiled in honor of the former star at the Polo grounds Monday afternoon. Grant was a member of the 307th infantry and was killed in the Argonne, October 15, 1918, when, as acting major, he was in charge of forces detailed to rescue the “Lost Battalion.”

The Grant plaque disappeared in 1957 and has never definitively been found.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2021 at 08:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Sunday, May 30, 2021

How to Watch Olympic Baseball Qualifying

The team with the best record at the end of the WBSC Baseball Americas qualifying games wins an automatic bid to the Olympics. Meanwhile, the second- and third-best teams advance to face Australia, Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands in a second qualifying tournament June 16-20 in Mexico with the winner earning the final qualifying bid….

Much like the Team USA basketball qualifiers, the WBCS Baseball Americas qualifying games will be broadcast on ESPN+…

Among the top prospects will be Red Sox duo Jarren Duran (outfield) and Triston Casas (first and third baseman), Cardinals pitcher Matt Liberatore and Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson.

US Schedule:

Date Opponent Time Channel
May 31 Nicaragua 7 p.m. ESPN+
June 1 Dominican ...

Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 30, 2021 at 05:37 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: olympic baseball, olympics

Atlanta Braves’ Marcell Ozuna arrested after he choked wife and threw her against a wall, according to police in Georgia

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested Saturday and charged with felony assault after he choked his wife and threw her against a wall, according to Sandy Springs, Georgia, police who said they witnessed the incident.

Police charged the 30-year-old Ozuna, who is being held in Fulton County jail, with aggravated assault by strangulation—a felony that carries a minimum of three years and maximum of 20 years in prison—and misdemeanor battery.

The details of the alleged assault put into question Ozuna’s future in baseball, with sources telling ESPN that Major League Baseball will launch an investigation that could result in a significant suspension. Further, sources said, the police’s reported witnessing of the incident could ...

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 30, 2021 at 11:34 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: marcell ozuna

Friday, May 28, 2021

Joe Posnanski Leaving The Athletic

So, Mike Schur and I just finished recording what will be the last PosCast we do for The Athletic. I realize looking at that sentence that it sounds much more ominous than I intend for it to sound … we’ve had a blast at The Athletic. I’ve had a blast at The Athletic. They’re good people. But I’ll be leaving The Athletic a bit later this summer and, as such, we’re taking the PosCast and I’m taking my writing to new lands.

A well-traveled writer gets a little more well-traveled.

CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: May 28, 2021 at 10:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: journeyman, media, posnanski

New York Mets shut down Noah Syndergaard for six weeks with elbow inflammation

His velocity, normally in the mid-to-high 90s, was clocked in the mid-80s by the end of his stint Tuesday.

Syndergaard had pitched four scoreless innings in his first outing for St. Lucie, allowing one hit with five strikeouts while throwing 44 pitches.

Mets acting general manager Zack Scott had said Monday that Syndergaard was on track for a mid-June return to the major league rotation.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 28, 2021 at 09:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, syndergaard, thor

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