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  • Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Game 1 Homer!

    This is one of my favorite home runs in postseason history! Kirk Gibson could hardly move, yet he was able to send one to the right field stands. I always like seeing those brake lights in the parking lot as the crowd goes into a frenzy. Why did they have to leave the game? You […] More

  • Ross Has No Doubt Who’ll Lead Off For Cubs (www.mlb.com)

    PEORIA, Ariz. — When Cubs manager David Ross assembled his first lineup of the spring on Monday, he listed Anthony Rizzo in the first slot. That is the same Rizzo who once famously and humorously proclaimed himself the greatest leadoff hitter of all time. No, there is no controversy atop Chicago’s order. There is a […]

  • Glasnow Brings 100, Unveils His New Toy (www.mlb.com)

    Glasnow brings 100, unveils his new toy n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”tyler-glasnow-hits-100-mph-throws-new-breaking-pitch”,”type”:”story”}).parts.4″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”tyler-glasnow-hits-100-mph-throws-new-breaking-pitch”,”type”:”story”}).parts.4.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”tyler-glasnow-hits-100-mph-throws-new-breaking-pitch”,”type”:”story”}).parts.5″:{“content”:”Brent Rooker homered to begin the second inning, sending a 98-mph fastball out to right-center field. Glasnow quickly struck out the Twins’ next two hitters then ran into trouble with his command, walking three of the final four hitters he faced, with a single mixed in. That sequence […]

  • Quick Hits: Springer, Conforto, Straw, Greinke (www.mlbtraderumors.com)

    By Connor Byrne | March 1, 2021 at 10:16pm CDT The Mets were a popular pick for outfielder George Springer before he signed a six-year, $150MM contract with the Blue Jays in January. Team president Sandy Alderson “suggested” on Monday that the Mets were willing to sign Springer for five years, not six, per Anthony […]

  • Recent Draft Picks Make Splash At Camp (www.mlb.com)

    Recent Draft picks make splash at camp n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”top-prospect-performers-march-1″,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”top-prospect-performers-march-1″,”type”:”story”}).parts.3.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”top-prospect-performers-march-1″,”type”:”story”}).parts.4″:{“content”:”**Nate Pearson, RHP, TOR** (MLB No. 10 prospect) nPearson returned to the mound after making his Major League debut last summer. In his Grapefruit League debut, the top Blue Jays prospect worked around an unearned run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in the third. […]

  • Predictions For MLB’s 2021 HR Leaders (m.mlb.com)

    Baseball is rife with sluggers these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to guess who will lead the Majors in homers in any given year. Entering 2020, Luke Voit was on the heels of a season in which he hit 21 homers in 118 games. Then, in ‘20, he hit 22 in 56 games […]

  • Mets To Discuss Extensions With Lindor, Conforto ‘relatively Soon’ (www.yardbarker.com)

    The New York Mets made the biggest splash of the MLB offseason by trading for Francisco Lindor in January but could lose both the All-Star shortstop and outfielder Michael Conforto to free agency after the upcoming campaign.  According to Danny Abriano of SNY, Mets president Sandy Alderson told reporters on Monday that negotiations between the […]

  • Checking In On Last Season’s Worst Bullpens (www.baseball-reference.com)

    A bad bullpen can play a major role in destroying a team’s playoff hopes, as we saw with last year’s Phillies. They finished a game behind the National League’s lowest-seeded playoff team, in part because their relief pitchers could not perform. Here’s how the Phillies and the game’s other four worst bullpens from 2020 (based […]

  • KC Prospect Matias Hits Palm Tree With HR

    KC prospect Matias hits palm tree with HR n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”seuly-matias-hits-hr-off-palm-tree”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”seuly-matias-hits-hr-off-palm-tree”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”seuly-matias-hits-hr-off-palm-tree”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”Statcast hasn’t yet made its way to all Spring Training ballparks, so there’s no official distance on the home run. Royals outfielder Nick Heath took to Twitter after the game to proclaim that it was hit at least 520 feet. For others, “far” was an accurate description.nn“It […]

  • Ohtani Scores Twice; Cobb’s Velo Up (www.mlb.com)

    Ohtani worked hard to improve his mechanics at the plate this offseason, trying to keep his back foot planted as he swings. Ohtani got away from that last year, as he was still experiencing some weakness in his left knee after surgery in October of 2019. His swing looked much better in the Angels’ Cactus […]

  • MLB Bringing Back In-game Video For Players In 2021 (www.espn.com)

    For Chris Owings’ first seven years in the majors, he could pop into the video room to take a look at his at-bats during a game. Then last season, the utility infielder for the Colorado Rockies had to make due with a printout. “You’d come back in the dugout and you’d say, ‘Hey where was […]

  • MLBTR Poll: How Good Are The Padres? (www.baseball-reference.com)

    The Padres and their fans endured a long period of suffering, but the club finally returned to relevance in 2020. With 37 wins in 60 games, the Padres posted the sport’s third-best record, broke a 13-year playoff drought and advanced to the NLDS, where they lost to the division-rival Dodgers. While the Dodgers, who went […]

  • ‘There’s A Ton’ Bauer Working To Improve (www.mlb.com)

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Over the last few years, Trevor Bauer has heard it all. He’s rarely mentioned in the same class as other elite pitchers in the league. Others have tried to discredit his 2020 National League Cy Young Award, calling it a “Mickey Mouse Cy Young” because it came during an abbreviated 60-game season. […]

  • Looking Slender, Acuña Shows Off Speed (www.mlb.com)

    Looking slender, Acuña shows off speed n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”ronald-acuna-jr-spring-training-debut-2021″,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”ronald-acuna-jr-spring-training-debut-2021″,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”ronald-acuna-jr-spring-training-debut-2021″,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”With center fielder Cristian Pache and second baseman Ozzie Albies also in Fort Myers on Monday, the Braves’ lineup featured three of the game’s top young players under 25 years old. Pache showed his opposite-field power with a flyout to the right-center-field wall in the first. Albies scored his […]

  • Lucas Giolito On Potential Extension (www.baseball-reference.com)

    After a difficult start to his career, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito established himself as a bona fide top-of-the-rotation starter over the previous two seasons. The 26-year-old now looks like a long-term cornerstone for the franchise, though it doesn’t appear either side has aggressively pursued a contract extension. “There haven’t really been discussions about an […]

  • Lindor Already A Leader In Mets’ Clubhouse (www.mlb.com)

    Lindor already a leader in Mets’ clubhouse n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”francisco-lindor-brings-leadership-to-mets-clubhouse”,”type”:”story”}).parts.4″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”francisco-lindor-brings-leadership-to-mets-clubhouse”,”type”:”story”}).parts.4.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”francisco-lindor-brings-leadership-to-mets-clubhouse”,”type”:”story”}).parts.5″:{“content”:”“For the first time he’s in a different organization,” Rojas said, “he’s acting like he’s home.”nnAs Rojas keeps reiterating, Lindor is only 27 years old, demonstrating “natural leadership at a very young age.” His quick assimilation into the clubhouse allows the team to dream about what more he […]

  • Alderson ‘happy’ With The Mets’ Offseason

    Alderson ‘happy’ with the Mets’ offseason n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”sandy-alderson-on-mets-offseason-moves”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”sandy-alderson-on-mets-offseason-moves”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”sandy-alderson-on-mets-offseason-moves”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”• Regarding Springer, Alderson indicated that the Mets were willing to go to five years, but not six, in part because a longer contract would have made it more difficult for them to sign fellow outfielder Michael Conforto to a long-term extension — a pursuit the Mets intend to […]

  • Royals, Hunter Dozier Agree To Four-Year Extension (twitter.com)

    TODAY: The Royals have officially announced Dozier’s extension.  The Athletic’s Alec Lewis (Twitter links) has the financial breakdown — Dozier will get a $1MM signing bonus, $2.25MM this season, $4.5MM in 2022, $7.25MM in 2023, $9MM in 2024, and there is a $1MM buyout on the $10MM club option for 2025.  There are multiple escalators […]

  • Greinke’s Milestone Wish: 10 HRs, 10 Steals (www.mlb.com)

    Zack Greinke is a very accomplished Major League pitcher. He has 208 wins, 2,689 strikeouts, a 3.37 ERA, a Cy Young and six All-Star Game selections. As he enters the later stages of his career, he’s coming up on a few big milestones — 311 K’s away from 3,000 and 12 wins away from passing […]

  • Minor MLB Transactions: 3/1/21 – MLB Trade Rumors (www.mlbtraderumors.com)

    By Mark Polishuk | March 1, 2021 at 1:03pm CDT Catching up on the latest minor league moves… The Red Sox outrighted Marcus Walden to Triple-A after the right-hander cleared waivers, and Walden is remaining in Boston’s big league spring camp.  Walden was designated for assignment last week to create a roster spot for the […]

  • Bogaerts’ Shoulder Sore; Closing Thoughts (www.mlb.com)

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox shortstop and team leader Xander Bogaerts didn’t play in the first two Grapefruit League games, and it could be a bit before he makes his debut this spring. The reason? Right shoulder soreness. “We do feel that he’s progressing right now,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “We shut […]

  • NL Central Notes: Lauer, Cubs, Hoyer, Pirates (www.mlbtraderumors.com)

    The shoulder impingement that slowed Eric Lauer last March was more serious than reported at the time, as the Brewers southpaw tells MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy and other reporters that there was actually a tear to the shoulder capsule of his throwing arm, as later tests revealed.  The shutdown allowed time for Lauer to recover physically, […]

  • Phillies Likely Done Spending For Now (www.baseball-reference.com)

    The Phillies payroll is roughly where it was last year – at least as long as they entertain rostering Brandon Kintzler and Tony Watson on opening day. A lot remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a possibility that the pair of veteran relievers makes the team. In that case, they would both make $3MM, […]

  • Mets To Honor Seaver With ’41’ Patch (www.mlb.com)

    The Mets will wear a “41” tribute patch for Tom Seaver on their home and road uniforms this season, honoring the Hall of Famer who passed away on Aug. 31. Seaver, the first player to enter the Hall of Fame with a Mets cap on his plaque, had a 2.86 career ERA over the course […]

  • Added Patience Has Teoscar Ready For Big ’21 (www.mlb.com)

    TAMPA, Fla. — Two years ago, Teoscar Hernández looked like another outfielder who couldn’t put his tools together. Through the first 39 games of the 2019 season, Hernández was hitting .189 and, as the Blue Jays were ramping up their rebuild around their young core, it looked like he’d be lost in the shuffle entirely. […]

  • Tommy Pham Says He’s Lucky To Be Alive After Stabbing (www.usatoday.com)

    San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham admitted Sunday that he’s lucky to be alive after getting stabbed outside a strip club in October.  “The doctor here basically told me that if I wasn’t so muscular, I might be dead or paralyzed,” Pham told reporters via Zoom, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “So I’m lucky […]

  • Another Week, Another New No. 1

    Another week, another new No. 1 👀 A photo posted by Baseball America (@baseballamerica) on 2021-03-01 13:10:18 More

  • East Notes: Mets, Orioles, Nationals (www.baseball-reference.com)

    Mets President Sandy Alderson said that he expects extension talks with Francisco Lindor and Michael Conforto to begin soon, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). Both players are scheduled for free agency after the 2021 season. Lindor, for his part, has made clear that he will not negotiate an extension beyond opening day, […]

  • ‘It’s Going Very, Very Well’

    Thor acing rehab: ‘It’s going very, very well’ n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”noah-syndergaard-rehabbing-with-an-eye-on-june-return”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”noah-syndergaard-rehabbing-with-an-eye-on-june-return”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”noah-syndergaard-rehabbing-with-an-eye-on-june-return”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”“He’s doing everything he’s supposed to be doing,” pitching coach Jeremy Hefner said. “The work ethic is never in question with Noah. He’s one of the strongest guys in camp, and it’s going very, very well. He’s progressing as he should.”nnThis week’s milestone was sliders; Syndergaard threw […]

  • Crew In Safe Hands With Caplinger In Charge (kathys-house.org)

    PHOENIX — Welcome to a day in the life of a Brewers player in 2021 Spring Training. He wakes up, picks up his phone, opens an app and answers a series of health questions. Then he holds a team-provided thermometer to his temple and takes his temperature twice. If the result is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit […]

  • The Most Interesting Non-roster Invite For All 30 MLB Teams (www.espn.com)

    My least favorite thing of late February: Shoveling snow for the seventh time in the month. My favorite thing: My annual scroll through all the non-roster invitees to spring training. While every team brings many of its top prospects to major league camp, it’s the veterans who make these lists interesting. You have those coming […]

  • Sox As Excited About Cora’s Return As He Is (www.mlb.com)

    Sox as excited about Cora’s return as he is n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”alex-cora-s-excitement-for-return-matched-by-red-sox”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”alex-cora-s-excitement-for-return-matched-by-red-sox”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”alex-cora-s-excitement-for-return-matched-by-red-sox”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”What Cora enjoyed most on Sunday was just being in the dugout and all the banter that came with it in what wound up as a 7-6 loss to the Twins.nn“It was amazing just to walk around, talk baseball, teach the game,” said Cora. “I put […]

  • 5 Key Questions Facing Braves This Spring (www.mlb.com)

    When the Braves opened their Grapefruit League season with a 9-7 loss to the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Sunday, they took another step in the always interesting process of building an Opening Day roster. Here are the top five questions the Braves will face over the remainder of Spring Training: Will Cristian Pache […]

  • Four Top 100 Prospects Homer In ST Openers (www.mlb.com)

    Baseball’s top prospects are back in action, and the best of the best lived up to the billing on Sunday, as four Top 100 prospects went deep in Spring Training openers. Jazz Chisholm kicked off the young stars’ return with a bang. The No. 66 overall prospect in the game hammered a leadoff home run […]

  • Cubs’ Core On Board For Extension Talks (www.mlb.com)

    MESA, Ariz. — Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer let it be known before Spring Training that he planned on sitting down with some core players in the coming weeks to see where things stood on the topic of potential extensions. The players have made it clear they are ready to listen. In the […]

  • Wow! FSU Slugger Stuns With Big Blast (www.mlb.com)

    Wow! FSU slugger stuns with big blast n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”fsu-elijah-cabell-home-run”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”fsu-elijah-cabell-home-run”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”fsu-elijah-cabell-home-run”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”That’s the type of home run you rarely see at any level. In Major League Baseball, since Statcast tracking was introduced in 2015, there have only been seven homers hit both that hard and that far. Those seven were hit by Judge (two), Joey Gallo (two), Stanton, Franchy […]

  • Dan Quisenberry’s Poetry Is A Lesson For Life (vault.si.com)

    Art or Photo Credit: Tom Forget / MLB.com Scroll To fill our own space during these dark times, we tend to rummage through old stuff, both literally and figuratively. While going through a mountain of memories back when the pandemic started, I came upon a type-written sheet of paper inside a hand-written note that the […]

  • Vi Ripken, Matriarch Of Famed Baltimore Orioles Family, Dies At 82 (www.espn.com)

    ABERDEEN, Md. — Vi Ripken, matriarch of the famed Orioles family that includes Hall of Fame son Cal Ripken Jr., has died. She was 82. Family spokesman John Maroon said Sunday that she died on Friday, a day before her birthday, in Aberdeen, where a youth stadium carries the Ripken name. Violet and Cal Ripken […]

  • These Upcoming FAs Have A Lot Riding On ’21 (www.mlb.com)

    A player’s walk-year results can carry a lot of weight in free agency, regardless of what happened in previous seasons. Just look at Trevor Bauer. He recorded an ERA lower than 4.18 in only one of his first eight seasons, posting a 2.21 mark in 2018. But after winning the National League Cy Young Award […]

  • El Año Que Blake Treinen Tuvo Un Récord De 19-2 – Parte 1 (www.baseballprospectus.com)

    Image credit: © Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Traducido por Carlos Pérez ¿Ha habido una métrica tradicional del béisbol más malograda que las victorias de los lanzadores? Estás suscrito a esta web, no necesito enumerar todas las críticas a una estadística muy dependiente de la producción de carreras. Como he apuntado recientemente, la tendencia hacia titularidades […]

  • NL Notes: Willis, Syndergaard, Myers (www.baseball-reference.com)

    The Dodgers have hired Dontrelle Willis as a special assistant in the player development department.  Willis made the announcement himself via Twitter, joking “Special assistant sounds dope even tho i don’t know what it means.”  A veteran of nine MLB seasons, the D-Train is best remembered for his time with the Marlins from 2003-07, a […]

  • Each Team’s Active WAR Leader (www.mlb.com)

    One of the best things about baseball is that it’s always just one chapter in a larger story. One season is a smaller bit of a whole career, with ebbs and flows and highs and lows. And if you’re a fan of a particular team, that story is ongoing and endless. The players, the managers, […]

  • Mariners’ Top Prospects Deliver Walk-off (www.mlb.com)

    Mariners’ top prospects deliver walk-off n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”julio-rodriguez-jarred-kelenic-team-for-walk-off”,”type”:”story”}).parts.4″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”julio-rodriguez-jarred-kelenic-team-for-walk-off”,”type”:”story”}).parts.4.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”julio-rodriguez-jarred-kelenic-team-for-walk-off”,”type”:”story”}).parts.5″:{“content”:”Beyond the final play, Rodríguez and Kelenic each put backing to the offensive maturation that the Mariners have raved about in camp. Rodríguez said that he had anticipated the first-pitch slider from Padres reliever Parker Markel based on offspeed-heavy sequences San Diego was throwing at him earlier in the game, […]

  • NL Central Notes: Contreras, Mikolas, Brewers (www.baseball-reference.com)

    Willson Contreras “wasn’t bothered at all” by trade speculation during the offseason, and if anything, the catcher was flattered by other teams’ interest.  “The rumors didn’t bother me,” Contreras told The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney and other reporters.  “It’s the other way — those rumors make me proud because of where I come from, everything that […]

  • Trey Mancini Gets Standing Ovation In Return From Cancer (www.yardbarker.com)

    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini missed the pandemic-shortened season last year as he was battling colon cancer. Mancini is now cancer-free, and he returned to the diamond on Sunday for the Orioles’ first Grapefruit League game of spring training.  The 28-year-old was initially given a partial ovation after warmups concluded and received a full […]

  • These Pitchers’ Stuff Resembles Game’s Best (en.wikipedia.org)

    The game’s best pitchers have, generally, some great pitches. We’re not breaking any new ground here to say it: Great pitchers have great pitches! Usually, anyway. But in an era when we can quantify more and more about every single pitch in the Majors, perhaps we can find pitches from other, lesser-known arms, that look […]

  • Braves Report Major Revenue Drop, Operating Losses In 2020 (www.ajc.com)

    Since the Braves are owned by the publicly-traded Liberty Media corporation, they are the only team in baseball required to disclose their finances, providing some insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted business.  Liberty Media revealed the particulars on Friday (Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the details), with the Braves accounting for an […]

  • ‘It Felt Great’ To Play In Front Of Fans (www.mlb.com)

    TAMPA, Fla. — One of Aaron Judge‘s favorite between-innings activities involves scanning the bleachers from right field, looking for a young fan wearing a glove. The Yankees star loves to invite the game’s next generation to play catch, an aspect of the ballpark experience that he sorely missed. Protocols do not yet permit Judge to […]

  • Health Notes: Pham, File, Rodriguez, Reyes (www.mlbtraderumors.com)

    By Anthony Franco | February 28, 2021 at 4:27pm CDT Padres outfielder Tommy Pham estimates he’s at 80% strength after he was stabbed in the lower back last October, he told reporters (including Dennis Lin of the Athletic and Bob Nightengale of USA Today). The 32-year-old opened up about the incident, telling reporters he initially believed he would never […]

  • Arenado Debuts To Cheers; Flaherty Shaky

    Arenado debuts to cheers; Flaherty shaky n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”nolan-arenado-jack-flaherty-debut-at-spring-training”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”nolan-arenado-jack-flaherty-debut-at-spring-training”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”nolan-arenado-jack-flaherty-debut-at-spring-training”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”What mattered less was Arenado’s day: a strikeout (called on appeal) in the first and a weak flyout to center in the third. As does the one ball hit his way on defense, which deflected off his glove and into the outfield for a hit — 100.9 mph off […]

  • Tigers Sign Drew Hutchison To Minors Deal (www.baseball-reference.com)

    The Tigers announced the signing of right-hander Drew Hutchison to a minor-league contract.  MLive.com’s Evan Woodbery (Twitter link) first reported the news yesterday.  Hutchison will not report to Major League Spring Training, but he’ll give the Tigers an experienced arm to stash in Triple-A Toledo. Hutchison spent the 2020 season in independent ball, after pitching for […]

  • Righty Game For Any Role (www.mlb.com)

    JUPITER, Fla. — New season, same situation for Erick Fedde: Compete for a starting role, but stay ready for anything. “I feel like it’s been my storyline for as long as I can remember,” Fedde said following the Nationals’ 4-4 tie against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on Sunday. “I guess it’s kind […]

  • Blue Jays Acquire Travis Bergen From Diamondbacks (www.baseball-reference.com)

    The Blue Jays are acquiring left-handed reliever Travis Bergen from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations, per various reporters (including Scott Mitchell of TSN). Right-hander Patrick Murphy is going on the 60-day injured list to clear 40-man roster space. Arizona had designated Bergen for assignment earlier this week. The teams have since announced the move. It’s […]

  • Lindor, Mets Ready To Begin Spring Slate

    Lindor, Mets ready to begin spring slate n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”francisco-lindor-mets-set-to-begin-spring-against-marlins”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”francisco-lindor-mets-set-to-begin-spring-against-marlins”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”francisco-lindor-mets-set-to-begin-spring-against-marlins”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”**Defense first**nNot long after signing Albert Almora Jr. to a $1.25 million contract this winter, the Mets inked a similar deal with Kevin Pillar — another center fielder whose presence threatened to marginalize Almora. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Almora is six years younger […]

  • Houston Is Where I Want To Be (www.mlb.com)

    The opportunity to play the bulk of his career with the Astros and raise his family in Houston is so attractive to right-hander Lance McCullers Jr., that he has no problem stating publicly — as teammate and friend Carlos Correa did earlier this month — that he wants to sign an extension. McCullers, a free […]

  • Minor MLB Transactions: 2/28/21 – MLB Trade Rumors (www.mlbtraderumors.com)

    By Anthony Franco | February 28, 2021 at 3:04pm CDT The latest minor transactions around the game: The Blue Jays activated infielder Breyvic Valera from the restricted list, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet was among those to note. Valera has been out of action since last July, when he reportedly had difficulty leaving his home country of Venezuela. […]

  • ‘I’m Lucky To Even Be Able To Play’ (www.mlb.com)

    PEORIA, Ariz. — Tommy Pham, as his teammates and friends will eagerly tell you, is a bit of a baseball geek. He spends hours poring over data and video. He barely lets a moment go by without loading his hands into a mock batting stance, searching for the right feel. “Tommy’s a funny dude,” said […]

  • Cubs Designate Robert Stock For Assignment (www.baseball-reference.com)

    The Cubs are designating right-hander Robert Stock for assignment, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (Twitter link). The move clears 40-man roster space for left-hander Kyle Ryan, who was activated from the COVID-19 list, per Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago claimed Stock off waivers from the Red Sox last December. A former Cardinals’ second-round pick as […]

  • Mancini Receives Ovation In Return To Play

    Mancini receives ovation in return to play n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”trey-mancini-receives-ovation-after-beating-cancer”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”trey-mancini-receives-ovation-after-beating-cancer”,”type”:”story”}).parts.2.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”trey-mancini-receives-ovation-after-beating-cancer”,”type”:”story”}).parts.3″:{“content”:”He then singled to center off Chad Kuhl in his first competitive at-bat since last March.n n“It’s something that is super special to happen to a great human being,” O’s starter Thomas Eshleman said. “I’m excited to have him back there on the field.”n nStarting at first base, […]

  • 10 Intriguing Dodgers To Watch This Spring (www.mlb.com)

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — With Cactus League play set to begin on Sunday against the A’s, the Dodgers don’t have many roster battles to sort through this spring. Despite that, there’s still a lot of intrigue — for different reasons — surrounding a few players. Let’s take a look at 10 players to keep an eye […]

  • Kansas City Royals, 3B Hunter Dozier Agree On 4-year, $25M Extension (www.espn.com)

    11:03 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Third baseman Hunter Dozier and the Kansas City Royals are in agreement on a four-year, $25 million contract extension that includes a fifth-year option for $10 million, sources told ESPN. The deal […]

  • Dominic Smith Vale La Apuesta (www.baseballprospectus.com)

    Image credit: Paul Rutherford – USA TODAY Sports Traducido por José M. Hernández Lagunes Los Mets no se hacen ilusiones cuando se trata del guante de Dominic Smith en el jardín izquierdo. Cuando se le preguntó si consideraba a Smith como su jardinero izquierdo titular, el gerente general de los Mets, Zack Scott, se abstuvo […]

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