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Sun May 2411:51This Date in BaseballJosh HamiltonDH/LF/RFAngelsFactory
Brian MatuszRPOriolesFree Agent
May 251906 — Jesse Tannehill’s 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox snapped a 20-game losing streak — 19 at home — for the Boston Red Sox.1935 — Babe Ruth, winding up his career with the Boston Braves, hit three homers and a single at Pittsburgh, but the Pirates won 11-7. Ruth connected once off Red Lucas and twice off Guy Bush.1941 — Boston’s Ted Williams raised his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. Williams finished the season batting. 406.1951 — Willie Mays, a highly touted rookie for the Giants, went 0-for-5 in his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.1982 — Ferguson Jenkins became the seventh pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 loss at San Diego. Jenkins reached the milestone by striking out Garry Templeton in the third inning.2002 — Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers homered twice in a 10-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, setting a major league record with seven homers in his last three games... [More]
Tue May 1211:35Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1BCardinalsStrafford's Old Men
Christian WalkerDHOriolesFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season with a (gasp!) DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the simple scribble... [More]
Tue May 1210:35This Date in BaseballAlex BregmanFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
May 131911 — Detroit’s Ty Cobb hit his first grand slam. After six innings, the Tigers led the Red Sox, 10-1. Boston came back to win the game 13-11 in 10 innings.1911 — The New York Giants scored a major league record 10 runs before the St. Louis Cardinals retired the first batter in the first inning. Fred Merkle drove in six of the Giants’ 13 runs in the first en route to a 19-5 rout. Rube Marquard of the Giants entered the game in the second inning and set a record for relievers with 14 strikeouts in his eight-inning appearance.1923 — Joe Sewell of the Cleveland Indians struck out twice in one game for the first time in his career. Washington Senator rookie Wally Warmoth was the pitcher. In a 14-year career, Sewell had only one other multiple strikeout game.1942 — Boston’s Jim Tobin became the only pitcher in modern history to hit three home runs in one game. Tobin led the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. His fourth at-bat was a fly ball caught against the fe... [More]
Tue May 1209:45Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1BCardinalsStrafford's Old Men
Logan Morrison1B/DHMarinersFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season with a (gasp!) DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the scribble of “... [More]
Tue May 1203:35Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1BCardinalsStrafford's Old Men
Adam Duvall1B/3BGiantsFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season with a (gasp!) DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the scribble of “... [More]
Tue May 1202:25Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1BCardinalsStrafford's Old Men
Adam Duvall1B/3BGiantsFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season (gasp!) with a DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the scribble of “... [More]
Mon May 1111:35This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPRedsStrafford's Old Men
Ubaldo JiménezSPOriolesFree Agent
May 121910 — Chief Bender of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.1937 — St. Louis’ Joe Medwick hit two home runs and two doubles to lead the Cardinals to a 15-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.1955 — Sam “Toothpick” Jones of the Cubs got a no-hitter the hard way. In the ninth inning against Pittsburgh, he walked the bases full and then struck out the next three batters for a 4-0 victory.1956 — Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitched a 3-0 no-hitter against the New York Giants.1966 — Lou Brock’s RBI single in the 12th inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over Atlanta in the opening of Busch Memorial Stadium. Felipe Alou hit two home runs for the Braves.1970 — Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run off Pat Jarvis in Chicago’s 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field.2000 — Boston’s Pedro Martinez, who had 17 strikeouts in his last start May 6 against Tampa Bay, struck out 15 in a 9-0 win over Bal... [More]
Sun May 1009:34Column: Will the new coronavirus kill spitting in sports?Dan StrailyRP/SPCubsFree Agent
We come not to praise the loogie, but to bury it.Already banned on sidewalks, outlawed indoors and pooh-poohed by polite society, that gob of saliva and Lord-knows-what-else is done mucking up sports. In the wake of the new coronavirus, teams are revoking the germ-landing privileges that turned dugouts, benches, boxing rings and even grass fields into potential biohazard sites.No sharing towels, hats, bats, gloves or water bottles. Which could mean the golden era of spitting, slobbering, gleaking, glanding, hawking, hocking, venoming and expectorating is about to dry up. Or not.“About time they did something,” said Bobby Valentine, who played and managed in the major leagues for more than 40 years, including two stints in the Japanese Pacific League.“I was over there for seven years and I could probably count on one hand how many times I saw a ballplayer spit. Heck,” he added, “they don’t even chew gum.”But a moment later, Valentine remembers a photo tucked in a drawer so... [More]
Wed May 610:04This Date in BaseballJ.P. Arencibia1B/C/DHRangersFree Agent
Carl CrawfordLFDodgersSpringfield Bullies
Carlos GómezCFBrewersThe Heals Guys
Yasmani Grandal1B/CPadresFree Agent
Desmond JenningsCFRaysSanders Team Sucks
Evan Longoria3B/DHRaysStrafford's Old Men
May 71917 — Babe Ruth of the Red Sox allowed two hits as he outdueled Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators 1-0. Ruth knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.1922 — Jesse Barnes of the New York Giants pitched the only no-hitter of the year, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0.1925 — Pittsburgh shortstop Glenn Wright made an unassisted triple play in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals when he caught Jim Bottomley’s line drive, stepped on second to double Jimmy Cooney, and tagged Rogers Hornsby coming from first.1957 — Cleveland pitcher Herb Score was hit on the right eye by a line drive off the bat of Gil McDougald in the first inning. The ball broke Score’s nose and damaged his eye; he missed the rest of the season.1959 — A crowd of 93,103 came to the Los Angeles Coliseum on “Roy Campanella Night” to show its affection for the paralyzed Dodger catcher. The Dodgers were beaten by the New York Yankees 6-2 in an exhibition game that followed t... [More]
Tue May 510:23This Date in BaseballAndre EthierCF/LF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Joe Mauer1B/C/DHTwinsRotoValue
Jason PridieLFRockiesFree Agent
May 61915 — As a pitcher for Boston, Babe Ruth had three hits, including his first major league home run when he connected off Jack Warhop of the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.1917 — Bob Groom of the Browns duplicated teammate Ernie Koob’s feat of the previous day by pitching a no-hitter, a 3-0 victory against the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader in St. Louis.1951 — Cliff Chambers of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a 3-0 no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Braves in Boston.1953 — Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics in his first major league start. He never pitched another complete game in the majors.1982 — Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners became the 15th major league pitcher with 300 victories when he defeated the New York Yankees 7-3 at the Kingdome.1994 — Anthony Young won as a starter for the first time in more than two years as the Chicago Cubs beat the... [More]
Tue May 502:53AP study: MLB average at around $4.4M for 5th year in rowMookie BettsSS/CFRed SoxFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesLazar's Team
Jacoby EllsburyCFYankeesCJ's Tip-Top Team
Mike LeakeSPRedsFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPYankeesSpringfield Bullies
David PriceSPTigersFactory
Anthony Rendon2B/3BNationalsCJ's Tip-Top Team
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSpringfield Bullies
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary ahead of a postponed opening day remained at around $4.4 million for the fifth straight season, according to a study of contracts by The Associated Press.Following an offseason when Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich all agreed to $200 million-plus deals, the flattened salary curve is evidence of a shrinking portion of the pie for baseball’s middle class. The stagnant stretch is unprecedented since the free-agent era dawned in 1976.And that is before taking into account any decrease caused by a shortened season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.In a throwback, the New York Yankees top payrolls for the first time since 2013 and tower over the Pittsburgh Pirates at $54 million -- the lowest of any big league team in six years.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident there will be a season but is unsure when health conditions will allow training to resume.MLB’s average when ros... [More]
Tue May 502:03AP study: MLB average at around $4.4M for 5th year in rowMookie BettsSS/CFRed SoxFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesLazar's Team
Jacoby EllsburyCFYankeesCJ's Tip-Top Team
Mike LeakeSPRedsFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPYankeesSpringfield Bullies
David PriceSPTigersFactory
Anthony Rendon2B/3BNationalsCJ's Tip-Top Team
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSpringfield Bullies
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary ahead of a postponed opening day remained at around $4.4 million for the fifth straight season, according to a study of contracts by The Associated Press.Following an offseason when Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich all agreed to $200 million-plus deals, the flattened salary curve is evidence of a shrinking portion of the pie for baseball’s middle class. The stagnant stretch is unprecedented since the free-agent era dawned in 1976.And that is before taking into account any decrease caused by a shortened season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.In a throwback, the New York Yankees top payrolls for the first time since 2013 and tower over the Pittsburgh Pirates at $54 million -- the lowest of any big league team in six years.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident there will be a season but is unsure when health conditions will allow training to resume.MLB’s average when ros... [More]
Mon May 416:23Red Sox OF Verdugo says he'll be ready for start of season Mookie BettsSS/CFRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFactory
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxRotoValue
Alex VerdugoFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — New Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo said on Monday that he is fully healthy and he will be ready for the season -- if there is one.Verdugo has used the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic to rehab a stress fracture in his spine he already had when Boston acquired him from the Dodgers in the deal that sent Mookie Betts to Los Angeles on the eve of spring training. At the time, the Red Sox said he was not expected to break camp with the rest of the ballclub; Verdugo had said he may be ready “slightly after” opening day.But that was before opening day itself was put on hold. “Whenever the season is, I think I’ll be ready,” Verdugo told reporters in a conference call. “If they say that we’re ready to go, then I’m out there.”Verdugo said he remained active at home after the Red Sox complex in Fort Myers, Florida, was shut down. But things have been easier since he was allowed to return to the ballpark last week, and he is now working out four days a we... [More]
Thu Apr 3011:02This Date in BaseballJ.P. Arencibia1B/C/DHRangersFree Agent
Starlin CastroSSCubsRotoValue
Carl CrawfordLFDodgersSpringfield Bullies
Danny Espinosa2B/SSNationalsFree Agent
Andre EthierCF/LF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Gavin FloydSPBravesFree Agent
Carlos GómezCFBrewersThe Heals Guys
Yasmani Grandal1B/CPadresFree Agent
Josh HamiltonDH/LF/RFAngelsFactory
Bryce HarperLF/RFNationalsDEWMAN's Team
Desmond JenningsCFRaysSanders Team Sucks
Adam JonesCFOriolesRotoValue
Evan Longoria3B/DHRaysStrafford's Old Men
Joe Mauer1B/C/DHTwinsRotoValue
Jason PridieLFRockiesFree Agent
Mark Teixeira1BYankeesLazar's Team
Justin VerlanderSPTigersJobu
May 61915 — As a pitcher for Boston, Babe Ruth had three hits, including his first major league home run when he connected off Jack Warhop of the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.1917 — Bob Groom of the Browns duplicated teammate Ernie Koob’s feat of the previous day by pitching a no-hitter, a 3-0 victory against the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader in St. Louis.1951 — Cliff Chambers of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a 3-0 no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Braves in Boston.1953 — Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics in his first major league start. He never pitched another complete game in the majors.1982 — Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners became the 15th major league pitcher with 300 victories when he defeated the New York Yankees 7-3 at the Kingdome.1994 — Anthony Young won as a starter for the first time in more than two years as the Chicago Cubs beat the... [More]
Sat Apr 2511:20This Date in BaseballAlex Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree Agent
April 261902 — Cleveland’s Addie Joss pitched a one-hitter in his major league debut. Joss allowed a scratch single to Jessie Burkett as the Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 3-0.1905 — Jack McCarthy of the Cubs threw out three runners at the plate, each of whom became the second out of a double play. McCarthy’s defense preserved a 2-1 win over the Pirates.1941 — The Chicago Cubs became the first major league team to install an organ at their ballpark. Roy Nelson took to the keyboard and played a pregame program.1951 — Connie Marrero of Washington pitched a one-hitter for a 2-1 win over Philadelphia. The one hit was a homer by Barney McCosky. Joe Coleman, the losing pitcher served up solo homers to Mickey Vernon and Gil Coan.1952 — Detroit’s Art Houtteman had his no-hit bid broken up on a two-out ninth-inning hit by Harry Simpson but the Tigers routed the Indians 13-0.1955 — New York’s Bob Turley pitched a one-hitter and struck 10 to lead the Yankees to a 5-0 win ov... [More]
Wed Apr 2210:19This Date in BaseballAlex Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree Agent
James ShieldsSPRoyalsSanders Team Sucks
Ichiro SuzukiCF/RFYankeesFree Agent
APRIL 231903 : The New York Highlanders won their first game in the major leagues, 7-2 over the Washington Senators.1913 : New York Giants ace Christy Mathewson beat the Phillies 3-1, throwing just 67 pitches.1939 : Rookie Ted Williams went four for five, including his first major-league home run, but the Red Sox lost to Philadelphia 12-8 at Fenway Park. 1946: Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers no-hit the Boston Braves 5-0 at Ebbets Field. Head was making his first start after a year of military service.1952 : Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians and Bob Cain of the St. Louis Browns matched one-hitters. Cain wound up as the winner 1-0.1952 : Hoyt Wilhelm of the Giants hit a home run at the Polo Grounds in his first major league at-bat. He was the winner, too, and pitched 1,070 games in the majors — but never hit another homer.1954 : Hank Aaron hit the first home run of his major-league career. The drive came against Vic Raschi in the Milwaukee Braves’ 7-5 victory over St. Louis.1989 : ... [More]
Wed Apr 2200:08AP source: A-Rod, J-Lo retain JP Morgan in bid for MetsAlex Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez, once again, wants to be like Derek Jeter.A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez, who are engaged, have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the New York Mets. The move was first reported by Variety and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was not announced.A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.A-Rod, now 44 years old, earned about $448 million as a player. The 14-time All-Star started his career with Seattle, signed a record contract with Texas in December 2000, and then moved from shortstop to third base when he was traded from the Rangers to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2004 season.Jeter, the Yankees captain and shortstop, retired after the 201... [More]
Tue Apr 2123:18AP source: A-Rod retains JP Morgan in bid for New York MetsAlex Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez, once again, wants to be like Derek Jeter.A-Rod and fiancee Jennifer Lopez have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the New York Mets. The move was first reported by Variety and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was not announced.A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.A-Rod, now 44 years old, earned about $448 million as a player. The 14-time All-Star started his career with Seattle, signed a record contract with Texas in December 2000, and then moved from shortstop to third base when he was traded from the Rangers to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2004 season.Jeter, the Yankees captain and shortstop, retired after the 2014 season a... [More]
Tue Apr 2118:38AP source: A-Rod retains JP Morgan in bid for New York MetsAlex Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez, once again, wants to be like Derek Jeter.A-Rod and fiancee Jennifer Lopez have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the New York Mets. The move was first reported by Variety and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was not announced.A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.A-Rod, now 44 years old, earned about $448 million as a player. The 14-time All-Star started his career with Seattle, signed a record contract with Texas in December 2000, and then moved from shortstop to third base when he was traded from the Rangers to the New York Yankees ahead of the 2004 season.Jeter, the Yankees captain and shortstop, retired after the 2014 season a... [More]
Sat Apr 1811:17This Date in BaseballMatt HarveySPMetsFree Agent
April 191900 — The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Braves 19-17 in 10 innings to set a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs on opening day. The Braves scored nine runs in the ninth inning to put the game into extra innings.1920 — Al Schacht, who later became the “Clown Prince of Baseball,” was all business as he pitched the Senators to a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.1938 — Emmett Mueller of the Phillies and Ernie Koy of the visiting Dodgers each homered in their first major league at-bats as Brooklyn defeated Philadelphia 12-5.1956 — The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in 10 innings at Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium, the first major league game held in New Jersey.1981 — In an International League night game, the Rochester Red Wings and Pawtucket Red Sox played to a 2-2 tie through 32 innings before play was suspended at 4:07 a.m. The game was completed later in the season with Pawtucket scoring the winning run i... [More]
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