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Wilson Ramos, Rays
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J.T. Realmuto, Marlins
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2018 MLB Week 13 Jun 25- Jul 1

Old 06-25-18, 10:49 AM
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I think right now, JT Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball. IIRC, he's 3rd in WAR in the NL. There isn't even a catcher in the top 20 for the AL.
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1⃣0⃣,0⃣0⃣0⃣ wins! We've now won 10,000 regular season games since joining the National League in 1892.
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Dodgers move to 7 games above 500 and 1 1/2 back of Arizona yesterday after beating the Cubs for their 4th straight win after being 10 games under 500 in mid-May. What a turn-around after I had written this season off. Dave Roberts is a hell of a good Manager.
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Dodgers move to 7 games above 500 and 1 1/2 back of Arizona yesterday after beating the Cubs for their 4th straight win after being 10 games under 500 in mid-May. What a turn-around after I had written this season off. Dave Roberts is a hell of a good Manager.


Glad they weren't done like I thought they would be early in the season.
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Baseball is funny. The Indians come to town red hot. They face Gant, who is the Cardinals 7th/8th starter and get shut down completely.

Tonight, the Cards get Kluber. He faced them once before and struck out 18. I'm hopeful, but not too optimistic, they can pull another win out.
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Dodgers move to 7 games above 500 and 1 1/2 back of Arizona yesterday after beating the Cubs for their 4th straight win after being 10 games under 500 in mid-May. What a turn-around after I had written this season off. Dave Roberts is a hell of a good Manager.
Really proves the point that Baseball is a long marathon that allows a team to go through the ups and downs of a 162 games season. Good teams can have a division lead in April, May, June and July, but the best teams are usually there at the end when the whole season plays out. It always goes to my point that there is no need for endless playoff rounds and wildcard teams in MLB because the 162 game season weeds everyone out.
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Baseball is funny. The Indians come to town red hot. They face Gant, who is the Cardinals 7th/8th starter and get shut down completely.

Tonight, the Cards get Kluber. He faced them once before and struck out 18. I'm hopeful, but not too optimistic, they can pull another win out.
The Cubs won a few key series and were dubbed by ESPN as the team to beat in the NL. Then came a four-game sweep by the Reds with bad starters, bullpen collapses, and weak hitting--truly a team effort. Now they'll probably get swept by the Dodgers.
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And the Cards just knocked Kluber out of the game in the 2nd inning. Go figure.
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And the Cards just knocked Kluber out of the game in the 2nd inning. Go figure.
Kluber had nothing last night. His slider became a cement mixer.

Buster Posey is criminally underrated going by this forum. I am glad no one has voted Sanchez as the best catcher. He's a future 1B/DH waiting to happen.
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I am glad no one has voted Sanchez as the best catcher. He's a future 1B/DH waiting to happen.
It probably doesn't help that the offensive-minded catcher is hitting .190/.291/.433.
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I voted for J.T. ... but hope Contreras becomes that at some point
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Manny Machado sweepstakes are underway - and Dodgers are favorites to acquire him

The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing it coy, acting as if they can’t take on money, won’t give up prized prospects, and aren’t hellbent on returning to the World Series again.

Don’t be fooled.

They are poised to land Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

This is the one player on the trade market who can singlehandedly change the playoff landscape, and several Major League Baseball executives and scouts told USA TODAY Sports that the Dodgers have emerged as the clear-front favorites to land Machado.

The market is just starting to move now, a high-ranking Orioles executive said, and the Orioles have responded by pulling several of their professional scouts away from major-league coverage to spend time in the minor leagues scouting prospects.

And, yes, they are focusing primarily on the Dodgers’ vaunted system.

Spoiler:
The Dodgers need to make up for last summer’s blunder when they didn’t acquire Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. They didn’t want to give up the prospects, or pick up the remaining $56 million in his contract through 2019, despite Verlander’s desire to play in Los Angeles. The Houston Astros, with the Tigers agreeing to pay $8 million of his contract each season, grabbed him instead on Aug. 31 after Verlander cleared waivers.

The Astros don’t win their first World Series, let alone ever get there, without Verlander.

The Dodgers’ World Series drought doesn’t extend to 30 years if they pass on Verlander, instead picking up Yu Darvish, who became a free agent at the end of last season.

This year, prospects and money be damned, they’ve got no choice but to acquire Machado.

Simply, they’ve come too far, too quickly, not to go for it all now.

The Dodgers (42-36), who opened the season losing 26 of their first 42 games, have gone 26-10 since May 17, the best mark in the major leagues. They trail the Arizona Diamondbacks, who just so happen to be perhaps the Dodgers’ stiffest competition for Machado, by 2 ½ games in the NL West.

The Dodgers, who have All-Star third baseman Justin Turner in in the lineup after missing 40 games, and three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw back after his second DL stint, have managed to survive with their fabulous depth.

Still, they have a hole at shortstop with All-Star Corey Seager out for the year with Tommy John elbow surgery.

Sure, Enrique Hernandez has filled in admirably, hitting .234 with 13 homers, 26 RBI, and a .787 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). And Chris Taylor (.256, nine homers, 30 RBI) can play shortstop, center field and virtually anywhere else.

But neither of them are Manny Machado.

Machado, who wants to stay at shortstop not only now, but when he becomes a free agent, is one of the five most talented players in the game of baseball, and one of the greatest impact players ever to hit the mid-season trade market. He’s hitting .301 with 19 homers and 55 RBI for the woeful Orioles while playing capable defense after spending his first five full seasons as a Gold Glove third baseman.




The Dodgers don’t have a need for him after this season, not with Seager under control through 2021. Yet, they sure could use him now. And if they don’t acquire him, they could find themselves watching him lead the Diamondbacks to the playoffs as NL West champions.

The D-backs, who witnessed the impact J.D. Martinez had on their lineup after acquiring him last July from the Detroit Tigers, would love to have Machado. It’s a vital year considering that starter Patrick Corbin and center fielder A.J. Pollock are free agents at the season’s conclusion. They don’t have the surplus of prized prospects like the Dodgers, or the money, but can still handle the roughly $8 million Machado still is owed this year.

The Orioles likely won’t receive nearly the package of prospects they originally envisioned, despite Machado’s talent. They never received an offer they remotely considered last winter when they put him on the market, even with a team able to have him an entire season instead of just three months.

Yet, the Orioles insist they will have a robust market for Machado despite no plans to grant a 72-hour window for any team to negotiate an extension with Machado. No matter. Machado, in line for perhaps the most lucrative contract in baseball history, has no interest in signing an extension before hitting free agency, anyway.

The New York Yankees are the favorites to land Machado once he hits free agency, but one team who plans to spend just as aggressively are the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have five front-office members from the Orioles’ organization, including president Andy MacPhail and GM Matt Klentak, who are familiar with Machado. Instead of waiting until this winter, they could certainly pursue him now, sitting just 3 ½ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

The St. Louis Cardinals, particularly with their primary trade target, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, sidelined for at least three more weeks with a strained calf, also are keeping close tabs on Machado. They’re not sure whether they’d play him at shortstop or third base, but considering that for the first time in 20 years they are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season, they can worry about those details later.

The only other team scouts and executives believe will strongly be in play are the Milwaukee Brewers. They lead the NL Central by 2 ½ games over the Chicago Cubs, and are in desperate need of help at shortstop. Orlando Arcia, who was benched Tuesday night for Brad Miller, is hitting .198 with a .230 on-base percentage and .255 slugging percentage.

The Brewers showed their aggressiveness this winter by signing center fielder Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million contract and acquiring outfielder Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins. When you’ve won only one division title since 1982, haven’t reached the postseason in seven years, and have a golden opportunity to bring misery to the rival Chicago Cubs, there’s no reason to let a few prospects stand in the way.

The Machado trade intrigue is starting in earnest now, and despite the dysfunction in the Orioles’ organization, and the chance owner Peter Angelos could always nix any trade, every team involved in the Machado talks believe he will be dealt.

The Orioles aren’t predicting a timetable, but one Orioles executive said the market is starting to move, and it’s possible he'll be gone by the All-Star Game.

He should be wearing a Dodgers uniform the rest of the summer.
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Interesting article about Sammy Sosa and the Cubs especially this part


https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/06/27/sa...s-mark-mcgwire

The Cubs’ mark on Sosa, though, hasn’t always been indelible. According to a source close to the club, representatives of the Cubs met with Sosa in 2014, at the behest of Dominican government officials, to discuss a possible homecoming. According to the source, Sosa agreed that he would issue an apology—that is, something to acknowledge malfeasance, but short of a total confession. The next day, Sosa backed out.


Through an email from a spokesperson, Sosa confirms this account: In an effort to put the past behind us I agreed to meet with a PR firm representing the Cubs. Everyone signed confidentiality agreements, so I do not bring this up in interviews. All I will say is that after meeting with this group, I agreed to make a statement that would heal things. Both sides agreed upon this statement. When the time came, I felt like I was being swept up in a PR machine that was moving way too fast and not adhering to the spirit of our agreement, so I pulled out. I never met with anyone from the Cubs and do not hold anything against them. I always wish them well. —Sammy

I get the dislike for Sammy from some ... and I have a bit of it myself, the way his time with the Cubs ended was just bad.

But on a personal note, 1998 was a shit year for me.

My Mom died in April, I had 2 kids that would never really know her, my marriage was going south and all the fun that entails with kids and doing probate on my Mom's estate, and we moved to a new city in late 1997 for work .. so I really did not have any close friends nearby anymore.

Sammy and the Cubs that year were a really nice diversion and fun to watch. Added bonus, I was near San Francisco, so beating them in the 1 game playoff was cool for work bragging rights ... and the first post season anything the Cubs had won since 1908.

So, I will always have a bit of a soft spot for him.
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Sandy Alderson takes a leave of absence from the Mets to fight cancer.

The way they are talking about it, though, he's not coming back to the team.
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Over the winter, the Detroit Tigers hired Chris Bosio as their pitching coach.

Bosio's time in Detroit came to an end on Wednesday, less than halfway through the season. Although the Tigers rank 21st in staff ERA, the firing is not because of performance-related reasons. Rather, Bosio was dismissed after he made insensitive comments toward a team employee:

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Two more pitchers on the Angels MASH unit.
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Interesting article about Sammy Sosa and the Cubs especially this part


https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/06/27/sa...s-mark-mcgwire




I get the dislike for Sammy from some ... and I have a bit of it myself, the way his time with the Cubs ended was just bad.

But on a personal note, 1998 was a shit year for me.

My Mom died in April, I had 2 kids that would never really know her, my marriage was going south and all the fun that entails with kids and doing probate on my Mom's estate, and we moved to a new city in late 1997 for work .. so I really did not have any close friends nearby anymore.

Sammy and the Cubs that year were a really nice diversion and fun to watch. Added bonus, I was near San Francisco, so beating them in the 1 game playoff was cool for work bragging rights ... and the first post season anything the Cubs had won since 1908.

So, I will always have a bit of a soft spot for him.
Would anyone recognize him if he showed up?
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Would anyone recognize him if he showed up?
Yeah, he would be the guy that looks like a cross between Michael Jackson and Sammy Sosa
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Over the winter, the Detroit Tigers hired Chris Bosio as their pitching coach.

Bosio's time in Detroit came to an end on Wednesday, less than halfway through the season. Although the Tigers rank 21st in staff ERA, the firing is not because of performance-related reasons. Rather, Bosio was dismissed after he made insensitive comments toward a team employee:

Nobody around here seems to know what he said or to whom... that said, there was a ton of video circulating of Bosio berating Gardenhire in the dugout multiple times. I get being passionate and wanting to win / compete... but you can't behave that way to the manager. I think his firing was a combination of things considering he's highly regarded as a coach.
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MLB ON FOX TV Coverage "MAP" - Saturday, June 30 - 7:00 pm ET.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees - Commentators - Joe Davis, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal - 70% - Markets Include - Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Greensboro, Hartford, Houston, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach.

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers - Commentators - Kevin Burkhardt, Eric Karros and Jon Paul Morosi - 10% - Markets Include - Denver, Fresno, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, San Diego.

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals - Commentators - Kenny Albert, AJ Pierzynski and David Cone - 19% - Markets Include - Atlanta, Chicago, Greenville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Memphis, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tulsa.

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Interesting article about Sammy Sosa and the Cubs especially this part


https://www.si.com/mlb/2018/06/27/sa...s-mark-mcgwire




I get the dislike for Sammy from some ... and I have a bit of it myself, the way his time with the Cubs ended was just bad.

But on a personal note, 1998 was a shit year for me.

My Mom died in April, I had 2 kids that would never really know her, my marriage was going south and all the fun that entails with kids and doing probate on my Mom's estate, and we moved to a new city in late 1997 for work .. so I really did not have any close friends nearby anymore.

Sammy and the Cubs that year were a really nice diversion and fun to watch. Added bonus, I was near San Francisco, so beating them in the 1 game playoff was cool for work bragging rights ... and the first post season anything the Cubs had won since 1908.

So, I will always have a bit of a soft spot for him.
I don't think McGwire breaks the home run record without Sosa pushing him. Those were fun summers with Sosa being the better media personality than McGwire.

I don't think Sosa sniffs the numbers he achieved without being juiced, but I thought he handled himself well during his playing days. He made the Cubs relevant again and gave them something else to cheer for than being lovable losers.
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8-2 cross country road trip. I will take that all day every day.
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Angel's Ohtani has been cleared for hitting(this according to ESPN.com).

It's too bad players like Jacoby Ellsbury (OF-Yankees) and Darrin O'Day(RP-Orioles) look like they are permanent fixtures on the disabled list and still get paid for doing nothing while at least Ohtani can still hit.
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