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Using Pitch Speed to Tweak Hard-Hit Rate by Alex Chamberlain June 16, 2021 On May 17, Chicago White Sox legend Yermín Mercedes hit the sixth home run of his stellar, albeit wilting, nevertheless unlikely, rookie campaign. A mammoth blast over the center field wall of Target Field, the home run sparked — in equal parts,
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The Padres are sending left-hander Ryan Weathers to Triple-A, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee.  Weathers will be stretched out again as a regular starter in the minors, though his next call-up to the big leagues could be to fill a hole in either the rotation or the bullpen. The news represents a
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The Yankees collected a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays last night, though New York’s 34-32 record is still well below the team’s expectations.  General manager Brian Cashman was blunt in speaking to reporters (including Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News) prior to yesterday’s game, saying that “Talk is cheap.  No one really
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MLB Announces a Crackdown on Foreign Substances by Ben Clemens June 16, 2021 One of the bigger on-field stories of the 2021 season has been which pitchers are using foreign substances, and how much help they’re getting from it. Whether it’s Giovanny Gallegos and hat-gate, Gerrit Cole’s word salad about Spider Tack, or Trevor Bauer’s
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Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Dodgers was a particularly tough night for the Phillies, due to injuries to both Bryce Harper and Jean Segura.  Harper left the game in the fourth inning due to lower back tightness, while Segura came up limping after beating out a grounder to first base in the ninth.  Segura was
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18 months ago, Cole Hamels was an $18MM pitcher.  Back in December 2019, the Braves signed the veteran southpaw to a one-year contract, just shy of his 36th birthday.  Atlanta headed into Spring Training with Hamels, Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz as rotation locks, with Sean Newcomb, Felix Hernandez, and others competing for the fifth
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ATLANTA — Chipper Jones understands why MLB will begin enhancing enforcement of its rules against pitchers applying foreign substances to baseballs. “People always used rosin and a little bit of spit,” Jones said. “That should be enough to give you enough of a grip to be able to control the baseball. But I think we’re
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It’s Moving Week across the Minor Leagues. In the last few days alone, Top 100 prospects Spencer Torkelson, Hunter Greene, Cade Cavalli and Shane Baz have each been promoted to new levels within the Minors following dominant starts to the 2021 season. Before them, Grayson Rodriguez and Francisco Álvarez also received bumps up the ladder
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The Marlins are planning to recall outfield prospect Jesús Sánchez from Triple-A Jacksonville, reports Craig Mish of SportsGrid (Twitter link). The 23-year-old is in line for his first opportunity at the major league level in 2021. Sánchez originally signed with the Rays and posted huge numbers at the minors’ lowest levels. He entered the 2018 season as
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The Nationals announced they’re placing ace Max Scherzer on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 12, due to groin inflammation. Reliever Justin Miller has been selected to the roster to replace him. To clear space for Miller on the 40-man roster, Washington designated righty Rogelio Armenteros for assignment. Scherzer was forced out of his start on Friday
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Vlad Jr. Could Capture the Triple Crown by Dan Szymborski June 15, 2021 Vladimir Guerrero spent 16 years in the majors, hitting .318 with 449 home runs and nabbing scores of overambitious baserunners with his cannon of an arm. Just a couple years ago, he gave his induction speech in Cooperstown after breezing into the
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11:20 am: MLB has officially announced its guidance on foreign substance rules. “After an extensive process of repeated warnings without effect, gathering information from current and former players and others across the sport, two months of comprehensive data collection, listening to our fans and thoughtful deliberation, I have determined that new enforcement of foreign substances is
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How the Marlins Pitching Staff Stands Out by Justin Choi June 15, 2021 I like the Marlins pitching staff. There’s a certain charm to a rotation that mostly consists of farm-grown talent, and it’s a powerhouse, too. Sandy Alcantara and Trevor Rogers have become two of the league’s more reliable starters by virtue of their
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10:50pm: Tigers manager A.J. Hinch tells reporters in his postgame session that Boyd felt something abnormal in his triceps during the third inning (Twitter link via Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic). They’ll know more following an additional wave of tests tomorrow, but Hinch suggested a cautious approach is likely to be taken. 9:25pm: Tigers lefty
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The Twins announced Monday that they’ve placed righty Michael Pineda (right elbow inflammation) and infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder (hamstring strain) on the 10-day injured list. In a pair of corresponding moves, they’ve reinstated Kenta Maeda and Luis Arraez from the injured list. Center fielder Byron Buxton has not yet been activated, though Betsy Helfand of the
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