It’s no secret the Marlins will be pursuing starting pitching depth after the World Series and the Hot Stove season gets underway. But the rotation could receive a huge lift if Wei-Yin Chen regains the form that made him a coveted free agent last offseason.
Kyle Schwarber’s path back to the Cubs continues on Monday afternoon in Arizona. Schwarber, who missed nearly all of the 2016 season following a knee injury suffered when he collided with Dexter Fowler in the outfield on April 7, will serve as the designated hitter for the second time with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Veteran umpire John Hirschbeck will serve as crew chief for the 2016 World Series, which begins Tuesday in Cleveland. Hirschbeck’s crew will include Chris Guccione, Sam Holbrook, Marvin Hudson, Tony Randazzo and regular-season crew chiefs Larry Vanover and Joe West. All seven umpires, a group that includes two rotating replay officials, have worked this postseason.
Maybe 1908 isn’t as distant as it seems.
Despite their lack of championship pennants in recent years, both the Cubs and Indians boast long and storied histories that involve some of the greatest players to ever step onto the baseball diamond.
One of the oldest living Cubs fans goes to sleep around 9 o’clock each night, but Saturday was different. Raymond Styrlund, born in 1911 and now 105 and as sharp as a Javier Baez liner, listened to all of the radio broadcast of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.
That the Brewers should tender a contract to slugging first baseman Chris Carter seems, at first, to be obvious. After being non-tendered by the Astros last offseason, Carter signed a one-year, $2.5MM contract with Milwaukee, then tied Nolan Arenado for the NL home-run crown, with a career-high 41. Now Carter has 4.159 years of service time, and the Brewers are faced with a decision. Surely it would be ridiculous for them would non-tender him, right? Well, maybe not. MLBTR projects that Carter will get a very significant bump in salary next year, making $8.1MM through arbitration. While that’s not an astronomical figure, it is high for a one-dimensional player. As MLBTR’s Matt Swartz points out, hitters’ salaries during their arbitration seasons are typically evaluated by batting average, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases and plate appearances. Carter has never hit well for average or stolen many bases, but he fared very well last season in the other three categories, also amassing 94 RBIs and 644 PAs. In arbitration, counting stats are what matter most, and Carter’s are impressive
The Blue Jays were among the teams that chased then-Yankees designated hitter/right fielder Carlos Beltran prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported earlier this month. “We saw Beltran over the years with the Yankees, and what a great hitter he was,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “A clutch-type perfomer.” Deals between the AL East rival Yankees and Blue Jays have been rare, with Brendan Kuty of NJ.com noting that the teams’ most recent trade came when New York acquired Raul Mondesi in 2002.
A great rendering from a big fan.
Everyone is excited for this World Series.