The 12 unlikeliest MVP Award winners

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

The Indians’ Jose Ramirez has a shot at the American League MVP Award. And as surprising as that would be, it still would not rank among the dozen biggest MVP surprises in Major League history.

Sox give extra effort vs. O’s, stay 3 games up

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

First, there was the comeback. Then there was the letdown. And then there was one last surge back by the Red Sox, who once again demonstrated their resilience with a 10-8, 11-inning victory over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.

55th Stanton HR a beauty beside sculpture

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

The mini home run drought for Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton ended with a thunderous clout in the fourth inning on Monday night. Stanton blistered a slider off Mets right-hander Matt Harvey for a three-run home run at Marlins Park.

Orioles’ Minor-Leaguer Miguel Elias Gonzalez Dies In Car Accident

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

Miguel Elias Gonzalez, a minor-league pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system, died in a car accident this past Saturday in the Dominican Republic, according to a press release from the organization. Gonzalez has no relation to the Rangers pitcher of the same first and last name who once pitched with the Baltimore organization. The Orioles held a moment of silence to honor Gonzalez before tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, gave a somber statement on the passing of the 21 year-old: “Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Miguel Gonzalez. Miguel was beloved by his teammates and coaches in the Dominican Republic. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this very difficult time.” Gonzalez was signed as an international free agent in 2014. He had pitched exclusively in the Dominican Summer League in his young career, showing some potential with a fastball that reached the mid-90s on the radar gun. The tragic passing of Gonzalez is, unfortunately, not the first to occur on the roads of the Dominican Republic

Syndergaard back on mound, eyes a return

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

Marlins Park’s retractable roof was open Monday afternoon, giving the sun an avenue to beat down on Noah Syndergaard. Dressed in a royal blue T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Syndergaard twice climbed atop the mound, sweating as he fired 39 pitches in a simulated game.

Padres Designate Dusty Coleman, Jose Valdez

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

The Padres have designated infielder Dusty Coleman and right-handed reliever Jose Valdez for assignment, according to an official announcement from the organization. The contracts of catcher Rocky Gale and infielder Christian Villanueva have been selected in a related move. The Padres have also recalled RHP Tim Melville, along with outfielders Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe. Valdez has thrown a combined 50 1/3 innings for the Tigers, Angels and Padres over the past three seasons, pitching to a 5.72 ERA. While that number may seem high, his 6.66 career FIP shows that he’s actually pitched even worse than that number indicates. He throws hard, averaging 96 MPH on his fastball and 86 MPH on his slider, but he gets hit hard as well; opponents have managed hard-hit balls against him in over 40% of their at-bats. That, combined with his 36% career ground ball rate and the fact that opposing hitters are able to pull the ball against him 41% of the time, has likely been the cause of a 4.00 HR/9 that’s done Valdez in. The 27 year-old right hander was originally signed as an international free agent by the Tigers in 2009. Coleman, 30, was selected by the Athletics in the 28th round of the 2008 draft (844 overall)

AL Wild Card holders clash on MLB.TV

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

The two teams currently holding American League Wild Card spots square off in the Bronx when the Yankees host the Twins for the opening act of a three-game set as part of a seven-game slate streaming live on MLB.TV.

West Notes: Rockies, D-backs, Rangers

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

Rockies outfielder/first baseman Ian Desmond has shown troubling signings in the first season of a five-year, $70MM contract, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com notes. Along with a .273/.319/.367 batting line that’s 35 percent worse than league average (per FanGraphs’ wRC+ metric), Desmond’s groundball rate and exit velocity have trended in the wrong direction. His 63.1 percent grounder mark is nearly 12 percent worse than his yearly average and ranks last among hitters with at least 300 PAs. At the same time, Desmond’s exit velo has dropped from 90.5 mph last season to 87.4 mph this year. But health issues have likely contributed to Desmond’s drop-off, as the soon-to-be 32-year-old has been on the disabled list three different times. Indeed, Desmond told Randhawa that the injuries – including the fractured left hand he suffered in spring training – have made it difficult for him to establish himself this season. Based on his track record, Desmond expects to return to form. “Line drives and hard contact. For me, that’s my game,” Desmond said. “I’ve got to utilize my speed, and I think there’s complete validity in hitting the ball in the air and launch angle and all that stuff, but at the same time, my swing and the results I’ve been able to produce over the years is plenty for me

Hicks, Warren making strides in rehab

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Yankees are moving closer to welcoming a pair of important pieces back to their active roster, with outfielder Aaron Hicks and right-handed reliever Adam Warren showing progress in their respective injury recoveries.

Giants To Exercise Matt Moore’s 2018 Option

Sep 16, 2017 | No Comments

The Giants will exercise lefty Matt Moore’s $9MM option for 2018, GM Bobby Evans tells Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. By doing so, they will avoid paying a $1M buyout and, more importantly, retain a $10MM option or a $750K buyout on Moore for 2019. Moore has struggled in 2017, posting a 5.39 ERA over 167 innings in his first full season in San Francisco. Evans’ admission comes as little surprise, however, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal recently reported that the Giants seemed likely to retain Moore as part of an effort to retain pitching depth. Also, Moore is relatively young at 28 and posted reasonable peripherals (7.7 K/9, 3.3 BB/9) this season, and he has pitched significantly better in the second half than in the first, cutting his BB/9 by about a third. By exercising the option, the Giants get Moore, and flexibility for 2019, at what appears to be a reasonable cost. They will effectively be able to retain Moore for one year and $9.75MM, giving them a price similar to those of recent contracts for free agents like Andrew Cashner and Bartolo Colon, whose futures looked questionable at the time their deals were signed