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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Giancarlo Stanton

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports 2019 was a lost, injury-riddled season for the Yankees slugger. It would be impossible to tell the story of Giancarlo Stanton’s 2019 season without mentioning his injuries. The 30-year-old outfielder was plagued with pain, missing a total of 144 games due to a torn left bicep, a left shoulder strain, a sprained right knee and a strained quad that agitated him throughout the postseason. After a strong first year in pinstripes, his second year was beyond dreadful. Grade: I 2019 Statistics: 18 games, 72 plate appearances, .288/.403/.492, 3 home runs, 12...


Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger: Winning 2017 National League Rookie Of The Year Was Springboard For Confidence, MVP Award

Dealing with a rash of injuries early into the 2017 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers promoted Cody Bellinger from...

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California woman becomes 59th victim of Las Vegas massacre two years after shooting

Two years after Stephen Paddock opened fire out of his Las Vegas hotel room and into the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, another victim has succumbed to her injuries, becoming the 59th victim of the gruesome shooting. Kim Gervais, a 57-year-old mother of two, died Friday after being...

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Luis Avilan was almost the LOOGY the Mets needed

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports In a dismal Mets bullpen, Avilan had a chance to play an essential role before misuse and injury derailed things. On the surface, Luis Avilan had a mediocre season. He had a 5.06 ERA with a FIP not much better and a declining strikeout rate. In a staff of middling-to-poor relievers who performed much closer to the “poor” end of that spectrum, he didn’t really stand out one way or the other, but behind his apparent difficulty, there were some clear divides that suggest he wasn’t the disappointment he will likely be remembered as. The Mets picked...


Three hitters in the NPB that could interest the Rays

Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/ At least two of these names will land major league deals this offseason. Last week I highlighted three KBO pitchers I thought could contribute to the Rays in 2020. Now I’d like to turn my attention to the Nippon Professional Baseball organization, Japan’s major leagues, which offer a greater depth of opportunity for MLB teams to find talent ready to contribute next season. CF Shogo Akiyama (Entering age-32 season, Bats L/Throws R) 2019 stats : .303/.392/.471, 20 HR, 12 SB, 78 BB, 108 K Here’s an already-popular name to get us started. Japanese center...


Rays prospects and winter leagues: U.S. falls short in 1st Olympic qualifying attempt

If Jake Cronenworth is added to the 40-man roster, he won’t be on Team USA next time it tries to qualify for the Olympics | Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/ With a loss to rival Mexico in the bronze medal game, Team USA squandered a chance to qualify for the 2020 Games. For the second straight week, no Ray took an at-bat or pitched in an offseason league, but the Premier12 — which featured some current and former Rays — just ended. Mexico finished higher than the U.S., giving it the Americas slot in the Olympics that was up for grabs in this tournament. Team USA will still have a couple more...


View from the Catwalk: Hey, remember that Chris Archer trade?

Photo by Patrick Smith/ 85 days until pitchers and catchers report UGH Not much is going on right now. Our friends over at Bucs Dugout revisit the Chris Archer trade from their side of the fence. As expected, there isn’t enough lipstick in the Alleghany River to make this pig presentable. More from Marc Carig at the Athletic ($$$) on the burgeoning cheating scandal that has taken over this offseason, including a report that a misunderstanding led to a camera-wielding Rays scout’s ejection from Yankee Stadium during the playoffs this season. Why a camera-wielding Rays scout was...


Looking for the “next” Tommy Pham

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getting Pham for prospects in 2018 was a huge success. Can the Rays do it again? If you’re looking to improve the Tampa Bay Rays, a 90+ win team that made a strong playoff run, you have two roads to take. The first is through marginal improvements — making upgrades to part-time players to make the team a bit stronger than it was before. The easiest way to do so is through the team’s free agent openings (Avisail Garcia, Travis d’Arnaud, Eric Sogard), but it could also be done in upgrades to returning part-time contributors (Matt Duffy,...

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Monday Rockpile: Brendan Rodgers’s rehabilitation is on schedule

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Rockies news and links for Monday, November 18, 2018 Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers shouldering weight of injury, high expectations | The Denver Post ($) Brendan Rodgers landed on the Injured List just a mere month after his debut. The Rockies’ top prospect was expected to make a splash when he was called up on May 17, but his time was cut short. Rodgers had shoulder surgery to fix his labrum — a surgery that ended his season. While Rodgers’s debut wasn’t all that we expected it would be, I have high hopes that 2020 could paint a different...

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Gleyber Torres brought power to the Yankees’ lineup

Photo by Elsa/ Torres’ sophomore season only further proved how great he can become. Players looking to complete their sophomore year with Yankees just weren’t meant to have their way in 2019. Jordan Montgomery was recovering from Tommy John surgery, Miguel Andujar had shoulder surgery, and Giancarlo Stanton remained on the injured list for multiple reasons. However, Gleyber Torres was one of three Yankees to stay healthy the entire season and help the team reach 103 wins. Not only did Torres become a force in the postseason, but the young infielder made improvements on numerous...

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Nets’ Irving out again with right shoulder injury

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight game because of a right shoulder injury

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Brewers Tender or Non-Tender Decisions: Brent Suter

Photo by Rob Carr/ The soft-throwing lefty worked his way back from Tommy John surgery to impress in the bullpen in September 2019 Salary: $568,3002020 Projection: $900,000Difference: +$331,700 Brent Suter can’t throw a baseball 90 miles per hour. In today’s game, that’s becoming extremely rare, but it hasn’t been a detriment to this point in Suter’s career. In fact, that ultimate change of pace -- combined with his breakneck pace on the mound -- has proven to be incredibly effective despite his lack of traditional “stuff.” After spending most of the year working his way...

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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Luis Severino

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Injuries sidelined Severino for most of the season. 2019 started off very positively for Severino when he and the Yankees were able to avoid arbitration while reaching a four-year contract in mid-February. With his new deal in hand, Severino was primed to start Opening Day, and the Yankees had locked up a member of their young core for the immediate future. With all that optimism, there were still a lot of questions for Sevy to answer about his long term status as a top of the rotation starter. After finishing third in the 2017 AL Cy Young award voting, Severino...

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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: CC Sabathia

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports From start to finish, Sabathia’s farewell campaign was sadly plagued by injury. The Yankees brought back CC Sabathia on a one-year, $8 million deal last offseason, in what the southpaw said would be the final season of his Hall-of-Fame worthy career. Unfortunately for Sabathia, a health scare delayed the start to his 2019 season, and a heartbreaking injury abruptly ended his final outing of the year. Sabathia’s final season carried its share of memories and even history, but overall, injuries dominated what should have been a celebratory narrative. Grade:...

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Trump has a quick checkup — he’s ‘healthy and energetic,’ White House says

President Trump had a checkup at Walter Reed hospital in Washington on Saturday — and though the White House released no details, it claims he’s doing great. “The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of...

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Mets Morning News for November 17, 2019

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Since Zack Wheeler declined his $17.8M qualifying offer, Mike Puma takes a look at how else the Mets could spend that amount of money. Former Met Matt Reynolds has been signed to a minor league deal by the Royals. Around the National League East Trea Turner underwent surgery on his broken index finger yesterday, after having played through the pain in order to participate in the Nationals’ postseason run. A judge has ordered that lawyers representing the Washington...

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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Gary Sanchez

Photo by Elsa/ The Yankees’ talented backstop found his power stroke, but also regressed in some areas in what was an up-and-down season. Entering the year, 2019 felt like a pretty critical season for Gary Sanchez and the Yankees. Coming off a difficult 2018 in which he battled injuries and inconsistency at and behind the plate, Sanchez was looking to bounce back towards his early-career form. Another down year could have left him on shaky ground going forward. Instead, one of the game’s oddly polarizing players had a campaign in which his supporters weren’t entirely thrilled and...

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NYY news: Clint Frazier’s complicated trade market

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees need to make a decision for the backup catcher spot; Under the radar free agents for Cashman to consider; Frazier’s trade value is complicated New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The elbow injury suffered by Aaron Hicks might have opened some doors in the Yankees’ outfield, but it’s still unclear where Clint Frazier will fit in next season. Frazier has been a topic of discussion at the GM Meetings in Arizona, and there seems to be an overall feeling that his trade market isn’t quite as strong as it was last offseason. With that being said,...

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Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury leaves the Nets even more shorthanded

Nets star Kyrie Irving did not play in his team’s Saturday matchup against the Bulls in Chicago. Instead, he sat out with what the team is calling a right shoulder impingement, an injury Irving has dealt with since a blowout loss to the Suns. Irving’s injury is not good news for an already shorthanded...

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Nets' Irving out with shoulder injury vs Chicago

Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving will miss game at Chicago with shoulder injury

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Russell to miss at least two weeks with right thumb injury

Russell to miss at least two weeks with right thumb injury

Royals Review

Hok Talk: Analytics guys save baseball

2018 MLB Executive of the Year, Billy Beane helps lead baseball into a bright new future. | Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Yes, this is satire. Billy Beane, speaking on behalf of Commissioner Rob Manfred who could not be reached, has made a stunning announcement today. Baseball has solved all of its problems! No longer will fans be able to complain about the nets impeding their vision or poor officiating. Player injuries will be a thing of the past. Concerns about the pace of play will also be eliminated. Never again will a pitcher live in fear that his opponent will - through baserunner...

Amazin Avenue

UnforMETable: Randy Niemann

The left handed reliever managed to have a memorable postseason moment without making an in-game appearance in the 1986 playoffs. Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure, but quintessential Mets players from the past. Randy Niemann was a well-regarded prospect who made a sensational debut with the Astros in 1979 before his struggles and some ensuing arm injuries derailed his career. Signed by the Mets in 1985, the lefty made his debut for New York in September of that season before earning a place in the back of the bullpen for...

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Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Austin Romine

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Austin Romine had another serviceable season as Gary Sanchez’s backup. Austin Romine has been a career backup at catcher, but thanks to injuries to Gary Sanchez the past couple seasons, Romine has had a chance to get on the field quite a bit. Romine’s numbers at the plate might not have impressed anyone during his first few years, but over the last two seasons, Romine has raised his production to about league average. With Romine hitting the free agent market, we might have seen his last days in pinstripes. If so, he left after producing...


View from the Catwalks: Warming Stove!

Is this picture of the orange LED lights of the Trop related to the headline about baseball hot stove rumors? Just barely. Will I do it again this offseason? You’re damn right I will! | Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Plus: Rays bringing back one key 2019 contributor already, top 10 pictures of the Rays season, MVPs announced, and more Astros sign stealing drama! Top Photos of 2019 - The Ray Tank: Now we are on to the top 10 best photos from the 2019 Rays season. One of my favorite off the field things from the 2019 Rays season was the artist print series the Rays commissioned. The...

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This will be an important season for Jordan Montgomery

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports After his 2019 season was cancelled due to injury, 2020 might be Jordan Montgomery’s last opportunity to prove his worth to the Yankees. Three days before the season began on March 26, 2019, Jordan Montgomery was placed on the 60-day IL so he could recover from the Tommy John surgery he had in 2018. He would not begin a rehab assignment until August 25 with High-A Tampa. He slowly worked his way through his rehab and was activated on September 4, but was only able to manage four innings before being sent back down for the postseason. Back in 2017,...

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Reports: Volquez could return for 2020

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Per the beat guys, the Rangers and Edinson Volquez are in talks on a minor league deal Texas Rangers rumors: Edinson Volquez and the Texas Rangers are in talks about Volquez returning to the team for the 2020 season on a minor league deal, per the beat guys on Twitter. Volquez, 36, was slated to be part of the Rangers rotation in 2019, but landed on the injured list after one start due to a UCL injury. He chose rest and rehab in lieu of a third Tommy John surgery, and was able to return late in the season as a reliever. Volquez had previously said he was...

Kings of Kauffman

Michael Pineda needs to be a member of the Royals

Michael Pineda has spent the last two seasons dealing with a serious injury and a suspension. And the Kansas City Royals should sign him for 2020. There are plenty of reasons for the Royals, or any other major league team, to have concerns about signing free-agent starting pitcher Michael Pineda. He has missed large chunks […] Michael Pineda needs to be a member of the Royals - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - A Kansas City Royals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: