Joba is at AAA, hoping to work his way back to MLB

Joba Chamberlain was in the big leagues with the Yankees after just 18 games in the minor leagues.

Now, with his 30th birthday approaching, Chamberlain is back in the minors, battling to get back to the big leagues.

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Reality Check for Reyes

Just some thoughts:

  • Okay, Jose Reyes isn’t excited about being with the Rockies. Remember, it’s not like he was a key to the Troy Tulowitzki trade because the Rockies wanted him to play shortstop.
  • Why was Reyes acquired? Money. Blue Jays demanded Rockies take Reyes and two years he has left on his contract to offset the five-year commitment of Tulowitzki’s contract.
  • Key for Rockies was the three quality pitching prospects they received.
  • Reliever Miguel Castro, 20, 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in nine appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque, allowing five hits and seven walks while striking out eight in 11 innings.
  • Starter Jeff Hoffman, 22, is 0-2 with a 3.41 ERA with Double-A New Britain. He has allowed 31 hits and seven walks, striking out 28 in 37 innings.
  • Starter Jesus Tinoco, 20, is 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA at Low-A Ashville. He has allowed 21 hits and six walks, striking out 28 in 28 innings.
  • Just my opinion, but the Rockies shortstop job in 2016 is Trevor Story’s to lose. But please, people, don’t compare his every move to Tulowitzki.
  • Contrary to one report there is no deadline of Aug. 31 for Reyes to be dealt. Aug. 31 is significant only because a player has to be in an organization by that date to be eligible for inclusion on a post-season roster.
  • Can someone explain why there is a growing excitement of BABPIP? Last time I checked strikeouts are a part of the game. Old school, I guess, but I want to know what a player is capable of doing in every plate appearance, not just the ones when he makes contact.
  • Oh, and the debates over length of home runs? Does it really matter how far a ball travels or what the “exit speed” of the ball off the bat is. There are no bonus points. As long as the ball clears the fence in fair territory it is a home run.
  • Blue Jays folks are raving about the impact LaTroy Hawkins has had on the mentality of the bullpen in the month since he was acquired as part of the Tulowitzki deal. No surprise to anyone who has ever spent two seconds with Hawkins.
  • Great that he was dealt and given a chance to advance to the post-season. He, after all, is retiring after the season and given what he has meant to baseball I hope he gets a chance to go out on top. Total professional as person and player.

Wild Card Has Led to Wild Pennant Races

There are 18 teams within five games of a post-season spot on Monday morning.

There are four teams coming off losing seasons — most of them multiple losing seasons — among the 10 that would be in the playoffs if the season had ended on Sunday.

If the wild-card is designed to provide races down the wire and hope for folks in all markets then it is working

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Adjustment for Rusin

Rockies lefthander Chris Rusin had to adjust his delivery with bases loaded in his Saturday start. He got away with what MLB determined was deception in his 5-0 victory against the Padres at Coors Field last Sunday. In the sixth inning, with the bases loaded, he was called for a balk by second base umpire John Trumpane. Trumpage was called up from the minor leagues that day to fill in for crew chief Dale Scott, who went home to be with his ailing brother, who has since passed away.

That would have scored a run, but the call was reversed following a meeting of the umpiring crew, which agreed that Rusin was in his windup. In reviewing the play, however, Major League Baseball felt the balk should have stood, and Rusin will have to adjust his delivery.

The catch is that Rusin takes his position on the mound with his left foot parallel to the rubber whether there are runners on base or not. In Sunday’s game, he would stop with he hands chest high before delivering a pitch with a runner on first or second, but the one time he had a runner on third he did not stop in the delivery.

MLB ruled that because Rusin’s foot is parallel with the mound he is pitching out of the stretch at all times, and unless there is nobody on base he will have to pause.

Detroit Deals With Reality; Finds a Mother Lode of Talent for Potential Free Agents

Dave Dombrowski was a realist.

He knew he couldn’t ignore the future.

And he addressed that concern last week.

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Biggio Had Mile High Opportunity

Craig Biggio was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, representing the Houston Astros. A first round draft choice of the Astros in 1987 out of Seton Hall University, he is one of 10 players to collect 3,000 hits and spend his entire career with one team.

Biggio, however, almost wasn’t an Astro for life. He was a free agent after the 1995 season and was ready to sign with the Colorado Rockies. Biggio was a favorite of the late Jerry McMorris, the original managing general partner of the Rockies, and the Rocky Mountain lifestyle intrigued his wife.

In fact it was Patti Biggio’s feelings about the Rocky Mountains that played a role in Flynn Kile being so strongly behind her husband Darryl sgning with the Rockies as a free agent after the 1997 season.

The Rockies negotations with Kile were so serious that then Astros owner Drayton McLane told Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun that he was in Europe at the time, but was aware of the seriousness of the Rockies neogtiations, and personally called Biggio from Spain, Portugal and Poland.

Biggio eventujally signed a four-year, $22 million deal to remain with the Astros, but only after Rockies general manager Bob Gebhard rejected a five-year, $24 million proposal without consulting McMorris. It would have averaged less than the Astros contract, but Biggio felt the extra guaranteed year could justify the deicision.

Does Baseball Really Need a Face of the Game?

Derek Jeter, the face of baseball, has retired.

Who replaced him?


That’s a problem for baseball — a good problem.

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Finley Figured Out Draft Early

Charlie Finley was never the most popular owner in baseball.

He, however, was one of the shrewdest.

Never was it more evident than 50 years ago when Major League Baseball held its first draft of amateur players.

The A’s wound drafting 10 future big leaguers, including three players who were instrumental in the building of the team’s `70s championship run of five AL West titles (1971-75) and three consecutive world championships (1972-74).

The A’s had the first choice and selected Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday. In the sixth round they took Monday’s Arizona State teammate Sal Bando, and in the 20th round they landed Gene Tenace.

They were among 16 home-grown players on the A’s 1973 World Series roster, which was the third of the five teams to win AL West titles and the second of the three consecutive world champions.

In addition to Monday, Bando and Tenace, the A’s signed Reggie Jackson and Dave Hamilton out of the 1966 draft, and Vida Blue out of 1967.

They also made an impact in 1964, taking advantage of the last year without a draft. They players they signed that year included outfielder Joe Rudi, and pitchers Catfish Hunter, John Blue Moon Odom, and Rollie Fingers.

Other free agent signees included Dick Green in 1960, Bert Campaneris, Allen Lewis and Ted Kubiak in 1961, and Paul Linblad in 1963.

Danks Latest 10 or More Hits 9-Inning Shutout

White Sox pitcher John Danks shutout the Astros 6-0 despite allowing 10 hits. He became the 155th pitcher since 1914 to allow at least 10 hits in a nine-inning complete-game shutout, according to

Milton Gaston of the Washington Senators set the 9-inning record with a 14-hit, 9-0 victory against Cleveland in the second game of a  July 10, 1928 doubleheader.

Two pitchers have 13-hit, nine-inning shutouts on their resumes: Jim Mudcat Grant pitched Minnesota to a 6-0 victory against the Senators on July 15, 1864, and Bill Lee pitched the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the New York Giants in the first game of a Sept. 17, 1938 doubleheader.

There have been 12 pitchers allow 12 hits in a nine-inning, complete-game shutout, 34 allow 11 hits and 106 allowed 10 hits.

Danks is the first pitcher to do it since Carlos Silva 11-hit the Angels in a 10-0 victory for the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 3, 2004.

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Stellar Moment For Royals

The Royals advanced to the post-season a year ago for the first time since 1985, losing the World Series in seven games to the Giants.

Fans have recaptured their fascination with franchise in a hurry. Royalmania is reminiscent of that decade from 1976-85 when the Royals advanced to the post-season in seven seasons, twice appearing in the World Series, and winning the world championship in 1985.

The first announcement of All-Star voting was made on Tuesday, and the Royals have five players who would be in the AL starting lineup if voting ended today.

The Royals have four players who are leading vote getters at their position — catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, third baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Alcides Escobar — and a fifth player, Alex Gordon, who is third in outfield voting, which would give him a start slot.

In their previous 46 seasons, the Royals have had as many as three players in the starting lineup only once — 1979 with George Brett, Darrell Porter and Frank White. They have had 15 players earn All-Star starts, 13 voted by fans plus Danny Tartabull, selected as the DH in 1991 before that position was put on the fan ballot, and Bret Saberhagen, the starting pitcher in 1987.

Catcher Salvador Perez started in 2014, the first Royals player to draw a start since Jermaine Dye in 2000.

As well as the five All-Stars in 1972 and 1982, the Rockies have had four players on an All-Star team twice, three nine times, two eight times and one player 25 times.

Brett is the team’s all-time All-Star leader with 13 selections, including nine starts (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982,1983, 1984 and 1985). Amos Otis, Mark Sweeney and Frank White were five-time selection, Cooke Rojas a four-time All-Star with the Royals, and Hal McRae, Jeff Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry three times each.

Royals All-Star starters:

2014 C Salvador Perez

2000 OF Jermaine Dye

1991 DH Danny Tartabull

1989 OF Bo Jackson

1987 SP Bret Saberhagen

1985 3B George Brett

1984 3B George Brett

1983 3B George Brett

1982 3B George Brett

1981 3B George Brett

1979  3B George Brett, C Darrell Porter, 2B Frank White

1978  3B George Brett, SS Freddie Patek

1977 3B George Brett

1976  3B George Brett

1973 John Mayberry, Amos Otis



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