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#28 Sale on jerseys

This has got to be one of the more bizarre stories of the weekend. I couldn’t really write about it on Monday because of the Chapman trade it just had to wait a couple days. I’ll just say Chris Sale was supposed to start Saturday night but was a late scratch. The reason well make you scratch your head.

Like I said Chris Sale was scheduled to start on start on Saturday it also happened promo night (giveaway usually) for the White Sox. The first x amount of fans in the stadium received the same throw back jersey the Sox were wearing. Apparently Chris Sale was a special case and didn’t want to wear throw backs on “his day”. I don’t care if you’re Clayton Kershaw just because you’re the starter that day it doesn’t make your day. Anyway while the rest of the team was taking bp he snuck back to the clubhouse and cut up the jerseys. Not just his jersey everybody’s jersey, just because he didn’t want to wear these particular throw backs because they’re “uncomfortable to pitch in”. And when I say he cut them up I mean he literally took scissors to every jersey. That is incredibly childish if you ask me. Instead of just asking the manager if they can just push him back a day he cuts up his teammates jerseys. MLB central on MLB network laid it out perfectly, one of the hosts came out Monday in a cut up suit, he said “well I didn’t feel like wearing a suit today” the other host told him “it’s your job you have to”. News flash Chris Sale you get paid millions of dollars to play a game you will wear whatever you’re told the White Sox are your employer. Lost a lot of respect for Sale after this.

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#27 Chapman deal

First I should say I’m not feeling 100% today so if this post is shorter than usual I apologize right now. Plenty of stuff happened in baseball yesterday, top prospects Alex Bregman (Astros), David Dahl (Rockies), and Braden Shiply (D-backs) all made their debuts last night. I could write about any one of them today but they weren’t the biggest story of the day. The Yankees (finally) traded Aroldis Chapman to a contender they’ve been “rumored” to be trading him for months. The Cubs were the team that gave up the talent the Yanks desired.

The exact trade was Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for 4 prospects including the Cubs number 1, 19 year old shortstop Gleyber Torres. Granted the Cubs do not need a shortstop anytime soon but to give up someone who was compared to a young Adrian Beltre when Torres was signed 3 years ago for a reliever seems like a steep price to pay if you ask me. The Cubs also gave up another top 100 prospect, the sweet swinging lefty Billy McKinney, like I said I think the Cubs gave up a little much for a rental piece. Look at the Cubs point of view though, the playoffs are right around the corner and they might face the Nationals with Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper. So bottom of the 8th, bases loaded 1 out Cubs up by 1, Harper and Murphy coming up. Bring in Chapman to face the leftys and get the 5 out save. Who better to pitch that big moment than the only closer that throws 105 mph?

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#26 see Trea run

I was racking my brain all morning about what to write about today and, no surprise, I came up with nothing. I was just going to take a mental day off but then I got an idea late in the morning. The Nationals were playing a day/morning game today and Trea Turner was the starting second baseman, he gave me a good idea.

Trea Turner was the second baseman and lead off hitter for the Nats today. In his first at bat he hit a ground ball to shortstop which he beat out, that part didn’t surprise me I knew he was fast it was HOW fast he ran. He ran down the line at 22.7 mph, I’ll say it again he ran twenty-two miles per hour. Horses run 25-30 mph just to put it in perspective. I think with that showing of elite speed he cemented himself as the Nats new lead off hitter. The regular lead off hitter, Ben Revere, is only hitting in the low .220’s. Both are lighting fast but right now Trea Turner looks to be the better hitter. Turner a shortstop by trade has the tools to become an everyday utility player. Murphy needs a rest, he’s a second baseman, Rendon needs a rest, he’s a third baseman for the day. Center field? He can play that too. Since Zimmerman is injured, Murphy slides over to first base so Turner can be the everyday second baseman. Just my opinion Dusty Baker might think differently.

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#25 another pitcher for DC

I’m back. And today I want to write about another pitching prospect that will debut tonight for the Washington Nationals. His name is Reynaldo Lopez and he was in the futures game blowing 100 mph gas by people. So he’s the “next one up” for the Nats as they take on the Dodgers tonight.

The 22 year old pitcher is only 6′ 180 pounds but that doesn’t stop him from throwing a good fastball. Reynaldo Lopez throws an easy mid-upper 90’s fastball that can touch triple digits. He couples the good fastball with a plus power curveball. He’s change up is nothing special right now but it has the potential to get better. I personally don’t see him as a starter with the weapons he possesses Lopez could make one hell of a reliever. But everybody compares an undersized hard throwing pitcher to Pedro Martinez so there’s that. I think Pedro was special and I don’t see Reynaldo Lopez having a Pedro-like career. But he definitely has top of the rotation stuff so might as well bring him up and try him as a starter and if it doesn’t work then put him in the bullpen maybe he’ll be like Wade Davis then. He’s going to be a starter tonight for sure and my prediction is 5 innings 4 runs 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

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#24 all star week

First and foremost I will be taking next week off for the all star break, no baseball means not much for me to talk about. Today I plan on writing about the futures game, the home run derby, and the all star snubs. Just my two cents about the upcoming all star break.

I’ll start with the futures game. In case you didn’t know the futures game is basically the all star game of prospects through all levels of the minors. I love this game every year I make sure to record/watch it. And I’ll talk about the game after it but before all I can tell you about is who I’m excited to see in the game, and that is Astros shortstop Alex Bregman. The 22 year old was the second overall pick just last year. The shortstop from LSU didn’t look all that impressive to so I was a little surprised to see him go number 2. But he’s hit an impressive .308 with 18 homers in the minors so far this season.

Now the home run derby. Now I have absolutely no clue who will be in it yet. What I do know is that it’ll be in San Diego so my pick to win it, if he’s in it of course, is home town boy Wil Myers.

Now I don’t really have a full list of all star snubs but I do have one. And that one is Starling Marte the Pirates outfielder. I know he’s been injured on and off throughout the year but he’s hitting .320 with 25 steals. He’s a final vote candidate so he might get in regardless but I still think the numbers he’s putting up is all star worthy.

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#23 Ramos should be an all star

The fact that Wilson Ramos is not the leading vote getter for NL catcher is just a shame. The all stars are going to be revealed tonight and I’m not 100 percent sure that Wilson Ramos will be one so I’m going to make a case for him. It’s too late, I know voting has ended but doesn’t mean I can’t make a last minute effort for people to know he should be in.

In case you don’t know who Wilson Ramos is he is the catcher for the Nationals. Now that that’s out of the way, he is hitting an absurd .340 with 13 homers and 46 rbis. For a catcher that’s just crazy talk, he’s the second leading hitter in the NL. The Nats literally have the two top hitters in the league, Daniel Murphy (1) and Wilson Ramos (2), and neither are starters for the all star game. At least as far as I know. He has always had the power to hit in the middle of the order but this offseason he had lasik eye surgery which greatly improved his hand eye coordination. Which explains the sudden rise in average, he was usually .250-.260 hitter with the good power. Then he had the lasik surgery and now his vision is 20/20 and his strikeout rate has been cut in half and his walk rate has doubled. Buster Posey is good and is a deserving all star but I believe Wilson Ramos should be the starter period. It’s a shame that because Ramos isn’t widely known like Posey or Molina he might not even make it to the all star game.

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