Yes, nearly 40 years the Yankees get even for Willie McGee.
"Shenanigans?" He was late for one game last year. He had, by most accounts, a pretty good year, inasmuch as he was hurt. Yes, he came in fat. But he took the weight off and looked very good as the team left camp. And then he didn't. For a week.
He is not the first player to have done that.
Like it or not _ and I'm gathering you don't, this is Baseball 2019. I hope it changes, too. A strikeout doesn't look any more appealing the closer you get.
I see Harper being a good fit _ so far _ in Philadelphia. The Giants, as maybe the most punchless team in a few years. And the Cubs have pitching problems.
The excitement we saw last summer was because the club was winning. You have to keep in mind the first four games of this season were against the National League's best team, record-wise, last year, against the best player in the league, in their park, where it is very hard to win.
Robinson had pinch hit for Wainwright in the fifth.
There's no doubt in my mind that there will be another lefty in the bullpen before too long. But, off spring training, no one deserved to be.
The prototypical eighth hitter was somebody who couldn't hit at all but might take a walk if the pitchers wanted to give it to him. This may take more patience then Bader has. He probably belongs a little higher in the lineup but now for he has to make the best of it.
I think he has determined he has been too passive.
Well, the Cardinals have a guy who was 18-4 last year. That's the kind of guy, you want, in theory.
There probably should have been more of a hands-on approach but you can't hold these guys' hands every day.
This was up to the Pirates. Not that bad, though. Better than 1:15 and you pick up an hour coming West.
Yes, you are correct. But they would have to pass him through waivers if they designated him again.
The reason is that Milwaukee lefthander Josh Hader held lefthanders to an .090 mark last year, striking out 48 of 88. Wong's chances wouldn't have been too good. Martinez, as you may recall, almost hit a home run.
They might win it anyway, but Kimbrel would be the bigger get with Knebel out for the year.
I don't imagine Joe Maddon is faring too well in the Cubs' chats.
If you have a smaller strike zone, you might have more walks, which will take even more time.
In essence, the Cardinals got a free agent in Goldschmidt and they already have signed him. So far, worth every penny. Miller not so much yet. And some of their other free agent signings haven't been particularly good., You can see where they would be gun-shy about signing free-agent relievers. In general, though, I would have to concur with you: Draft (and internationals signings), yes. Free agency, no.