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Chris Archer Pittsburgh Pirates
Norm ZauchinCharlie GehringerLou BrockBert BlylevenBurleigh Grimes

May 27 All-Time Top Performers

Pitchers:

Bert Blyleven* (CLE, 1985): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 91 GmSc

Burleigh Grimes* (BRO, 1918): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 91 GmSc

John Tudor (BOS, 1983): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 91 GmSc

Chris Archer (TBR, 2015): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 90 GmSc

Steve Ontiveros (OAK, 1995): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Josh Donaldson Minnesota Twins
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Norm ZauchinCharlie GehringerLou BrockBert BlylevenBurleigh Grimes

May 27 All-Time Top Performers

Batters:

Norm Zauchin* (BOS, 1955): 4-5, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R

Charlie Gehringer* (DET, 1939): 4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, cycle

Lou Brock* (STL, 1975): 4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB, cycle

Carlos Pena (DET, 2004): 6-6, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R

Kelly Johnson (TBR, 2013): 4-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Jose Valentin (CHW, 2000): 3-4, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R

Todd Helton (COL, 2000): 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Mallex Smith (SEA, 2019): 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 R, 4 SB

Josh Donaldson (TOR, 2016): 4-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Don Baylor (CAL, 1979): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R


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Rodney McCray New York Mets
Bill Buckner Boston Red Sox
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

Apparently the owners have made a new proposal. I found this at the bottom of the interview with Eugene in the MLB news thread.

https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2020/5/27/21270888/mlb-financial-proposal-sliding-scale-is-an-attempt-to-split-the-union

Grim stuff.

Alex Patton Alex

Sheryl followed up today with a article about the difficulties related to organizing minor league players.  unionizing-the-minor-leagues

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

Mookie's in the first paragraph and so that's where I'm posting this.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/01/how-baseball-players-became-celebrities

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Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners
Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners

Stephen J. Nesbitt, trying to keep the clicks coming at The Athletic:

If Major League Baseball operated its draft back then the way it does today...

The Pirates, by virtue of having baseball’s worst record in 1986, would have held the rights to the first pick in 1987 and selected Griffey — the kid born in Donora, Pa. He’d start between Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla in one of the great outfields the game has ever known. Griffey may have been the missing link. Maybe the Pirates would have won a World Series in 1990, 1991 or 1992.

The Tigers, MLB’s worst team in 1989, would have had a chance to draft Jones at No. 1 in 1990. He’d break into the big leagues and round out a Tigers infield that already included Cecil Fielder, Lou Whittaker and Alan Trammell.

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Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

Mike Trout (OF) ANA - May. 25

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=741020

Trout has been staying in shape during the MLB hiatus in part by getting work in at a Little League field near his home in New Jersey, Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Find that Little League field!

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Willy Adames Tampa Bay Rays

Twenty-nine other teams will soon be plyometric jumping.

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Willy Adames (SS) TB - May. 25

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=741024

Adames was one of more than a dozen players present at Tropicana Field for the re-start of workouts Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The shortstop was present and accounted for in what was the first opportunity for Rays players to work out together in more than two months. Participants were able to play catch, run, use free weights in a makeshift gym and also complete plyometric jumps and other exercises during Monday's session, which was conducted in groups of two. While Adames and his teammates did not have access to amenities such as batting cages, bullpen mounds or the full weight room, Topkin notes those areas may be accessible as early as next week. The team is also expected to make the stadium available Wednesday and Friday this week. 

Alex Patton Alex

I agree Alex, not sure we get baseball this year. Even if they do start there is no guarantee there is no stoppage for health reasons. This may stretch into 2021 as well.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift

I think you should replace Tony Clark. Great stuff, glad to read it.

Oh, and sad this is part of the conversation, though it should be. Rights are rights and should be respected always.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
James Paxton New York Yankees

You're right about that. An important distinction. Mixed Draft was about 10 days before those of us in the seriously endangered states locked down. At that point none of us were thinking about this.

I'll argue we should redo it. If baseball shows at least two breaths of life this summer. 

 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

I did an interview with Sheryl Ring of Beyond the Boxscore.  She published the first of a couple articles today.  Eugene Freedman on MLB and COVID-19

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Tony Clark should hire you, Eugene!

I'm still not optimistic that baseball will be played at all but at least radio silence seems to have been imposed. No updates, no leaks, no nothing. We can only hope both sides are zooming with each other from concealed bunkers.

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