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Aaron Bummer Chicago White Sox
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jorge Mateo San Diego Padres

Ack ... sorry for the fake news on Mateo to the 45-day IL ... now I'm hearing this ... "Still no confirmation on Mateo to the 45 day .... maybe a false (or premature) report" ... it was a comment that a usually reliable source said they heard on radio pre-game show.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Zack Greinke Houston Astros
Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies

Raises his batting average to .423 with three knocks in Safeco.

I nominated McNeil and Altuve as possible .400 hitters this year. I should have included Charlie Blackmon.

Alex Patton Alex
Niko Goodrum Detroit Tigers

And just like that -- we got the feed.

Still doesn't have positive earnings.


Alex Patton Alex

Knocks in five during a wild game in Pittsburg. Eleven innings, five lead changes. Thirty runs scored by two of the feeblest offenses in baseball. Thirty-two hits from lineups featuring four players on each team starting the day batting under .190.

Goodrum collected two of the hits. When we get the stat feed we will see him with positive earnings (he's -0 in both formats right now).

He raised his batting average to .189.

Alex Patton Alex

John Sickels will be missed by so many who never met him, except by way of his prescient analysis over so many seasons...His presence was palpable. His work was golden. Adieu.

James Morgan jem1776

John's always been very nice in his comments and on twitter.  Plus, I have always thought he was better than others in terms of his writing about players.

I have each of his books from 2008-2016, plus I bought two copies of his novel. I gave one to my friend from Kansas.  I haven't read my copy yet.

He's had a lot of medical struggles over the years.  Once with vertigo, which delayed his book until after opening day.  Plus, he's had troubles with online publishers of his work, which is really odd considering how great he is.  Lesser writers/scouts are more bankable for some reason.

He's really struggled with the loss of MiLB this year and MLB's planned contraction of the minors.  I think the business has gotten to him on both ends - MLB's greed and publishers treating him badly.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

I was afraid of that when The Athletic hired Keith Law. 

John is an excellent writer and judge of talent. His heart is in his fiction and history, so I hope that works out for him. I bought his novel but it isn't my cup of tea. It might be yours.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Joey Lucchesi San Diego Padres

Actually, Gore is (at least) 3rd in line for Lucchesi's spot (as #5 in the rotation) ... first is Quantril, then Patino ... and they may do a "bullpen game" ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

I got to know John in my
early treks to 'Zona for the Fall League and he was always very friendly
and willing to engage. The job of being a Minor League player analyst is a very
tough and demanding one. You're constantly on the road, sitting behind
home plate with your radar gun and notebook. The fact that John did just
that for as long as he did is deserving of our respect, admiration, and

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Blake Taylor Houston Astros

Josh James could also find his way into the mix? Maybe a stars and scrubbs approach? The Houston bullpen is one serious mess.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Joey Lucchesi San Diego Padres

And let the Mackenzie Gore rumours run rampant!

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

Very sad!

Alex Patton Alex
Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians

The Indians thumped Cinci 13-0 and the Royals whupped the Cubs 13-2 last night, and even so the NL has outscored the AL 268-253. The other score: NL 36 - AL 29.

Alex Patton Alex

Another job casualty of the minor league season being cancelled:

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians
Jose RamirezJose AltuveRenato NunezDylan BundyCarlos Carrasco

Yesterday's Top Performers


Jose Ramirez* (CLE): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

Jose Altuve* (HOU): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB

Renato Nunez* (BAL): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Leury Garcia (CHW): 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Christian Yelich (MIL): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Jonathan Villar (MIA): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Whit Merrifield (KCR): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB

Jorge Soler (KCR): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Anderson Tejeda (TEX): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

J.T. Realmuto (PHI): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at

Alex Patton Alex
Blake Taylor Houston Astros

I tired to claim Taylor for free on Monday but he went to Rotoman instead. For free.

Fangraphs and BP have his 2019 stats in the minors (A/AA/AA). We should get his stats with the Stros tomorrow.

Alex Patton Alex

Hot off the press from the Closer Monkey:

Ryan Pressly blows save, now has 40.50 ERA

August 7, 2020

Houston Astros – Ryan Pressly, who has been battling blister issues lately, was…not great in a save situation Thursday, coughing up two runs without recording an out to take the loss. After the game, manager Dusty Baker said Pressly hadn’t had much work lately but was “confident to pitch.”  Assuming he can get his blister situation under control, Pressly is the best bet for Astros saves for now. Meanwhile, closer Roberto Osuna is on the IL and was recently recommended to have Tommy John surgery, according to a report, but he is seeking a second opinion first.

Hierarchy remains: Pressly | Taylor | Scrubb.

Alex Patton Alex
Joey Lucchesi San Diego Padres

Optioned to the alternate training squad as teams cut down to 28 players.

G/L/F suggests .547 BABIP wasn't entirely bad luck. At least all the hits were in play.

Alex Patton Alex

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