June 2008 - Baseball Wiretap
Wrist Will Keep Ortiz Out Of All-Star Game
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will miss the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium because of an injured left wrist, according to The Associated Press. "I'm going to go to the All-Star Game. Show respect for the fans," Ortiz said Monday night. "I'm not going to be able to play." He has been hitting off a tee as of lat, and has been out since May 31 with a partial tear of the sheath that surrounds his tendon. "I'm still working my way up," Ortiz said. "I'm feeling better everyday. I'm not going to tell you when I'm going to be 100 percent because I don't know."
Report: Inoa Agrees To Terms With A's
Pitcher Michel Inoa, the 16-year-old Dominican phenom, has agreed to terms with the Athletics, according to a report in The San Francisco Chronicle. Inoa is not officially allowed to sign with a Major League team until Wednesday, but General Manager Billy Beane made his third trip to the Dominican Republic on Monday to see the right-hander.
Garcia An Option For Both Yanks And Mets
Free agent pitcher Freddy Garcia could be coveted by both the Yankees and Mets later this summer, according to The Star-Ledger. He hopes to sign with a team before the July 31 trade deadline. Coming off shoulder surgery, he could be ready to throw for scouts by the third week of July. "I feel like I have a new shoulder," Garcia recently told his agent Peter Greenberg.
Cubs Still Atop RealGM's Team Rankings
By Christopher Reina At RealGM, we use the Field Impact Counter (FIC) to objectively measure how effectively teams are performing. We combine the position players and pitchers' FIC scores to measure which teams have played the best so far in 2008. Click here for more information about the Field Impact Counter and the Reina Value. *Through Mondays's games Team: FIC Per Game Total (FIC Position Players/FIC Pitchers) 1. Chicago Cubs: 19.5 (9.0, 10.4) The Cubs are leading the MLB in batting with a .284 clip. 2. Boston Red Sox: 19.5 (9.1, 10.4) Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis are all heating up, as they each have an OPS above 1.000 over the past six games. 3. Philadelphia Phillies: 18.3 (8.6, 9.7) Thie Phillies are 3-13 over their past 16 games. 4. Chicago White Sox: 18.2 (8.0, 10.2) With 50 quality starts, the White Sox lead the majors in that category. 5. Tampa Bay Rays: 17.8 (7.0, 10.8) Evan Longoria is hitting .216 at home and .328 on the road. 6. New York Yankees: 17.7 (8.0, 9.7) Somewhat quietly, Alex Rodriguez is now hitting .322 with 15 homers on the season. 7. St. Louis Cardinals: 17.5 (8.0. 9.5) Rick Ankiel is batting .320 with three homers in his past six games. 8. Texas Rangers: 17.3 (8.9, 8.5) The Rangers lead the MLB in OPS (.807) and total bases (1,344). 9. New York Mets: 16.6 (7.2, 9.3) The Mets are 6-6 since the firing of Willie Larry Randolph. 10. Toronto Blue Jays: 16.3 (6.0, 10.3) The Jays are 5-3 since Cito Gaston?s return as skipper. 11. Atlanta Braves: 16.1 (6.9, 9.2) The Braves have hit just .741 in June, the second consecutive month in which their production at the plate has dropped. 12. Milwaukee Brewers: 16.1 (6.2, 9.9) The Brewers hit just 24 homers in April, but 44 in June. 13. Detroit Tigers: 16.1 (7.6, 8.4) Continuing the monthly trend, the Tigers OPS in June was .827, which was a sharp climb from the .712 they had in May. 14. Minnesota Twins: 15.9 (6.5, 9.5) The Twins lead the AL in triples with 24 thanks to at least two from six different guys. 15. Baltimore Orioles: 15.7 (6.5, 9.3) Jeremy Guthrie has a 3.50 ERA this season. 16. Houston Astros: 15.4 (6.5, 8.9) Wandy Rodriguez has been the staff?s ace with a 2.58 ERA and 7.74 K/9 ratio. 17. Los Angeles Angels: 15.1 (4.5, 10.7) A team that is 16 games over .500 really shouldn?t be 17th on a rankings list, but this formula clearly does not close games into account and a club that has only scored 12 more runs than their opponents is difficult to know what to do with. 18. Pittsburgh Pirates: 14.9 (6.7, 8.2) Pirates? pitchers are yielding an MLB-worst .813 OPS. 19. Oakland Athletics: 14.6 (4.6, 10.0) Rich Harden has a dominant 2.15 ERA and has been extremely durable since May 11th. 20. Arizona Diamondbacks: 14.4 (4.7, 9.7) The first of five NL West teams in the twenties. 21. Cincinnati Reds: 14.4 (5.4, 8.9) The Reds lead the MLB in strikeouts with 636, but have given up 107 homers. 22. Los Angeles Dodgers: 14.2 (4.8, 9.4) Russell Martin and Jeff Kent are leading the Dodgers with eight homers each. 23. Cleveland Indians: 14.2 (5.3, 8.9) Cleveland has logged nine shutouts on the season, which is the best in baseball. 24. San Francisco Giants: 14.1 (4.8, 9.3) The Giants hit a homer in every 53.2 at bats, which is last in the MLB. 25. Florida Marlins: 13.9 (5.1, 8.8) Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Jacobs, Jorge Cantu, Cody Ross and the Marlins lead the MLB in homers with 116. 26. Seattle Mariners: 13.4 (5.3, 8.1) Carlos Silva has a 5.69 ERA and just 3.52 K/9. 27. Kansas City Royals: 13.3 (4.4, 8.9) David DeJesus is batting .316 with eight homers. 28. Colorado Rockies: 13.3 (5.3, 8.0) The Rockies have scored just 104 runs in June. 29. San Diego Padres: 11.0 (2.4, 8.6) Adrian Gonzalez has 21 homers (12 on the road) in what is one of the better wasted seasons. 30. Washington Nationals: 10.9 (2.7, 8.2) Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes have OPS totals of .679 and .738 respectively.
Fukudome, Braun Battle For NL Outfield Spot
Chicago Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who has been among the National League?s leaders at the position since the start of balloting, is in a tight race with the surging Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers in the final weekly balloting update for the 79th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium. Fukudome has drawn 1,783,983 votes, trailing his teammate, Alfonso Soriano (2,120,635), and the most popular player in the history of Major League Baseball All-Star Game balloting, Ken Griffey, Jr. (1,917,739) of the Cincinnati Reds, among N.L. outfielders. Braun, who was as low as 10th place among outfielders on June 3rd, has collected 1,751,058 votes, leaving him only 32,925 votes behind Fukudome. Fukudome, a longtime member of the Chunichi Dragons and the Most Valuable Player of Japan?s Central League in 2006, is batting .299 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 55 runs scored, 51 walks and a .407 on-base percentage on the season. Braun, the 2007 N.L. Rookie of the Year, is batting .287 with 20 home runs, 58 RBI, 45 runs scored and a .552 slugging percentage. Another tight race is at shortstop, where the topsy-turvy contest between Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins and Miguel Tejada of the Houston Astros will go down to the wire. Ramirez led the race for the first two weeks before Tejada took the top spot for the ensuing pair of updates. Ramirez, the 2006 N.L. Rookie of the Year, regained the mantle last week. Ramirez, seeking his Midsummer Classic debut, has accumulated 1,483,875 votes. Tejada, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has drawn 1,315,240 votes. Ramirez is batting .294 with 18 home runs, 35 RBI, 69 runs scored and 20 stolen bases, while Tejada is hitting .287 with 10 home runs, 43 RBI and 56 runs scored. Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley continues to be Major League Baseball?s leading overall vote-getter with 2,645,027 votes. Other position leaders are first baseman Lance Berkman (2,132,663) of the Astros; Major League Baseball?s leading hitter, third baseman Chipper Jones (2,433,753) of the Atlanta Braves; and Cubs rookie catcher Geovany Soto (1,827,279).
Longoria, Sanchez Take Home Weekly Honors
Third baseman Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants were named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 29th. Evan hit .433 (13-30) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. The 22-year-old rookie posted a .900 slugging percentage along with a .438 on-base percentage. During a three-game Interleague series against the Florida Marlins, Longoria went 7-for-16 with two home runs and six RBI. Then, on June 27th against Pittsburgh, the third overall selection in the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft went 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and three runs scored. The product of Long Beach State University is batting .270 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI on the season. This marks the first career weekly award for Longoria and he becomes the second Ray to win honors this season, joining pitcher James Shields (4/28). Last week, Sanchez went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA, tossing 14.2 innings in which he allowed two earned runs on nine hits. The 25-year-old southpaw hurler ranked second in innings pitched and tied for second with 14 strikeouts. On June 24th at Cleveland, the native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico tossed 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out eight batters. Then, on June 29th at Oakland, Sanchez threw 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out six. The third-year Major Leaguer has recorded eight strikeouts in three of his June starts (others: 6/2 vs. NY and 6/17 vs. DET) and twice this season has struck out 10 batters (4/9 vs. SD and 4/25 vs. CIN). Sanchez, a first-time weekly award recipient, is 8-4 with a 3.79 ERA with 102 strikeouts in his 102.0 innings across 17 starts this year.
Manny Apologizes For Pushing Team Official To The Ground
According to a report in The Providence Journal, Manny Ramirez has apologized for pushing the team's traveling secretary to the ground in the visitors clubhouse during a confrontation Saturday in Houston. Ramirez had requested 16 tickets from Jack McCormick for Saturday's game against the Astros, the report said. After McCormick said that it might not be possible, Ramirez replied by yelling "just do your job," according to Monday's report.
Zambrano Says He's Ready To Return
Cubs' starter Carlos Zambrano claims that he's ready to return to the mound for the team after throwing a pain-free bullpen session on Sunday, according to ESPN.com. "I feel great today. I guess 'Z' is back," Zambrano said. "I'm ready to go out there and do my job." He is still expected to throw one more session on Tuesday in San Francisco to ensure he's ready. Zambrano, 8-3 with a 3.13 ERA, went on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month after leaving a start against Tampa Bay with shoulder discomfort.
Phillies Mulling Myers' Spot In Rotation?
The Phillies are reportedly considering pulling Brett Myers out of the starting rotation, according to The Philadelphia Daily News. Myers is 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA this season. Manager Charlie Manuel is considering a number of options for Myers, but sending him to the minors is not one of them. "I want to make sure we do what's right for the team and Brett," Manuel said. "He's definitely kind of mentally spent right now. Those are things that we've been talking about, and we'll talk more about it tomorrow."
Reyes Throws Tantrum After Throwing Error
Mets' shortstop Jose Reyes had a public meltdown during the team's 3-1 win over the Yankees on Sunday, according to The New York Daily News. With two outs in the seventh inning, Melky Cabrera hit an easy grounder to Reyes, but his throw to first was high and Carlos Delgado was pulled off the bag. Jose Molina, the next batter, hit a fly ball to right field that ended the inning. However, as the final out took place Reyes slammed both his sunglasses and glove on the ground in a public display of frustration. "I don't feel happy with the way I've played defense so far this year, so I've got 11 errors, so I don't feel happy," Reyes said later. "That's an easy play for me right there" Interim Manager Jerry Manuel didn't feel the need to discuss the incident with Reyes.
Cubs' Ramirez Will Miss 3 Games
Cubs' third baseman Aramis Ramirez will miss the next three games as he tends to family matters back home in the Dominican Republic.
Chipper Likely Headed To Disabled List
Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones is likely headed to the disabled list with a lingering quadriceps injury.
Sox Dealing With Threats In Tampa
The Red Sox have increased their security after receiving a number of threats heading into their three-game series with the Rays in Tampa.
Cardinals' Isringhausen In Knee Brace
Cardinals' pitcher Jason Isringhausen has been in a knee brace rather than on the disabled list.
Johan: I Can't Do It All
Johan Santana got a little testy after his most recent loss on Saturday to the Yankees.
Brewers Activate Gagne, Yost Unsure Of Role
The Brewers activated Eric Gagne after Sunday's game, but Manager Ned Yost is unsure about the pitcher's relief role.
AL Voting Gets Closer As All-Star Game Approaches
The American League voting is extremely tight as the 2008 All-Star Game draws closer.
Tigers Place Ordonez On DL
The Detroit Tigers placed Magglio Ordonez on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a pulled oblique muscle.
Sore Back Sidelines Ordonez
Tigers' outfielder Magglio Ordonez left the game against the Rockies in the third inning on Saturday night while fielding a ball.
Dodgers Beat Angels 1-0 Without A Hit
The Dodgers became the fourth team in modern history to win a game in which they didn't get a hit.
Nats Place Milledge On 15-Day DL With Groin Injury
The Washington Nationals placed OF Lastings Milledge on the 15-day DL Saturday night with a right groin injury.
Lincecum Outduels Duchscherer To Lead Giants Over A's
The Giants' Tim Lincencum struck out 11 for the third game with 10 or more Ks this season, as San Francisco beat the Oakland A's 1-0 on Saturday night.
Yankees Call Up Robertson; Surgery For Matsui?
The Yankees added Dave Robertson to the bullpen on Saturday and optioned Kei Igawa back to Triple-A.
Delgado Records Team-Record 9 RBI's
Carlos Delgado broke a Mets' team record on Friday afternoon when he recorded nine RBI's against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Guillen On Coaching Cubs: 'Everybody Has A Price'
White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen wouldn't rule out ever taking a job with the crosstown Cubs if his current employer decided to fire him.
Iwamura's Suspension Stays; Crisp Gets Reduction
Major League Baseball has decided to uphold the three-game suspension of Rays second baseman Akinori Iwamura and reduce Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp's penalty from five to three games.
Yanks Place Matsui On DL; Recall Igawa
A sore knee has landed Hideki Matsui on the 15-day DL, leaving the Yankees without one of their more productive hitters.
Tomko Joins Padres
Pitcher Brett Tomko rejoined the San Diego Padres on Friday after he was placed on waivers by the Royals six days ago.
Cox: Maple Bats Put Players, Fans In Danger
Braves' Manager Bobby Cox believes that maple bats put both players and fans in danger.