May 2022 - Baseball Wiretap

Josh Donaldson Apologizes To Jackie Robinson's Wife, Family

May 26, 2022 3:42 PM

Josh Donaldson has apologized to Jackie Robinson's wife and family for using the barrier-breaking Hall of Famer's name in reference to Tim Anderson last week, saying Robinson "was a true American hero" and that he holds his name "in the highest regard."

Donaldson issued his apology as part of a statement released by his agency, MVP Sports, on Thursday, three days after the New York Yankees' third baseman was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for his "inappropriate comments" to Anderson the previous weekend.

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Tim Anderson Wants 'No Friendship' With Josh Donaldson

May 26, 2022 9:09 AM

Tim Anderson says there was no inside joke between he and Josh Donaldson regarding Donaldson calling Anderson "Jackie" over the weekend, in reference to Jackie Robinson.

The incident occurred during Saturday's game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.

"He did say that, and I told him we never have to talk again," Anderson recalled. "I don't speak to you, you don't speak to me, if that's how you want to refer to me. I know, he knew exactly what he was doing because I already told him."

Donaldson said the "Jackie" comment was in reference to a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated in which Anderson described himself as feeling like "today's Jackie Robinson" in how he's "getting to a point where I need to change the game." Donaldson said it was a reference about which he has "joked around" with Anderson in the past.

Anderson said he hasn't heard from the Yankees or Donaldson, and that's just fine with him.

"I'm not looking for no friendship or relationship from that behalf," he said. "I'm going to keep playing hard and being a great teammate."

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Ronald Acuna Sidelined By Grade 1 Quad Strain

May 26, 2022 9:06 AM

Ronald Acuna, Jr. was scratched from the Atlanta Braves' lineup Wednesday because of right quadriceps tightness.

An MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain, and he is day to day.

Acuna is hitting .292 with two homers, eight RBIs and eight stolen bases in 65 at-bats since returning from reconstructive right knee surgery April 28. 

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Yankees Place Giancarlo Stanton On IL With Calf Strain

May 25, 2022 7:08 PM

The New York Yankees placed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list Wednesday because of a right calf strain, a day after he left a game against the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh inning.

Stanton had been replaced by pinch hitter Estevan Florial in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 7-6, 11-inning victory on Tuesday because of calf tightness.

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Aaron Judge Criticizes Josh Donaldson's 'Jackie' Comment

May 25, 2022 8:35 AM

Aaron Judge took exception with Josh Donaldson's "Jackie" comment to Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox this past weekend.

Donaldson was suspended one game for the incident.

"Joke or not, I just don't think it's the right thing to do there," Judge said. 

He later said that Donaldson addressed the New York Yankees regarding the controversy, but Judge again emphasized that Donaldson in his estimation made a poor decision.

"JD is a pro," Judge said. "So he talked to us and filled us in on what he was referring to, about I guess a 2019 interview that T.A. did. But still, I just don't think it was the right move at all. But he got a suspension. Time to move on."

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Joc Pederson Hits 3 Home Runs After Chat With Barry Bonds

May 25, 2022 8:29 AM

Joc Pederson homered three times and had eight RBI in the San Francisco Giants' 13-12 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Pederson turned the performance in after a pregame chat with Barry Bonds.

"Just getting knowledge from such a good hitter and the way he thinks about baseball and hitting, it just helped to connect some dots to free my mind up at the plate,'' Pederson said. "I'm not ever going to be Barry Bonds; he's the best hitter to touch a bat. But it definitely helped free my mind up in the box."

Pederson was preparing for the game when he and LaMonte Wade, Jr. spent 30 minutes with Bonds in the Giants' clubhouse. Pederson and Bonds chatted again in a private office before Pederson politely excused himself.

"The next thing you know, it was like 6:25 p.m., and I was like, 'I gotta go,'" Pederson said.

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Stephen Strasburg Completes First Rehab Start Since Surgery

May 25, 2022 8:24 AM

Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings for Class A Fredericksburg on Tuesday during his first rehabilitation appearance since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery last year.

Strasburg has pitched a total of 26 2/3 innings for the Washington Nationals since the start of the 2020 season.

Following the 2019 World Series championship, the Nationals gave Strasburg a seven-year, $245 million contract.

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Zach Eflin, Phillies Agree Upon One-Year, $5.7M Deal

May 25, 2022 8:20 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $5.7 million deal with Zach Eflin.

Eflin receives a $5.55 million salary this year, and the deal includes a $15 million mutual option for 2023 with a $150,000 buyout. The right-hander can also earn more through performance bonuses.

The Phillies and Eflin had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Wednesday. He had asked for a raise from $4.45 million to $6.9 million and had been offered $5.15 million.

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Tim Anderson Wants 'No Friendship' With Josh Donaldson

May 24, 2022 10:09 PM

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson says there was no inside joke between he and New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson regarding Donaldson calling Anderson "Jackie" over the weekend, in reference to Jackie Robinson.

Anderson, speaking publicly on Tuesday for the first time since Major League Baseball punished Donaldson with a one-game suspension, said the two haven't had a relationship since the first time he called him Jackie, back in 2019.

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Cubs Haven't Approached Willson Contreras About Extension

May 24, 2022 8:52 AM

Willson Contreras is open to a long-term deal, but the Chicago Cubs have yet to approach the catcher about an extension.

"We're going to have to go through [an arbitration] hearing, and whatever happens there is going to happen, so it doesn't bother me at all," Contreras said. 

Contreras, 30, is set to hit free agency after this season.

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Gabe Kapler: Giants Are 'In Good Shape' Despite Injury, Losing Skid

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Padres Place Mike Clevinger On IL With Triceps Strain

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Brewers' Freddy Peralta Facing 'Lengthy Absence'

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Aroldis Chapman's MRI Comes Back Clean, May Still Land On IL

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MLB Suspends Josh Donaldson One-Game For 'Inappropriate Comments'

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Mets Sign Chris Bassitt To One-Year, $8.65M Deal With $19M Option

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Stephen Strasburg Scheduled For Rehab Assignment

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Dodgers, Blake Treinen Agree To One-Year Extension

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M's Place Abraham Toro On IL, DFA Steven Souza Jr.

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Orioles' Adley Rutschman Triples In Major League Debut

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Mariners Sign Veteran Justin Upton

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Josh Donaldson's Comment To Tim Anderson Deemed 'Racist'

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Bryce Harper Returns To Lineup After Five Game Absence

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Yankees' Chad Green May Need Elbow Surgery

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Rockies Activate Kris Bryant Off IL

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O's Call Up Top Prospect Adley Rutschman For MLB Debut

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Carter Kieboom To Have Season-Ending Tommy John Surgery

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Jonny Gomes Catches Trevor Story's HR From Monster Seats

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Trevor Story Hits Three HRs In Historic Performance By Second Baseman

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Max Scherzer Out Six To Eight Weeks With Oblique Strain

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