He Said, She Said – Recaps for 8/10/16

Prof: Prince came up with Milwaukee in 2005, but I really didn’t start watching the Brewers on a regular basis until the end of 2006, beginning of 2007. This was prime Prince time in Milwaukee. His efforts in the Brew City, especially during the Brewers’ playoff pushes, were stuff of legend. All of the years I’ve lived in Wisconsin I’ve never heard a bad thing about Prince Fielder, whereas I heard plenty of crappy things about Ryan Braun. As I mentioned before, everyone loved Prince here. When you go to Brewer games, you still see a lot of Fielder jerseys. I’m sad to see this teddy bear leave the game he obviously loves so much, but really happy that I got to see him play a lot over the years. And I hope whatever it is that he does in the future, he will rekindle the joy that made him so brilliant to watch. Also – Prince > Cecil. Come at me, bro.

Scouts: Prince Fielder announced his retirement from baseball yesterday during a very emotional press conference.  Doctors refused to clear Fielder for play after his second spinal fusion surgery in his neck.  Fielder ended up batting .283/.382/.506/.887 with 319 HR over a 12 year career.  During his first 8 seasons he missed only 13 total games.  He wasn’t known for gold glove fielding, but man could he get a bat through the zone.  He came up in a time when there was a plethora of All-Star First basemen and he still made a name for himself in a very small market.  He ultimately was a good natured guy who just loved to play baseball.  His relationship with his father is dubious at best.  But from all accounts he had a great childhood and was a fantastic teammate.  It’s very sad when a player has to leave the game due to injury, it’s even more sad when it’s someone who is so well liked and respected.



Orioles 0, Athletics 1The O’s drop their third in a row, and the offense seems to be actually going backwards. 

Angels 1, Cubs 3 This is pretty much how they drew it up.  Hammel threw a 7 inning shutout, Chapman came in for the save.

Rockies 4, Rangers 5Texas gave up 3 in the 8th, then came back with 2 of their own to skate away with the win.

Prof:  The Rangers game wasn’t over when I went to bed last night, but this is a good opportunity to show y’all Prince touching Beltre’s head.

Rays 0, Blue Jays 7Prof: Toronto came to play, you guys. Troy Tulowitzki did, too. 2-3 with a home run and 5 RBI. The STILL underrated and highly impressive J.A. Happ gets yet another win. The AL Cy Young discussion has been so back and forth this season, but can we agree that J.A. Happ should be at least mentioned in the discussion?

Astros, Twins – PPDR – Houston released Carlos Gomez

Braves 3, Brewers 4All 4 of the Brewer’s runs came in the 3rd as Chris Carter jacked a 3 run bomb.


Phillies 6, Dodgers 2Prof:  Freddy Galvis only got one hit last night, but he made it count, by hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 4Red Sox almost lost more than the game as David Ortiz and Mookie Betts had to leave the game due to injuries.  Both players are listed as day-to-day.

Tigers 1, Mariners 3Cruz and Cano homered and the Mariners dropped the Tigers.

Giants 1, Marlins 0Prof:  Brandon Crawford gets the only run for either team, a solo home run off David Phelps. Shark…er…Jeff Samardzija gets the win.

Indians 4, Nationals 7Prof: Hopefully SomeGuy can tear himself away from lobster and lighthouses up in Maine to give us a Nats’ fan’s view of this game. Jayson Werth is a clobberin’ caveman. Good Gio came to the park, and Mark Melancon gets the save.

Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2Arizona put one up in the top of the 12th.

White Sox 2, Royals 3Cain hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th.

Padres 4, Pirates 0Prof:  As I mentioned in the Snack last night, the Padres have stolen home four times this season. Also, y’all, are we experiencing pod people, or what? Edwin Jackson had another great outing.

Reds 2, Cardinals 3Prof:  Jhonny Peralta hits his 200th career home run in this win against the Reds.



13 thoughts on “He Said, She Said – Recaps for 8/10/16

  1. “That’s the thing with us – we keep putting pressure on you,” said David Phelps after the Feesh’s eighth shutout loss of the season and the Rainbow Warriors fell into a wildcard tie with the Cardinals.

    Of course the locals took the field without two of their three boppers; the Iron Giant was sitting out a sore hip and Man Mountain Bour is still nursing what the team once called a “sprained ankle” (IE, over a month ago). Yesterday, Jar Jar Baseball said Bour’s Achilles now hurts. What a coincidence: so did Homer’s. Uh huh. Consulting my Ouija Scrabble board – something I rarely do during the season for fear of drawing the ghost of a Barves player – I see a scalpel in his future.

    Ichiro dinked another pair of hits, passing Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list. He’s now five behind Al Kaline for 28th on the list and eight behind Wade Boggs for….aww, come on Chump supporters, what rank would that give him? You only need to pull that finger out of your nose to use your little pocket calculator!


  2. Twins were kicking the snot out of Dallas Kuechel and the Stros 5-0bthrough 3 last night then the baseball gods decided that was enough and provided a divine intervention in the form of rain so hard it looked like cows pissing on a flat rock. They play 2 today. Fuck you Jobu

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    • What a difference 24 hours makes, no? Astros were swirling down the toilet last night and rain rescued them.

      At present, the replay of that game is 12-3 Astros.

      Baseball. Go figure.

      And a word of sadness for GoGo. The Astros did the right thing last night after avoiding it for months. I was all in favor of the trade for Gomez last year, but it just never worked. Not sure what is wrong, but his baseball skills have just deserted him for the time being.

      He took it like a pro, per news reports. Thanked the Astros organization and moved on.

      I hope he puts it together somewhere else.

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      • See, that’s what I don’t get. He was a bona fide stud in Milwaukee and he basically dropped off as soon as he went to Houston. But don’t take it too bad, y’all got Mike Fiers, and I was always a fan of his up here. Looks like the change did Fiers good, and tanked poor Gomey.


        • Actually, if you look at last year, he had slipped in the first half to merely about average (129 OPS+ in 2014, 104 OPS+ in 2015) with the Brewers. This was ascribed to various nagging injuries, he being an all-or-nothing kind of player. I am familiar because he was on my Fantasy Team for quite a while.

          I was very much in favor of the trade, thinking he would heal up and be a powerhouse on Minute Maid. The short RF could have been made for his bat, and the large CF played to his defensive skills. If he had just stayed at 104 OPS+ I think the Astros would have been more or less satisfied.

          Fast forward a year. OPS+ = 63. He strikes out 31% of the time, and he has five HR this year. His defensive skills have eroded amazingly, and he is a TOOTBLAN machine. Every time I turn on a game he is getting picked off.

          I think the whole thing is in his head now, and he is going to have to start over in the spring on a minor league contract. I would love for some team to try to trade a position depth filler for him, but where he is right now they would have to be crazy.


  3. I watched the Yankees-Red Sox game yesterday, something I wouldn’t normally do as a long-time supporter of the traditional form of the game. In reality, there was no choice as it was the only game being shown by our monopoly pay-TV provider here, but it did offer the possibility of seeing one of A-Rod’s last ABs. Another reason I tend to avoid anything Yankees-Red Sox is their apparent genetic necessity for regulation 9 inning games to consume 4+ hours.

    Sure enough, that’s what we got, although this one had many surprises along the way to retain viewer interest. The first of those happened in the bottom of the second when Yankees starter, Nathan Eovaldi, couldn’t answer the bell due to an unexplained discomfort in his pitching elbow. Thus began a regular commute to the mound for Joe Girardi as a succession of Yankees relievers failed to get past three outs.

    The Sox looked to have the game well under control, especially after adding two in the sixth making it 4-1 (Didi Gregorious with a leadoff solo homer in the fifth). However, it all fell apart for them in the 7th. Clay Bucholz replaced starter Drew Pomeranz (93 pitches) in the sixth and threw only three pitches for the final out. Rather than stay with Bucholz, John Farrell had Matt Barnes start the 7th for Boston and he immediately gave up singles to Gregoriuos and Gary Sanchez, followed by another to Austin Romine that scored Didi.

    The ‘We want A-Rod’ chants from the crowd may have been a factor here, but Girardi chose this moment to pinch hit him for Aaron Hicks who was 0-fer on the night. On a 2-1 pitch, A-Rod hit it hard to deep centre-right, sadly just not deep enough for Yankees fans, although it did move Sanchez to third. Brett Gardner struck out to Fernando Abad (relieving Barnes). Subsequent singles to Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley, a walk to Mark Teixeira (off Junichi Tazawa, the third Sox pitcher in the inning), and then a double by Starlin Castro meant the Yankees had batted around the order and turned a three run deficit into a handy 6-4 lead.

    It didn’t get any better for Boston in the eighth as the Yankees added three more runs on a combination of solo homer, a single, two walks and three wild pitches, two of which allowed runners to score. Meanwhile, Adam Warren relieved Tyler Clippard in the 7th for the Yanks and made it look easy by retiring six Red Sox batters in order before handing it over to Dellin Bettances for his now-customary 3-up, 3-down ninth. The look of blessed relief on Girardi’s face as he left the dugout at the end pretty much said it all for the Yankees, while the injuries to David Ortiz and Mookie Betts, plus the bullpen meltdown are headaches Farrell doesn’t need right now.

    One final point of bemusement – in the bottom of the 7th, Boston rookie Andrew Benintendi was batting when the umpires lost track of the count (no, they really did).

    Home plate umpire Brian Knight, who was otherwise excellent on the night, had a full count and the scoreboard showed 3-2 as well. With two outs, Teixeira was playing back and Jackie Bradley Jnr (after a leadoff single) had already been running on a couple of pitches since full count was first called. Benintendi must have been doubtful though, and being a recent call up maybe didn’t want to speak out. Eventually, he queried the count with Knight, who then consulted his colleagues, none of whom seemed certain. So they then went for clarification to the replay review team in New York who then took another couple of minutes to declare the count was actually 2-2 as Benintendi thought. Anyone ever seen that happen before?


  4. And another thing… After hearing comments by Jim Bowden on Baseball Tonight, I’ve been reading up on Prince Fielder’s situation including the following piece on Fangraphs:


    That article includes the following: ‘…Fielder is not officially retiring from baseball, but rather has been declared medically disabled and therefore is no longer considered to be physically able to play the game. This is an important distinction legally, because had Fielder voluntarily decided to retire, then he would have forfeited the roughly $104 million remaining on his contract. Instead, by being declared medically unable to play, Fielder remains entitled to the full amount he’s owed under his contract.’

    My knowledge of the business side of baseball is very limited, but I’m intrigued by this distinction between ‘retirement’ and ‘medically unable to play’, so hopeful that one of the many baseball PhDs on FI can shed some light. In the businesses that I worked in, if I was medically unfit and had consumed all the leave available to me, then I was on my own as far as income was concerned, subject to any insurance I had at the time.

    I could appreciate the Rangers being on the hook if Fielder’s medical condition resulted from actions occurring in his workplace, or some dereliction in duty of care by the Rangers, but it’s arguable that his neck condition results from other causes. Is this all just down to these player contracts being ‘guaranteed’ because, if so, I’m struggling to understand why anyone would write such a risky deal?

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