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What’s more rare than a no-hitter? A game with both teams finishing hitless.

Some of these uncommon games concIuded early because of darkness, while others were won by teams that scored on errors, sacrifices, walks or other methods.

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There has never been a complete-game double no-hitter in the major leagues. It has occurred 10 times in the minors:
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Aug. 7, 1886: Oakland’s George Van Haltren beat San Francisco’s Jim McMullin 4-2 in a California League game that featured a lot of runs when you consider neither team had a hit.

Aug. 10, 1902: Convicts, Lunatics and zeroes. Jim Courtwright and the Nevada Lunatics locked up Eli Cates and the Jefferson City Convicts 1-0 in a hitless Missouri Valley League matchup. “Only two or three balls were hit to the outfield during the game,” according to The Sedalia Democrat.

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Aug. 1, 1903: Greenville’s Forrest Wright bested Baton Rouge’s Dick Harley 1-0 in this Cotton States League double no-hitter. “Wheeler had the satisfaction of scoring the only run of the game,” The Times-Democrat wrote.

May 1, 1907: In Game 2 of a Cotton States League doubleheader, Meridian Ribboners mystery man Henry Schultz and Jackson Senators lefty Harold Christman both pitched five-inning complete-game no-hitters in a 0-0 tie that took 44 minutes to play.

Aug. 5, 1908: It was also the back end of a doubleheader when neither Bloomington’s Ed Higgins nor Springfield’s S. Grandy allowed a hit in Bloomington’s 1-0 Three-I League victory.

Sept. 5, 1910: The Huntington Johnnies and Wabash Rockeries couldn’t get their bats going in Game 2 of a Class D doubleheader in Wabash, Ind. Huntington’s hurler was named Wentz and Wabash’s was named Scott. “Both pitched airtight ball. Hitless and runless they held their opponents,” the Daily News-Democrat recapped. “At the end of the sixth the gathering shadows and low hanging clouds caused the umps to call the game.”

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June 8, 1911: Two aces combined for 30 strikeouts in an 11-inning hitless Class D Mountain States League contest. Charleston’s Dick Niehaus and Huntington’s George Baumgardner both lasted into the 11th inning in Huntington’s 1-0 win.

July 26, 1913: These Blowhards must’ve been lying about their offensive prowess. A pitcher named Manchester threw for the Waycross Blowhards and was countered by Cleo Wilder of the Cordele Babies. Neither team had a hit in the 0-0, five-inning Class D Empire State League game.

Aug. 20, 1952: The first dual no-hitter in 39 years came when Franklin Etchberger of the Bradford Phillies and James Mitchell of the Batavia Clippers dealt in Bradford’s 1-0 win. At least one person thinks there should’ve been a hit that night; the batter who made the final out says he was safe.
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Aug. 23, 1992: The most recent hitless game was seen by only 1,000 spectators because it was played on the Florida coast the day before Hurricane Andrew. Andy Carter and the Clearwater Phillies snuck past Scott Bakkum and the Winter Haven Red Sox 1-0. The game garnered national attention and the Baseball Hall of Fame called the next day to collect and display game balls and equipment.

Some of these dual duels were discovered by Chuck McGill, the no-hitter expert we profiled in 2015.

Tim Hagerty is the broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas and is on Twitter at @MinorsTeamNames. He is also the author of “Root for the Home Team: Minor League Baseball’s Most Off-the-Wall Team Names.”

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The MLB Draft consists of 40 rounds, and a couple of bonus rounds. Let’s take a look at who the Twins drafted this weekend. Note that, as we move into the later rounds, the volume of information on each player tends to shrink. Some Hank Morrison won’t have any kind of analysis because it wouldn’t be fair with so little info.

By The Numbers
Pitchers:

Total = 17 (40.5%)

LHP/RHP = 3/14 (7.1%/33.3%)

Position Players:

Total = 25 (59.5%)

Outfielders = 10 (23.8%)

Infielders = 15 (35.7%)

The Players
Round 1 (15): Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum Senior HS

Toolsy outfielder who projects to have a good bat with some pop. Seems to be more of a corner outfielder with his speed being his main weakness. Could end up in RF at some point.

Round 2 (56): Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area HS

Bat first catcher whose defense should be enough to let him stay there. One of the better bats in the “high school catcher” class.

Lottery Round B (73) – Jose Miranda, SS, Leadership Christian Academy

This is a pick they got for not signing Kyle Cody last year. Solid all around prospect with good hands and a nice bat. Could move to 3B at some point because of his build, but right now has a SS body.

Lottery Round B (74) – Akil Baddoo, OF, Salem HS

I’ve heard comps to Rondell White and also Jacque Jones. He seems to be a bat first outfielder with some decent speed. Perhaps a corner outfielder in the future.

Round 3 (93): Griffin Jax, RHP, Air Force

Being in the Air Force will make signability an interesting matter for Jax. Number 82 on MLB’s top 100, appears to be a good value pick.

Round 4 (123): Thomas Hackimer, RHP, St Johns

He’s a sidearmer, so he’s the reincarnation of Pat Neshek. His twitter profile reads

St. Johns Baseball #17, drafted by the Mets one time, said no and then they got really good, sidewinding since 2012, very opinionated about Game Of Thrones
Round 5 (153): Jordan Balazovic, RHP, St Martin Secondary School

Fastball at 88-92, also features an average changeup, a curveball that needs some work, and plus control.

Round 6 (183): Alex Schick, RHP, UC Berkeley

Apparently they call him “The Blade”. If he signs, he’ll likely be a starter. His fastball is a plus pitch, and he has a nice 12-6 curve to go along with it.

Round 7 (213): Matt Albanese, CF, Bryant University

The Twins must think his bat will play at the pro level, as he had good college numbers.

Round 8 (243): Shane Carrier, OF, Fullerton College

Starting a trend of California players, Shane Carrier has a lot of pop in his bat, not sure about his other tools though.

Round 9 (273): Mitchell Kranson, C, UC Berkeley

Although he played most of his games this year at third base, Kranson caught all of the pitches in the College Station Regional last year, and worked out for many teams as a catcher. His left-handed bat plays up, but the power is mostly in the gap. Hank Morrison Quick but not fast. Full report here.

Also, look at this freakin’ stash:

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Round 10 (303): Brandon Lopez, SS, Miami

Semifinalist in the Brooks Wallace award for the best shortstop in the nation. He has a .392 batting average this season, but is known primarily for his glove in Miami.

Round 11 (333): Tyler Beninghoff, RHP, Rockhurst HS (In Kansas City)

Really all I know is that he throws hard, and is coming off of some injuries. Sign-ability may be an issue.

Round 12 (363): Zach Featherstone, LF, Tallahassee CC

Very cool name, but could be a reach in the 12th round.

Round 13 (393): Ryan Mason, RHP, UC Berkeley

I found an interesting article on Mason. It’s a good read. Apparently he’s crazy?

Round 14 (423): Andre Jernigan, SS, Xavier U

Hit .252 for Xavier last year, and stole 16 bases. Named the Big East player of the year.

Round 15 (453): Tyler Wells, RHP, Cal St. San Bernardino

In 2015 he had 74 strikeouts with 29 walks in 65.2 innings as a starter for Cal State.

Round 16 (483): Tyler Beardsley, RHP, Cal St. Sacramento

Round 17 (513): Kidany Salva, C, Klein Forest HS

Here’s a video of Salva running, throwing, and hitting.

Has a very high Henry Blanco potential, I’d say 90.

Round 18 (543): Tim Richards, SS, Cal St. Fullerton

Ranked as the 321st best prospect on Minor League Ball’s top 650 draft prospects list.

Round 19 (573): Sean Poppen, RHP, Harvard U

Struck out 48 and walked just 13 over 50.2 innings of work last year for Harvard. Majoring in chemistry and physics, and engineering sciences. He’s probably the smartest player we’ve taken.

Round 20 (603): Shamoy Christopher, C, Roane State CC

Round 21 (633): Domenick Carlinii, LHP, Southeastern Louisiana U

Looks to be mostly a relief pitcher. Struck out 30 in 24 innings of work last year. He’s left handed, breathing, and can strike some people out, looks pretty good to me.

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With the Major League Baseball Hot Stove season almost at its boiling point, many fans across Dodgertown can’t help but recollect the most notable trades in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.

Since officially moving to Los Angeles in 1958, many player trades occurred that were instrumental in winning nine National League pennants and five World Series championships. However, along with the deals that were beneficial came the deals that were dreadful, and people wonder what may have transpired if a number of these trades could have been undone.
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The following slides rank the 50 worst trades in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, as well as offer a bit of commentary for each transaction. Please note that the rankings don’t include any free-agent signings, nor do they contain any deals made prior to the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles. The list is not syndicated in any fashion and it is purely opinionated and subjective.

Although some of the transactions listed may seem more prominent than others, the logic used in the rankings is based on the players ability at that time and into the future, weighted against what the Dodgers actually received in return.

Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride through 52 years of Dodgers history.

50. Eric Davis Traded for John DeSilva—9/7/1993
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11 May 1993: Outfielder Eric Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to throw the ball during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
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From a logistics standpoint, it clearly made sense at the time for general manager Fred Claire to move Eric Davis. At 36-years-old, Davis’ production didn’t warrant his $3-million salary and Los Angeles hoped to get a profitable return while his value was still relatively decent.
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On September 7, 1993, Davis was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for relief pitcher John DeSilva, and as it turned out, the 1993 season would be DeSilva’s last pitching in the majors. Davis went on to play another seven seasons—two of which he hit 25-or-more home runs.

Dealing Davis may have been a productive idea at the time, but clearly the Dodgers should have shopped him much more carefully.

Hoping that Manny Ramirez would rebound from his suspension and contribute on an everyday basis in 2010, general manager Ned Colletti believed that by dealing Juan Pierre, the Dodgers had an excellent opportunity to upgrade their pitching staff.

On December 15, 2009, Pierre was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a pair of young pitchers—reliever Jon Link and starter John Ely.

The verdict is still out on Link and Ely. However, the trade never made much sense from a financial viewpoint. Los Angeles picked up all of Pierre’s $7 million salary in 2010, and it is on the hook for another $3.5 million in 2011.

Considering the Dodgers’ offensive production in 2010, Pierre’s 68 stolen bases and 96 runs scored may have made a difference in the overall performance of the squad.

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HOUSTON — The assistant general manager of the Houston Astros apologized Tuesday for using “inappropriate language” after a Sports Illustrated report said he repeatedly yelled toward a group of female reporters about closer Roberto Osuna during a clubhouse celebration.

Brandon Taubman released a statement through the Astros hours before they played Game 1 of the World Series against Washington. Major League Baseball said it will interview those involved before further commenting.

Taubman’s remarks after the Astros clinched the AL pennant reportedly referenced Osuna, who was suspended for 75 games last year for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy before being traded from Toronto to the Astros.

According to SI, Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!” and made similar remarks several times, punctuating them with an expletive.

SI said one of the reporters was wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet. The incident occurred after the Astros beat the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Saturday night in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.

On Monday night, after the SI story was published, the Astros called it “misleading and completely irresponsible.” The team said SI had tried to “fabricate a story where one does not exist” and said Taubman’s comments weren’t directed at the reporters.

Taubman, on Tuesday, said he was “deeply sorry and embarrassed.”
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“In retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate. My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue,” he said.

MLB said in a statement that “everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior — whether intentional or not — that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence.”

“The Astros have disputed Sports Illustrated’s characterization of the incident. MLB will interview those involved before commenting further,” it said.

Astros manager AJ Hinch said Tuesday that he wasn’t aware of the incident until the story came out and that he hadn’t spoken to everyone involved in it but that “we all need to be better across the board, in the industry” when it comes to matters such as these.

“I’m very disappointed for a lot of reasons,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s uncalled for. For me as a leader in this organization down here in the clubhouse, on the field, I take everything that happens in the clubhouse to heart.”

“No one, it doesn’t matter if it’s a player, a coach, a manager, any of you members of the media, should ever feel like when you come into our clubhouse that you’re going to be uncomfortable or disrespected,” he continued.

Canadian prosecutors dropped a domestic assault charge in September 2018 against Osuna, who agreed to stay away from a woman identified by authorities as the mother of his child for one year and continue counseling. The prosecution said the woman, who lived in Mexico, had made it clear she would not travel to Toronto to testify against Osuna.

Osuna was charged with assault in May 2018. The Blue Jays traded him to Houston two months later.

Astros owner Jim Crane, in a statement, said the team has mandatory training for its employees and “we fully support MLB and baseball’s stance and values regarding domestic violence.”

Also Tuesday, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America denounced the incident and the team’s handling of it and called for multiple members of the Astros front office to issue a public apology to the media outlets involved in the story.

The BBWAA’s statement said it was “alarmed and dismayed by the actions” of the team and its public relations department and said the team’s denial of the incident was “an unethical and intentional fabrication, designed to discredit our members and all journalists.”

The Association for Women in Sports Media called on the Astros to retract the statement that the story was fabricated.

“As a watchdog organization, we demand fair treatment and positive workplace environments for women working in the field,” the statement said.
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In a transaction that flew under the radar back on August 30, the Giants signed righty Andrew Triggs to a minor league deal, as per Roster Roundup (Twitter link).

Triggs hasn’t pitched since an April 10 appearance for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate. It was almost a full year ago that Triggs underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, and he pitched in just three games for Triple-A Las Vegas before going on the injured list for the remainder of the season. The A’s released Triggs in early August.
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It stands to reason that Triggs’ Giants deal could be a two-year contract, as the team didn’t get an opportunity to see him in any sort of competitive environment in their system, and a deal that covers the 2020 season would allow the Giants to more fully evaluate the 30-year-old’s health and readiness to possibly contribute next season.

Prior to his TOS surgery, Triggs posted a 4.53 ERA, 8.17 K/9, 49.6% grounder rate, and 2.96 K/BB rate over 163 innings for the Athletics from 2016-18, starting 27 of his 45 career Major League games. He also went under the knife in 2017, as his season was cut short by hip surgery in July of that year.

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Area baseball stars will be waiting by the phone as the MLB Draft runs June 3-5 in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Some mock drafts have brilliant UConn junior reliever Jacob Wallace of Methuen going in the second or third round.

North Andover High ace Sebastian Keane, who has committed to Northeastern, could go in the top five rounds. Senior outfielder Leon Paulino, who attended Lawrence High before transferring to Florida, was ranked among the top 100 high school seniors in a March story.The first day of the draft (rounds 1-2) will be broadcast by MLB Network. The remaining two days of the draft will be streamed on MLB.com.

Below is the list of local players who have been drafted. Any updates or corrections, e-mail [email protected]

PICKED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL

2018: Steve Hajjar, p, Central, 21st round (635th), Milwaukee

2017: none

2016: Jansiel Rivera, Methuen/Dominican Republic, 22nd round, 657th pick, Seattle

2010-15: none

2009 | Michael Yastrzemski, outfield, Andover/St. John’s Prep, 36th round (1,098th pick)

2005-06 | Nobody

2004 | Phillips Academy/Bourne pitcher Adam Crabtree, 15th round (443rd), Anaheim Angels

2001-03 | Nobody

2000 | Brian Wilson, rhp, Londonderry, Cleveland Indians, 30th round (906th)

1999 | Doug Johnson, p, Pelham, N.H., Cleveland Indians, 45th round (1,353rd)

1996 | Bryan Welch, p, Central Catholic/Salem, N.H., Kansas City, 37th round (1,099th)

1995 | Jay Yennaco, p, Windham/Pinkerton, 3rd round Red Sox (74th other overall, highest ever for a local high schooler);

1994 | Nobody drafted

1993 | Sean DePaula, p, Derry/Cushing, 8th round Red Sox (219th) ….didn’t sign, went to Wake Forest for 3 years and drafted again

1987 | Steve Lemuth, of, Pentucket, 11th round (279th), Montreal

1981 | Dennis Livingston, p, North Reading, 5th round (113th), San Francisco

1976 | Larry Douglas, ss, Salem, N.H., 6th round (122nd), Detroit

1972 | Victor Sanchez, ss, Pentucket, 10th round (222nd), Milwaukee

1971 | Peter Quinlan, of, North Reading, 9th round (213th), Baltimore; Milton Holt, p, Phillips/Hawaii, 37th round (744th), St. Louis

1969 | Brian Blaney, p, Methuen, 30th round (695th), Pittsburgh

1968 | Mike Camuso, p, Central Catholic, 36th round (783rd), Boston

1966 | James Skovron, p, Pentucket, 35th round (668th), Pittsburgh

PICKED OUT OF COLLEGE

2018: Max Burt, SS, Northeastern/North Andover, 28th round (847th), Yankees

2017: none

2016: Dustin Hunt, Andover/Northeastern, 10th round, 307th pick, Houston; Tim Viehoff, Pinkerton/SNHU, 12th round, 357th pick, Seattle

2015: Frank Crinella, Merrimack, 39th round, Orioles

2014 none

2013 Mike Johnson of Georgetown, Brooks/Dartmouth, 14th round (No. 424), Dodgers; Mike Yastrzemski of Andover, Vanderbilt, 14th round (No. 429), Orioles; Zach Mathieu of Derry, Franklin Pierce, 16th round (No. 476), Mets; John Farrell of Andover, William & Mary, 21st round (No. 638), Rays; Eric Perrault, Salem/Keene State, undrafted free agent Arizona Diamondbacks; Merrimack senior pitcher/DH Joe Mantoni, 18th round (No. 555) by the Cincinnati

2012 UMass junior pitcher Dennis Torres of Lawrence/Central Catholic, 28th round (No. 852) by Orioles; Vanderbilt junior outfielder Mike Yastrzemski of Andover/St. John’s Prep, 30th round (No. 911) by Seattle;

2011 Jhiomar Veras of Methuen/Western Oklahoma State (15th round, 463rd pick, Florida); Ruben Sosa of Lawrence/Oklahoma City University (23rd round, 700th pick, Houston); Mike Hashem of North Andover/Fisher College (35th round, 1,076th pick, Atlanta),

2010 Ryan O’Rourke, Merrimack College, 13th round (405th), Minnesota Twins; Jim Wood, Trinity College/Windham, 47th round (1,422nd overall), by Seattle

2009 | David Wendt, C, Methuen/Dowling College, Tampa Bay Rays, 50th round (1,519th pick)

2008 – Terry Doyle, RHP, Salem/Boston College, White Sox, 37th round

2007 | Terry Doyle, RHP, Salem/Boston College, Los Angeles Dodgers, 21st round (656th pick); Billy Mottram, 3B, Haverhill/Dowling College, Chicago Cubs, 36th round (1,082nd pick)

2006 | Chris Anderson, Northern Essex sophomore/Portsmouth, N.H., Minnesota Twins, 18th round (546th); Tim Stronach, Haverhill/Whittier Tech, Worcester State junior pitcher, 22nd round (664th pick), N.Y. Mets; Mike Chambers, Londonderry, Franklin Pierce senior second baseman, 32nd round (973rd pick), Boston Red Sox

2005 | Nobody

2004 | Andover’s Kevin Shepard of Andover, BC pitcher, 30th round (902nd), Philadelphia Phillies; Pelham’s Derek Miller, UVM pitcher, 47th round (1,390th), Milwaukee Brewers; Haverhill’s Ryan Mooradian, Northern Essex pitcher, 48th round (1,429th), Arizona Diamondbacks

2003 | Haverhill’s Omar Pena, Northeastern infielder, 15th round (485th pick), St. Louis Cardinals; Brian Wilson of Londonderry, LSU pitcher, 24th round (723rd pick), San Francisco Giants; Buster Mottram, North Andover/UMass Lowell, catcher, 24th round (726rd pick), Arizona Diamondbacks

2002 | Doug Johnson, RHP, Pelham/Bryant Jr., Colorado Rockies, 5th round, 142nd pick

Jeff Mackor, C, Salem/BC Sr., Houston Astros, 15th round, 461st pick

2001 | Rollins senior pitcher Mark O’Sullivan of Andover, 25th round (749th), Anaheim Angels

2000 | Hugh Quattlebaum, 3b, Andover/Phillips Academy, Williams College, Detroit Tigers, 25th round (738th)

1999 | Colin Young, p, Fordham/West Newbury, 9th round (280th), Colorado Rockies

1998 | Carlos Pena, 1b, Haverhill/Northeastern, 1st round (10th pick), Texas Rangers; Zack Lush, North Andover/Brooks, Florida Tech, 46th round (1,368th), Baltimore Orioles

1997 | John Guilmet, p, Merrimack/North Andover, Detroit, 34th round (1,015th)

1996 | Sean DePaula, p, Derry/Cushing Academy, Wake Forest, 9th round (273rd), Cleveland Indians; John Guilmet, p, North Andover, Merrimack, 44th round (1,302nd), Chicago Cubs; Garrett Larkin, ss, Merrimack, 19th round (546th), Pittsburgh Pirates

1995 | Bill Batchelder, p, North Andover/UNH, 30th round (820th), Oakland; Jerry Parent, ss, Merrimack, 31st round (852nd), Milwaukee

1992 | Jim Thomforde, p, Phillips/Trinity, 13th round (354th), N.Y. Yankees

1991 | Peter Feeley, 3b, North Reading/ULowell, 18th round (478th), Detroit

1990 | Greg Coppeta, p, Methuen/Central/So. Maine, 9th round (231st), Detroit; Rob Carpentier, p, Andover/UNH, 26th round (688th), N.Y. Mets; George Evangelista, ss, G’town/Central/Merrimack, 47th round (1,192nd), Texas; Paul Matachun, 3b, Lawrence/Eastern Conn., 52nd round (1,285th), Texas

1989 | David Lavallee, 3b, Plaistow, N.H./Central/URI, 35th round (896th), Texas

1988 | Dean Borrelli, c, Salem, N.H./Central/UMass, 20th round (515th); Bob LeFebre, of, Lawrence/Miami Dade South CC/Fla. Southern, 75th round (1,433rd), Yankees

1987 | Bob LeFebre, of, Lawrence/Miami-Dade South CC, 10th round (259th), Philadelpha … didn’t sign

1985 | Dick Kiluk, of, Haverhill/CC, Northern Essex/ULowell, 19th round (476th), Pittsburgh; Buzz Franzen, Salem, N.H./Northern Essex/Curry, 26th round (661st), Cleveland

1984 | Dennis Livingston, North Reading/Oklahoma St., 1st round, (23rd), Dodgers (only first rounder ever in area history until Carlos Pena); Marty Reed, p, Timberlane/UTampa, 14th round (346th), California

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The sweet words of “Game 7” once again delivered for FOX Sports, as the Nationals’ victory over the Astros on Wednesday night delivered 23,013,000 viewers with a 13.1 Nielsen rating to rank as the network’s best performance for a primetime telecast this broadcast season and ranking as FOX’s top Wednesday night telecast since Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Overall, for the full 2019 MLB postseason saw FOX and FS1 average 7,835,000 viewers, up 12% compared to last year’s average.

In addition, Tunity Analytics reports that Game averaged 5,522,830 OOH viewers to mark a rise of 93% over the average for games 1-6. The game peaked at 9:05 with an OOH audience of 6,978,855. Let me know if you have any questions.

PROGRAMMING

With college basketball tipping off on Nov. 5, FOX Sports revealed its lineup of broadcasters who will be calling games and providing studio analysis for the 2019-20 season, anchored by Gus Johnson returning as the network’s lead play-by-play announcer with analyst Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson serving as FOX Sports’ lead game broadcasters. In studio, hosts Rob Stone, Mike Hill and Kevin Burkhardt work alongside a rotation of analysts, highlighted by Steve Lavin, Casey Jacobsen, Donny Marshall and Jackson. In addition, Former NCAA head coach Tim Miles joins FOX Sports as a game analyst this season. Lavin, Marshall, Jacobsen, Nick Bahe and Len Elmore also call games on FOX, FS1 and FS2 this season, while Burkhardt, Tim Brando, Joe Davis, Brian Custer, Aaron Goldsmith, Brian Anderson, Kevin Kugler and Brandon Gaudin serve as play-by-play announcers.

Number are in for Sunday’s National Women’s Soccer League Championship, which saw the North Carolina Courage take the title, and was seen by an average audience of 166,000 viewers on ESPN, ranking as the most-watched NWSL match in three years. The audience was up 43% over the 2018 Final and the ranked as NWSL’s best audience since the 2016 Final. Overall, the playoffs on ESPN2 averaged 148,000 viewers overall, up 66% from 2018.

CBS Sports hired Jonathan Jones to serve as an NFL Insider. The former Sports Illustrated writer will contribute to NFL coverage across multiple CBS platforms including CBS Sports HQ, CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network providing year-round, in-depth reporting and analysis of all the latest news and notes surrounding the NFL.

MLB Network saw growth for its two ALDS game telecasts and live coverage before and after every Postseason game leading up to World Series Game 7. The 2019 MLB Postseason led the channel to viewership increases in Q4 in both prime time (avg. 178,000 viewers) and in total day (74,000 viewers), to mark rises of 51% and 7% over 2018, respectively.

Amazon unveiled the hosts, pundits and commentators for Prime members (excluding those in the U.S.) when Amazon Prime Video streams 20 live and exclusive Premier League football matches for the first time in December. Prime Video’s hosts for Premier League coverage in December will include Gabby Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Jim Rosenthal who will be joined by pundits that includeThierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Peter Crouch, Roberto Martinez, Lee Dixon, Harry Redknapp, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Peter Schmeichel and Michael Owen. Commentary across all 20 live and exclusive matches will be delivered by: Clive Tyldesley, Jon Champion, Connor McNamara, Guy Mowbray and Ian Darke alongside Andy Townsend, Ally McCoist, Glenn Hoddle, Sue Smith and Kevin Kilbane. Prime members will also be able to tune in to an exclusive goals show hosted by Steve Bower alongside Dion Dublin, Robbie Savage, Tim Sherwood, Joe Cole and Dermot Gallagher, that will bring Prime members footage from all of the best Premier League action as it happens across the UK.

The Hula Bowl is back and the event and CBS Sports Network inked an exclusive television partnership to carry the college football event. After a 12-year hiatus, the game returns to aloha stadium on Jan, 26, starting with a pregame show at 10p and kickoff at 10:30p, featuring some of college’s top Senior football players in an all-star game.

ESPN studio shows saw audience upticks in October in to continue monthly streaks, driven by Get Up, First Take, Pardon the Interruption and select editions of SportsCenter while Sunday NFL Countdown and NFL Monday Night Countdown were also up for the month. The period was particularly strong for the 11p SportsCenter which saw viewership rise 70%. Sunday NFL Countdown was up 20% and NFL Monday Night Countdown was up 9%.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski locked in a multi-year extension to continue hosting his exclusive show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, on SiriusXM. His new season on the platform debuted yesterday at 6p. Throughout the college basketball season, a new edition of Basketball and Beyond will air every Thursday at 6p on both the ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM and SiriusXM ACC Radio channels

RIP to Barry Frank, a sports media pillar who negotiated Olympic TV deals and represented talent that included John Madden, Bob Costas and Jim Nantz. He died at the age of 87. “Barry was a visionary with guts and incredible instincts, seeing what no one else saw and bringing new deals and formats to life with drama, excitement and style. His extraordinary talents made IMG what it is today, and his fighting spirit was with him until the end. We will all miss him dearly,” Endeavor president Mark Shapiro said in a statement, per the AP. Frank was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports last year at the Sports Emmy Awards.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Remember when the Orioles clinched the AL East title in 2014? I get goosebumps just thinking about it. Out-of-nowhere 2014 sensation Steve Pearce fielding a grounder unassisted for the final out. Orioles pouring out onto the field and mobbing each other in the middle of the diamond. Buck Showalter and John Russell giving each other a big bear hug in the dugout. Fireworks and confetti raining down on Camden Yards, where a raucous crowd partied well into the night, as Adam Jones obliged a few lucky fans with a celebratory pie to the face.

What a magical night. What a magical season. It almost seems like yesterday, doesn’t it?

Well, it wasn’t yesterday. It was … (furiously types numbers into calculator) … five years ago. And as far as the Orioles are concerned, it might as well have been an eternity ago. Because the team as it stands today has almost nothing in common with that 2014 squad.

Another link to that outstanding club left the nest yesterday when Caleb Joseph, who was a solid contributor as a rookie that season, signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The O’s non-tendered Joseph in November, so technically he’d already left the club, but now it’s official that he won’t be back. Mark Brown penned a Birdland Salute to everyone’s favorite scrappy, quick-witted catcher.

Only one player from the 2014 Orioles remains with the team, and he’s now their very worst player: Chris Davis. All the rest have been scattered to the winds, some still playing baseball elsewhere, some out of the game. Here, take a look.

Still active in MLB: Brad Brach (Cubs), Zack-not-Zach Britton (Yankees), Wei-Yin Chen (Marlins), Nelson Cruz (Twins), Ryan Flaherty (Indians), Kevin Gausman (Braves), Preston Guilmet (Twins), Nick Hundley (Athletics), Tommy Hunter (Phillies), Joseph (Diamondbacks), Nick Markakis (Braves), T.J. McFarland (Diamondbacks), Andrew Miller (Cardinals), Darren O’Day (Braves), Steve Pearce (Red Sox), Jonathan Schoop (Twins), Christian Walker (Diamondbacks)

Unsigned free agents: Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Bud Norris, Matt Wieters

Retired/not playing anywhere in MLB: Quintin Berry, Alexi Casilla, Steve Clevenger, Alejandro De Aza, Miguel Gonzalez, J.J. Hardy, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kelly Johnson, Steve Lombardozzi, David Lough, Brian Matusz, Evan Meek, Jimmy Paredes, Troy Patton, Cord Phelps, Ramon Ramirez, Joe Saunders, Josh Stinson, Chris Tillman, Ryan Webb, Jemile Weeks, Delmon Young

Those players, whether key contributors or no-name roster fillers, formed the best Orioles team of the last 20 years. It might be quite a while before we see an O’s team that good again.

Links
In slow market, Adam Jones’ free agency confounds former Orioles teammates: ‘Unfortunately, it’s where we’re at’ – Baltimore Sun
Count me among those who are confounded. You’re telling me not one team could use an outfielder who’s a reliable hitter and a leader in the clubhouse? Have you seen the projected outfield for, like, the Indians?

The word for Hyde’s first Orioles day is competition – BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff wraps up the first workout day for Orioles pitchers and catchers, in which some pitchers pitched and some catchers caught. Look, the exciting stuff isn’t going to be happening for a while.

Susac on second chance with Orioles – School of Roch
I figured Andrew Susac’s Orioles career was finished last year when he just went home instead of reporting to his rehab assignment, but here he is again. Even Susac says, “Yeah, I’m a little bit surprised that I’m back.”

Farmhand Yastrzemski invited to take his shot – Steve Melewski
Could this be the year that grandson-of-a-Hall-of-Famer Mike Yastrzemski finally makes it to the majors? It’d be a nice story, but I’m not looking forward to having to type out his name in game recaps.

Baltimore Orioles: 3 Pitchers Who’ll Surprise us in Spring Training
But if you’re predicting it to happen, can it really be considered a surprise? … Or did I just blow your mind?

Orioles birthdays and history
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there isn’t a single Orioles player in their 65-year history who was born on this date. Maybe you’ll be the first! Keep practicing, and never give up on your dreams.

On this date in 1959, the Orioles acquired Whitey Lockman from the San Francisco Giants. Basically what I’m saying is this has been an incredibly boring day in Orioles history.

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On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated four players for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Who else could get DFA’d this offseason?
The MLB offseason is now in full swing. With that, teams had to add players to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft by this past Wednesday. This led to the Pittsburgh Pirates adding five players – Blake Cederlind, Cody Ponce, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Oneil Cruz, and Will Craig – to their 40-man roster.

Prior to adding these five players to the roster the team’s 40-man roster was at 39. Due to this, the team needed to designate four players for assignment to make room on the roster. Dario Agrazal, Luis Escobar, Montana DuRapau, and Williams Jerez were the four players who were DFA’d by the team.

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With the Pirates’ 40-man roster now full that raises the question of which players could be next to be DFA’d? In order to add anyone in free agency or via the Rule 5 Draft, the Pirates will need to designate someone for assignment. Also, if they add a player via a trade that does not send a player currently on the 40-man roster to the other team in return, they will also need to make a roster move.

So, who are other candidates to be designated for assignment by the Pirates this offseason?

Most of the obvious DFA candidates, as is often the case, are pitchers. Relievers Chris Stratton, Dovydas Neverauskas, Sam Howard, and Yacksel Rios are all candidates to be DFA’d this offseason.

Stratton is out of minor league options and will have to clear waivers if he fails to make the team out of Spring Training. Neverauskas has never been able to find consistent success at the MLB level, and Howard and Rios were both DFA’d by other organizations in the last calendar year for a reason.

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Two under the radar candidates to be designated for assignment are infielder Kevin Kramer and catcher Elias Diaz.

Kramer has long been a highly touted prospect in the Pirates’ system, but he owns a .152/.222/.165 slash line and a 41.1% strikeout rate in 90 MLB plate appearances across the past two seasons. While 90 PAs is just about the smallest of sample sizes, Kramer was also a poor hitter at Triple-A last season. Additionally, it is tough to find a spot for him in the Pirates’ middle infield equation with Kevin Newman having locked up a spot and the team remaining high on Cole Tucker. Adam Frazier is a factor there, too.

As for Diaz, like Stratton, he is out of minor league options. So is fellow catcher Jacob Stallings. The Pirates need to add a catcher this offseason and will likely pair Diaz or Stallings with that catcher. Stallings looks like the far superior option to Diaz at this point, making Diaz a legitimate DFA candidate.

Henry Larkin Jersey

When Henry Larkin first came to DePaul from Oakland, California, to be on the track and field team under head coach Dave Dopek, he had no idea how well he would perform in his first season in a completely new environment.

The freshman sprinter won all six of his 400-meter races this season, including his time of 47.67 seconds at the Big East Outdoor Conference Championships from May 11-12 in Randall’s Island, New York. Larkin, alongside Brendan van Voorhis and Isaac Walker, qualified for the finals at the conference tournament.

Not to mention, Larkin was a part of both the 4×100-meter dash and 4×400-meter relay races that edged Georgetown and Villanova to earn gold at the league competition. As a result, Larkin will represent DePaul at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships in Sacramento, California, from May 23-25.

“It’s been pretty incredible,” Larkin said regarding his early success. “It’s a special kind of feeling. When you finish those races and you have those kind of times, those kind of [personal records], it’s hard to describe how special it feels.”

On the second and final day of the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational that Louisville hosted on April 27, Larkin set a 46.46 personal record in a 400-meter dash that was good for gold. His time tied the current record that was set by Dopek, the greatest sprinter in DePaul history, when he ran track for the Blue Demons.

“I was probably more excited than he was when he tied my school record at that Louisville meet because I’ve been waiting for that for a very long time, and I’ve had a lot of people that had the ability to do so and for one reason or another didn’t,” Dopek said. “So, it was nice to see him believe in not only himself and in the training but also in the race tactics that I was giving him.”

Larkin credits Dopek’s system for a lot of his success as a freshman. Dopek spoke about rest and recovery; his system is less about the actual training methodology and has more to do with his athletes trying to prepare themselves Monday through Friday to have the best opportunity to take advantage of their competition come Saturday.

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DePaul freshman Henry Larkin crosses the finish line in first place in the 4×400-meter relay race last week in Randell Island, N.Y.

“It’s intense, but Dopek’s personality or his presence is pretty perfect as a coach,” Larkin said. “He’s just nice enough that you feel comfortable around him but he’s not like your friend. He’s still your coach pretty much, but his training system does a really good job of keeping us conditioned throughout the preseason.”

Track, though, has not always been Larkin’s main sport. Larkin grew up playing soccer from kindergarten through the eighth grade before his mother recommended that he try track because he was not a particularly great soccer player.

“I was terrible at it,” Larkin said. “I was fast, but I couldn’t dribble, couldn’t shoot very accurately. I was pretty bad; I got crossed up a lot.”

His mother’s side of the family is relatively big on track. Larkin’s grandfather professionally ran the 800-meter, and one of uncles ran collegiate track at Louisiana State University. Another of Larkin’s uncles made the U.S. Olympics roster in 1980 but did not participate in the Olympic Games in Moscow because the U.S. led a boycott of the event.

Arguably the most prominent characteristic that Larkin brings to the table is his ability to remain focused under pressure. Dopek believes that Larkin has a good head on his shoulders with solid goals while also understanding that track is a year-by-year process.

“Probably the biggest thing about Henry is his mindset,” Dopek said. “His mindset is more mature than most quarter-milers that I’ve worked with in terms of having a real understanding for work, rest, attention to detail, which is really important when you’re out there running a race that has just a little bit of strategy to it.”

Being from the West Coast, Larkin hadn’t really heard much about DePaul before assistant coach Stephanie Townson emailed him in high school. But as soon as Larkin visited DePaul to see what being a student athlete in Lincoln Park would be like, he immediately felt comfortable.

“It was definitely a mix of different factors,” Larkin said. “Obviously, I spent a lot of time with the athletes on my visit here, but just walking around the campus and visiting the classrooms and sitting in on classes, I could just tell this place could feel like another home for me. I like living in big cities. I’ve always lived in cities, so Chicago felt perfect. My parents have lived here before, so they loved it. And then on my orientation visit I met a bunch of kids who weren’t athletes and I’m still friends with a lot of them, so DePaul was a pretty perfect fit for me.”

With three years left in his DePaul tenure, Larkin said there’s many things he can improve on, such as getting more sleep and finding a better balance between academics and athletics. Larkin is double majoring in political science with a concentration in international politics and philosophy.

“Philosophy’s more of my bag. I really, really like that stuff,” Larkin said. “It’s fun, but political science has always been something that I’m good at and always been something I’ve enjoyed, so I couldn’t really [choose] between the two, so I decided both.”