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Another way to look at it: those same six pitchers were all top 15 in Fangraphs’ pitching Wins Above Replacement: Cole (1st), Verlander (5th) and Greinke (9th), opposite Scherzer (4th), Strasburg (7th) and Corbin (T-12th).

This is just the third World Series to feature six of the top 15 pitchers in Fangraphs’ pitching WAR. The last time it happened? 1945. That’s when the Tigers, with Hal Newhouser (1st) and Dizzy Trout (T-10th), faced the Cubs, who had Claude Passeau (4th), Paul Derringer (T-10th), Hank Wyse (T-15th) and Ray Prim (T-15th).

The only other World Series to feature six of the top 15 such pitchers in a single year was 1905, between the Giants — Christy Mathewson (2nd), Red Ames (9th) and Joe McGinnity (12th) — and the A’s — Rube Waddell (3rd), Eddie Plank (4th) and Andy Coakley (15th). No World Series has ever had more than six of the top 15.

It’s safe to say that pitching was pretty different in 1945, and even more so back in 1905 — meaning that the fact this hadn’t happened again at any point until now is certainly notable.

And none of those individual rankings even include Aníbal Sánchez, who was 27th in ERA among qualifiers this year, with a 3.85 ERA, and has allowed one run in 12 2/3 innings this postseason — with a deep no-hit bid, to boot. But he contributed to the Nats’ overall rotation strength, noted below.

Plenty of strikeouts

Let’s zero in on strikeouts. Five of the six pitchers mentioned above were in the top 10 in strikeouts this season: Cole (1st), Verlander (2nd), Strasburg (6th), Scherzer (8th) and Corbin (T-10th). This is the first postseason series ever to feature at least five of the top 10 pitchers in strikeouts from that season. That’s right — series — not just World Series.

Cole’s 300th K of the season
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In fact, these two teams combined for 2,073 strikeouts this season. That’s by far the most combined regular-season strikeouts by starters in a World Series matchup, according to Elias. And given the recent trends with strikeouts, it should come as no surprise that this record has been set each World Series since 2016.

Most combined regular-season Ks from SP, WS matchup
2019: Nationals vs. Astros — 2,073
2018: Dodgers vs. Red Sox — 1,870
2017: Dodgers vs. Astros — 1,843
2016: Indians vs. Cubs — 1,806

Speaking of those strikeouts, something else worth noting on the Nationals’ side is the fact that they’ve used each of their 200-strikeout starters from the regular season in relief this postseason: Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin. No other team in postseason history has ever used more than one pitcher in the postseason in relief that had 200 regular-season strikeouts for them that year. And the Nationals have used all three of theirs.

Team rankings

Another way to look at those 2,073 strikeouts? This World Series is a matchup between the two teams that ranked first (Astros) and second (Nationals) in strikeouts from starting pitchers this season. This is just the sixth World Series between the top two teams in starting pitcher strikeouts from that regular season, according to Elias. The last time it happened was 2001, when the D-backs led the Majors and the Yankees finished second.

Before that, this hadn’t happened in a World Series since 1930, between the A’s (1st) and Cardinals (2nd). The other instances: 1929, 1911 and 1905.

Looking for a trend? The team that had more regular-season strikeouts from its starters won three of the previous five such World Series — after the team with fewer such strikeouts won the first two such matchups.

Another area where these two teams’ entire starting staffs ranked favorably? Earned run average. The Nationals were second and the Astros were third in rotation ERA this season. It’s just the fifth World Series in the Divisional Era (since 1969) to be between teams who ranked in the top three in starters’ ERA in the regular season, according to Elias.

The last time it happened was in 1981, between the Yankees (3rd) and Dodgers (2nd). Before that, it was the 1978 World Series, and before that 1974 and then 1969.

In each of the four prior instances, the team with the lower starters’ ERA in the regular season won the Series. Perhaps that’s a good sign for the Nationals, whose rotation’s 3.53 ERA outpaced the Astros’ 3.61, ever so slightly.

Sarah Langs is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SlangsOnSports.

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Baseball legend Yogi Berra defied math logic but still made complete sense to game enthusiasts when he famously said, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”

Well, the math is different in professional baseball these days. The unrelenting advance of data analytics is upending long-held baseball wisdom in how to spot stars, how to predict their performance and how many big dollars to sign them on for.

Spring training for the 2019 baseball season has begun in Florida and Arizona, and the first game is set for March 19. But the decks weren’t fully set until a few days ago, with a couple of big-name free agents still looking for a team. (A free agent can sign with any club or franchise, typically because their earlier contract has expired or they are yet to be drafted.)

Statistics and analytics were being blamed for top-ranking third baseman Manny Machado and right fielder Bryce Harper not landing deals until this week. As it turned out, on Tuesday, Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, a record for a free agent. Machado didn’t fare badly; his latest deal is the third highest for any individual sporting contract, and ranks behind Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins in 2014 and boxer Canelo Alvarez’s $365 million arrangement with sports broadcaster DAZN, according to a CNN report. Harper, too, is said to be close to a deal with either of four teams: the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago White Sox, the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals.

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As with most other industries, data analytics is becoming the litmus test for big deals in professional baseball as well. “The analytics group has made its mark,” said Wharton statistics professor Abraham (Adi) Wyner, who is also chair of the undergraduate program in statistics. He is also a host of the Wharton Moneyball program on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM.

Wyner drew a parallel between how valuation is done for corporate M&A deals, keeping in mind the net present value of the future cash flows of acquisition targets. “What we assume that the teams should know, but never seem to get, is that you’re paying for the future, not the past,” he said. “Historically that seemed to be what people did, because statistically, people would look at the past and they would project the future by just dragging out the past. That is just not the right way to do it. The data available today has made it better and easier to forecast the future.”

Major league baseball has had “two years in a row of an extremely slow market,” said Brendan Harris, a retired professional baseball infielder with teams including the L.A. Angels and Minnesota Twins. He is currently signed on with the Los Angeles Angels for player development. “There are many reasons for the slow free agency and the lack of signings, specifically analytics. Smarter teams do not want to commit to these long-term deals. And the players are starting to get pretty frustrated.”

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UTSA baseball coach Sherman Corbett resigned to take an undetermined administrative position within the athletic department, the school announced Friday.

Corbett said in a release that he wanted to step away from the field in order to spend more time with his family, especially as his son moves into high school.

“(Athletic director Lynn Hickey) and I had previously discussed this move over the last few years, and I believe the time is now,” Corbett said. “I will continue to be involved in the baseball program, but it will be in a different capacity. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Corbett leaves with a 353-329 record over 12 seasons. UTSA claimed a pair of regular-season Southland Conference titles under his watch and reached the NCAA tournament in 2005.

The Roadrunners followed with the most successful stretch in program history, winning 144 games from 2006-09.

The program had declined sharply since then, however, culminating in this year’s last-place finish in the 12-team Southland.

This is UTSA baseball coach Sherman Corbett during a Wednesday afternoon July 12, 2000 reception at the UTSA University Center. Photo: WILLIAM LUTHER, Express-News
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This is UTSA baseball coach Sherman Corbett during a Wednesday afternoon July 12, 2000 reception at the UTSA University Center.

“He told me he thought it was time to consider making the move to an administrative position and allow the program to have new leadership and direction,” Hickey said.

Associate head coach Jason Marshall will serve as interim coach, and a national search for Corbett’s replacement will begin immediately.

Bert Inks Jersey

It’s Black Friday, and Cathie Blyleven wants to buy her husband Todd a new pair of boots. He needs to replace his current pair, which he’s owned for seven years but hasn’t worn for about six weeks now. They’re made by Durango, light brown and roper style with red tops. Real cowboy stuff. But he’s buried them on a shelf at the top of his closet, near his brown cowboy hat and white-checkered flannel shirt, both of which he hasn’t worn since removing them from his sweat-soaked body on the morning of Oct. 2. The left boot has a tear stretching down its seam. Also, dark splotches of blood have dried across the leather on both boots, prompting Todd to break out in a cold sweat every time he glances at them.

And so on this Friday, Cathie, Todd and their two children — their 14-year-old son, Dylan, and 11-year-old daughter, Gracie — pile into the family’s black Dodge Ram and find a Boot Barn tucked into a strip mall in Frisco, Texas. Located about 25 miles north of Dallas, Frisco is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities. The Blylevens moved there in August from Orange County, Calif. Todd, a 45-year-old former professional baseball player and scout, and the son of the Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, had been offered a marketing job for a software company that works with sports businesses.

In Boot Barn, Todd strolls the aisles, scanning the racks. A pair of dark brown leather boots, made by Ariat, catches his eye. He finds his size, 13, and tries them on as his family watches. He stands up, moves around a bit and stretches.

“They’re really comfortable,” he tells his wife and kids. “I can definitely run in them.”

Later in the day, Cathie pulls him aside.

“Do you know what you said before while trying on the boots?” she asks him.

All Todd can recall is mentioning how comfortable they were.

“You said: ‘These are really comfortable. I can definitely run for my life in them.’”

Todd, a man who grew up in baseball clubhouses where feelings were shunned, not shared, is reminded of a question his father had recently posed to him over the phone:

“When,” Bert asked, “do you think you’ll be back to your normal self?”

It’s February 13, 2000, the night before Valentine’s Day, and Todd and Cathie are out on their first date. They’re in Anaheim, dancing at a country bar to George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart,” a song they’ll dance to again at their wedding 17 months later.

They only met a few weeks ago — Todd is recently divorced, and one of his friends is dating one of Cathie’s friends. Cathie spotted Todd one night at a party, took note of his blue eyes and red freckles and broad shoulders. “A piece of American pie,” she’ll refer to him later, after they fall in love. People, she noticed, just seem to gravitate towards him.

“Why can’t I meet someone like him?” she asked her friend.

Their second date is two weeks later, at Disneyland. Soon after they’re a couple, spending evenings dancing at country bars with friends, with Todd’s rhythmic steps leading the way. One night, while sitting in the back of a friend’s truck on the way to a bar, someone asks Todd a question about baseball.

“Why does everyone always ask you about baseball? Cathie asks. Todd laughs.

“My dad was a baseball player,” he says.

“Oh, like the kind on TV?”

Todd laughs again. Yeah, he says. He tells Cathie that he was a baseball player too.

“Like, on weekends? I’d love to come watch you play.”

Todd gives Cathie the CliffNotes of his career: He spent five seasons pitching in the minor leagues, and another eight as a Major League Baseball scout. His connection to the sport is deeper than that, though. As a kid, he’d hang out in the clubhouse of whatever team Bert was playing for. He’d shine shoes and serve as a batboy. He’d shag fly balls alongside All-Stars like Kirby Puckett and talk pitching with Frank Viola, who later on taught Todd how to throw a changeup. Once, Todd broke his left arm while swinging a bat in the clubhouse alongside Pete Rose’s son; but Bert was pitching that day, so he didn’t inform his dad until after the game.

As the years went by, Todd became a talented pitcher himself. He starred at California’s Villa Park High and was offered a number of baseball scholarships. He eventually signed with the California Angels and spent seven years pitching in the minor leagues.

“He worked real hard and had a good curveball,” recalls Lee Stange, who was one of Bert’s pitching coaches and also one of Todd’s in the minor league. “Just not as good as his dad’s.”

When he first met Cathie, Todd was working as a manager at Boot Barn. To her, he’s always been more than just a baseball hound, even when others never viewed him as much more than a jock. There were multiple nights where she received a call from him saying he’d be late for their date. “There’s a 10-car pileup on the freeway and I’m going to see if anyone needs help,” he told her one time. “There was a lady with a baby standing out in the rain waiting for a tow truck,” he said another night. As Cathie puts it today, matter-of-factly, “Todd’s always been a very helpful person.”

It’s a hot October night in Las Vegas, and Todd and Cathie, along with 16 other family members and friends, disembark a party bus and make their way south on the Strip. Their destination is an acre-long patch of asphalt resting in the shadows of the 43-floor Mandalay Bay Resort, home this evening to the third night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music show.

The Blylevens and their friends have spent the past three days enjoying a typical Las Vegas vacation: Playing slots and lunching at Mario Batali’s restaurant during the day, dancing to the music of country stars like Sam Hunt, Jake Owen and Eric Church at night. Todd, though, is especially ecstatic about the evening ahead. It’s the festival’s final night and Jason Aldean, one of his favorite singers, is the closing act.

Aldean takes the stage at around 9:30 and Todd, in his brown cowboy hat and white-checkered flannel shirt, spends the next 35 minutes in the back of the venue alternating between dancing and swigs of beer. A few minutes after 10, Aldean is belting out the lyrics to “Any Ol’ Barstool,” the penultimate song of his set:

Ask any ol’ barstool in this town
Ask my new found party crowd
Sure I take more jack in my coke now
A little more high in my smoke now

Todd’s left hand grips the right hand of Brianna Barnes, a family friend who’s come along for the trip. His feet glide across the concrete as the two dance and sing along, with Todd’s smile stretching from ear to ear. He hears something that sounds like a firecracker but continues dancing. Aldean croons the final line of “Any Ol’ Barstool,” his voice drowning out the sound of five more pops.

“What do ya’ll say we pick it back up just a little bit?” Aldean asks the crowd. The band hits the chords for “When She Says Baby,” one of Todd’s favorite songs. Aldean begins singing.

More pops ring out. This time, it sounds like two dozen. Cathie asks Todd if it’s fireworks.

His eyes trail the sound back towards the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where he catches a glimpse of a light flashing about 30 floors above the ground.

“It’s gunfire,” he yells. “Get down!”

Todd and the rest of the group collapse to the ground and cover their heads with their hands. Aldean flees the stage. Some of the venue’s lights go dark.

For a moment, the barrage of bullets stop. “We need to get out of here,” Todd shouts. He spots a line of food trucks at the eastern border of the venue and points a Budweiser cart out to Cathie and his friends. “We can get cover there.”

They start sprinting, with Todd’s 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame serving as fullback, as more gunfire rains down. Todd hears the ting of a bullet striking metal. He hears the thud of a bullet striking flesh, followed by a person gasping for air. He sees chunks of white dust kicking up around his feet, his fight-or-flight reflex blocking out the screams around him — his focus honed in on the shelter now just a few yards away.

He reaches safety, unharmed. His family and friends have made it too. More pops ring out. They sound like they’re coming from different spots. Are there multiple shooters?

They find a pair of squad cars and take cover next to an officer with a hole in his foot. He has no information to share. They rest for a few moments and then sprint north up Giles Street. Todd sees a man carrying a girl like she’s a pair of scissors. She’s wearing boots and a tank top and can’t be more than 18 or 19 years old. She reminds him of his niece.

Todd helps the man lay the girl’s lifeless body down. He sees the showy World Series ring he wears on his right hand, the one he earned as a scout for Anaheim Angels in 2002, and feels guilty, as if he were disrespecting the dead.

He turns the ring inward.

“Take Cathie and everyone else and get them out of here,” Todd tells his brother-in-law. He hugs his wife goodbye and darts back towards the festival. Near where he first took shelter, he finds a woman bleeding. He lifts her up with the help of a stranger and leaves her by the two squad cars. Back inside, he searches for water but is forced instead to settle for a different stranger’s beer. A small blonde woman who says she’s a nurse comes over and asks what she can do to help. Todd leads her to an injured man huddled by the squad cars. He runs back in again and begins searching for wounded bodies. “Who needs help?” he shouts. More pops ring out.

The shooting lasts 10 minutes.

Ten minutes is all it takes for Todd’s life to change forever.

Todd spends the next couple hours lugging bodies out. He loses track along the way but believes the number to be a couple dozen. Some he saves. At least four he does not, like the girl who reminded him of his niece, or the petite brown-haired girl who he tossed over his shoulder, only to realize upon laying her body down that she was already dead.

At around 6:30 in the morning, Todd calls Cathie. She texts him her location. A stranger had invited her and the group into his condo for safety, where they’ve spent the night, and Todd, it turns out, is only 50 yards away. The two haven’t spoken since 2:30 AM, when he called to update her. She could hear him over the phone barking orders and calling for medical help.

Todd walks down a dark street and finds his wife. He collapses into Cathie’s arms, his clothes soaked in the blood of others.

Later that day, he speaks to his father over the phone. Bert wants to know why Todd stayed behind when he could have fled.

“Dad,” Todd says, “If that were me laying down there I would hope that somebody else would have come back in to help.”

It’s October 2, 2017, the night after the shooting, and Todd is back in Frisco. He and Cathie flew home that morning. Their son Dylan, a star pitcher, catcher and third baseman, has a game, and so they drive straight from the airport to one of Frisco’s local parks.

As he walks toward the bleachers, Todd senses the eyes of the other parents on him and Cathie. Some approach them. News of their past 24 hours has traveled fast. By now, details of the shooting have emerged: Fifty-eight people dead, plus the shooter himself, a 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock. 851 injured. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. No motive has been discovered.

Todd approaches the field. There are three innings remaining. Dylan’s team is hitting, and so he sprints out of his dugout and into his dad’s arms. Todd pulls his children in tight. It’s a habit his family will notice him develop over the next few months — his hugs growing stronger and kisses lasting longer. Seated in the bleachers, Todd’s eyes survey the field. Baseball has always been a sanctuary for him, especially his son’s games, but he struggles to concentrate. The contrast between his past two nights is weighing on him. He’s gone from blood to baseball, from families sobbing to smiling.

He’s surrounded by life but all his brain can think about is death.

And yet life ticks on, ready or not.

A few weeks later Todd returns to work. One day, while sitting in his downtown Dallas office, he hears the opening sounds of Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Barstool” come up on the office radio. He gets up from his desk and descends down three flights of stairs to a quiet space. His body is begging for him to cry. But Todd’s the big and strong professional athlete, a man raised in baseball clubhouses and on the mantra of “no blood, no foul.” The only time he can remember crying in the last five years is when Cathie’s mother died. It happened alone in his bedroom, because, he says, “I thought it was my job to be strong for others.” Cathie describes him as having a “hard outer shell.”

He waits long enough for the song to end and returns to his desk.

Slowly, those around him return to their usual routines. Dinners are scheduled, nights out at country bars are planned. Todd goes along, but even among friends and his beloved country music he doesn’t feel free. He can no longer sit with his back toward the room. He scans for exits when entering restaurants. If Jason Aldean comes on, he walks outside. He argues with Cathie about sending Gracie to a youth event at their church.

His kids begin to notice that Dad is different.

“What happened, that’s going to be on Dad’s mind for a long time,” Cathie tells them.

Todd wonders why he survived and others didn’t. He thinks about how many more people he could have saved, if only he had EMT training. He joins Facebook groups for survivors of the shooting and checks them multiple times a day. He wants to hear the stories of the other survivors, and tell them that they’re not alone. Some members send him videos of his heroism. Todd’s brain has blocked out much from that night, but the clips trigger his memories. In one, Todd is seen carrying a girl to safety while bullets buzz around him. He watches the video with Cathie and says, “A guardian angel wrapped me in its wings” — his attempt at explaining why he survived. But that doesn’t help him fight back the nightmares.

Thanks to his last name, his story has made the rounds in the news. He receives invites from cable networks and town halls to share his views on gun control. But he’s not interested in engaging in politics or becoming a spokesman for that cause. Todd’s focus is elsewhere, on himself and the other survivors — of Route 91 but also of all the mass shootings in America, a group that grows larger by the month — scratching to reclaim their old lives. He starts seeing a therapist, but it doesn’t do enough to help release the pressure he feels bubbling up in his head. He switches to a specialist in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, a treatment designed for combatting traumatic memories, and meets with her every Monday afternoon. She helps unlock some of the trauma his brain has hidden from him, and scenes from that night in Las Vegas go from foggy to vivid.

Todd realizes again how lucky he is to be alive.

On Sunday morning, November 5, Todd’s watching his son play baseball again when his phone begins buzzing. There was another shooting, this time in a church in Sutherland Springs, just outside San Antonio; 26 are dead, 20 more injured. It’s been just four weeks since that night in Vegas. He fights back tears, and also the urge to jump in his car and make the five-hour trip south. He thinks about all those who’ve died but also the survivors who, like him, might now be struggling.

One Sunday soon after, Todd’s sitting in church with Cathie. It’s a new tradition for the family, one they have added since Vegas.

He and Cathie are seated alone in a pew in the back corner, no kids, no family.

Sitting there, with his wife, listening to the choir sing about love, Todd brings his hands to his head.

Tears rain down his cheeks.

It’s a weekday morning in February, and Todd is on the phone while driving to work. He wants to talk about what he’s been through the past four months, for himself but also so that others enduring similar ordeals know they’re not alone.

“In American culture we’re supposed to get over stuff in, like, 30 days,” he says. “Someone passes away and it’s like, ‘It’s been a week, so are what you going to do now?’”

Every week Todd’s memories from that night grow clearer. He says he’s doing better, that he no longer fears crying, a message he’s tried to pass along to his son. He still checks in on his Facebook groups, but not as frequently as he once did. His conversations with his dad have changed, too. Recently, Bert left him a voicemail: “Just wanted to see how you’re doing. I’m really proud of you, take your time, and we’re here for you.”

There’s no more mention of being normal or returning to his former self.

Certain events change a man. Bert, like Todd and Cathie and the rest of the Blyleven family, now recognizes that this new man is who Todd is. And if they ever forget, all they have to do is glance at his right arm and the tattoo stretching from his shoulder to his elbow. Todd got it just a few days ago. It features a cross with the number 91 between a pair of angel’s wings. “To respect my guardian angel from that night,” he says. The date of the massacre, 10-1-2017, is sketched above the phrase COUNTRY STRONG.

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While it isn’t the first time in the recent past that Cody Bellinger is drawing comparisons to Barry Bonds, it was still impressive.

Nonetheless, Dave Roberts appeared on The Jim Rome Show; and he was there to discuss Bellinger’s impressive 2019 season, among other Dodgers’ topics. You can check out the entire segment in the video below.
Furthermore, Roberts believes that there is just one player that Bellinger could be compared to this season. That player is none other than the sport’s all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds.

Courtesy of The Jim Rome Show

“The only person I can relate it to is Barry Bonds. I played against him when he was so special. But even at that point in time he wasn’t doing what Cody is doing on a daily basis. Defensively, and an MVP (candidate) running out an infield single when we are up 14 runs. That’s what we are getting from him, backing up bases, and being a great teammate.”

While you consume that quote – and the fact that Bellinger brings different ways to win to the table than that of Bonds – there is more to behold.

When looking at the regard and class that Roberts holds Bonds’ within, you realize what the Dodgers have in Bellinger right now. Without question, Roberts has seen a ton of baseball in his life. And he says Bonds was the best he ever laid eyes on.

“There was no one better. I remember being in many scouting meetings with the Dodgers where they didn’t want to let Bonds beat us. I have tried to retrieved many balls that ended up in the bleachers off his bat. I’m not sure we will ever see something like him again.”

However – just earlier in the interview – Roberts admitted that Bellinger takes him back to a time in his baseball life that brings Bonds to mind. In that sense, we are all witnessing something very special take place with Bellinger in 2019.
Now, he just needs to finish this off and bring home the MVP hardware.

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El Club de Beisbol Águilas de Mexicali anunció la tarde de este martes ajustes en su roster, con la llegada del outfielder Daniel Carbonell, además del lanzador de relevo Maikel Cleto, quienes reforzarán el renglón de extranjeros.

Daniel Carbonell es un jardinero derecho natural, nacido en Camaguey Cuba el 29 de marzo de 1991. Perteneció a la organización de Gigantes de San Francisco donde alcanzó el nivel AAA, en Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, jugó ya con Tomateros de Culiacán en la temporada 2016-2017 y Charros de Jalisco.

Maikel Cleto lanzador derecho especialista como relevo corto, nació en Santo Domingo República Dominicana el 1 de mayo de 1989, tiene experiencia en el MLB con Cardenales de San Luis en la ediciones 2011 al 2013 y Medias Blancas de Chicago en 2014.

Se presentó en el Liga Mexicana del Pacífico con Cañeros de Los Mochis en la temporada 2017-2018 y Yaquis de Obregón en la 2018-2019, donde logró 13 salvados y efectividad en carreras limpias admitidas (ERA) de 1.93.

Por lo tanto, para que Mexicali pueda contar con los derechos de Maikel Cleto, fue necesario ceder a cambio al mexicoamericano Juan Pérez a Yaquis de Cd. Obregón.

En cuanto a los derechos de Daniel Carbonell, fueron tomados del Club Naranjeros de Hermosillo, a cambio del Grandes Ligas, Colin Walsh.

Para dar lugar en el roster a estos dos nuevos integrantes, los Emplumados desactivan al pítcher derecho gigantón Trevor Megill y al jardinero veteranazo Chris Roberson, quienes podrán ser activados en el transcurso de la Temporada Caliente.mx 2019-2020, de la LMP.

Estos movimientos aplican a partir del martes 5 de noviembre, cuando Los caballeros Águilas visiten a Algodoneros de Guasave en el Estadio Francisco Carranza Limón.

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Ace Report: Al Porto, 92, of Easthampton makes first hole-in-one
Updated Oct 09, 2019;Posted Oct 09, 2019

By Russ Held, Special to The Republican
The 92-year-old Easthampton resident made the first hole-in-one of his career on Friday, Sept. 20. He used a 7-wood at the eighth hole at Westover Golf Course.

“Al is a terrific guy and an amazing member of our senior group at Westover,’’ fellow Westover Senior League member Rich Fleming said. “We play each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Westover and remarkably Al is not the only 90 something golfer in the group. Chet Grondalski, another member, is 91 and an equally interesting fellow.’’

Porto was not the only lucky Western Massachusetts golfer who recently made an ace:

Al Porto,

Easthampton, 120-yard eighth hole, 7-wood, Westover GC, Sept. 20. Witnesses: Harry Mills, Ray Cloutier, Fred Thomas

Jan Wegrzynek,

Chicopee, 168-yard third hole, 6-iron, Chicopee CC, Oct. 4. Witnesses: Dave Labrie, Mike Beaudry.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are the latest team to lock up one of their young core players to a long-term contract extension.

Wednesday Marc Campbell morning the Rays announced they have signed superutility man Brandon Lowe to a six-year contract extension. The deal guarantees him $24 million and includes two club options. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the contract can max out at $49 million through the options and various incentives.

“We believe Brandon has the potential to make a longstanding impact at the major league level,” Rays senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager Erik Neander said in a statement. “He’s shown both an advanced feel for hitting and the ability to drive the ball to all fields, and he’s quickly becoming a versatile defender who can help us in many ways. Brandon’s development, both offensively and defensively, is a testament to his commitment to his craft, and a credit to all of our staff who have scouted, coached and worked with him. With this agreement, we’re excited to cement his place in our young core for years to come.”

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies
Less than one full season into his career, Brandon Lowe has secured a six-year contract. USATSI
The six-year contract buys out Lowe’s six years of team control with the two club options covering potential free agent years. The Rays now control him through his age 31 season.

Lowe, 24, appeared in 43 games last season, hitting .233/.324/.450 with six home runs in 148 plate appearances. The 2016 13th-round pick had a monster minor league season, authoring a .297/.391/.558 batting line with 31 doubles and 22 homers in 100 games split between Double-A and Triple-A.

A natural second baseman, Lowe has played some corner outfield throughout his career, and the Rays do love versatile players. His lefty bat and positional flexibility fits nicely into their roster scheme. Lowe is a consensus back-half of the top 100 prospect. Here is a snippet of MLB.com’s free scouting report:

Lowe has long stood out for his pure hitting ability and on-base skills from the left side of the plate, and he showed in 2018 that he could apply his raw power in games, as he finished the season with 28 home runs and 37 doubles between the Minors and Tampa Bay. He can punish a fastball and produced slightly above-average exit velocities in his first taste of the Majors. He has a good feel for the strike zone, doesn’t chase and consistently capitalizes on pitchers’ mistakes. Lowe is an average runner but doesn’t steal many bases. His average arm plays well at second base, where he’s a solid but unspectacular defender, and he held his own at both outfield corners last season even Marc Campbell though he was new to both positions.

The improved defensive versatility adds even more value to Lowe’s bat-first profile and should give him the chance to start on a near everyday basis in the big leagues.

Lowe did not have a guaranteed big league roster spot going into spring training, though the extension and Matt Duffy’s lingering hamstring issue mean he’s all but certain to be on the Opening Day roster. He figures to share second base time with Joey Wendle and also see spot starts in left and right fields.

The Rays signed both Evan Longoria (six years, $17.5 million in 2008) and Matt Moore (five years, $14 million in 2011) to long-term contract extensions before they had established themselves at the big league level. Lowe’s deal is right in line with other recent extensions for middle infielders with less than one full year of service time:

Scott Kingery, Phillies: Six years, $24 million with three club options
Paul DeJong, Cardinals: Six years, $26 million with two club options
Tim Anderson, White Sox: Six years, $25 million with two club options
Those extensions represent all sorts of different scenarios. Kingery signed his deal before playing in a single MLB game and had a disappointing rookie year in 2018, hitting .226/.267/.338 (61 OPS+). DeJong signed his deal following a strong partial rookie season in 2017 and built on it in 2018. Anderson has backtracked a bit since signing his extension after his rookie year in 2016.

The Rays surprisingly won 90 games last season and they boast one of the game’s best farm systems. Lowe may only the first member of their young core to sign a long-term deal. Others like outfielder Austin Meadows, shortstop Willy Adames, righty Tyler Glasnow, catcher Mike Zunino, and reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell are likely next on the team’s extension priority list.

In recent weeks Alex Bregman, Max Kepler, Jose Leclerc, Jorge Polanco, Aaron Nola, Luis Severino, and of course the great Mike Trout all signed long-term extensions multiple years prior to reaching free agency.

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Mitch Walding is a 26-year-old third baseman with 43 days of major-league experience and a member of the Phillies’ 40-man roster.

The California native is a stellar defensive player who has a history at the upper levels of the minor leagues of being a streaky hitter.

This season has been no exception at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. No matter how things are going at the plate, Walding is working in the cage before games and remains focused in the field.

Here’s a Q&A with the Phils’ 2011 fifth-round pick:

Mitch Walding’s most stressful time on a baseball field lasted a week earlier this season.
Mitch Walding’s most stressful time on a baseball field lasted a week earlier this season. (APRIL GAMIZ/APRIL GAMIZ)
First car: “Chevy Tahoe, all black, got it in high school. It was used. Probably my favorite car I ever had.”

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First job: “I refereed little kids’ basketball games. I was probably a sophomore, junior in high school.”

First tattoo: “No tattoos ever.”

First baseball memory: “Playing in the back yard with my dad, him tossing me balls when I was really young. From actually watching an MLB game, I remember going to a San Francisco Giants game when [Barry] Bonds was on a tear. I was there and saw his 71st home run in person. That was pretty cool.”

Worst weather you’ve played in: “There have been so many games. I don’t know where to begin. There was one I played in low-A against the Marlins organization. I don’t even remember where the stadium was. It was lightning. It was pouring the entire game. I don’t even know why we were playing. It was ridiculous that we were out there actually playing.”

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Most treasured memorabilia growing up: “Michael Jordan signed jersey. My dad has a huge collection of baseball memorabilia. He has signed balls. He’s got Mantle, Gehrig. He’s a big Packers fan so he’s got Brett Favre everything. He’s got Griffey’s bat. … The Jordan jersey is actually in a box in a closet somewhere. It was my grandfather’s. I found it and left it in there so nobody would be able to find it and I could keep it.”

What did you do with your first baseball check: “I got a good look at it and saw the taxes. It was pretty depressing. I just put it in my fund and invested it. It was great to see, then realize where it was all going.”

Golf, video games or ping-pong: “I’m going to have to go with golf because I know I’m going to play it a lot more when I’m older. Not a huge video games guy. Ping-pong is cool for the clubhouse, but I think golf in the long haul will be the one.”

Most stressed you’ve ever been on a baseball field: “Probably this year when I was going through my strikeout streak. It was definitely a rough moment in my career where I kind of felt helpless. I knew there was something going on outside of what I was trying to do. I thought I was putting in the work to get better. It wasn’t really turning out for about a week, but it’s worked its way out. That’s probably the low point in my career.”

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When baseball is done, what will you do: “I think I’d want to coach. I don’t think I’d want to coach in professional baseball. We’ll see where it goes. I think I’d like to go back and get my degree and maybe try to do the college baseball route, or maybe high school. I don’t know if I see myself on a bus anymore, dealing with that whole thing. But that’s down the road.”

Worst minor-league living arrangement: “I’ve had quite a few. I had one where Jake Thompson, Andrew Knapp and Tyler Goeddel had an apartment in Clearwater, Florida. They were in big-league camp. I was going to play for the Threshers that year. They’re like, ‘Hey, why don’t you take over the lease? You could just move right in.’ I thought it was great, an easy transition.

“It was not an easy transition. There was all kinds of paperwork. It was a big ordeal. Jake Thompson also had this ginormous beanbag that he left behind. His dog ripped it apart. He left it there. His dog also left about four pounds of dog poop on the balcony and just mounds of dog poop all over the place and did not pick it up and just left it there for me to pick it up. I just about lost it. I tell him to this day, ‘Thanks, man. Appreciate it. What were you thinking?’”

Funniest on-field conversation you had: “I hit a ball in spring training. It was the last game of spring training before we head on the flight to come up here. It was probably two, three years ago. It was a 10 o’clock [intrasquad] game on a back field in Clearwater. I hit a ball in the gap. I absolutely crushed this ball. The sun is coming up over the field. I know I crushed this ball, but you can’t really see it. I get to second base. I’m thinking for sure it’s a double. They’re throwing the ball in. I couldn’t see them catch it. I’m at second base, and they’re like, ‘We caught the ball.’

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“I start taking a few steps off to go back to the dugout. The second baseman goes to tag me and I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ I jumped on second base and am like, ‘Am I safe or out?’ The second baseman is like, ‘No, I’m just messing with you. You’re out.’

So I took a few more steps off, and he goes to tag me. I get back on second base and am wondering what’s going on. The umpire is laughing, thinking this is hilarious. The game doesn’t mean anything. This precedes to go on for 3, 4 minutes. [Derek Campbell] is messing with me. I don’t know whether I’m safe or out. So, finally, after 3, 4 minutes of everyone dying laughing, I’m just like, ‘Forget it,’ and go back to the dugout. I was out on the original play.”

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Los Tigres de Aragua anunciaron ese jueves una segunda modificación a su cuerpo técnico, en parte como consecuencia de la decisión de la MLB de excluir a Venezuela del Acuerdo del Beisbol Invernal.

Edwin Hurtado, el nuevo coach de pitcheo de los rayados, firmó contrato con el beisbol organizado y por lo tanto quedó impedido de participar en la LVBP, informó el departamento de prensa de los felinos.

La oficina de Comisionado de las Grandes Ligas ordenó a sus afiliados que no den permisos para tomar parte en la pelota profesional criolla, algo que afecta a peloteros, managers, instructores, scouts y ejecutivos.

Hurtado será sustituido por otro ex lanzador con largo recorrido en el circuito local, José Villa. El falconiano tiene experiencia como técnico del Magallanes y Pastora, que fueron sus dos escuadras en los tiempos que vivió como serpentinero activo.

Eddy Díaz tampoco formará parte del staff que abrirá las puertas de la pretemporada el 21 de octubre. Nombrado coach de bateo por el nuevo manager Clemente Álvarez, alegó compromisos personales para renunciar, de acuerdo con el reporte.

Dennis Abreu, coach de primera base, trabajará en el puesto que correspondía a Díaz como asistente de Asdrúbal Estrada, el instructor principal.