July 17, 2018 By Bill Pollock What I loved about the 2017 All-Star Game was former Mizzou pitcher and St. Louis area native Max Scherzer giving everything he had for his one inning when he started for the National League. He needed just 15 pitches and fielded a comebacker and struck out Aaron Judge and George Springer to end his night. Scherzer was exerting so much energy he was grunting through every pitch. Tonight in front of his home fans, Scherzer will get the ball again and start the All-Star game for the National League. Scherzer says he’s excited to start in his home park. https://cdn.missourinet.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/7-17-WASScherzerASGPrvw1_1.mp3 Red Sox ace Chris Sale will start for the American League for the second straight year. Royals catcher Salvador Perez will start his fifth consecutive All-Star game. Perez will bat ninth. He replaces Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, who is out with a hamstring injury. Perez is hitting .221 with 13 home runs, 11 … [Read more...] about Will Max Scherzer grunt again when he pitches for the National League? (VIDEO)
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LOS ANGELES — Help, I’m waffling! I’ve always been a National League guy and a traditionalist, at least when it comes to baseball. My dad was born in Denver, but he raised me as a Cardinals fan. I loved ace Bob Gibson’s tenacity and athleticism. With a bat in his hand, he always strode to the plate with purpose, looking to do some damage. “Gibby” was good a hitter — for a pitcher — with a .career average of .206 and 24 homers. He even swatted two homers in World Series play. But these days, it’s tough to find pitchers who can swing a bat with that much skill, let alone put down an effective bunt to move runners along. The Madison Bumgarners of the baseball world are few and far between. So I’m starting to lean — gasp! — toward the National League adopting the designated hitter. Like a lot of fans, I’m getting tired of seeing empty at-bats from the No. 9 spot in the order; this from a guy who covers a lot of … [Read more...] about Saunders: How fun would it be to watch a designated hitter at Coors Field? Time for the National League to adopt the DH?
JR Radcliffe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 2:50 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 This may bring Brewers fans heartburn, but yes, Milwaukee castoff Scooter Gennett is now the best second baseman in the National League. Heading into Thursday, when the Brewers were in Cincinnati to open a four-game series against the Reds, Gennett had a .336 batting average, .375 on-base percentage, .534 slugging percentage and .909 OPS, all tops among qualified batters at the position by a wide margin. With 3.2 wins above replacement, he leads the league in Offensive WAR and he's 10 points higher than Atlanta's Nick Markakis for the league lead in batting average regardless of position. He's one of the 10 best regardless of position in OPS. He has 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and has even dropped his strikeout rate from past years. There's no getting around it; he'd look pretty good if he was still in a Brewers uniform on a team that has struggled to find middle-infield options. Brewers fans should … [Read more...] about Yes, Brewers fans, Scooter Gennett is now the best second baseman in the National League (and ex-Brewers are also helping Mariners)
With the 89th annual Midsummer Classic approaching July 17 at Nationals Park, Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado is cruising to his second consecutive start based off the latest National League voting update. Arenado, manager Bud Black and the rest of the Colorado clubhouse continue to campaign for the election of other position players such as shortstop Trevor Story, who is having a breakout season, and outfielder Charlie Blackmon (both fourth in their respective position voting) as well as reliever Adam Ottavino. But outside of Denver, who do the Rockies believe are most worthy of an all-star nod? Based off an informal poll of Black and nearly two dozen Colorado players, here’s the team’s ideal lineup for the N.L. in the All-Star game. FIRST BASE Starter: Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt Also mentioned: Braves’ Freddie Freeman (1st in latest vote), Reds’ Joey Votto (5th), Giants’ Brandon Belt (3rd) The majority of Rockies … [Read more...] about Rockies’ all-star ballot: Here’s who Bud Black, Colorado players would have starting for the National League
I was looking up information on the All-Star Games in which the Twins had the American League manager: Sam Mele in 1966 and Tom Kelly in 1988 and 1992. I covered those last two games for the Star Tribune, and there will be a brief recollection in Sunday's print edition. The '92 game was a 13-6 victory for the AL in San Diego. During the course of that whuppin', I was inspired to call Calvin Griffith, the former Twins' owner who had suffered much as the National League dominated the All-Star Game for a quarter-century in '60s, '70s and into the '80s. Here's a look back at that brief, entertaining conversation with a giddy Griffith from July 1992: SAN DIEGO -- The old American Leaguer was called to the phone at his summer home in Helena, Mont. It took a few minutes for the old-timer to get there. The caller had only one question: "Are you enjoying this, Calvin?" FOOTNOTE: Calvin died in October 1999, in the midst of an American League run in which it went 18-3-1 in All-Star Games. This … [Read more...] about A night Calvin cackled at the National League