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#1 Posted : 18 May 2019 06:54:53(UTC)
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with shoulder injuryThe Yankees were supposed to have their ace Darin Erstad Jersey , Luis Severino, in action on Tuesday, but the righty was shut down shortly before the game. Apparently, he wasn’t feeling quite right during his warm ups and the training staff decided to take him for some tests. The good news for New York is that they didn’t find anything overly serious that is expected to keep him out long-term. Instead, they found some inflammation in his shoulder and have shut him down for a couple of weeks. As a result, he’s highly unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. All things considered, it could be worse, but it’s still never good to hear about shoulder injuries for the best pitcher in your rotation. Severino struggled in the second half last year, but we all know how good he can be. With the hardest fastball among starters in the game, an absurd slider and a good changeup, he can be downright unhittable when he’s on. You never root for injuries, but this is certainly going to have a negative effect on the Yankees, which in turn helps the Red Sox. Still, you want to beat them at full strength, not with them riddled with injury.Bryce Harper wants Mike TroutBryce Harper signed a 13-year contract with the Phillies with no opt outs, so he’s obviously invested in the long-term success of the franchise. Even before Harper got there speculation had been abound about Mike Trout, perhaps the best player any of us have ever seen, would head to the Phillies in free agency in a couple of years. Trout is from the Philadelphia area originally. With Harper, the calls have even gotten louder as the two are close. Harper said that out loud on Tuesday, telling the hosts of a Philly radio station they’re crazy if they don’t think he’ll be calling Trout in 2020. The Angels , for their part, are not thrilled about this. You don’t see this kind of recruiting too much in baseball, but given how much it works for the NBA, perhaps it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to see stars flirting with each other a little more. Mets hire Jessica MendozaThe Mets made big headlines on Tuesday when they hired ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza to an advisory role in the front office. She will also stay on with her role in the announcer’s booth. This obviously elicited strong reactions from the internet, because anything involving Mendoza always does. There are a lot of conflicting opinions about her work in the booth, most of which are over the top in this writer’s opinion. She is fine, and probably even better than most of the national color commentators, not that it’s an overly high bar. Still, if the Red Sox aren’t playing I usually have the game on mute with a podcast or music playing, which is what I do for 95 percent of broadcasts anyway. Whatever you think about her game-calling, though, you can’t deny her knowledge of the game. Mendoza is an incredibly accomplished softball player and has demonstrated intense knowledge on the art of hitting. There are some who complain about her lack of experience with baseball, which of course is silly given how much of any front office is made up of men who have never played baseball. Mendoza has a lot more tangible on-field experience than any of them.MLB to expand active roster size to 26 in 2020, per reportThe Associated Press is reporting that MLB and the Players Union has agreed to expand the active roster size to 26 players beginning in 2020 in exchange for the players committing to discussions regarding other issues around the game later this month. As part of the agreement, September roster sizes will also be cut down to 28 from 40. This seems like a good move overall, though there are ways this could certainly result in more dead time in a game. Given the way the sport is moving, it’s not crazy to think that extra roster spot will be given to an extra reliever, which could result in more pitching changes. Of course, the further discussions could include rules against one-batter relief appearances. The September rule change is good, though Shohei Ohtani Jersey , as it never made a ton of sense for there to be 40-man rosters for the final month of the season. It was a good chance for young players to get a taste of the majors, but more than anything it allowed teams to use a ton of pitchers every day and gave unfair advantages to contenders who were fortunate enough to have a division full of non-contenders. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, the narrative of Joe Mauer’s career was missing a championship chapter. That plotline stalled for a few years while the star was set back by injuries.Still, this story of the Minnesota native with the smooth left-handed swing who played for the Twins the entire time sure was made for a movie.Six weeks after Mauer symbolically donned his catcher’s gear for one last crouch behind the plate in the final inning of the season , Mauer formalized his goodbye to the game at a tear-filled-yet-cheerful news conference to wrap up a 15-year major league career at age 35.“I’ve been fortunate enough to have the personal accolades, and I really do believe that’s a byproduct of how the team does, and those things just come along with it,” Mauer said. “But I’d want to be known as a great teammate, a great person, and a guy who gave it everything he had.”Even the closing credits were memorable.Mauer carefully flipped through a stack of note cards over a 15-minute thank-you on Monday to the people he’s closest to with a stack of tissues in front of him on the podium. He needed them immediately, when the mention of his parents, Jake and Teresa, caused his eyes to water and his voice to waver.“You helped keep me grounded and never let me forget my roots,” said Mauer, who began honing his skills at the sandlots and rec centers of St. Paul, less than 10 miles from the big league ballparks in Minneapolis he first began playing in at age 20 to open the 2004 seasons.That’s the same city where Hall of Fame members Jack Morris, Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield were raised. Mauer’s final tally of 2,123 hits might ultimately leave him short of the call to Cooperstown, but he was clearly on that track over the first 10 years of his career considering he hit .323 with an .873 on-base-plus-slugging percentage until a concussion in 2013 forced him to move out from behind the plate and become a first baseman. Mauer is the only American League catcher to win a batting title, a feat he accomplished three times: 2006 Brandon Phillips Jersey , 2008 and 2009.The six-time All-Star finished with a .306 lifetime average“The naysayers will talk about maybe not enough career numbers, a little decline at the end … but there’s going to be a lot of numbers that put him right in the mix with some of the Hall of Famers,” Molitor said. “So I’m obviously a little bit biased. I’d love to see it happen.”The latest concussion in May that kept him out for a month, Mauer said, caused him to seriously consider retiring for the first time. The expiration of his eight-year, $184 million contract in October created a natural parting, but the long-term effect of head injuries and his dedication to family weighed much heavier than an MLB-best .407 batting average this year with runners in scoring position.The respect for Mauer was evident with the appearance of former Twins managers Molitor, Ron Gardenhire and Tom Kelly and ex-general managers Terry Ryan and Bill Smith. Molitor was fired last month and replaced by Rocco Baldelli, who also showed up.So did Mauer’s former teammates Glen Perkins, Justin Morneau and Corey Koskie. His coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, Jim O’Neill, who taught him to never swing at the first pitch, was there. His maternal grandparents, who attended all but about a dozen of his home games with the Twins, a staggering total of approximately 1,200, attended as well.With his wife, Maddie, due any day with the couple’s third child, Mauer’s focus for now will be on husband and father rather than fielding and hitting. He said he’ll stay connected to his hometown team in some capacity and will Barry Larkin Jersey , in case there were any question, raise his kids in Minnesota.Ryan sat in the front row of the packed room in the basement of Target Field as Mauer expressed his gratitude for the decision to draft him in 2001 with the first overall pick instead of Mark Prior or Mark Teixeira.“There were a lot of great options out there, but I’m so thankful you had the confidence in me, and it means more to me than you’ll ever know,” Mauer said.Making so much money and missing so many games soured the cynical portions of the fan base on Mauer, but even if he had stayed healthy like Cal Ripken Jr. and hit home runs like Harmon Killebrew he would have carried immense pressure playing in his home territory.“I knew what it was like for me, and it was times 100 for him,” said Perkins, another Minnesota native who spent his whole career with the Twins.In the end, Mauer’s maturity and poise stuck with his admirers as much as his keen eye and textbook swing.Morneau, who was Mauer’s closest friend on the Twins during the 10 seasons they played together, recalled hitting a home run during an afternoon game in 2006 while playing with a bit of a hangover from an outing at a St. Paul bar the night before. Mauer wasn’t so impressed.“I said, ‘How can you argue with that?'” Morneau said, smiling. “And he said, ‘How do you know if you weren’t hung over you wouldn’t have hit two homers?’ And I said, ‘You know what? He’s got a point.'”Morneau went on to the AL MVP award that year. Mauer won it three seasons later.“He was as special a hitter as you could watch,” Morneau said, “and I had the best seat in the house for a long time.”
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