Cletus

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  • joined Feb 11, 2008
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Winter reading: The Michel Hernandez story

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Actually this book, Pinstripe Defection, is a story of how the Yankees skirted the rules with bribes and under-the-table deals in signing Cuban baseball defectors, focusing particularly on the case of former Rays catcher Michel Hernandez. The book was written by a guy who currently resides in my hometown and is being self-published, so I thought I'd give it a plug here. It could make for good off-season reading for hard core baseball fans interested in the transactional side of baseball.

Brewers call up Josh Butler (another trade that will set us back decades)

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As a refresher, Butler is the 24-yr-old 2006 2nd round draft choice who was traded to the Brewers for Gabe Gross. In 23 starts this year including 11 in the upper minors, Butler has thrown 118.1 innings, striking out 96 batters to go along with 43 walks while maintaining a 50-55% GB rate across four minor league levels. Butler missed most of July and spent part of August in rookie ball due to an oblique injury and was most recently pitching for Double-A Huntsville prior to his promotion. The 6'5" righty could make his first major league start this weekend vs. Houston.

Passan: The Rays blame slow start on '08 hangover

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"We probably didn’t take April as seriously as we should’ve," Rays outfifelder Carl Crawford said. "Coming off a World Series, all the stuff going on, we weren’t focused. We were still celebrating the things that happened. It didn’t register that these games would be as important as all the other ones." "And," reliever J.P. Howell said, "a lot of guys were dragging and tired. I was. It was the first time for most of us with that quick an offseason. We just weren’t ready. We were physically there, but mentally? Not close." "I talked about it a lot in spring training, and I tried to avoid it," said Joe Maddon, the Rays’ 55-year-old shaman. "It’s very difficult to not have it happen. Young team. World Series run. Shorter offseason. Longer spring training. It’s a setup for difficulties.

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OT: Question for Omaha folks (CWS tickets)

Any advice on obtaining tickets to Game 1 of the College World Series?

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OT: How is this for pitcher abuse (NCAA)

NCAA Regionals - Texas vs. Boston College The game is currently in the 21st inning. Texas closer Austin Wood entered the game in the 7th inning of a tie game. He wouldn't leave until the 20th...

What it would look like if The Heater merged with Fangraphs

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What it would look like if The Heater merged with Fangraphs

Another inconsistent outing for Cortes

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Missed the first inning of the game, but innings two and three consisted of a lot of pitches, some sharply hit grounders/liners, a deep flyout and a Ryan Harvey HR. It looked like Cortes was throwing up in the zone. The fourth inning was easily his best. Cortes threw a high percentage of off-speed pitches down or below the zone for swinging strikes and K'd the side 1-2-3. The fifth inning consisted of a walk and very weak single to the right side when the second basemen went to cover the bag on a hit-and-run. The sixth inning was a struggle as Cortes walked the bases loaded with two outs and was lifted for Chris Hayes. Cortes was visibly frustrated and when he got to the dugout, slammed his glove and hat into the bench. When I was able to check, the stadium reading had his fastball anywhere from 89-92 mph and off-speed anywhere from 75-80.

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The "Mr. Ray" mystery: Has CC learned to love the BB?

After a hacktastic start, Carl Crawford has gone on a refreshingly excellent walking spree, raising his BB% shockingly close to league average 26 games into the 2009 season: via www.fangraphs.com ...

Dewon Brazelton sighting!

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I know, I know. Everyone HATES Dewon Brazelton, but for some reason I'm fascinated by the guy, from the unique personal background, to the gimpy blown out knees which some at BA said should have immediately scared away the D'Rays and which subsequently led to his downfall, to the dominant 2001 college season with mid-90's fastball and plus change, to the minor league mechanical changes, major league near no-hitter, opening day start and complete downfall by 2005, AWOL and all. What a ride. Apparently his arm is healthy [easy joke goes here] and he's back in baseball, sorta. CAMDEN - The Camden Riversharks announced today that they have signed right handed pitcher Dewon Brazelton for the 2009 season. Brazelton currently projects as a starting pitcher for the Riversharks. He will join a roster that also includes former Major League pitcher Brian Lawrence, and right handed reliever Julio Guerrero.

Royals may get TV time in NWA and Oklahoma

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Fox Sports Southwest has offered local cable provider Cox Communications a package that includes 50 Royals games for the 2009 Major League Baseball season. The games would air on Fox Sports Southwest Plus, which also would feature 130 St. Louis Cardinals games and 15 Houston Astros games. Cox and Fox Sports Southwest recently reached an agreement to bring 50 Royals games to Oklahoma. Oklahoma, like Arkansas, has been blacked out for years by Major League Baseball from carrying Royals games but both states have been able to get Cardinals games through Fox Sports Southwest Plus. [Both areas currently receive 132 Rangers games and 41 Astros games through Fox Sports Southwest] The Royals' lack of TV exposure in Arkansas, particularly Northwest Arkansas, has long been a sore spot for the franchise. Kansas City is the closest major-league franchise to Northwest Arkansas, and Royals owner David Glass lives in Bella Vista.

Gem of the Day

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Friedman... worst GM or worstest?

Spitfire to pitch for Mexico?

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MEXICO CITY (AP)—Retired major-leaguer Vinny Castilla will coach Mexico at the World Baseball Classic. He says he will look at bringing in both Mexican major league players as well as those with double nationality. He plans to first talk to Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza.

Passan rips Rays fans

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Worst World Series ever Games 1 and 2 – well, those were held inside a big warehouse outfitted with seats, a massive neon orange, a tank of cownose rays, four catwalks, a drunk pro wrestler, artificial turf, mullets and a group of people that thinks ringing cowbells is awesome and wearing bright blue Mohawks is socially acceptable. Rays fever, unfortunately, comes no warmer than 98.6 degrees. Scalpers there are eating thousands of dollars because the demand for tickets is so flabby. Florida is a football state, and the inroads to carve out a fan base in the Tampa area will take decades. While championship T-shirts in Philadelphia already are deep on back order, there will be plenty available should the Rays come back and win the series.

Another lackluster outing for Price

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vs. Indianapolis (Pirates): 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 88 pitches, 4 GO, 4 FO

Royals minor league reliever placed on suspended list

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SPRINGDALE - Northwest Arkansas Naturals relief pitcher Jarod Plummer was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving left of center by Fayetteville police early Wednesday morning. Teammates Brian McFall and Matt Peterson were with Plummer when police stopped Plummer's Dodge Ram pickup at 2:01 a.m. According to the Fayetteville police report, both passengers "were not cooperative" and McFall became "very belligerent" and was threatened with arrest. Police called a taxi for McFall and Peterson and both left the scene without further incident. The report also stated that Plummer was cooperative and apologized to the arresting officers for McFall's and Peterson's behavior.

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Minor leagues: Kaaihue 3-for-4, HR (26) today

I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but this is driving me nuts. I understand he's 24-yrs-old repeating Double-A, but what the heck do the Royals have to lose by moving him up, finding a place...

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A hint as to the Rays plans for Price?

Passan on the Futures Game: Absent was David Price, the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft and among the game’s best pitching prospects. A year after letting Evan Longoria compete for Team USA in...

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Rays FSN viewership up 32.4%

Mirroring the increase in attendance, the Rays TV ratings have seen a healthy gain over last year. Source: SportsBusinessJournal.com RSN Team 2008 avg. rating(% change) H...

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Kila Kaaihue

Kila Kaaihue has two more HR's tonight for NWA, the first a shot to dead center field in the first inning and then a monster grand slam in the fifth. He also has two singles. The guy has owned...

Congrats to Cedrick Bowers One of the original Devil Ray draft picks (4th Round, 1996), after eight years in the Rays system (three at Triple-A) and four years in Japan, Cedrick Bowers finally got "The Call" yesterday; he was promoted to the major

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Congrats to Cedrick Bowers One of the original Devil Ray draft picks (4th Round, 1996), after eight years in the Rays system (three at Triple-A) and four years in Japan, Cedrick Bowers finally got "The Call" yesterday; he was promoted to the major leagues by the Colorado Rockies. Best of luck!

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J.P. Howell workload

Since the start of the season, JP Howell has gone from garbage man/inning eater to the high-leverage bridge between the starter and the stopper/closer.  Some (not only here, but the Rays radio guys...

Orioles Magic.. this is Birdland.

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Orioles Magic.. this is Birdland.

Behind the scenes with Gordon Beckham

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a.k.a. some guy the Rays are unlikely to draft

Video Interviews: Pedro Alvarez (a.k.a. some guy unlikely to be drafted by the Rays)

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Video Interviews: Pedro Alvarez (a.k.a. some guy unlikely to be drafted by the Rays)

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Crawford hacking.. just how bad?

So I went looking at ESPN's sortable stats to determine just how bad Crawford's hacking has been this year.  Carl Crawford (AL Rank out of 98 qualified batters based on at-bats): Pick you stat.. ...

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Doug Waechter sighting

He pitched 2 innings for the Marlins tonight (yes, the Rays-loving Marlins) 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 ER For those keeping track, former Rays turned Marlins: Rays farmhands:  Jorge Cantu, Doug...

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Transactions involving former Rays..

The Mariners purchased the contract of Greg Norton.  He replaces Charlton Jimerson on the roster. Hideo Nomo is attempting a comeback with the Royals.  Unfortunately for him, he gave up two HR's...

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Opening Day weather..

At last check, 30% chance of rain and temperature in the 50's. Not the most ideal baseball weather. BTW, weather permitting I'll be at the Thursday night game at Camden Yards.  Given the weather,...

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Yahoo! baseball writers make 2008 predictions

I am a fan of Jeff Passan, so this article caught my eye.Quite a few Rays getting attention, such as:AL Rookie of the Year (Evan Longoria) AL Comeback Player (Troy Percival) AL MVP-in-waiting (BJ...

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Riggans is hurt

In the latest "world revolves around sun" entry:According to the game recap, Shawn Riggans has a broken left hand after a HBP in the Braves game today in Kissimmee.Hello Mike DiFelice :(           ...

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