August 11, 2022

Sale Out For Season After Fracturing Wrist In Bicycle Accident

Chris Sale will log only 5.2 innings of work in 2022. The slender lefty was lost for the remainder of this season after fracturing his right wrist in a bicycle accident last Saturday. Sale, who had been working his way back from a fractured left pinkie (sustained on July 17), had surgery on his wrist three days ago.

Sale has been plagued by injuries since mid-August 2019, several months after signing a 5/145 extension. He missed the shortened 2020 season and most the 2021 campaign recovering from TJ surgery. This year, he suffered a stress fracture in his right rib cage before spring training, as well as what MLB.com's Ian Browne called an "undisclosed non-baseball medical situation".

Sale, who has refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, had contracted SARS-CoV-2 at least twice. At the end of June, he said he'd figure out that "shit" later. (Well, his calendar is now pretty wide open if he wants to get crackin' and do his own research.)

Sale finally returned to the Red Sox on July 12, pitching five scoreless innings against the Rays and proclaming: "I'm not broken anymore. . . . It's definitely different this year." Five days later, Sale's left pinkie was crushed at Yankee Stadium by a line drive off Aaron Hicks's bat.

On Saturday, Sale had finished a throwing session at Boston College. "He took his bike out to go grab some lunch near his house and hit something going down a hill, flew off the bike," Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said. "You couldn't make this up, right?"

Over the last three seasons, Sale has pitched in only 11 games (48.1 innings). He has two more seasons on the extension he signed in March 2019. The Red Sox have a club option for 2025.

It's been a summer of injuries for the Red Sox -- who had been flying high six weeks ago. Even though Kike Hernandez, Garrett Whitlock, Nate Eovaldi, Christian Arroyo, and Matt Barnes had spent time on the Injured List in June, Boston won 20 of 26 games during the month and had the third-best record in the American League on July 1.

Since then, they have gone 11-25 and are currently 5 GB in the Wild Card race.

July was the exact opposite of June. The IL was crowded with visits from Rafael Devers, Trevor Story, Sale, Arroyo, Rich Hill, Michael Wacha, Tyler Danish, Matt Strahm, and Connor Seabold, as well as Josh Winckowski, who missed eight games for Covid-related reasons. Kevin Plawecki was placed on the Covid-related list for the second time this season. Christian Vazquez was traded.

As August began, Rob Refsnyder, Tanner Houck, and Brayan Bello were placed on the IL. And now Sale -- once again.

August 5, 2022

Angels Score 7 Runs On 7 Home Runs In 7 Different Innings

Update/Fuller Explanation Below!
Athletics - 006 200 000 - 8  8  0
Angels    - 111 101 101 - 7  9  0
The Angels are the first team in major league history to score seven runs in a game on seven solo homers.

The Angels had nine hits on Thursday night: one single, one double, and seven home runs.

I do not believe a team has ever scored eight runs in a game with no more than one run in an inning. (I believe seven has been done before.)

The previous high was six runs on six solo shots, accomplished by the the Athletics on August 3, 1991 against the Twins and the Blue Jays on May 21, 2010 against the Diamondbacks. Both homer-happy teams lost by an 8-6 score.

The Angels are also the sixth team to hit seven homers in a game and lose. It's now happened in each of the last three seasons. (Teams that have hit seven home runs in a game are now 79-6.)

UPDATE/FULLER EXPLANATION: Teams that hit exactly seven home runs in a game are 79-6. Teams that have hit seven or more homers are 110-6 and teams that have hit eight or more home runs are 31-0. (Of those 31 teams, 29 hit eight home runs, one hit nine, and one hit ten.)

The Amazing Shohei Ohtani hit two of the seven dongs.

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"10,669 players made their major league debut before Vin Scully started broadcasting Dodgers games.
10,641 more players made their major league debut before Vin Scully retired from broadcasting Dodgers games."

August 2, 2022

RIP Vin Scully: 1927-2022

The broadcasting career of Vincent Edward Scully began in 1950, at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, when he was a 22-year-old, fresh out of Fordham University. Scully had wanted to be a sports announcer. since he was seven years old.

He would broadcast Dodgers games for the next 67 years. He died this evening at his home in Los Angeles, at the age of 94.

Scully became the Dodgers' principal announcer in 1954, the year after he became (and still is) the youngest person to broadcast a World Series. The Dodgers won the 1955 World Series and moved to Los Angeles two years later. Scully retired in 2016, at age 88.

One of my initial joys of subscribing to the MLBTV package nearly 20 years ago was, after the Red Sox game was over, flipping over to the Dodgers broadcast and listening to Scully for an inning or two. It was the perfect way to relax.

The Times mentions Scully's "mastery of the graceful phrase and his gift for storytelling". That's exactly it. In those ways, Scully was much like Roger Angell, who died this past May, at the age of 101.

How good – and how loved – was Scully? Dodgers fans by the thousands would bring small transistor radios to the stadium and hold them to the side of their heads, watching the game unfolding in front of them with Scully's words in their ears.

Sometimes people say things like, "Don't trust anyone who doesn't like dogs." Well, I'll agree with that – it's sound advice – and I'll add: "Don't trust anyone who doesn't believe Vin Scully was the greatest baseball announcer of all-time."

Clips and Words:

September 9, 1965: Scully calls the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax's perfect game (the fourth no-hitter of his career) against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers managed only one hit against Bob Hendley. (Comments include a cool story of how this recording exists.)

October 14, 1965: World Series Game 7: Dodgers (Koufax) at Twins (Kaat)

October 15, 1988: World Series Game 1 (bottom of 9th inning): Athletics at Dodgers

Appreciating Vin Scully Appreciating Clayton Kershaw (Matthew Kory, FanGraphs, September 8, 2015)

"I'm not sure [my wife] knows how to pick out a good avocado."

Red Sox Trade For Veteran 1B Eric Hosmer

The Red Sox acquired veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer on Tuesday in a deal with the Padres.

Boston sent prospect Jay Groome to San Diego for Hosmer, infielder Max Ferguson (SD's #11 prospect), outfielder Corey Rosier (#26) and cash.

Hosmer, 32, is owed $39 million from 2023-25. It's not yet known what portion of that amount will be paid by the Red Sox. MLB.com's Ian Browne offers a "reasonable" scenario in which Hosmer and Triston Casas, both left-handed hitting first basemen, share the 1B/DH slots since J.D. Martinez is a free agent at the end of this season.

Hosmer was reportedly part of the Padres-Nationals blockbuster deal that sent Juan Soto to San Diego, but the Nationals were on Hosmer's no-trade list. In 90 games this year (his 12th major league season), Hosmer is hitting .272/.336/.391.

The Red Sox are a disappointing 52-52 and in last place in the AL East, but are still situated only three games out of the wild card race with 58 games remaining.

August 1, 2022

Bloom Makes Three Trades On Monday: Sends Christian Vázquez To Astros,
Gets Tommy Phan From Reds And Reese McGuire From White Sox


On Monday afternoon, Christian Vázquez was taking batting practice before the first game of the Red Sox's three-game series in Houston when he learned he had been traded to the Astros. As he walked back to the dugout, he remarked: "It's a business."

It sure is. Sending SNCV to the Astros was only one of the three deals Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom made in roughly an hour's time. (Vázquez was not in the Astros' starting lineup on Monday evening.)

Boston received outfielder Tommy Pham (for a player-to-be-named-later or a mere bag of shells) with the Reds and got catcher Reese McGuire from the White Sox in exchange for reliever Jake Diekman.

"Someone Named" Christian Vázquez, who could be a free agent after this season, was the longest tenured player in the Red Sox organization. He made his major league debut in 2014 and became the team's main catcher in 2017. Boston received two 23-year-old prospects – infielder/outfielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu.

MLB.com:
Abreu, 23, hit .249 while scoring 81 runs to go with 15 homers, 54 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 89 games for Double-A Corpus Christi this season.

Valdez, who is also 23, hit .327 with 21 home runs, 77 RBIs and a 1.016 OPS in 82 games split between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Sugar Land this season.
Pham, 34 years old, batted .238/.320/.374 (88 OPS+) for the Reds this year. He has 11 dongs, but has not gone deep since June 30 (25 games) and is currently in a 0-for-10 slump. The Red Sox are his fifth team in the last five seasons. His contract with the Reds includes a $6 million mutual option for 2023 or a $1.5 million buyout.

McGuire, 27 years old and a left-handed batter, is in his fifth major league season. He spent the first four years with the Blue Jays. In 2022, he's hitting .225/.261/.285 in 166 PA (53 games) for a 55 OPS+.