I was at the game Tuesday night and the umpiring crew checking pitchers for the sticky icky was evident. Gloves, jerseys, hats all got the once over as guys left the field. It was cool to see the rules taken seriously and I hope it stays that way.
In an exclusive Q and A with The Athletic, Rob Manfred says enforcement of the new edict is going very well.
Not surprisingly, spin rates dropped quite a bit across MLB as enforcement was looming. We knew about Bauer and Cole, but an Angel made the list for notable drops over his last two starts as well.
DH? We don’t need no stinking DH. Ohtani continues to make history. Yesterday he hit second and was the starting pitcher. This was the first time in MLB history an AL team did not use a DH while an NL team did.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Rays have a stud prospect who is contributing at the MLB level from day one.
How is this guy not an Angel? Definitely the type of injury we’d expect here.
The Asterisks reactivated Kyle Tucker from the Covid list. I’m hoping at the end of this madness Fangraphs or the like does a look at the stats for guys who tested positive. We’re tracking fighters on my boxing site and so far it is a pretty mixed bag.
Cover pic of Jose Mota has nothing to do with today’s links. But Jose is about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet so I figured he deserves some love. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting him, share your story below.