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Rougned Odor doesn’t regret punching Jose Bautista, braces for suspension

Rougned Odor isn’t going to apologize for his punch to the face of Blue Jays sluggerJose Bautista on Sunday, and theRangers second baseman has already come to terms with the likelihood he’ll be suspended forstarting abenches-clearing brawl.I Dee Gordon Jersey think you saw what happened yesterday, Odor said Monday, via the Fort Worth Star Telegram. For me, I think it was a pretty hard slide, but you saw what happened. I knew he was going to come hard. I can tell when somebody is coming hard to second base, so I was just trying to protect myself.It’s part of the game.SPECTOR: Bautisa-Odor brawl: Two wrongs, one big rightThe bad blood betweenBautista and the Rangers datesto thelast year’sAL Division Seriesmatchupand Bautista’s boastful bat flip. So when Odor sawBautista slide hardinto second base after getting hitby a pitch from the Rangers’ Matt Bush, he knewBautista wanteda confrontation.I saw him standing there after the slide, Odor said.He was looking at me. I was like, ‘What’s up?’ He was close to me. I had to step back a little bit, and that’s what I did.MLB is mulling suspensions for the six players and coaches whowere ejected as a result of the brawl.Odor, Bautista and Blue Jays third basemanJosh Donaldson all were ejected for their roles after the benches cleared.ENGEL: Baseball needs guys like Bautista and OdorRangers coach Steve Buechele,Blue Jays coach DeMarlo Hale andJays pitcherJe se Chavez werelater ejected in the bottom of the eighth after Chavez hitthe Rangers’ Prince Fielder with a pitch.Odor, who admitted he has shied away fromwatching TV orsocial media in the aftermath of the punch, knows he is going to be suspended by Major League Baseballfor at least a couple of games.”I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. “That’s not my job (to worry about a penalty),I don’t know anything yet.” Continue reading

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Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

At this point, it might still happen.As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ A sociation of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote trackerfor the nece sary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote; Jeff Bagwell with 91.1 percent; Ivan Rodriguez with 80.5 percent; Vladimir Guerrero with 74.2 percent; and Trevor Hoffman with 73.2 percent.Voting closed Dec. 31, though some writers have been parsing their ballots out since then for column material or emailing them outright to Thibodaux, who has something of a cottage industry going for this. Full voting results will be announced Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. EST on MLB Network, with Thibodaux estimating that 435 BBWAA members will cast ballots.Analysts like Nathaniel Rakich of Hardball Times have been predicting that Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez, Guerrero and Hoffman will all get in. What will happen if Rakich and others are right?MORE: The 25 worst Hall of Fame selections, rankedThe first thing to know is that it’s unlikely the BBWAA will vote five players in. It’s only happened once in baseball history, in the inaugural BBWAA vote in 1936 when the writers voted in Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner. Since then there havebeen four inductees just three times, with the BBWAA averaging 1.653 inductees per year through 72 elections in all.More than this, Thibodaux’s tracker shows 15 returning candidates on the ballot. Eleven had fewer votes on private ballots than ones publicly released. A new rule next year will require all ballots to be released publicly, but it’s not in effect this year. In other words, the majority of candidates could and more than likely will lose ground between now and the results show on Jan. 18.Raines and Bagwell look locked in for plaques, with Thibodaux noting they need just over 60 percent apiece support on remaining ballots to be voted in. As for Rodriguez, Guerreroand Hoffman, they could go either way. Hoffman rated nearly three percent better with private voters last year, so he could clear the 75 percent hurdle, closely. Rodriguez and Guerrero, meanwhile, are both first-time candidates, so it’s harder to say which way they’ll go.FAGAN: Explaining the ballot from a Yasmany Tomas Jersey first-time voterThe good news for Guerrero is he’s already exceeded expectations, as he should. On Nov. 29, I predicted Hall of Fame voting results, projecting Guerrero with just 24 percent of the vote. I should have taken a longer look at Guerrero’s numbers, such as his .318 lifetime batting average, 449 home runs, and 2,590 hits. According to the Play Index tool, just five players in baseball history top Guerrero in all three categories: Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig. It would have been gro sly unjust for Guerrero to receive just 24 percent of the vote this year. Thankfully, other voters looked longer at his case than I did when I made my predictions.As for Rodriguez, he could be bolstered by Mike Piazza’s induction last year. This has helped similar players before, from John Smoltz getting in a year after teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to Bruce Sutter and Goose Go sage following Dennis Eckersley into Cooperstown. Still, there’s no hard and fast rule for this.But what happens if they all do get in? Could it lead to a rule change? Maybe.WOMACK: The Hall of Fame is ‘at peace’ with the steroid eraThe Hall of Fame hasn’t seemed to mind terribly as nine players were voted in over the past three BBWAA elections, with Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson saying last year that the museum had two of its best years in 2014 and 2015. The Hall’s financial health correlates a lot with attendance for Induction Weekend in July, with the museum suffering a bleak year in 2013 when the writers voted no one in. So it seems unlikely that the Hall of Fame would want to upset good busine s.But the Hall of Fame would also be in uncharted waters, going from an average of three BBWAA inductions per year to potentiallyfive. Include recent selections by the Today’s Game Committee of Bud Selig and John Schuerholz, and fans would be in for one long induction ceremony next summer. More than this, it could be bad for the exclusivity of induction the Hall of Fame so closely guards that’s vital to its succe s.Busy flurries of inductions in years past have spurred chills, primarily for the Veterans Committee which gained a reputation for acting reckle sly in the 1970s. After the committee made one of its most infamous selections High Pockets Kelly in 1973, who topped out at 1.9 percent of the vote with the BBWAA the veterans for a time couldn’t enshrine any Major League Baseball player who’d drawn le s than 100 votes from the BBWAA. For a couple years in the early 1990s, players who’d retired since 1946 had to have received at least 60 percent of the BBWAA’s vote to be eligible with the veterans.FOSTER: Blank ballots an i sue? Don’t allow itSo chills have mostly applied to the writers, though there’s arguably been one exception. From 1951 to 1956, the BBWAA inducted 15 players, as many as were inducted from 1937 through 1950. Confusion reigned in the Jan. 1956 election, with writers voting for a number of ineligible players. Thus, months later in Jul. 1956, the Hall of Fame instituted a series of rule changes, including that the writers would only vote every other year henceforth. The writers voted in just four players over the next decade before the BBWAA resumed voting annually.It’s unlikely the Hall of Fame would want to revisit this era in Hall of Fame voting, where the Veterans Committee enshrined a number of 19th century greats but fans grumbled as more contemporary stars struggled to get in. But it doesn’t seem likely either the Hall of Fame will want the brisk pace of inductions to continue for too long. Continue reading

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Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss up to 4 weeks

The Mariners may be without their best starter and hottesthitter for up to four weeks.Right-hander Felix Hernandez and right fielder Mitch Haniger are expected to mi s 3-4 weeks, according to the Seattle Times. Both players went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.Hernandezleft Tuesday’s start against Ian Happ Jersey the Tigers after two innings.Mariners manager Scott Servais said WednesdayHernandez termed the injury a “dead arm.” The technical diagnosis isbursitis in his right shoulder. The 30-year-old Hernandez, a six-time All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner, is off to a rockystart, witha 4.73 ERA and 1.57WHIP in five outings.Haniger has beendiagnosed witha Grade 2 strain of his right oblique, which he injured during an at-bat in Tuesday’s game.The rookie has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle, with four Carlos Zambrano Jersey home runs, 16 RBIs and a 1.042 OPS to start the season. Continue reading

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MLB playoffs: Jose Altuve ‘couldn’t believe it’ when Astros acquired Justin Verlander

The Astros are one step away from reaching their first World Series since losing to the White Sox in 2005 as a National League team.Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is ready to help Houston beat the Yankees after enjoyinga banner year. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, and Altuve couldn’t Trevor Rosenthal Jersey have been more pleased.”I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘Oh, Dallas pitching tonight, this is great,’” Altuve said Friday in a pre s conference.”And I love when he pitches. He goes out there and he plays a hundred percent every time. He’s very profe sional and he likes to pitch and we like to play behind him.”Altuve has reason for excitement. Keuchel enters Friday’s game with a sterling1.24 career ERA against the Yankees, which is best among active pitchers with at least fivestarts against them.The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2. the six-time All-Star has been near-perfect since joining Houston from the Tigers moments before the Aug.31 waiver-trade deadline. Altuve couldn’t believe it when the Astros acquired the ace.”I remember I was at home that day and my brother told me, ‘Hey, we got him’, and I was like, ‘No, we didn’t’. And then he was, ‘Yes, we did.’I remember I saw my phone and MLB At Bat said, ‘OK, Astros acquire Justin Verlander.’ And I couldn’t believe it,” Altuve said. “I remember we had a day off the next day and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have a day off, I want to go play now, I want to see Justin with the Lance Lynn Jersey Astros uniform.’”So I think that was my feeling, but I know that the other 24 guys in the team felt the same way about getting Justin Verlander. I was so excited and I was like, ‘OK, here we go.’ It’s not a secret that we had a good team before him, before trading for him, but after we did that it’s like, ‘OK, now we go, now we got everything we need.’ And I was really happy we got him.”Houston is rich in young talent, especially in their lineup, but Altuve thinks the veteran leadership of a guy like Carlos Beltran could help the Astros reach their full potential.”Carlos has been in the league for 20 years and he knows a lot,” Altuve said.”He goes beyond just hitting and defense, he gives youlittle details that really help you to keep getting better and develop into the game.”Altuve will bat third Friday night against the Yankees. Continue reading

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West Coast superfood fueled run

I am so excited to share my 18km Aca Joe West Coast Warm Water trail run experience, which I took part in over the weekend. It was my cousin’s wedding on the Saturday evening before the event and we stayed … Continue reading

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