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The Cleveland Indians and the Burden of Financial Proof | FanGraphs Baseball

The second worst thing a baseball owner can do is to squander a good team; the worst is to do so without even persuasively saying why. It’s just not the kind of thing lifetime achievers do.

— Read on blogs.fangraphs.com/the-cleveland-indians-and-the-burden-of-financial-proof/

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Corey Kluber traded to Rangers (sources) | MLB.com

The Rangers have agreed to a trade for two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber from the Indians, sources told MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal first reported the two teams were near a deal.

The clubs haven’t confirmed the reports.

Source: Corey Kluber traded to Rangers (sources) | MLB.com

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Astros Fire Brandon Taubman, Now Need To Fire Whoever Smeared Stephanie Apstein [Update]

The Houston Astros have fired assistant GM Brandon Taubman for conduct that “does not reflect the values” of the organization, according to a team statement released on Thursday.
— Read on deadspin.com/astros-fire-brandon-taubman-now-need-to-fire-whoever-s-1839336722

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Go Nats!

Baby shark, do doo do do do doo…

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The Houston Astros’ denial just made a bad situation worse

Domestic violence is a scourge, one that has existed for too long because people are unwilling to hold accountable not only those who perpetrate it but those who look past it. That Brandon Taubman happened to say what he said now is sadly fitting. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

— Read on www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27901119/the-houston-astros-denial-just-made-bad-situation-worse

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Scars of being hit by a foul ball resonate two years on

If the sight of a then 2-year-old girl nearly getting killed by a baseball — a sight that hushed Yankee Stadium and had Frazier, along with his teammate Matt Holliday, Yankees third base coach Joe Espada and Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar kneeling in prayer and near tears — wasn’t enough to spur MLB to force its teams to extend the safety nettings in their ballparks from foul pole to foul pole, it’s tough to imagine what would be.

— Read on sports.yahoo.com/baseball-still-dragging-its-feet-on-protective-netting-042255825.html

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The Clock Turns Back to 1983 as a Yastrzemski Homers at Fenway – The New York Times

Boston fans were left with a conundrum: Do you cheer for an opposing player if his grandfather is Carl Yastrzemski?

Answer: Yes.

— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/sports/baseball/mike-yastrzemski-giants-red-sox-fenway.html

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José Ramírez Injury Deals Big Blow to Cleveland’s Playoff Hopes | FanGraphs Baseball

After struggling for the first few months of the season, both José Ramírez and Cleveland broke out in a big way with Ramírez discovering his old form and Cleveland going on a big run to catch the Minnesota Twins for first place at one point this month. Cleveland couldn’t quite keep up that pace over the last few weeks, falling a few games back of the Twins, but still looked to be in great shape for the wild card race. With news of a broken hamate bone and the resulting surgery for Ramírez, the team is losing their best hitter for the rest of the season, leaving a massive hole in the lineup and at third base. The club’s path to the playoffs just got a lot more narrow.

— Read on blogs.fangraphs.com/jose-ramirez-injury-deals-big-blow-to-clevelands-playoff-hopes/

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Wrist injury forces Indians’ Ramirez from game

Ramirez had appeared to have figured things out offensively. I hope this is a minor injury.

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez was removed from Saturday’s game with a right wrist injury.

— Read on www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27456240/wrist-injury-forces-indians-ramirez-game

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Congratulations To The 2019 Baltimore Orioles

The first team completely eliminated from playoff contention

It’s still August.