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A bad outing by Robles + a bad return by Pujols = a bad loss to a bad team.

Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Does this guy have a decent slider?
Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Let’s see. We had an English soccer legend in town to watch a Japanese baseball legend outhit an American baseball legend while a couple of Dominican legends squandered away a game against a legendary bad baseball team. Check.

That would be Ledley King, who threw out the first pitch. And Shohei Ohtani, who demolished one sad baseball to deep center field for his 8th HR of the year. And Mike Trout, who swung his bat 3 times all night in 5 Plate Appearances and a line of 0 for 0 with 4 walks and an RBI. (He saw 20 pitches, with an IBB free pass thrown in to boot.) And Albert Pujols, who stranded 5 runners on base. And Hansel Robles, who took two inherited runners from Jaime Garcia and moved them all the way around the bases to score, and then tacked on yet another surrendered score of his own. And that would be the Chicago White Sox, 3rd worst team in MLB this year (2nd worst pitching staff). And the Angels found a way to lose to them, 5-3.

And with the return of Albert Pujols, and another LOBsterfest on his part, I went looking around. I was surprised to learn that although MLB tracks individual LOB in the daily box scores for each game, they do not accumulate LOB as a season stat for players. Same holds true for team LOB. BBR does not track LOB in their box scores.

Grind through these Losing-To-The-Losers-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

Shohei’s arm may be about to fall off, but his wheels are just fine, thankyouverymuch.............

His bat remains just fine..........

The hype machine is revving back up..........

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

The Players’ Union is now marketing Mike. A little late, and a little lame to depend on ESPN instead of their own, original, work, but still.............

And, of course, since Mike ain’t doing very much on the field this past week, especially with the All Star break, that Manfred dust-up was THE big thing in Trout’s world over the past 7 days. And dealing with that is pretty much the update. Video #5 still gives me chills.........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

At the expense of Oliver Drake, we got Albert Pujols back. Fun times...........

This coming Sunday is Vladdie Day! We finally get a cap in Cooperstown............

Perhaps I am hyper-sensitive here, but did anybody notice that when Jim Johnson was re-activated and Tayler Cole was sent to SLC, Johnson was constantly referred to as “veteran Jim Johnson”? Is it really so pernicious within the franchise that even those covering it need to justify news events by calling out the “veteran” label?..........

You sit there and bitch about Ian Kinsler. You forget already how much of a defensive improvement he is over Taylor ‘stuck in glove’ Featherstone...........

As I wrote yesterday, Luis Valbuena is doing his job working to get David Fletcher more game action. Somebody has to do it. It’s not like we can count on Mike Scioscia or Billy Eppler...........


Everywhere In Baseball

That incident from Sunday where the Cubs fan stole a loose baseball intended for a little boy, and handed it over to his wife? Yeah, context is king. After social media blew the guy up, and real-time articles went even further, many people chimed in and gave a greater picture, exonerating the dude. It turns out that he had already helped that same boy fetch a foul ball earlier in that same game. And he was helping people all around him with baseball giving......Even with all that now known, however, I still think it’s a punk move to take away a ball that a person on the field wanted that kid to have, and I don’t care how many other balls that kid had already gotten. No fan is the Emperor of Free Baseballs............

Welp, it appears that health insurance within the MLB community ain’t all it’s cracked up to be if you ain’t a player. Doug Harris, Assistant GM for the Washington Nationals, has built a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover the costs associated with his leukemia battle..........

I don’t always agree with Buster Olney. But when I do, I don’t call him a knuckleheaded idjit. He raises a very fair point: “No major professional sports league has attempted to strike since social media became so ingrained in U.S. culture.” The Players’ Union needs to get extremely savvy on how to leverage social media, and extremely quick, else they are going to get roasted in the eyes of the public when the CBA come up for renewal

This is a subject that warrants attention. As I meander around the Interpipes vast and wide 5 days a week, I pick up more and more on respectable people with respectable experience and respectable views chirping up that this Memorial Day marketing party of MLB is less and less about remembering those who sacrificed their chance to live long and prosper that we might. The Nick Francona stuff really pisses me off. But this new info that MLB does it all out of fear seems like some really stupid and uncreative thinking...........

If you build a bullpen of 1 or 2 inning guys who are trained to throw 20 pitches at 100mph, you increase the odds of running out of guys at all. This is the case in modern MLB, which is why we have seen a new record for teams running out of guys and having to use position players to mop up.............(And that record tally keeps going up!)...........

Down goes the New York Daily News sports pages. Yet another victim of the MSM publishing suicide pact..........Although, this take from the sporting POV is rather hyperbolic. I am also in the sporting world and even I know of Vanity Fair. They don’t see a need for in-depth sports coverage in order to satisfy their mission. It all depends on what mission a publishing empire wishes to pursue.........

Tim Tebow’s injury required season-ending surgery. So he won’t get any marketing hype call up to the MLB team. And somehow this is a blow to the Mets?..........But those 6 home runs in 84 games before the injury? “Nothing but a positive” says the delusional acting NYM GM John Ricco..........

What’s this? The Red Sox farm system is in trouble, and taking down the MLB flexibility with it? Where have I heard this tale before?..........(Yes, over the past 4 years they have gone from 2nd to 6th to 24th to 25th. That is ALL Dave Dombrowski’s tenure.)

The Dodgers have an MVP candidate in their midst with Matt Kemp 2018, and it’s only if you follow the trail of ALL the money do you learn that the Dodgers have Matt Kemp, and basically getting paid to have Matt Kemp..........

Still in Chavez Ravine, Manny Machado knew before the ASG that he was being traded to LA. He was told by Baltimore management. It just couldn’t be announced because the awkwardness of it all.....By the way, anybody else think that Machado looks older in blue?..........

Really??? From brain surgery to 7 no-hit innings in less than 1 12 years? Is the brain that less critical than some random elbow ligament?...........

Gary Sanchez had a very rough night. Yankee fans will not be pleased...............

Joe Maddon, the Gregg Popovich of MLB...........And the Dodgers have something serious to worry about now with the Cubs, who are far more broadly spread with their talent (and NL-leading wins record) even after adding Manny Machado..........

So, Granderson is available?..........The Trade Deadline looms.....Here are things to think about.....Without going into all the details of all the rumors on all the trades, I would really like to see a Matt Harvey Miracle..........Looks like we missed out on a better chance to improve our bullpen, by allowing Oakland to steal Jeurys Familia from the salary-dumping Wilpons Mets ownership. (Especially when it looks like the Wilpons are prime targets for exploitation once again.).........


The Duffle Bag

Jose Iglesias is getting into Andrelton Simmons territory...........

Good catch, redditer. With Machado gone, Zack Greinke now has a higher offensive fWAR than anybody on the Orioles today.............Not so good catch, redditer. Looks like somebody stole Jessica’s MS Paint job?.....(By the way, compare the MLB cartoon to the PITCHF/x cartoon. Close - #5 especially - but not the exact same we presume all this scientific robo shit to be.).........Stirrups raises hand. “Yeah, pick me!”...........MLB was so eager to do all that fabulous “marketing of their players”, that they almost auctioned off Bryce Harper’s winning Derby HR...........Billy Butler was clearly hosed by the vast MLB conspiracy. Because he is proving that he still has it..........Protect the baby. That’s the priority, right?...........