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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal looked at the inconsistency of MLB umpiring, especially in the case of Mets' pitcher Noah Syndergaard, after he was ejected for throwing behind Dodgers' Chase Utley.
Collisions at home plate mostly are gone, and catchers are healthier for it. Collisions at second base mostly are disappearing, enabling infielders to avoid injury, too.
So, I've got no complaint if -- in a vacuum -- umpire Adam Hamari exercises his judgment to eject the Mets' Noah Syndergaard for intentionally throwing at the Dodgers' Chase Utley.
The problem is that Hamari's decision in the third inning Saturday night did not occur in a vacuum. No, his decision was a departure from others in recent weeks, a departure from how umpires normally resolve such matters. And it led almost directly to the Mets' 9-1 defeat.
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If they could, would the Diamondbacks undo their lucrative offseason?
Which means my answer is no, the Diamondbacks would have their Greinke and pay him, too. They have regrets about one very visible, daring trade, but their strategy now is simple. Wait for Paul Goldschmidt to hit more. Wait for David Peralta to get healthy and hit more. Wait for Patrick Corbin and Greinke to pitch better. Those are not unrealistic hopes. Those are eminently realistic hopes. They need to happen, like, yesterday, but they're not absurd.
And they'll need to wait for Pollock to get healthy, which isn't going to happen this season. But when it does happen, they'll have an expensive, likely still excellent starting pitcher, which isn't a creature that's going to exist on the open market in the winter. There's still hope for the Diamondbacks this year, but it's the additional hope for next season that makes them a little worried, but still okay with the risks they took in the offseason.
Who doesn't love a good prospect article? I know I do. Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs recognized baseball's most compelling fringe prospects.
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