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Good morning baseball fans and happy draft day!
Dave Cameron of Fangraphs thinks that the MLB should throw the book at Yordano Ventura after his actions on Tuesday night.
Machado, of course, isn’t blameless in this either, and should get a longer suspension than other mound-chargers. Machado got into it with Josh Donaldson back in 2014 after he thought he got tagged too hard, and then threw his bat at (or near, at least) the third baseman a few days later when Fernando Abad came inside with a few pitches; that incident drew a five game suspension for Machado, and earned him a bit of a reputation as well. Maybe 10-15 games for Machado would be a significant enough punishment for him to think twice before starting another fight in the future.
But this time, Machado wasn’t the one putting another player in danger. That was Ventura, again, and it’s time for MLB to step in and tell him that enough is enough. This should be the last time Yordano Ventura gets to decide that throwing at people is part of the game. If he wants to be a fighter, he can go join the MMA. If he’s going to pitch in Major League Baseball, he should have to figure out how to do it without turning baseball into a combat sport. And if he can’t do that, well, then MLB doesn’t need Yordano Ventura.
Ventura's antics aren't welcomed by those in charge of the Royals it appears, as they have been trying to trade him.
The latest edition of the Rosterbatorical discussed the brawl from Tuesday, and what could follow as a result.
Sad news out of Philly today, as Vince Velasquez only made it two pitches into his start on Wednesday, throwing fastballs at 86 and 87 miles per hour before being taken out of the game. He has been diagnosed with a right biceps strain.
Yoenis Cespedes is in a slump, but is trying to push through his cold bat and sore hip.
The entire Mets offense is struggling, and general manager Sandy Alderson tried to give them some help by acquiring old friend Kelly Johnson from the Braves.
Felix Hernandez still remains in a walking boot and will have to miss at least a couple of more starts as he deals with pain in the back of his right knee.
Since it's draft day, here's some more Q&A's to get you in the zone for tonight's festivities. Canadian right-hander, and Auburn commit, Jordan Balazovic, projected top-3 pick and Mercer outfielder, Kyle Lewis and high school right-hander Ian Anderson from New York.
Also, for your reading pleasure, here are the consensus rankings from all the draft experts.
The Reds are 22-36, yet this season is going exactly how they want it to go.
Regardless of the potential landing spots — things will change, and someone will have a need for these two by the time the trade deadline rolls around — it’s hard to imagine this could’ve gone much better for Cincinnati. With 10-and-5 rights and bloated contacts, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips were likely never going anywhere anyway. The only real trade chips the Reds had left after dealing Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman in the offseason were Bruce and Cozart, who only stuck around because they’d depreciated their value so immensely with injuries and underperformance. Given where they were 58 games ago, their value couldn’t be much higher than it is right now. Despite the lack of Ws in the standings, the Reds have almost won this one. Now it’s time to capitalize by making the moves.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League West.
Tell me if this surprises you: a Rockies pitcher struggles in Coors Field, yet pitches well on the road.
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