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And Volquez gives up a second solo shot. Dude is so lucky it's only been 2 laugh.gif
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runners 2nd and 3rd 1 out what does terry collins do? calls a suicide squeeze instead of playing for the sac fly.

blow this team up.
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Altuve 3-3 with 2 IF singles and seeing eye single right back up the middle laugh.gif
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Originally Posted by Jewbacca2 View Post

Altuve 3-3 with 2 IF singles and seeing eye single right back up the middle laugh.gif
A day in the life of Ichiro.
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm View Post

A day in the life of Ichiro.

He usually hits the ball hard, but this is great too laugh.gif

Just took a 5-3 lead pimp.gif

It was only a matter of time before all the hard hit balls dropped
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Was Tampa not supposed to get a hit with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th?

Brb checking the unwritten rules
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tbh he should've went up to the plate without a bat

let Carrasco have his moment

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Should've took 3 straight pitches down the middle.

Joey Bushleague
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Originally Posted by nickmaz96 View Post

tbh he should've went up to the plate without a bat

let Carrasco have his moment

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Originally Posted by Jewbacca2 View Post

Was Tampa not supposed to get a hit with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th?

Brb checking the unwritten rules
You're acting like the situations are remotely similar laugh.gif
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how many times has that happened? 2 out 2 strikes in the 9th, perfecto or no-no broken up. Probably some sort of confirmation bias but I feel like i've seen it a lot in the last few years
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Did Shelby Miller have 2 strikes when it got broken up?
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Im not sure why perfect games even matter. Aren't all 27 outs worth the same? Doesn't matter how/when you get them.
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Marwin Gonzalez just swung at a pitch that hit him laugh.giflaugh.gif
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Originally Posted by erupt107th View Post

Im not sure why perfect games even matter. Aren't all 27 outs worth the same? Doesn't matter how/when you get them.

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Can always count on Carlos or Alex Torres to lose a game for the Mets.
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRedStorm View Post

Did Shelby Miller have 2 strikes when it got broken up?

He was 1 out shy, but don't remember if he was a strike away.

smokin.gif Carrasco is a good sport smiling as he walked off the mound. Hell of an outing, and evidence why pitchouts are so farce.

Mets are a disaster. We all saw that coming though. Not sure how the umps didn't get that call right with Murphy/Flores? on 3rd at the same time.
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Tejada* who actually ran past Murphy like a fool.

Blow this team up. Keep the 5 pitchers and trade everyone else.
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Astros and Royals about to have a beanball war.
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The Royal flush is complete pimp.gif

And we gain a game on the Angels and Rangers pimp.gif
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Today in Baseball History - July 2nd (Click to show)
1903 Ed Delahanty, who once hit four homers in one game, goes over a Niagara Falls railroad bridge and drowns. The circumstances concerning the Senator outfielder's death are never discovered.

1930 Carl Reynolds becomes only the second player in big league history to homer in three consecutive innings when he goes deep in the first three frames of the 15-4 White Sox victory over the hometown Yankees. The Chicago outfielder's power surge includes two inside-the-park round trippers.

1933 The Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. In the 18-inning opener, Carl Hubbell throws a six-hitter with Roy Parmelee out-pitching Dizzy Dean in the night cap.

1934 At Wrigley Field, veteran ump Bill Klem's delayed call of the infield fly rule leads the Cardinals to protest their game with the Cubs. The game is suspended with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Cubs ahead 5-1, and will be completed on the last day of the month with St. Louis losing with the final score of 7-4.

1941 On a sweltering day in front of 52,832 fans at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio hits a three-run homer off Red Sox hurler **** Newsome to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 45 games. The 'Yankee Clipper' surpasses Wee Willie Keeler's 1897 major league mark of 44 straight games with a hit accomplished when the diminutive outfielder played with the Orioles.

1962 Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres ties a National League record with eight consecutive strikeouts in a 5-1 victory over the Phillies.

1963 In one of baseball's most memorable pitching duels, Giants' Juan Marichal and Braves' Warren Spahn both hurl 15 scoreless innings before Willie Mays ends the marathon with a homer off Spahnie in the bottom of the 16th giving San Francisco a 1-0 win.

1967 After Chicago's 4-1 victory over Cincinnati at Wrigley Field, many of the 40,464 patrons stay in the ballpark awaiting the outcome of the Cards/Mets game. When the results are posted with a New York win, which puts the Cubs in first place by half of a game, the enthusiastic fans refuse to leave the 'Friendly Confines' until the flags above the scoreboard are changed, a task usually done the next day, to reflect the home team's position at the top of the standings.

1969 Reds' pitcher Jerry Arrigo ties a major league mark when he hits his third Brave batter in the second inning of a 9-4 victory. The Braves also tie the major league mark by hitting five batters in one game.

1970 Tony Horton hits for the cycle against Baltimore in the Indians’ 10-9 victory at Memorial Stadium. The Cleveland first baseman completes the feat with a lead-off home run in the top of the ninth inning off Pete Richert.

1976 The Astros tie a franchise record banging out 25 hits in a 10-8 victory over Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium. Two months earlier, Houston established the mark in a 16-5 rout of Atlanta.

1977 For the second time this season, Jim Spencer has an eight RBI day. The White Sox first baseman's two home runs help to beat the Twins.

1978 With a 3-2 Yankee victory over the Tigers at the Bronx ballpark, southpaw Ron Guidry improves his record to 13-0. The Louisiana Lightning's start is the best in franchise history.

1979 Don Kessinger (46–60) is fired mid-season as the player-manager of the White Sox, and will be replaced by rookie skipper Tony La Russa, who had been managing the club's Triple-A Iowa Oaks in the American Association. During his eight-year tenure with Chicago, La Russa will compile a 522-510 record with his team winning the AL West title in 1983.

1985 Astros' hurler Joe Niekro notches his 200th career victory. The Niekro brothers (Joe & Phil) will join the Perrys (Jim & Gaylord) as the only brothers to win at least 200 games per pitcher.

1986 The Blue Jays score three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Red Sox and Roger Clemens, 4-2. The loss prevents the 'Rocket' from getting a record-tying 15th consecutive winning decision.

1993 In a pre-game ceremony at the ballpark, Royals Stadium is officially renamed to honor Ewing M. Kauffman, the team's owner since the club's inception in 1968. The 77 year-old philanthropist, who humbly discouraged the name change, will die within a month.

1993 At Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, the latest game in major league history ends at 4:40 am as relief pitcher Mitch Williams, in his first at-bat of the season, singles home the winning run in the tenth inning, giving the Phillies a 6-5 victory over the Padres. The game, which started at 1:26 am due to the three rain delays in Game 1 of the twin bill, eclipses the 3:35 mark established in Atlanta on July 4, 1985 in a game which ended with fireworks after the Mets beat the Braves in 19 innings, 16-13.

1995 Dodger right hander Hideo Nomo, who is leading the National League in strikeouts, becomes the first player from Japan to be selected for the major league All-Star game.

1995 On the day the Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth's hundredth birthday, a frail Mickey Mantle bids the fans a farewell in a recorded message on the Bronx ballpark's Jumbotron. The diminished former superstar, who will succumb to liver cancer in 22 days, tells the crowd, "I feel like Phil Rizzuto in Babe Ruth's uniform".

1999 National League President Len Coleman suspends Tom Hallion for three games without pay for bumping Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and pitching coach Milt May during an argument. It is the first time an umpire is suspended for an on-field dispute.

2000 After hitting two home runs in a 2-1 victory over the Expos, Marlins' outfielder Mark Smith becomes a hero for the second time this day when he pulls a man from a smoke-filled car minutes before the car explodes.

2000 At Shea Stadium, Mets' fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball which Braves reliever John Rocker had tossed into the stands back onto the field. In a few day later, the 26 year-old Brooklyn man will be exonerated as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown concludes Mr. Sweeney had no criminal intent and was doing nothing more than following a baseball tradition of returning an unsolicited and unwanted souvenir.

2002 Fifty-three major league players hit a record 62 home runs, breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. The barrage includes a record-tying dozen hit at Chicago's Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in 1995.

2002 At Coors Field every Giants starter gets at least one hit with the #8 hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo going 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs, including a first inning grand slam. The former Japanese big leaguer will finish the season hitting just two more homers and driving in nine more runs.

2004 Suffering through their worst season since their inception in 1998, the Diamondbacks replace manager Bob Brenly with third-base coach Al Pedrique. The former skipper of Arizona's Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders becomes the second Venezuelan to manage in the big leagues.

2005 In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which send a cameraman to the hospital and launch a police investigation. The veteran southpaw, who will appeal the MLB decision, is selected by his peers to be a member of the American League All-Star squad scheduled to play next week in Detroit.

2007 With skipper Joe Torre watching from the Yankee dugout, Roger Clemens, throwing eight innings of two-hit ball of a 5-1 win over the Twins, becomes the eighth pitcher to record 350 career victories. The New York manager was the catcher for Warren Spahn's 350th win, making him a participant of the only two occasions that a pitcher has reached the milestone since 1928.

2013 Homer Bailey becomes the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan to throw two no-hitters before another major league hurler accomplishes the feat when he gives up just a walk in the Reds' 3-0 victory over the Giants at Great American Ball Park, beating Tim Lincecum, who will throw a no-no eleven days later. Last September, the 27 year-old Cincinnati right-hander, the youngest pitcher to have pitched two no-hitters in his career, hurled the first no-hitter in PNC Park history, a dramatic 1-0 victory over the hometown Pirates.
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One pitch away: Carrasco loses no-hitter in bottom of the 9th (Click to show)
One pitch away: Carrasco loses no-hitter in bottom of the 9th
By Will Gibson

One. Pitch. That’s how close Indians righthander Carlos Carrasco was to no-hitting the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Wednesday night. WFNY will have a full game recap tomorrow morning, but here’s the quick and dirty of what happened.

Carrasco was perfect through six innings. He struck out 10, including two hitters in the each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.

Cookie lost his perfect game bid in the 7th inning, when he walked Rays left fielder Joey Butler with one out. He got Evan Longoria to hit into a 1-6-1 double play in the next at bat, and no-hitter stayed alive. Carrasco set the Rays down in order in the 8th, and came out in the bottom of the 9th with a no-no still intact.

He walked Asdrubal Cabrera to start the inning — those ex-Indians have been involved in some awfully big moments lately, no? — and hit the next man up, pinch hitter Brandon Guyer. With two on and nobody out, Grady Sizemore grounded into a fielder’s choice, getting thrown out at first base as Guyer and Cabrera moved up to second and third. He recovered to strike out leadoff hitter Kevin Kiermaier for the third time.

The next batter was the same man whose walk ended the no-hitter in the 7th: Joey Butler. Butler fouled off the first pitch and swung and missed at the second. Two strikes, two outs, two men aboard. On the next pitch, Butler flicked a looping line drive to the right side. Jason Kipnis leaped and extended his left arm as high as it would go, but the ball stayed a whisker too high and landed in short right field for a single.

Terry Francona pulled Carrasco after that — to a standing ovation from the Tampa fans — and Austin Adams got Jake Elmore to fly out to centerfield to end the game.

Carrasco had Rays swinging and missing all game long. He struck out 12 batters, and 10 of those were swinging. Carrasco induced a whopping 30 swinging strikes, only the third pitcher to do so since 2006.

It wasn’t a perfect game nor a no-hitter, but it was a hell of an effort, and Cookie was all smiles after the game. Carrasco’s start was the Indians’ third brilliant one in a row, with Danny Salazar and rookie Cody Anderson pitching 15.2 gorgeous innings over the previous two games. Salazar and Anderson took perfect games into the sixth inning on Tuesday and Monday, respectively, and the Indians pitchers made some history in the process.

It was great to see the ball club having fun, frankly. The Tribe pitchers have provided a vital lift when things have looked so bleak, and 14 runs in the past two games suggest that the offense may be coming around.

Is it starting to come together?
Change You Can’t Count On: Why Ty Van Burkleo Should Not Be A Scapegoat (Click to show)
Change You Can’t Count On: Why Ty Van Burkleo Should Not Be A Scapegoat
Posted by Mike Melaragno on Jul 1, 2015 09:00

Yesterday, Joseph Coblitz gave his argument for the firing of Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo. In interest of fairness, today Mike Melaragno brings you his take on why he shouldn’t be let go.

The recent offensive struggles from the Indians have the media, fans, national pundits and writers on this website wondering whether change is on the horizon– one that would involve replacing one, if not both, of the Indians Major League batting instructors– hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo and assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro.

Disappointment, frustration, and even anger at how poorly the Indians have played in June is understandable– the club had high expectations going into the season and yet find themselves 10 games out of first place in the American League Central after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles before taking the first two against Tampa.

However, blame is usually placed on those whose work is done outside of the white lines as opposed to inside. The perception is that the output inside the line should directly reflect the input performed outside. While there is some merit to this theory in certain situations, it is not in this case.

Batting coaches (and managers) are hired to use the available personnel as best he can. Since this website primarily uses numbers to prove an author’s case, this article will show that it’s not the batting coach, rather the personnel, that is keeping the Indians from contending in the Central. In fact, my co-owner Joseph Coblitz specifically told me to “come up with a legitimate reason” why Van Burkleo should not be fired and to “put together two non sarcastic sentences.” Thus, I will do my best to justify, with objective analysis, why Van Burkleo is not to be blamed.

After a 25-29 start to the 2005 season, the Indians felt they needed a change– on June 4th, after a tough 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox, they fired their hitting coach, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray. Murray joined Eric Wedge‘s coaching staff in 2002 when Wedge was hired as team manager.

From the outside looking in, it looks as if the club made the right move. In April that season, the Indians offense was morbid. They owned the 29th worst wOBA at .291 and hit only .228/.293/.376. However, the month of May saw the offense improve as they owned the 14th best wOBA at .326 and hit .260/.326/.423. Despite the Murray firing, the bats continued to improve in June as they had the 5th best wOBA at .353 and hit .283/.345/.477 and kept up the pace through the 2nd half, hitting .283/.347/.477 and a .355 wOBA.

But did they?

Under Murray, the Indians offense had steadily improved since going through a massive rebuild after the 2001 season.

Here is how the offense ranked split between the 1st and 2nd 81 games.

2003: 1st Half- .253/.321/.398 with a .315 wOBA; 2nd Half- .254/.309/.405 with a .405 wOBA

2004: 1st Half- .278/.356/.428 with a .341 wOBA; 2nd Half- .274/.346/.462 with a .349 wOBA

There was steady improvement from every hitter since the retool took place. However, that improvement abruptly ended in April, as noted. The real reason is why? What was the cause?

Did Murray suddenly forget how to coach in April? Did he pick it back up in May?

From a subjective point of view, my whole argument can be reduced to the fact that coaching hitting is not like teaching American history. You don’t need to know how to be a monster home-run hitter in order to guide someone, because hitting a baseball is a motor skill that can only be cultivated by direct experience. You can teach your girlfriend all about the principles of a manual transmission, but she’s never going to be able to do it until she actually practices for a few hours. And hitting a baseball is much, much harder than driving a stick.

By the time a player reaches the Majors, he’s been through thousands and thousands of repetitions, from hitting baseballs in the cold, snowy springs in Northeast Ohio in their backyard to staring down a replacement-level fastball in AAA. The process takes years, and a young hitter is already a precision-engineering high-speed circuit of nerves, tendons, and muscles before Van Burkleo ever sees his scouting report. The process of building a hitter isn’t 10% complete when he reaches the Show, it’s 99.9% complete, and that final 0.1% is finished up pretty quickly. So by the time Van Burkleo gets a hold of a Michael Bourn, say, with nearly 4,000 major-league plate appearances?

The point is, I have never seen good coaches succeed with bad players at the Major League level. Where coaching is most important is at the little league, high school, college and minor league level.

If the Indians want to make a change, they should consider changing the personnel on the field or those who choose that personnel.
Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano (Click to show)
Twins call up top prospect Miguel Sano
The Outside Corner | Last updated 7/1/15

The Twins have called up top prospect Miguel Sano. Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images Sport

Following an 11-17 June, the Twins have fallen five games behind the Royals in the AL Central, just one game ahead of the Tigers for second place in the division. Minnesota is only a half-game away from the league’s second wild-card bid, but is fighting in a mosh pit with five other clubs for that spot.

To try and break from the pack, the Twins have to put their best team on the field, and that means calling up their top prospects in hopes that the young talent is ready to boost a pennant chase. MLB’s No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton got a call to the show nearly three weeks ago (though he is now on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb). Pitcher Alex Meyer followed last week, providing a power arm for the Twins bullpen.

Now it’s time for the next man up.

As first reported by’s Rhett Bollinger, Miguel Sano is getting the call from Double-A Chattanooga to help a major league lineup that was outscored by 18 runs in June, while batting .240 as a team with a .689 OPS.

Sano replaces Kennys Vargas, whom the Twins demoted to Double-A after compiling a slash average of .235/.235/.373 in June. Even if Sano initially struggles in skipping one level to the majors, he’ll likely be an improvement at designated hitter. Could he really be any worse?

The 22-year-old third baseman was hitting .274 with a .918 OPS, 12 doubles, 15 home runs, 48 RBI and five stolen bases in 286 plate appearances. What may have convinced the Twins to make the call is Sano hitting .329 with a 1.090 OPS in June with six homers and 17 RBIs. He started the season slowly after missing all of 2014 following Tommy John surgery, but has shown during the past two months that he just needed to get sharp again. Obviously, he’s there now.

Sano will join the Twins for the opener of their four-game set versus the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday, a series that could help Minnesota make up some ground in the AL Central.
Ervin Santana’s arrival should excite Minnesota Twins (Click to show)
Ervin Santana’s arrival should excite Minnesota Twins
James B. Terry | @JamesTerryBBE | Jul 1, 2015

The return of Ervin Santana is right around the corner and it couldn’t be coming at a better time for the Minnesota Twins, who are desperately trying to keep pace in the American League playoff race after hitting some rough patches in June.

Santana made his third and final minor league start last night before rejoining the Twins, leading the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) to victory once again. His best rehab outing was saved for last and proves how big of an impact Santana will be able to make at the Major League level. Santana went eight innings, allowing no runs and just five hits in the Red Wings 1-0 win against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He also struck out five and surrendered no walks.

He was a perfect 3-0 in his rehab starts with a 1.74 ERA, the last two wins both came against Pawtucket. Santana went deeper into each game and threw 99 pitches tonight, showing that he will be capable of hitting the 100-pitch mark when he makes his Twins debut.

The Twins signed Santana to a four-year, $54 million contract this offseason in hopes of boosting one of the league’s worst starting rotations. His 80-game suspension for a failed drug test was announced just three days before the start of the 2015 season and it seemed like Minnesota, who had very little expectations of competing to begin with, was already finished before Opening Day had even occurred.

His return should have Twins fans very excited. Despite expectations being low and getting off to a very forgettable 1-6 start, Minnesota has stuck around this long and adding a pitcher as talented as Santana to the mix can only help boost their chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Seeing him dominate Triple-A is just a bonus. It’s clear that Santana hasn’t lost a step after arguably being the Twins best pitcher in spring training, where he lead the team with three wins and posted a 1.89 ERA in five starts.

The Twins have struggled a bit in June after finishing May with the best record in the American League, and Santana won’t fix everything, but having their high priced free agent on the hill will provide a big boost for a team that truly needs one.
Jose Fernandez and Matt Moore: Weekly Pitcher’s Spotlight (Click to show)
Jose Fernandez and Matt Moore: Weekly Pitcher’s Spotlight
Nick Schaeflein | @ptchr2424 | Jul 1, 2015


This week’s spotlight is on two guys who will be making their 2015 season debuts on Thursday. Jose Fernandez and Matt Moore will both be returning from Tommy John surgery and extensive time away from pitching to toe the rubber in their first starts of the season. For the entire state of Florida, it will be two extra reasons to celebrate this holiday weekend. Both Fernandez and Moore are the aces of their respective staffs when healthy, and with surgery now fully in the rear view mirror, they can go back to doing what they do best out on the mound.

Fernandez and Moore will both be making their first start at their home ballparks. The Miami Marlins and Fernandez will welcome in the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants, while the Tampa Bay Rays will play host to the Cleveland Indians.

In the Marlins versus Giants match-up, it will not only feel like Opening Day for Fernandez, but for his counterpart Matt Cain as well who will also be coming off of the disabled list for his first start of the season. The 2012 16-game winner Cain has not made a big league start in nearly a year, since July 9th of last season.

The start for Fernandez will still be bittersweet for the Marlins as it will come a week after the news that Giancarlo Stanton will be out several weeks with a hand injury. In what was supposed to be a breakout season for the Marlins, the addition of Fernandez was to be like acquiring a player in a mid-season trade. However, in what has been a disappointing year to date, Miami will have to wait a bit longer before seeing both of their young stars on the field at the same time.

This will be Fernandez’s first start since May 9th of last season. With all of the young talent that has broken through on the offensive side, Fernandez is one of the game’s premier young pitching stars. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has electric stuff and was supposed to contend for the Cy Young award last season before going down for the year. With the Marlins under currently .500, the debate will be just how much work the soon-to-be 23-year-old will get as he works his way back to the big-league level. Will he be on a pitch count or an innings limit every time out ? In contention or not, how far will the Marlins be willing to risk the long-term services of their ace?

To what may be a surprise to some, the Tampa Bay Rays will be welcoming back their ace, Moore, as division leaders. Thursday will be Matt Moore’s first start since April 7th of last season. Of the three guys returning from the disabled list, the left-hander has been sidelined the longest. With the Rays once again doing their thing leading the American League in team ERA, how much will be asked of Moore in his return? Unlike the Marlins, Tampa Bay will be getting that key acquisition while still in a pennant race. The Rays also have the ability to lean on Chris Archer while Moore works his way back into the fold.

Moore was a 17-game winner in 2013, and like Fernandez, he also was projected to perhaps make that leap to a Cy Young-level last season before having his season cut short. The just-turned-26-year-old has the ability to suddenly become that number 1A starter alongside Archer. Because of the blossoming results of Archer and the return of Moore, Tampa Bay once again has the potential to be in the race down the stretch thanks to their starting rotation’s magic.

In the sunshine state, the fireworks will start early as both the Rays and Marlins will be welcoming back key arms to the rotation. The spotlight will be on Jose Fernandez and Matt Moore as they will become the latest pitchers on the growing list of guys to make their way back from the dreaded Tommy John epidemic.
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how long till fernandez gets hurt again?
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Oh right. MLB's international prospects signing has begun today.

Looking forward to seeing which team does Vladdy's son choose. Hopefully Mets. laugh.gif
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dodgers signed some cuban kid who throws 99 for 16 mill

wilpons won't sign anyone

hate this team
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Top international Prospects Signing Breakdown (Click to show)
Top international prospects signing breakdown
By Jesse Sanchez / | 12 minutes ago

Today marks the start of the 2015-16 international signing period, a day when some of the best teenage prospects in the world are signing with teams and taking huge steps toward fulfilling their Major League dreams.

With the international signing period officially underway, here is a look at's Top 30 International Prospects and which of them have agreed to terms with clubs so far.

Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.

1. Eddy Julio Martinez, OF, Cuba - TBA
2. Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Cuba - Dodgers ($16,000,000)
3. Lucius Fox, SS, Bahamas - Giants ($6,000,000)
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., OF, Dominican Republic - Blue Jays
5. Starling Heredia, OF, Dominican Republic - Dodgers ($2,600,000)
6. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF, Dominican Republic - Phillies ($4,200,000)
7. Gilberto Celestino, OF, Dominican Republic - Astros ($2,500,000)
8. Wander Javier, SS, Dominican Republic - Twins ($4,000,000)
9. Seuly Matias, OF, Dominican Republic - Royals ($2,250,000)
10. Cristian Pache, OF, Dominican Republic - Braves ($1,400,000)
11. Alvaro Seijas, RHP, Venezuela - Cardinals ($762,500)
12. Daniel Montano, OF, Venezuela - Rockies ($2,000,000)
13. Yonathan Perlaza, SS, Venezuela - Cubs ($1,300,000)
14. Albert Guaimaro, OF, Venezuela - Red Sox ($300,000)
15. Andres Gimenez, INF, Venezuela - Mets ($1,200,000)
16. Yonathan Sierra Estiwal, OF, Dominican - Cubs ($2,500,000)
17. Gregory Guerrero, SS, Dominican Republic - Mets ($1,500,000)
18. Leodys Taveras, OF, Dominican Republic - Rangers ($2,100,000)
19. Aramis Ademan, SS, Dominican Republic - Cubs ($2,000,000)
20. Anderson Amarista, RHP, Venezuela - TBA
21. Ronny Brito, SS, Dominican Republic - Dodgers ($2,000,000)
22. Juan Soto, OF, Dominican Republic - Nationals ($1,500,000)
23. Cristian Olivo, OF, Dominican Republic - Reds ($1,000,000)
24. Derian Cruz, SS, Dominican Republic - Braves ($2,000,000)
25. Miguel Amaya, C, Panama - Cubs ($1,250,000)
26. Carlos Vargas, SS, Dominican Republic - Mariners ($1,250,000)
27. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Dominican Republic - White Sox ($700,000)
28. Christopher Martinez, 3B, Dominican Republic - Cubs ($1,000,000)
29. Jeison Guzman, SS, Dominican Republic - Royals ($1,500,000)
30. Franklin Reyes, OF, Dominican Republic - White Sox ($1,500,000)

his is how it works

An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of next year if the prospect turns 17 before Sept. 1 of this year or by the completion of his first Minor League season. Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign during the period.

There are specific signing guidelines each team must follow.

In 2012, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, spending limits were introduced and each club was allotted $2.9 million to spend on the international market during the signing period that began that July 2.

Each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team's record in 2014, a figure ranging from $5,393,900 for the D-backs, who had the Majors' lowest winning percentage last year, to $1,968,600 for the Angels, who had the highest winning percentage.

The signing bonus pools are made up of four slot values.

Additionally, clubs are allowed to trade pool money. The exemption that allowed clubs to sign up to six players for bonuses up to $50,000 without counting against the allotment has been eliminated, but all bonuses of $10,000 or less are exempt.

There are penalties in place for teams exceeding their spending limits.

Teams that exceed the pools by 0 to 5 percent have to pay 100 percent tax, and teams that exceed the pools by 5 to 10 percent are not allowed to sign a player for more than $500,000 during the next signing period and also have to pay a 100-percent tax on the pool overage. Teams that exceed the pools by 10 to 15 percent are not allowed to sign a player for more than $300,000 during the next signing period and have to pay a 100-percent tax on the pool overage.

In the most severe penalty, teams that exceed the pool by 15 percent or more are not allowed to sign a player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods, in addition to paying a 100-percent tax on the pool overage.

The Angels, D-backs, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees exceeded the 2014-15 pool by at least 15 percent and cannot sign any pool-eligible players for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods.

The international signing guidelines do not apply to players who previously signed a contract with a Major or Minor League club, nor do they apply to players who are least 23 years old and have played as a professional in a league recognized by the Commissioner's Office for a minimum of five seasons. Cuban players who are at least 23 and have played in a Cuban professional league for five or more seasons are also exempt.
Bonus breakdown
D-backs         $5,393,900
Rockies         $4,966,300
Rangers         $4,586,600
Astros  $4,248,800
Twins   $3,948,500
Red Sox         $3,681,000
White Sox       $3,443,000
Cubs    $3,230,700
Phillies        $3,041,700
Reds    $2,873,000
Marlins         $2,779,300
Padres  $2,691,800
Reds    $2,609,200
Mets    $2,531,300
Braves  $2,458,400
Brewers         $2,389,300
Blue Jays       $2,324,100
Yankees         $2,262,800
Indians         $2,204,900
Mariners        $2,150,300
Giants  $2,130,900
Pirates         $2,111,900
A's     $2,093,100
Royals  $2,074,700
Tigers  $2,056,200
Cardinals       $2,038,200
Dodgers         $2,020,300
Orioles         $2,002,900
Nationals       $1,985,400
Angels  $1,968,600

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aw man. Vladdy's son signed with the Blue Jays.
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heaven forbid we sign anyone at the top of the list or splurge on this cuban flamethrower so we could trade one of our arms for a bat.
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Sometime I wanted to betray the Mets so I can root for a fine organization like Cardinals. I just couldn't leave the Mets. laugh.gif

I want one of these international prospects. Minaya won't hesitate to go after them.
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wilpons are so cheap they dont want to pay the tax to potentially land a bunch of studs. **** them.
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