Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

Samuel:

I agree with this. If it’s a 7-run lead late in the game, you don’t bunt. But it was the first inning and the shift was on. The Astros could still come back and win the game. Or maybe the Astros don’t believe in themselves and got all angry at themselves.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single against the shift and was thrown out at first.

Even though the bunt didn’t work and actually helped Houston’s cause, the Astros didn’t take too kindly to it. Paul Clemens’ very first pitch the next time Lowrie was up in the third was aimed at his knee and ended up right between his legs. The second was thrown inside, too. Eventually, Lowrie flew out to left-center and exchanged some words with Jose Altuve as he was taking off his batting gloves by the first base bag, at which point Astros managed Bo Porter exited the…

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MLB Network had one really misinformed tweet

MLB Network’s Twitter page shared a tweet about Xander Bogaerts breaking up Chris Sale’s no-hitter bid.

The problem, however, is that MLB Network claims it was Bogaerts’ first ever big league home run. That actually is not true. He hit his first homer last season.

People on Twitter made sure they were aware of it.

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Jackie Robinson’s story reminds us that we can change the world

One thing that I am always reminded about when we do Jackie Robinson day in the big leagues is his impact on not only baseball, but in the world. You can imagine how hard it was for him to stand out and be the target of hate. Yet he knew that what he was doing was going to change the world.

Robinson believed that it was unfair for his skin color to his only identity — an unfair portrayal of who he is as a man. The racism that followed was tough but he knew that if he was able to succeed and be that pioneer, then more will follow and the times will change.

As we look at all the people wearing #42 today, we are reminded that our individuality is unique and it’s what makes this world great. Robinson had to do that when the rest of the world was against him. Honoring Robinson is great but we can’t lose what he meant to the game of baseball and the world.

Don’t be afraid to stand for something you believe that is right. Be strong, be humble and take on the challenges that come with it. Robinson reminds us that we can make a huge difference. The world can change and sometimes, it just takes one person to help show the way.

Thanks, Jackie.

Majestic has logo on wrong sleeve on Coco Crisp’s jersey

The Majestic logo is supposed to be on the left sleeve, but it found its way on Coco Crisp’s right sleeve last night.

Majestic has a new logo but most (if not all) of the jerseys worn this regular season feature the old logo. It must mean that they are using up their old inventory of blank jerseys to make the new sets this year before implementing the new logo.

But how odd to see the logo on the wrong sleeve. I wonder how that happened.

I hope Adam Jones gets a chance to dropkick a fan running onto the field

I agree with what he said. He’s right. Fans running onto the field causing a delay is stupid. They could be dangerous and we have seen it before. The anger and frustration is justifiable.

Of course, there is a fine line as to what fans can and can’t do when running onto the field. Even yesterday I was talking about how cool it was when those two fans ran onto the field to congratulate Hank Aaron. I love it when fans storm the field or court after a huge upset win in sports.

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Now I know the story of the two guys that ran with Hank Aaron on his historical record-breaking night

I could have looked this up years ago, but it was nice to see this video. I had always wanted to know what the deal was with the two guys. I thought it was cool that two fans ran on to the field to congratulate him.

So cool. So awesome. Something like this will never happen in baseball again.

Awesome.

Braves wear throwback uniforms to honor Hank Aaron

Braves wear throwback uniforms to honor Hank Aaron

Samuel:

I love everything the Braves are doing to honor this great milestone.

Originally posted on For The Win:

Bob Daugherty/AP

Bob Daugherty/AP

40 years ago today, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to break Babe Ruth’s all-time record. Now 80 years old, Aaron will be honored at Turner Field Tuesday night as the Braves play the Mets. The team will be wearing the same jerseys that Aaron wore when he passed the Babe.

The number 715 was cut into the outfield grass, and even the bases have a special insignia to honor the the Hall of Famer.

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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The new Athletics road cap looks even worse in action

Scott Kazmir wears the new A’s road cap.

The Oakland Athletics played their first road game of the season on Monday and with that, they wore their new road caps. Unlike the road cap of years past, this one featured white lettering with a gold trim.

The cap alone isn’t bad. It incorporates the three colors of the Athletics.

However when paired with the road gray uniforms, it looks way out of place.

As you can see, the white on the cap doesn’t match any part of the uniform. Since the gray jerseys don’t feature white on any of their letterings or numbers, the cap sticks out like a sore thumb. It just doesn’t work. The design of the cap is best suited for their green alternate.

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Indians, Jason Kipnis agree to reported six-year, $52.5M extension

Samuel:

Locking up one of the best second basemen in baseball. That’s a great move for the Indians.

Originally posted on SI Wire:

Jason Kipnis is coming off a breakout season that included an All-Star selection. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)

Jason Kipnis’s breakout 2013 season included an All-Star Game selection. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)

The Indians and second baseman Jason Kipnis have agreed to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the deal is worth $52.5 million and includes a club option for a seventh year.

Kipnis, 27, is coming off a breakout 2013 season in which he hit .284/.366/.452 (133 OPS+) with 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He finished 11th in AL MVP voting and earned an All-Star Game selection while leading the Indians in runs (86), hits (160), RBI (84) and steals (30).

The Cleveland native was selected by Cleveland in the 2nd round (63rd overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State.

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The contract buys out Kipnis’ final pre-arbitration year, three arbitration years and two free agent years. The…

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Oakland Athletics mascot Stomper now has a rotating wardrobe

For as long as I can remember, the Oakland Athletics mascot Stomper only had one uniform. Aside from special events, the elephant would only wear the green jersey and white pants.

But this season, Stomper has been seen wearing different jerseys. He’s been seen in the new green jersey. On Monday when the A’s wore their gold tops, so did Stomper.

For Wednesday’s two games, Stomper wore the white jersey (as seen above) which matched what the team wore.

This is a new addition to Stomper’s wardrobe. It’s interesting since most mascots don’t have a rotating wardrobe to match the team. I like it.