Weekend Rumblings - News for September 21, 2019
Danny Duffy talks to Jeffrey Flanagan about an adjustment to his delivery.
“Moving over on the rubber has given the changeup more real estate now and hitters just can’t give up on it,” Duffy said. “A lot of dudes weren’t offering at it before. But now I can use it more. It’s in my back pocket now.
“It has the same action as it always has but it has more room to work.”
In his Friday notes, David Lesky looks at who could be cleared from the 40-man roster this winter.
The tier of guys most likely to get DFAed includes Jacob Barnes, Kevin McCarthy, newly acquired Randy Rosario, Humberto Arteaga, Cheslor Cuthbert and Jorge Bonifacio. That clears six spots which probably isn’t enough. If you go down to tier two, I see some players who might surprise, but also haven’t really done much to justify their roster spot. I think Conner Greene, Arnaldo Hernandez, Kyle Zimmer (yes, it’s possible) and Ryan O’Hearn all could go. Add in that I expect Cam Gallagher to get traded and there’s a decent chance Richard Lovelady gets dealt and that definitely clears the spots the Royals need.
Adalberto Mondesi made history.
Adalberto Mondesi will become the first player in modern MLB history with 40+ stolen bases & 10+ triples in fewer than 475 plate appearances in a season.— Dave Holtzman (@DHoltzy) September 21, 2019
Shawn Bauman looks at the worst strikeout performance by Royals hitters.
One way the Dodgers are better equipped for the post-season than the Astros.
Andrew Friedman is nearing the end of his deal with the Dodgers, but seems likely to stay put.
The Marlins extend manager Don Mattingly.
The Braves clinch a second straight division title.
Peter Alonso becomes just the second rookie to hit 50 home runs in a season.
Padres skipper Andy Green is on the hot seat.
Remembering Global Life Park in its last week as the home of the Texas Rangers.
Yankees pitcher Domingo German won’t pitch the rest of the season following domestic violence allegations.
Former Rays Aubrey Huff and Seth McClung are feuding on Twitter.
The Twins seem to be cursed against the Yankees.
What’s the best weird baseball video game ever?
The Greenland soccer league has the shortest season.
North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970.
A spooky black spot on Jupiter is just a shadow.
Your song of the day is John Coltrane with Bass Blues.