13) From metsblog.com:
”These baseballs suck. They’re more slick and the seams are more smooth and hard to grip.”
That is a major league relief pitcher, talking about this year’s batch of baseballs.
Noah Syndergaard told reporters last week that gripping a baseball on a cold night has felt like trying to throw an ice cube.
From Robert Arthur, who provides pitch-tracking information in every ballpark:
”As baseballs become more aerodynamic, they travel further given a certain initial velocity. A deep fly ball that might have been caught at the warning track can instead (with just a three percent change in drag) go into the first row of the stands (for a home run).”
So if you’re wondering why home runs are on the increase again, this is part of why.
12) Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer will be a minority owner of the new Seattle team in the NHL, which will begin play in the fall of 2021.
Bruckheimer produced the CSI shows, Without a Trace as well as numerous movies, like Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop.
11) Of the 32 teams in the NFL, 15 will have a play-caller this season who is in his first full year calling plays for that team.
10) Sunday afternoon against the Giants, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich of the Reds hit back-to-back-to-back homers on three straight pitches off Jeff Samardzija.
Last team to do this was the Dodgers on June 12, 2007: Wilson Betemit, Matt Kemp and Hong-Chih Kuo all homered off the Mets’ John Maine.
9) This year the Reds are celebrating their team’s 150th anniversary; they’re wearing 15 different sets of throwback uniforms this season, to commemorate various eras in their long history. Sunday’s uniforms were actually dark blue, with red lettering.
8) Max Homa won the Wells Fargo golf tournament this past weekend; coming into the week, Homa was ranked 417th in the world. Now he is a millionaire and exempt on tour for the next 2.5 years, so a big four days for him. Golf is a really, really competitive sport.
7) Baseball injuries:
— Red Sox put P David Price (elbow) on IL.
— Nationals put 1B Matt Adams (shoulder) on IL.
— Mets put P Jason Vargas (hamstring) on IL.
6) When the Red Sox go to the White House Thursday to be honored for winning the World Series, manager Alex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico, won’t be there. He isn’t happy how the government responded to Hurricane Maria last year:
“Although the government of the United States has helped, there is still a long way to go, that is OUR reality. I have continually used my voice so that we Puerto Ricans are not forgotten and my absence is not different. Therefore, at this moment, I do not feel comfortable celebrating in the White House.”
David Price, Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers will also be no-shows Thursday.
5) How has Brewers’ CF Lorenzo Cain never won a Gold Glove? Guy plays a great centerfield. He made another great catch against the Mets Sunday, crashing into the fence in right-center but hanging onto the ball.
4) Interesting trade in our fantasy league Sunday night; this is a 16-team dynasty league, where you keep your roster from year-to-year.
Team A traded Mike Trout, Max Scherzer and Robbie Ray. In return, they got Yordan Alvarez, Keston Hiura and Brendan Rodgers, three of the best minor league prospects, all at the AAA level. Was really surprised to see Trout get dealt; wonder if the Angels will ever do that?
Team A is the defending champ in our league but is 0-4-1 so far this season, so they decided to build for the future; time will tell who won this trade.
3) I wasted a decent amount of space this spring writing about the AAF, so I won’t be writing a lot about the XFL until it proves it has staying power, but the XFL did sign a TV deal with ABC and FOX this week. All 43 games will be shown somewhere on network TV next spring.
2) College basketball transfer portal:
— Clemson poached grad transfer Curran Scott (8.9 ppg LY) from Tulsa.
— UNLV F Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua jumps from UNLV to Baylor.
1) Oakland A’s on Sundays so far this season:
— W2-1 vs Angels.
— L9-8 @ Houston— Led 8-6 in 8th inning.
— L8-7 @ Texas— Led 7-4 in 8th inning.
— L5-4 vs Toronto— Blue Jays swept series in Oakland.
— L5-4 @ Toronto (11)— Led 4-1 in the 11th.
— L5-3 @ Pittsburgh (13)— Led 3-1 in the 13th.