Tag:Brett Lawrie
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Pepper: @DatDudeBP leads MLB tweeters

By C. Trent Rosecrans



BASEBALL TODAY:
CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about Derek Jeter, but also notes these games against the Yankees are not just big for Jeter's chase of 3,000 but also vital for the Rays. There's also the Braves-Phillies series, but Danny points out why that may not be as big of a series.

TWITTER 140: Our own @JamesonFleming put together the sports world's top 140 Twitter users and the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) comes in as baseball's best Twitter user.

Phillips didn't start using Twitter until this offseason, but has embraced the technology, holding contests for fans and also taking suggestions on restaurants and off-day activities. Earlier this season, a teen asked Phillips to come to his baseball game on a day the Reds were off, and Phillips stopped by. He also sent a pair fans to spring training and then another pair to San Francisco for the Reds' games at AT&T Park.

He has even won over some Cardinals fans, an amazing feat considering Cardinal nation's distaste for the Reds second baseman, who last year used not-so-nice words to describe Tony La Russa's club.

Florida's Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) is fourth on the list and the second baseball player. Brewers closer John Axford (@JohnAxford) is the third MLB player in the Top 10.

LAST ONE THE TOUGHEST: George Brett told the Associated Press he thought the last hit would be the toughest for Derek Jeter in his quest for 3,000. Of course, Brett reached the mark with a four-hit game. Brett also said he wasn't sure how many more players would reach the milestone.

"Is that desire still going to be there when they're worth $250 million when they're 37 years old?" Brett said.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Jeter will be wearing special shoes for his 3,000th hit, and you can get a matching pair. Yahoo!'s Big League Stew has all the details on the details of the shoes.

JETER'S BALLS: One more Jeter entry -- a look at the special baseballs that MLB will use to try to track Jeter's 3,000th hit. [BizofBaseball.com]

CARDS LOCK UP GARCIA?: There are reports from the radio station partially owned by the Cardinals that say the team has reached a four-year deal with two option years with left-hander Jaime Garcia. The deal would cover all three arbitration years and one year of free agency for the 25-year-old Garcia. He's 8-3 this season with a 3.23 ERA and is 22-12 with a  3.07 ERA in his career. [MLB.com]

HARPER STILL TOPS: Baseball America released its Midseason Top 50 Prospects List, and the Nationals' Bryce Harper leads the list, followed by Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Rays' lefty Matt Moore.

ALL-STAR SWITCH: Royals right-hander Aaron Crow may have made the All-Star team as a reliever, but Kansas City manager Ned Yost sees the team's former first-rounder as a starter down the line, as soon as next spring. [MLB.com]

DOCTOR MAY NAME NAMES: Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States to treat athletes, and he may be pressed to give the names of athletes he treated and gave illegal drugs. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran of the Mets are among the players who have been treated by Galea in the past. [New York Times]

BORAS SPEAKS AT SABR: Super-agent Scott Boras talked of his love of baseball at the Society for American Baseball Research's annual conference on Thursday. Boras talked about his first superstar -- a cow on his family's farm. [Orange County Register]

SCHILLING TALKS PEDS: Former All-Star Curt Schilling went on a Philadelphia radio station Wednesday and said that no "team in the last 20 years that's won clean." Schilling said he thinks the recent decline in offensive numbers are because of MLB's testing policies. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

NO TAPE MEASURE NEEDED: Ever wonder how they calculate home-run distances so quickly? There's a chart, of course, but how is that chart made? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has that story.

CRADLE OF MANAGERS: The Kansas City A's didn't produce a lot of wins, but they did produce their fair share of managers. Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, Joe Morgan (not the Hall of Famer, but the former Red Sox manager), Dick Williams, Hank Bauer, Dick Howser and Tony La Russa all played for the A's in KC. Two of the game's more successful coaches, Dave Duncan and Charlie Lau, also played for the A's during their stint in Kansas City. [Joe Posnanski]

SLUGGER EMPATHY: Twins designated hitter Jim Thome said it wasn't his place to comment on Adam Dunn's struggles, but said he did empathize with the struggling Chicago DH. "As a guy who swings and misses and has struck out a ton, it's hard," Thome told the Chicago Tribune. "When you can have success and are blessed to play a long time and [then go through] those periods, it's tough."

NO STARS FOR ALL-STARS: Major League Baseball has added stars to the uniforms of All-Stars, but apparently the designations are purely optional, as the Cardinals' three All-Stars declined to take part to keep their uniforms uniform. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

STARLING UNDECIDED: The Royals took a gamble when they picked prep outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, as Starling is also a top-flight quarterback committed to Nebraska. Starling told the Kansas City Star he hasn't decided whether he's going to play football for Nebraska or sign with the Royals for millions of dollars. Starling said he's going to Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday and will work out with the team, but won't enroll in classes for the summer.

SAVES RECORD: You need more evidence they keep stats for everything? Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has set the record for most first-half saves by a rookie. Kimbrel's 27th save Thursday broke the record of 26 set by Boston's Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

LAWRIE PROGRESSING: Just before he was scheduled to be called up in May, Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. Lawrie began hitting off a tee earlier this week, and he's improving. The team doesn't expect him to be able to play in games until August. [MLB.com]

ROYAL SHAME: The Royals have once again taken the cheap route in their tribute to the Nergro Leagues, ditching the vintage uniforms. While there are many good signs for the Royals' future, this is a reminder that David Glass is still the owner. [Kansas City Star]

MYTHBUSTER: Scientists are using a lab at Washington State to measure some baseball physics. Among the findings, corked bats don't work, humidors do, and the balls from 2004 performed the same as a ball from the late 70s. [Popular Mechanics]

REMEMBERING BUDDIN: Former Red Sox shortstop Dan Buddin died last week. He's remembered mostly for not being very good -- he averaged 30 errors a year and didn't hit very well, either. A really good remembrance by FanGraphs.com's Alex Remington on the man Boston booed.

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Pepper: Oswalt hints he may be done

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: Just why did Jim Riggleman ditch his job? CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss Riggleman, Ubaldo Jimenez and more. Check it out.

OSWALT END?: It's not just that Roy Oswalt is hurt -- leaving Thursday's start with the Cardinals after just two innings -- but that he may have pitched his last game ever.

Oswalt will not only likely miss his next start, he could also be done. He's already hinted at retirement and with a back injury, it may not be worth it for Oswalt to come back.

After Thursday's outing, Oswalt sounded anything but confident in his return. David Hale of the News Journal has a full transcript of Oswalt's postgame comments, and they don't sound like the comments of someone who is confident it'll be an easy road back.

Heres' the question and answer that says it all to me:

Q: Do you allow yourself to think about your career at this point?

A: I've had a pretty good one.

That sounds like someone who is content with walking away if he gets bad news soon.

We may know more Monday after his scheduled MRI.

HOT SEAT: Edwin Rodriguez didn't last a full calendar year as the Marlins manager and the Cubs' Mike Quade could follow that lead. Quade's on the hot seat (even if general manager Jim Hendry's seat should be hotter). [Chicago Tribune]

LI'L' GOOSE: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle compared closer Joel Hanrahan to Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, and after stifling a laugh, John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times takes a look at the comparison and sees some parallels.

SCOUTING DARVISH: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was scheduled to see Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish's start on Friday. Darvish may be the top free-agent pitcher this season if he comes to the United States, as expected. The Braves and Twins reportedly had scouts at his last start, when he picked up just his second loss of the season. It was one of his worst starts of the season and he still gave up just one earned run, allowing nine hits and striking out 10 in eight innings. [YakyuBaka.com]

A'S OPEN TO DEAL: The sharks are circling in Oakland, as scouts have been checking out outfielder Josh Willingham, infielder Mark Ellis and left-handed relievers Craig Breslow and Brian Fuentes. [San Francisco Chronicle]

ANOTHER LOOK: Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter, he of the tomahawk motion, looks forward to facing teams another time so he can prove he's more than a gimmick pitcher. We'll see. [MLB.com]

NICE RIDE: The Toledo Mud Hens players are going to miss Brandon Inge, who was activated by the Tigers on Thursday. During his rehab trip with Detroit's Triple-A team, Inge sprung for a limo for several players to take them from Louisville, Ky., to Columbus, Ohio, skipping the planned bus ride. [Detroit News]

DEJA VU: A St. Louis ace 1-7 through June? (Well, now 2-7 after Thursday night's 2-7) It's been done before. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch  compares Chris Carpenter's 1-7 start to that of John Tudor's 26 years ago. 

CABRERA'S CASE POSTPONED: The hearing for Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera's DUI arrest has been postponed again and rescheduled for July 12. That's the day of the All-Star Game. Cabrera, however, isn't required to be present for this hearing, though, so he can still go to the All-Star Game. [Detroit News]

NO DECISION: Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he'd prefer not to negotiate during the season (and that doesn't make Jim Riggleman happy), but said it's not a rule. Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm has said he'd like to sign an extension to stay in Pittsburgh. [MLB.com]

GARDNER'S D: A cool story here from ESPNNewYork.com's Mark Simon looking at the defense of Brett Gardner by talking to scouts, players and stats folks. 

BUCCO FEVER: If you haven't noticed, the Pirates (yes, the team in Pittsburgh) are in a pennant race. Sure, it's not even July yet, but we're talking the Pirates. The folks in Pittsburgh are beginning to take notice. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

LAWRIE DELAYED: Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie was all but set to be called up at the beginning of the month, but before he could get the call, he was hit by a pitch and broke his left hand. Now he's having trouble gripping the bat and may not be ready until August. [CBCSports.ca]

FIGGINS DILEMMA: If you're following the Mariners, there's plenty of positives around the team -- including a record just a game under .500. But there's one big concern, Chone Figgins. The question for the Mariners is what to do with Figgins, who has two years and $17 million left on his contract. [Seattle Times]

BROXTON'S RETURN: Even when Jonathan Broxton comes off the disabled list, he won't automatically return to closing for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly said. [Los Angeles Times]

RETURN OF THE SPITTER: Here's an interesting theory (that I'm pretty sure I don't buy, but still interesting to think about) from Mat Kovach of the Hardball Times -- is the rise of pitching because of the return of the spitball?

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:57 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Jays prospect out 2-3 weeks with broken hand

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieDee Gordon, check. Anthony Rizzo, check. Brett Lawrie… not so fast.

While many of the game's top prospects are getting called up to the big leagues, the Blue Jays' top prospect won't be coming up until at least next month, it seems. Lawrie is out at least the next two to three weeks, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm on Twitter.

A CAT scan revealed Lawrie suffered a non-displaced fracture in his hand last week when he was hit by a pitch. He's been sent to Florida to maintain his conditioning and is expected to return to Triple-A Las Vegas in three weeks.

On his Twitter, Lawrie quoted the great American poet Bret Michaels, noting, "every rose has its thorn." So true Bret and Brett.

Lawrie appeared primed to be called up last week before being hit. He was hitting .354/.415/.677 with 15 home runs in 52 games for Las Vegas before the injury and had reportedly made great strides defensively at third base.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 5:42 pm
 

A's Weeks latest prospect to get the call

Jemile WeeksBy C. Trent Rosecrans 

The prospects are coming! The prospects are coming!

Isn't that what Paul Revere said? Oh, right, it was something different. But forget Paul Revere. This is much more interesting.

Now that it's June and many teams believe they're free from allowing a top prospect to earn Super Two status (if it indeed exists in the next CBA), the prospects are heading to the big leagues.

The Dodgers called up Dee Gordon Monday, and then the A's called up Jemile Weeks. Unlike Gordon, Weeks was in the lineup right away, leading off and playing second. Gordon is in the Dodgers' lineup Tuesday night.

Weeks, the younger brother of Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, was a first-round pick of Oakland in 2008 out of the University of Miami. He was hitting .321/.417/.446 with three home runs and 10 stolen bases at Triple-A Sacramento.

The A's also called up lefty Bobby Cramer, putting Brett Anderson and Mark Ellis on the disabled list. To make room for Weeks on the 40-man roster, Dallas Braden was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Other prospects who could be coming any day include San Diego's Anthony Rizzo, Seattle's Dustin Ackley and Toronto's Brett Lawrie.

Ackley's another second baseman, and he's hitting .302/.420/.492 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 59 games. He could add some sock to an anemic Mariner offense.

Lawrie was expected to be called up last week but was placed on the minor-league disabled list after being hit in the wrist on Sunday. The move is retroactive to Thursday. The minor-league DL is only seven days, and Lawrie suffered just a bruise, so he may be called up as soon as early next week. Lawrie has reportedly improved defensively at third base, where the team has gotten very little production.

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Rizzo was "close" to being called up but that no decision has been made. He's hitting .363/.444/.715 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI for Triple-A Tucson. Brad Hawpe has been the team's first baseman, and he has been struggling (.238/.305/.366), and he's also been working in right field to make way for Rizzo.

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:09 pm
 

On the cusp of callup, Jays prospect hurt

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieAs I wrote last night, it looked as if Brett Lawrie was getting closer and closer to the big leagues -- instead he's headed to a Las Vegas hospital to get a X-rays on his left hand, the National Post reports.

Lawrie was hit on the top of the left hand in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Tucson Padres.

Earlier in the day, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweeted that "signs point" to Lawrie being called up on Friday. That's uncertain now.

Before the Jays' game with the Indians, Jays general manger Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Lawrie was "close" to being called up. 

Lawrie was hitting .354/.413/.677 headed into the game, but was in his first season playing first base. He'd previously played second, and defense has never really been his strength. However, according to the National Post, Jays minor league infield coordinator Mike Mordecai's most recent report on Lawrie's defense was "glowing."

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:19 am
 

Jays prospect close to being promoted

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieDon't be surprised if Blue Jays top prospect Brett Lawrie is in Toronto soon.

With June 1 coming soon and perhaps the ability to dodge giving Lawrie Super Two status (if it still exists when he's eligible), Toronto manager John Farrell said he's not sure what else Lawrie has to prove at Triple-A.

Lawrie, acquired for Shaun Marcum in the offseason, is hitting .354/.413/.677 overall at Las Vegas, with 15 home runsa nd 49 RBI. Oh, he's also stolen 11 bases. 

Lawrie has made 12 errors at his new position, third base, but seven of those errors came in his first 12 games, while he's had just five in his last 39. Of those five errors, one was a fielding error and four were throwing errors, which Farrell said weren't his fault.

"Two of those throwing errors were made throwing into a 30-mph wind," Farrell told QMI Agency. "He really doesn't have anything left to prove. We've asked him to address some things and he's gone out and done them. He just keeps getting better."

The Jays asked him to work on his pitch selection -- in 101 plate appearances in April, he walked four times and struck out 23 times. In 144 plate appearances in May, he's walked 14 times and struck out 17 times -- while hitting .349/.418/.750 with 11 homers.

With the way Lawrie is hitting, there's little reason not to call him up -- especially with Toronto third basemen entering Monday hitting .173/.226/.269 this season.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieThe wait for the Great Canadian Hope may not be long. Blue Jays manager John Farrell hinted the team could soon bring up Brett Lawrie to handle the Jays' third base position.

Before Friday's game against the Astros, Farrell was asked whom he considered his everyday third baseman and he mentioned three -- Jayson Nix, John McDonald and Edwin Encarnacion -- before adding "And when Brett Lawrie comes up, there's another one," according to MLB.com.

The Blue Jays acquired Lawrie in the offseason in a trade that sent pitcher Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee and he was quickly the team's top positional prospect.

A native of British Columbia, Lawrie is hitting .337 with a 1.002 OPS and a team-high nine home runs and 32 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"If he keeps doing what he's doing, he's going to certainly force our hand. I'm not afraid to say that," Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

Lawrie, 21, moved from second base to third base this season and has nine errors for the 51s. However, Lawrie's never been known for his glove, it's his bat that has made him a prized prospect. Last season, as the second-youngest regular in the league, he led the Southern League in hits (158), runs (90), triples (16) and total bases (250).

Anthopoulos said the team has been impressed with his improved plate discipline.

The danger of calling Lawrie up right now is the fear of Super Two status, but some teams have ignored that so far with the possibility of the Super Two going away in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Jays moves: Encarnacion in, Rivera out at DH

By Evan Brunell

EncarnacionThe Jays have only played 17 games but are already changing the structure of the lineup.

Even though the writing has been on the wall for a while, DH Juan Rivera has now officially lost his starting spot. Edwin Encarnacion had been DHing recently with four of his past five games at the spot and is on a tear.

"I think, more than anything, Edwin is more comfortable [as DH]," manager John Farrell told MLB.com. "I think in the current arrangement he feels very good in that role."

Encarnacion is hitting .385 as a DH, but as a third baseman has a paltry .158/.150/.158 line in 19 at-bats with four errors in five games. Despite talking up Encarnacion's improvement as a fielder in spring training, it's abundantly clear EdE belongs as a DH or first baseman. 

"He's on a pretty good run lately," Farrell said. "He's had multiple-hit games. He's swinging the bat with more authority and making more hard contact. It's more like we anticipated from Edwin coming out of Spring Training."

Fortunately for Encarnacion, he's seized an opportunity that Rivera left wide open, as the former Angel still does not have an extra-base hit and is working on a .103/.239/.103 mark in 46 PA.

"The expectation of playing every day coming out of Spring Training was there and he was our DH," Farrell noted. "Yet every player knows that there is going to be opportunity, but production and performance begin to factor in."

They certainly have for Rivera, whose shown no capability in the early going. That's unfortunate for Toronto, who was hoping to trade Rivera and break an outfield logjam. Rivera was acquired along with Mike Napoli in the Vernon Wells deal. The Jays were able to spin Napoli to Texas for reliever Frank Francisco, but may be forced to carry Rivera all season, and certainly will have to if he doesn't get hot.

"I know he's frustrated -- he has said as much," Farrell continued. "In conversations with him, and talking with him about certain things, when things don't go quite as expected, maybe the thought process gets a little bit too entailed and doesn't free him up to allow his abilities to play out, particularly at the plate, where he can."

With Rivera hitting the pine and Encarnacion now becoming the full-time DH, Jayson Nix will make third base his home. Nix hasn't shown he can hit, but has a strong glove and in the early going has a .238/.360/.429 line in 50 PA after coming over from Cleveland where he hit .234/.288/.422 in 306 PA with 13 home runs. He also showed power but a lousy batting average in his stint for the White Sox after being acquired from the Rockies. Nix better profiles as a bench player, but for now will occupy third base until Brett Lawrie is ready for the majors, if that ever occurs. Lawrie, a top hitting prospect, is transitioning from second to third in Triple-A and has struggled in the early going.

"In this situation, I think it gets the best abilities out of all," Farrell said. "I think with our current roster and alignment, this gives us our best overall fit."

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