Tag:Mike Stanton
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Pepper: Hurdle responds to Bochy comments



Barry Zito seeks his third straight win since coming off the DL while Jered Weaver looks to keep his hot streak going. Eye on Baseball Blogger Matt Snyder joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss those storylines and more in this edition of Baseball Today.

By Evan Brunell


ALL-STAR CRITICISM: Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn't happy about criticism that Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and Marlins manager Jack McKeon leveled about his choices on who made the All-Star roster. Hurdle was annoyed that Andrew McCutchen hadn't made the team while McKeon questioned the selection of Bochy's player in Tim Lincecum.

Well, Hurdle fired back after hearing Bochy's comments, specifically that Hurdle and McKeon never lobbied for their players while other managers did, so how can they speak out against the selections?

"I don't think lobbying is a part of what you do in that position," said Hurdle, who has experience with the All-Star Game, managing it in 2008 when he represented the Rockies. "He's earned that opportunity by winning the National League championship. I just have never lobbied, and I never got any calls from any other managers lobbying the year I did it."

Hurdle did apologize if his comments were hurtful to Bochy.

"I have the most professional respect for Boch," Hurdle said. "He's a better manager than I'll ever be. My feelings came from the heart. Diplomacy, I guess, wasn't at the top of my list that day, and I can understand that as well.

"I've been on the other end of that. I just know that I took it with a grain of salt, and he felt he made the best decision for the National League because that's his job to represent. I wish the National League nothing but the most success that we go out and win the game.

"We've known each other back to when we were 16 years old. I can understand he's disappointed in what I had to say. I can deal with that."

McCutchen still has a chance to get on the roster as Ryan Braun from Milwaukee is hobbled by an inflamed tendon, and if he cannot play this weekend, will pull out of the game. (MLB.com)

ALL-STAR INVITE: Albert Pujols says he would be honored to go to the All-Star Game should he be selected as a replacement. Pujols missed his chance at going to the game thanks to his wrist injury, but could still squeak in as players pull out because of injuries or other reasons. It's possible Pujols could replace Braun. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

DODGER DEBACLE: More information in the saga that just won't go away. MLB has filed a motion that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt should not have the right to see various documents that McCourt is requesting, alleging that releasing the documents would turn the bankruptcy court hearing into "a multi-ringed sideshow of mini-trials on his personal disputes." (Los Angeles Times)

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Davey Johnson has never ordered a suicide squeeze, per his own recollections. That changed Wednesday night for the Nationals. Wilson Ramos dropped a successful bunt, allowing Mike Morse to cross the plate with what turned out to be the winning run. (CSN Washington)

WHAT EYE PROBLEM? Mike Stanton visited an ophthalmologist Wednesday and received eye drops to combat an eye infection that has sent him spiraling into a slump. He's received eye drops and apparently they worked as he slammed a walk-off home run against the Phillies on Wednesday night to give the Marlins a victory. (MLB.com)

YOU'RE NO PUJOLS: Apparently Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo is hoping to pull an Albert Pujols and get back on the field earlier than expected. After breaking his left thumb and staring at a diagnosis of eight-to-10 weeks out, Choo is telling friends he believes he can be back in early August. Given how fast Pujols returned, I suppose you can't rule it out, but ... well, don't go wagering on an early Choo return. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

YEAH AND NO: That was the Dodgers' Andre Ethier's answer when asked if he was pleased with his performance so far. Hitting a career-high .317 is great, but Ethier's seven home runs are a sudden loss of power for someone who slammed 31 two seasons ago. (Los Angeles Times)

WORKHORSE: Justin Verlander has made 37 consecutive starts of 100-plus pitches, which is tops in baseball all the way back to 1999, and probably a bit farther back, too. Second place boasts Felix Hernandez at 32 consecutive games from 2009-10, while Randy Johnson pops up multiple times. (Baseball-Reference)

UNSAVORY COMPARISON: Just three months into Jayson Werth's massive seven-year deal with Washington, and he's already being compared to another player who was a colossal bust on his own big deal, not that it was his fault for the team throwing ill-advised money at him. "Him" is Alfonso Soriano, and that's definitely company Werth does not want to be associated with. (Washington Post)

JONES HURTING: Chipper Jones admitted he shouldn't have played Tuesday after he received a cortisone shot for a meniscus tear as he is trying to avoid surgery. “I just didn’t feel right [Tuesday]," he said. "Not having that first step quickness, you favor it. It’s hard to stay on back of it right-handed, swinging the bat. Just one of those things we’ve got to continue to monitor and deal with.” For his part, Jones says he was perfectly fine for Wednesday's game. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FIGGINS BENCHED: Finally. Chone Figgins has been benched and has easily become one of the largest albatrosses in the game. Figgin's replacement is Kyle Seager, who was promoted from the minors and will stay at third for the foreseeable future. (Seattle Times)

BARGAIN: Who were the best bargains signed as free agents in the winter? There are some worthy candidates in Bartolo Colon, Erik Bedard, Ryan Vogelsong and Brandon McCarthy. Fine seasons, all. But the best bargain is another pitcher, Phil Humber. Hard to disagree. (MLB Daily Dish)

CRAWFORD EN ROUTE: The Red Sox can't wait to get Carl Crawford back, and it looks as if that will happen after the first series back, which is in Tropicana Field. The Sox want to avoid Crawford playing on artificial turf right away, so a July 18 return in Baltimore appears likely (Providence Journal)

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:19 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Picking a better Derby field

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Prince Fielder and David Ortiz have picked their teams for next week's Home Run Derby, and while all the picks are good, I'd pick a different squad.

If I were in Fielder's or Ortiz's shoes, here's who I'd pick:

National League
Wily Mo Pena, Diamondbacks: Five of Wily Mo's eight hits have reached the seats. He's struck out 17 times and hasn't walked, but that's real baseball. This is the Home Run Derby -- few can hit them as far as Pena -- especially when they're all straight and all in the strike zone. You know who agrees with me? The American League captain. Ortiz was asked about adding Pena and told WEEI.com, "That's not good. We would lose right away."

Check out this homer at Comerica Park -- which is hardly a bandbox.


Mike Stanton, Marlins: Like Pena, Stanton is a big, big man. Twelve of Stanton's 14 home runs have traveled more than 400 feet. I don't care if he's not seeing the ball clearly, this is a batting practice show and few can put on a show like Stanton.

Justin Upton, Diamondbacks: This is the one that Fielder and I agree on, and not just because Upton has the homefield advantage (which is a real advantage in this case). Upton has 13 home runs this season and according to HitTrackerOnline.com, only Fielder has hit a ball further than Upton's 478-foot bomb off of Chris Carpenter on April 12.


American League
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: The guy has 81 homers since 2010 began, you'd be a fool not to pick him. It's no surprise he was the first guy Ortiz called. He'd be my first call, too.

Josh Hamilton, Rangers: His 28-homer first-round performance at the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium is probably the most memorable Derby of all time. Hamilton said would have listened had Ortiz called him. He'd be my second call after Bautista.

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: And here's my wild card. Suzuki has just one homer this season and has averaged less than 10 a year in his career, but anyone who has watched Suzuki in batting practice knows in that setting he can put the ball into the seats at will. In the Derby, you not only want the big boppers, but also the guys who can put together a streak of homers. Suzuki can do just about anything he wants with a bat, plus it'd be fun to watch the tiny Suzuki with all the other hulking players I've picked.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 12:45 pm
 

In slump, Stanton admits to impaired vision

By Evan Brunell

StantonAt 21 years old, Mike Stanton has blasted 16 home runs in 316 plate appearances and boasts a .246/.325/.489 mark. The scary thing is, the second-year player is struggling.

Imagine what he could do if he could see properly.

"I'm having trouble seeing still," Stanton told the Miami Herald. An eye infection caused Stanton to miss a few games in June, but he avoided the disabled list. That hasn't stopped Stanton from entering a tailspin, striking out 17 times in his 36 at-bats over Florida's road trip that was completed Monday.

Overall, since returning to the lineup on June 21, Stanton is hitting .283/.292/.348 with 20 whiffs in 48 at-bats. That's a great batting average for him, but no plate discipline or power, which you could trace to struggling to track the ball.

“With all the lights in the stadium, it feels like it doesn’t distribute the lights the right way,” he said. “It feels like I’m kind of looking through something hazy. It’s a bunch of different things.”

Stanton explained that while his vision did improve after treatment, the problem has persisted and he will see a specialist on Wednesday.

"I’ve gone in [strikeout] streaks like this before,” Stanton said. “But I didn’t go 1-2-3 [pitches] and gone. I’d have five-pitch strikeouts, or six-pitch strikeouts. This is different."

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Pepper: Head indoors during All-Star Weekend



By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

It's not that I'm not looking forward to heading to Phoenix on Saturday; it's just that, well, it's going to be really, really hot and that doesn't sound like fun.

The average temperature in Phoenix on July 12? 107. I don't care how dry that heat is, it's still hot.

Phoenix has wanted to host an All-Star Game for years, but with the All-Star Game comes more than just nine innings of baseball. There's the Futures Game, a celebrity softball game, the Home Run Derby, FanFest and an influx of people, all walking around the area around the ballpark. Anyone outside is going to be hot.

The Diamondbacks are planning as many things indoors as they can, according to this Arizona Republic article. The team may open the roof for a possible flyover during the national anthem, but that would take place during the hottest part of the day.

Also, the usual parade will be about two blocks and players have been told not to wear suits and ties.

Team president Derrick Hall tells the newspaper, "I think everyone is going to be shocked how comfortable it's going to be."

I hope so. Then I can get ready for Kansas City next July -- and that could be even worse, just ask Ichiro (language NSFW).

CLOSER QUESTION: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stood behind closer Matt Capps after pulling him Sunday, but Capps may not be the closer for long. He has blown six saves in 19 chances, and Joe Nathan is back and healthy. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

FREAK OR FISH?: Marlins manager Jack McKeon questioned Bruce Bochy's selection of Tim Lincecum for the All-Star team. "He's a good pitcher, don't get me wrong," McKeon told reporters, including Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. "But do we reward for what you're doing now or do we reward for what you've done in the past."

DERBY LOBBYING: Not only are two captains picking the sides for this year's Home Run Derby, they can pick players who aren't in the All-Star Game to participate. Here's two non-All-Stars I'd love to see. Bob Young of the Arizona Republic suggests Ichiro Suzuki, which may sound odd, but Suzuki's batting practice displays are the stuff of legend, and what is the Derby but glorified batting practice? I'd give Suzuki a better shot than most at winning the deal. While Suzuki doesn't look like a guy who would be a Home Run Derby favorite, the Marlins' Mike Stanton does. Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez wants to see his teammate in the derby, and so do I. [Palm Beach Post]

NO REHAB FOR PUJOLS: Albert Pujols "doesn't need" a rehab assignment before he returns to the Cardinals, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday.

RECORD DEAL: The Rangers signed Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara with what is believed to be a record $5 million signing bonus. The 6-foot-3, 16-year-old left-handed outfielder is said to have the most raw power in Latin America. [Baseball America]

SELLOUT RECORD: Saturday the Dayton Dragons, the Reds' Class A team in the Midwest League, recorded their 814th sellout in a row, tying the all-time professional sports record set by the Portland Trail Blazers. The team expects to break the record July 9.

While the Dayton Daily News has the news, the New York Times takes a look at just why the Dragons have been so successful.

HISTORICALLY BAD: As bad as the Padres' offense has been this season, it's not as bad as the Mariners' last season -- so there's that. Otherwise, the outlook is bleak for San DIego bats. [North County Times]

STEREOTYPES DISPUTED: Former Cubs and current White Sox TV analyst Steve Stone says the stereotypes of Cubs fans and White Sox aren't exactly true. Cubs fans are usually believed to be more interested in being at Wrigley Field than what's going on at Wrigley Field. The stereotype of White Sox fans is best displayed by the buffoons who get liquored up and run on the field to attack either the umpire or the opposing team's first base coach. [Chicago Tribune]

VLAD'S BATS HEATING UP: Vladimir Guerrero isn't producing at the plate, but his bats are. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is crushing with Guerrero's bats, hitting .436 in his last 21 games since switching to Guerrero's heavier bats. [Baltimore Sun]

PADRES DRAFT COULD BE GREAT: Well, the Padres' draft could be a great one if the team spends the money to sign the players it drafted. The Royals stopped worrying about "signability," and David Glass started paying the going rate for drafted players. That's how the Royals built the best farm system in the majors. If the Padres follow suit, it could certainly pay off in the end. [InsideThePadres]

HOSMER USED TO OVERCOMING: Check out this fantastic feature by my friend Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star on Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and his family. Hosmer's dad was a firefighter and his mother a nurse who immigrated from Cuba.

RACIAL BIAS BY UMPS: A study recently published in the American Economic Review shows a small difference in called strikes when the umpire and the pitcher are the same race. But the bias disappeared in games with computer monitoring, which is now standard across MLB. (H/T to BaseballMusings.com

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Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Video: Fan pushes Stanton in the back

By Matt Snyder

Memo to fans everywhere: You aren't part of the game. Sorry, you just aren't. So when a right fielder comes over and makes a catch in the field of play, you have absolutely zero right to be angry or offended. You have even less right to put your hands on the player.

Yet that's exactly what happened in Safeco Field Saturday night with Mike Stanton and a few clowns in the stands down the right field line.

As Stanton went over and made a catch close to the stands -- he didn't even have to reach up into the crowd -- two fans were stepping over the side of the stands and onto the field in an attempt to garner a souvenier. Evidently the guy in the yellow shirt had an issue with Stanton doing his job, because the guy shoved Stanton in the back as he ran away. Stanton did turn around and exchange words and the fans were ejected from the ballpark.

Stanton points out: “He knows I can’t do anything. What am I going to do? Hit them back?” (Fish Tank blog)

Exactly. It's quite the cowardly act to shove or hit anyone in the back, but it's even worse to do so when you know that person can't do anything in response. It's too bad everyone couldn't just look the other way. Stanton is 6-foot-5, 248 pounds and one of the strongest players in baseball. He'd have had his way with a punk like that.

Check out the video below, courtesy of MLB.com video.



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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:51 pm
 

On Deck: Sox, Twins on fire, Marlins sinking

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


LatosLatosSCORCHING HOT: The Red Sox have won 14 of their last 16, and a lot of that success is thanks to their bats. Last night, Boston went off for 14 runs against the Padres, a total that includes a 10-run seventh inning. The Sox have scored at least 14 runs in a game for the sixth time in their last 29 games. The only other Major League team to do that in a single-season span of less than 30 games was the 1930 Yankees, Elias reports. Those Yankees did it seven times in a 20-game stretch in June. They'll throw spot starter Alfredo Aceves, going in place of the ill Josh Beckett, against San Diego's 23-year-old ace. Mat Latos posted a 2.92 ERA in 31 starts last season, but he has struggled with mechanics and is currently at 4.06 through 13 starts, walking 27 and striking out 68 in 75 2/3 innings. Padres vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

MarlinsDEEPER AND DEEPER
: Even Jack McKeon couldn't stave off the Marlins' newfound propensity to lose: Florida lost to the Angels by a 2-1 score last night and fell to 32-41. In McKeon's second night, Hanley Ramirez will likely be in the lineup after being benched last night for a lack of hustle. Florida doesn't really have a great option in Javier Vazquez to halt the 11-game losing streak the team is on as he boasts a 6.85 ERA on the year. He's been better of late, but facing an AL team is a tall task. The Angels still have a solid offense and will be backed by Ervin Santana, pitching much better than Vazquez with a 4.25 ERA, but yet sharing an identical 3-7 record. At least Florida gets Mike Stanton back from a three-day absence (eye infection). Angels vs. Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GiantsPavanoMORE, PLEASE
: The Twins are on fire. The club is in San Francisco for the game and has won seven straight, including winning 14 of 16, much like Boston. That's pulled them up to a 31-39 record. There's still a ways to go, as first-place Cleveland is at 39-32, but you can't count the Twins out. They're sending Carl Pavano to the mound. Pavano has turned around a horrid start and has wrestled his ERA all the way down to 4.20. The Giants will counter with 21-year-old lefty Madison Bumgarner with his 3.21 ERA. The Giants have a streak going of the bad kind, losing their last four, clinging to a half-game lead over Arizona for first in the division. Twins vs. Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: June 19, 2011 12:53 am
 

Stanton out with blurry vision

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike StantonMarlins outfielder Mike Stanton was scratched from the Marlins lineup on Saturday with blurry vision in his right eye and isn't expected to play again on Sunday, as he has scheduled to see a specialist on Monday.

Stanton said he's been bothered by a right eye infection since the beginning of the month, when he had pink eye.

"I've pushed through it long enough," Stanton told Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post. "We've waited it out and there's no progress.

Stanton's hitting just .222/.300/.524 this month and had just one hit in his last four games. He hasn't homered since June 11.

"There's only so much you can do when your [eye is] blurry and you can't pick up the ball," Stanton said. "I'm not helping the team. If anything I'm hurting them the way I'm playing."

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 13, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: June 13, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Pepper: Morrison wants Superman cape for Stanton



What does a sweep of the Cardinals mean for Milwaukee and the rest of the NL Central? MLB.com's Tom Boorstein joins Scott Braun to talk about the Brewers and to look ahead to some of Monday night's action.

By Evan Brunell

BATMAN AND ROBIN: As the All-Star Break edges closer and closer, Marlins left-fielder Logan Morrison has a pretty good idea of who should be part of the Home Run Derby, which is popular with players and fans.

That would be Mike Stanton, who has admitted that several of his 16 home runs this season went out of the park only because he made contact, not because he hit the ball on the sweet spot. That's some serious power from the youngster, and Morrison wants to see what he can do on the national stage -- plus ride his coattails.

“I told him if he goes, I get to be on the field to be the towel-and-Gatorade boy. I get the on-field mic," Morrison said. "‘So, Mike, tell me, how does it feel to hit 16 home runs and only square up one?’”

Then there was this classic exchange when Stanton was asked if he would participate in the Home Run Derby, a nice peek into the personalities of Morrison and Stanton as transcribed by Matt Porter:

MS: “I don’t know, I’d have to see … once they --”
LM: “Yes. You would, because I’d have to be on the field.”
MS: [Disapproving look]
LM: “Hey man, coattails. Don’t leave 'em long if you don’t like it.”
LM: “We need a cape.”

Reporter, filling in Stanton on a prior conversation: “He wants you to wear a cape.”

MS: “OK, if he buys it. What kind of cape?”
LM: “Like a Superman cape.”
LM: “And I’ll have the Wonder Woman outfit.”
MS: “You gotta wear the short-shorts then.”
LM: “Heck yeah!
LM: “Or Batman, and I’ll be Robin.”
MS: “You kinda look like Robin. An oversize Robin.”
LM: “You know Mike, what we should do is get you an extra jersey, and cut the sleeves off and go like Jose Canseco in batting practice or something. Tear-away sleeves.” 

The Derby these days tends to be an over-inflated reality show that drags on with all manner of distractions, but it's really cool to see two young stars of baseball banter back and forth like this. Plus, the more Logan Morrison, the better.

DRUG RING: Livan Hernandez is linked to drug kingpin Angel Ayala-Vazquez from Puerto Rico, the leader of the top drug trafficking organization. The right-hander is currently being investigated as a "straw buyer," where a person purchases products for another in his own name, which allows proceeds from drug trafficking to be hidden. U.S. attorneys have said charges are likely coming against Hernandez. (Washington Times)

WRIGLEY IS A DUMP
: After Peter Gammons referred to Wrigley Field as "a dump" that requires a $200 million renovation, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen couldn't agree fast enough. "He did? Good for you, Peter," Guillen said with a laugh. "Finally, somebody else out-tagged me. Why do you say that, Peter? You have only been to Wrigley Field for a few days. You're not at Wrigley Field all of the time. That's why Peter is one of the brightest men in baseball." (Chicago Tribune)

MARQUIS WANTS TO STAY
: Starting pitcher Jason Marquis wants to stay in Washington as he sees good things coming with the up-and-coming team. One of the worst pitchers in the game last season, Marquis is now somehow 7-2 with a 3.67 ERA, so he's making a case for the Nats to extend him. (MLB.com)

RIZZO TURNING HEADS
: Anthony Rizzo blasted his first career home run by sending a ball over the right-field fence. How rare is that? The Padres calculated that only 28 percent of all home runs at Petco (which are already a difficult place to hit) have headed to the right-field seats. That's the potential Rizzo has, who also appears to be well-adjusted off the field. (MLB.com)

CHIPPED WOOD
: Kerry Wood appears headed to the disabled list as his blister problems have increased. Wood missed three weeks in 2008 because of a finger blister and could be in line for a similar amount of missed time. (page/CHC">Cubs%29">Chicago Tribune)

LYLES STAYING: Twenty-year-old rookie Jordan Lyles is now a permanent member of the Astros' rotation. When Wandy Rodriguez returns to start Monday, reliever Jeff Fulchino will be optioned with Aneury Rodriguez making room in the rotation by moving to the bullpen. That leaves Lyles in the rotation after making the first three starts of his career. (Houston Chronicle)

8,000 MILES: The Angels are about to embark on a "Four Corners" trip in which they will go from Los Angeles to Seattle, New York, Florida and back to L.A. which will span more than 8,000 miles with 12 games in 14 days. (Orange County Register)

MANAGER ERSTAD: Darin Erstad is the new manager at the University of Nebraska, and he plans to bring his style of game to the team. That means outright hustle, starting with the run to first base. (Orange County Register)

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