If the Playoffs Started Today
To the Disabled List: Dallas Braden, Shaun Marcum, Jason Varitek, Manny Delcarmen, Luke Scott, Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Jason Heyward, Victor Martinez, Joel Zumaya, Shin-Soo Choo, Will Venable, Manny Ramirez,
- The Rangers acquired C Bengie Molina from the Giants for P Chris Ray, minor league P Michael Main, and cash.
- The Red Sox acquired C Kevin Cash from the Astros for minor leaguer Angel Sanchez.
Top Stories and Weekly Links
- I think that the biggest surprise of the week has to be the firing of both manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes in Arizona on Thursday. Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTradeRumors wrote up a pretty solid post with some gathered reactions around the Majors about this, and Mark Polishuk of MLBTradeRumors also had a pretty good write up of the history of both men with the Diamondbacks.
- July 2nd was the start of the international free agent signing period, and there was a surprisingly large amount of action out of the Athletics, who signed 3 players out of Venezuela according to MLBTradeRumors.
- The Phillies and the Red Sox both seem to be walking MASH units, as the Phillies lost All-Star 2B Chase Utley for 8 weeks with a thumb injury, and 3B Placido Polanco to the disabled list as well. Over in Boston, they can’t buy a break that doesn’t hurt them, as they lost both Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek to the disabled list this week.
- The All Star teams were announced on Sunday morning. I wrote up my predictions late on Saturday of who I thought would make the team, and the one thing that stands out to me more than any other is the snub of both Joey Votto and Jered Weaver. I will have more of my reactions up on Thursday.
- Stephen Strasburg made two starts, and it looks like the league may be starting to catch up a little bit, as he struggled in his start on Saturday. He’s going to be just fine long term, and I think these struggles are what the National were hoping he would have while in the minors.
- The Diamondbacks struggled really badly on Saturday, committing 6 errors with the “B” team of Tony Abreu and Rusty Ryal both playing out in the field. Even Vin Scully didn’t have a whole lot to say that was good about how they played, but was pretty happy the Dodgers won.
From the Twitter Followers
If you aren’t yet, you can follow me over at Twitter here. These are some of the better reads from the Twitter followers from last week.
- From 2131andBeyond: 2131 and Beyond follows his favorite team, the luckless Baltimore Orioles. His most recent post of June’s Tweets of the Day about the Orioles was a pretty good read, and had some other excellent posts recently as well.
- From CapitolAvenue: Peter Hjort runs a really good Atlanta Braves blog over at Capitol Avenue Club. He wrote up the previous snubs of Brian McCann from the All-Star game this week, and after reading it, I am a bit glad that McCann made it this season. The National League catchers aren’t particularly strong, and McCann is still the signal caller for the 1st place Braves.
- From HOVG: The Hall of Very Good does a lot of writeups about players in relation to the Hall of Fame. This week they looked at the career of non-All Star Billy Wagner of the Braves and previously at his case for the Hall of Fame.
Upcoming Posts This Week:
Tuesday and Wednesday: Midseason Prospect Review – I will be taking a look at the players that I reviewed back in January and February to see what they have been up to so far, and see which ones have progressed, and which ones are having some difficulties.
Thursday: My Review of the All-Star Rosters – I will look at the announced All-Star rosters, some snubs and undeserving players, and comparing them to the rosters I built as a part of my Month in Review on last Thursday.
Friday: Trade Retrospective of Frank Viola to the Mets – The trade, completed midway through the 1989 season, had a pretty significant impact on the pennant races for that year, and I’ll take a look back at how each team ended up doing overall in the trade, and what return they got.