There was an interesting article the other day from Bill Chastain about CJ Cron’s playing time.
Basically, Cron is a known quantity, and a good hitter, and if the Rays were in contention for the playoffs, Cron would probably play almost every day. But because they no longer are in contention in the polarized American League, they’re taking away that playing time to get a look at some other players so they know more about them for next year.
Kevin Cash has explained all of this to Cron up front. There’s another side to this, which is that it could potentially cost Cron money in arbitration. Simple solution—for the arbitration offer this offseason, the Rays should pretend he had gotten that playing time and pro-rate his stats. It’s pocket change (a half million difference at most?), and worth it to show the player that you understand his situation and want to do right by him, while also attempting to set yourself up to win next season.
- Carlos Gomez on being a veteran leader, laying down the bunt.
- According to Marc Topkin, Tommy Pham hopes to return to play Friday, from his dislocated finger.
- Topkin explains some of the Rays nicknames for playes weekend.
- Juan Toribio wrote about Diego Castillo’s tough July, and how he’s getting himself back on track.
- Whit Merrifield thought he was playing baseball. Chaz Roe was playing wiffleball.
- The obvious thing to do when you get ejected is to hit an imaginary home run and then take a slow home run trot.
- Andrew McCutchen has cleared waivers, and can now be traded to any team.
- Matt Harvey was claimed, by a still-unknown team.
- The Rockies did not put in a claim for Daniel Murphy, and Jeff Sullivan writes that that’s really weird.
- Michael Baumann made a joke on twitter about Trevor Bauer treating his fractured bone with colloidial silver. MLB Network didn’t know it was a joke and reported it as fact. Trevor Bauer was justifiably upset, and demadned an apology from MLB Network and ESPN. But ESPN never reported it. Sherly Ring untangles who has potentially defamed who in this situation.
- Following the unearthing of Josh Hader’s offensive tweets, and the string of other unsavory twitter histories that were discovered after that, Jen Marc Ramos and Mary Craig interviewed marginalized fans about how their relationship to baseball has been affected, and what they believe baseball can and should do to be better.
- Rachel McDaniel’s short relief, “Getaway Day” touched on the feeling of marginalization as well.
- Kate Preusser wrote about the Mariners’s “Women in Baseball” night, and about the juxtaposition with the recent Mariners sexual harassment scandal, and where that positions the Mariners and baseball as a whole.
- Someone’s going to yell at me for linking to a thing about the Red Sox, but Lars Anderson wrote about J.D. Martinez, and mechanics, and rebuilding one’s swing, and it’s a good read.