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“It might not seem like a big deal, but a 1-0 count against Rivera is a much better way to start a plate appearance than 0-1. The at-bat, and game, ended on a 1-1 pitch. Maybe if the count had been 2-0 instead, Rivera grooves the pitch a little more and Aviles takes him over the fence. Who knows? That’s not the point, or at least the entire point. It’s not even that a call was missed, which happens and will again. It’s that Randazzo didn’t seek a second opinion during a questionable moment that could have altered the outcome of the game. Out of respect to one of the teams, he should have asked the other other umpires what they thought. And there might be one less postgame ejection in major league history.” [Brown/Big League Stew]
“Myers was placed on the disabled list all the way back on April 21 with inflammation in his right elbow. Fast forward to June 5 and Myers is still on the DL. The question that has emerged since the injury is what to do when Myers returns. When he was initially placed on the disabled list, Corey Kluber took Myers’ spot in the rotation. Having seen Kluber before, fans had low expectations for the righty. However, Kluber has stepped in and provided a pleasant contribution for the Tribe while their $7 million man continues to rehab that elbow.
In Myers’ brief time before getting hurt, his numbers were anything but worthy of $7 million. In four games, he was 0-3 with an ERA of 8.02. Even more shocking is that he allowed 10 home runs in his 21.1 innings. In 2012 as the closer for the Astros and later as a reliever for the White Sox, he allowed eight home runs all year in 65.1 innings. It seems very clear that when Myers returns that he would be best suited going to the bullpen, where he proved to be a valuable asset just a year ago, and where the Indians could use a valuable asset right about now.” [Petrila/DTTWLN]
“Except the return baseball got for its past deals was pretty paltry, all things considered. Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski sang for the Mitchell Report investigators. And the result was a partial list of PED users. The lowest hanging fruit. The stupid guys who wrote personal checks for illegal drugs and used dealers who were well known among Major League Baseball officials. While this all made for a big splash in late 2007, as time has gone on we have learned that the Mitchell Report barely scratched the surface of the problem. PED use remained widespread, other, smarter drug dealers continued to ply their trade. And the end game of the entire exercise — the criminal prosecutions of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — ended in abject failure.
It didn’t have to be that way. Major League Baseball was hell-bent on hanging a few big-name players out to dry. Major League Baseball decided that the most interesting and important thing about steroids in baseball was who used and who didn’t as opposed to what steroids meant, how they damaged the game and how they damaged its users. It did that rather than asking the real questions about PEDs. The ones that would make a difference. Questions about PED habits. Players’ introduction to PEDs. Questions about their actual impact. Questions about the culture of drugs in baseball that could, hopefully, provide answers about how to stop it.” [Calcaterra/Hardball Talk]
“Some Cleveland fans might scoff at all the scoffing. After all, the Indians were 30-15 and riding high on May 23 in 2011 when things began to fall apart. Last year, it was May 24 when the second-half slide was initiated. This season, May 21 is currently circled as the date when the good feelings of the first two months began to fade in a brutal slump. It is up to the Indians to reverse the trend.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
“Which has led to the universe of today, in which fans have made abundantly clear their views on players who have been connected to PEDs: They don’t care. Ryan Braun and David Ortiz are currently All-Star starters. Andy Pettitte is given an ovation every time he so much as sneezes at Yankee Stadium. No one even remembers that Mike Morse, Edison Volquez and Freddy Galvis were suspended for PED usage. Jason Giambi is a grizzled fan favorite who’s probably going to be a manager soon, for crying out loud. Fans don’t want it thrown in their face like with Bonds and company, and they’re for drug testing and the suspension of those who are caught, but in a default scenario, they’d just as soon simply watch the games, thanks.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth]